Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. David Ferrer: “This year Wawrinka has gone a step forward. He has surprised all of us.” - UBITENNIS
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Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. David Ferrer: “This year Wawrinka has gone a step forward. He has surprised all of us.”

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TENNIS Mutua Madrid Open 2014 – An interview with David Ferrer.

 

Q. You come here to Madrid after Barcelona. The second year that you don’t feel properly over there. Do you think it’s due to some circumstances or just bad luck or whatever?

DAVID FERRER: No, no, not bad luck or any circumstance at all. You know, it’s simply I didn’t play properly during the last two years. There is no other possible explanation.

I made it to four finals over there, so I also played really good tennis in the past in Barcelona. This year it’s true that it was a little bit of deception because I have been playing well in Monte Carlo, and just didn’t play well that day.

I wasn’t feeling well.

 

Q. I wanted to ask you how you are physically? Are looking forward to a tournament like this?

DAVID FERRER: Well, I am now pretty well. I feel well. In Madrid, we play to three sets. Grand Slams always more complicated because we play to five sets. Playing to three sets, it’s always easier.

 

Q. Rafa was just saying that the normal is not to win so many years in a row. That sometimes you have to lose. Based on your experience in the tour, do you think it’s opening? Do you think things are getting more equal, even in the tournaments?

DAVID FERRER: Well, you know, it’s clear that this year Wawrinka has gone a step forward. He has surprised all of us winning Grand Slam and Monte Carlo playing really good tennis.

But even though, I think that Novak, Rafa, and Roger are in front in the race.

Perhaps Andy has not started as well as he wanted to, but we will see what happens.

Now we have the clay court.

Afterwards we have grass where he feels pretty well. We still have a lot of tournament in front of us.

I think that Novak, Rafa, and Roger this year will still be up there in the thrown, if you want to say it that way.

 

Q. Nadal was saying that a defeat generates doubts. Does it generate doubts or more will towards the next tournament?

DAVID FERRER: Both things. I’m not going to tell you it doesn’t generate doubts. It’s true. It’s true afterwards you’re a little bit more careful and try to be more prepared for the next one, trying to focus a little bit more.

When I’ve had defeats, what I’ve tried to do is work a little bit better, a little bit more, try to be more focused so this the it doesn’t happen again.

I just try to learn from what is happening in that match so it doesn’t occur another time.

 

Q. I just want to ask you a questions about the past four months of the season. You started with Jose Altur. Are you happy about it? What are your feelings?

DAVID FERRER: Yeah, yeah, you know, I’m feeling pretty happy with Jose. We knew each other from before, but maybe we hadn’t been traveling so often as now. I’m very happy with him and with the whole team. Not only tennisstically talking, but on a personal level.

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev

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Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

 

Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.

 

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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.

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World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

 

The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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