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TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Stan Wawrinka d. Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1. Group A

 

Q. How much of that is just a bad matchup for you? What about your general level of play today?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, unfortunately it was my worst match of the whole season, and I kept it for the start here in the World Tour Finals. So that’s not the best one at the start.

But, yeah, there are days like that. Now it’s over of that. Really, I mean, it’s just matter of, you know, looking forward, trying to find a way for next few days. Just try to leave this somewhere very far and try to come up with some better tennis.

Q. How much of it is just your own mental state of mind, late in the season, tired, mentally, physically? What’s going on?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, there are some things that, you know, you can judge it from. But I felt really good. It’s not the way of, you know, being tired, even physically or mentally. That’s definitely not an issue. We have enough time between the last tournament in Paris coming here. So really this is not the problem.

This is just a bad day. That’s how it is.

Q. You lost the first four games very quickly today, like 15 minutes. How surprised were you at that start? Did you feel you were starting to panic? Did you try to work your way out of it?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, doesn’t look like, but I was trying to find something, some way how    not even find a way how to get from it, but find a way how to feel the ball.

My game is about hitting the ball nice, clean, then you can create something. But that’s the beginning what I didn’t have today at all. I hit so many frames. You know, just was not there. It’s the thing that I have to sit with my team and find out and make the right things for the future days.

But, yeah, as I said, today nothing works out for me, and that’s the result.

Q. Did you feel like you were hitting the ball well during practice all week or even during the warmup before today’s match? When you stepped on the match court, it just wasn’t there?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, you have places where you come and you can hit the ball almost with the closed eyes and everything is perfect and everything is set up.

But for me I think it’s, you know, just a bit different here. You know, it’s always a bigger challenge to me to find a right rhythm to my game. Sometimes I’m able to do that. Sometimes it’s not the right way. Today was actually the worst way.

So, you know, but as you asked, no, there hasn’t been any, like, huge troubles or difference in the practice. I felt good. My body’s good. So that’s how it is.

Q. You and Ivan Lendl are the only two Czechs to have played the Finals five times. I wondered if you admired him when you were a kid. Was he one of your idols? Do you still think about working with him in the future?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, actually I never had a name that I would really see as a idol or one player that I would like to be like or follow up. I mean, I like the tennis generally.

Yeah, I would say it’s more likely that some of the small occasions, like we are five times a year probably, but he probably five times won it, so it’s a bit different story.

Then the people starting to put more and more together, you know. But, no, I think working with him, that’s over for now definitely. I mean, I don’t know what has to be the change to change his mind. But it’s how it is.

I just respect his decisions. There is no reason to still be, you know, looking back. But you always have to look forward and keep moving.

Q. Can you tell us a few words about the game of Marin Cilic this season and how you’re going to prepare to play against him? You have to win that match to have a chance to go through.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, exactly. I mean, I’m definitely not going to count that my score can be helpful, definitely not. I mean, I’m in the worst possible situation that I can ever be.

You know, I’m going to face Marin or Novak first, in the end playing both of them, and the only chance to qualify is to beat them, it’s almost a mission impossible.

But, I don’t know, let’s try. Let’s prepare for the next day. Let’s do my work, my preparation. Whoever it is for the next day, if it’s Marin or Novak, just need to be ready for it, need to be prepared, try to play better.

Q. Are you surprised with the level of his game this season?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I’m definitely not surprised. I mean, when there is a player who improved during the whole season that much, then it’s definitely not surprise. It’s a guy who has a great season. He won a slam, took his way all the way up.

You know, it’s a great season. It’s a really dangerous player.

Q. How did you find the court surface today? How does it compare to the previous four years you qualified?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, honestly, I don’t know if I’m in the right mood, the right feeling just to judge the court. Because today I didn’t really feel anything right.

But I don’t think there is any difference between that. The courts are pretty much every year very same. If there is a small difference, it’s very little. It’s really hard to judge.

I don’t know what are the others saying or what are the opinions of other players. But I found the surface quite challenging. When you hit the ball very flat, it stays flat. When you put a lot of spin or some spin, it taking the spin quite a lot, too.

Yeah, it’s different than the courts, I don’t know, in Paris or the weeks before. But, you know, it’s always when you are building a temporary court, it’s nearly impossible to make it exactly the same all the way around.

But, no, I mean, in the end, the court itself is well prepared.

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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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