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Queen’s Club: Murray through to the quarters

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TENNIS – Andy Murray edged passed Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-4 at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club in London to get through to the quarterfinal where he will face Gilles Muller who beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(5) . Murray is bidding to win his 4th title at Queen’s Club. Diego Sampaolo

 

Murray scored his 11th win in 12 matches against Verdasco. In their previous match on grass, Murray had to rally from two sets down to beat the Spaniard in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 2013.

Murray seized control of the 1st set after Verdasco double faulted twice in his opening service game giving the Scotsman break point opportunity. Murray then converted with a forehand winner. However, Verdasco broke back in the 7th game. However, at 6-5 Murray broke serve for the 2nd time and on his third set point, claimed the opening set.

Verdasco did not convert any of the 4 break points he had very early on in the 2nd set against Murray and soon came to regret this as he would never see another for the rest of the set. In the 10th game, serving to stay in the match, Verdasco again double faulted twice. Luck was not favouring Verdasco on this day as two aces he hit during this game were ruled as lets. Eventually, Verdasco was broken when he hit his backhand wide giving Murray the match 7-5 6-4.

Muller beat defending champion Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(5). Dimitrov double faulted at 5-4 in the 1st set and was broken handing Muller the set. Dimitrov fended off a break point at 2-1 in the 2nd set with a backhand winner down the line. That break in the 1st set would be the lone break of the entire match as both players remained on serve in the 2nd set.

In the pivotal tie-break, Muller double faulted for the 1st time and went down 0-3.  The Luxembourger won 6 of the next 7 points bringing up match points with a searing forehand winner down the line for 6-4.  Dimitrov saved the first match point with his serve but Muller converted his second opportunity with his forehand to qualify for the first time in his career for the quarterfinals at Queen’s.

Since winning this event last year Dimitrov has not reached a final since then.

“I don’t think I am playing bad tennis at the moment. I am just doing a lot of good things on the court which really don’t discourage me to play. It’s a tough loss for me but I give credit to Gilles”, said Dimitrov.

John Isner battled past last year’s finalist Feliciano Lopez in three tie-break sets with 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 7-6(4). The 1st set went on serve until the tie-break where Isner was the first to get the mini-break at 5-4 with a down-the line passing shot. He capitalised on this opportunity to take the set. In the 2nd set, Lopez earned a break point at 3-3 but was unable to convert and again a tie-break was needed to decide the set. After trading mini-breaks 4 times, Lopez got the decisive break for 10-9 with his backhand. The Spaniard served it out to level the match.

Breaking serve in this match became mission impossible as no one broken through 36 service games. In the final set tiebreaker, Isner got the early mini-break and closed out the breaker 7-4 points.

Viktor Troicki overcame Marin Cilic 6-7(8) 6-2 6-3 in a re-match of last week’s semifinal in Stuttgart where Troicki won in the tie-break of the 3rd set. Toicki will meet Isner in the quarterfinals. The winner of this match will face either Murray or Muller in the semifinals.

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‘He Needs To Bulk Up’ – Tennis Great Cast Doubt On Alex De Minaur’s French Open Chances

John Newcombe believes it will be a few more years before the world No.27 reaches his peak.

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One of Australia’s most decorated Grand Slam champions of all time believes compatriot Alex de Minaur still has a way to go before he poses a threat at the French Open.

 

Former world No.1 John Newcombe believes the 21-year-old needs to improve on his physicality before reaching his peak on the surface. De Minaur comes into the Grand Slam high in confidence after reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open in what was his best performance at a major so far in his career. He was knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Dominic Thiem.

Although De Minaur’s preparations for the clay took a blow last week after he lost the first round of the Italian Open to German qualifier Dominik Koepfer. The world No.27 had a set and 3-0 lead over Koepfer before losing. He is not playing in any tournament this week leading up to Roland Garros.

“I’d have to see the draw, how it comes out, but it will be hard work for him,” Newcombe told the Australian Associated Press about de Minaur’s chances in Paris.
“He’s going to have to do a hell of a lot of work. If he got to the quarters, it would be a terrific effort.
“He’s not going to be physically where he needs to be, just bulking up a bit, until he’s 25, 26.
“But he’s got a good all-court game and he understands the game well, so there’s no reason he can’t be a pretty good late maturer (on clay).”

This year’s clay-court major will be the fourth time the Australian has played in the main draw. In his three previous appearances, de Minaur has only won one match which was against Bradley Klahn last year.

During a recent interview with atptour.com, the Next Gen star gave little away about his expectations for the clay this year given the revised schedule. The French Open is taking place just two weeks after New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the sport to a five-month standstill earlier this year.

