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Milos Raonic: “In the important moments I played the right way”



TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 28th of May 2014. M. Raonic d. J. Vesely 7-6, 6-4, 6-1. An interview with Milos Raonic


Q. How did you feel in that match, especially at the beginning where first set was obviously the toughest of the three?

MILOS RAONIC: I think it can sort of be divided in a few pieces. I felt like in the beginning I was just missing a little bit of intensity, and I was letting him dictate a little bit too much. Then in the important moments I played the right way.

In the tiebreaker he came up with a very good shot when I was up 1 Love to pass me down the line.

At the beginning of the second I sort of fell into the same slump a little bit with intensity, but then I feel like I did the right thing for the rest of the match and I gave myself plenty of opportunities.


Q. Did you see the level of your game going up from the first match, which is obviously what you want in a slam?

MILOS RAONIC: It is. I feel like I’m playing better today than I did three days ago, and I think I dealt a little bit better with when I got things figured out as far as intensity. I held it on a little bit better where I struggled a little bit with my match three days ago.


Q. When was the last time you played a guy that was taller than you?

MILOS RAONIC: There is quite a few guys actually now on tour; John, Sam, Cilic, quite a few guys.


Q. Just want to ask you: What is the role the weather is playing right now? How is it making the game different this year compared to maybe the previous year?

MILOS RAONIC: Well, last year was the same, I feel like. But maybe previously before that, it tends to be just a bit bouncier and quicker.

But most tournaments actually this year have been a little bit heavier. Rome was most of the time it was cloudy with, especially at night, humid. Monte Carlo was not really as warm because it’s earlier in the spring season.

So it’s playing a little bit slower than you would expect here in Paris, but it’s been going well so far.


Q. It’s a Grand Slam, and it’s also your business. Obviously you want to come out for every single match and be intense. Do you have any theories about why sometimes you come out and there is a lack of intensity and sometimes everything just goes just fine? Are there any particular factors that play into that? Do you have any ideas?

MILOS RAONIC: I think also sometimes you go in maybe sort of calculating, because it is three out of five, which you’re a little bit unused to because you play really only four, maybe five if you play Davis Cup and so forth, five times a year. I think that’s really the only thing.

But there really is no    and also, at the beginning of matches you sort of try to find your way into it. You can’t go out trying to hit close to the line, because that’s never going to really work. Maybe once in a while it will. But you sort of have to find your way in. I just wasn’t gradually picking it up the way I needed to during the first.


Q. After last week in Rome, your confidence levels, are they different coming into this Grand Slam after pushing Djokovic so close? Do you really feel you have a good chance at this tournament to go all the way?

MILOS RAONIC: Yeah. I think I have given myself just not results specifically    I think that’s helped, but I think I have given myself over the last year or so a lot of opportunities because I feel like I’m getting better consistently, and I feel like I have significantly improved.


Q. I know you haven’t played on the center court here. How much would you enjoy doing that? There is like obviously a chance if you’re playing Simon.

MILOS RAONIC: Yeah, that would be a great opportunity. But I haven’t really given it too much thought.

Just as it would be something gratifying in a way, just because this one here in Chatrier. And out at Wimbledon I haven’t played on either of those two center courts.


Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.



Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.


The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.





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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.



Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.


The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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