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Roland Garros: Djokovic dashes French hopes by dismissing Tsonga

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TENNIS ROLAND GARROS – With top seeded players falling by the wayside every day at the 2014 French Open, including two on the Day 8; Angelique Kerber and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic knew not to underestimate his opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Serb totally dominated the match from start to finish as he dismissed the last “legitimate” French hopes at these championships in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-1 in about 90 minutes. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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With top seeded players falling by the wayside every day at the 2014 French Open, including two on the Day 8; Angelique Kerber (9) and Roger Federer (4), Novak Djokovic (2) knew not to underestimate his opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13). Tsonga in fact at the 2012 French Open, pushed Djokovic to 5 sets after trailing a set and a break down. However, Djokovic is hardly one to make the same mistake twice. He totally dominated the match from start to finish as he dismissed the last “legitimate” French hopes at these championships in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-1 in about 90 minutes. Djokovic assessed his play: “The performance was great from the start till the end. I came with the exact level of intensity that I was looking for before the start of the match.” Tsonga described the feeling of being on the other side of the net, “You feel powerless, defenseless, so it’s not pleasant.” Djokovic’s fans and critics now have real evidence to think that Djokovic can in fact dethrone Rafael Nadal here in Paris and complete the career slam.

Djokovic was out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st set in less than a half an hour. He was very close to taking it at love but uncharacteristic forehand errors handed Tsonga his first game of the match. However, he could do nothing to avert the 1-6 scoreline as Djokovic was near flawless in the set. The Serbian dropped only 6 points on serve, was 2/3 on break points with 5 winners and 5 errors. Tsonga was being pushed far back behind the baseline and forced to run from side to side. The 2nd set began no differently than the first as Djokovic raced out to a 5-2 lead. “I didn’t have time to go for my shots. I didn’t get off to a good start. Then against this type of player, things started to deteriorate. He played better and better. For me, it was tough. I didn’t have time to hit my shots, so it was tough.” Tsonga said of the match. However, the Frenchman is no pushover and perhaps urged on by pride and his people, he broke Djokovic as he served for the set and held to be down a single break at 4-5. Djokovic would not give Tsonga another chance as he closed out the set 6-4.

Djokovic was not about to let any momentum swing Tsonga’s way in the 3rd set. He broke Tsonga twice for a 4-0 lead and just to avoid any nervous jitters perhaps, broke him again in the 7th game for a comprehensive win 6-1 6-4 6-1. The Serbian’s match statistics were outstanding just as were his winners. He won 70% of his first serves and 77% on his second serve. He was broken once and broke his opponent’s serve 7 times in the match. Tsonga could only win 55% of the points on his first serve and a dismal 35% on his second. Tsonga’s poor serving was coupled with 38 errors for the match. Djokovic will play Milos Raonic (8) in the quarterfinals. The young Canadian took out Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets. Djokovic spoke of his matchup with the youngster, “Milos is playing the tennis of his life. He’s top 10 now, established top10 player. He has one of the best serves in the world. Very powerful, very precise. When he serves that well, there is not much you can do, really.” This is sure to be an exciting match particularly for the fans of both players as well as tennis fans in general.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the second round in Antwerp

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga broke once in each set in his 6-3 6-4 win in his 6-3 6-4 win over Lorenzo Sonego after 1 hour and 20 minutes improving his win-loss record over the Italian player to 2-0.

 

Tsonga got the first break at 15 in the fourth game and never looked back to win the opening set 6-3 after 31 minutes.

Sonego earned his only break in the fourth game of the second set, but Tsonga saved it before earning the decisive break. The Frenchman held on his service games to take the second set 6-4.

Tsonga will face either Gilles Simon or Steve Darcis in the second round.

Guido Pella fought back from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-2) setting up a second round match against either Richard Gasquet or Soonwoon Kwon from South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

Tipsarevic beats Moutet in Stockolm

 Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic broke serve four times in his 6-2 6-4 win over Corentin Moutet in 73 minutes. Tipsarevic, who will retire at the end of the season, will take on top seed Fabio Fognini. Tipsarevic went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Moutet pulled back a break in the fourth game, but Tipsarevic broke for the third game to clinch the first set 6-2. Tipsarevic converted his third break point chance in the seventh game and held his final two service games to win the second set 6-4.

Great Britain’s Daniel Evans battled past Bernard Tomic 6-4 1-6 6-3 setting up a second round match against either Casper Ruud or Filip Krajinovic.

