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Djokovic, Wawrinka and Berdych out of the Rogers Cup



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.


REPORT: Former Spanish Tennis Star In Talks To Coach Alexander Zverev

A former world No.3 could be returning to the Tour later this year in a new position.



Tennis sensation Alexander Zverev could soon be mentored by somebody whose career he ended last year at the Madrid Open.


Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that the world No.7 is set to enter in a 15-day trial with former French Open finalist David Ferrer where the two will get to know each other better. Ferrer has reportedly travelled to Monte Carlo to start working alongside Germany’s top player. Should everything go well, the two could start a formal partnership in September ahead of the European clay-court swing of the Tour, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both men are already fairly familiar with each other after facing off nine times on the ATP Tour, including three times last year. Zverev was the last player Ferrer played against at the Madrid Open before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 37.

“He’s the most respectful guy for me on Tour, and one of the most loved people on the Tour as well,” Zverev told reporters in the Spanish capital following their match.

Whilst never winning a Grand Slam, Ferrer achieved numerous accolades throughout his career. Including spending 4914 consecutive days in the world’s top 50, winning 27 ATP titles and achieving a ranking high of No.3 back in 2013. Overall, he has played 1011 matches on the ATP Tour (including Grand Slams) which is more than John McEnroe.

Should Ferrer receive the green light, Zverev will be the first high-profile player he will be responsible for. The Spaniard had previously hinted at his desire to enter coaching with his long time objective being to captain the Spanish Davis Cup team. He is also currently serving as the tournament director of the Barcelona Open.

“I would be very proud to be able to be (Davis Cup captain),” Ferrer told Marca in April 2019. “I also understand that this is very far away and there are players who are ahead. First, I have to train as a professional in teaching (coaching).”

Neither Ferrer or Zverev has publicly commented on the report. At present Zverev is coached on the Tour by his father who guided him to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

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Father Of Dominic Thiem Condemns Criticism Of Novak Djokovic’s Role In Adria Tour Fiasco

Wolfgang Thiem has come to the defence of the world No.1 before suggesting that COVID-19 cases among players at charity events are worth it.



The father of world No.3 Dominic Thiem has said it is ‘too cheap’ to blame Novak Djokovic over the outbreak of COVID-19 at the controversial Adria Tour.


Wolfgang Thiem lent his support behind the 17-time Grand Slam champion during an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presses on Friday. The Adria Tour, which was founded by Djokovic, was cancelled following an outbreak of the virus during the Zadar leg of the event in Croatia with Grigor Dimitrov being the first player to confirm a positive test. Shortly after, Djokovic and Borna Coric also tested positive as well as some coaching staff. Viktor Troicki also contracted COVID-19, but only played the first leg of the Tour in Belgrade.

Throughout the Belgrade and Zadar events organisers were criticised for a lack of social distancing being applied. Players were seen playing basketball matches, attending nightclubs and interacting with the public. Although all of those actions were in line with local government rules.

“I do not approve of what happened on the Adria Tour, but condemning Djokovic and saying he screwed it up is too cheap for me,” Wolfgang commented.
“Of course the dance at the disco was not optimal, but Djokovic basically did nothing wrong. They just got a little sloppy, they were euphoric,” he continued.

Djokovic, who has been at the centre of the criticism, is yet to publicly speak about the incident. On Friday it was confirmed that both him and his wife Jelena have now tested negative for the virus. 10 days after they were first diagnosed.

As for Thiem, his father said the Austrian tennis star will be donating his money from the event to charity. Although he did not say how much that would be or which cause it would go towards. It comes just days after Djokovic donated 40,000 euros to the Serbian town of Novi Pazar, who has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Speaking about the outbreak of COVID-19 among players, Wolfgang has suggested that it is worth it if it meant raising money for charity.

“I prefer that there be a few more cases of coronavirus and be able to raise a few thousand euros for a childhood cancer clinic,” he explained.

Since the Adria Tour, Thiem has played at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) in France. He has undergone five COVID-19 tests in recent days with all of them testing negative for the virus. The 26-year-old withdrew from the UTS on Wednesday to focus on the upcoming Thiem 7 event in Kitzbuhel which will start on July 7th.

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‘Coronabros Stay In Your Basement’ – John Isner Plays Down Concerns Over COVID-19 Threat

The world No.21 believes players have to ‘learn and adapt’ to the virus.



America’s top tennis player have said the world ‘can’t come to a complete standstill’ due to the Coronavirus pandemic as he hit back at criticism concerning an upcoming exhibition tournament he is participating in.


John Isner weighed in on the debate following a comment from freelance writer Ben Rothenberg whom on Twitter voiced concerns that Atlanta and West Virginia is staging tennis events with crowds despite a rise in cases. The world No.21 is set to play in the DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta, which will feature the eight top male players in the country. Officials plan to allow 450 people to attend the event on each day, which is estimated to be around 30% of the stadium’s maximum capacity.

“Ben, your concerns are valid, but, as someone who covers our sport for a living it would be nice if you would be supportive of WTT and Atlanta with their efforts to put on safe events instead of posting spooky headlines like this one that are factually incorrect,” Isner said making reference to an article Rothenberg posted.

Other Twitter users have also questioned the decision to allow fans to attend the event. Georgia, which is the state Atlanta is in, officially reported 2946 daily cases of the virus on July 1st. The highest amount within 24 hours since the pandemic began. Furthermore, Reuters News Agency reports that there was a record rise of more than 47,000 cases on Tuesday in America.

Nevertheless, Isner has dismissed calls for the event to be held behind closed doors or even cancelled. Branding his online critics as ‘coronabros’ before saying he wants to go on and live his life.

“You coronabros can stay in your basement all you want. I choose to live my life and play/promote the sport I love in a safe manner,” he said.

Unsurprisingly Isner has now been accused of downplaying the severity of the virus, which has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide. Including 130,000 in his home country alone. Challenged by one Twitter user who said she lost a family member due to the virus, Isner replied:-

“I’m incredibly sorry to hear that. I, in no way, was downplaying the effect of the virus, but I understand that perception can be reality.”

It is not fully understood by what he means with the phrase ‘perception is a reality’. Although he did like one tweet which said ‘the virus is much less lethal than the first models predicted. It’s now close to the flu.’ Although some medical experts have a differnt view on the perspective. White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has recently said the virus is “very different” from other outbreaks such as Ebola and HIV.

“We may not have a vaccine for a while and the world can’t come to a complete standstill. The reality is, we are going to have to learn and adapt to this virus in the safest manner possible,” he says.

The DraftKings All-American Team Cup in Atlanta will take place this weekend.

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