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ATP Shanghai: Murray wins on debut. Fognini crashes out

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TENNIS ATP SHANGHAI – Andy Murray made a winning debut at the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-1 7-5 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. World Number 553 Chuhan Wang surprisingly beat Fabio Fognini with 7-5 6-4 Diego Sampaolo

 

Murray broke three times, including the first game, to cruise to a easy 6-1 in a one-sided first set. The 2013 Wimbledon champion committed the first of his three double faults in the second set to drop serve After Gabashvili got a second break in the second set, Murray faced a tough challenge when he went down 3-5 Murray drew level to 5-5 before breaking serve again in the 12th to clinch the 7-5 win in the third set.

“I started the match well. He wasn’t in much of a rhythm at the beginning. At the start o the second set, I played a sloppy game on my serve. He gained some confidence from that and and started playing better. He was timing the ball a lot better in the second set. I just had to find a way through in the end. I used smart tactics at the end of the set. It was a good start for me but there is some work to be done”, said Murray.

Murray set up a second round-match against Jerzy Janowicz who rallied from a set down to battle past Edouard Roger-Vasselin with 3-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6). Murray and Janowicz will meet for the second consecutive week after the first round in Beijing where the Dunblane player recovered from a set down.

Chinese wild card Chuhan Wang, who is ranked World Number 553, upset World Number 17 Fabio Fognini with a 7-6 6-4 win in front of his home supporters in his first appearance in a Master 1000 Tournament.

The home player played a solid match from the baseline, especially with his forehand. The first set went down to the tie-break where Wang got a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Fognini made a costly double fault at 2-4. Fognini clawed his way back to 4-5 but he faced two set points after a backhand error. Wang closed out the tie-break on his second set point.

Wang got a early break in the second set. Fognini broke straight back but made two double faults to drop his serve again. Wang hit a backhand down the line to seal a well-deserved win with 6-4.

Wang, who lost in the first round of the Beijing qualifying, fended off four of the five break point chances he faced. The home player set up a second round match against Malek Jaziri in the second round and could meet Stan Wawrinka in the third round. Wawrinka’s rival in the second round will be Gilles Simon who fought back from a set down to beat Guillermo Garcia Lopez with 3-6 6-0 6-1.

Wang’s win was a real surprise considering that he achieved his best results this year when he reached two semifinals at Futures Tournaments.

Fognini has lost his fifth consecutive match. He has won just one match since he reached the quarter final at the Cincinnati Master 1000 Tournament.

Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, who knocked out US Open champion Marin Cilic, beat Yen Hsun Lu 7-6(6) 6-3. Karlovic hit 24 aces and dropped just nine points on serve. He will face either Tomas Berdych or Richard Gasquet.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil overcame Santiago Giraldo in three sets with 6-2 6-7(5) 6-1. Giraldo saved two match points in the 10th game of the second set which came down to the tie-break where Giraldo rallied from a 2-5 deficit by winning five consecutive games to force the match to the third set. Pospisil wrapped up the match as Giraldo made a double fault.

Mikhail Youzhny converted three of his four break points and dropped just 10 points on serve in his 6-4 6-1 win over this year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Ernests Gulbis. Youzhny will face Ivan Dodig who beat Pablo Cuevas 7-5 6-2.

Rafa Nadal will face his compatriot Feliciano Lopez in his second round match in Shanghai. Lopez fought back from a set down after losing a tough tie-break with 14-12 to battle past Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7 6-3 6-4. Lopez fired 19 aces. However, there a question mark on Nadal who is suffering from appendicitis. Nadal began feeling pain on his abdomen last Saturday, the day after losing to Martin Klizan in the Beijing quarter finals. The next day he went to to the hospital where the doctors confirmed he had the early stages of appendicitis. Nadal chose to try treatment with antibiotics rather than undergo surgery.

“I am not going to go for surgery. That’s great news for me today. That’s why I am practising here for 45 minutes and trying to play tomorrow but obviously I am not in my best condition”, said Nadal.

Martin Klizan, who upset Nadal in the quarter final in Beijing, continued his good period of form beating Sam Groth 7-6(1) 6-1.

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.

 

Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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