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Indian Wells: Matosevic beats Klahn and qualifies for the second round

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TENNIS – In the frst round match at the BNP Parisbas Master 1000 in Indian Wells, Australian Marinko Matosevic defeated American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4. In the second round he will play against 16th seed Tommy Robredo. Konstantinos Tsavalias

First round in BNP Paribas and another young American gun of the new breed, Bradley Klahn, 24 years old lefty that is currently sitting at No65 of the ATP World tour rankings is trying to stand out, facing the Australian Marinko Matosevic a 29 year old right hand that is currently sitting at No69 of ATP World tour rankings. Marinko has had a medium start having openly expressed his frustration for his lack of on court support from his coach doesn’t seem to find, yet, his previous good form. He has 6 wins and 6 loses since the start of the year. On the other hand Bradley is trying to step up from Challenger level to ATP level and this year seems like a fine start. After not qualifying in Brisbane he reached the round of 16 in Auckland he lost 1st round from Dimitrov in Aussie Open and won 2 challenger series Maui and West Lake and looks like someone that tries to make an impact in the ATP tour. The winner of both is facing the Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
In Center Court it’s the 2nd game of the day and with fine weather in California the match started with Klahn serving using his powerful forehand trying to make something happen, but his 2nd service game was all about errors and Marinko gets the first break and the lead in the third game. But the young American did not let this slide and immediately broke back. Marinko is more patient than Bradley who rushes for winners with his big forehand were sometimes pays off but most of the times isn’t. So a forehand error again gives the edge to the Australian with 4-3. And the more experienced Australian didn’t give any more room to the American for bigger hopes and takes the 1st set in 38 minutes with 6-4.
So the 1st set and the momentum is in Marinko hands, who made less mistakes than Bradley and was more consistent in his serve, winning 62% of 1st services points and 77% of his 2nd service points. Klahn wasn’t so consistent and with 17 unforced errors in first set and with a poor 2nd  service (42% 2nd service points won) was rightfully not deserved to win it.

2nd set starts and you have the impression that Klahn is struggling to maintain his service game than to maintain the match which is far harder. Marinko has early break points but the American is defending them successfully again and again. But that wasn’t the case in the 7th game and the Australian managed to finally brake and take the lead with 5-3. Never the less delaying the inevitable and pushing the opponent serve out the match is always a good strategy, a strategy that gives him his 1st brake point. But Matosevic is tough and manage to hold and win the set by 6-4 and of course the match. In this match though the American blamed only himself and his bad service games, with such a bad stats in his 2nd service (38% 2nd service points won in 2nd set) 41% 2nd service points won overall. So an easy win for Marinko by 6-4, 6-4 puts him in 2nd round and a lesson for Bradley that his service game must be improved.
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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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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

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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.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

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.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ 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.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

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

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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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