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ATP Tour: Murray v. Ferrer in Vienna. Dimitrov v. Berdych in Stockholm

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TENNIS ATP TOUR – Andy Murray beat Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-3 in 83 minutes to qualify for his 44th final at the Erste Bank ATP 250 Tournament in Vienna where he will face David Ferrer, who battled past German Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-3). Murray, who received a wild-card from the organizers, will be looking to win his second title of the year after Shenzhen. Diego Sampaolo

 

Troicki saved a break point early in the first set before Murray converted his third break point chance in the fifth game. Murray faced some trouble only in the following game when he was broken back at 3-2 when he made two double faults. In the ninth game Troicki went up 30-0 but he made a double fault and sent a forehand wide allowing Murray to get the break at 4-all. The Scotsman held his serve to 30 before clinching the first set with 6-4

Murray got a break early in the second set. Troicki saved a break point at 2-5 but he dropped his serve to love in the ninth game.

Ferrer had to fend off five break points in the first set after a perfect week in which he did not drop a serve during the whole tournament. Ferrer got the break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead before saving two break points in the sixth game. Ferrer failed to convert two set points at 5-2 but he closed out in the ninth game with 6-3

Kohlschreiber broke serve twice in the fourth and in the eighth games to win the second set with 6-2 and forced the match to the decider. In the third set Ferrer rallied from 2-4 after going down a break. Ferrer broke back to love clawing his way back into the match. Kohlschreiber held serve in the ninth game for 5-4, The third set came down to the tie-break. It went on serve until 2-2 when Ferrer got a mini-break. Ferrer pulled away to 4-2 but Kohlschreiber got the mini-break. However the German made a double fault to go down 3-5 before sending a sending a backhand volley wide. Ferrer won the tie-break 7-3 to reach the 46th final of his career

The Spanish player will be bidding to win his second title of the year in his fourth final of the year.

Murray leads 7-6 in their 13 head-to-head matches but Ferrer won their last clash in three sets in Shanghai.

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Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov recovered from a 1-4 deficit to overcome Bernard Tomic with 6-3 7-5 to advance to the final at the ATP 250 in Stockholm The young Bulgarian, who beat Ferrer last year, will play the sixth final of his career and the fourth of 2013.

Dimitrov broke serve once and cruised to 3-0 in less than 10 minutes. He did not face any break point in the first set and closed out with 6-3.

Tomic bounced back in the second set pulling away to 4-1 with a break lead but he failed to convert two set points when Dimitrov was serving. Tomic made a double fault when he was serving for the set at 5-3. Dimitrov broke back before getting another break at 5-all. Dimitrov held serve in the 12h game to close out the match.

Dimitrov set up the final against Tomas Berdych who beat Mathias Bachinger 7-6 6-4 in the other semifinal. Bachinger got a break in the seventh game of the first set to take a 4-3 lead. Berdych broke to draw level to 5-5 when Bachinger was serving for the set. Berdych had to fend off a set point before wrapping up the tie-break with 9-7.

Bachinger broke serve in the eighth game but he was broken back to 15 when he was serving for the first set at 5-3. The second set came down to the tie-break. After four mini-breaks Berdych was the first to hold serve at 3-2. The tie-break went on serve until Bachinger earned a set point at 6-5 but Berdych saved it with an ace. Bachinger faced a set point but he won the point to draw level to 7-7. Berdych took the 8-7 edge earning the set point. He hit a forehand winner to close out the tie-break with 9-7.

Berdych got a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead in the second set. Bachinger converted his third break point chance of the second set to break back for 4-4. Berdych broke again in the following game to edge 5-4 with a forehand winner before closing out on his first match point

Berdych has reached his fifth final of the year and his 24th in his career

Dimitrov leads 3-1 in their four previous matches. The Bulgarian beat Berdych 6-7 6-2 6-2 in their most recent head-to-head match in Rome last May.

“I would like to defend my title every single week. It brings out the best out in you. so it’s a really place to be in”, said Dimitrov

Moscow Kremlin Cup

US Open champion Marin Cilic fought back from a set down to edge last year’s Kremlin Cup finalist Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6 6-3 6-2 to secure his spot on the ATP Finals in London. It was not a easy match for Cilic who went down a set and a break before reaching his fifth final of the year and his 22nd final of his career (he boasts a winning record of 12-9). Kukushkin started well saving all the eight break point chances he faced in the first set.

The Kazakh player broke serve at 4-3 after saving three break points in the first game and two in the fourth game. Cilic did not convert another break point chance in the tenth game and dropped the first set with 4-6.

