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Federer sets up Wimbledon semifinal against Murray



TENNIS – Roger Federer has reached his 10th semifinal at Wimbledon after after his three- set win over Gilles Simon with 6-3 7-5 6-3 setting up a semifinal match against Andy Murray who beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4 7-5 6-4. Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4 6-4 to qualify for the semifinals at Wimbledon where he will face Richard Gasquet who beat this year’s Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka. Diego Sampaolo


Roger Federer needed three sets to reach his 10th semifinal at the All England Club and is looking to qualify for his tenth final against Andy Murray in a repeat of the 2012 final. The Swiss Maestro won seven titles and lost two finals against Rafa Nadal in 2010 and Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set match in 2014.

Federer opened up a 3-0 lead before the match was interrupted by rain. After the match resumed after 37 minutes King Roger was unstoppable and wrapped up the first set after 37 minutes. Federer hit 15 winners and dropped only 15 seven points on serve.

Federer broke serve in the seventh game of the second set but Simon broke back to love for 5.4. This was the first time in this tournament that Federer dropped his serve. Federer regained the lead by breaking in the 11th game before the match was interrupted by rain for less than one hour. After the match resumed Federer hit three service winners to clinch the second set with 7-5.

Federer claimed an early break lead in the third set before getting a double break in the seventh game to take the win after one hour and 34 minutes.

“The conditions were not easy for either player and it was windy too. The stops and goes are tough but I used them to my advantage.  I stayed ahead or made a difference. The breaks helped me rather than hindered me. I had a great service game after the second rain delay and reset and took the lead in the third set. The game I got broken he was too good, so I have no problems accepting that”, said Federer.

Andy Murray beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4 7-5 6-4 after the match was interrupted twice by rain showers

Murray broke serve to take a 3-1 lead before the match was interrupted for 37 minutes. Murray closed out the first set with 6-4.

Murray was serving at 3-4 before the match was interrupted again by rain.  Murray converted on a set point at 30-40 with a backhand

In the third set Murray did not convert two break point chances at 3-3, but he capitalized on his opportunity at 4-4 30-40 on Pospisil’s next service game. Murray fended off a break point before wrapping up the match with 6-4.

“I needed to step up because at times he was serving very well. I just managed to come up with some good shots. The third set was tricky because I had a bunch of break points but overall it was a good match”, said Murray.

Djokovic has reached the  27th .Grand Slam  of his career. He will take on Richard Gasquet who battled past Richard Gasquet 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 to qualify for his  first Wimbledon semifinal in eight years.

Djokovic got his first braak in the third game of the opening set for 2-1 before converting on his fourth set point to clinch the first set with 6-4 after 35 minutes.

Djokovic earned four break point chances in the ninth game of the second set. He converted it on the second opportunity for 5-4 as Cilic hit a slice backhand into the net. The Serb served out for the second set on his first set point after 39minutes.

Djokovic got the only break of the third set in the seventh game for 4-3 following a forehand error from Cilic  and served out to 15 after one hour and 49 minutes.

“I came out with the right intensity, moved well all over the court and tried to get as many returns back in play. I didn’t allow Marin to come back in the match. It was a close game when I was serving for the set. I think that helped my confidence to feel better afterwards”, said Djokovic

Richard Gasquet avenged the defeat against Wawrinka of two years ago at the Roland Garros where he lost 8-6 in the fifth set.

Gasquet committed four unforced errors to Wawrinka’s 14 to win the first set with 6-4.

Gasquet went down a break to trail 0-3 in the second set but broke back in the fifth game. He faced set point chances at 4-5. He fended off the first two opportunities before committing a double fault to lose the second set.

Wawrinka broke serve at the start of the third set. He dropped just five points on serve en route to winning the third set with 29 minutes.

In the fourth set Wawrinka made a double fault on Gasquet’s set point allowing the Frenchman to draw level on sets with 6-4.

In the fifth Gasquet could not serve out for the match at 5-3 in the fifth set and faced a break point at 9-9. Wawrinka brought up a break point chance at 9-9 30-40 but he made three errors allowing Gasquet to earn three match points.

Gasquet converted on his third break point chance to close out the match after three hours and 26 minutes. It was the 10th time in 23 matches that the Frenchman won a match decided in the fifth set.

“Even if I lost this important game at 5-3, I kept fighting a lot. It was important because I know it’s a great match playing the Roland Garros winner in a quarter final of a Grand Slam, so I need to keep focus and to stay focused and to fight. It’s a very nice victory for me to win against him 11-9 in the fifth set”, said Gasquet

The Frenchman will try to break a nine-match losing streak against Djokovic in the Friday semifinal


Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.



For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.


Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.



Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.


Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.



One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.


Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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