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AO2015: Kyrgios comes back from two sets behind to beat Seppi

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TENNIS AO2015 – Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios came back from two sets down before saving a match point to push a thrilling match to the fifth set against Italian Andreas Seppi to claim a dramatic 5-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 8-6 win in the decider to the delight of the Aussie fanatics who supported the home player in the Hisense Arena in Melbourne. Kyrgios set up an exciting quarter final match against Andy Murray who beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 in a epic fourth-round match. Diego Sampaolo

 

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The young Aussie star fought back from 0-2 down to become the first home player to reach the quarter finals since 2005 when Lleyton Hewitt lost the final against Marat Safin in the final. Australia could celebrate his new national hero one day before the Australia Day on Monday.

Kyrgios saved two break point chances at 4-3 in the first set. Seppi, who beat Roger Federer in four sets in the third round, did not face any break point chances in the first set and converted on his break point in the 11th game to take the 6-5 lead before holding his serve in the next game to wrap up the first set with 7-5. Kyrgios expressed his frustration by breaking his racquet earning a warning from the umpire.

Seppi fended off three break point chances in the second set as Kyrgios was leading 2-1. Seppi earned a break point in the fourth game but Kyrgios saved it with his serve. Seppi went up 40-0 on Kyrgios’ serve and got the break for 5-4 before converting on his set point.

Seppi saved all the six break point opportunities to pull away to a two-set lead with 7-5 6-4 but Kyrgios bounced back converting his seventh break point chance to claw his way back into the match.

There were no break points in the fourth set until 6-5 for Seppi when the Italian drew level from 15-40 to 40-all. Kyrgios fended off a match point when he was 5-6 down on his serve before taking the win in the fourth-set tie-break to push the match to the fifth set.

The home star pulled away to 4-1 in the fifth set but he squandered this lead when Seppi reeled off three consecutive games to draw level to 4-4. Kyrgios fended off a crucial break point in the ninth game to take the 5-4 lead. Kyrgios got the decisive break in the 14th game to close out the match with 8-6 as Seppi sent his backhand wide. Kyrgios beat Seppi for the second time in his career after claiming a three-set win at the US Open last year.

Kyrgios fought back from two sets down for the second time in his young career six months after recovering from two sets down in the Wimbledon second round against Richard Gasquet in a match where he saved nine match points. At the All-England Club the player of Greek and Malesian origin famously beat Rafa Nadal in the fourth round.

I was not disappointed at all to be two sets to love down. I knew that it was going to be a tough battle. He is playing some of the best tennis he has played ever since coming off that win against Roger. I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go. I just had to draw on my experience of coming back from two sets to love. It paid off in the end”.

It’s crazy. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible. It was the best feeling I ever had. To know the body could come back from two sets to love, knowing I haven’t had matches, it’s just massive confidence”

Kyrgios said that he learned from losing a five-set match after being two sets up. “I am just managing my emotions a bit better out there. I thought I was pretty composed for the whole match. When I needed to get into the crowd, I did that. They were unbelievable tonight. I think they were a massive part of that win. I am just learning every time I step out on the court when to show emotion and when not to”

The back is a bit sore. Physically I thought my legs pulled up well throughout the whole match. I got a bit tired halfway through the fifth set. Being in that atmosphere is pretty thing, but I knew he would be feeling the same way. He has never reached a quarter final before. All those thoughts going through his head. I think I had to draw on that. I just stuck in there. I think the turning point was definitely the break in the third set. That just established that I wasn’t going to go away. I was just going to compete till the very end. When I got to the third set, I started playing really well in the third set. I knew if I could just hang on some way and take it to a fifth set, it’s anyone’s match. I think that was the turning point then. I could not imagine that I would be in the quarter finals. It feels a bit better compared to Wimbledon. There was a lot of expectation coming into this tournament. I was obviously out for a couple of weeks before Sydney. I wasn’t expecting anything, especially the quarter finals. It’s just massive to do it in front of your home crowd. Hisense is an unbelievable crowd. I had never played on it before.It’s my favourite court now. The court is actually quite small. I really enjoyed that. It’s actually a small court, and then it just extends wide with the crowd. It was really cool. Even when I got out there with the warm-up, I thought it was a really good court. In the fifth set the loud was getting unbelievably loud.. It was like Margaret Court Arena last year. It was an unbelievable atmosphere in there”.

