TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 30th of May 2014. R. Federer d. D. Tursunov 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. An interview with Roger Federer
Q. Congratulations for another great victory. A different match rather than Diego’s match. What were your feelings on this one, please?
ROGER FEDERER: Probably in a nutshell, tough to lose a second, but nice to win the match.
I’m pleased to be through. Like expected, it was not a straightforward, easy match where I knew that Dmitry is going to try different things, play aggressive, serve well at times and then take big cuts at the ball. That’s kind of how it went.
So I’m pleased I found a way and played it sort of solid and tough toward the very end.
Q. Do you think the injury affected him, the key to achieve the victory?
ROGER FEDERER: You have to ask him how bad it was for him. He was still serving 200s at times. So where I felt it the most was that he struggled to return the serve, you know, the reaction, left and right was maybe missing a little bit.
But in terms of playing aggressive tennis, that, he was able to do normally, in my opinion.
I think everything that was out of his control, like moving defense, that’s when it got difficult.
But, you know, when somebody serves big like he does, it’s sometimes a bit difficult. He has the capacity to stay very offensive at all times.
But clearly on the clay it’s difficult, you know, to hit three great shots in a row. So I tried to extend the rallies, but serve nice and stay aggressive throughout. And I think that was a bit too much for his hip or whatever it was.
Q. After changes in the personal life of the players, everybody is asking how can it affect you in your game. You lost in Rome, but here in Roland Garros you are going up. Do you think your new babies are affecting your tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: It’s just a different pace day to day, you know, spending time not only with my daughters but now also my sons. So there is a bit of a different dynamic. But overall, clearly enjoying ourselves, you know, like never before.
So I’m very happy in my personal life, and that is very positive for my on court performance, as well, I believe.
How I sleep hasn’t been interrupted. I’m a true professional when it comes to those kind of things. But clearly anything away from center court here and, you know, the grounds I have a very nice time with my family every minute.
Q. It was a hard match, but he did get too many looks on your serve, really. You saved both breakpoints but in the third set which was just eight games, it was tough, true?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I think I elaborated enough on the match. I think it was a solid performance by me on my serve. I think on the return I was trying out different things. I found a better way of returning by standing a bit further back midway through the third set. That’s also what got me more offensive throughout the point.
I think he was doing a very nice job with my slice, dictating play, and I tried to get out of it.
I was trying to defend as much as I could, you know, sometimes, but I wish at times I could have played a bit more offensive and come to the net.
But today was difficult because I think Dmitry keeps on the back foot automatically by his big shots.
Q. Second week for you. How do you assess your run so far and this match today? You had set point, you could have won in three sets, in straight sets. You ended up playing a four set match. Was it tricky or not?
ROGER FEDERER: After three rounds, I have got all the information. Today it was a tough match, had to defend well because he was a very aggressive player.
Against a previous player it was a matter of getting in the groove. The first round was quite okay, but I’ve got my bearings now, my landmarks on court.
I will talk with Stefan and Severin, and they will tell me what they think about the match and they will talk about the tactics with Gulbis.
Q. With Gulbis it will be a special match. He’s able to deliver some incredible shots.
ROGER FEDERER: He has a great serve, and he’s very enterprising of the second serve. His backhand is very simple. It works well with a lot of power. He’s able to hit the backhand above his shoulders, so he’s a very good player.
Year after year he moves better on court. I think that is more determined. He has a great game, and he can do lots of great things, thanks to his game.
He has won some tournaments. He can be very good against the best players. He’s confident. He’s brimming with confidence, and I’m delighted to play against him.
Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo
World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo.
Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina.
Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown.
Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead.
Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2.
Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4.
Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.
“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit.
Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo
Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117 Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2.
Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5.
Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2.
Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets.
Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco.
Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point.
Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games.
Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance.
“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi.
Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open.
The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai.
Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006.
“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit.
Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia
ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital.
The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October).
“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi.
During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.
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