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ATP Paris-Bercy: Djokovic ready defend his number 1 spot from Federer's assault

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TENNIS ATP PARIS-BERCY – Novak Djokovic talked with the international media ahead of his debut in Paris Bercy about his life after the birth of his son Stefan last week. He will defend his Paris Bercy title won last year. He will have to defend his position as World Number 1 player from the assault of Roger Federer who reduced his gap to 490 points in the ATP Race to London. Diego Sampaolo

 

Novak Djokovic will defend the title at the Palais Omnisport in Paris Bercy won last year in his first tournament since the birth of his first son Stefan Djokovic. During the press conference on the eve of his debut in the French capital Djokovic reflected on his new life as father, his family life and the positive impact of his child on his tennis career.

“I would like to be with Stefan and my wife every single day but sometimes that’s not possible because the baby is too young to travel yet. I will try to have my family travel as much as they can. It’s important to participate in my child’s life as much as I can. Starting from next next year. we will try to be together. It’s not easy, the kind of lifestyle that a tennis player has. There is a lot of travelling, a lot of hotels and a lot of planes. It’s not the healthiest option for a baby”, said Djokovic

Djokovic leads by just 490 points over Roger Federer in the ATP Race to London after the Swiss legend won his 82nd title in his hometown tournament in Basel by beating David Goffin 6-2 6-2 in just 52 minutes. Federer won five ATP titles and more match wins than any other player this year. Both Federer and Djokovic won five titles but the Basel player leads 3-2 in their head-to-head matches this year. Djokovic won a epic five-set match in the Wimbledon final, the best match of the year so far. Federer has not won any Grand Slam tournaments but he showed an incredible consistency at 33 years of age after many had predicted the end of his legendary career at the end of a difficult 2013 season which saw him fall behind to eighth.

“This year Roger came out strong again competing for Grand Slams again and for Number 1 in the world. I don’t think age is an issue for him. He is playing some of his best tennis this year. I never ruled him out. I have a lot of respect for what he does”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic is the third top-five player after Federer and Stan Wawrinka to become father.

“There are many other players who have the similar situation. I try to talk with them. In terms of my approach to tennis, nothing is really changing. I am still fighting and competing to be World Number 1”, said Djokovic

The Serb will take on Phillip Kohlschreiber who eased past Roland Garros doubles winner Edouard Roger-Vasselin with 6-3 6-1. If he beats Kohlschreiber, Djokovic will play against either John Isner or Gael Monfils before a possible quarter final against either Andy Murray or Grigor Dimitrov. Murray could be a tough rival to beat in this period after the Scotsman won a epic three set final in Valencia against Tommy Robredo in which he saved five match points. His possible rivals in the semifinal could be David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Jo Wilfred Tsonga or Giles Simon (finalist in Shanghai against Roger Federer). Federer will debut against either Jeremy Chardy or Kenny de Schepper before facing either Fabio Fognini or Ivo Karlovic (in a possible re-match of the Basel three.set semifinal against the Croatian big server). Federer could face Milos Raonic in the quarter finals and Stan Wawrinka or Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.

In the Monday matches the highlight was Sam Querrey’s win over 2012 Bercy finalist Jerzy Janowicz in three sets with 6-7 6-2 6-4. Querrey, who beat Djokovic in the quarter finals in Paris Bercy two years ago after losing the first set, lost the first set at the tie-break in which the Pole won four consecutive points to take a 6-3 lead before closing it out when Querrey made a double fault. Querrey bounced back breaking Janowicz twice before closing out the second set with an ace to force the match to the decider. Querrey got a break in the fourth game of the third set to go up 2-1 before converting his second match point with a forehand winner. The US player, who recently won three ATP Challengers this year, will face this year’s Shanghai semifinalist Feliciano Lopez.

Austrian rising star Dominic Thiem, who reached the fourth round at this year’s US Open, battled past Aleksander Dolgopolov with 6-2 4-6 6-0. Thiem, the youngest player in the top-50, will face Stan Wawrinka in a re.match of this year’s Madrid match won by the Austrian player. In the Spanish capital Thiem scored his first ever win over a top-10 player.