With this win Kyrgios has become the 14th male teenager to advance to the quarter finals in a Grand Slam and the first male teenager since Roger Federer to reach two Grand Slam quarter finals.

I knew that Seppi had a lot of confidence after beating Roger. Drawing all my experience from Wimbledon, coming back from two sets down, I knew that I had the legs to do that”, said Kyrgios

Missing the match point after the fourth set affected the beginning of the fifth set. “I was little bit down. The energy after the fourth set was a little bit down. I think in the middle of the fifth we played again some good tennis. He served well in important moments. That was the key. That’s why he won, I think. I think I just played a couple of bad games at the beginning of the third set. I missed three easy forehands for the break for him. Maybe he played a little bit more relaxed after that. Maybe I could have stayed even in the third set, it would have changed a little bit.”

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Daniil Medvedev Backs Djokovic’s Refusal To Disclose Vaccination Status

The Russian shares his view about comments made by Djokovic to a Serbian newspaper earlier this week.

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US Open champion Daniil Medvedev says he agrees with Novak Djokovic that players shouldn’t be forced to disclose information about their medical history amid speculation over the vaccination status of the world No.1.

 

During a recent interview with Blic newspaper Djokovic refused to reveal whether or not he had been jabbed against COVID-19 which has raised questions over his ability to participate in next year’s Australian Open. According to a government minister, It is expected that only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to enter the country but an official confirmation is yet to be issued. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has hit out at the media over what he believes has been an unfair portrayal of those who have some reservations about the vaccine. Djokovic, who contracted COVID-19 last year, had previously said he didn’t want to be in a situation where he would be forced to have a vaccination.

“There is a lot of division in the society, not only in sports, but in the whole society, between those who have not been vaccinated and have been vaccinated. And that’s really scary. That we fell for discriminating against someone if he wants to decide for himself one way or another, whether he wants to be vaccinated or not,” he told Blic.
“It’s really…I am very disappointed with the world society at this moment and the way in which the media transmit and put pressure on all people. There is too much ambiguity, too much information that is not valid, so it turns out that it is, so it is not, everything changes a lot.”

Medvedev, who beat Djokovic in this year’s US Open final, says ‘likes’ the view of his peer. Speaking to reporters at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, the world No.2 also said he would not be disclosing his vaccination status publicly. Medvedev was due to Moscow this week but withdrew due to fatigue.

“I liked what Novak said about this. He said the vaccination was a personal matter and he would not be making it public. And I also decided not to disclose medical things,” he said.
“As for Australia: there everyone will see who is vaccinated and who is not. Of course, the players can say that they are injured, but this will be a play on words.’
“I want to play in Australia, that’s all I can say.” He added.

According to Djokovic, Tennis Australia are set to confirm their rules for players wanting to play at the Australian Open at some stage next month.

So far this season Medvedev has won 50 matches and four trophies on the ATP Tour. Besides the US Open, he was also victorious at Marseille, Mallorca and Canada. Earlier this year he became the first player outside of the Big Four to crack the world’s top two since Lleyton Hewitt back in 2005.

The next couple of weeks will be a challenge for the Russian who will be aiming to defend his title at both the Paris Masters and ATP Finals. Looking further ahead, he hopes to one day dethrone Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

“The goal is to win more Slams, become world №1 and be in the top for many more years. For this I train and will continue to do it with even greater dedication,” Medvedev stated. “But again, the main goal is to improve and be demanding of yourself. It’s impossible to win everything, no one won 60 matches in a row, but if you play well, there will be victories.”

However, one obstacle in Medvedev’s way continues to be the Big Three who are a trio made up of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that has dominated the men’s Tour in recent years.

“Like everything in life, their dominance will also pass,” he commented. “Roger and Rafa finished the season early, they had injuries, they didn’t play the US Open, that’s a fact. But still, out of the last 20 “slams” 17 or 18 were taken by those three guys. The three of them are the greatest tennis players in history. Due to the fact that they are getting old, it became a little easier for us to play with them, in this regard we were lucky.”

Medvedev is currently 1800 points behind Djokovic in the ATP rankings.

