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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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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus secure their spot in the semifinal in the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4 in the evening’s double match securing their spot in the semifinal with a record of 2-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.

 

Klaasen earned an early break with a forehand volley to open up a 3-1 lead. Venus and Klaasen dropped just four points on serve and did not face a break point. Venus held serve at 5-3 to close out the opening set 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Both teams held serve until the ninth game, when Venus got the first break at 4-4 with a half-volley winner, when Melo was serving on a deciding point. Kubot and Melo fended off two match points in the next game to force a deciding point and got their first break point of the match.

Venus sealed the win after 71 minutes with a big serve on their third match point in the 10th game. Klaasen and Venus won 86 % of their serve points.

US players Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury scored their first win in the Group Jonas Bjorkman at the Nitto ATP Finals, when they beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 3-6 6-3 10-6 in the Match Tie-Break. The US team improved their ranking to 1-1.

Dodig and Polasek earned the first break in the fourth game of the opening set to open up a 3-1 lead. They saved four consecutive break points in the ninth game, when they were serving for the first set at 5-3. Dodig and Polasek sealed the first set with a service winner after 33 minutes.

Ram and Salisbury did not convert break points in the most crucial moments of the first set. Ram and Salisbury earned their only break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face a single break point to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Ram and Salisbury opened up a 3-0 lead with an early mini-break in the Match tie-break. Dodig and Polasek rallied to draw level to 5-5. Ram and Salisbury sealed the win on the first match point, when Polasek hit a backhand volley into the net at 9-6.

Dodig and Polasek, who won two titles in Cincinnati and Beijing, lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 10-5 in the Match Tie-Break in last Saturday’s first match.

 

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 3 Preview: A Must-Win Match Beckons For Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic plays Dominic Thiem for a commanding lead in the Bjorn Born Group, while Roger Federer faces Matteo Berrettini to stay out of last place.

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Djokovic completely dominated Berrettini on Sunday, allowing the debuting Italian just three games.  Matteo will likely need a win today to have any reasonable chance to advance to the semifinals. If advancement comes down to a tiebreak, he currently has no sets won and an extremely low percentage of games won.  With Federer’s 7-5, 7-5 loss to Thiem on Sunday, his situation is slightly less dire than Berrettini’s. But a loss today would make’s Roger’s likelihood of advancing extremely slim, especially with a match against Djokovic looming on Thursday.

 

Roger Federer (3) vs. Matteo Berrettini (8)

Their only previous meeting was four months ago in this same city.  On Manic Monday at Wimbledon, Federer crushed Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 74 minutes.  Matteo was open about how disappointing his performance was that day, as he was overwhelmed by playing the 20-time Major champion on Centre Court.  However, it’s worth noting Berrettini had played a dramatic five-set match just 48 hours prior where he saved match points to come back and defeat Diego Schwartzman.  Matteo should be much fresher for the rematch today, but will he again be overwhelmed by the occasion? The beating he sustained at the hands of Djokovic two days ago will not inspire much confidence.  And he’s facing a man who has only once failed to advance to the semifinals of this event in 16 career appearances. It would be quite surprising if Federer failed to prevail today.

Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Dominic Thiem (5)

The last time these two men faced off was in the semifinals of this year’s Roland Garros.  That match began on an absurdly-windy Friday in Paris, conditions Thiem handled much better than Djokovic.  Their match would take two days to complete, with Dominic taking it 7-5 in the fifth, ending Novak’s campaign to win his fourth consecutive Major.  Overall however Djokovic leads their head-to-head 6-3. Novak is 3-0 on hard courts, though they haven’t played on this surface since this event three years ago, when Djokovic won in three.  Thiem was impressive in taking it to Federer on Sunday, and Dominic’s hard court skills have drastically improved over the past two seasons. But on an indoor hard court, Djokovic remains a considerable favorite to be the only undefeated player in the Bjorn Borg Group by the end of play Tuesday.

 

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‘I Wasn’t Good Enough’ – Rafael Nadal Reacts To ATP Finals Loss

The Spaniard speaks out about his current form and if he plans to continue playing in London.

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LONDON: Rafael Nadal believes his losing start to this year’s ATP Finals was partly down to a lack of practice in recent weeks due to a series of injury issues.

 

The world No.1 enters the event without finishing a tournament since winning the US Open after suffering from issues with his left hand and abdomen. A familiar scenario for the Spaniard who has qualified for the ATP Finals 15 times, but has only been able to play in eight of them. In his opening match against the reigning champion, Alexander Zverev, he was unable to find a way to break down his opponent’s serve as he leaked a series of costly errors.

“Honestly, Sascha played well and I played bad,” Nadal said during his press conference.
“We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, what matters is that I need to play much better in the next two days after tomorrow. That’s the only thing.”
“We (my team) knew that it was going to be tough at the beginning because of the period of time since my injury until today is very short, but we are here trying, and that’s it.”

Indoor events have never been Nadal’s strong point. Incredibly on the surface, he has only managed to clinch the title in one out of 28 tournaments played. Doing so at the 2005 Madrid Masters. At the ATP Finals, he has reached the final twice in 2010 and 2013.

Nevertheless, there is a silver lining for the Spaniard. Whilst his form isn’t where he would like it to be, physically there are no blips yet. Meaning that he intends to continue fighting in the tournament.

“I have no complaint about my physical condition. No pain in my abdominals. That’s the only positive thing, honestly. That’s all,” said Nadal.
“I’m happy with the way my abdominal held, and hopefully I can continue like this because it’s true that I was not able to do a lot of practice and make a lot of effort on that part of the body since last Saturday.”

The optimism expressed by the 19-time grand slam champion is also one that comes with a caution. When asked if he will be able to play seven or more matches over the next two weeks due to his participation in the Davis Cup, there was a brief silence. Then he replied to the journalist ‘I can’t give you an answer.’

It is up in the air as to how Nadal will fair over the week or if he will even complete all of his round-robin matches due to his troublesome body. However, there is one guarantee. He is ready to fight to the very end.

“I’m staying positive. I’m staying competitive, something that I was not today. That’s the thing that I am more disappointed because knowing that I will not be at my 100% in terms of feelings, in terms of movement, in terms of confidence or hitting the ball, I needed my best competitive spirit this afternoon, and I was not there in that way.”

As a onseuqence of the loss, the 33-year-old has opened the door further for rival Novak Djokovic to snatch the year-end No.1 spot. Although should he go on to win the title, he would claim the sport regardless of how the Serbian performs.

Nadal is down, but he isn’t out yet. Awaiting him next will be a clash with Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday. A player who he leads 2-0 in their head-to-head with both of those wins occuring in 2019.

Nadal’s recent record at the ATP Finals

2018 First to qualify Withdrew on November 5 (ankle)
2017 First to qualify Withdrew after first match against David Goffin (knee)
2016 Points accumulated to qualify Wrist injury ended season on October 20
2015 Fifth to qualify Semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic
2014 Second to qualify Withdrew on October 24 (appendix surgery)
2013 First to qualify Final loss to Novak Djokovic
2012 One of a trio of first qualifiers Withdrew on October 25 (knee )
2011 Second to qualify Two group match losses
2010 First to qualify Lost to Federer in the final
2009 Second to qualify Three group match losses

Source: Sky Sports UK

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