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TENNIS – Jo Wilfred Tsonga upset World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in just 63 minutes to advance to the quarter final of the Rogers Cup. Tsonga scored his first win over Djokovic since the 2010 Australian Open. It was a day of big upsets in the Rogers Cup third round where Kevin Anderson beat Stan Wawrinka and Feliciano Lopez knocked out Tomas Berdych. Diego Sampaolo

 

Number 2 seed Roger Federer had to dig deep to beat Marin Cilic on the eve of his 33rd birthday thanks to his only break at the end of the match. Cilic, who won two tournaments in Zagreb and Delray Beach and lost against Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals at Wimbledon, had to fend off nine of ten break points and six match points he faced when he was serving at 4-5 in the second set.

There were no breaks in the first set which came down to the tie-break. Federer got the decisive mini-break when Cilic made a backhand error.

Federer earned six match points on Cilic’s serve in the 19-minute 10th game of the second set. Federer failed to convert any of these match points and the second set was decided by the tie-break where Cilic prevailed with 7-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Federer faced a big scare when he had to save a point for 0-2 at the start of the third set. In the ninth game Federer broke serve for the first time in the match to take a 5-4 lead.

On his 33rd birthday Federer will take on David Ferrer in the quarter final. He leads 14-0 in their previous head-to-head matches. Ferrer recovered from a set down to beat Ivan Dodig 1-6 6-3 6-3

It’s nice to win these kind of matches. Especially this season I have lost some closer ones. I am happy I came through tonight. Marin played really well, especially for longer periods. I am happy I was able to find a way tonight”, said Federer

Tsonga upsets Djokovic 6-2 6-2

Jo Wilfred Tsonga, who reached two semifinals in the Rogers Cup in 2009 and 2011, will face Andy Murray who took advantage of the withdrawal of Richard Gasquet who pulled out of the tournament due to to an abdominal problem.

Tsonga served on match point and closed out the match when Djokovic’s return went wide. It was Tsonga’s first win over Djokovic after 10 defeats in a row. Djokovic did not show his best form in the previous match where he needed three tough sets to battle past Gael Monfils

Tsonga got the first break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead as Djokovic made a backhand unforced error.. At 4-2 Tsonga earned a break point chance as Djokovic made a double fault followed by rwo slice backhand errors. Tsonga converted the break point as Djokovic drove a backhand out. Tsonga clinched the first set with a forehand winner.

Tsonga sealed the win with seven consecutive games at 3.2 in the first set which eanabled him to pull away to 6-2 4-0

He saved a break point in the second game of the second set before getting a break in the third game for 3.0. Tsonga held serve for 4-0. At 5-2 30-30 Tsonga faced a break point chance but he saved it with his eighth ace of the match followed by a service winner.

Tsonga scored his first match against a top-10 this year. It was his first win against a World Number 1 since June 2011 when he beat Rafa Nadal at the Queen’s. This win was a confidence-booseter for World Number 15 Tsonga who has achieved his best result this year in Monte-Carlo when he reached the quarter final. Tsonga has become the first Frenchman to defeat three different Number 1 players (Federer in Montreal 2009, Nadal at the Queen’s 2011 and Djokovic at Toronto 2014)

Tsonga won 81 percent of his first serve points and hit 8 aces. He hit 23 winners to 23 unforced errors compared to 11 winners and 18 unforced errors for Djokovic

“It’s not every day you get the rewards of what you’re doing every day during the year. You leave your family. You practiceevery day hard, suffer every day on the court. When you win a match like this, you just feel good. The match was not so easy as the score can suggest. It is never easy against Djokovic”, said Tsonga.

“Just nothing was going. No baseline. No serve, no return. It was a very bad day. A very poor performance”, said adisappointed Djokovic.

Anderson won over Wawrinka 7-6 7-5

The other big upset was Kevin Anderson’s win over Stan Wawrinka with the scoreline of 7-6 7-5. Wawrinka broke serve in the third game of the opening set to take a 2-1 lead but Anderson drew level after the Swiss made two double faults. The first set went on serve until the tie-break. Wawrinka failed to convert on two set points in the tie-break of the first set.

Anderson clinched the win with a break for 6-5 in the 11th game and sealed the win on serve on his first match point. It was the third win against a top-10-player for Anderson this year and his sixth in his entire career. Wawrinka lost his second consecutive match against Anderson who won their previous head-to-head match last March at Indian Wells.

Dimitrov edged Robredo 7-5 5-7 6-4

The South African player had already beaten the Swiss star earlier this year in the third round in Indian Wells. Anderson will face Grigor Dimitrov in a re-match of the Acapulco final won by the Bulgarian player. Dimitrov battled past Tommy Robredo in three sets with 7-5 5-7 6-4. Robredo managed to break twice to recover from 1-4 down in the second set to force the match to the third set. Dimitrov clinched the third set on his second match point.

It’s never easy when you play against Tommy. He is an unbelievable competitor. Even when I was up a set and 4.2 I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy”, said Dimitrov

Lopez upsets Berdych 3-6 6-3 6-4

Tomas Berdych was also surprisingly defeated by Feliciano Lopez who rallied from a set down to battle past the Czech player in three sets with 3-6 6-3 6-4.

On a day of close matches last week’s Washington champion Milos Raonic needed three sets to battle past Julien Benneteau 6-3 4-6 6-4.

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Denis Shapovalov Battles Back To Reach The Quarterfinals In St Petersburg

The Canadian got off to a slow start in his first match but was able to recover nicely for a big three-set win.

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Second seed Denis Shapovalov needed to go the distance at the St Petersburg Open to beat his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 49 minutes.

 

The Toronto native didn’t have the best start to the match but was able to recover and pull off a comeback to take the win. Serving a total of 11 aces to reach the quarterfinals.

