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David Ferrer: “Last year in Roland Garros it was my best result in a Grand Slam, so it's good to come back”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – D. Ferrer d. I . Sijsling 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. An interview with David Ferrer.

 

Q. Are you happy with how you started the tournament?

DAVID FERRER: Yes, of course. I won in three sets, so it’s important, no?

I start winning in three sets, and not many time on the court.

 

Q. Coming back to a place where you made the final last year, what kind of emotions do you have coming here?

DAVID FERRER: Well, good, nice. Is nice come back again in Roland Garros and play in the Philippe Chatrier.

Of course I have very good records here. The last year in Roland Garros it was my best result in a Grand Slam, so it’s good to come back.

But, you know, is different. It’s another year and another season. I am trying also to do my best and play every match, no?

 

Q. When a lot of upsets happen in the beginning of the tournament, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Dimitrov today, is it easy to block this and not look around it? Or will you look at it and think there is more opportunity for you?

DAVID FERRER: No, of course not. I am only focused on myself.

You know, here all the matches are close. The tennis is very close. Is normal sometimes to have surprises. Always in a Grand Slam, in the first round there were surprises.

So Na Li lost I think, so yesterday Kei and I think Dimitrov also lost. It’s difficult this sport and this game.

 

Q. Some people were saying that maybe Rafa coming into this tournament is a little bit more vulnerable than maybe previous years. What do you think? You’re close to him. You played him. You beat him. What’s your opinion on that?

DAVID FERRER: No, I don’t think so. Rafael, he’s No. 1 of the race. So of course he’s having very good moment. The people outside sometimes talk without know about the tennis. And what is impossible, win every tournament every year like did Rafael, Roger sometimes, or Novak Djokovic.

You know, here is a new season. Rafael is No. 1 of the world. He is the favorite in Roland Garros.

For me, you know, if maybe he can lost a few matches in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona, but he won in Madrid, he did final in Rome. And in clay court for me he’s the best player.

 

Q. Tell us more about the 30 year old players. You’re one of those. Why would you say that you’re still there on the courts? Whereas for the younger players, it’s more difficult, more difficult for them to reach this level. Maybe you have the technical staff or teams with you that no longer exist?

DAVID FERRER: That’s true. Tennis has become much more professional mainly with the physical therapist, whose role is more and more important. And all players who play at a high level need a good physio. Therefore, this has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

Rather as Rafa says I think that younger players gain their full maturity a bit later now. This is true at least for the Spanish type of tennis.

But there is so much to do that also perhaps younger people want to play another sport.

 

Q. Yesterday Wawrinka talked a lot about the mental aspect. He said this is the big difference between him and the best players like Djoko and Nadal. Would you say the same? Would you say they’re different from the other players thanks to this mental thing that they have?

DAVID FERRER: Well, I think it’s a bit of everything, you know. But if you look around, these two players are better than the rest of us in many respects. For instance, Nadal has a very strong mental approach to the game, and Djoko, as well. They have this desire to win, which is really deeply rooted in them.

They have this appetite for victories. And we follow them, and we are lucky to follow them, because we can learn from them.

I think they win because also they are better with the details apart from the fact that mentally they are really men of steel.

But physically they are very strong, as well. They are very solid. So it’s a whole thing.

 

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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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