TENNIS FRENCH OPEN – David Ferrer is through to the Round of 16 at the French Open for the 6th time in his career with straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3. Last year’s finalist has now made it to the second week of 16 consecutive majors. Cordell Hackshaw
David Ferrer (5) is through to the Round of 16 at the French Open for the 6th time in his career with straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi (32) 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3. Last year’s finalist has now made it to the second week of 16 consecutive majors. Ferrer spoke of this achievement “I do my best to be consistent, to be among the best. Now I have reached the round of 16[,] I feel good. And I think this is an asset in a tennis career, to be this consistent.” There was not much to separate the two opponents, Ferrer and Seppi. The main difference in the match was the fact that Ferrer simply played the big points better.
Ferrer knew the danger of underestimating a player of Seppi’s caliber and so he raced out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set. It looked as though Seppi was going to claw his way into the match as he saved three set points on his serve to avoid losing it 1-6. Down 2-5, he saved another two set points and had break point to get one of the breaks back. However, poor decisions on those big points by the Italian, allowed Ferrer back into the points and gain the advantage. The Spaniard was not going to let a 6th set point go to waste. With an inside out forehand volley into the open court, he took the set 6-2.
In the 2nd set, Seppi was with Ferrer every set of the way. Every time he was broken, he broke back. Just when it looked like he was going to lose the 2nd set down 4-5. He broke Ferrer to get back on serve and force the matter to be decided in the tiebreaker. Ferrer gave his own assessment of this point in the match, “Well, I was up 4015, and then I don’t know what happened. All of a sudden I was perhaps down a little. I was perhaps not aggressive enough with my forehand at that moment. This is when he started dominating the game, and then he played a lot better than before…and therefore, I lost my serve. This is because I was not paying enough attention to the game at that moment.” However, it was here again that Ferrer showed his experience and ability to play the big points well. He dominated in the breaker taking it 7-2 and the 2 sets to love advantage.
Again in the 3rd set, Seppi kept things close until the 8th game when he was serving to get to 4-4. Ferrer raised the level of his game and earned the crucial break which allowed him to serve for the match at 5-4. Ferrer wisely gave himself three match points as he needed two of them to close out the match 6-2 7-6 6-3. Ferrer will face Kevin Anderson (19) of South Africa for a place in the quarterfinals. Anderson made it to the Round 16 when Ivo Karlovic retired from the match with an injury after dropping the 1st set 3-6.
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Mikhail Kukushkin beat 18-year-old Italian 18-year-old Italian Next Gen rising star Jannick Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Kukushkin fended off nine of the eleven break points he faced.
Sinner, who turned 18 last month and received a wild-card to take part at the next November’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, did not convert three break points in the first game, but Kukushkin saved them to hold his first game.
Kukushkin, who won his only title in St.Petersburg in 2010, was the first to break serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sinner earned three break points but Kukushkin fended them off. Sinner saved a break point in the eighth game but Kukushkin served out the opening set on his first set point.
Kukushkin went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead, Sinner converted his second break-back point to draw level to 2-2. Kukushkin got a break lead for the second time but Sinner rallied from the break down for the second time to draw level to 4-4. Sinner earned set point at 5-4 to force a decider, but Kukushkin saved it to draw level to 5-5. Kukushkin got a mini-break in the tie-break to win the tie-break 7-4.
Adrian Mannarino, who won his first ATP Tour title in s’Hertogenbosch, beat Stefano Travaglia 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. Travaglia held his first two service games at love and broke serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Mannarino converted his first break-back point for 3-4. Both players held their serve to draw level to 5-5. Travaglia saved a break point, but he made two double faults to drop his serve in the 11th game for 5-6. Mannarino served out the first set on his first point.
Travaglia saved a break point at the start of the second set, but Mannarino converted his second chance.
Travaglia earned two break-back points in the second game but did Mannarino saved them to open up a 2-0 lead. Mannarino went up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the sixth game to race out to a 5-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point.
Andy Murray To Play Four Tournaments In A Row Following Shanghai Wild Card
It is going to be a busy few week’s for the British player as he continues his comeback to the tour.
The comeback of former world No.1 Andy Murray is gaining momentum after he received a wild card into the most high-profile men’s tournament in China.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has been given entry into the Shanghai Masters, which will get underway on October 5th. Murray is one of only three players to have won the title three or more times. His last triumph was back in 2016 when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. That was also the last time the Brit played in the tournament after being hampered by a serious hip injury over the past two years.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past.” Murray said in a statement.
“Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it’s great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive.”
Murray is continuing his return to the tour after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this season. The second operation he has had on his hip in as many years. So far in his singles comeback, the 32-year-old has lost his opening matches in Cincinnati (to Richard Gasquet) and Winston-Salem (to Tennys Sandgren). He is currently ranked 415th in the world.
“We are delighted to have Andy return to the tournament where he has been so successful,” Shanghai tournament director Michael Luevano said. “He is incredibly popular with our fans and we are all thrilled to see him back on the courts and heading to Shanghai.’
“He has been through a lot physically in recent times so to see him back doing what he loves is very rewarding for everyone in tennis.”
The addition of Shanghai to his schedule means Murray will play four tournaments in four weeks across two continents. He will also play at events in Zhuhai (ATP 250) and Beijing (ATP 500) prior to the Masters tournament. Then the week after, he will return to Europe to play at the European Open (ATP 250) in Antwerp, Belgium.
Murray is hoping to return back to his top form. So far in his career, he has won 45 titles on the ATP Tour and spent 41 consecutive weeks as world No.1.
Borna Coric Opens Up About Split With Coach
The Croatian No.1 has criticised his ex-mentor for working with Maria Sharapova earlier this year.
Borna Coric has said he had differences of opinion with his former coach ‘for some time’ before they decided to go their separate ways.
The world No.15 has shed light on the reasons behind his decision to part ways with Riccardo Piatti earlier this month. The two have worked together since 2017. Under Piatti’s guidance, Coric won the biggest title of his career in Halle last year. However, he hasn’t won any more silverware since then.
“There have been differences for some time, since the beginning of the year.” Coric said earlier this week.
“They reached the pinnacle at the US Open, after which we all sat around a table and decided to interrupt the collaboration.”
Piatti is a renowned coach in the world of men’s tennis and has worked with many top names. Including Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic. He also has his own academy in Italy, where he spent some time with Maria Sharapova during the summer and supported her during the US Open. Something that has been criticised by Coric.
“We can say that, it certainly did not help to resolve the differences and made the situation worse.” He commented on Piatti’s work with Sharapova.
“This was one of the main reasons. He is following several projects and could no longer focus fully on me. Given this and the previous divergences, we assessed that the separation was the best option.” Coric added.
The 22-year-old is hoping to end the year on a high after another injury setback. At the US Open he was forced to withdraw from the second round due to a back injury. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 23-15. Coric’s best runs so far in 2019 were at Doha and s-Hertogenbosch where he reached the semi-finals of both tournaments.
Coric is set to return to action next week in St. Petersburg, where he will be the fourth seed.
“Regardless of the situation, I have to try to make the most of this season . I am working hard in anticipation of the return to the field in St. Petersburg.” He concluded.
For the rest of the season Coric will be coached by Antonio Veic. Although there is a chance that more members will be added to his team in the near future.
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