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Round of 16 Wimbledon: Federer, Murray, Gasquet, Wawrinka into the quarters

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TENNIS – Roger Federer swept aside Roberto Bautista Agut with 6-2 6-3 6-3 in just under an hour and 30 minutes to cruise to the quarter final at Wimbledon. The Swiss Maestro remains one of the favourites for a record eighth crown at the All- England Club. Novak Djokovic rallied from two sets down v Kevin Anderson to force the match to the fifth set but the match was suspended due to obscurity Diego Sampaolo

 

Federer cruised to an easy win against Bautista Agut who had to fend off five match points. Federer played a perfect match in which he did not drop his serve. Federer got a double break before earning a set point after just 19 minutes. He sealed the first set with a lob. He broke early in the third game of the second set for 2-1  double break to clinch the second set with 6-2. Federer won 100 percent of his first serve points and broke serve to wrap up the third set.

“I got off to a good start and kept rolling. Roberto wasn’t at his best. Midway through the second set he hurd himself”, said Federer

Federer will face Giles Simon in the quarter finals and is on collision course for a possible semifinal against Andy Murray. The Frenchman knocked out 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych with 6-2 6-2 6-3. Federer will meet Simon for the 8th time and won their last five head-to-head matches.

Murray overcame big server Ivo Karlovic 7-6(7) 6-4 5-7 6-4 after three hours and three minutes setting up a quarter final against Vasek Pospisil. Karlovic hit 29 aces to bring his total to 136 aces in this tournament.

In a tight first set Murray clinched his seventh set point before sealing it with 9-7 after 56 minutes. He broke serve for the first time in the match at the start of the second set for 2-0 with two returns. The Scotsman saved an early break point in the third set but he did not convert two break points. Murray smashed his new raquet in frustration after two errors which handed Karlovic the third set with 5-7.

Murray converted his second break point chance in the seventh game of the fourth set for 4-3 before sealing the win on his second match point as Karlovic hit a return long after three hours. Murray will take on Pospisil who came back from two sets down to battle past Viktor Troicki with 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-3. Pospisil will also played with his doubles teammate Jack Sock against Jamie Murray and John Peers.

Defending champion Djokovic rallied from two sets down to draw level to 2-2 against Anderson before the match was suspended due to bad light at 6-7(8) 6-7(8) 6-1 6-4. Anderson won the tie-break with an ace after Djokovic saved a set point. The South African got the break for 3-1 in the second set but Djokovic broke back. Djokovic fended off two set points to draw level to 6-6 to force the match to the tie-break. Anderson got the mini-break to take the second set.

Djokovic raced out to 6-1 in 24 minutes before breaking serve at the start of the fourth set. Anderson clawed his way back before Djokovic recovered to get a break of serve in the third games to clinch the fourth set with 6-4 forcing the match to the fifth set. The fifth set will resume on Tuesday afternoon.

Stan Wawrinka edged past David Goffin 7-6(3) 7-6(7) 6-4. After winning the first set at the tie-break, Wawrinka faced a set point at 6-7 and saved it with a backhand winner. Wawrinka earned a second set point at 8-7 and sealed the win when Goffin sent his forehand out. 

Wawrinka went down a break at 2-4 in the third set. It was the first time that Wawrinka dropped his serve in this tournament. The Swiss star reeled off four consecutive games to seal the third set with 6-4. Wawrinka will face Richard Gasquet who edged Nick Kyrgios with 7-5 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(6) avenging his last year’s defeat against the Australian player in the second round last year when the Frenchman missed nine match points.

Gasquet recovered from an early break down to take the first set breaking back in the 12th game. Gasquet earned two match points at 6-4 in the tie-break of the third set but Kyrgios won five of the next six points to win the breaker with 9-7. Kyrgios led 6-4 in the tie-break of the fourth set but Gasquet reeled off the final four points before sealing the win as Kyrgios made a double fault on the third match point.

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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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.

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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.

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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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