Kukushkin looked to be cruising to a surprising win when he got another break. Cilic broke straight back to claw his way into the match. Cilic broke in the eighth game en route to winning the second set with 6-3. He reeled off five consecutive games from 3-3 in the second set to build up a 2-0 lead in the third set. Cilic broke again in the seventh game for 5-2. He held serve to 30 to close out the match and qualify for his fifth final of the year.

The Croatian player will face Roberto Bautista Agut who overcame Ernests Gulbis with a double 6-4. Cilic is the third Croatian player to qualify for the end-of-year ATP Finals or Masters Cup after Goran Ivanisevic (five times) and Ivan Ljubicic (2006)

Bautista Agut will play his third final of the year on three different surfaces after winning in Stuttgart on clay and s’Hertogenbosch on grass. Gulbis saved two break points at 2-2 before dropping serve in the seventh game. Bautista Agut did not face any troubles and closed out the first set with 6-4.

At 2-2 Gulbis saved two break points in the second set which went on serve until 3-3. Bautista Agut broke again in the seventh game as in the first set. The Spanish player faced the first break point of the match at 4-3 in the second set when he made a double fault but he saved it when Gulbis made a fault on his second serve.

In the Combined WTA Tournament at the Kremlin Cup Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova cruised past Czech qualifier and first-time WTA semifinalist Katerina Siniakov with a double 6-2. Pavlyuchenkova will play her third WTA Premier final after Brisbane 2013 and Paris Indoor 2014. Pavlyuchenkova will try to become the fourth Russian player to win in the home tournament after Anastasya Myskina (twice Kremlin Cup champion in 2003 and 2004), Anna Chaktvetadze (2006) and Elena Dementieva (2007).

Pavlyuchenkova will face Irina Camelia Begu from Romania who battled past Lucie Safarova in three sets with 7-6 1-6 6-3. Begu converted only one of her 14 break point chances in the 8th game of the match before serving out for the match. Begu crowned an impressive week in which she knocked out two top-20 players Ekaterina Makarova and Lucie Safarova. She will play her first WTA Premier Final.

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Grigor Dimitrov – ‘Tennis Is A Microscopic Thing In The World Right Now’

The world No.19 speaks out about how he is coping during the tour suspension.

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Former grand slam semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has become the latest player to urge the governing bodies of tennis to make a united decision regarding when play will resume again.

 

The ATP and WTA Tours are currently suspended until June due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although it is likely that the suspension will be extended further with rumours that Wimbledon will be cancelled for the first time since the second world war later this week. Dimitrov’s last tournament was at the Acapulco Open in Mexico, where he reached the semi-finals before losing in straight sets to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

“Tennis is a microscopic thing in the world right now. The ATP supervisors I’ve talked to in recent days have a variety of theories, but for the time being, we can really only guess if we’re being honest.” Tenniskafe quoted Dimitrov as saying during an interview with bTV.
“The tournaments are cancelled, but we have a big luxury in tennis – there is always next week. Yes, it is very difficult right now, you have seen the Olympics cancelled. The only thing that is at the forefront is to go through this situation we are in, and then start rebuilding. “

The world No.19 is currently residing in California during the lockdown. Describing the situation where he is as ‘more casual’ compared to other parts of the world. California is where the Indian Wells tennis tournament was set to take place earlier this month before it was cancelled.

“In my opinion all federations and players, no matter what rank they are, must come together and make a general decision. Because it’s really not easy at the moment to talk to everyone about points, tournaments, competitions … But now other things are really more important – to be safe, to be healthy and to go through this thing.” He said.

During the suspension, the 28-year-old is keeping himself busy in other ways. Recently he has signed up for an online course with Harvard Business School. Becoming the latest of a series of players to do so. He also manages to keep in touch with his fellow rivals on the tour thanks to the world of social media.

“One of the first players I wrote to was Fabio (Fognini) because he was in Italy. Everyone is on Instagram, we know everyone what they do every minute.”

When the restrictions related to the pandemic comes to an end, Dimitrov has vowed to return back to Europe as he outlines the first thing he would do.

“I just want to go back to Europe. Whether it will be in Bulgaria or in Monaco – I do not know. I certainly want to go home, gather all my relatives and just spend time together. I’ve been in the US for over a month now. As things currently look, there will certainly be another two months. Hopefully it will be faster, but I just want to go home and be with my loved ones.” He concluded.

In the fight against Covid-19 in his home country, Dimitrov has made a donation to a hospital in Haskovo. The city where he was born.

Dimitrov has started the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 7-5. Besides his run to the semifinals in Acapulco, he also reached the second round at the Australian Open and Rotterdam. He has been ranked as high as third in the world.

