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Master 1000 Rome: Nadal with Wawrinka. Will Federer and Djokovic play?

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TENNIS Master 1000 Rome -The Draw ceremony of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia took place today in Rome in the splendid backdrop of the Campidoglio. Diego Sampaolo

 

The men’s singles draw

Defending champion Rafa Nadal will be chasing his ninth Rome title after winning in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Nadal reached the Madrid final after two quarter final exits in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and is reaching top form ahead of Rome and the Roland Garros.

Nadal will play against either Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or Italian wild-card Filippo Volandri before a possible third round match against either Mikhail Youzhny or Fernando Verdasco. Nadal has been drawn in the same quarter as Andy Murray who will face a tough second round match against Feliciano Lopez or Marcel Granollers before a possible clash against either John Isner or Marin Cilic en route to a possible quarter final against Nadal.

Stan Wawrinka, who won his first Master 1000 title on clay in Monte-Carlo, will open against either Paolo Lorenzi or a qualifier in the second round in the second quarter of the draw The Lausanne player will be looking to bounce back from his surprising defeat against Dominic Thiem in Madrid. He could face either Andreas Seppi in a re-match of the fantastic third round match won by the Italian player at the Campo Pietrangeli in 2012 or Tommy Haas before meeting Tomas Berdych in a possible quarter final

Novak Djokovic, winner in the Foro Italico in 2008 and 2011, will make his return after being forced to withdraw from Madrid because of a wrist injury.

Djokovic will start his campaign against either Pablo Andujar or Radek Stepanek in the second round before playing against the winner of the match between Jerzy Janowicz and Tommy Robredo. His possible quarter final rival could be David Ferrer, who reached the semifinals in Monte-Carlo and Madrid.

Djokovic could face the winner of the third round match between David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori who could meet for the second time in just a few days. It could be a blockbuster re-match of today’s Madrid semifinal won by Nishikori who won his first clay title in Barcelona at the end of April. Nishikori, the first Japanese player to reach the top-10, will first have to overcome a tough second round match against Ernests Gulbis

He could face Roger Federer in a potential blockbuster semifinal against Roger Federer but there is a question mark on the Swiss legend who will take a last-minute decision whether to play in the Eternal city or not following the birth of twin children Leo and Lenny. Federer has been drawn to play against eitherRobin Haase or Jeremy Chardy in the second round before facing Fabio Fognini in a possible third round match and a potential quarter final clash against Milos Raonic. The young Canadian coached by Ivan Ljubicic will face a tough third round match against Kevin Anderson, Jo Wilfred Tsonga or Alexander Dolgopolov.

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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