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ATP Monte-Carlo, interviews, Ferrer: “I happy because I am in semifinal and because I am playing very good this week”

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TENNIS ATP Monte-Carlo – D. FERRER/R. Nadal 7-6, 6-4 An interview with David Ferrer.

 

Q. You won so many things, so many important matches in your career. In your personal ranking, this match, which level is it?

DAVID FERRER: No, is normal. Is quarterfinal. Any final is more important than today.

Of course, important because I am in a semifinal of a Masters 1000. For me it’s only one match in my career. Of course is not the most important.

Q. Is it special because you beat Rafa? You had so many battles against him.

DAVID FERRER: Special, no. But last time I beat Rafael in clay court was 10 years ago. I had to wait 10 years to beat him in clay court (smiling).

But, anyways, is not much. I happy because I am in semifinal and because I am playing very good this week, no? Maybe this week, it was my best week in this season.

Q. Is that in the back of your mind when you play someone and you beat him only 10 years ago?

DAVID FERRER: No, of course it’s not. I tried to do my best every point. But 5‑2, Rafael played more aggressive and nothing else, no?

With 5‑4, you know, of course I was nervous. But all the players, we were nervous when we have the game to win the match.

Q. There was a moment in history to beat Sampras on grass in Wimbledon was the biggest upset, then it was to beat Federer on grass. To beat Nadal on clay is the biggest upset that can happen today in the tennis world?

DAVID FERRER: No, of course not.

Q. Which is the biggest upset?

DAVID FERRER: Win one final of a Grand Slam, but not one quarterfinal. Of course, Rafael is difficult beat him in clay court, but not only in clay court, in all the surfaces.

He’s not a machine, no? Sometimes he can play not so good always. Well, maybe today he doesn’t play his best tennis, and I played very good.

Q. For you what was the key of the match?

DAVID FERRER: Well, of course the first set, it was very close. It was long rallies. I played very good tactic with my forehand, my forehand to his backhand. In important moments I did good winners changing the ball to his forehand.

Q. What will be the keys against Wawrinka tomorrow?

DAVID FERRER: Well, it’s going to be tough match, sure. Stan, he’s playing unbelievable this season with very power his shots. I have to play similar like today or yesterday for have a chance, consistent. I’ll be doing my game, nothing special, no?

Q. Last year you were two points from winning him, then in Rome. Today were you thinking, I must be careful, or you were not thinking at all?

DAVID FERRER: I wasn’t thinking nothing. Only was focusing in myself.

Well, last year… Every day is different, different sensation. Of course I’m not thinking the last times when I play with Rafael in clay court.

Q. Your control now of your words or sensation is because you have to play another match or were you jumping in the locker room?

DAVID FERRER: No. I’m okay. I’m in a semifinal. I not won a Grand Slam. Of course, I am happy. When I won the match, you know, I have respect for Rafael.

It’s quarterfinal to semifinal, I don’t won Monte‑Carlo. Of course, if I won Monte‑Carlo, of course I was on the floor, is true (laughter).

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.

 

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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