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Rogers Cup: Tough draw for Djokovic

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TENNIS – The Draw Ceremony of the Rogers Cup Master 1000 Tournament in Toronto was held today. Three.time Rogers Cup champion and this year’s Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic attended the Draw Ceremony at the Ontario Legislative Building in Queen’s Park in Toronto. The potential quarter finals could be Djokovic vs Murray, Wawrinka vs either Dimitrov or Nishikori, Raonic vs Berdych and Federer vs Ferrer. Diego Sampaolo

 

The men’s draw

The women’s draw

Novak Djokovic will face a very tough tournament at the Rogers Cup which starts on Monday in Toronto. This year’s Wimbledon champion will face either Gael Monfils or Radek Stepanek in the second round and could square off Jo Wilfred Tsonga in the third round and 2013 Wimbledon champion and eighth seed Andy Murray in the quarter final.

Top-seed Djokovic will be looking to win his fourth Rogers Cup title after winning in 2007 against Roger Federer, in 2011 against Mardy Fish and in 2012 against Richard Gasquet. If he wins, he will become the third player to win 20 Master 1000 titles after Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

Murray will also face a second-round match against Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios who beat Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon reaching the quarter final.

The most important matches of the top-half draw of the draw will be 2006 Roger’s Cup finalist Richard Gasquet against Vasek Pospisil and Radek Stepanek against Gael Monfils. Pospisil, who reached the semifinal last year at the Roger’s Cup, beat Tomas Berdych this year in Washington

The second quarter of the draw features two potential third round matches like Kei Nishikori against Grigor Dimitrov and Stan Wawrinka and either Fabio Fognini or Kevin Anderson.

Wawrinka will start against Alejandro Falla in the second round or a qualifier. He could face a potential quarter final against either Nishikori or Dimitrov. The Bulgarian reached the semifinal in Rome and Wimbledon and won Acapulco, Bucharest and the Queen’s on three different surfaces

Nishikori will start against Phillip Kohlschreiber and the winner of the match between Austrian rising star Dominic Thiem and Giles Simon. Thiem lost the Kitzbuhel final against Belgian David Goffin.

In the third quarter of the draw last year’s Roger’s Cup finalist Milos Raonic could face Ernests Gulbis in the third round. Gulbis is always a dangerous and unpredictable player and reached a Grand Slam semifinal at the Roland Garros this year. The potential quarter final in this section of the draw could be Raonic against Tomas Berdych. This year’s Rome and Wimbledon semifinalist Raonic, who will start against the winner of the first round match between Jack Sock and Jurgen Melzer, finished runner-up to Rafa Nadal in the Roger’s Cup last year and will be looking to improve the result this year. Sadly Nadal has been forced to withdraw from Toronto and Cincinnati due to a wrist injury and may miss the US Open.

Berdych could face the winner of the first-round all-Spanish match between Roberto Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez. The other interesting first round match will be played Lleyton Hewitt and Julien Benneteau

Roger Federer, who won the Roger’s Cup title twice in 2004 against Andy Roddick and 2006 against Richard Gasquet, will start his US hard-court campaign against the winner of the first round match between Peter Polansky and 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam winner could take on either Marin Cilic or Denis Istomin in the third round, either David Ferrer or US giant John Isner in the quarter final and either Raonic or Berdych in the semifinal. Cilic-Istomin could be the most interesting first round match in the bottom half of the draw.

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Ons Jabeur upsets Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarter final in Doha

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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur knocked out Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3 after 1 hour and 47 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Qatar Total Open in Doha. Jabeur scored the biggest win of her career by ranking.

 

Jabeur reached her first Grand Slam quarter final at the Australian Open last January before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin. Last week Jabeur lost to Simona Halep in Dubai. She reached the third round in Doha without dropping a set.

Jabeur had not beaten a top 10 player since 2018, when she defeated Sloane Stephens en route to reaching the final at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Jabeur broke Pliskova in the opening game of the match and did not face a break point on her serve before serving out the first set at love.

Pliskova earned her only break in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead and held on her serve to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Jabeur got her first break after six deuces in a marathon sixth game to take a 4-2 lead in the decisive set. Pliskova broke straight back for 3-4. Jabeur broke for the second time at 15 to take a 5-3 lead and sealed the win on her second match point.

Muguruza beats Yastremska

This year’s Australian Open Garbine Muguruza beat Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-4 in 70 metres. Muguruza has reached teh quarter finals or better at all five tournaments she has played in 2020 under the guidance of her new coach Conchita Martinez.

