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ATP 250 Stuttgart: Nadal wins a hard-fought match against Baghdatis

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TENNIS- Rafa Nadal had to dig deep to battle past Marcos Bagdathis in three-sets with 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-2 setting up a quarterfinal against Bernard Tomic who beat Tommy Haas 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.  Diego Sampaolo

 

Baghdatis, who beat Nadal only once in their eight previous encounters back in Cincinnati in 2010, converted only 1/9 break points in the 1st set. The opening set came down to the tie-break where Nadal opened up a 4-0 lead. Baghdatis won three consecutive points to claw his way back to 3-4 but Nadal closed out the set with 7-5.

Nadal, who won the Stuttgart tournament twice in 2005 and 2007 when the tournament was played on clay, broke Baghdatis in the 5th game of the 2nd set for 3-2 but Baghdatis broke straight back in the next game. Nadal had to save two set points when he was serving down 4-5. The player from Cyprus, now ranked 63 in the world, fought back from a mini-break down to clinch the second set at the tie-break. Nadal broke serve in the 4th game of the decider for 3-1 en route to clinching the third set with 6-2.

Bernard Tomic beat Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 6-2 in the second round of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on grass to reach the quarterfinal stage of a tournament for the seventh time this year. Tomic converted 2/8 break points and dropped just ten points on serve

Haas came close to winning the tie-break in the first set when Tomic saved the first set point with a down-the-line backhand. Tomic got an early break in the first game of the second set (the first break of the match). The Australian player took a 3-0 lead

“I was down 6-4 in the tie-break and managed to hit an unbelievable pass. That was the turning point. I managed to hit the right shot at the right time. In the second set I felt like I played the right tennis and played really well. Match by match I am getting better, which is the most important thing I think”, said Tomic.

Mischa Zverev beat Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-4 to get through to get through to his first quarterfinal in two years. Seppi was broken to love in the first game and went down 0-3 after dropping his serve after a very long game at deuce. Seppi wsa broken again at 4-4 in the 2nd set when he hit his backhand into the net before wasting two break points in the next game.

“It took me two years to get back into an ATP quarter final. I have been through a lot of injuries”, said Zverev

 

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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