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Djokovic, Wawrinka and Berdych out of the Rogers Cup

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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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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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