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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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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

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

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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