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TENNIS US OPEN – Our Giulio Gasparin has selected the best quotes from Day 5 at Flushing Meadows. Kvitova, Krunic, Djokovic, Murray and Kohlschreiber. UBITENNIS.COM WILL BE OFFLINE DUE TO ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE ON MONDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER BETWEEN 02.00 CEST AND 06.00 CEST

 

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Petra Kvitova was reluctantly the protagonist of the biggest upset of the day, as she suffered a double 6-4 loss to Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic.

The Serb played an unbelievable match and, even though Petra was guilty of too many errors, the Wimbledon champion gave all the credits to her.

I think she played really unbelievable tennis and she put a lot of balls back,” she said. “Almost all of them. For me it was very difficult just, you know, to play only on the winners.

“I think really she was really great moving on the court. I mean, she served well in the important points as, she pushed a lot of balls back and it was difficult for me then.”

Krunic, who said to have been rooting for Kvitova during the Wimbledon final, was extremely happy during the press conference, showing, however, great humility.

“I didn’t feel so much pressure,” said the qualifier. “Maybe because, you know, I’m an outsider, I’m from the qualifyings, and, you know, I don’t have a pressure from the beginning since I step on the court.

“When I don’t put the extra pressure on myself it’s just much easier for me, you know, not to think about the crowd and anyone. Because I was trying to take the positive things from the crowd. I didn’t expect that so many people would cheer for me.”

Obviously, there is quite some surprise for her as well, knowing that she will now play the fourth round.

“When I pass the quallies,” she admitted, “I felt like, Okay, it’s a new tournament for me.

Now I’m in the second week of a Grand Slam. I don’t know. I still cannot believe I won against Madison [Keys], and now I won against Petra.

“Today I think I pushed myself to my total limits. Even I know that it was not Petra’s best day and she missed a lot. I don’t know if I made her miss with my game or not.

“But still, you know, if she would have played her best tennis I don’t think the outcome would be the same, as I said. But I tried to keep the tactics that I have been given. Yeah, that was my only chance.”

The young qualifier said to be quite a friend of fellow Serbians Jelena Jankovic and to have recently kicked Novak Djokovic out of the quite room before one of her matches.

The top seed, after his comfortable win over Sam Querry said: “I hope she kicks me out every single day so she keeps on winning, if that’s the lucky charm”

The Serbian champion then added about his game, which seemed to be getting back after a pretty sub-par summer: “What is supposed to go on in my game? It’s peaking at the right time, at the right tournament. This is where I want to play my best tennis. I haven’t done as well as I wanted in leadup tournaments, Toronto and Cincinnati.”

Andy Murray needed an extra set to close his match against Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

The Scot felt like his game was getting better and tonight he had no struggling with cramps.

“Today was much better than Monday. It was obviously cooler today. May have been a little bit more humid. I’m not sure. It felt pretty humid on the court. It was quite cool actually by the end of the match.

“I hope it’s not a problem for the rest of the tournament. Like I said before the tournament started, you know, I feel like I’m in very good shape.”

For the third year in a row, Philipp Kohschreiber upset in the third round of this very Slam John Isner, who said good bye to the tournament without being broken once.

“Yeah, it’s a little bit crazy to play three years in a row in the same round,” said the German. “It was so far very well for me. Happy with the performance. For sure it was mental advantage for me I think that I always won over a long distance.”

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Auger Aliassime overcomes slow start to beat Seppi in Washington

The Canadian looked down and out early in the match but bounced back to avenge a loss he suffered at the French Open in June.

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Second seed Felix Auger Aliassime survived a huge scare in his opening match at the Citi Open in Washington.

The Canadian was on the verge of being upset by the Italian Andreas Seppi but battled back to beat him 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 59 minutes. Blasting a total of 25 winners and nine aces in the win.

 

“In my mind, I wanted to find a way to come back. To get that early break in the second really helped me a lot and I think I served a little bit better and I put more volume and height on my shot,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I was more patient and in the first set I was missing too quickly in the rallies so digging deep physically and mentally allowed me to come back nicely in the match and to finish strong in the third set. I am happy with the way things turned around for me today”.

It was the world number 88 with the better start to the match and after both players held their opening service games he had two chances to get the early break and took a 2-1 lead. After consolidating the break, the Italian set up another breakpoint with a stunning forehand winner, broke again for a 4-1 lead, and served out the first set.

Auger-Aliassime was keen on getting back into the match and wanted to avoid a second straight upset loss to the Italian. After holding serve in the first game of the second set he had two chances to take an early lead and broke for the 2-0 lead with a forehand up the line of his very own on breakpoint. That was enough for him to serve out the second set and send the match into a decisive third set to decide the winner.

