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AO2015: Federer fought back from a set down to defeat Bolelli



TENNIS AO2015 – Roger Federer fought back from a set down to overcome Italian Simone Bolelli with 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2. The Italian player, ranked World Number 48 won a set against Federer for the first time against Federer in four head-to-head matches. Diego Sampaolo

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Federer and Bolelli met for the fourth time in their career. The Basel star won their first head-to-head match in 2008 in the quarter finals in Basel in straight sets. They met twice in the Davis Cup in 2009 and 2014 and both times Federer prevailed in straight sets. In their previous match in the Davis Cup semifinal Federer won 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4.

Bolelli, who returned to his best form finishing 2014 in the top-60 for the second time in his career rising 189 positions in the ATP Ranking with four Challenger titles after suffering from injury problems for a long time, reached the third round at Wimbledon (losing to Kei Nishikori in five sets) and the second round at the US Open (losing to Tommy Robredo in another five set match) last year and enjoyed a good start to the 2015 season. in Sydney he beat beat David Goffin before losing to eventual winner Viktor Troicki in the quarter finals

In today’s match Bolelli posed a serious challenge to Federer in the first set where the Italian managed to break serve in the fourth game. Federer went down 1-4 in an upset first set before Bolelli converted on his third set point chance for an upset 6-3 in the first set. The Swiss Maestro could not capitalize on two break point chances at 3-2 in the second set before getting the break for the first time in the match on the next Bolelli’s service game in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead.

Federer started the third set with a break en route to winning it with 6-2. He never looked back and broke serve twice. Bolelli’s shot was called long when Federer was leading 5-1 in the fourth set but Bolelli challenged and the point was replayed delaying the end of the match. Federer served out to wrap up the match with another 6-2 in the fourth set after just over two hours.

Federer’s win followed up a near-upset for another super-star of the Australian Open in the previous match where Maria Sharapova had to save two match points before clinching a difficult match against her compatriot Alexandra Panova with 6-1 4-6 7-5.

Federer will take on another Italian player Andreas Seppi. The Swiss 17-Grand Slam champion won all the previous 10 head-to-head matches against Seppi who won just won one set.

“I thought he played two really good sets against me in the Davis Cup, so I felt like he was really imposing his strength at the baseline. I could sense there that he had a good forehand. He was committed on the return. I wasn’t surprised. I was just surprised how well, how consistently he was doing that, and especially how well he was serving actually. Conditions were fast, which made it easier to serve well and harder to return. I shouldn’t be broken, but he was really playing very well from the baseline. That’s when I was under pressure for a while in the second set”, said Federer

I am happy that I am still in the tournament, because for a while it wasn’t looking very good because Bolelli was playing very well. It’s always a good feeling to fight your way out of a match and winning the last three sets convincingly and actually playing really positive tennis. I served very well. The most important thing is that you play the right way early because it’s not always easy. I had to do some adjustments because he was doing things very well. By figuring things out, it’s a great feeling to have once you have got it. Then you are able to play consistently well because he didn’t have many opportunities on my serve”.

Once I got the break I was able to relax a little bit but it was tough and I am really pleased to come through. I was already seeing myself explain losing in the second round and I am happy I don’t have to do that interview”

Federer, who reached eleven consecutive semifinals in Melbourne since 2004, is looking to become the second player in the Australian Open history to clinch five titles after Roy Emerson. He won four times in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He won for the last time five years ago against Andy Murray, who could be a possible rival in the quarter finals.

During the match Federer received treatment for a blister on his sore right finger after the first set. “I don’t know if it’s a blister. I don’t know what the thing is. It’s the weirdest thing, I don’t know. I feel it on the tip of the finger. I just felt really odd starting after the break. I feel like it’s numb and swollen. I just wanted to have a chat with the physio just to see what we can do. I know there is nothing we could do. I knew we couldn’t tape it up because then it would be even bigger and more weird. I hope it doesn’t get worse or stay like this. It went away but I now feel it again. I was thing it could be a bee sting.”


Daniil Medvedev Targets French Open Breakthrough After Rome Disappointment



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Daniil Medvedev believes there will be more title contenders at the French Open than previous editions with the Russian hoping to be one of them. 

The world No.4 heads into the Grand Slam after what has been a mixed clay swing. Medvedev suffered a third round defeat in Monte Carlo before bouncing back in Madrid where he reached the quarter-finals before retiring from his match with a minor injury. Meanwhile, at this week’s Italian Open, his title defence came to an end in the fourth round on Tuesday when he fell 6-1, 6-4, to Tommy Paul. 

“Mentally I had to be much better,” Medvedev said of his latest performance.
“I started to calm myself down and focus on the match only at the end of the match, and it was too late. I had to do better. I was expecting myself to play better.’
“It’s disappointing, but that’s how sport is. You lose and you go for the next tournament, which is a pretty important one.” He added. 

28-year-old Medvedev recently stated that he is seeing improvements in his game when it comes to playing on the clay. A surface which he has struggled on during stages of his career. Out of the 38 ATP Finals he has contested, only two of those were on the clay. Barcelona in 2019 when he finished runner-up and Rome last year which he won. 

As for the French Open, he has lost in the first round on five out of seven appearances. But did reach the quarter-finals in 2021 and the last 16 the following year. So could 2024 be his year?

“Now it’s maybe a little bit more open than it was ever before,” he said of this year’s event. 
“Good for me, too, because usually in Roland Garros I don’t play that well. The more open it is, the better it is for me.”

