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Wimbledon: Nadal and Federer through to the second week



TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer cruised past Santiago Giraldo in three sets with 6-3 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes under the Centre Court roof to get through to the fourth round. Federer has not dropped a set yet in the first week Rafael Nadal instead dropped the first set again, this time to Kukushkin before winning in four sets. Diego Sampaolo

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The Swiss Maestro played a solid match in which he converted five of his nine break point chances and never dropped his serve. He won 84 percent of his first serve points against Colombian Santiago. He hit 27 winners and made 14 unforced errors. Giraldo hit 17 winners to 20 unforced errors. Giraldo who played in the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career. Federer won his 70th win at the All England Club and his sixth consecutive match on grass after lifting his career seventh Trophy at the Gerry Weber in Halle and his second win of the year after Dubai.

Federer got an early break in the first game of the opening set and cruised to a easy 3-0 en route to clinching the first set 6-3. Federer also dominated the second set. He got an early break in the first game and got two more breaks in the third and the seventh game to cruise to 6-1.

Giraldo saved a break point in the fourth game of the third set which went on serve until 3-3 when Federer faced two break points at 15-40. He saved them before playing a perfect 8th game where he converted his break point chance for 5-3 before sealing the win in the next game.

“It’s always good to be moving on. Last year I lost against Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round, so I am aware of tough draws. I am always worried about the first week. Getting to the second week, the grass plays differently. It’s about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I am in good shape. I have to keep playing aggressively and serving well”, said Federer

Federer will take on either last year’s semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz or Tommy Robredo. The Spanish player beat Federer in the fourth round of last year’s US Open.

Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin by Fabrizio Maccani

Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin by Fabrizio Maccani

Nadal vs Kukushkin 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 6-1

Earlier in the day twice Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal rallied from a set down to edge Kazakhstan’s Michail Kukushkin 6-7 6-1 6-1 6-1 under the Centre Court roof on a day disrupted by rain. Nadal lost the first set in the third consecutive match in this tournament. Earlier this week he dropped the first set in the first two matches against Martin Klizan and Lukas Rosol.

“When I played the first set, I said that maybe the roof here is not good for me. I don’t like to be in closed places but I think that I played a great match. It did not affect me a lot”, said Nadal.

Nadal did not convert his four break point chances to take a 4-3 lead in the first set before losing the tie-break.

After dropping the first set Nadal turned around the match by breaking early in the second set en route to reeling of 8 straight games and 14 of the last 15 games.

Nadal has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

Kukushkin hit 17 winners to edge Nadal in the tie-break. After failing to convert his second break point chance in the fourth game of the second set Nadal stormed to 5-1 in the second set en route to a comfortable 6-1 win in the second set. Nadal had to save two break-back point chances at 2-0 in the fourth game before sealing the fourth set with 6-1 to close out the match in two hours and 34 minutes.

“At the beginning he was making no mistakes and was very aggressive. I made a few mistakes on his second serve and a few unforced errors. It took me to the tie-break and I didn’t serve my best.”


Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon



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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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