TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Roger Federer swept aside Tommy Robredo in three sets with 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a blockbuster all Swiss match against his friend Stan Wawrinka who beat Feliciano Lopez in three sets with 7-6(5) 7-6(7) 6-3. it was another good match for Federer who has not dropped a set yet in this tournament. Diego Sampaolo
The Swiss Maestro, seven-time Wimbledon champion and seventeen-time Grand Slam champion, reached the Wimbledon quarter final for the 12th time in his career against Tommy Robredo, who upset last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in five sets in the third round.
Federer got the rematch against Robredo who upset him last year at the US Open but this time This was the first time Robredo beat Federer in their previous 11 head-to-head matches. In New York Robredo saved 14 of the 16 break point chances he faced to reach the US Open quarter final for the first time in his career. Robredo made a remarkable come-back last year after injury problems when he became the second player in history to recover from two sets down to win three consecutive Grand Slam matches at the 2013 Roland Garros.
it was another story, as the Basel player produced a solid match on serve in which he dropped just three service points in the first two sets. Federer hit 41 winners including 11 aces and converted four of his thirteen break point chances. He won 71 percent of his points at the net.
Federer got a break in the opening Robredo’s service game and held serve to love to storm to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Federer broke serve for the second time to pull away to 5-1 before clinching the first set with a backhand winner.
Federer did not drop a point on serve in the second set. He opened the second set winning 8 consecutive points and held five serves to love before wrapping up the second set with a serve and volley.
Federer broke serve to take a 4-3 edge in the seventh game of the third set. He faced the only test from Robredo when he had to save Robredo’s only break point in the final game as he was serving for the match. He wrapped up the match on his third match point with a serve and volley for 6-1 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes.
“Tommy was playing better as the match went on and I am happy that I was able to win in straight sets. I am pleased with the first week. It’s really exciting being so deep in the tournament, closer to the finish-line. I am serving well and returning all right. I feel like my game is right there. It’s important to keep it up and not have any major letdowns or minor hiccups. Things are exactly where I want them to be. I am only in the quarter finals and that’s where the tournament really starts.
It will be the second Swiss head-to-head match between Federer and Wawrinka after they met in the Monte-Carlo final last April.
Wawrinka beat Feliciano Lopez who recently finished runner-up to Grigor Dimitrov at the Queen’s and won at Eastbourne on grass. The Lausanne player did not face a single break point in the entire match. He hit 31 winners and committed eight unforced errors. It will be the first quarter final at Wimbledon for Wawrinka.
Federer has reached the quarter final without dropping a single set in the whole tournament. He played a solid match on serve.
“I have been in control throughout all the matches. Some tougher matches to go through, which is normal at certain stages of sets. My serve has been working well for some time now. In Halle I had some letdowns from time to time because it was the beginning of the grass season.
Federer and Wawrinka are close friends and will spend the evening together supporting the Red-Crossed Swiss football team playing against Argentina in the World Cup in Brazil.
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Will the recent surge in high-profile double partnerships have any impact on the long term future of the discipline?
In one of his press conferences at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Andy Murray said he would not be playing the US Open. His announcement came a day or so after his initial declaration that he would be playing only the two doubles events in the final Major of the season. A few things came out of Murray’s remarks. The first and the obvious was that the former world no. 1 was ready to give it his all (yet again) to play singles. The second, the understated aspect, was that doubles while seeming easy vis-à-vis singles required just as much focus, if not more. Then, there was a third.
In tennis’ continuity though, the relevance of the doubles game is not a recent epiphany. However, the last few tournaments of the 2019 season that featured some eclectic partnerships – Stefanos Tsitispas and Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, the Pliskova twins, Andy and Jamie Murray, and so on – has made doubles slightly more prominent than singles.
Singles has become monotonous with the same set of players making it to the final rounds. On the other hand, doubles has brought in more verve to the existing status quo of the Tour, with each player’s individuality adding to the dynamics of the team. After his first outing as Kyrgios’ doubles partner at the Citi Open in Washington in July, Tsitsipas pointed this out.
“It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks differently and reacts differently. I would characterise him (Kyrgios) as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time. It’s good sometimes to have a change,” the Greek had said.
These changes – as seen with Murray’s recent decision – may not extend for a longer period. The culmination of these short-term team-ups does – and should – not mean the end of the road of doubles piquing attention, per se. At the same time, these transitory partnerships also reroute the discussion back to the financial side of the doubles game.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Jamie Murray – a doubles specialist – shared how conducive it had become for players to take up doubles as the sole means of a tennis career these days, as compared to in the past.
“Because the money is always increasing in tennis, it is a much more viable option to go down the doubles route a lot earlier than previous generations. Before, people would play singles and then when their ranking dropped, they played an extra few years of doubles. Now it is a genuine option to start off much younger and have a career in doubles,” the 33-year-old said.
Despite Murray’s upbeat attitude, these increases have not exactly trickled towards doubles, especially at the Slams including the upcoming edition of the US Open. For 2019, the USTA showed-off yet another hike in the prize-money coffer. The men’s and women’s singles champions will be awarded $3.8 million. In comparison, the men’s and women’s doubles teams winning the respective title will get $740,000. This sum gets further diluted for the mixed-doubles’ titlists who will get $160,000 as a team.
This is the third and final takeaway that emerged from Murray’s US Open call. For several of these singles players, intermittent doubles play is an option. For those who play only doubles, that is the only option they have. The doubles game requires similar effort – travel, expenses and fitness – the costs continue to outweigh the benefits. These momentary team formations are a gauge revealing the disparity of tennis’ two sides, visible yet obliviated beyond tokenism.
Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career
Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.
Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.
Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.
Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.
“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.
Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.
“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.
David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati
David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.
Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.
The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.
Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open 2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.
Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.
“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”
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