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Wimbledon: Djokovic dispatches Tsonga again in the 4th Round of a major

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – For the second successive major, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were placed in the same half of the draw and projected to meet in the Round of 16. For the second successive time, they met in the 4th round and Djokovic won in straight sets to move through to the quarterfinals. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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For the second successive major, Novak Djokovic (1) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were placed in the same half of the draw and projected to meet in the Round of 16. For the second successive time, they in the 4th round and Djokovic won in straight sets to move through to the quarterfinals. In just under two hours, under the closed roof of Centre Court, Djokovic dismissed Tsonga 6-3 6-4 7-65. Despite it being another straight sets victory and Djokovic’s 11th consecutive victory over Tsonga, this match was far from the one-sided thrashing the Frenchman received in Paris.

Tsonga came on court seemingly more confident in this matchup than he did in Paris. The grass courts of Wimbledon favour his big game and he showed this throughout the match. However, he takes big swipes at the ball and such heavy handedness often results in unforced errors. Both men were holding serve with ease in the early stages of the match. Tsonga was serving in quick succession. It seemed as though his aim was to hold with ease and put the pressure on Djokovic to do so in return. However, he got caught in his own trap as Djokovic was very quick with his return. In the 6th game, Djokovic had triple break points. Tsonga was able to save two of them but on the third, he took a huge crack at the ball on his forehand side and it went way wide. Djokovic consolidated the break to go up 5-2 and later closed it out 6-3 with an ace.

The 2nd set was more of the same, both men held serve comfortably till 3-3. Tsonga played a poor service game in the 7th game and on another forehand error, Djokovic broke for a 4-3 lead. Djokovic consolidate for a 5-3 and had set points on Tsonga’s serve but the Frenchman was able to save them and held. Djokovic gladly accepted the challenge of serving out the set as he did 6-4. In less than an hour, it was 2-0 sets to Djokovic. In the 3rd set, several times, Tsonga served himself of trouble to hold. He was able to earn his first break points in the 8th game but Djokovic quickly erased them with huge serves. Both men continued to hold serve for the next four games to go to a tiebreaker. For 11 points, they remained on serve until Djokovic up 6-5 unleashed a magnificent backhand crosscourt return winner to take the tiebreaker, the set and the match, 6-3 6-4 7-55.

[T]o be able to win against him in straight sets on the surface that I feel suits him the most is a great result. I was very happy with consistency today, mental consistency, and variety in my game. I played very well from back of the court … All in all, it was a very good match, and hopefully I can continue keeping the same level,” Djokovic said after the match. The Serbian had very positive numbers with 14 aces, no double faults, won 44 winners and 11 errors to go along with 81% on 1st serve points won and 68% on 2nd serves. Tsonga’s numbers were not too far off with 19 aces, 2 double faults, 37 winners and 12 errors. He won 78% of his 1st serve points and 60% on 2nd serves. The main difference between the two really came down to who played the big points better and who was far more efficient. Tsonga’s errors came in a bundle resulting him being broken twice whereas Djokovic’s mistakes were spread out avoiding any serious consequences. Djokovic will play Marin Cilic (26) in the quarterfinals.

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Daniil Medvedev Ousts Former Quarter-Finalist Tiafoe, Kyrgios Reigns Supreme At Australian Open

Both players endured a testing start to their campaigns at Melbourne Park.

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Two players tipped to fill in the void when the big three of men’s tennis departs from the sport have got off to a winning start at the Australian Open.

 

US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev manoeuvred his way past a tricky encounter with Frances Tiafoe. Who reach the last eight of the tournament 12 months ago in what is his best grand slam performance to date. Despite the threat posed, Medvedev held his nerve to prevail 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, on the premier Rod Laver Arena. The night-time encounter saw the Russian fired 13 aces and 42 winners past Tiafoe en route to the second round.

“It was a really tough match. I think it was a bit up and down from both of us.” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I’m really happy to win because the first round is never easy. Especially against Frances, who was in the quarters last year.”

Medvedev, who turns 24 next month, has been labelled as one of potential players who can end the reign of Roger Federer and Co by winning a grand slam title this season. Last year he claimed 59 wins on the ATP Tour, which was more than any other player. During his breakthrough season he clinched his first two Masters titles as well as a duo of ATP 250 events.