All of the top three players on the men’s tour are currently experiencing problems. Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Italian Open and recently underwent a medical assessment after getting hit in the head by a bottle in a freak accident. Jannik Sinner is reportedly on the verge of withdrawing from the French Open due to a hip issue and Carlos Alcaraz has been hindered by a forearm injury in recent weeks. 

“I’m feeling much better on clay,” Medvedev commented. “What is tough for me on clay sometimes is getting used to conditions. Every court – in every tournament in the world – is a bit different.
“On hard courts it’s the same: every court is different. On hard courts I have this ability to kind of quite fast get used to it. On clay, I need more time.”

Medvedev aims to become only the second Russian man in history to win the French Open after Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1996. The tournament will begin a week on Sunday. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Says Expanded Masters Events ‘Playing A Massive Role’ In Player Injuries



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Stefanos Tsitsipas has slammed the decision to extend the length of Masters 1000 tournaments to two weeks by warning that more injuries could occur in the future as a result. 

This week’s Rome Masters is taking place without two out of the world’s top three players. Jannik Sinner pulled out of his home event due to a hip injury and Carlos Alcaraz has been troubled by a forearm issue in recent weeks. Other players missing from the draw include Tomas Machac (Illness), Ugo Humbert (Left Knee) and Stan Wawrinka (Right Wrist). 

The tournament is taking place immediately after the Madrid Open which is also a Masters event that has been expanded to a two-week format in recent years. Supporters of the move argue that a bigger draw provides lower-ranked players with more opportunities to play in these events whilst others will have a day off between matches. 

However, world No.8 Tsitsipas isn’t completely happy with the schedule which he openly criticised on Monday following his 6-2, 7-6(1), win over Cameron Norrie. The Greek has won 12 out of 14 matches played on clay so far this season. 

“It’s a type of thing that hurt the sport a little bit, to have these types of things happen to the highest of the players,” Tsitsipas commented on his rival’s injuries.
“Without them, the show is not kind of the same. You have obviously the guys behind them (in the rankings). These kinds of tournaments deserve names like this to be playing and have the opportunity to play in front of these big stadiums and crowds.
“I’ve spoken about the fact that the schedule has a big toll on our bodies. It starts from the mental side, and it follows to the physical side. The extension of the days in the Masters 1000s I think plays a massive role and contributes a lot to the fact that these players are getting injured.”

The ATP’s extended format is set to be applied to seven out of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments from 2025. The only two yet to make or plan for such changes are Monte Carlo and Paris. However, Tsitsipas has called for changes to be made to the schedule.

“It was perhaps already a lot the way it was before with the seven-day events. Adding more days to that, well, you got to be some type of superhero to be consistent back-to-back 10 days in each event getting to the very end of it.” He commented.
“It’s not a very easy thing to do. Some people need to try it first to get an understanding and how it is to pull that off. Then they should make decisions based on that.
“I think this is not going to be the first time we see these types of things (player injuries). If these types of things continue with the same schedule not being adjusted or customized to the needs of the players, we might see more of these things occur in the future.”

It is not the first time a player has raised concerns about the extended format. Alexander Zverev previously said that the schedule is a disadvantage for the top players. Meanwhile, on the women’s Tour Caroline Garcia has criticised the move to expand WTA 1000 tournaments whilst Maria Sakkari said achieving the Madrid-Rome double has become harder to do

On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev has spoken in favour of the new format and describes injuries on the Tour as ‘part of the sport.’ The former US Open believes the issue is related to the quick surface changes players face and not the duration of tournaments. 

Tsitsipas will play Alex de Minaur in the fourth round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. 

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Novak Djokovic To Undergo Medical Check After Rome Thrashing, Bottle Incident



Novak Djokovic – ATP Roma 2024 (foto: Francesca Micheli/Ubitennis)

Novak Djokovic has indicated that he will speak to doctors following his lacklustre performance at the Italian Open where he crashed out in straight sets. 

The five-time champion was far from his best against Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo as he struggled to generate any rhythm in his tennis or a single break point opportunity. Djokovic’s below-par performance caught many off guard, including the tennis player himself who admitted afterwards that he was ‘completely off’ his game. 

Trying to find the reason behind his latest performance, the world No.1 isn’t ruling out the possibility that it might be linked to an incident that took place at the tournament two days ago. Following his win over France’s Corentin Moutet, Djokovic suffered a blow to his head after a fan accidentally dropped a metal bottle from the stands. Immediately afterwards, he experienced nausea, dizziness and bleeding for up to an hour but was checked by medical officials.

“I don’t know, to be honest. I have to check that.” Djokovic replied when asked if the incident affected his form on Sunday.
“Training was different. I was going for kind of easy training yesterday. I didn’t feel anything, but I also didn’t feel the same.
“Today under high stress, it was quite bad – not in terms of pain, but in terms of this balance. Just no coordination. Completely different player from what it was two nights ago.
“It could be. I don’t know. I have to do medical checkups and see what’s going on. “

The tennis star said he managed to sleep fine after his head blow but did experience headaches. He looked to be in good spirits the day after it happened and even turned up to practice in Rome wearing a safety helmet.

Djokovic’s concerns come two weeks before the start of the French Open where he is seeking a record 25th Major title. He will undoubtedly be one of the contenders for glory but admits there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the coming days. 

“Everything needs to be better in order for me to have at least a chance to win it,” he said.
“The way I felt on the court today was just completely like a different player entered into my shoes. Just no rhythm, no tempo, and no balance whatsoever on any shot.
“It’s a bit concerning.”

The French Open will begin on Sunday 26th May. 

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