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Kei Nishikori – 15th of November 2014

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TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Novak Djokovic d Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. Semifinal

 

Q. At least you got a set. The beginning of the third set was important. You had breakpoints. Is it possible to beat Novak on this court?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I would say I was close, for sure. Even last set was bagel, I had couple chance first couple games.

The first set he played really good, too good for me. But second set I start playing well. He got little bit tight. I took some risk. Everything worked well in the second.

I was playing well. Even first couple points in third set, I thought I had it. I think I start thinking too much about he’s No. 1 player, Novak. I think I risked too much. I think I did too many unforced errors first couple games. Then he start playing better.

You know, it’s very disappointing because I think if I little bit change I could be I think little more closer in the third set.

But it was good one week.

Q. Did you have the feeling that he got frustrated by the support the crowd gave you today?

KEI NISHIKORI: I don’t know. I didn’t see.

Q. It’s been an amazing year for you. You finished No. 5. How does it match up with how you expected it to be at the beginning of the year?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it was, I mean, one of the best year for me. Even this was first experience, I think I did really well. Now, you know, little bit disappointed. I could go final, but he was little better.

For sure that I have to do well this off season. I have to train well and injury free again. But, you know, I think I will have a lot of chance for big tournaments, especially Grand Slams. Hopefully I can come back to the final again.

I love to play Australian Open. Hope I can have good start of the year next year.

Q. You’ve had a lot of long matches this season. How much fatigue, either physical or mental, a factor this week and today in particular? How is your wrist?

KEI NISHIKORI: Maybe mentally little bit tired because I had to fight couple tight moment, especially in Paris. I had to win couple matches to get in here. US Open was first experience to go final and play seven matches, five sets.

But I think physically I show that I could, you know, play seven matches, play two times five sets. Still I was feeling okay. I think physically I’m getting strong.

Yeah, I think it’s going to be very important I do well this December, a lot of train, good practice, try to prepare for next year.

Q. You’ve played all the top players this year, Novak, Rafa, Roger, some of them pretty recently. Novak is No. 1. Do you feel there’s much of a gap between him and the other top guys in terms of his play and consistency or the margins still very thin?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, for sure it’s really tough to play these three players. Very consistent from the baseline. You know, like you see today, even he lost second set, he was still focus. He knows what he has to do, you know, to win.

For sure that they have little more experience. It’s always tough to play.

But I think I’m getting really close. I beat Roger this year and also Novak, too. It’s not like I can’t beat them. So I think I’m getting close.

Q. How is Novak compared to Roger and Rafa?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, when he’s playing well, I don’t think anybody can stop him. But you see today, you know, he got little bit tight in second set. If I could, you know, stay there little more focus, then I think we have some chances to beat him.

Q. You have created history for Asia so many times. We have very few Asian players on the tour. You compete in the same sport with players with western countries. You have differences with them, culture, language, food. Do you feel being a little different with most of the players?

KEI NISHIKORI: I don’t know. It’s tough to compare with other players. I don’t know. For me it’s easier to live in U.S. and do good practice. Traveling is not too tough, you know, for me.

Yeah, I always enjoy this tour. I can go different country every week. I was really enjoying this week, you know, in London. They have a good facility here. They bring whatever I want here. Restaurant is really well.

I always try to enjoy every moment.

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Singapore Champion Alexi Popyrin Dedicates Maiden ATP Title To Family

The world No.114 battled back from a set down to become the fifth active Australian player to win an ATP singles title.

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Rising star Alexi Popyrin has claimed the biggest title in his career to date after triumphing in the final of the Singapore Open on Sunday.

 

The 21-year-old battled back from a set down to defeat world No.46 Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in what was his first ever final on the ATP Tour. Popryin, who had never got past the quarter-final stage of a Tour event prior to this week, managed to turn his fortunes around with the help of an emphatic service display. During the second set he dropped no points behind serve and only one in the third. Overall, the Australian produced 11 aces and broke Bublik five times en route to victory.

A former junior world No.2 who won the 2017 French Open boys’ title, Popyrin has become the fifth active player from Australia to have won an ATP title. The other four are Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Bernard Tomic and John Millman. During the trophy ceremony Popyrin said the breakthrough was a result of hard work as he paid tribute to his family.

“I’ll definitely have very fond memories of Singapore now, I’ll definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said.
“We put a lot of hard work in the pre-season and it’s paying off in the start of the year I’ve had. In Australia I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work paying off.
“My family behind the scenes, they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also. This is for them 100 per cent.”

Prior to Bublik, Popyrin also scored a win over former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. The breakthrough continues what has been an encouraging start to the season for the Next Gen star. At the Murray River Open in Melbourne he took Grigor Dimitrov to three sets before losing in the third round. Then at the Australian Open he knocked out top 20 player David Goffin.

Meanwhile, Bublik is left wondering what might have been. It was the second time the Kazakh has reached a Tour final this season after Antalya where he had to retire due to injury.

“His first final, his first title, I have four finals, which hurts now but just congratulate you and next time we’ll see if we can face in the final,” Bublik said.

Popyrin will rise to a ranking high of 82nd when the standings are updated on Monday.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 

 

Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.

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The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.

 

John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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