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TENNIS MASTER 1000 PARIS – Djokovic beat Monfils setting up a blockbuster quarter final match against Murray who secured his spot for London with a 6-3 6-3 win over Dimitrov. Federer sealed a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win over French 20-year-old Pouille setting up a quarter final against Raonic. Berdych has made another step forward to qualifying for London by reaching the quarter final with a 7-5 6-3 win over Lopez. Ferrer and Raonic will fight for the final spot at the ATP Finals. Ferrer beat his fellow Spaniard Verdasco 6-1 6-2. Raonic edged Bautista Agut 7-5 7-6(7). Diego Sampaolo

 

Eight of the top-10 players in the ATP Ranking were in action on a spectacular day at the BNP Paribas Masters at the Palais Omnisport in Paris Bercy.

Novak Djokovic beat local favourite Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6 in the final match of a busy day in the French capital to set up a blockbuster quarter final against Andy Murray.

Djokovic got off to good start with a break in the second game and pulled away to 3-0. Monfils failed to convert two break back points as the Serbian player was leading 5-3. Djokovic sealed the first set with 6-3 in 36 minutes.

Monfils broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. In the fourth game Monfils saved two break points with two aces and held his serve. It came down to the tie-break where Djokovic took a 3-1 lead as Monfils made a double fault. Nole pulled away to 5-2 after Monfils made a volley error and sealed the win in the 56-minute second set on his first match point

Monfils lost his 11th match in 11 head-to-head clashes against Djokovic, but they played many tight matches, notably the 2009 final at Paris Bercy which was decided by a tie-break in the third set.

Murray secured his spot for the ATP Finals for the seventh consecutive year with a 6-3 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov. Murray, who needed to reach the quarter final to book his berth for London, played a solid match in which he needed just 69 minutes to clinch the 20th win in the last 22 matches since the US Open.

Murray did not face any break point in the whole match and converted three of his four break point chances. He serve in the third and in the ninth games to clinch the first set in 33 minutes. He took a 3-1 lead in the second set before winning a spectacular 37-shot rally with a backhand slice and producing a forehand volley winner.

Murray sealed the win as Dimitrov hit a forehand into the net. Murray now leads 4-2 in his head-to-head matches against Dimitrov.

Murray took a re-match over the young Bulgarian who won their previous head-to-head matches played this year in the Acapulco final and in the Wimbledon quarter final.

The spot for the ATP Finals is a well-deserved prize for Murray who played for six consecutive weeks after falling out of the top-10 for the first time since June 2008. After the US Open Murray has won three titles beating Tommy Robredo in Shenzhen and Valencia (after two marathon matches in which he saved five match points) and David Ferrer in Vienna.

“There were no downs in the match. In some of the matches that I have played against the top players, I had some periods where my level had dropped off a little bit and the best players capitalized on those moments. The first months of the year were very difficult, and I had to dig deep at the end to salvage this year”, said Murray

Murray will renew his rivalry against Djokovic who has won 14 of their head-to-head matches and all three matches they have played so far this year.

“Novak has played some great tennis over the last few months winning Wimbledon and is World Number 1 for a reason. He is going to be very motivated to finish the season as the Number 1. It’s going to be a tough match”, said Murray

Roger Federer beat 20-year-old Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 to extend his winning streak to 14 matches Pouille advanced to the third round of a Master 1000 Tournament for the first time in his career after beating Ivo Karlovic and Fabio Fognini. The young Frenchman played against his idol Federer for the first time in his career.

Pouille kept pace with Federer until 3-3 in the first set when Federer got his first break for 4-3. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion and 2011 Paris Bercy winner held serve backing up the break in the next game. Pouille won the next game for 4-5 but Federer held serve to love to clinch the first set with 6-4.

Pouille saved two break points at 2-2 with an ace to take the edge in the fifth game of the second set. Pouille delighted the French crowd with a series of backhand winners. The young Frenchman committed some unforced errors allowing Federer to take the break for 4-3 in the nine-minute seventh game of the second set.

In the quarter finals Federer will take on Milos Raonic. Federer has won all their six head-to-head matches and the last 10 sets they have played.

Raonic has kept his hopes alive to qualify for London after his 7-5 7-6(7) win over Roberto Bautista Agut in one hour and 44 minutes. Raonic and Ferrer will fight for the the final berth for the ATP Finals in London.

