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Wimbledon: Djokovic rallies past Cilic in 5 sets

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Novak Djokovic has not always quite look like a number one seed here at Wimbledon but each time he has faced adversity this tournament, he has showed the resolve of a champion to win. Djokovic faced Marin Cilic (26) in the quarterfinal and he won in 5 sets to reach his 5th consecutive semifinal at The Championships. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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Novak Djokovic (1) has not always quite look like a number one seed here at Wimbledon but each time he has faced adversity this tournament, he has showed the resolve of a champion to win. Djokovic faced Marin Cilic (26) in the quarterfinal and after winning the 1st set in emphatic fashion, he rallied after dropping the 2nd and 3rd sets, to take the match in 5 sets, 6-1 3-6 46-7 6-2 6-2. Djokovic is now through to his 5th consecutive Wimbledon semifinals.

After 27 minutes, Djokovic had already captured the 1st set 6-1. It was clear to see why Djokovic has 9-0 record against Cilic. However, Cilic all tournament long has shown excellent form as he took out 6th seed Tomas Berdych in the 3rd round. Cilic broke Djokovic in the 4th game of the 2nd set for a 3-1 lead and maintained this lead to close out the set 6-3 to even the match. Cilic was strutting around the court as though he were the one who has won multi majors. In the 3rd set, Cilic would serve for it up 6-5 after breaking Djokovic in the 11th game. However, Djokovic finally converted on his 7th break point chance of the set to force the tiebreaker. In the breaker, Cilic remained aggressive and was able to get the minibreak for a 5-4 lead. With two serves to close it out, Cilic produced his signature big serves to take the 3rd set 7-64 and a 2-1 sets lead.

Up to this point, Djokovic looked bothered and bewildered on the court. However, being this close to defeat seemed to have suddenly changed Djokovic’s attitude on court. “[I] just held my composure in those moments when the match was going his way, especially when he won the third set,” Djokovic said after the match. In the 4th set, having struggled to break in the last two set, Djokovic quickly broke Cilic twice for a 4-0 lead. He closed out the set 6-2 in just over half an hour.

What was sad was the beginning of the fourth. I gave him the opportunity to come back in the match. He went to 3-Love, 4-Love lead in that fourth set. From that moment I felt I need to, you know, come back in the game, but sort of I didn’t have any chances to do that unfortunately,” Cilic later stated. Cilic could no longer summon that strength that saw him taking command for much of the match and Djokovic sensed it and he pounced on Cilic’s waning resolve. Djokovic seized control of the 5th set by breaking Cilic in the opening game for a 2-0 lead. Up 4-2, Djokovic again broke Cilic for a 5-2 lead. It had taken Cilic 67 minutes in order to take the 3rd set but within 63 minutes, Djokovic had arrived at match point. With an excellent serve and volley play, Djokovic to the match 6-1 3-6 6-7 6-2.

Djokovic had this to say about the match, “You know, obviously I was frustrated with the fact that I haven’t used the opportunities that were presented, and also the fact that I allowed him to come back into the match. I mean, he did start playing more offense and playing better, but I thought that I allowed him to have this opportunity on the court.” The numbers looked very solid getting 70% of 1st serves in winning 74% of those points and 57% on 2nd serve. Djokovic had 32 winners and errors. He was 7/19 on break points but only 1/9 in sets 2 and 3. Cilic, on the other hand, was playing high risk tennis. He got 56% of his 1st serve in and won 69% of those points and 41% on 2nd serve. Cilic only broke Djokovic twice in the match. Djokovic will play Grigor Dimitrov (11) in the semifinals. Djokovic has a 3-1 lead in their head-to-head.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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