Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Novak Djokovic: “The serve was good, I lost the rhythm after 90 minutes” - UBITENNIS
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Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Novak Djokovic: “The serve was good, I lost the rhythm after 90 minutes”

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TENNIS Internazionali BNL d’Italia – N. Djokovic d. D. Ferrer 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. An interview with Novak Djokovic.

 

Q:You haven’t played for 10 days before the tournament, after this victory which is the percentage of your physical conditions?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It was the most physical match I had on clay this year, I am really glad to overcome this challenge because David is a great competitor, I respect him a lot, we all know how good his record is on clay, the best after Nadal. Knowing that I am going to work for every single point of the match, coming out as a winner gives a lot of satisfaction and confidence and I am really glad.

Q:Which were the key points of the game?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The serve was good, I lost the rhythm after 90 minutes. The match becomes different if you don’t have the first serve in and the short point, the aggressive of the first shot, Ferrer get into his groove and was hard to win the point. So I had to do it the tougher way, I am happy the way I sustain the focus.

Q:Both Raonic and Dimitrov made the semi-final this tournament, and also Nishikori last week in Madrid, so how do you see these three young players?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: They’re great, it’s a new generation who is improving his quality on different surfaces. Kei is playing the tennis of his life and it’s a pity he is injured last weekend. Now you have Raonic and Dimitrov who are in good form and it’s good for tennis to see new faces, new players able to win these big matches and come to the finale stages of big tournament.

Q:Dimitrov has been awarded as the most stylish player of the tournament, are you jealous?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, at all. He deserves it.

Q:How are you reacting after these match in this week?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I am reacting very well, I am playing with pain free and as long as it stays like this I am happy, It wasn’t an easy decision to skip Madrid but now I see it was the best decision because now I am able to play with pain free.

Q:There has been a quick turnaround for you in this tournament: you play in the morning, at night. How do you prepare for this?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It’s the experience to play in this particular kind of situations. Over the years it helped to kind of think about the good and bad things I have done today, overcome that mentally and think to the next one. It’s a back to back everyday to play at a high level. Tomorrow is semi-final and that’s why there are5 people travelling with me and have both coaches here doing their job, scouting and analysing my next opponent and I hopefully will be ready for this.

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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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