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Dubai Duty Free: The final is Djokovic v Federer

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TENNIS DUBAI DUTY FREE– Roger Federer cruised to 6-2 6-1 in the first semifinal of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament against Croatian teenager Borna Coric to qualify for his ninth final in his favourite tournament. Federer will be bidding to win his seventh final in Dubai. In Saturday’s blockbuster final Federer will take on Novak Djokovic who beat Tomas Berdych in three sets with 6-0 5-7 6-4. Diego Sampaolo

 

Federer and Coric met for the first time in their career. Coric, who entered the Dubai tournament as a lucky loser, qualified for the semifinal after his upset win over Andy Murray in the quarter final.

Federer, who is 15 years older than Coric, raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set but he had to save two break points in his first service game. The Swiss Maestro converted on the first of his two break points in the second game for 2-0 and held his serve in the third game.

Coric broke back to 3-2 in the fifth game. Federer broke straight back for 4-2 after Coric made a double fault. Coric faced three set points after committing a double fault and a forehand error.

The six-time Dubai champion sealed the first set with his third break for 6-2 in the eighth game. Federer opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set with a break in the second game but he failed to convert on a break point chance in the fourth game. Federer got the double break for 5-1 before closing it out on the first match point after 56 minutes to reach his ninth Dubai final

Federer will renew his battle against Novak Djokovic who edged past Tomas Berdych in three sets with 6-0 5-7 6-4. Djokovic got off to a great start taking three consecutive breaks and won the first set with 6-0 in just 23 minutes. This score was reminiscent to that inflicted by Djokovic last October in the Beijing final.

Berdych finally won his first game to 15 at the start of the second set but Djokovic took control of the match again getting the break in the third game to love. Berdych raised the level of his match breaking back to love in the next game. Berdych took the 5-3 lead but Djokovic broke back to 30-0 as the Czech player served for the set at 5-3. Berdych broke serve in the 12th game on the second set point to win the second set with 7-5.

The third set went on serve until the fifth game when Djokovic earned three break points at 2-2. Djokovic got the crucial break for 3-2 as Berdych hit a forehand long after a long rally. Djokovic wrapped up the third set with 6-4.

Djokovic beat Berdych for the third time in Dubai after the 2011 semifinal and the 2013 final.

“Even after the first set that went as perfectly as possible and when I was break up I knew that the match was not over. I just went to stay on that level but it was hard”, said Djokovic.

Last year Federer and Djokovic met in a fantastic three-set semifinal in Dubai. Federer prevailed against his Serbian rival before beating Tomas Berdych in the final.

The top two players in the world will meet for the 37th time. Federer leads 19-17 in their head-to-head matches and clinched two of his past three matches. Federer will be bidding to win his seventh title in Dubai, while Djokovic will be looking to win this tournament for the fifth time and his 50th overall title.

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.

 

Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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