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ATP Monte-Carlo Interviews, Ferrer: “Now I'm not happy, sure, because I lost. But I know it was a good week.”

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TENNIS ATP Monte-Carlo – S. WAWRINKA/D. Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 An interview with David Ferrer

 

Q. What is your analysis of that match?

DAVID FERRER: Well, start Stan very good, no? He start playing unbelievable. I didn’t have option to rest him.

I never receive return very good. In the second, Stan, he did a little bit mistakes. I play with more power with my forehand.

But, anyway, Stan was better, no? All the time he move the ball better than me.

 

Q. He made a lot of unforced errors but had a lot of winners. Is the aggressive approach difficult for you?

DAVID FERRER: Is difficult, Stan, his game. Play with very power with his shots. I try to rest him, but is difficult.

Nothing to say, no? Stan play better than me, play more aggressive. He was looking the match more than me, and nothing else.

Me, I try to do my best. Well, I don’t have nothing to say, no? I fight.

 

Q. Although you did not reach the final, you must be happy with the results. You beat Rafa; played great tennis yesterday.

DAVID FERRER: Now I’m not happy, sure, because I lost.

 

Q. In this moment?

DAVID FERRER: In this moment.

But, you know, tomorrow I know it was a good week. I played good tennis this week. Nothing else. I did semifinal. Now I want to be focused for the next tournament in Barcelona. I try play similar like at this week.

 

Q. Wawrinka never won this tournament. Do you think he can?

DAVID FERRER: He’s in the final. Of course he can. He has option to win the tournament. I think the favorite players are Roger or Novak Djokovic, no? They have more experience than Stan.

But Stan won one Grand Slam. He’s playing with very confidence with his game. I am sure he will have his options in the match.

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New York Open Saturday Recap: Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi Advance to Sunday’s Final

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The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Home of the New York Open

The Brit and the Italian both comfortably prevailed in their semifinal matches, and will play for the championship Sunday afternoon inside Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

 

Kyle Edmund never trailed in Saturday’s first semifinal against fellow seed and ATP Next Gen upstart Miomir Kecmanovic.  In the second game of the first set, Kecmanovic was serving at 40-0, but then lost the next five points to drop serve, which included two double faults. Miomir’s next service game at 0-3 went to deuce, when Edmund promptly crushed two forehand return winners to gain a double break. Edmund would take the first set 6-1.

Kyle’s forehand was on fire in this match, with his backhand showing some noticeable improvements as well.  However, as the second set progressed, Kecmanovic started ripping his own forehand and backhand with much more authority. But at 4-4, Miomir lost control of his groundstrokes, resulting in a break at love. Edmund would then hit multiple aces in the final game, closing out the match 6-1, 6-4. Kyle won an impressive 79% of first serve points in the match.

Regarding the tighter second set, Edmund stated, “You play top players in the world, you expect a fight back.”

“I had to weather that storm a bit, he was gaining more confidence,” Kyle said.

In the second semifinal, Andreas Seppi also allowed his opponent just five games, eliminating qualifier Jason Jung by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Just like the first semifinal, Seppi broke his opponent in his first service game, and never looked back. Jung understandably started off a bit tight in his first-ever ATP semifinal, and never settled into the match. Seppi will now vie for his first title since 2012.

The singles championship match will take place Sunday at 4:00pm local time. Edmund leads their head-to-head 4-1, with a 4-0 edge on hard courts. Their last meeting was just last month in Auckland, where Kyle won 6-3, 7-6(4).

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Casper Ruud comes back from the verge of defeat to reach the final in Buenos Aires

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Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat home favourite Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6 7-5 6-1 to reach the final in Buenos Aires. Ruud was three points from defeat, but he reeled off 10 of the last 11 games to win the match.

 

Londero broke Ruud for the first time at 1-1 in the opening set with a forehand and hit a forehand winner on set point. The Argentine drew an error from Ruud at 2-2 to break serve. Londero was broken at serve with three forehand errors, as he was serving for the match at 5-4. Ruud broke serve at love two games later, as Ruud drew level to 5-5 with a backhand return winner.

Ruud will play against Portuguese lucky loser Pedro Sousa, who reached the final after Diego Schwartman pulled out of the match due to a left leg injury.

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Andrea Petkovic Demands More Action From Tennis In Fight Against Racism

Andrea Petkovic has urged tennis authorities to make a stronger stance against racism.

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Andrea Petkovic has demanded that more action needs to be taken if Tennis wants to tackle racism successfully. 

 

The German who is currently injured and is a part-time host for ZDF Sport has spoken about the need for tennis to take stronger action against Racism.

Speaking of her own experiences and background, Petkovic has urged the need for tennis to speak out on these issues more regularly, “We, in particular, as athletes who play abroad, get to know foreign cultures,” Petkovic said in an interview with Sueddeutsche.

“We are seen as role models and we should position ourselves against racism again and again. I myself am the daughter of a migrant family who came to Germany from the former Yugoslavia and was warmly welcomed here. Germany made this success possible for me, without the support of the German Tennis Association I would never have made it this far. 

“It makes me sad to see how things are developing, that the voices are getting louder from the right. However, a large majority in Germany are still resisting it.”

As her tennis career soon reaches its climax, Petkovic is starting to speak out on more sporting issues therefore putting pressure on tennis authorities to listen on these issues from a different perspective.

At the moment the German just had knee surgery, ruling her out of Indian Wells, and the 32 year-old admits her schedule will be lighter as the years go by, “I definitely want to play this year and maybe add the Australian Open 2021 to it. There won’t be that many tournaments. I listen to my body.”

The world number 80 will look to be fit for the WTA tournament in Stuttgart, which starts on the 20th of April.

 

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