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Kei Nishikori: “ If I could get that one, might change the whole thing. But he was serving really well. So I think I have to give him credit”

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TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN – 28th of January 2015. S.Wawrinka d. K.Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. An interview with Kei Nishikori

 

Q. In the tiebreak in the third set, did you feel more aggressive in your game?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I start feel more comfortable in the third set, especially after I found out couple points that, you know, I could go little more aggressive than first and second set. I was mixing up serve and volleys. My serve was much better than first couple sets because I was making more first serve. I was struggling my serve. That’s why I couldn’t get good rhythm first and second set. Yeah, tiebreaker was really close. If I could get that one, might change the whole thing. But, you know, he was serving really well until end of the set. So, you know, I think I have to give him credit. Yeah, he obviously played really aggressive and played great tennis. Think obviously play wasn’t 100%. But I didn’t play really bad. So, yeah, congrats to him.

Q. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?

KEI NISHIKORI: Well, for sure that my serve could be, you know, much better. I don’t know. He was playing good, especially his serve. I couldn’t do anything. I got one break. That was kind of lucky. He was missing a lot that game. Well, you know, third set I was playing more comfortable. Yeah, like I said, the tiebreak was the really key for the game.

Q. What was the difference from your point of view from the match last time you played at the US Open to today? What was different from your side and from his side?

KEI NISHIKORI: For sure that I didn’t start it well. First couple games I was missing so much, so many unforced errors. I was going for too much. I don’t know. I may felt little bit pressure. But he was serving really well today ’cause I usually return well and break couple games. So it was tough to find my game today and he was playing really aggressive, great forehand, backhand. So, yeah, I thought he was playing great.

Q. Did you get the sense he was maybe after a bit of revenge or anything like that?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, I’m sure. Everybody is going to be tough from now because everybody is coming over 100%. Even first couple matches I had was really tough. Obviously they’re going to put 100% from the beginning. Yeah, it was tough game.

Q. Have you spoken to Michael after this match? He said the other day you had a great match against Ferrer. How much of a help has he been to you?

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, we talk about match today. Well, yeah, the match was really great. I was feeling really confident in playing almost 100%. I mean, today, Stan was little better today because he was playing, yeah, really aggressive. Couldn’t really stop him. Even for sure we have to discuss couple things with Michael and Dante and fix couple things. I will prepare well for the Memphis and couple more tournaments.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the relationship with Michael, what he’s brought to you as a player.

KEI NISHIKORI: Yeah, it’s been working really well I think. Been working with him one year now. I see a lot of improvement. A lot of things, not just tennis, outside, too. Mentally I get more stronger. I think physically I’m little more fit than before. So I’m really happy right now with Michael and Dante.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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