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Dimitry Tursunov: “Well, I mean, pretty much couldn't run”




TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 30th of May 2014. R. Federer d. D. Tursunov 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. An interview with Dimitry Tursunov


Q. How much do you think the injury affected today?

DIMITRY TURSUNOV: Well, I mean, pretty much couldn’t run, so probably a big part of the game.

But, you know, it’s also not very easy to play against an injured person, so good for him that he was able to figure out what bothers me and kind of build his game plan around that.

He’s a tough player to play against when you’re healthy, so definitely makes thing a little bit tougher.


Q. What kind of injury is it?

DIMITRY TURSUNOV: It’s an ouchy one.

No, it’s actually kind of combination of a couple of things. But it’s a groin, so basically can’t lift my leg to push to the sides, to run side to side, so it was pretty difficult. Anything on the return, can’t really move to the side.

Then when he was trying to drive me around the court with dropshots, that’s basically what bothered me the most.


Q. Despite the injury, what do you think of your tennis today and what do you think of Roger’s performance today?

DIMITRY TURSUNOV: Well, it’s hard for me to judge Roger’s performance, because when you play against him or watch him it’s a little different.

I think obviously he can do things better and I can do things better, but I thought I played at a pretty good level. Could have done a little bit better when I did have small chances on his serve in the first set and make him play a little bit more.

As well in the second set I had a break point where I could have applied a little more pressure on him.

Overall, the first two sets the match would be really good for me to judge, and I felt that it was a fairly even battle out there.

You know, I don’t know how it would’ve gone. If would’ve continued that way it’s hard for me too predict, but definitely playing on one leg is not going to make things easier.

Tough luck for me, but hopefully I’ll get him somewhere else.


Q. You’ve given him a hard time in this match until you got injured, so you must be pleased with your performance, not just against Roger, but it seems you’re doing pretty well this season. Would you agree?

DIMITRY TURSUNOV: Yeah, I mean, I think he’s definitely a good barometer to measure yourself against. It’s good to play matches against the top guys just to see what your level is and what you need to improve on.

This year I’ve lost to a lot of good players, couple players that are not ranked as high.

Also, if you take the rankings out of the equation, there are a lot more players that are difficult to play against.

Roger is kind of the gold standard, let’s put it that way. Good benchmark to measure yourself against.

I like how I’m playing against him. Hoping to improve. Hoping to give him more difficulties for the next couple years hopefully.

So we’ll see where it goes from here.


Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 


Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.




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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.


The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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