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Milos Raonic: “I live and die with my serve, so I'd rather be serving for the match than anything else”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 30th of May 2014. M. Raonic d. G. Simon 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. An interview with Milos Raonic

 

Q. Congratulations. How does that feel when you’re serving twice for the match and the crowd is going absolutely crazy between your serve and the atmosphere is really, really tense?

MILOS RAONIC: Unfortunate that I was serving twice for that match (smiling). It could have not been that way.

I live and die with my serve, so I’d rather be serving for the match than anything else. I don’t think the crowd made more    I think I just played two tight points and then he played well the first game, and then I feel like he sort of let me get ahead in the second one.

That’s how I was able to close out.

 

Q. What’s the difference now when you get into a long rally on clay than a year ago maybe or whatever, in your mind?

MILOS RAONIC: Well, the biggest difference is even in the long rallies I always feel I’m either neutral or I’m getting sort of ahead; whereas before the longer the rally went the further back I’d be and the less and less opportunity or possibility there was that I would win that point.

Whereas now I feel like I stand still pretty close to the baseline so I still have just equal an opportunity if it’s three shots in the rally or ten shots or fifteen.

But I don’t think I really go more than that.

 

Q. Piatti and Ljubicic are making a great job with you because you are moving better, improving all shots, improving the backhand. I’d like to know if this is comparable the matches you play versus Djokovic in Rome where in my opinion you played really a great, great match on clay.

MILOS RAONIC: So the question is just comparing the two matches?

 

Q. Yeah, two matches, and where you are more satisfied the way you played at the end?

MILOS RAONIC: Well, obviously here, because there is a lot of factors to take in and I was able to win. But if you ask me which match I played better in, I would say Rome.

I gave myself a possibility against a guy that went on to win the tournament, that was playing well, and that’s been at the top of tennis since I have been on tour.

So that’s a very important thing to me. I don’t think if I don’t go through what I did in Rome, maybe I don’t give myself the possibility to win today through the difficult moments.

 

Q. I talked today to Ricardo Piatti, and he told me that after you had Ljubicic as No. 3 in the world, he thinks you have much better potential, and he thinks your goal is to become No. 1. Do you feel that sort of pressure, or is not a pressure, is just, okay, step by step, everybody sees the same thing? Do you feel you could do it or you think, oh, it’s a dream?

MILOS RAONIC: No, I feel I could do it. I don’t think everybody says I could do it, but I believe I can.

I don’t think that’s really any type of pressure, because that’s coming from within me. I always say from the day I start till the day I stop tennis it’s always going to be playing for myself.

 

Q. How are you feeling physically after that match? As a five setter when it seemed like it went by awfully quickly.

MILOS RAONIC: I played five sets that wasn’t much longer than the semifinal I played in Rome. So I think also the guy who was getting ahead early in the set or who maybe midway through the set was staying ahead, so it was not like the sets were taking too much time.

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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match

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Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.

 

French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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