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Roland Garros: Nadal exacts revenge on Ferrer in brutal fashion



TENNIS ROLAND GARROS – When the French Open draw came out and it was projected that Rafael Nadal (1) and David Ferrer (5) could meet in the quarterfinals, the buzz was on for this matchup despite Nadal’s overwhelming success against Ferrer. Well Nadal in this instance, gave Ferrer a set and the possibility of taking another advantage only to comeback in crushing form to move into his 9th French Open semifinals, 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1. Cordell Hackshaw


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When the French Open draw came out and it was projected that Rafael Nadal (1) and David Ferrer (5) could meet in the quarterfinals, the buzz was on for this matchup despite Nadal’s overwhelming success against Ferrer. However, Ferrer had recorded a rare clay court victory over Nadal in April at the Monte Carlo ATP Masters 1000 event so this accounted for the excitement. It was the first time in a decade that Ferrer had recorded a win on clay against his countryman. He also did so in straight sets. This matchup was also a repeat of last year’s final, which of course saw Nadal picking up his 8th French title. Nonetheless, despite all the hoopla and fanfare about this encounter, it was a complete letdown unless you are a Nadal fan. The match turned out to be something like the “Maria v Serena one-side rivalry matches”: Williams allows Sharapova a slight edge; game points and break points here and there, the rare service break and even rarer still, a set advantage and then unleashes on her a tennis fury so intense that even Williams’ fans are cheering for Sharapova. Well Nadal in this instance, gave Ferrer a set and the possibility of taking another advantage only to comeback in crushing form to move into his 9th French Open semifinals, 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1.

Nadal won the toss and elected to receive. He won the first two points of the match and looked to be on the hunt for the early break. However, Ferrer went on to hold serve. He looked far more energetic on court than usual, which is saying a lot as the Spaniard is always alert. He was aggressive and attacking the Nadal backhand and soon had break points in the 4th game for a 3-1 lead. Nadal was not to be so easily broken as it would take 5 break points before Ferrer was able to convert. The world’s number 1 broke back immediately and held serve for 3-3. They remained on serve until the 10th game when Nadal was serving to stay in the set. Ferrer went all out and fought “tooth and nail” with Nadal for that game. He would not let any point go idly by as he extended the rallies and was coming out on top. Nadal himself looked winded but Ferrer remained springy. On set point, Ferrer would not stop running and putting the ball back into court. He refused to allow Nadal to boss around the point and with a clutch running forehand, Ferrer broke Nadal and won his first set against him at the French Open.

The tennis crowd was on fire and the tennis world came alive for it looked like Ferrer had figured out how to play successfully against Nadal. However, that all quickly dissipated as Ferrer was broken early in the 2nd set. Nadal would maintain this break advantage throughout the set and fend off three break points to take it 6-4. Considering all of Nadal’s achievements at the French Open, besides the fact that he rarely loses sets here, it should be noted that whenever he has lost the first set on those few occasions, he went on to win the match without dropping another. Perhaps Ferrer became aware of this statistic because him dropping the 2nd set, despite the match being even, proved to be too much of challenge for him to overcome: “Rafael started playing a lot better, making fewer mistakes, and then it’s like I threw in the towel. I don’t usually do this, but I thought, I’m not going to be able to come back into the match. I thought, No, no, not against Rafa. He’s such good a player.”

Ferrer more than threw in the towel; he threw in his spirit and any sense of knowing how to play tennis at all. Over the course of the next hour or so of the match, Ferrer would win one more game; 0-6 1-6. Going back to the 2nd set, he lost, 13 of the next 14 games. Truth be told, he almost lost 14 straight games but one suspects Nadal was showing rare mercy for his friend Ferrer, his fans and the flabbergasted crowd that he allowed himself to be broken in 4th game of the 4th set. Nadal had this to say of the end result: “[G]iven the last two sets, the third and the fourth set, it really shows that David didn’t really play well during these sets. The score shows that I played well, but also he made mistakes.” During this “Horrible Hour” when the last two sets were played, Ferrer had 9 winners and 28 errors. So erratic was Ferrer at this time that Nadal only needed to hit 8 winners and made 3 errors. In fact, those three errors came in the final set when he generously dropped serve. Ferrer mustered 9 points on his serve in those last two sets. Thus Nadal moved through to his 9th French Open semifinals in emphatic style.