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Tennis Could Be Suspended For ‘A Long Time,’ Warns Millman

The top 50 player isn’t expecting to play on the tour anytime soon.

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Australian player John Millman has indicated that he believes the current suspension of the ATP Tour is all but certain to be extended in the coming weeks.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both the ATP and WTA Tour have been suspended until at least June 8th. Although those in change of both of those governing bodies have previously admitted they are uncertain as to when play will resume. ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi has said that ‘it is unknown at this time’ as to when men’s tournaments will resume. Meanwhile, Steve Simon has echoed a similar view during an interview with The Tennis Channel.

Speaking about the current situation, world No.43 Millman said the sport is in a difficult situation due to its global reach with both tournaments and players based around the world. For example the Australian started his season by playing four tournaments in four different countries across three continents within five weeks.

“We’re going to have to be pretty unified in terms of our recovery process before the tour can resume,” Millman told The Age.
“Maybe the tournament location has got the COVID-19 situation under wraps and then manage to contain it, but if someone’s flying in from South America, say, and their country hasn’t got a hold of it, then the tournament can’t (go ahead).
“You can’t have the tournament going when only certain players can get there. I think that’s
where the problems lie.”

The 30-year-old didn’t speculate as to when he and his rivals will be returning to the court, but believes it could be a while. During the coming week the fate of Wimbledon will be decided at an emergency meeting. The All England Club is pondering the motion of cancelling this year’s tournament. A move that has never been taken during peacetime. Wimbledon has been scrapped a total of 10 times during the first and second world wars.

“It’s almost like we have to have a vaccine or the virus has to run its course before there’ll be any let-up there.” Millman commented.

Besides trying to maintain fitness, many players like Millman are in a difficult situation financially due to a lack of income. He has managed to earn $290,705 on the tour this year before the suspension. This is the 44th highest total on the men’s tour. In total, 131 players have surpassed the $100,000 mark. Although the earnings don’t take into account travel costs, coaching, accommodation and so on.

“I just can’t see us playing tennis for a long time and now it’s a matter of trying to stay (the) fight, trying to scrape by a little bit while not much is coming in,” he said.
“You’re used to a bit of money coming in and obviously that’s not the case anymore. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s just not easy. You try and make do.
“But I don’t want to be a sob story, that’s for sure, because I know Australians are doing it a lot tougher than me.”

Millman reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year before losing to Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

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Jamie Murray Speaks Out On Wimbledon Dilemma

The two-time mixed doubles champion shares his thoughts about the current situation and the problems that could arise.

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Former world No.1 doubles player Jamie Murray says he is unsure how much longer Wimbledon can be delayed this season ahead of a crucial meeting on its future next week.

 

The All England Club is set to hold an emergency meeting to make a final decision as to what to do with this year’s tournament. Including the possibility of cancelling the event for the first time since 1945. The tennis calendar has been brought to a standstill due to the covid-19 pandemic. There have been more than 500,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.

Speaking about Wimbledon’s potential decision during an interview with BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Murray admits that organisers face a difficult decision. Saying it would pose as a big challenge for them to reschedule the event. Both the ATP and WTA are currently reviewing their calendars with the French Open now taking place a week after the US Open.

“I don’t know how long they could push it back,” said Murray.
“They’re desperate to have their event on, it’s still over three months away and a lot can change in that time,” he added.

Murray has featured in the doubles main draw at Wimbledon every year since his debut back in 2006. He has won the Mixed doubles trophy twice in 2007 (with Jelena Jankovic) and 2017 (with Martina Hingis). The 34-year-old currently has a doubles ranking of 34th.

“For them, optics don’t necessarily look great, I guess, if there’s sporting events all over the world getting cancelled and they’re trying to crack on with things.” He commented on the scheduling difficulties.
“There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight. When you play at Wimbledon normally, you can play until 10 at night.”

The UK is currently in a lockdown with members of the public only allowed to leave their houses for specific reasons. Furthermore, 1.5 million people have been advised to self-isolate for 12 weeks. The government is hopeful that they can flatten the spread of the disease within this period, which is extremely close to the Wimbledon start date.

According to AFP News, any decision to scrap this year’s tournament is likely to have a massive financial impact. Between 2017-2018 Wimbledon made an estimated pre-tax profit of $52 million with over 90% of that invested back into British tennis. Furthermore, the BBC could also suffer a big blow. It is reported that the broadcaster pays in the region of $72 million for the TV rights.

It is unclear as to what day the decision will be made next week. Since its creation in 1877, Wimbledon has been cancelled a total of 10 times before. All of which happened during the first world war (1915-1918) and second (1940-1945). The event has never been delayed or scrapped during peacetime.

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