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Andy Murray Blasts Own Performance Following Antwerp Exit

The Brit was far from happy about his latest match in Austria.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray said he had a ‘poor attitude’ during his second round defeat at the European Open on Thursday.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of the tournament in straight sets by second seed Diego Schwartzman who prevailed 6-4, 7-6(6). Murray started the match on good footing by opening up a 4-1 lead before losing five games in a row. The second set was a closer encounter between the two as they exchanged breaks before the Agretianian edged his way to the victory in the tiebreak.

“Mentally, today (Thursday) I was poor,” Murray told reporters after the match. “My attitude was poor on the court and those are two things you can control. If they’re not there, that also will make the decision-making harder.
“You’re not going to get every single one (decision) right in the match, but you also have to be present enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the points and why you are winning and losing points.”

It was in Antwerp two years ago where Murray won his last Tour title by defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final. Since then it has been a frustrating journey for the Brit who now plays with a metal hip and has also been troubled by other issues over the past year. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 12-11 and he has only reached the quarter-final stage at one event which was in Metz. Murray also reached the third round at both Wimbledon and Indian Wells.

Outlining his plans for the rest of the year, Murray has confirmed that he will play in both Vienna and Stockholm. He also has his sight set on the Paris Masters where he could enter into the qualifying draw if he doesn’t receive a wildcard. Murray is currently ranked 172nd in the world.

“There’ll be a decision on the final Paris wildcard on Monday, but I might even play the qualis there,” he said. “Sport is a results business. Play well or poorly doesn’t really matter if you lose matches. You need to be winning. That’s what I want in the last few tournaments. They are really strong tournaments and there are no guarantees the results will come, but I want to win more matches.”

Meanwhile, Schwartzman will take on America’s Brandon Nakashima in the quarter-finals on Friday. This week the 29-year-old is seeking only his second Tour title on a hardcourt and his first since the 2019 Los Cabos Open in Mexico.

“It was a pleasure to play against Andy,” Schwartzman said in his on-court interview. “We had not played before and he is coming back and every week he is playing better and moving better. I have a lot of respect because when I grew up playing tennis, I was watching Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal], Andy and Novak [Djokovic] and right now playing against him, is a pleasure for me.”

Schwartzman is one of only three seeded players to make it through to the last eight along with Jannik Sinner and Lloyd Harris.

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New British No.1 Cameron Norrie Inspired By Compatriot Raducanu

The Indian Wells champion believes Raducanu’s triumph will trigger a new generation of players in the country.

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Cameron Norrie says he drew inspiration from Emma Raducanu prior to winning the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.

 

The world No.16 stunned the men’s field at the tournament where he had never won a main draw match prior to this year. Norrie defeated Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first player from his country to win the prestigious title. The run has resulted in him achieving a series of career milestones. After claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title, Norrie has broken into the world’s top 20 for the first time this week and has overtaken Dan Evans to become British No.1.

Norrie credits Raducanu’s US Open run for inspiring him and believes her success is ‘huge for British tennis.’ The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in history to win a major title in New York as she won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set. Her victories include wins over top 20 players Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari.

“That was utterly incredible what she did in New York. To come through qualifying and then to go out and just whack every opponent that she had,” he told Sky Sports.
“She won in straight sets and to do that at such a young age. To do it with that kind of confidence and come out and own every match was extremely impressive.
“It will definitely give the girls around her ranking where she was before the US Open a lot of confidence and a lot of belief.
“I was inspired by her triumph in New York. It’s huge for British tennis. I think for sure it’s going to put a lot of rackets in hand for the next generation of younger boys and girls to start playing tennis at home in the UK.”

Norrie himself is currently in the midst of what has been a breakout season for the 26-year-old who was a former top-ranked player in the US during his college years. He ties Novak Djokovic for most appearances in a Tour final this season at six. Three of those finals were on a hardcourt, two on the clay and one on grass. He won his maiden Tour title in July at the Los Cabos Open. Norrie has also scored multiple wins over top 10 players this season for the first time in his career – beating Dominic Thiem in Lyon and Andrey Rublev in San Diego.

“I want to get to world No 1, that’s the ultimate goal. Everyone on my team has the same target. Clearly it’s extremely difficult to do, and there’s a long road ahead. But we set high expectations and we’re going to strive towards them.” Norrie told The Telegraph earlier this week.

Norrie enters the final stretch of the 2021 season with 47 match wins to his name and is within contention of qualifying for the ATP Finals. To put that into perspective, since its inception in 1970 only three British players has ever participated in the event.

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