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David Ferrer: “I tried to play more with my forehand, and he was more tired than me in the final of the fourth set”



TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 2nd of June. D. Ferrer d. K. Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. An interview with David Ferrer


Q. Can you just talk a little bit about the match today? It looked a lot tougher than the match against Kevin last year here?

DAVID FERRER: It was tough. I think first and second set I played very good. I think I did not too much mistakes.

In the third, he played better, no? He get up his level.

Nothing else, no? I played consistent. When I lost the third set I tried to play more obviously with my forehand, and he was more tired than me in the final of the fourth set.


Q. You have Rafa next. Obviously you played him in the final last year. But how different do you think it will be playing him this time when you’ve just beaten him in Rome?

DAVID FERRER: Is different, because is another year, is quarterfinal and is not one final of Roland Garros.

Anyway, every year is different, the feeling is gonna be different, and last year the weather is gonna be different.

Well, I will try to do my best. I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points on the net.

But of course it’s gonna be difficult with Rafael more in clay court.


Q. Do you take any confidence out of the fact that you were able to beat him on the clay in Monte Carlo?

DAVID FERRER: No, no, I don’t think so. Because in Monte Carlo was three sets. Now here is gonna be Grand Slam, five sets. Is gonna be different.


Q. This is the 10th quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tournament. In the past two and a half years your physical condition has been top notch.

DAVID FERRER: I’m very consistent. I’m very happy with that. I had some bad days, but not necessarily in the Grand Slam tournaments.

Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, so far they have won lots of Grand Slam tournaments, so a great credit to them.


Q. You played the final against Rafa last year, so what are the lessons learned from this final last year against Rafa?

DAVID FERRER: I was very nervous. I was jittery. It was a little bit too much for me, but I’m calmer, had time to adapt. I think that I will be calmer, more serene, but I don’t know exactly what will be my state of mind when I play against Rafa, but I won’t think about the final that took place last year.


Q. How can you put some doubts in Rafa’s mind on clay?

DAVID FERRER: You have to be aggressive, to play well. You have to adopt game plan, the right tactics. Of course, it’s important not to commit errors or mistakes, and you have to sustain the pace of Rafa’s shots all along the match.


Q. You have a new coach. What has the new coach provided you with? Why?

DAVID FERRER: I decided to have a new coach, because with Javier Piles we were not totally involved in tennis. The new coach is very happy to work with me. He likes traveling with me.

So now I’m with Rafa Garcia, and that’s    this year I decided to have a new coach, and it paid off.


Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille



Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.


Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille



Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.


Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro



Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.


The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.



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