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Bits & Pieces from the World of Tennis: 25th of August 2014

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TENNIS BITS & PIECES – Nadal will miss the US Open. Raonic wins the US Open Series. Mousley banned for testing positive for ecstacy and the ice bucket challenge has taken over the US Open. Joshua Bosco

 

Nadal pulls out of US Open

Rafael Nadal took to Facebook last Monday to announce he won’t be competing at this year’s US Open due to his right wrist injury.

Nadal injured his wrist while training this summer ahead of the American hard court swing. I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations. […] Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back” read his Facebook post.

The Spaniard, who won’t be able to defend his 2013 title at Flushing Meadows, will lose 2000 points in the rankings and could drop to World No.3 if Federer manages to win his 18th Grand Slam.

Raonic wins US Open Series

Milos Raonic clinched the 2014 US Open series with 280 points after John Isner withdrew from his quarter-final match against Lukas Rosol at the Winston-Salem Open. The American finished second in the race – for the second consecutive year – with 200 points, ahead of Roger Federer who was third with 170 points.

The Canadian now has the chance to bag a $4 million cheque at the US Open, should he win the tournament.

Australian No.1 junior banned

Brad Mousley, Australia’s top ranked junior tennis player, has been banned after testing positive for ecstasy in March.

The eighteen year old was facing a two year suspension but after he admitted to taking the drug at a party and not for performance enhancement the youngster was relieved to see his suspension reduced to just one year.

The 12-month ban was backdated to May 30th, when he accepted a provisional suspension.

On the way to the US Open

In the week leading up to the US Open, the top tennis players have been busy getting themselves noticed around New York.

Many top players took part in the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge, to raise awareness about the neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Many of them took to Twitter with their videos, including Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Raonic, Dimitrov, Federer, Nadal, Stephens, Wozniacki, Azarenka and Chris Evert.

On Tuesday Novak Djokovic appeared on the David Letterman Show and, not to be outdone, on Thursday Serena Williams didn’t just appear on the show but also hit a few balls with the host on the street in front of the theatre.

World No.7 Thomas Berdych, along with USTA top dogs, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning and on Friday Sabine Lisicki was presented with the Guinness World Record certificate for the fastest ever serve in women’s tennis. She hit the 131mph serve during her match against Ana Ivanovic last month at Stanford.

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.

 

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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