“Realistically, you never know until you step out and play matches. It’s a very quick turnaround, something that has never happened to play such an important event after a slam. I’m taking it all in, doing as best as I can and we will have to see,” he said.

De Minaur has won three ATP titles and has scored four wins over top 10 players so far in his career. He is currently the only player from his country ranked in the world’s top 40 on the ATP Tour.

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Novak Djokovic claims his 36th Masters 1000 title in Rome

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Novak Djokovic came back from 0-3 down in the first set to beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 53 minutes in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Djokovic claimed his fifth title in the Eternal City and his 36th Masters 1000 trophy and his 81st career title. Djokovic has become the oldest Rome champion. 

 

The World number 1 player extended his record in 2020 to an impressive record of 31 wins in 32 matches, including four titles at the Australian Open, Dubai, the Western and Southern Open in New York and Rome. 

Djokovic dropped his serve three times and earned five breaks of serve. 

Djokovic wasted a game point and dropped his serve, when he netted his backhand. Schwartzman hit four service winners in the second game to consolidate the break for 2-0. 

Djokovic made a backhand error to face a break point in the third game. Schwartzman earned his second break to open up a 3-0 after 18 minutes, as Djokovic netted another backhand.  Djokovic earned a break point chance and conveted it after a double fault from Schwartzman. 

Djokovic held serve at 15 with an ace in the fifth game to claw his way back to 2-3. The Serbian star forced an error from Schwarzman to earn a breka point in the sixth game and got the break, when the Argentine netted a forehand. Djokovic held serve at 15 to take a 4-3 in the seventh game. Schwartzman hit a forehand down the line winner at 30-15 in the eighth game and held serve with a service winner to draw level to 4-4. 

Djokovic saved a break point in the ninth game with a volley winner and held serve to take a 5-4 lead. Schwartzman saved a set point with a forehand winner and drew level to 5-5 after two deuces with a backhand the line winner. 

Djokovic held serve after a deuce to take a 6-5 lead forcing Schwartzman to serve to stay in the set for the second time. Djokovic converted his third set point to win the opening set 7-5 after 70 minutes. 

Schwartzman earned an early break at the start of the second set. Djokovic got the break back to draw level to 1-1 when Schwartzman sent a forehand wide. 

Djokovic hit a winner at the net to hold serve in the third game. Schwartzman hit four winners in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2.

Djokovic saved two break points in the fifth game and held serve with a service winner to take a 3-2 lead. Schwartman held serve with a drop shot. Djokovic won his service game at love to take a 4-3 lead and broke serve at love in the eighth game with a backhand down the line winner. Djokovic held serve at love to close out the final. 

“”It was a great week. A very challenging week. I don’t think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it the most in the decisive moments today, yesterday and in every match. That definitely makes me very satisfied and proud that I managed to find that fifth gear when it was most needed. Turning to Paris, I could not ask for a better tournament here in Rome. Another big title and i super pleased with it”, said Djokovic. 

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Stan Wawrinka Parts Way With Long-Time Coach Norman

Stan the man is on the look out for a new coach for the first time in almost a decade.

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It is the end of an era for three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka after he announced his split from coach Magnus Norman.

 

The former world No.3 confirmed on Monday that the two have decided to end their collaboration with ‘mutual consent’ following eight years working together on the Tour. Norman was last with Wawrinka at the Italian Open last week where the Swiss player lost his opening match to rising star Lorenzo Musetti. It is unclear as to exactly when the decision was made.

“After 8 great years together Magnus Norman and I have decided to part ways by mutual consent. We have had an amazingly strong, enjoyable and hugely successful partnership. We reached the height of this sport together and I want to thank him for helping me win everything that I could ever dream of winning,” Wawrinka said in a statement posted on Instagram.

44-year-old Norman is a former world No.2 player himself who reached the final of the French Open back in 2000. During his coaching career, he guided Wawrinka to various milestones in his career that includes 13 ATP titles with three of those being at Grand Slam level. The Swede has also been recognized by the ATP for his work with Wawrinka after winning the inaugural Coach of the Year award back in 2016.

“He’s been a great coach, friend and mentor and will always be a dear friend,” Wawrinka said in a tribute.
“I want to publicly thank him for all his hard work, dedication and commitment in making me a better player over the years. Winning three grand slams have been a life changing experience for me and I could not have done that without him. I wish him all the best in his next chapter in his life.”

The announcement from the world No.17 comes a week before the French Open starts. Wawrinka has been training on the clay for the past few weeks after deciding against travelling to North America to play in the US Open. Instead, he played in a couple Challenger events and won a trophy in Prague last month. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 15-3 so far in 2020.

It is unclear as to who will be replacing Norman in Wawrinka’s team.

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