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Day 5 Wimbledon: KYRGIOS FIGHTS BACK FROM SET DOWN TO BEAT RAONIC

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TENNIS Nick Kyrgios fought back from a set down to edge past last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Milos Raonic with 5-7 7-5 7-6(7-3) 6-3. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka advance easily to the fourth round with three-set wins. Diego Sampaolo

 

Kyrgios has rached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row. Last year he beat Rafa Nadal in the fourth round to reach his first ever Grand Slam quarter final where he lost to Raonic. The young Aussie player hit 34 aces and dropped just 15 of his first service points.

Kyrgios made three costly double faults in one game as he was serving at 5-4 and dropped the first set with 5-7.

Kyrgios faced a break point in the second set but he saved it before breaking serve at 5-5 with a forehand winner before serving for the set in the next game. The third set came down to the tie-break where Kyrgios went down 0-2 before reeling off six points in a row and hitting a second serve ace on his set point to take the 2-1 lead on sets. Raonicwas was struggling with a shoulder injury in the fourth set where Kyrgios got the break before serving out in the next game

“I feel as if physically I have massive improvements. I wasn’t struggling at all. If it was to go into a fifth, I would have still confident. I didn’t want to lose again. I lost to him twice at Grand Slams. I thought it was agood day. I played ome really good tennis”, said Kyrgios

Kyrgios set up a fourth round match against Richard Gasquet who beat last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Gasquet broke serve early in the first set and opened up a 2-0 lead. In the ninth game Gasquet saved three break points as Dimitrov was leading 4-2

In the second set Dimitrov earned two break points in the sixth game but he failed to convert them. In the next service game Gasquet broke serve to 15. Gasquet was in control of the match and broke again in the fifth game of the third set. Gasquet did not convert three match points in the 10th game but he sealed the win at the fourth opportunity.

Last year Kyrgios beat Gasquet 10-8 in the fifth set in the second round at Wimbledon.

“It was an incredible match last year. It was very tough because I had nine match points and I couldn’t do it. It was tough to lose. He played incredibly”, said Gasquet.

Novak Djokovic cruised to a 6-3 6-3 6-3 win over Bernard Tomic setting up a fourth round match against Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic broke serve to 15 and cruised to 6-3 in the first set in 29 minutes. Nole broke serve in the seventh game of the second set Tomic went up 0-40 at the start of the third set but Djokovic fended off the break point. Djokovic brought up three break point chances in the fourth game before breaking in the sixth game

Djokovic has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the seventh consecutive year.

“It has been great so far. I was hoping I could play better and better. As the tournament progresses and this is what happening. As we are moving on I feel more confident”, said Djokovic

Stan Wawrinka also needed three sets to beat Fernando Verdasco with 6-4 6-3 6-4. Wawrinka will take on David Goffin in the next round. The Belgian beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-4 6-2

Verdasco dropped his serve in the tenth game with a double fault. The Spanish player held his serve in the third game of the second set but Wawrinka broke serve in the 8th game and served out for the set. Verdasco earned two break points but Wawrinka saved them. Wawrinka broke serve in the ninth game with a lob.

“I have the results so far, three sets each match. In Grand Slams you have to win in three sets.

Marin Cilic and John Isner will resume their battle on Saturday after their four-hour and 16-minute match was suspended on Friday at 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 10-10

The first two sets were very tight and dominated by the serve. The first set came down to the tie-break with no breaks and was won by Cilic with two mini-breaks for 7-4. The second set was very similar and was decided by the tie-break after both players did not earn a single break point. Isner won the second set with 8-6. Cilic was the first to get the break point in the ninth game of the third set. The fourth set did not feature any break points and was decided by the tie-break.

There were four mini-breaks in the first five points of the breaker. Isner took a 6-4 lead after a volley error from Cilic and forced the match to the fifth set. Cilic broke in the second game and raced out to 3-0 but went down in the next game. Isner drew level to 3-3. In the 10th game Cilic went up 30-40 but Isner saved the match pop point and drew level to 5-5. Both players held their service games before the match was suspended at 10-10 due to darkness.

On the next day of play, Cilic won the opening to games to take the 5th set 12-10.

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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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