Despite his victory, the world No.4 was far from contempt when it came to his latest performance. Medvedev dropped serve at least once in every set played and also leaked 35 errors. The same amount of mistakes as Tiafoe.

“There were many moments during the match where I felt I was getting momentum and then he came back.” He reflected.
“I think I can do many things better, but for the first round it’s a big win and I’m really happy.’
“I didn’t like my serve today to be honest. But hopefully I can do better in the next round, otherwise I will be in trouble.”

Kyrgios Topples Italian rival

Taking to the court at the same time as Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios also experienced a tricky start to his title bid in Melbourne. Seeded 23rd in the draw this year, the home favourite roared his way to a 6-2, 7-6(3), 7-6(1), win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego. Claiming his fourth tour win of the season following his trio of singles victories at the ATP Cup earlier this month.

“I was just excited to get out here. It has been a pretty emotional couple of months for all of us,’ Kyrgios commented in reference to the ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia.
“I just wanted to come out here and put on a good performance.”

Kyrgios has been one of the driving forces behind Tennis Australia’s series of fundraisers to support the bushfire appeal. He has pledged to donate $200 for every ace he produces during the Australian Open. Working out at $2800 from his latest match along after firing 14 past Sonego. Overall, Kyrgios won an impressive 87% of his first service points during the 135-minute clash.

“I feel good. I’m not looking ahead in the draw at all.” Kyrgios stated.
“Everyone can play in the draw, they are all capable. So I’m just going to take it one match at a time.” He added.

During his on-court interview, John McEnroe make an unexpected announcement. The former world No.1 has said he will donate $1000 for every set Kyrgios wins in the remainder of the tournament to the bushfire appeal. Prompting a huge cheer from the crowd.

Both Medvedev and Kyrgios will play their second round matches on Thursday.

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Ernests Gulbis upsets Felix Auger Aliassime to advance to the second round in Melbourne

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World number 256 Ernests Gulbis upset Canadian Next Gen star Felix Auger Aliassime 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to reach the second round at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Auger Aliassime was the second Canadian Next Gen player to lose in the first round at this year’s edition of the Australian Open after his compatriot Denis Shapovalov was defeated by Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on Monday.

Auger Aliassime started the 2020 season with just one win in four matches at the ATP Cup, but he reached the semifinal in Adelaide last week, losing to eventual champion Andrey Rublev in three sets.

Auger Aliassime earned the first game in the ninth game at 30 to take a 5-4 lead, but Gulbis broke twice in the 10th and 12th game to win the first set 7-5. In the second set Auger Aliassime saved three break points in both the eighth and tenth games and broke in the ninth game at deuce to seal the second set 6-4.

In the third set Auger Aliassime saved four break points to hold his serve at deuce in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gulbis fended off a break point in the fifth and eleventh games before winning the tie-break 7-4.

Gulbis earned an early break in the first game of the opening set. Auger Aliassime broke back in the third game and held his serve at deuce to draw level to 2-2 after saving two break points. Gulbis broke for the second time in the fifth game and held his next service games to close out the fourth set 6-4.

“Every time you come to Australia the main goal is the Aussie Open, so it’s not good. That’s what the result show, but at the same time I am staying calm and positive because I feel I am not far from playing well and winning matches”,said Felix Auger Aliassime.

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Dominic Thiem beats Adrian Mannarino to reach the second round in Melbourne for the fifth consecutive year

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Fifth seed and last year’s Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 6-2 to extend his winning record in his head-to-head against the French player to 8-0. The Austrian player hit 36 winners to 34 unforced errors. Thiem set up a second round match against either Albert Ramos Vinolas or Australian wild card Alex Bolt.

 

Thiem earned the first break in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Mannarino fended off two break points in the eighth game while he was serving at 2-5, but Thiem sealed the first set 6-3 on his third set point after a 27-shot rally.

Thiem went up a set and a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, but Mannarino pulled the break back to draw level to 4-4, as Thiem sent a forehand long. Thiem got his second break in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead after a 28-shot rally and reeled off 12 of the last 14 points to clinch the second set 7-5.

Thiem started the third set with an early break and won 16 of the first 20 points to seal the win after 2 hours and 21 minutes. The 2019 ATP Finals runner-up reached the Australian Open second round for the fifth consecutive year.

Thiem leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Ramos Vinolas, but the Spaniard won their only clash on hard-court in Chengdu four years ago.

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