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The 108th Monte-Carlo Rolex Master presented in Milan

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TENNIS – The 2015 edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master was officially presented in the Sergio Tacchini headquarters in Milan. Zeliko Franulovic, Monte-Carlo champion in 1970 and Director of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master, spoke to the Italian media about the success of the 2014 edition and the expectations for 2015. The 108th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master is scheduled from 11th to 19th April 2015. Diego Sampaolo

 

The 2014 edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master confirmed its status as one of the most popular tournaments in the circuit. Last April no less than 131472 spectators attended the Tournament at the famous Monte-Carlo Country Club, breaking the record of attendance.

“In 2014 the main draw featured all the top-six players in the ranking and the return of Roger Federer after two years of absence. For the first time two Swiss players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka qualified for the final after eight years by Rafa Nadal and the triumph by Novak Djokovic in 2013. Wawrinka was the first Swiss player to win in Monte-Carlo. players We were privileged to attend a great final between two players who trained together before the match. We are grateful to Novak Djokovic who reached the semifinals despite a wrist injury. We have a great respect for Djokovic who fought until the end to defend his title showing once again his support for our tournament”

“The Draw Ceremony was held in the heart of the Principality in the exceptional setting of the Garner Opera in Monaco and was attended by 2013 champion Novak Djokovic and his coach Boris Becker”, said Zeliko Franulovic.

The Monte-Carlo Tournament also supported the SAS Foundation of Princess Charlene, a charity organization associated with the Program of the ATP called Aces for Charity. The Foundation focuses on the practice of sport as a vector for children’s education and development. The Foundation’s priorities include setting up educational projects supporting young gifted athletes lacking sufficient resources and supporting sports projects involving children’s education.

“Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic showed their support by offering a signed racquet to the Princess”, said Franulovic

The organizers of the Monte-Carlo Master 1000 Tournament held a special press conference in the headquarters of the Sergio Tacchini in Milan to thank the Italian partners and media who have contributed to the success of the tournament among Italian tennis fans.

“Since the the start of our ticket sales on 1 October we have increased the figure of tickets sold to Italian fans by 29 percent compared to the same period of last year. Last year our Tournament attracted a record figure of 131000 spectators and more than 40000 spectators. it’s too early to speak about our ticket sales for the next edition but we expect that next year will be even more successful than 2014 in terms of ticket sales.

“We had an excellent television coverage thanks to Canal + and France Television and Sky Italia. Our tournament was broadcast live for a total of 6500 hours in more than 80 countries all over the world. We expect a similar coverage for 2015. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Master was covered by 370 accredited journalists, including many media representatives from Italy. The Gazzetta dello Sport was our Media Partner for the third consecutive year. We are grateful to the Sergio Tacchini for extending its partnership deal for three years. We are pleased to inform that we have renewed our partnership to Fedcom and Orezza for 2015. We will continue our tradition by holding the Players’ Party, the Great Might of Tennis at the Salle des Etoilles in Monte-Carlo and the Tournament for the Media. Next year we will hold a humanitarian exhibition on 11th April 2015 thanks to the initiative of this year’s US Open Marin Cilic. Money will be raised for two charity organizations in Monaco. Many past and present tennis players will attend the exhibition”, said Franulovic.

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Lukas Kubot and Marcelo Melo come back from one set down to beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek

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Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo came back from one set down to beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 4-6 6-4 10-5 in one hour and 40 minutes at the Nitto ATP Finals at the O2 Finals in London. Kubot and Melo moved to 1-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.

 

The Polish and Brazilian team join Michael Venus and and Raven Klaasen at the top of the Group Bjorkman with a 1-0 lead.

Dodig and Polasek rallied from 3-4 down by winning three consecutive games to claim the opening set 6-4. Kubot and Melo saved a break point in the fourth game before getting the first break three games later to take a 4-3 lead.

Dodig and Polasek did not convert a break point before dropping serve, but they earned two consecutive breaks to claim the first set 6-4. Dodig and Polasek were broken in the first game of the second set and did not convert any of their two break points in the next game.

Kubot and Melo wasted four consecutive set points in the ninth game, but they served out the second set at love with a backhand passing shot down the line to force the match to the third set.

Kubot and Melo got two mini-breaks in the Match Tie-Break 10-5. Kubot hit an ace to seal the tie-break 10-5.

“It feels great to get the win. I think we played a very good match today. I think the level was high. We are very happy to play such a great set and a Match Tie-Break”,said Melo.

 In the first match of the afternoon match Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus saved four break points in his 6-3 6-4 win over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3 6-4 in 64 minutes. Klaasen and Venus saved two break points in the opening game before breaking serve in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Klaasen claimed the break with a backhand volley after a forehand return from Venus. Klaasen and Venus sealed the opening set after 30 minutes.

