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Marin Cilic – 10th of November 2014



TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Novak Djokovic d. Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-1. Group A

Ubaldo Scanagatta. Can you try to explain to us what happens when a champion of the US Open comes, plays, loses 6 1, 6 1 in 56 minutes? Today, another player, Berdych, the same thing. It’s difficult for us to explain it to the readers. Can you give us a clue?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, from my own side, it’s also first time being here. Also I felt that Novak played really, really solid today. In some matches, the score just keeps running. You are sinking a lot. You are, you know, always trying to find something. But whatever you try, it’s not working.

That’s what I felt today. I felt a little bit uncomfortable on the court, rusty. In some situations where I felt I was, you know, having a chance to get in the score. Also in the beginning of the second set where I broke back to come back to level the score, you know, played pretty sloppy service game.

In some situations, you know, the score just goes, and it’s difficult to stop it.

Q. You mentioned rust. How did you find the conditions on the court? Are they conditions that you like?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I felt conditions are    you know, it’s medium paced court. It’s difficult to get the ball past the opponent. I mean, especially Novak. I didn’t have too many winners today.

Also he was able to, you know, dictate the rallies. He was also able to return very well. That was a difficult part for my game to get some advantages at the beginning of the points.

You know, when we are at the rallies, Novak starts to dictate, he’s always in a much better position. So that was, you know, a difficult part for me to get out of.

Considering the court, it’s, I mean, a solid court, but you have to be able to, you know, keep the ball away from the opponent. If you are hitting the ball well, it’s going to pay off.

But today I felt that I was not hitting it clean. That’s always difficult, especially against Novak, to get away with a win when you’re not playing so good.

Q. When you’re in a situation like that and you’re trying and trying to get back into a match, what is actually going through your mind? Are you looking for a big hole just to crawl into? How are you reacting mentally during a match like that?

MARIN CILIC: Well, even though the game wasn’t working, I tried to play, let’s say, the right way, to try to go for the shots. When I had the ball, to go for it. Even though I was not making it, I knew if I was going to be too passive, it’s going to be difficult to win rallies with him.

That’s a difficult part, you know, that you are not succeeding in that situations, and you don’t have too many options. I could have, of course, changed it up a little bit more, to come in with the serve a little bit more.

But we had a long game in 2 1 when I lost my serve. You know, after that everything was pretty much late.

Q. A lot of players have talked about the difficulty of coming in and playing a top player in the first match at an event like this. What about the feeling of going on the court, your first time here? Did you feel nerves? Was it overwhelming? You played Novak pretty close this year. Today wasn’t so close.

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I felt pretty relaxed, not too nervous, coming into the court. I felt at the beginning I wasn’t playing so well. Novak got that lead at the beginning, I felt I want to get myself going. But, you know, the game was not pushing me to do it. So I had to make something up. But just wasn’t coming.

That’s difficult. You are, you know, trying to find some openings which is not happening. It was difficult also for me to, you know, be more pumped up or to win few more points with that kind of sensation.

Most of the time I was a lot behind in the score.

Q. For your next opponent, Tomas Berdych, are you friends? How do you see him as a player or a person?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, we are I would say friends. We get along pretty well. Tomas is that kind of guy that he’s getting along well with everybody on the tour.

And, yeah, as a person, I think he’s a very nice guy, of course. We played, you know, few times this year. Most of those matches were pretty important. It was the finals at Rotterdam, twice at the Grand Slams, now again here. For both of us, is definitely the most important match now in the group. Whoever wins is going to have a chance to go through.

Yeah, I think it’s going to be both have to play better than today.

Q. How do you handle coming from this sort of match? What adjustment do you have to make to this format?

MARIN CILIC: Just have to stay positive with your body, not to let those things get into you.

You know, there are two more matches. Luckily this is the first one where I played bad. I mean, still there is opportunity to go through. That’s a positive part of it.

Ubaldo Scanagatta. A great server like you who doesn’t win one serve in the second set, are you more angry, more sad, or more embarrassed?

MARIN CILIC: No, none of those (smiling).

I didn’t have the rhythm on my serve that I wanted. Novak was covering the court really well. Even in some situations where I was getting my serve in, he was able to return it well. That was, you know, another difficult task for me to bring up my game.

But serve is going to work probably hopefully from tomorrow.


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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