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?
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.
Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo
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.
Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo
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.
Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia
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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