Both players held serve in the first six games before Klaasen and Venus claimed the decisive break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Salisbury.

“To be the first match of the Finals is a bit nerve racking and to get off to a good start certainly puts our minds at ease for the rest of the tournament”, said Klaasen.

 

 

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Dominic Thiem Topples Six-Time Champion Federer At ATP Finals

The Austrian has continued his unbeaten record against the world No.3 this year.

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LONDON: Dominic Thiem has got off to a dream start at the ATP Finals after downing a lackluster Roger Federer in straight sets.

 

The two-time French Open finalist held his nerve throughout what was a tense encounter as he prevailed 7-5, 7-5. Hitting 21 winners alongside 22 unforced errors. Moving him into second place in the group behind Novak Djokovic, who dropped just three games against Matteo Berrettini earlier in the day.

“It’s overwhelming every single time to enter this Arena. Especially if it is completely packed like that.” Thiem commented on the 17,800 capacity arena.
“I think we had a good and close match. Of course, it is always special to beat Roger as he is an absolute legend. I love to play against him and learn a lot.”

26-year-old Thiem belongs to a very exclusive club when it comes to taking on the 20-time grand slam champion. He is one of only five players to have a winning record against Federer (5-2) after playing six or more matches. Joining the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Both of their previous meetings in 2019 saw Thiem rally back from a set down to win.

This time around it was slightly different at The O2 Arena. A rollercoaster opener saw Federer at his best and worst as he struggled at times with his service consistency. An erratic start from the Swiss player enabled Thiem to open up a 2-0 lead before proceedings were level again. With little disparity between the two on the court, the slightest errors proved problematic to their winning chances. Eventually, it was six-time champion Federer who buckled at the worst moment. Serving at 5-5, a couple of loose shots from him enabled Thiem to break once again and this time have a chance to serve the set out. A mission he achieved with the help of a Federer backhand drifting wide on set point.

Despite securing the breakthrough he seeks, Thiem was denied the luxury of running away with the match. In a case of deja vu the second frame was once again a cat and mouse chase. However, the Austrian continued to maintain the momentum thanks to his emphatic defensive play that drew frustration from the world No.3.

It was a rare case of lightning striking twice on Sunday evening. At the exact same stage as the opening set, a dismal Federer service game featuring a series of errors enabled Thiem to break and move a game away from victory. Closing out the match was by no means an easy task as he saved two break points. Nevertheless, he clinched the scalp with the help of a serve out wide.

“It’s amazing to play against maybe the best player of all time. A real legend.” Thiem said in tribute to Federer. “Luckily I have a pretty good record against him and I try to stay positive every time I play him.”
“The game where I have to serve it (the match) out is always a struggle. You don’t get any presents from him. He will put every return in, play the rallies and of course it was a little due to nerves too.” He added.

Thiem’s win means Federer now faces two crucial matches in order to qualify for the semi-finals. One of those being against Djokovic. Federer last failed to progress out of the round-robin stages more than a decade ago in 2008. Excluding the 2016 edition, he missed due to injury.

“It’s a normal tournament from here on forward.” The visibly disappointed 38-year-old declared during his press conference. “I’m not allowed to lose anymore (in the tournament). That’s how it is every week of the year for the last 20 years, so from that standpoint, there is nothing new there.”

Federer also lost his opening match at the ATP Finals 12 months ago to Kei Nishikori.

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Medvedev Picked Nadal Over Djokovic

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This season has been so even between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Both players have shared the four grand slams titles, two for each, won two Masters 1000 tournaments and now are taking on the battle for year-end world No.1 at the O2 arena in London.

 

However, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who makes his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals after such an amazing performance particularly in the last half of the season, thinks that the Spaniard was more consistent.

I think everyone can say Nadal was the best player of the year, since he has always been consistent and he got amazing results, winning many titles including two Grand Slams. I do not know if he is at 100 percent or not, but I know I will have to give my best” Said Medvedev

The Russian player played both of the players this season more than once. Although, he didn’t manage to have a win over Nadal in two occasions, he played such a thriller 5-sets final match in the US Open.

The US Open semi-finalist has played the 16-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic three times so far in this season, winning two out of the three meetings with 3-2 head to head overall profile for Djokovic.

Medvedev lifts Cincinnati trophy

Daniil Medvedev has played with a very high level in last summer. After reaching Washington and Canadian Opens’ finals, he got the rewards for his hardworking in Cincinnati when he clinched his first Masters 1000 title there before he adds later his second one at Shanghai.

Medvedev will play his first match at the O2 arena on Monday when he takes on the other debutant to the Nitto ATP Finals Stefanos Tsitsipas in the afternoon. The Russian has been drawn in Andre Agassi group which features as well Rafael Nadal and defending Champion Alexander Zverev.

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