It was the Canadian who repeated what he did in the second set holding the opening service game and breaking Seppi’s serve with a sublime passing shot. The Italian responded the next game by breaking right back but failed to consolidate the break as the world number 15 broke again with his powerful backhand winner.

At 5-2, the Auger-Aliassime found himself at match point and it took him five attempts before being able to convert and seal the match. Avenging a loss he suffered at Roland Garros.

After the match in his post-match press conference, the Canadian was asked if he had the loss to Seppi at the French Open in the back of his mind during the match.

” In a way yes of course because we played once and he beat me and as a player, you never want to go down twice in a row against a player but it happens but in my case, I really wanted to find a way to win that match and get revenge just for myself to try and get the win”. he said.

Auger Aliassime will now face the winner of the second-round match between Jenson Brooksby or Frances Tiafoe in the third round.

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Vasek Pospisil survives scare at Citi Open

The Canadian battled back from a set down in what was a tricky opening encounter.

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Vasek Pospisil was pushed to limits by qualifier Emilio Gomez in his opening match at the Citi Open.

The Canadian required three sets to beat the Ecuadorian qualifier 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after two hours and 11 minutes of play. He hit a total of 10 aces en route to the second round.

 

” It’s always good to get through a tough one and I felt dialed in during the second set,” said Pospisil. “I was a little bit distracted during the first set but I am glad to get match play and getting the win is important so I am happy I got it done”.

The first three games of the opener went on serve and at 2-1 the Canadian had three chances to take an early break but the world number 165 saved all three and held serve. At 3-3, Pospisil played a poor service game and Gomez took full advantage by breaking him at love. That one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the first set.

The Canadian was determined to stay alive in the second and broke the Ecuadorian early to take a 2-0 lead and managed to turn it into a double break for a commanding 4-0 lead. Gomez got one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the world number 61 would serve out the second set to force a decider.

The third set started with three breaks of serve but it was the Canadian that was finally able to hold serve and consolidate a break. That break was enough for him to serve out the match and complete the comeback.

Pospisil will next face the young American Sebastien Korda in the third round who is the 12th seed this week in the American capital.

” It’s going to be a tough one because he is playing some great tennis this year and he is an up and comer and a great player,” he said of Korda. “I will have to play really well to win that one because he is a dangerous player so I will have to serve well and return well”.

Other results

It was a busy day one at the Citi Open being held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC with some thrilling matches. Kei Nishikori beat Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 and Marcus Giron pulled a three-set comeback against Ilya Marchenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

In the battle of the Belorussians, Ilya Ivashka beat Egor Gerasimov in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Jenson Brooksby avenged a loss to the South African Kevin Anderson by beating him in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

Andreas Seppi needed three sets to dispatch Yasutka Uchiyama of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Ricardas Berankis beat the American qualifier Mitchell Kreuger in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, and Daniel Elahi Galan beat another American Tommy Paul in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Finally, in the last match of the day an American favourite, Jack Sock advanced to round two after his Japanese opponent Yoshito Nishioka was forced to retire due to injury during their match.

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John Isner Wins 16th ATP Title In Atlanta

The 6ft 10 American got revenge on his American opponent for the loss he suffered last week in Los Cabos.

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John Isner has continued his love affair with the Atlanta Open by ousting Brandon Nakashima to win the tournament for a record sixth time.

 

The sixth seed beat the American teenager 7-6, 7-5 in one hour and 57 minutes. Firing a total of 21 aces and winning 81% of his first-serve points en route to the victory.

“I think if you count the last two weeks playing singles and doubles I played 12 matches in about 10 or 11 days so I have played a lot which is exactly what I need,” Isner said following his win. “Hopefully I can take this and go forward and build some momentum for tournaments ahead.’
This tournament has meant everything to my career it’s amazing”. He added.

The first set was extremely tight and neither player gave an inch in their respective service games. The opener was decided by a tiebreaker which Isner is accustomed to. Whilst the first set was tight, the tiebreaker was an even tighter affair Isner squeezing out a 10-8 win to take the first set 7-6.

Again the second set was competitive and again neither player got an edge on their return game. It was only at 5-4 that the Dallas, Texas native found himself at triple match point but the world number 115 saved all three.

Nakashima would save a fourth before holding serve and at 6-5, the world number 35 earned a fifth match point. That’s where he closed out the match and sealed the win and the title.

After the match, Isner was asked about his history of playing numerous tiebreakers throughout his career.

” I play a lot of those and it’s a situation I am comfortable in since I have been on tour forever,” he explained. “Honestly I think today (Sunday) I was just a little bit luckier and that’s what It really came down to. It’s amazing to be out here again playing on a Sunday and it was awesome”.

Isner confirmed that he will not be making the trip to Washington, DC for the Citi Open and instead he will take a week off after playing back-to-back tournaments in Los Cabos and Atlanta. He is next scheduled to be in Toronto for the National Bank Open.

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