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Federer, Murray and Kerber win big on grass

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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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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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John Newcombe Believes The Australian Open Will Be ‘A Big Ask’ For Nick Kyrgios

The tennis legend is unsure if the former top 20 player will be fit in time for the first grand slam of 2020.

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MADRID, SPAIN - Nick Kyrgios of Australia waking to the locked room Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

Former world No.1 John Newcombe has cast doubts on Nick Kyrgios’ chances of going deep in the draw at the upcoming Australian Open.

 

The 75-year-old, who won seven grand slam titles during the 1960s and 1970s, believes the injury-stricken world No.30 may struggle playing best-of-five matches in Melbourne. Kyrgios missed most of the final quarter of the 2019 season due to a shoulder issue. He returned to action last month at the Davis Cup, but skipped his country’s quarter-final clash with Canada due to a collarbone injury. Overall, he has won 23 out of 37 matches played this year.

“It’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe told The Age.
“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.
“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”

A two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, the 24-year-old has struggled to make his mark in the majors this year. Winning just three matches in three grand slam tournaments he played in. Kyrgios missed the French Open due to injury. At his home slam, he lost in the first round for the first time since making his main draw debut back in 2014.

As well as trying to get fit in time for the start of the new season, Kyrgios will continue to be playing under a probation on the ATP Tour for ‘aggravated behaviour.’ Should he violate that, he faces the prospect of a 16-week ban from the tour.

“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe said.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”

Kyrgios is set to start 2020 at the inaugural ATP Cup, which is the only team event to have both prize money and ranking points available. After that, he is set to play in the Kooyong Classic in what will be his final test prior to the Australian Open.

“I am delighted that Nick has chosen to play Kooyong again, and hopefully it acts as the perfect tune up for his Australian Open (AO) campaign and sets him up for a massive 2020 season.” Tournament director Peter Johnson said in a statement.

So far in his career, Kyrgios has won six titles. Including Acapulco and Washington this year.

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