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TENNIS – Roger Federer made a winning start to his Roland Garros campaign with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Alejandro Falla in one hour and 49 minutes on the Philippe Chatrier court in Paris. The other top-ranked Swiss player, Stan Wawrinka, also had a comfortable start beating Marsel Ihlan with 6-3 6-2 6-3 Diego Sampaolo

 

Falla, who in past has posed a very tough challenge for the World’s No.2 Federer despite the fact that the Colombian has never beaten the Swiss legend in their 7 previous meetings. There most notable encounter was at Wimbledon 2010 when Falla led 2 sets to love and served for the match in the fourth set. He was a mere 4 points away from sending the then defending champion Federer packing in the 1st round. However, Federer pulled through in that match as he did again in last year’s Halle final where Falla again presented himself as a formidable opponent.

This match would be no different as Falla started well earning an early break point chance but Federer saved it to stay ahead at 2-1. The 2009 Roland Garros champion held his serve at love for 4-3 before earning break point chances on the Falla serve. Falla saved the first three but Federer finally able to convert as the Colombian made two unforced errors allowing Federer to serve out the opening set 6-3. The momentum carried over into the 2nd set for the Swiss as broke Falla early in the third game for 2-1 before sealing the second set breaking Falla again to take it 6-3.

In the 3rd set, Falla was once again under pressure when he had to save three break points before holding his serve in the early part of the set. Federer faced a single break point but he held serve to maintain his lead at 3-2. Things remained on serve until Falla was serving to stay in the match down 4-5. Federer broke him for a fourth time to take the match 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Federer had 42 winners, including 8 aces and converted on four of his 15 break point chances. Federer extended his winning streak to 8-0 over Falla who was a Lucky Loser into the main draw this year as he lost in the last round of qualification on Friday. In the next round, Federer will face Marcel Granollers who beat Matthias Bachinger 6-4 6-3 7-6(7) to advance.

Federer’s compatriot Stan Wawrinka (8) beat Marsel Ihlan 6-3 6-2 6-3. Wawrinka held his serve after a tough opening game. Ilhan had four early break points but failed to convert any of them as they remained on serve until Wawrinka edged ahead 3-2. The Swiss No. 2 got his first break point in the 6th game. He converted and consolidated the break by holding serve for 5-2. Ilhan was able to hold serve in the next game but was unable to recover the break as Wawrinka closed out the set at 6-3.

Wawrinka got the early break in the first game of the second set and earned the double break in the 5th game for 4-1. Wawrinka earned another break point up 5-1 but Ilhan saved it. Wawrinka had no problems taking a 2-0 sets lead over Ilhan 6-3 6-2.  Last year, Wawrinka lost in the first round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in 4 sets. This year, his French Open campaign opener was far easier as he raced out to a 3-1 lead in the 3rd set. Ilhan earned himself a 6th break point in the 8th game but as with the other 5, he was unable to convert as Wawrinka held serve for 5-3. Wawrinka then broke Ilhan again to take the match 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Kei Nishikori (5) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 7-5 6-1 already improving on last year’s result when he was knocked out in the 1st round by Martin Klizan. The Japanese player converted 7 of his 15 break point chances. After two tight games to open the match, Nishikori got the first break of the match in the 1st set en route to winning it 6-3. Nishikori went up an early break in the 2nd set but Mathieu reeled off three consecutive games to level it. However, Nishikori would not be denied the set and quickly took back the momentum by taking the set 7-5 and a commanding lead up 2-0 sets. In the 3rd set, both Mathieu and his home crowd were deflated as Nishikori cruised through it 6-1 to take the match in straight sets.

It was not all disappointment for the Frenchmen on this day as both wildcard Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (14) won their matches in relative ease. Mahut took out Kimmer Coppejans 6-3 6-4 7-6 and Tsonga beat Christian Lindell 6-1 6-2 6-2. Ernests Gulbis (24) who is having a most dismal year is looking to defend the semifinal points he earned here last year and is 4 matches away from doing so as he won over Igor Sijsling 6-4 6-4 7-6 to get to the next round.

Other winners on the day include Roberto Bautista Agut (19) beat Florian Mayer 6-3 6-1 6-3 setting up a second round encounter against Lukas Rosol who beat Swedish rising star qualifier Elias Yimer 6-2 7-6(7) 6-3. Philipp Kohlschreiber (22), who last year lost a marathon 3rd round match 12-10 in the 5th set against Andy Murray, eased past Go Soeda of Japan 6-1 6-0 6-2. Dudi Sela, Dusan Lajovic and Pablo Andujar also moved through to the 2nd round. Damir Dzumhur was able to get to the next round when after being up 2-0 sets, Mikhail Youzhny retired from the match.

There were two minor upsets on the day, American Steve Johnson taking out the 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-3 6-7 3-6 6-3 and Marcos Baghdatis knocked out Ivo Karlovic (25) 7-6 6-4 6-4.

