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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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Next Gen Star Alexei Popyrin Fears He May Be Forced To Play US Open Despite Health Concerns

Like many other lower ranked players on the Tour, the 20-year-old finds himself in a tough situation.

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One of Australia’s rising stars has said he is worried that he may have to play at the US Open against his will or risk losing a chunk of ranking points.

 

Alexei Popryin has raised his concerns about travelling to the New York major in August amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in some areas of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there were 52,228 New Cases of the virus on July 5th compared to 24 hours before. Furthermore, the governor of New York recently announced that people travelling from 16 different states in America are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days if they visit the city. According to USA Today this ruling applies to roughly 48% of the entire American population.

Despite the concerns, the organisers of the US Open have insisted they will be able to hold the tournament in a safe manner and will be implementing various restrictions. Including holding the event without fans for the first time and conducting frequent testing of players. However world No.103 Popryin admits that he still has his concerns about attending.

“There are talks regarding the US Open but I really don’t want to go with the situation in America right now,” Popyrin said at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown over the weekend.
“But we have to see if we would be forced to go because of ranking points.
“If the ranking points won’t be frozen, then most of us would be forced to go play cause our ranking will drop and we wouldn’t have any say in it.
“But if the rankings are frozen, then I am staying here.
“I will stay in Europe where it’s safe with my family.”

Popryin has a considerable amount of points to defend in New York after reaching the third round there last year. Therefore, if he skips the event he faces dropping further down the rankings. Something which will then impact on his chances of entering the bigger tournaments later in the year. Usually the cut off for Grand Slam tournaments is around 105.

It is still to be announced as to what will happen with the ranking points system at the US Open and if there will be any adjustments made due to the pandemic. Although organisers will likely be against any idea to remove them from the event as it is a key factor to attract players to take part.

Another player to voice their concerns about the US Open is France’s Benoit Paire, who has said he would not attend the event if it was taking place today. Speaking to RMC Sport the world No.22 said he would rather not go to the event if he meant that he would be ‘taking a risk’ with his health.

“Going to the United States would be at risk of catching it. I am a great professional and I am one of those who would always like to play tennis, but your health is the most important thing,” he said.
“If going there is taking the risk of catching the disease and staying quarantined when I return, I prefer not to go, really.’
“It looks like if we play the US Open, we will have to sacrifice not to play the Mutua Madrid Open or the Masters 1000 in Rome.”

Meanwhile, world No.3 Dominic Thiem recently told Austrian media that he believes a final decision regarding the Grand Slam will be made within a week. Something that is yet to be confirmed by officials.

Should it go ahead, the US Open will start on August 31st.

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REPORT: Former Spanish Tennis Star In Talks To Coach Alexander Zverev

A former world No.3 could be returning to the Tour later this year in a new position.

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Tennis sensation Alexander Zverev could soon be mentored by somebody whose career he ended last year at the Madrid Open.

 

Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that the world No.7 is set to enter in a 15-day trial with former French Open finalist David Ferrer where the two will get to know each other better. Ferrer has reportedly travelled to Monte Carlo to start working alongside Germany’s top player. Should everything go well, the two could start a formal partnership in September ahead of the European clay-court swing of the Tour, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both men are already fairly familiar with each other after facing off nine times on the ATP Tour, including three times last year. Zverev was the last player Ferrer played against at the Madrid Open before officially retiring from the sport at the age of 37.

“He’s the most respectful guy for me on Tour, and one of the most loved people on the Tour as well,” Zverev told reporters in the Spanish capital following their match.

Whilst never winning a Grand Slam, Ferrer achieved numerous accolades throughout his career. Including spending 4914 consecutive days in the world’s top 50, winning 27 ATP titles and achieving a ranking high of No.3 back in 2013. Overall, he has played 1011 matches on the ATP Tour (including Grand Slams) which is more than John McEnroe.

Should Ferrer receive the green light, Zverev will be the first high-profile player he will be responsible for. The Spaniard had previously hinted at his desire to enter coaching with his long time objective being to captain the Spanish Davis Cup team. He is also currently serving as the tournament director of the Barcelona Open.

“I would be very proud to be able to be (Davis Cup captain),” Ferrer told Marca in April 2019. “I also understand that this is very far away and there are players who are ahead. First, I have to train as a professional in teaching (coaching).”

Neither Ferrer or Zverev has publicly commented on the report. At present Zverev is coached on the Tour by his father who guided him to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.

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Father Of Dominic Thiem Condemns Criticism Of Novak Djokovic’s Role In Adria Tour Fiasco

Wolfgang Thiem has come to the defence of the world No.1 before suggesting that COVID-19 cases among players at charity events are worth it.

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The father of world No.3 Dominic Thiem has said it is ‘too cheap’ to blame Novak Djokovic over the outbreak of COVID-19 at the controversial Adria Tour.

 

Wolfgang Thiem lent his support behind the 17-time Grand Slam champion during an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presses on Friday. The Adria Tour, which was founded by Djokovic, was cancelled following an outbreak of the virus during the Zadar leg of the event in Croatia with Grigor Dimitrov being the first player to confirm a positive test. Shortly after, Djokovic and Borna Coric also tested positive as well as some coaching staff. Viktor Troicki also contracted COVID-19, but only played the first leg of the Tour in Belgrade.

Throughout the Belgrade and Zadar events organisers were criticised for a lack of social distancing being applied. Players were seen playing basketball matches, attending nightclubs and interacting with the public. Although all of those actions were in line with local government rules.

“I do not approve of what happened on the Adria Tour, but condemning Djokovic and saying he screwed it up is too cheap for me,” Wolfgang commented.
“Of course the dance at the disco was not optimal, but Djokovic basically did nothing wrong. They just got a little sloppy, they were euphoric,” he continued.

Djokovic, who has been at the centre of the criticism, is yet to publicly speak about the incident. On Friday it was confirmed that both him and his wife Jelena have now tested negative for the virus. 10 days after they were first diagnosed.

As for Thiem, his father said the Austrian tennis star will be donating his money from the event to charity. Although he did not say how much that would be or which cause it would go towards. It comes just days after Djokovic donated 40,000 euros to the Serbian town of Novi Pazar, who has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Speaking about the outbreak of COVID-19 among players, Wolfgang has suggested that it is worth it if it meant raising money for charity.

“I prefer that there be a few more cases of coronavirus and be able to raise a few thousand euros for a childhood cancer clinic,” he explained.

Since the Adria Tour, Thiem has played at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) in France. He has undergone five COVID-19 tests in recent days with all of them testing negative for the virus. The 26-year-old withdrew from the UTS on Wednesday to focus on the upcoming Thiem 7 event in Kitzbuhel which will start on July 7th.

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