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US Open: Djokovic, Murray and Raonic advance to the third round



TENNIS US OPEN – Unlike the women’s draw, the top seeds are mostly holding true to form. There has been no major upsets of sorts on the men’s side for the first three days at the US Open and Day 4 would be no different. From New York, Cordell Hackshaw


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Unlike the women’s draw, the top seeds are mostly holding true to form. There has been no major upsets of sorts on the men’s side for the first three days at the US Open and Day 4 would be no different.

The top seed, Novak Djokovic made quick work of Paul-Henri Mathieu. Djokovic converted match point near 90 minutes after the start of play for a 6-1 6-3 6-0 victory. Djokovic had 33 winners to 16 errors. He was winning 88% of his 1st serve points and 57% behind his 2nd serve. “I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible. I don’t feel like I need to play long matches to get into the groove,” Djokovic said after the match. In the 3rd round, Djokovic will play American Sam Querrey who triumphed over the Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (28) in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Milos Raonic (5) won his match in 4 sets 7-6 5-7 6-4 7-6 over Peter Gojowczyk. Gojowczyk did all he could to complicate life for the Canadian. He has an early break in the 4th set but could not maintain it. “He plays quite flat, quite low to the net, lower margin for error, I would say. But also, at the same time when he defends that way, if he just even puts it through the middle, it’s hard for me because the ball never really comes up to my strike zone like against most guys,” Raonic said. He hit 26 aces in the match and in the two crucial tiebreaks where anything can happen, Raonic showed toughness to take them comfortably.

Andy Murray (8) had a much easier time in his 2nd round match than he did in his opener. Murray dispatched Matthias Bachinger 6-3 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 46 minutes. Whereas in his first match, the 2012 champion was having difficulties holding serve, in this match, he was not broken once, saving all three break points he faced. “[I]t was extremely windy today … Difficult to play sort of close to the lines or anything like that. But I hit the ball well considering, served better, and obviously I moved a bit better today, as well,” Murray said after the match. He was also unable to say why he was cramping so badly on Monday but noted that he was much better now.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) also had an easy day at the office. He knocked out Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes. “I felt good on the court. I moved pretty well. I served well. You know, it’s good for the next match. Yeah, I mean, I’m in good shape,” Tsonga said. He had 38 winners to 27 errors, winning 85% of his 1st serve points.

John Isner (13) will join fellow Davis Cup member Querrey in the 3rd round. Isner triumphed over Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 6-4 6-2. There were two more retirement in men’s singles action today which benefitted Philipp Kohlschreiber (22) and Kei Nishikori (10). Kohlschreiber’s opponent, Michael Llodra retired after dropping the 1st set 2-6. Nishikori was leading Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-1 before the Spaniard decided he could not continue. Kohlschreiber will face Isner in the 3rd round and Nishikori plays Leonardo Mayer (23) who beat Matthew Ebden 6-1 6-3 6-4.

Other winners include Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic over Borna Coric of Croatia. Estrella Burgos won in 4 sets 7-6 4-6 6-4 6-2. This matchup was somewhat interesting as Estrella Burgos is a bit of a story here at the US Open. This is the first US Open main draw appearance for both players but Coric is 18 years old and Estrella Burgos is near twice that number. At 34 years old, the Estrella Burgos is in the 3rd round of any major for the first time. In fact, he only just played his first major this year at the French Open. “I think is happening now because this had to happen now. I think when I have 20 years old, I tell you before, I don’t have any idea about the tournament. Because in Dominican, we don’t have this. I think for me this is the best time. This happen now. I had to get like very good, very simple for me. I think now is now. I cannot go back. I cannot start to thinking why this doesn’t happen when I have 20 or 22 or 24. Now it happening when I have 34, I very happy.” He plays Raonic for a place in the 4th round. It would be an interesting match as New York has a very significant Dominican population who has been very vocal cheering on Estrella Burgos at all his matches. With his success here at the Open and the match going to a bigger stadium, the support would be even more intense.

Also winning in 4 sets was Pablo Carreno Busta over Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3. He will face Tsonga in the next round. Nick Kyrgios continues recent success at the majors when he beat Andrea Seppi 6-4 7-6 6-4. Kyrgios’ next opponent is Tommy Robredo (16). Robredo moved into the 3rd round in dramatic fashion. The Spaniard was down 0-2 sets to Simone Bolelli 5-7 6-7. Bolelli seemed to be poised to cause the upset but his fortune soon change after an extended argument with chair umpire and head officials over a call made by the crowd during a crucial point. When the decision was made in Robredo’s favour handing him the 3rd set 6-4, Bolelli simply wilted on the court. He was no longer being as aggressive as he was in the earlier stages of the match. Robredo wrested control of the match to take it 5-7 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-2. Another Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco (31), was involved in a 5-setter but only this time, he did not come out the victor. Andrey Kuznetsov rallied from 1-2 sets down to get to the 3rd round 6-3 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-3 in just over 3 hours. Kuznetsov plays Murray next.


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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