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.
Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo
World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo.
Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina.
Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown.
Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead.
Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2.
Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4.
Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.
“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit.
Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo
Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117 Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2.
Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5.
Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2.
Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets.
Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco.
Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point.
Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games.
Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance.
“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi.
Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open.
The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai.
Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006.
“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit.
Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia
ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital.
The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October).
“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi.
During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.
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