” It’s very tough to play Pablo (Andujar) first round of a tournament, he’s a great player and it was a tough start to the match,” said Shapovalov. “I didn’t feel so great but I just told myself to keep going because obviously there is still a lot of tennis to be played and I wanted to turn it around in the second set and I did a really good job.”

It was the Spaniard who got off to a better start, earning a breakpoint in the first game of the match before grabbing the early break and he was able to consolidate it. At 2-0, Andujar had two chances to go up a double break but the Canadian saved both and it stayed on serve until 4-2 when the world number 92 was able to earn another breakpoint. This time converted for the double break lead and served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-1 when Shapovalov broke to love and that one break of serve was enough for him to serve it out and send the match into a decider.

The Canadian continued pushing as his level improved. In the first game of the final set, he broke the Spaniard with a perfectly timed cross-court winner to take an early 1-0 lead. After consolidating the break he was hungry for more and broke Andujar’s serve once again to go up a double break. Shapovalov closed the match out with a bagel set.

During his on-court interview, Shapovalov was asked how happy he was back to be in St Peterburg and he mentioned the amazing memories he had playing in the event last year.

” It always feels great to be back and I remember last year playing Andrey (Rublev) in the semifinals. I was one set up and I lost this match but I am happy to be here due to the fact I always get great support from the fans here”. He said.

Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals after the German upset seventh seed Alexander Bublik in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

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Former World No.8 And Grand Slam Champion Jurgen Melzer Retires

Melzer ends a career which has seen him crack the world’s top 10 in both singles and doubles.

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Jurgen Melzer (AUT) - Alexander Zverev (GER) vs John Peers (AUS) - Filip Polasek (SVK), (Erste Bank Open 2021 #glaubandich Court); Copyright: e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger,

After more than two decades on the Tour, Jurgen Melzer has played his final match after bowing out of the Vienna Open on Wednesday.

 

The 40-year-old confirmed earlier this year that he would end his career at his home tournament. Teaming up with Alexander Zverev in the doubles, the duo lost in straight sets to third seeds Filip Polášek and John Peers. Melzer is a two-time champion in Vienna after winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. He later went on to win the doubles title in 2014.

I was a bit afraid that not so many would come after all. Thank you very much, it was a huge honour for me to leave here,” Melzer said during his on-court interview.
“He (Zverev) didn’t hesitate five seconds to play here with me, that is not a matter of course when you’re at number four and you’re close to the Masters. Unfortunately, it was a short undertaking, but thank you.” He added.

Melzer first rose to prominence as a junior when he became the first Austrian to win the Wimbledon boys’ title back in 1999. He would go on to play in a total of 53 Grand Slam main draws during his professional career with his best run being to the semi-finals of the 2010 French Open. On the ATP Tour he claimed five titles with his most prestigious being at an ATP 500 event in Memphis during the 2012 season.

Against top 10 opposition, Melzer has beaten every member of the Big Three at least once. The most notable being against Novak Djokovic where he battled back from two sets down to stun the Serbian at the 2010 French Open. Overall, he recorded 13 wins over top 10 players during his career.

“My career started here (in Vienna) on an international level almost 22 years ago, in 1999 here in the town hall, where for the first time I was allowed to dream of really going the way as a professional tennis player. 22 years later and I would have signed everything, what I have achieved. It was an unbelievable journey that ends today. That I couldn’t have dreamed of.”

It wasn’t just in the singles where Melzer enjoyed success on the Tour. As a double player he achieved a ranking high of sixth and won two men’s Grand Slam titles with Philipp Petzschner, as well claiming the 2011 Wimbledon mixed doubles trophy with his ex-wife Iveta Benešová. More recently, Melzer reached the final of the 2020 ATP Finals alongside Édouard Roger-Vasselin. That was to be the last Tour final of his career.

“Of course you still hope to be at the top, but at some point you will be realistic enough to be able to assess that it will not be enough. It was an unbelievable journey that was a lot of fun. It is over, but it is also good that way.” He concluded.

Whilst his time on the Tour has come to an end, Melzer will remain involved in tennis. He is currently working as the Sports director of the Austrian Tennis Federation (OTV). A role he has held since January.

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Carlos Alcaraz Gets Revenge On Andy Murray To Reach Vienna Last Eight

Carlos Alcaraz is into the Vienna quarter-finals after beating Andy Murray in straight sets.

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Carlos Alcaraz got revenge on Andy Murray after beating the former grand slam champion 6-3 6-4 to reach the Vienna Quarter-Finals.

 

The Spaniard lost to Murray in a three set battle at Indian Wells earlier this month but was victorious in Austria.

Despite being a break up in the second set, the three time grand slam champion couldn’t consistently out-power the aggressive Spaniard.

Alcaraz will now play Nikoloz Basilashvili or Matteo Berrettini in the last eight.

Alcaraz was aggressive from the very first ball as he controlled rallies behind the baseline and punished Murray’s weak second serve.

After being broke in the first game, the Brit got his revenge in the fourth game as he converted in his sixth break point of the game to seal the break back.

However Alcaraz’s firepower was too much and the Spaniard’s consistent firepower was too much for Murray as two hard-fought breaks followed as he sealed the opening set in 65 minutes.

Murray utilised a more attacking style of play in the second set and was rewarded with an early break of serve as he would take a 4-2 lead.

But Alcaraz displayed too much power and accuracy as he reeled off four games in a row to complete his victory and progress into the Vienna quarter-finals.

Alcaraz will now play Basilashvili or Berrettini in the quarter-finals as he looks for a strong finish to a career-best season.

As for Murray that will be the end of his season unless he gets a wildcard into Paris next week or makes the Davis Cup Finals team for Great Britain.

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