Muguruza earned two breaks in the fifth and seventh games and served out the first set 6-2 on her first opportunity. Muguruza broke serve in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Yastremska broke back in the sixth game to take a 3-3 lead. Both players traded four consecutive breaks. Muguruza served out the win on her first match point, as Yastremska hit her backhand past the baseline.

The two-time Grand Slam champion will face 2019 Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, who advanced to the quarter finals after Elena Rybakina was forced to withdraw from the match due to an abductor injury.

Bencic reaches the quarter finals after straight-set win over Putintseva

Belinda Bencic beat Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-3 after 1 to advance to her third quarter final of the year after Adelaide and St. Petersburg. The Swiss player earned an early break to take a 2-0 lead. Putintseva broke straight back in the third game. Bencic got her second break to open up a 4-1 lead. Putintseva broke back for the second time in the ninth game at 30 to claw her way back to 4-5. Bencic closed out the first set with a break on her second opportunity in the 10th game on the fourth deuce.

Bencic converted her second break point at deuce to open up a 3-0 lead. Putintseva saved two double break points to hold her serve at deuce.

Putintseva earned two break-back points but Bencic held on her serve after five deuces. Bencic served out the win on her first match point in the ninth game.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas moves through to the quarter final with straight set win over Alexander Bublik in Dubai

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Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 in 1 hour and 36 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Tsitsipas beat Bublik for the second time this month one week after scoring a win against the Kazakh player in the semifinal in Marseille.

 

Bublik saved two set points at 5-6 15-40 with a serve and volley and an unreturned serve. Tsitsipas cruised through to a 7-1 win in the first set after 54 minutes.

Tsitsipas saved four break points at 3-4 in the second set and earned a break at love in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Greek player sealed the win with a backhand slice winner.

Tsitsipas will face Jan Lennard Struff, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 6-0 in just 39 minutes.

Andrey Rublev edged past Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 after 1 hour and 41 minutes. Rublev came back from 1-4 down by breaking back in the eighth game at 3-4. The young Russian player saved a set point with a forehand passing shot, as Krajinovic was serving at 5-3 40-30. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break. Rublev sealed the tie-break with his fifth ace and and cruised through to a 6-0 lead with three consecutive breaks, as Krajinovic won just 10 points. Rublev took a re-match against Krajnovic, who won their previous head-to-head match in Rotterdam two weeks ago.

“He had so many chances, two breaks and serving with one set point. There was no key. I was just lucky and broke back. It was not in these conditions. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy as i lost to him two weeks ago in Rotterdam”, said Rublev.

Rublev set up a quarter final match against Daniel Evans, who fended off three match points in the tie-break of the third set to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 7-5 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Gael Monfils cruised past Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-1 6-2. Monfils earned a double break in the second and fourth games to win the first set 6-1. After a trade of breaks in the third and fourth games Monfils won four consecutive games with two breaks in the fifth and seventh games.

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Novak Djokovic sets up quarter final against Karen Khachanov in Dubai

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-1 in just 59 minutes to advance to the quarter final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. Djokovic beat Kohlschreiber for the 12th time in their 14 head-to-head matches.

 

Kohlschreiber, who beat Djokovic in straight sets one year ago in Indian Wells, won 11 points in 8 service games and never created a break point.

Djokovic converted four of his seven break points to reach the quarter final in Dubai for the 11th time in his career. He hit 23 winners to 10 unforced errors.

Djokovic earned his only break on his second opportunity with a forehand winner to take a 3-2 lead. He backed up the break with a hold of love with another forehand winner and closed out the first set 6-3 with a hold in the ninth game after 30 minutes, as Kohlschreiber hit a backhand crosscourt wide. The Serb reeled off five consecutive games from 5-3 in the first set.

Djokovic held serve with a backhand down the line winner at the start of the second set and held with a service winner. The 2020 Australian Open champion went up a double break with his backhand to build up a 3-0 lead and sealed the win with a return winner, as he was returning at 5-1. Djokovic has extended his unbeaten streak to 15 consecutive matches this year.

“It was a great performance. I enjoyed the way I played, coming out with the right focus and tactics. Knowing Phillip beat me 12 months ago in Indian Wells, I needed to approach this match very seriously regardless of his raning number 80. He is one of the most experienced players on the tour and likes to play on the big stage, so he doesn’t like falter too much”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic set up a quarter final against Karen Khachanov, who beat Dennis Novak 6-3 6-4 in 74 minutes. Djokovic leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Khachanov.

“I have had some interesting battles with him. He is a great guy, a very powerful player. He is one of the guys who is a pretender to be a top 5 player. He is very dedicated, so I will be as sharp as I have been in the past two matches and start well”, said Djokovic.

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