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Federer recovers from set down to win 6th title in Dubai



TENNIS – Roger Federer recovered from a set and a break down against Tomas Berdych with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory to clinch his sixth Dubai title and his 78th career win in his 115th final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a ATP 500 Tournament. 

Federer and Berdych met for their 18th head-to-head match. Berdych beat their last two matches against Federer in the 2012 US Open quarter finals and in the 2013 Dubai semifinals but this time Federer was unstoppable. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion showed signs of his past glorious tennis in the second and third sets and was able to recover from a set down. Federer won his first ATP title since last June when he won his favourite Halle Tournament on grass, It’s the 14th consecutive year that Federer wins at least one tournament. Federer broke Berdych’s unbeaten streak of 11 consecutive match wins.

Federer played his eighth final in Dubai. Before today’s match he won five times and lost twice in 2006 against Nadal and in 2011 against Djokovic. Berdych played his second consecutive final in Dubai after losing last year against Novak Djokovic and his second final this year two weeks after winning in Rotterdam. The Czech player has a 9-12 record in his 21 career finals.

Federer broke serve to love in the third game of the opening set to take a 2-1 lead but Berdych broke back immediately. Federer made three forehand mistakes enabling Berdych to break serve again in the fourth game. Berdych won a tough fifth game at deuce after leading 40-15. Berdych got the decisive break in the sixth game to 30 to open up a 4-2 lead before winning his fourth consecutive game for 5-2. In the ninth game Berdych went down 0-30 but he rallied to close out the first set with 6-3.

Berdych earned three break points in the fifth game of the second set. Federer managed to save the first two with an ace but Berdych converted the third chance to go up  a break for 3-2 as the Swiss sent a forehand wide. Federer hit two forehand winners before Berdych made an unforced error with his backhand to drop serve for 3-all.

The match changed completely. Federer did not drop a single point on his serve and broke to love in the tenth game to force the match to the third set.

Federer won the first game of the third set and went up 40-0 on Berdych’s serve but the Czech player saved all the break point chances by reeling off .five straight points.

Berdych rallied from 0-30 to take the lead 40-30 and earned a break ball chance for 2-1 but Federer fended it off with a forehand winner.

Berdych did not recover and Federer earned three break point chances at 40-0 and converted it at the second chance as Berdych sent a forehand long. Federer produced a superb drop-shot to hold serve and increase his lead to 4-1.

The match was not finished as Federer faced two break back ball chances at 4-2, 15-40 but he managed to save them. Berdych saved two match points at 2-5 but Federer closed out in the ninth game as Berdych fired his return wide and clinched his sixth win in Dubai in just under two hours.

He had already lifted the Dubai Trophy in 2003,2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012. With this title Federer overtakes John McEnroe in third place in the all-time leaders list. The Swiss legend has won at least one ATP title every year since 2000. He now leads 12-6 in his head-to-head matches against Berdych.

“I was happy I was able to use momentum and win the second set. The nit was a tough opening period in the third, wasting the love.40 game on Tomas’ first service game. I saved break points myself. Anything could have happened there. Things definitely went my way out tonight.but I have had a lot of tougher matches in the last one and a half years, so this is nice to get a lucky break again”, said Federer.

Berdych expressed his disappointment after the match after qualifying for the final without dropping a set in the whole tournament. “I would say many things went wrong. The match started pretty well  I had really many chances and then basically I gave him the game and that’s it. It’s very disappointing for me the way I handled the situation. I don’t keep the losses in my head for a long time. I will try to learn from the mistakes in the second set and to take the positives from that.”


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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