“It’s good that I didn’t spend too much energy. Milos has a lot in the racquet. It’s a good match and I am looking forward to it. There is a possible semifinal for both of us and also the London issue, so it’s more fun”, said Federer

Bautista Agut dropped serve at the end of the first set but he took two break leads in the second set. Raonic managed to recover both breaks. Bautista Agut went up 5-2 but Raonic saved a set point in the tie-break before the Spanish player made a forehand error at 7-7. Raonic, who is currently ranked 10th in the ATP Race, can secure his spot for London by winning the Paris Bercy title.

Tomas Berdych beat Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-3 for his 53rd seasonal match win to get through to his 13th quarter final this season and to his fifth quarter final in this tournament. The World Number 8 player will secure his fifth consecutive ATP Finals if he reaches at least the semifinal in Paris Bercy, a tournament he won in 2005.

In the first set Berdych took a break lead but he had to face a tough challenge as many games were decided at deuce. He was broken when he was serving for the set at 5-4. Berdych broke serve at 6-5 to secure the win with 7-5 in the first set. Lopez converted only one of his seven break point chances in the first set. Berdych reeled off four consecutive games in the second set for 4-0 with two breaks before Lopez managed to recover one of the two breaks. Berdych hit an ace and a forehand before serving out for the match to win the second set wit 6-3.

“My coaches and friends know that I am not the kind of guy who plays well in the morning. After I won I turned to my camp and said: Okay. I made it. It was tough against Lopez because he slices and comes to the net”, said Berdych.

Kevin Anderson battled past Stan Wawrinka in a marathon match with 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(3) after 2 hours and 50 minutes.

The opening set came down to the tie-break where Wawrinka cruised to a 3-0 lead before clinching the win with 7-2 after 53 minutes. In the second set Wawrinka wasted a break point chance in the first game. Anderson earned two break points in the 12th game. Stan saved the first but Anderson converted the second break point chance. In the third set Wawrinka broke serve at 4-4. The match was decided after a long and tight battle in the third set when Wawrinka was two points from winning the match when he was leading 5-4 30-0 on his serve but he was broken back for 5-5. The match was decided by the tie-break where Anderson prevailed 7-3.

Anderson won 75 percent of first serve points and hit 18 aces. Anderson and Wawrinka are now tied 3-3 in their head-to-head matches. Anderson has qualified to the quarter finals for the first time in Paris Bercy after reaching the third round three times. Wawrinka has won just two matches after the US Open and suffered three first-round defeats in three consecutive tournaments in Tokyo, Shanghai and Basel

“I should have won. In the end I made some stupid mistakes but I am not panicking. I am still Top 4 in the world and I have the ATP Finals to play and the Davis Cup Final on clay, which will totally different from usual tournaments”, said Wawrinka.

Berdych and Anderson will meet tomorrow in the quarter finals. The Czech player boasts a 11-0 winning record in their head-to-head matches.

Kei Nishikori defeated twice Paris Bercy finalist Jo Wilfred Tsonga 6-1 4-6 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes to set up a very interesting quarter final match against David Ferrer. If Nishikori beats Ferrer, he secures his berth for the ATP Finals. Nishikori leads 4-3 in their head-to-head matches.

The Japanese player dominated the match until 6-1 3-2. In a one-sided first set Tsonga won just 36 percent of his first serve points and Nishikori cruised to 6-1 in 30 minutes. In the second set Tsonga turned around the match.

The Frenchman saved four break points before breaking serve at 4-4. He confirmed the break in the next game and sealed the win in the second set to force the match to the third set.

At 1-1 in the third set Tsonga had the chance to take the lead for the first time in the match when he earned two break points but Nishikori saved them with two goo serves. At 4-3 for Nishikori in the decider Tsonga saved three break points. The Frenchman dropped serve when Nishikori was leading 5-4.

It was the last match this year on the ATP Tour for Tsonga who will now prepare for the eagerly-awaited Davis Cup between France and Switzerland in Lille.

David Ferrer, Paris Bercy champion in 2012 and runner-up last year when he lost the final against Novak Djokovic, cruised past his compatriot Fernando Verdasco with 6-1 6-2. Ferrer now leads 11-7 in the head-to-head matches against his fellow Spaniard in this battle between 30-year-old veterans. Ferrer, who played at the ATP Finals five times, will secure his spot for London if he reaches the final in Paris Bercy.

The winner of the match between Nishikori and Ferrer will face either Djokovic or Murray in the semifinal. On the other side of the draw the winner of the quarter final match between Berdych and Anderson will play against either Federer or Raonic.

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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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