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TENNIS – Roger Federer claimed his 8th Gerry Weber Open title in 10 finals at one of his favourite tournament in Halle with a 7-6(1) 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi. Diego Sampaolo

 

Seppi, who beat Federer for the first time in his career at the Australian Open last January, did not convert three break points in the first set. He earned two set points which Federer saved with two consecutive aces. In the tiebreaker, Federer took control of the breaker winning 7-1 points and taking a 1 set lead.

Seppi’s inability to convert on break points continued into the 2nd set missed another break point chance at the start of the second set as he hit her return into the net. Federer brought up his first break point chances at 4-3 in the but Seppi saved them to draw level. Federer got his only break of the match at his fifth break point opportunity for 5-4 to then serve out the match. He clinched his 8th title at the Gerry Weber Open and 15th title from 20 finals on grass (seven at Wimbledon and eight in Halle). This is Federer’s fourth title for the year after Brisbane, Dubai and Istanbul. Federer is the third player to win at least eight titles at a single tournament after Rafa Nadal, who won the Roland Garros nine times and Montecarlo and Barcelona eight times and Guillermo Vilas, who won eight titles in Buenos Aires

“Of course it’s a special moment for me to win here for the 8th time before Wimbledon. This week has been great when I look at the whole thing. I don’t think I was broken in the last four matches I played. It gives me confidence in the crucial moments to know my game was right there”, said Federer

Murray wins his 34th title at the Queen’s

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Andy Murray clinched his 34th career title in 50 finals with a 6-3 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club. The Dunblane star equalled John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as four-time Queen’s champion. He had already won this tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2013

Murray completed his win over Vikr Troicki with 6-3 7-6 (4) in the semifinal which was interrupted by rain on Saturday. He had a two-hour break before the start of the final against Kevin Anderson. Murray broke serve once in each set and did not face a break point in the final against Anderson who was broken just once in the tournament.

Murray brought up a break point chance with a backhand winner in the fourth game and converted the chance as Anderson his hit his volley into the net. He sealed the win in the first set with a sliced backhand. He earned a break point chance in the fifth game of the second set at 2-2 with a forehand return and converted it with a drop shot. He hit a lob and a backhand winner before closing out the match when Anderson fired wide on a service return

Murray clinched his third title of the year after Munich and Madrid on clay.

“I served really well and then thankfully, when the chances came I managed to come up with some instisnctive shots. I played better as the week went on and hopefully I can continue that into Wimbledon. It’s been a really good start but it’s a long way to go before Wimbledon even starts,” said Murray

Murray will be bidding to repeat his Queen’s – Wimbledon double achieved in 2013.

“It’s great preparation obviously but it has only happened six times where someone has won the Queen’s and gone one to win Wimbledon,” said Murray

Kerber fought back from a set down to edge Pliskova in Birmingham WTA final

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Angelique Kerber fought back from a set down to edge Karolina Pliskova with 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4) at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham

Kerber broke serve early in the first set but she did not convert on four set points. Pliskova clinched the first-set tie-break. The young Czech player broke serve early in the second set. Kerber turned around the match breaking twice in the second set. The German got another break in the third set but Plsiskova fought back saving break points. Pliskova broke back

Kerber rallied from 5-6 down in the decisive set to hold her serve before getting a mini-break on the ninth point. The German won the next two points from 5-4 to clinch a hard-fought tie-break with 7-4. Kerber hit 34 winners to 14 unforced errors. Pliskova hit more than 50 winners but made 42 unforced errors.

“It was an amazing match and perfect for a final. It will give great confidence in my preparation for Wimbledon”, said Kerber.

Pliskova played a great tournament and had nothing to regret. “I was happy with the way I played because i did everything I could”, said Pliskova

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Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.

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This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.

 

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Vasek Pospisil dispatches James Ward in Eastbourne

Vasek Pospisil is into the second round at Eastbourne.

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The Canadian won his first match on grass of the year beating the local favourite James Ward.

 

Vasek Pospisil is through to the second round of the Viking International ATP 250 in Eastbourne after beating the Brit James Ward in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on court number two.

“It was a good match, I played pretty well, I thought I served well and he is a tough opponent on grass because he has a tough first serve but I was pretty sharp and played well when I needed to and happy to get the win”.

It was the Canadian who had the first chance to break at 1-1 and he got the early break and that one break was good enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second set was much of the same and actually was identical to the first with the world number 66 getting the break to take a 2-1 lead but faced a breakpoint when consolidating the break.

Again that one break was enough for him to serve out the match and book his spot in the next round. This is Pospisil’s first win since the month and after the match, he spoke about how the last couple of months have been for him.

“It was good I just took a break from the tour just to refresh the mind and the body and I hadn’t seen my family in nine months so it was a good reset and I felt I needed a break to kinda be excited about touring and the covid conditions and now I’m back and I am happy to be back and I am playing well so it was a nice break.”

Pospisil will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round after the Spaniard beat the Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev Searching For Confidence Boost Ahead Of Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam finalist says he is not the same player as he was two years ago when he last played Wimbledon.

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When it comes to playing on the grass this year Daniil Medvedev admits that the biggest issue for him might concern the mental side of the sport as opposed to the physical side.

 

The world No.2 kicked-off his grass swing last week in Halle where he was stunned in the first round by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the Tour in 2020, that was the first time the Russian had played a match on the surface in almost two years. Short on matches, Medvedev is back in action this week in Mallorca after taking a wildcard into the tournament.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev told atptour.com. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Since he last played at Wimbledon, Medvedev surged on the ATP Tour by winning six titles with all of them being on a hardcourt. Furthermore, he also reached the final of the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year. He is the first player outside of the Big Four to be ranked in the world’s top two since July 2005.

Despite his previous success on the grass, Medvedev admits he remains wary about playing on the surface and the conditions he may face.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” he said. “Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.
“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

In Mallorca Medvedev has a bye in the first round. His opening match will be against either South Africa’s Lloyd Harris or France’s Corentin Moutet.

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