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Wimbledon 2015 Day 2 Action: Federer, Nadal, Murray all through to 2nd Round



TENNIS – Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (2) cruised past Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur with 6-1 6-3 6-3 in just 67 minutes on Centre Court at Wimbledon on a very warm day with temperatures reaching 30° degrees. Federer broke serve five times and did not face a break point. He hit 26 winners to 12 unforced errors. Diego Sampaolo


Federer, who is bidding to win his 8th title at Wimbledon, needed just 18 minutes to win the first set 6-1. Dzumhur, who played his first match on grass at ATP level, kept the pace with the Swiss Maestro until 3-3 in the second set when Federer pulled away to 6-3. Federer converted on the first of his three match points to seal his 74th win at this event. In the 2nd round Federer will face a tougher opponent in the form of Sam Querrey who beat Igor Sijsling 7-5 6-3 6-4

“Wimbledon is my big goal. I was trying to think how many times I have played there now. I know it’s been often. Every time it feels like it’s a special occasion”, said Federer

Andy Murray (3), winner at Wimbledon in 2013, opened his Wimbledon campaign with a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin in 2 hours and 13 minutes. Murray got the first break in the 10th game of the first set when Kukushkin made a double fault as he was serving to stay in the first set. Murray broke serve early in the 2nd set to take a 2-0 lead. Kukushkin bounced back to take a 6-5 lead earning a chance to serve for the second set. Murray broke serve before winning the second set with 7-3 in the tiebreaker. The Dunblane star broke serve in the 5th game of the 3rd set before wrapping up the match when Kukushkin hit a backhand wide.

“It was a tough match. I made it hard for myself in the second set. Towards the end of the second set I missed 10 first serves in a row. I gave him the opportunity to be aggressive”, said Murray

Rafa Nadal (10) also needed three sets to beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nadal fended off four of the six break point chances he faced. He will face Dustin Brown who rallied from losing the first set to edge Yen Hsun Lu 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4. Brown beat Nadal last year in Halle on grass. “Anything can happen. He beat me last year in Halle. It is little bit different. He is a tough player. He won today against a good opponent. He will come with good confidence”, said Nadal.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (13) battled past Giles Muller 7-6(8) 6-7(3) 6-4 3-6 6-2 in 3 hours and 50 minutes in the most exciting match of  Day 2. There were no breaks in the first 2 sets which came down to tiebreakers. Tsonga won the first tie-break  as Muller drew levelled the match winning the 2nd set tie-break. Tsonga won the 3rd set after breaking for a 3-2 lead and maintaining this advantage for 6-4. However, Muller was not to be discounted. He opened up the 4th set with a 3-0 lead and he too maintained this 1-break advantage for 6-3. The match had to be decided in the 5th set where Tsonga showed his experience. He got out to a 4-1 lead and then broke Muller again as he served to stay in the match for 6-2.

Tomas Berdych (6), finalist here back in Wimbledon in 2010, battled past Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 7-6(5). The Czech player will take on Nicolas Mahut who beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4) 6-4 3-6 7-5. Berdych cruised to 6-2 in the first set. Chardy bounced back in the second set where he saved two set points in the second set before winning the tie-break 10-8. Berdych won the tie-break of the third set with 7-3 points to take a 2-1 sets lead. In the tie-break of the 4th set Chardy hit his forehand into the net to bring up match point for Berdych. Berdych closed out the match with his 16th ace in near darkness on Tuesday evening.

Other winners on the day include several Frenchmen Gilles Simon (12)  6-4 6-4 7-5 over Nicolas AlmagroGael Monfils (18), Adrian Mannarino and Benoit Paire. Amongst the other winners were Alexandr Dolgopolov, Viktor Troicki (22)Roberto Bautista-Agut (20), Feliciano Lopez (15)Fabio Fognini (30), and Lukas Rosol who beat Ernests Gulbis.Borna Coric beat Sergiy Stakhovsky in 5 sets.


Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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