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Voices from the US Open: Day 6

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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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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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