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ATP Cincinnati – David Ferrer: “It's not easy play with one friend”

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TENNIS ATP CINCINNATI – 15th of August 2014. D. Ferrer d. T. Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. An interview with David Ferrer

 

Q. Congratulations. Tough match against Tommy. Talk about how you were able to win that third set.

DAVID FERRER: Well, I think yes, of course it was tough, no? I think the first and part of the second set I was playing better than him.

In the second, that game I serve very bad. I had three, four or six games serving very bad. I have my chance also, but Tommy, he take the chance.

In the third maybe the first games he was better than me. He had chance to break up. And, well, finally it was really close in the third set, and finally when I did the break in the last game I can win.

Q. Is it tough playing another Spaniard like that? You must know each other’s games pretty well.

DAVID FERRER: Well, it’s not easy play with one friend, but, well, I think Tommy and me, we played a lot of times in our career.

He’s won much more about our career, no, and nothing else. I am happy because I won the match. I’m sorry for Tommy. Best luck for the next tournaments.

Q. You have a big opportunity tomorrow.

DAVID FERRER: Yeah, I don’t know. I will try to do my best for win tomorrow against Benneteau. I will be focus with my game. Now I would like to rest and enjoy this moment. Tomorrow we will see.

Q. Talking about your overall career, what are your most favorite moments of playing Davis Cup for Spain?

DAVID FERRER: My favorite moment? Well, of course when we won in Seville against Argentina, no?

I won Del Potro second match in fifth sets. You know, we was very emotion. I think my best emotions was in Davis Cup.

Q. In all of tennis, your whole career?

DAVID FERRER: Yeah, I think so. I think so. You know, play for your country is different. (Mobile phone disturbance.)

Sorry, because is my mom. She’s calling, David, David. (Smiling.)

Yeah, sure, sure. You know, when I won Paris Bercy was my first title, Masters 1000. It was very excited, but it’s not compare about Davis Cup.

Now in these moments I am 32 years old and my feeling is not the same. And my physic, is not easy play all the ties in Davis Cup, no?

I need to recovery more than when I have 25 years.

Q. How big an advantage is it for you tomorrow if you do make the final to be in the earlier semifinal? There is one at 3:00, and the next one is at 9:00 p.m. You could have six more hours.

DAVID FERRER: Don’t worry, if I am in the final I don’t mind play after tomorrow at 9 p.m. The condition is different, no? Because yesterday played night match and the court is slower.

But don’t worry, no? It’s impossible always play night matches. The first match I played at 3:00 yesterday night match, and today at 3:00. I had the chance play both conditions.

Q. Do you like the slower or faster hard courts?

DAVID FERRER: Well, depends of the moment, but I prefer a slower court. This court is faster and   maybe not the court. Maybe the ball is difficult to control, no?

Yeah.

Q. Because the ball that’s used here in Cincinnati is different than the ball in New York, would you prefer if it was always in Toronto and then here?

DAVID FERRER: Yes, I prefer the same ball. If we are playing Toronto, Cincinnati, and after we are going to play in US Open, a Grand Slam, I don’t know why.

Well, it’s the rules. I think the sponsor is the most important. Is the difference ATP and ITF. You know, it’s different organization and is about that.

But it’s important for the players and for both organization, ITF and ATP, help to the players, no? One of the things to help the players is play with the same balls, no?

Q. You have a fairly new coach after a long time coach. Can you talk about how you decided to make a change and how that’s working.

DAVID FERRER: Well, we decide because Javier and me, we were a lot of years and, well, we think   both, not just me   it’s time to change. Nothing else, no?

I appreciate a lot of Javi because he help me a lot. For him I am tennis player because he help me a lot. But, well, it’s not easy, no, begin with one coach the career and finish with him.

We practice I think 15 or 16 years together. You know, it was time to change.

Q. How is the new team?

DAVID FERRER: I am okay. Well, really I didn’t change a lot my team, no? I change only the coach, because Rafael is my physio, and also help me some tactics in tennis. Help me when I was 18 years, no?

My fitness is the same. Manager is the same when I was 18 or 20 years old. So I only change one person.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins First Ever Roland Garros Match In Five Sets

Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his first ever victory at Roland Garros.

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The Canadian found himself down two sets to none but fought back to pull off the comeback in a thrilling five set victory.

 

Felix Auger Aliassime is into the second round of the French Open for the first time in his career after battling back to beat the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in five sets 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes.

The Montreal native finished the match serving 14 aces and hitting 52 winners in a match that featured a lot of long rallies from behind the baseline.

“It was a dream for me to play here, it was an honor and my first time on Phillipe Chatrier and my first win at Roland Garros and I had to work hard to get it and credit my opponent he played very well today.”

The Peruvian started the match by breaking the number nine seed right out of the gate and at 3-1 managed to turn that break into a double break as he served out the first set with ease.

The first two games of the second went on serve but again the world number 122 seemed to play better as the Canadian looked stunned, searching for answers.

The Lima native once again took an early lead to take a 3-1 lead and again that seemed like enough for the Peruvian as he served out the second set and was one set away from an improbable upset.

The third set is where the Canadian started to turn things around and his groundstrokes seemed to have more precision. At 2-1 it was the Montreal native who got the first break of serve.

After consolidating the break the world number nine was hungry for more and turned that break into a double break and it looked like the match was turning in his favour.

The Canadian served out the third set to send it to a fourth looking to send it to a decider.

The Montreal native rode the momentum from winning the third into the fourth set where after holding the opening service game got the early break once again taking a 2-0 lead.

At 5-3 with the Peruvian looking to stay in the set, Auger Aliassime managed to get another break to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.

The fifth set stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Canadian had four chances to break and at the fourth time of asking he was able to break and serve out the match to complete the comeback.

After the match in his on court interview he was asked about the adjustments he made in the third set to turn the match around and pull off the win.

“I tried to give myself some more space and a little more time, my opponent at the beginning was playing very quick, aggressive, and flat so I tried a couple things and I also served better and after that it was easier.”

The Canadian will next face either Aslan Karatsev or Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the next round.

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