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Rolex Masters 2014: The stars race through

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TENNIS – Rolex Masters 2014: All of the top seeds won easily their second round matches to race through to the third round on a windy day in Monte-Carlo. Federer dispatched Stepanek, Nadal beat Gabashvili. Fognini had to battle for three sets to win against Bautista Agut. From Monte-Carlo Isabelle Andrieux

 

Monaco, Wednesday 16th April – Is it because it was windy on Wednesday in Monaco? However, the top players blew their opponents on the Central court and raced through to reach the third round. Roger Federer made a welcome return to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and opened his clay-court campaign in emphatic style, dismissing Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 in just 52 minutes. The Swiss, who took a wild card to make his first appearance at the tournament since 2011, notched his 24th win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The 17-Grand Slams champion hit 14 winners to nine unforced errors and converted all four of his break points.

On this record attendance day at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a ninth title by defeating Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4,6-1. The Spaniard was under pressure at the start and stared down a double break as his Russian opponent led 3-1 and 30/40 on Nadal’s serve. But the world number one turned the match around as he found his rhythm to reel off nine of the next 10 games to take the first set and open up a 4-0 lead in the second. He claimed his 49th victory at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 73 minutes.

Stanislas Wawrinka was even faster than Roger Federer. The world number 3 made a statement of intent in his opening second-round match, blasting past the in-form Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-2 in just 46 minutes. It took him 18 minutes to wrap the first set. Wawrinka only lost six points on serve and broke Cilic five times from seven opportunities.

The job was a little bit more difficult for Fabio Fognini who struggled to defeat  Roberto Bautista Agut in two sets 7-6 6-4. The Italian will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday in the first clash scheduled tomorrow on the Central Court.

 

They said:

Rafael Nadal:I think I started little bit slower. But it is true that he was playing very, very aggressive, hitting very strong, with no mistakes. Always in the first match, the thing that you want at the beginning is get in rhythm, play some long points, find the feelings.  But I didn’t have that chance because he started very quick with finding the winners in the first ball that he has the chance.

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters is one of the nicest and most important tournaments of the year.  It is a Masters 1000. It’s s not surprise to see Roger playing here.  For me, it is a surprise when he decides to not come here.”

Roger Federer:I am a bit surprised how well it went. Then again, it’s hard to serve through the opponent. I was able to get a lot of returns back into play. I had a good start to both sets then I was solid on my own service games. The next thing you know, you’re in the lead and you can hit freely. It was clearly a good match to start my clay court campaign.”

Stanislas Wawrinka:I expected a more difficult or more complicated first round against him.  But I was able, as I said, to practice well before.  I felt good on the court. I know that physically if I feel good, then I am able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent. This doesn’t guarantee any victory, but I know I don’t need much time to adapt.”

Fabio Fognini:It was a very tough match. Roberto was very solid. But I won it’s the most important. Today the conditions were difficult. I hope tomorrow is going to be a sunny day and we can play good tennis and enjoy”. 

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Doubles Player Dream French Open Debut Ended By Instagram Message

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral said he found out he will not be playing in Paris through social media.

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Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of many players’ careers but one player missed out on that opportunity due to an unfortunate situation. 

 

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral was set to play in the men’s doubles tournament for the first time at this week’s French Open. The world No.72 is currently at a career-high after winning his maiden Tour title in Estoril last month with compatriot Nuno Borges. In Paris, he entered into the draw alongside Denmark’s Holger Rune. 

However, shortly before he was set to make his Grand Slam debut Rune pulled out at the last minute. Leaving Cabral unable to look for another partner in such a short time. Rune’s withdrawal from the doubles was based on medical advice after he hurt his ankle during his second round clash against Henri Laaksonen. The Dane tripped over the court cover at the back of the court but fortunately wasn’t seriously injured and managed to continue playing. 

“Right now I feel a huge sadness because it’s a dream to play in a Grand Slam tournament. I’ve been here since Saturday training, waiting, watching games, experiencing a new world because it was my first Grand Slam and it’s another dimension and I was really, really looking forward to being able to play,” Cabral told Raquetc. “And having waited until 15 minutes before game time to know that I wasn’t going to play after all, it cost me a lot, but I did everything I could.”

Caral went on to criticize the behavior of Rune who informed him that he would not be playing in the doubles event via a message sent on Instagram. It is unclear why the two never spoke face-to-face. 

“He only told me that he had sprained his foot, that he was at the doctor’s, and that he had told him not to play the doubles. I’m sad about his attitude because he didn’t even say this to my face, he just sent me a message on Instagram. I don’t think it went well, but as I said, I couldn’t have done anything differently, so I’ll just wait for the next opportunity.” He said. 

25-year-old Cabral is targeting Wimbledon as the event where he will play his first main draw match. 

Meanwhile, Rune will continue his singles campaign at Roland Garros on Saturday when he plays Hugo Gaston in the third round. The former world No.1 junior has shot up the rankings this season to a high of 40th. 

Cabral and Rune has been replaced in the draw by Sander Arends and Szymon Walków. 

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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.

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Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.

 

The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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