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Team Europe Goes for a Fifth Straight Laver Cup

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The lineup for Day 3 (twitter.com/lavercup)

Heading into Day 3, the 2022 Laver Cup is feeling extremely familiar.  Team Europe has an 8-4 advantage, and only needs two wins on Sunday to secure their fifth consecutive Laver Cup.  Team World needs to win three matches to pull off the upset and obtain their first. 

 

Sunday’s play gets underway in London at 12:00pm local time.  And each match on Sunday is worth three points.


Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock (Team World) – 12:00pm

Berrettini was victorious in both singles and doubles on Saturday, defeating Auger-Aliassime in singles, and teaming with Djokovic to overcome Sock and de Minaur in doubles.  So Matteo gained victories over both of his Sunday opponents on Saturday.  Murray lost to de Minaur in singles on Friday.  Andy and Jack are the most accomplished doubles players in this match, as Sock is pretty much Team World’s doubles specialist.  If he and Felix cannot pull of the victory on Sunday, it could be a pretty short day.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)

Like Berrettini, Djokovic won in singles and doubles on Saturday, comfortably dispatching of Tiafoe in singles.  While it was his first match in over two months, Novak showed no rust whatsoever.  Auger-Aliassime’s loss to Berrettini on Saturday will not help his confidence against the 21-time Major champion.

Novak and Felix have only played once before, and that occurred four months ago in Rome on clay.  It was a pretty tight affair, but Djokovic prevailed 7-5, 7-6(1).  And there’s not much evidence to support a different outcome on Sunday.  Novak is surely eager to re-assert his authority after missing so much of this season due to his vaccination status.


Stefanos Tsitsipas (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – If Necessary

Tsitsipas easily beat Diego Schwartzman on Friday, dropping just three games.  He is 3-2 against Tiafoe, and 3-1 on hard courts.  However, Frances claimed their most recent encounter, last fall in Vienna, which was also on an indoor hard court.


Casper Ruud (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – If Necessary

Ruud defeated Sock on Friday, while Fritz defeated Norrie on Saturday.  If this match takes place, it will be their first career meeting.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic to Play Singles and Doubles on Saturday

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The lineup for Day 2 (twitter.com/lavercup)

In the wake of Roger Federer’s incredibly emotional retirement on Day 1, the focus of this event shifts to the rest of the competitors on Day 2.  And for the first time in the five-year history of the Laver Cup, Team World goes into Day 2 without a deficit.  With both Federer and Rafael Nadal replaced by alternates for Day 2 and Day 3, is this Team World’s opportunity to capture their first Laver Cup? 

 

Each day, this preview will look at all four scheduled matches, while taking an extended look at the most notable match of the day.  Saturday’s day session gets underway in London at 1:00pm local time, and the night session at 7:00pm.  And each match on Saturday is worth two points.


Matteo Berrettini (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World) – 1:00pm

These two good friends have played four times, with Berrettini winning on three of those occasions.  Matteo’s wins came three years ago in the final of Stuttgart on grass, in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon, and a year ago in this event.  Auger-Aliassime’s only win occurred last summer in Cincinnati.  Matteo is coming off a quarterfinal run in New York, as well as three victories last week in Davis Cup.  Felix was upset in the second round of the US Open by Jack Draper, and went 2-1 in Davis Cup.


Cameron Norrie (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – Second in the Day Session

Norrie was also an alternate in last year’s Laver Cup, but did not play.  Fritz was a part of Team World in 2019, when he went 1-1 in singles, defeating Dominic Thiem during Sunday’s play in a must-win match to keep his team alive.  Cam is now 45-22 on the year, while Fritz is 36-17.  Both men achieved their best-ever Major performances two months ago at Wimbledon.  They played each other just last week in Davis Cup, with Norrie prevailing after three tight sets.  Overall they have split 10 previous meetings.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – 7:00pm

Is Tiafoe ready to upset another member of “The Big Three” on Saturday?  He earned the biggest win of his career by taking out Rafael Nadal at the US Open, and defeated Nadal and Federer in doubles on Day 1 alongside Jack Sock.  Meanwhile, this will be the first match for Djokovic in over two months, since he won the Wimbledon final over Nick Kyrgios.  The unvaccinated Novak was unable to travel to North America for the hard court summer season.

Djokovic has only played seven tournaments this year, amassing a record of 23-5.  Tiafoe is 26-19, and is coming off his exciting semifinal run in New York.  Their only previous matchup was at the 2021 Australian Open, when Novak defeated Frances in four sets.  Frances is certainly the much more match-tough player on this day.  But despite his recent inactivity, Djokovic should still be considered the favorite.


Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock (Team World) – Second in the Night Session

Novak will have only a few minutes of rest ahead of this doubles match, so the length of his match with Tiafoe could impact the result here.  This will be Novak’s first time playing doubles since last year’s Davis Cup finals.  Berrettini played three doubles matches this past January at the ATP Cup, going 1-2.  De Minaur overcame Andy Murray in singles on Friday in what was a grueling contest, while Sock was defeated in singles and victorious in doubles.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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