Richard Gasquet bounced back from losing the first set against Denis Istomin at the tie-break to draw level by winning the second set with 6-2. Istomin was broken twice to go down 0-4 before withdrawing from the match because of an injury. Gasquet will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round. Santiago Giraldo beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-4. Jack Sock cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-2 6-1. Jurgen Melzer beat Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-4 6-1. Adrian Mannarino won the all-French match with Pierre Hugues Herbert 7-6 6-3.

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Cameron Norrie ‘Happy’ With Performance After Extending Winning Run Against Kyrgios

Cameron Norrie spoke about his confidence after reaching the last eight in Atlanta.

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Cameron Norrie is satisfied with his recent performances after reaching the Atlanta quarter-finals.

 

The in-form Brit extended his winning streak to five matches after defeating Nick Kyrgios in Atlanta.

Norrie eased to victory with a 6-1 6-4 win in a match which saw three breaks of serve from the Brit to make the last eight.

After winning his maiden title in Los Cabos, Norrie now is starting to feel confident in his game.

In his post-match interview the world number 29 insists that he is happy with his level as he continues his great season, “It’s very nice to be back here in Atlanta,” Norrie explained.

“It’s good to have Nick back… really enjoyed the match and really happy with my level. It’s cool to be playing at this level and [I am] happy and satisfied to be getting some wins. I’m enjoying my tennis.”

Next for Norrie will be Emil Ruusuvuori as he looks to continue his momentum and solidify his status as the man to beat in US hard court swing.

The other quarter-finals will see Los Cabos finalist Brandon Nakashima take on Jordan Thompson, Taylor Fritz will face fellow American Reilly Opelka.

While five-time champion John Isner will face Christopher O’Connell in the last eight with the American serving 49 aces in two matches so far.

Play will begin at 17:00 BST while Norrie’s match will likely take place at 20:00 BST.

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‘Probably Gonna Quit’ – Tennys Sandgren Blasts Performance After missing Out On Olympic Medal

The tennis star described his fourth place finish as ‘dog s**t.”

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Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren said he is close to retiring from tennis after missing out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sandgren and doubles partner Austin Krajicek fell in straight sets to the New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell, who are the first tennis players from their country in over 100 years to win a medal. The loss is a frustrating outcome for the American who wasn’t afraid to express how he felt after the match. Tokyo was the ninth doubles tournament Sandgren has played in this year.

“I mean, who f*ing cares you know, what do I have to show for it? We have a good week and fourth place is dog s**t.” He told the Olympic News Service.

Speaking straight after his loss, the highly emotional 30-year-old then cast doubt on his future in the sport. He is currently ranked 82nd in the world and has a win-loss record of 6-14 so far this year. However, he is yet to reach a quarter-final in singles.

I’m probably gonna quit. That might be my last match. I’m close, yeah, I’m close.” He replied when asked about his career.

As for if he would have done anything different in the bronze medal match, Sandgren replied ‘not to have been so bad.’ He also expressed disappointment that the tennis tournament took place behind closed doors. Prior to the Olympics, organisers decided to hold all events in Tokyo without fans due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“It would have been a great event with fans,” he via via teamusa.org. “Playing on an outside court without fans, I mean, you might as well be playing in Idaho in the middle of nowhere.”

Sandgren and Krajicek were America’s last chance to win a medal in the tennis competition. It is the first time the country has failed to win any medal since tennis returned as an Olympic event in 1988.

“There’s not much you can say about that except it’s pretty, pretty devastating to lose that one. You know, give yourself a chance to get a medal and then to lose those two (matches – including the men’s doubles semifinal) is tough, but you have to give those guys credit today. They played well.” Krajicek concluded.

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT (SE)
ALT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
ALT Purcell, Max (AUS)
ALT Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
ALT Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
ALT Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
ALT Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
WC Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
WC Blanch, Ulises (USA)
WC Saville, Luke (AUS)
WC Fenty, Andrew (USA)
Alternates:
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
OUT Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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