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Stan overwhelmed Novak in every phase of game




FRENCH OPEN – Stan is just too tough.The shorts. The striped shirt. The bearded look. The court demeanor. The carefree  look. The pure power in every aspect of his game: one-handed backhand, awesome serve, brute-force forehand. He even beat Novak Djokovic at his own game. He smothered Djokovic’s cute drop shots. He “pushed” just like Novak until it came time to win the point. He practically lived at break point against Novak’s serve. James Beck


Stan who? Wawrinka! He’s no longer Roger Federer’s understudy. He’s the man, Stan The Man. He’s the most dangerous player in men’s tennis.  Forget about a calendar Grand Slam for Novak. No career Slam either, at least for now. Even No. 1 may be in danger sooner than expected.

The ATP Tour just got a little less predictable on Sunday with Wawrinka’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 domination of Djokovic in the French Open final. And that’s not even considering that Rafa Nadal may still have something to say about the immediate future of the men’s game. Don’t rule out Rafa making a difference, even as early as Wimbledon. He might have beaten Djokovic, too, if he hadn’t taken his foot off of the pedal when he fought back to 4-4 in that first set of their French quarterfinal. But Wawrinka showed Djokovic that two can play the rope-a-dope game, better known as pushing until an opening comes along.

Why waste all of those big shots just to see the ball come back from Djokovic? But 50 winners! The TV analysts couldn’t stop talking about Stan’s one-handed backhand. Only 11 of those winners were backhands. This one was almost too easy for Wawrinka. John McEnroe and crew kept saying how quickly Djokovic was going to wear out Stan. But it was the other way around. Stan was just too tough, physically and mentally for Novak.

Perhaps, it really was the one-handed backhand that did Djokovic in. Why do you think Wawrinka never showed any true weariness? The TV guys’ assertion that Djokovic was working on Stan’s legs was just TV chatter. While Djokovic spent so much energy running around backhands, Stan just simply nailed backhands. Forget what the TV odometer registered. It obviously wasn’t programmed for one-handed backhanders. Stan showed frustration only once when a drop shot return failed to carry the net. He banged the net a couple of times. Otherwise, he was all business, except the time he smiled while chatting up close with the chair umpire about a line call that the umpire ruled missed the sideline by a fraction of an inch.

That was Stan The Man, looking so pleasant and smiling within himself after having the point taken away that could have tied the ninth game of the first set at 30-all, but instead gave Djokovic double set point. Djokovic won the set a few points later, while Wawrinka won the match as well as the heart of probably millions of viewers across the globe.

Of course, this didn’t just happen on Sunday. It started at the 2013 U.S. Open when Wawrinka practically hit Djokovic off the court before losing in five sets in the semifinals. Sitting in Arthur Ashe Stadium that day, I was suddenly convinced that Stan was the player no one would want to play in the future. He could win Grand Slams, even maybe challenge for the best player in the game. Before then, I just considered Wawrinka to be wins for the likes of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. Stan continued to achieve his potential the following January by winning the Australian Open, sending Djokovic packing in a five-set quarterfinal. He crushed Rafa on clay a few weeks ago in Rome, and then Roger Federer in Paris.

Now wearing the always elusive French crown, Wawrinka may soon be contending for a career Grand Slam himself.

James Beck is the long-time tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspaper. He can be reached at

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Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.




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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.


Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.




Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.


The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…




Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.


It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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