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Wimbledon: Raonic ends Nick Kyrgios magical run for his 1st major semifinal

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – The last men’s quarterfinal matchup featured two of the ATP youngest and soon to be hottest stars, Milos Raonic verses wild card entrant Nick Kyrgios. Raonic, 23 years old, has showed over the past year and a half that he is ready and able to break into the top 10. Meanwhile, Kyrgios not yet 20, has chosen this year’s Wimbledon as his full coming out party as he took out Gasquet and world’s number one Nadal in order to earn his place in the quarterfinal. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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The last men’s quarterfinal matchup featured two of the ATP youngest and soon to be hottest stars, Milos Raonic verses wild card entrant Nick Kyrgios. Raonic, 23 years old, has showed over the past year and a half that he is ready and able to break into the top 10. Meanwhile, Kyrgios not yet 20, has chosen this year’s Wimbledon as his full coming out party as he took out Richard Gasqet (13) and world’s number one Rafael Nadal (2) in order to earn his place in the quarterfinal. Incidentally, these two meet several weeks ago in the 1st round of the French Open. Raonic won and this time around would be no different as he took the match 46-7 6-2 6-4 7-64. With this win, Raonic moves into his first of what he hopes would be many major semifinals appearances.

These two players looked to be evenly matched as they were both big guys and big servers. Neither was able to break the other despite great effort to do so in the 1st set. Thus it was no surprise that it ended up in a tiebreaker. Kyrgios appeared the steadier of the two as he was able to earn the minibreak at 5-4 and produced two big serves to take it 7-64. Raonic was not going to be deflated by this turn of event after all in his 4th round match, he rallied from a set down against Kei Nishikori. Raonic may have had trouble reading the Kyrgios’ serve in the 1st set but he had the full scope of it in the 2nd set. The Canadian broke Kyrgios in the 5th and 7th games and served out the set 6-2 to level the match.

Kyrgios fought back to earn his first break of the Raonic serve as he lead 2-0 in the 3rd set. This would be the lone break point chance he would see in the entire match. However, Raonic came back roaring to take the next four games for 4-2 lead. He would maintain this lead to take the set 6-4 and establish a 2-1 sets lead. Kyrgios for his part appeared to be committed fully in this match. He held serve in the 4th set but he was unable to get a good read on Raonic’s serve to earn another break chance. “He served unbelievable … [I]t looked like he was in such a rhythm that I just couldn’t do anything out there,” Kyrgios later stated. Therefore, the 4th set ended up in another tiebreaker. It was here that Raonic really showed his true strength and newfound belief in himself. He raced out to a 6-1 lead in the breaker and although Kyrgios saved three match points, Raonic would unleashed his 39th ace to take it 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6 in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

In his press conference, Kyrgios said “I thought I played a strong first set today. I just couldn’t maintain that level. What he brought today was something special.” He mentioned that the grueling match against Nadal the day before took its toll on him physically and how after the 1st set, he began to hurt particularly in the 2nd set. Against most players, Kyrgios’ match stats would have been good enough to win a major match. He had 15 aces and 1 double fault to go with 34 winners and 22 errors. He won 67% of his 1st serve points and 54% on his 2nd serve. However, he was playing Raonic whose numbers were even more impressive. Raonic had 39 aces and 2 double faults added to his 73 winners and 25 errors. He got 70% of his 1st serves in, winning a staggering 88% of those points. His usually dismal 2nd serve percentage was greatly improved in this match to 67%.

Raonic will play Roger Federer (4) for a place in the final. Raonic spoke about the fact that he is 0-4 lifetime against Federer, “I haven’t played him I think in more than a year, a year and a bit, so I think I’m a different player. I’ve got in close with him in the past and I’ve found a lot of those things I can sort of pull away that give me a lot of belief that I can do this. It will be a match of great interest for sure; one of the sport’s greatest statesmen in history against one of its potentially future greats. So there’s no point to talk about it. I’ve got to step up and do it.”

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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John Newcombe Believes The Australian Open Will Be ‘A Big Ask’ For Nick Kyrgios

The tennis legend is unsure if the former top 20 player will be fit in time for the first grand slam of 2020.

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MADRID, SPAIN - Nick Kyrgios of Australia waking to the locked room Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

Former world No.1 John Newcombe has cast doubts on Nick Kyrgios’ chances of going deep in the draw at the upcoming Australian Open.

 

The 75-year-old, who won seven grand slam titles during the 1960s and 1970s, believes the injury-stricken world No.30 may struggle playing best-of-five matches in Melbourne. Kyrgios missed most of the final quarter of the 2019 season due to a shoulder issue. He returned to action last month at the Davis Cup, but skipped his country’s quarter-final clash with Canada due to a collarbone injury. Overall, he has won 23 out of 37 matches played this year.

“It’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe told The Age.
“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.
“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”

A two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, the 24-year-old has struggled to make his mark in the majors this year. Winning just three matches in three grand slam tournaments he played in. Kyrgios missed the French Open due to injury. At his home slam, he lost in the first round for the first time since making his main draw debut back in 2014.

As well as trying to get fit in time for the start of the new season, Kyrgios will continue to be playing under a probation on the ATP Tour for ‘aggravated behaviour.’ Should he violate that, he faces the prospect of a 16-week ban from the tour.

“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe said.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”

Kyrgios is set to start 2020 at the inaugural ATP Cup, which is the only team event to have both prize money and ranking points available. After that, he is set to play in the Kooyong Classic in what will be his final test prior to the Australian Open.

“I am delighted that Nick has chosen to play Kooyong again, and hopefully it acts as the perfect tune up for his Australian Open (AO) campaign and sets him up for a massive 2020 season.” Tournament director Peter Johnson said in a statement.

So far in his career, Kyrgios has won six titles. Including Acapulco and Washington this year.

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