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TENNIS US OPEN – Our Giulio Gasparin has selected the best quotes from Day 8 of US Open at Flushing Meadows: Peng, Bencic, Wozniacki, Errani, Federer and Monfils.


Peng Shuai defeated in great fashion the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open since Martina Hingis, Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1.

The Swiss player struggled to find her game, but she did not hide behind any excuse.

For sure it’s been a great tournament for me,” she said. “I think today I really didn’t play my best, but I can take definitely so much positive out of this tournament.

“I will work very hard so that I can be in a lot more quarterfinals.”

When she was told that her projected ranking is just out of the top 30, she said: “it’s incredible.

“I mean, yeah, it’s my fourth Grand Slam. Yeah, next year maybe seeded in Australia, it’s unbelievable. Next year I don’t have to play any more quallies. I’m so happy!

The Chinese player was over the moon after reaching her first ever slam semi-final.

“I dream about it,” she said. “Because everybody was like ask me all week, maybe you have a chance to get quarters, so I was really happy first time quarters.

“And I went to the semis. Of course is exciting, is surprise, but is not like I feel like I cannot.”

Her opponent in the semi will be Caroline Woziniacki who defeated in a majestic match Sara Errani 6-0 6-1.

The Dane looked as good as in the match against Maria Sharapova and did not let any chance to the Italian.

“I had a game plan in mind, and I just went for my shots,” she said. I knew that I had to be aggressive but not too aggressive, kind of find a balance between finding the opening, and then go for my shots whenever I had the balls for it.

“You know, you kind of want to get a good start. Love-40 isn’t really a good start, but it was really windy and it just took me a few serves to kind of get into the rhythm and figure out, you know, where to throw the ball and what to aim for.

After falling from grace, Wozniacki looked quite confused on where her game should be going, but this summer things started to work better again.

“You kind of have to keep playing better,” she said. “You know, it will always go up and down in sports. Doesn’t matter what sport you play. I’m just happy I’m on my way up again and I’m playing well.

Errani also had good words for her.

“She’s very good,” she said. “She doesn’t miss a ball. Every point long points, make me feel worse physically.

“So was important thing. I tried to change my game in the second to be much more aggressive. Tried to go more on the net, because on the baseline was she was making me died.

“I tried to be aggressive on the net. I was trying, but is difficult.”

Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating in straight sets Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 6-2.

Despite the strong wind, it was a very easy win for the second seed, who sounded very optimistic after the match.

I had maybe some margin,” he said. “I don’t know if that was something I was trying to tell myself.

“He hasn’t got the biggest game, but he’s consistent. He’s fast. He can adapt.

“So he’s got things that can make you feel uncomfortable, I must say. He can absorb pace well. From that standpoint, even though I did feel I had margin, because I never played him before, I was still pushing forward all along and trying to always keep a gap between him and me in terms of the result and the scoreline.”

His next opponent will be Gael Monfils, who took down Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6 7-5.

The Frenchman looked very sharp and focused and his great defence in the end prevailed.

“I think I played good,” he said. “I’m in better position today. It’s easy to say, but, you know, I think every time I’m the same.

“I think I always play good, always played solid. You know, sometime just didn’t happen, you know.

“I remember here played a good fourth round against Rafa, but he just was better than me. You know, I always have tough battle here or at the French.

“For me, I’m just happy because today I was a bit lucky. It’s one point, it’s two points, and today I think I was able to have more luck than him.”


Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.




Image via twitter.com/atptour (Alexander Scheuber)

The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.


Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.




Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.


The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…




Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.


It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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