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Benoit Paire: “There is a region in the knee that's inflamed and I have to be careful”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 28th of May 2014. R. Bautista Agut d. B. Paire 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. An interview with Benoit Paire

 

Q. Physically what happened on the court?

BENOIT PAIRE: It was a bit tough. So physically it was a bit tough, as I was saying. I practiced only three days before the first round, and yesterday I played doubles, but it was a bit difficult. My knee is hurting a little but not today. No knee that’s hurting, so I’m very happy to be able to play again.

The feelings come and go and come and go. Sometimes it’s unforced mistakes, sometimes winning shots. But the most important thing is I’m back 100%. So I have to practice again so I’m in the rhythm of this competition.

But, you know, to me, it was very important to play here at Roland Garros. I’m happy. I managed to come to that stage. Of course, I could have done better. My knee was not hurting too much, but physically it was a bit tough.

When I lost the second set it was a blow on the head. But I’m happy to have played. Not to have any pain. And I will be happy to practice again on the practice courts.

I’m very eager during the second half of the season to be able to play more matches and win points and all that. You know, I’m very happy, frankly. And I’m very much looking forward to the competition in the months to come.

 

Q. Do you have a schedule that’s very precise, or will it vary depending on your physical ups and downs?

BENOIT PAIRE: No. I know that I will have to have an MRI, and there is a region in the knee that’s inflamed and I have to be careful. I shouldn’t use it too much. It’s healing at present. So there is going to be physiotherapy and also I will have to practice.

But I’m very happy, very happy to play on grass and play tournaments this summer, as well.

Of course, my ranking is going to go down, but that doesn’t really matter. The best thing is to be there 100%, and I think I can do that.

Against Bautista, you know, if I can play a bit better I could have defeated him. It was a near miss for me. But then during the third set, it was really tough.

 

Q. You discussed with the referee or the umpire on the court. What did you say?

BENOIT PAIRE: Nothing special. We discussed, you know, it’s between the referees or umpires and the players. You know, we were playing and then there was music, like a band.

You know, you have to be back and into the competition to feel you’re in it, because sometimes, you know, he had poor shots and then he said, We have to wait between the first serve, second serve. He says, Take time. And I like to be quick. I’m a quick player. These are small things, the details.

To me, it has a great impact on me, because, you know, it’s difficult for me to focus for two hours in a row and I have to focus.

These ups and downs and focus and my concentration, it’s such that sometimes I get lost. So to win the second set, these are usually very important moments for me in a match that I manage usually really well.

It was Love 40 for me, so I thought I was controlling at the beginning of the match, but then I made too many mistakes, unforced errors, and I didn’t have enough focus. Physically, I had to be really present on the court. It’s a bit difficult, but I will manage. I have no worries about it.

 

Q. You felt you could have defeated Bautista, but you have never defeated him. How come?

BENOIT PAIRE: I think I’m playing better than him. I have all the weapons to beat him. I have been suffering from this injury for three months. Last time we played was in Australia, and I defeated him in the inter club matches. Look at the statistics. That’s true. That’s important.

But look at what I do when I play against him. Look at the match. I don’t think he was hurting me that much. I felt that I was doing the whole game. Then sometimes when I make fewer direct or unforced errors, I’m leading sometimes.

These are these moments when, you know, I have not practiced enough. I have not played enough. I missed the match I was defeated, but later on you will see I’ll fix this and my results will be excellent.

My objective was to be 100% focused. I’m not ready yet for a five set match. I tried. It was okay today. My knee was not hurting. I have to practice again. As I said before, I’m back on the right tracks. The tracks leading to the tennis courts. Then everything is going to be okay again.

Yesterday I felt I was better than Bautista. I can’t say to the contrary. When I’m the courts I feel I’m on top of him. Sometimes for other players it’s different. You have the impression he’s weaker than you are.

Bautista, that’s true, he’s 29, but I have all the weapons to defeat him. The only thing is the unforced errors. I made too many of those, and that’s why I lost the match today.

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Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.

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Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.

 

The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told atptour.com. “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.

 

 

 

 

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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.

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Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.

 

The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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