In assessing the match, Nadal had this to say, “Well, I think at the beginning David was playing with a higher intensity than me. Is true that I started first two points playing well, but then I make a lot of mistakes with my backhand…I decide to go more inside to return in the second set, and I decided to play much more times with my forehand…And then after the second set, I don’t know, I think David play with more mistakes than usual, and I continue playing with my forehand…I was playing with no mistakes.” Nadal will take on in the semifinal another of his rivals Andy Murray (7) who beat Gael Monfils (23) in 5 sets 6-4 6-1 4-6 1-6 6-0 to the disappointment of the French crowd. Nadal is 14-5 against Murray, having never lost any of those encounters on clay though he was pushed to the brink by the Scotsman recently in Rome.


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



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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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei



Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.


The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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Tomas Berdych: It Is Up To Others To Decide My Legacy

The former top-10 player spoke with reporters for the first time since officially retiring from the sport



Tomer Berdych (far left) among group of recently retired player's attending special presentation at The 2019 ATP Finals

LONDON: Tomas Berdych has said his future plans is ‘to not have a plan’ after officially retiring from tennis on Saturday at the age of 34.


The former Wimbledon runner-up joined a series of other former players to celebrate their careers in a special on-court presentation at the ATP Finals. Also present was Radek Stepanek and David Ferrer. News of Berdych’s decision to walk away from the sport surfaced earlier this week after a Czech newspaper spoke with his father Martin.

Speculation has mounted in recent months about Berdych’s future in the sport after struggles with injury issues concerning his back and hip. He hasn’t played on the tour since the US Open. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“I was able to train, practice, prepare, and then you get to the tournament, and then I play three games, the problem came back.” Berdych explained during a press conference about his decision.
“You put all the negative stuff on the one side, and then the positive is to go on court, fight, win the match, and there was no chance to achieve that. There is really no point to continue.”

Playing in the shadows on the Big Four contingent, the Czech still managed to establish himself as a household name. Albeit on a smaller scale. As of this week, he is ranked as the 11th highest-earning player on the ATP Tour in history with more than $29 million in prize money. His achievements include winning 13 ATP titles and spending 794 consecutive weeks in the top 100. At his peak, he was fourth in the world rankings and finished seven seasons inside the top 10.

Like any other player, it hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Berdych. One example was during the 2012 Australian Open where he was booed off the court after defeating Nicolas Almagro during what was a bad-tempered encounter. However, fortunately, most of his career has been free from controversy.

“Do I have any regrets? No, I think even the bad things or the negative experience that I went through or I experienced or I have done, I think they were there for the reason. I think without them, I wouldn’t be as good as I was.” Berdych stated.
“I think even the bad ones were there for a reason.”

Now he has stepped away from the sport for good, what does the future have in store? According to the Czech, he is in no intention of rushing into anything else soon. Although he admits that it may not be tennis-related.

“The plan is actually not to have any plans. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just to breathe out easily after all those years.”

As the chapter closes on the career of one of the Czech Republic’s most successful male players in the Open Era, he leaves the sport with high respect from both his fans and fellow rivals. As for his legacy, he says that it is not for him to decide.

“I think I’m not the correct one to judge that. I was trying to do the best I possibly can, and I think this is something that you created with your achievement and with your behavior.” He concludes.

Berdych’s career in numbers

2 – number of Davis Cup titles won
4 – highest ATP ranking achieved
13– number of ATP titles
53 – number of wins over top 10 players
342 – number of losses on the ATP Tour
640 – number of wins on the ATP Tour
2002 – the year he turned pro
2019 – the year he retired
29,491,328 – career prize money (in US dollars)

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