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Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Ana Ivanovic: “I was really happy, anytime you lose you talk of revenge…”

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TENNIS Internazionali BNL d’Italia – A. Ivanovic d. M. Sharapova 6-1, 6-4. An interview with Ana Ivanovic.

Q: Yesterday you talked about confidence, energy and revenge. There’s something you learned from your previous matches?

ANA IVANOVIC: I was really happy, anytime you lose you talk of revenge…I try to learn from the match of Stuttgart and I was dominating the first part of the match, I had a good tactic with my coach: took away time from here, step forward when I needed and I am really pleased.

Q: What’s the difference between your previous mentality and now?

ANA IVANOVIC: I am a very emotional player and when I made a good shot I want to give a credit to myself. Playing Maria I think was a very tough job for both of us, I tried to do the thing I practice, build on the match I had in mind and I am very pleased.

Q: Compared to Stuttgart, what were the differences: tactical or execution?

ANA IVANOVIC: Execution. In Stuttgart I was also executing very well at the beginning of the match but she’s a top player and she goes for her shot and today I said to myself, when I was going a little down, to keep on put pressure on her because she hit some great point in the 2nd set but I really try to stay on top of her and try not to let myself go down that path. That is the big difference between this match and the one in Stuttgart. Last two years I was struggling, this was a hard draw, and to have this victory, to play the tournament I really appreciate much more now, so I can’t say I am proud of this moment because every step of the way was important, even the Monterrey title was very special.

Q: What is your ambition for the Roland Garros?

ANA IVANOVIC: I look forward to the French Open, it has always been a special place for me and I really hope I can perform well but I’ll focus on one match at the time. Every opponent can be dangerous and you really put your attention on each match in particular.

Q: This is your first win over Maria in 7 years: how does it feel?

ANA IVANOVIC: I didn’t even think about that going into match. I know that every match is an opportunity, in Stuttgart I was very close to beat her and so it feels like I could have played even better today.

Q: Next opponent is Suarez-Navarro, what do you expect from that match?

ANA IVANOVIC: It will be a different match from today’s match, more similar to the one I played yesterday. She is a very good player on clay, very confident, use the spin. I am going to talk to my coach later a little bit and come up with a tactic, but I have to stay focus and hope it’s going to be a very good match.

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Rafael Nadal To Play Laver Cup In Berlin

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Rafael Nadal has eased speculation that he might be retiring from the sport soon after signing on to play in the Laver Cup later this year. 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion is the latest player to join the line-up for this year’s team competition which features Europe taking on the rest of the world over three days. It will be Nadal’s fourth appearance in the competition and his first since 2022. He competed in the inaugural edition of the event back in 2017 alongside co-founder Roger Federer. 

“I am very happy to be playing Laver Cup in Berlin for Team Europe,” Nadal said in a press release. “I have some really special memories from my Laver Cup experiences, including all the emotions from London two years ago playing alongside Roger for the last time.”

Nadal’s decision to play comes amid questions about his future in the sport. The former world No.1 has previously indicated that this year could be his last on the Tour but he has stated that no decision has been made. In recent months he has been sidelined from action due to injury setbacks and has only been able to play in two tournaments so far this year. 

“At this stage in my career I really want to go out there and make the most of every opportunity I am given,” he explains.
“Teaming up is always an incredible experience and I have always enjoyed it, the competition is different and exciting. I’m looking forward to going to Berlin and helping Team Europe win back the Laver Cup.”

Other European players confirmed to be playing are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul have agreed to play for Team World. This year’s event will be held in Belin at the Uber Arena between September 20-22. 

The Laver Cup was inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup. It was co-founded by Federer’s Team8 management company (which he formed with agent Tony Godsick), businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia. In 2019 it became an official ATP sanction event and now has a place on the official calendar. 

Nadal is set to return to competitive action at the Madrid Masters which he has won on five previous occasions. He has been drawn to play teenage wild card Darwin Blanch in the first round. If he wins, Nadal will then play Alex de Minaur who knocked him out of the Barcelona Open last week. 

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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