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Tomas Berdych – 14th of November 2014

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TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Novak Djokovic d. Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-2. Group A

 

Q. Just a few words about Novak, if you can, sealing the year end No. 1 spot today.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, definitely he deserves to win. There was no question about it. He just secure his spot for the No. 1 player in the world. I think it just show how great he is, how well he played during the whole season. Yeah, that’s it.

I mean, there was not much doubts that the match could go the other way. There was nothing the way I can challenge him better than this.

Q. A little disappointing end of the year, but what is your opinion of having this event move to another city in the future or staying here more years?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Let’s separate the question a little bit. Yes, the season was solid, was very good. Was another year to finish in top eight, that’s great. The other one is the last week of the season was terrible. That’s how it is.

If moving or not, really I’m probably not the one who can decide that and can have the powerful word.

I think it’s been already pretty a while here. Who knows. Maybe the change can bring something else, you know, bring some new spectators or just a different part of the world.

But I think it’s quite still open in that. But there is definitely nothing that we can criticize that we are missing or they are not doing well here.

Q. Can you say anything about why it’s so hard for players to stay in the matches once they fall behind?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don’t know what’s the explanation. But there could be also something about the surface, you know. I’ve been asked many times if it’s the same or not. But it’s always hard to judge when you go during the year, and every single indoor tournament is a bit different.

It’s hard to remember how was the surface one year ago when you play 15 tournaments in between on the hard courts.

But I find the court very tricky, very challenging. It doesn’t allow you for any mistakes. In my word, I think it’s very slow. You know, for us who wants to hit the serve and try to play aggressive, it’s very difficult. So that’s why we kind of struggle with that.

You facing the best players in the world. So when you put these things together, then the scissors opens too much and then it creates the scores how it is.

Q. Marin Cilic said the other day how tough playing Djokovic in the first match of the tournament. You played him in the last match of the round robin. Do you think it’s even tougher to handle because you are under pressure to try to many games as you could?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, you are under pressure from the beginning of the tournament, no matter if it’s the first or last match. If you play Novak first or last, it’s pretty much the same. There is not much difference.

Especially here, you know, he’s been fighting for being No. 1 in the world. This match just secures him that. Really, I don’t see a big difference between the first or last.

Yeah, I mean, it’s extremely tough to play him.

Q. Talk a little bit about your off season, what you’re going to be working on. Is it an important one for you to try to make some big changes or not?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it’s hard to say ‘big changes’. First of all, there is going to be time just to get myself rest, prepared, relaxed. You know, that’s the first step to try to start it all over again.

Then my main goal definitely is going to be, I would say, fitness and movement. It’s still becoming more and more important in the game.

No matter how challenging are those guys, it’s always very important how my game is. If I’m able to move well, hitting the ball nice and clean, which goes very well together, then that’s the beginning of the success. So that’s going to be definitely the start up.

Yeah, I mean, follow up on the other things, as well. You know, I think it’s too soon just now to talk what’s going to be my plans in off season basically like what to work on and what to do.

But, yeah, I’m going to have, I would say, maybe one week more because the last two years play always Davis Cup. That was extremely tough. But, yeah, the good thing is that I’m not 20 year kid that needs more time, can work on much more things. But there is still a lot to improve.

Q. You’re older than Nadal, Murray and Djokovic. You’re four years younger than the No. 2 player in the world. Where tennis is going, do you think you’re around your prime age? Is your peak still to come? Are you already past your prime given where the sport is now?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, okay, so let’s forget the last one that you said because he is not from this world. That’s really no question about it.

Well, for myself, I take every year as a new challenge. It’s how it is. I just try to push it as far as I can, get myself as close as possible to my limits. Probably you can find it out when you are done. It’s really hard to say in the middle    not anymore in the middle of the career, but in the career or during your play if that was the best or if you are still able to bring something more.

I mean, you can always come up with matches that you can handle a different way. You can have more experience and you can still winning a big matches or you can lose them also because of maybe, I don’t know, your fitness is not so great like it was when you were 20 or something like that. Just examples.

But hopefully this is not the case. It’s always a matter of having some goals and having some plans and just go for it.

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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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