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ATP Rome: Djokovic is King of Rome for the third time



TENNIS ATP Rome – Novak Djokovic triumphed at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome for the third time in his career after beating seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal in three sets with 4-6 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes. Diego Sampaolo


Interviews, results, order of play, draws of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome 

The Serbian super-star, who will turn 27 on 22 May, earned his third Rome Trophy after the wins in 2008 against Stan Wawrinka and in 2011 against Rafa Nadal. It was an anticipated birthday present for the World Number 2 player who has earned 1000 points increasing his chance to return to the World Number 1 spot.

Djokovic clinched his third Master 1000 Trophy of the year after Indian Wells and Miami.

Nadal played his ninth final in the Foro Italico and his 40th final at Master 1000 level.

Djokovic and Nadal met for the 41st time in their career. Nadal led 22-18 in their previous head-to-head matches.

The two players contested their second head-to-head match in a Master 1000 final. They met last March in Miami where Djokovic won in straight sets with a double 6-3.

In the third game of the opening set Djokovic committed three unforced errors and faced a triple break point at 1-1 0-40. Nadal converted his third break point with a drop shot.

Nadal got a double break to pull away to 4-1

Djokovic made seven unforced errors with his backhand in the first five games. He broke straight back in the sixth game to close the gap to 2-4 and went up 0-40 on Nadal’s serve but the Mallorcan star saved the break point.

Nadal earned a set point at 5-4 with a service winner and wrapped up the first set after 46 minutes as Djokovic sent a return wide. Nadal won 75 percent of second serve points.

Djokovic fought back in the second set turning around the match. He got a break in the second game to go up 2-0 with a cross-court forehand passing shot. and backed it up in the next game to pull away to 3-0.

Nadal earned his first break point of the second set after Djokovic made forehand errors when he was serving at 3-1. The Spaniard converted on the break point to close the gap to 2-3.

Djokovic broke straight back for 4-2 and held serve in the next game to love to extend his lead to 5-2. Djokovic hit an ace to close out the second set with 6-3 to force the match to the decider

In the second set Djokovic won 69 percent of his second serve points and hit 18 winners.

Djokovic picked up where he left off at the end of the second set by breaking at the start of the decider. Djokovic earned a break point which could have given him a double break but Nadal managed to save it and held serve for 1-2 keeping his hopes alive.

Djokovic dictated the match from the baseline. Djokovic got another break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 edge. He won nine points to take a 5-3 30-0 lead with a series of down-the.line winner and converted on his second match point for 6-3 when Nadal hit his forehand long.

Djokovic hit 46 winners and six aces

Djokovic won his fourth consecutive match against Nadal

The match was attended by tennis legends Boris Becker (coach of Djokovic), John Newcombe, Manolo Santana, Nicola Pietrangeli and Lea Pericoli.

“I want to dedicate this title to Serbia. I have been following what’s going on with the catastrophic flood during the last 2 or 3 days. It’s something that has taken away a lot of hope and homes and not being present makes me sad because I cannot physically contribute. If I was there I would help definitely.

It’s been a great week considering where I have been few weeks ago with the wrist injury. Luckily I played with no pain and increased the level of tennis as the week went on. I have had some tough matches. Four of five matches were three-setters and I had to come back from a set down yesterday against Raonic and today against Nadal. This gives me a lot of confidence. Winning against Rafa in the final of a big tournament on clay, his preferred surface, is a confidence booster. The crowd support was amazing. It’s something that I don’t take for granted. I try to show love as much as I can. It helps that I speak Italian. I feel at home here and close to these people. I am glad that I could this title in front of them”, said Djokovic

Nadal could not win two back-to-back Master 1000 Tournaments but he finished the tournament with a renewed confidence ahead of the Roland Garros.

“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines. I think that this week is important for me. I have won 600 points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against one of the best players at the moment. I arrive to the Roland Garros more encouraged now”, said Nadal


Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.



Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.


Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.



One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.


Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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John Newcombe Believes The Australian Open Will Be ‘A Big Ask’ For Nick Kyrgios

The tennis legend is unsure if the former top 20 player will be fit in time for the first grand slam of 2020.



MADRID, SPAIN - Nick Kyrgios of Australia waking to the locked room Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

Former world No.1 John Newcombe has cast doubts on Nick Kyrgios’ chances of going deep in the draw at the upcoming Australian Open.


The 75-year-old, who won seven grand slam titles during the 1960s and 1970s, believes the injury-stricken world No.30 may struggle playing best-of-five matches in Melbourne. Kyrgios missed most of the final quarter of the 2019 season due to a shoulder issue. He returned to action last month at the Davis Cup, but skipped his country’s quarter-final clash with Canada due to a collarbone injury. Overall, he has won 23 out of 37 matches played this year.

“It’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe told The Age.
“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.
“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”

A two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, the 24-year-old has struggled to make his mark in the majors this year. Winning just three matches in three grand slam tournaments he played in. Kyrgios missed the French Open due to injury. At his home slam, he lost in the first round for the first time since making his main draw debut back in 2014.

As well as trying to get fit in time for the start of the new season, Kyrgios will continue to be playing under a probation on the ATP Tour for ‘aggravated behaviour.’ Should he violate that, he faces the prospect of a 16-week ban from the tour.

“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe said.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”

Kyrgios is set to start 2020 at the inaugural ATP Cup, which is the only team event to have both prize money and ranking points available. After that, he is set to play in the Kooyong Classic in what will be his final test prior to the Australian Open.

“I am delighted that Nick has chosen to play Kooyong again, and hopefully it acts as the perfect tune up for his Australian Open (AO) campaign and sets him up for a massive 2020 season.” Tournament director Peter Johnson said in a statement.

So far in his career, Kyrgios has won six titles. Including Acapulco and Washington this year.

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