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US Open 2015 Men’s Draw Sets Up Some Massive Matches

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TENNIS – The US Open men’s draw took place today at the Billie Jean King Tennis Centre and before any ball has been struck, this final major is set to be an incredible event. There are so many blockbuster matches set to take place from the very first round to the last. This is surely the biggest event on the tennis calendar all year.

 

For the top 8 seeds, if they hold true to form, this is how they are set to meet in the quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic (1) v Rafael Nadal (8) [Top Half/First Quarter]

Kei Nishikori (4) v David Ferrer (7) [Top Half/Second Quarter]

Andy Murray (3) v Stan Wawrinka (5) [Bottom Half/Third Quarter]

Roger Federer (2) v Tomas Berdych (6) [Bottom Half/Fourth Quarter]

However, there might be a few problems in the way of some of the top 8 getting to that stage. Murray has to face the young hot Australian Nick Kyrgios in the opening round. Kyrgios who has been the source of much controversy is known to be a big match player having taken out Nadal at Wimbledon last year and beating Federer earlier this year in Madrid. Nadal himself has to face Croat Borna Coric in his first round match, a player who has beaten him before, last fall in Basel, Switzerland. This is not the end of the Spaniard’s troubles as Fabio Fognini (32) looms in the 3rd round,Milos Raonic (10) in the Round of 16 and then Djokovic for a place in the semifinal.

Nonetheless, despite these huge first round encounters, some things remain unchanged. Djokovic should have a relatively easy route to the quarterfinals at least. He remains the player to beat despite losing two hardcourt finals this summer in Montreal and Cincinnati. However, he lost those to Murray and Federer which are not bad losses to say the least. He is unlikely to be troubled by the likes of Andreas Seppi (25) or Roberto Bautista-Agut (23). If he meets Nadal there, he would hope to even their head-to-head record here at the Open as Nadal is 2-1. It would be earliest they have ever met at this event as their three previous encounters were all in the final. Nadal won in 2010 and 2013 with Djokovic taking the title in 2011.

Last year’s finalist, Nishikori (4) has a relatively easy section and should be able to get back to the semifinal stage as he did last year to beat Djokovic. He is again in the same half as Djokovic. Neither Gael Monfils (16) nor Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (19) has shown any level of consistency to be able to challenge the Japanese. However, they are dangerous floaters and tend to come alive on the big stages. Ferrer still remains a questionable element at this event since he has not played an event since the French Open due to injuries. This leaves defending champion Marin Cilic (9) with an excellent opportunity to make it to the quarterfinals again where he might face Nishikori, a re-match of last year’s final. However, Nishikori beat Cilic in their most recent meeting this summer at the Citi Open in Washington DC.

If Murray gets by Kyrgios, he should get to the quarterfinals especially since Kevin Anderson (15) who he might face in the Round of 16 proves to be unreliable in the big matches. Defending French Open champion Wawrinka has a possible tricky 3rd round encounter against American Jack Sock followed by Gilles Simon (11) in the Round of 16. Nonetheless, it should be a battle between Murray and Wawrinka if they both get to the quarterfinals. The winner would play Federer fresh off his 7th title in Cincinnati. Federer has a relatively easy route to the semifinals again with only Philipp Kohlschreiber and either Ivo Karlovic (21) or John Isner (13) in the round of 16 before he possibly faces Berdych in the quarters. The Czech started off so well with year making the semifinals of the Australian Open. However, his form has definitely fallen off since late Spring and he is struggling to show any consistent form. Berdych does have a win against Federer at this event back in 2012, so he might be confident to repeat.

All in all, this US Open event is set to be a massive event and we are not even factoring the fact that Serena Williams is on tap to complete the calendar grand slam here.

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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match

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Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.

 

French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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