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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: An all Swiss final!

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TENNIS – Saturday 19 April 2014 – Stanislas Wawrinka will meet Roger Federer on Sunday in an all-Swiss final at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. It will be the second all- Swiss final of history, after the one opposing Federer and Marc Rosset in 2000 in Marseille. Form Monte-Carlo, Isabelle Andrieux.

Third-seed Wawrinka defeated David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 in a most convincing way in the first semi-finals of the day at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The Australian open winner is one win away from capturing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. The Swiss claimed his 100th Masters 1000 win as he set a blockbuster final against three-time finalist Roger Federer.

Federer leads 13-1 ATP head to head lead over Wawrinka and has won past 11 meetings with the Australian Open Champion. But Wawrinka’s only win over his countryman came here at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2009.

In the second semi-finals of the day, the 32-year-old Federer ended Djokovic’s reign in Monte-Carlo with his victory in 75 minutes. Djokovic had dethroned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal in the 2013 final and saw his 13-match winning run come to an end. The Serb, who completed the Indian Wells-Miami double last month, had been chasing an unprecedented fifth successive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.  

On Sunday, Stanislas Wawrinka will claim his first Masters 1000 title when Roger Federer will try to capture his first title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

 

They said :

Stanislas Wawrinka:I’m not surprised with my game or the way I’m playing. Today was a little bit slower. It was a little bit windy at the beginning. It was important to move well, be aggressive. That was my plan. I started really well. I know when I’m moving well and I can dictate the game, I’m always good against him. I did a really good job, especially at the beginning.

It would be great, for sure, to play a Swiss player, especially Roger. But so far I prefer not to think about the final.  I just won the semifinal.”

Roger Federer:For me it comes as a bit of as surprise to be in the finals of a tournament again this year. Especially the first one on clay.”

It‘s incredible that we are in the finals together with Stan. It matches up at the same tournament. That we are able to have this moment together on a center court. It’s so rare. We’ve played many times, quarters, semis. But this one is clearly very special, especially with the way he’s been playing the last few months. It’s nice living a moment like this. It’s really wonderful.”  

Novak Djokovic: “Just a match to forget for me. It’s unfortunate that when you’re playing at this level against Roger in a big tournament, you are not able to play your game because something else is taking all your energy. This injury has been present for 10 days and I tried no to think about iti and did everything I could really. I was on medications every day, doing different therapies, injections, so forth. But in the end of the day, semi-finals is a good result. But I am disappointed not to be able to play as I could.”

David Ferrer:Stan very good, no? He started the match playing unbelievable. He was better, moved better and was on each ball.”

I never return very good.  In the second set, Stan did a little bit mistakes.  I play with more power with my forehand. But, anyway, Stan was better. He moved better than me, he was on each ball”.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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