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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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Daniil Medvedev Eyes Further Improvement Despite Straight Sets Win At Australian Open

The world No.4 rates his performance so far in the grand slam tournament.

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Daniil Medvedev (image via https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev believes he is yet to reach full throttle at the Australian Open after cruising into the third round of the tournament with a straight sets victory.

 

The US Open runner-up eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, win over Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez Portero. Who was playing in the main draw of a grand slam for only the second time in his career at the age of 22. Dropping serve only one during the match, Medvedev blasted 19 aces and 40 winners past his rival. He also won 74% of his first service points.

Through to the last 32 in Melbourne Park for the second year in a row, the 23-year-old still believes that he could improve further on the court. Earlier in the week he also defeated Frances Tiafoe, who was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last year.

“I think there are still some things to improve. I think I could be more aggressive few moments of the match.” Said Medvedev.
“At the same time when you win three sets, you don’t want to discuss too much your level or something.’
“Of course, my next match is going to be completely different, so I’m happy with the win and happy to finally win in three sets without a tiebreak.”

As well as battling Martinez on the court, Medvedev was also forced to temporarily halt his match due to a nose bleed. Which occurred during the second set when he was leading 5-0. The Russian insisted that his bleed was not tension related and is something he has gotten used to.

“Let’s say it happens maybe two times a year or maybe once.” He said.
“I remember it actually happened last year Australian Open in first round. I think it was the only time last year, so it can happen sometimes but it’s nothing.”

Medvedev is one of a group of players who have been tipped to break the dominance of the Big Three in grand slam tennis this year. A group consisting of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Last year he won 59 matches on the ATP Tour, which was more than anybody else.

Despite the high expectations, the world No.4 is playing down the hype surrounding him. Branding the Australian Open as ‘just another slam.’ It was during the last major at New York, where he reached his first final before losing to Nadal in three sets.

“I don’t know about other people, but for me, it’s just another slam where I have to win round by round again and again, where I had two tough rounds in my opinion in terms of games, especially the first one against Frances.” He stated.
“So I just take it as any new tournament, as an ATP one, any tournament I play. I just take it round by round. I try to win my matches.”

This year, Medvedev is seeking to go beyond the round round in Melbourne for the first time in his career.

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Fabio Fognini wins epic five-set match against Jordan Thompson

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Fabio Fognini battled past local favourite Jordan Thompson 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-6 in an epic five set match to score his five-set win at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.

 

The first set went on serve in the first five games. Fognini earned the first game in the sixth game, but Thompson broke back to draw level to 4-4. Fognini won the tie-break 7-4 after saving two set points in the 10th game.

Fognini earned an early break in the second game of the second set with a forehand passing shot. The Italian star went up a double break at 15 to race out to a 4-0 lead and closed out the second set 6-1 on his second set point.

Thompson saved two break points in the first game of the third set before breaking serve in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. The Australian player saved a break point at deuce in the ninth game and held his serve to win the third set 6-3.

Both players went on serve with no break points in the first four games of the fourth set. Thompson converted his only break point in the fifth game and held his serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead. The home player did not look back in the next games to win the fourth set 6-4 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Fognini started the fifth set with a hold at love. The fifth set went on serve with no break points until the eighth game when Fognini earned the first break point of the set, but Thompson saved it at deuce to draw level to 4-4. Fognini earned his first match point at 5-4 with a forehand down the line. Thompson saved it with a big ace down the middle.

Thompson fended off another match point with a forehand down the line before holding serve after five deuces to draw level to 5-5. Fognini earned two consecutive match points, but Thompson saved them to force a super tie-break. Thompson made a forehand error at 1-1, but Fognini  double faulted. Fognini took a 7-3 lead after two unforced errors from Thomson. Fognini sealed the fifth set 10-4 with a backhand down the line after 4 hours and 5 minutes. Fognini will face Argentina’s Guido Pella.

“It was a good fight. It was amazing. It’s perfect. I feel good. I am tired for sure. I was two sets to zero in front. He was playing better, he was serving unbelievable. I had 75 match points, and it is more sweat, because it is tood easy winning in three sets”, joked Fognini.

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Marin Cilic takes the Match tie-break to beat Benoit Paire in Melbourne

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Marin Cilic battled past Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 3-6 6-1 7-6 (10-3) in the match tie-break after 3 hours and 33 minutes in windy conditions to advance to the third round at the Australian Open. Paire won 82 % of his first serve points, but he made 51 unforced errors.

 

Cilic broke three times in a row to seal the opening set 6-2. Paire rallied from 3-5 down to win the tie-break 10-8. Paire earned a break of serve at deuce in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3. Cilic broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the fourth set 6-1.

Each player saved a break point in the fifth set, but they held on their service games en route to reaching the the match tie-break, where Cilic sealed the win 10-3.

Cilic booked his spot in the third-round, where he will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who came back from one set down to beat Michael Mmoh 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-1 after 2 hours and 44 minutes. The match was moved to the Melbourne Arena after it was interrupted by rain, when Mmoh was leading 2-1 in the fourth set.

Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the third round, when Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out of the match due to a muscle injury. Tsitsipas set up a third round match against Milos Raonic, who converted each of his four break points to beat Cristian Garin 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics beat last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 16 minutes. Fucsovics earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Sinner broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, but Fucsovics earned another break in the next game to take the opening set 6-4. Fucsovics went up an early break in the first game of the second set, but Sinner broke straight back. Sinner dropped his serve at love in the seventh game to lose the second set 6-4. Sinner went up a 2-0 lead with an early break. Fucsovics broke straight back in the third game to claw his way back to 1-2. Fucsovics broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and sealed the win in the ninth game on his first match point.

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