Italy’s Stefano Travaglia stunned US giant Reilly Opelka 7-5 4-6 6-4 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face either Yuichi Sugita from Japan or Elias Yimer from Sweden. Opelka had to save a break point in the first game with five aces. Both players went on serve until the 11th game when Travaglia got the break before serving out for the set at love. Travaglia saved a break point at 4-5 15-40 but Opelka converted his second chance to seal the second set 6-4. Travaglia got the decisive break in the ninth game and sealed the win on his first match point.

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Andreas Seppi fends off two match points to beat Christian Garin in Moscow

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Italian veteran Andreas Seppi came back from one set down to beat Chile’s Christian Garin 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours and 45 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

 

Garin broke serve twice in the second and ninth games to win the opening set 6-3.  Seppi converted his second break point chance in the first game of the second set, but he wasted two break points at 5-4 and dropped his serve. Seppi saved two match points in the 12th game at 5-6 15-40 in the second set before winning the tie-break 7-2.

Garin broke serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Seppi broke straight back to draw level to 4-4, but he did not convert four match points at 6-5. Seppi won five of the final six points in the tie-break of the third set to close out the match.

Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol fended off two match points to beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3. Rosol came back from 4-6 in the tie-break of the second set by winning five of the next six points. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3.

Adrian Mannarino edged past Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to improve his record in their head-to-head matches to 3-1. Dzumhur got the first break of the match in the opening game. Mannarino broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Dzumhur broke serve for the second time to take a 4-3 lead. Mannarino pulled the break back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 before winning the tie-break 7-2. The Frenchman cruised through to a 6-0 win in the third set with three consecutive breaks.

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Daniil Medvedev Dismantles Zverev To Win Shanghai Masters

It was another clinical performance from one of the sports rising stars.

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World No.4 Daniil Medvedev has continued his unbeaten streak since the US Open after disposing of Germany’s Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters.

 

The 23-year-old, who hasn’t lost a set in his past nine matches, brushed aside his hot and cold opponent 6-4, 6-1, to add to his rapidly rising trophy tally. Medvedev has now won three out of the last four ATP tournaments he has played in. Including two at Masters level. In his latest conquest, he hit 19 winners to 14 unforced errors and saved four out of the five break points he faced.

“This win is also amazing because I think Shanghai is one of the most prestigious Masters events on the tour.” Medvedev told TennisTV. “Especially over the last 10 years with only three players managing to win this.”
“It’s really special to have my photo out in the corridor for many years.” He added.

The clash in Shanghai was somewhat of an historic occasion. For the first time since 2009 two finalists of a Masters 1000 event are under the age of 24. Medvedev was contesting his sixth consecutive final in what has been a sensational second half of the year for him. Meanwhile, Zverev was bidding to win his biggest title since his triumph at the ATP Finals almost 12 months ago.

Billed as a meeting between two players who could take over the reign when the Big Three retire from the sport, it was Russia’s Medvedev who got off to a better start. Breaking the Zverev serve immediately with the help of a backhand drop shot as he eased to a 3-0 lead. However, Zverev managed to regain his focus with an elevation in his game to fight back and draw level at 3-3. Paving way for what was a tightly contested opener. Only a couple shots separated the two and they were a duo of costly errors from Zverev at the worst possible time. Serving at 4-5 30-30, back-to-back double faults from the fifth seed cost him the opening set. Moving Medvedev closer to his second Masters title.

The US Open finalist continued to weather the storm with the help of more errors from across the court. Two games into the second set, a seemingly straightforward Zverev service game collapsed as he lost five straight points after leading 40-0. Rewarding Medvedev another break in the match. Firmly in control of the final, he breezed towards the finish line with little difficulty as his rival grew more frustrated. Serving for the title, Medvedev clinched victory on his first match point with an ace down the line. Although he was rather blasé when it came to his celebration.

“I said that during the US Open, it was going to be my thing because everybody was talking about that they need new guys and something new. So I gave them something new. I don’t celebrate my wins. I just stay calm, do my job and done.” Explained Medvedev.

The world No.4 has now won 59 matches on the ATP Tour this season. Which is 11 more than his nearest opponent (Novak Djokovic has 48 wins). Eight out of his nine wins over top 10 players have taken place over the last six months. He has now overtaken Roger Federer into third place in the ATP Race to London.

“I said yesterday after my victory you’re probably the best player in the world right now. How you’re playing is unbelievable and I wish you nothing but the best.” Zverev said to Medvedev during the trophy ceremony.

Sunday’s win is Medvedev’s first over Zverev after losing to him on four previous occasions. He exits Shanghai with 1000 ranking points and $1,374,995 in prize money.

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