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Federer sets up Wimbledon semifinal against Murray

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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

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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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