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Federer raced into the 3rd Round!

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US OPEN – Roger Federer (2) just needed 80 minutes to dispatch Steve Darcis from the 2015 US Open singles tournament. The 5-time champion dropped just 4 game as he raced into the 3rd round 6-1 6-2 6-1. “Very often, I started this tournament quite strong. It’s always gone quite well for me. I’ve always enjoyed conditions here, the balls, the speed of the court, the atmosphere in the arena. It’s always worked very well for me,” Federer said after the match.

Federer never allowed Darcis to feel settled in the match at any point putting the Belgian under pressure from the opening game. Darcis who can be a dangerous player having taken out Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon back in 2013 in the opening round, was able to win the first game of the match. Federer then went on a 9-game winning stretch taking the 1st set 6-1 and a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set. Darcis was able to hold serve twice in a row to be down 2-4 but Federer broke him again to close out the set 6-2.

The 3rd set was not different for the Belgian as Federer continued to show his superior game as well as his experience on this major centre stage. He got out to another early lead at 5-0 and Darcis just avoided the bagel set by holding serve for 1-5. Federer then closed out the match 6-1 6-2 6-1.

Federer had 46 winners, 11 of which were aces to 25 unforced errors. He won 86% of his 1st serve points and 56% behind his 2nd serve. He was up at net 29 times during the match, winning the point on 19 such occasion. Darcis on the other hand could only manage a total of 8 winners to 18 unforced errors. After the match, the Swiss had this to say of his performance, “I was able to mix it up, was attacking, was also staying back some. I was pretty much all-out attack as much as I could.”

Federer will next face Philipp Kohlschreiber (29) who took out Lukas Rosol 7-6 6-2 6-2.

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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‘I Wanna Keep Dreaming’ – Teen Star Joao Fonseca Relishing Rio Breakthrough

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When world No.655 Joao Fonseca received a wildcard into this week’s Rio Open few expected him to go deep in the draw. 

Playing in the main draw of an ATP event for only the second time in his career at the age of 17, Fonseca has beaten the odds to reach the quarter-finals. In his opening match, he eased past Arthur Fils 6-0, 6-4, to become the first player born in 2006 or later to win a match on the ATP Tour. He continued his winning run on Thursday with another impressive victory by beating Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-4. 

“I’m living a dream and I haven’t realised what I’ve achieved yet,” atptour.com quoted Fonseca as saying. “But I wanna keep dreaming, I’m really happy with my path up until now but I want more. I’m happy with the way I’ve been playing and how I grew this past year not only technically but also mentally and physically. I can’t thank my team, my family and friends enough.”

It is only fitting that Fonseca’s breakthrough happened at the Rio Open which is located 10 minutes away from where the Brazillian grew up. As a youngster he attended the tournament, watching Rafael Nadal play back in 2014. It was these experiences that motivated him to focus on playing tennis. 

“I knew Cristian was an experienced guy, he knows how to face pressure and today I was a bit more tense at the start of the match. But I adapted quickly, kept focused and with the help of the crowd I managed to win.” He said of his latest win. 

Fonseca has already made waves on the junior circuit. Last year he was runner-up in the doubles tournament at the Australian Open boy’s event. Then at the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam junior title in singles. He is also a former ITF Junior world No.1 and is currently ranked second in the standings. 

To put the teenager’s Rio run into context, only one player younger than him has reached the last eight of an ATP 500 tournament since the series began in 2009. That was Alexander Zverev at the 2014 Hamburg Open. 

Awaiting Fonseca in the quarter-finals will be Argentina’s Mariano Navone who he has previously beaten on the Challenger Tour. 

“Navone is an old acquaintance, we played a challenger a few years ago and I won my second match against him,” he said. “I know it’s going to be a very tough match, he’s an Argentinian, runs a lot and hits a lot and he’s also in a great place right now.”

At this week’s Rio Open three Brazilians have reached the quarter-final stage. Besides Fonseca, Thiago Monteiro and Thiago Seyboth Wild are still in contention for winning the title. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Books Semi-Final Clash With Ruud, Zverev Also Through In Los Cabos

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Stefanos Tsitsipas’ quest for a second consecutive title at the Los Cabos Open is gaining momentum after he moved into the last four of the tournament. 

The second seed was given a stern test by American qualifier Aleksandar Kovacevic before prevailing 7-6(1), 6-3, after an hour and 40 minutes of play. Tsitsipas won 87% of his first service points and broke the American twice. It is his seventh win of the season with Los Cabos being only the second singles tournament he is playing. 

It was not the best start of the match, but I managed to get up and get things under control, especially in the second set when I got into a rhythm and made things difficult for him, more my game”, Tsitsipas later told reporters. 

Awaiting the world No.11 in the semi-finals will be Casper Ruud who defeated Nuno Borges 6-3, 6-2. It is the first time he has reached the last four of a Tour-level event since the Bastad Open last July. Overall the Norweigan has reached 31 semi-finals on the ATP Tour so far in his career.  

The upcoming clash will be only the third time Tsitsipas has played Ruud in the main draw of an ATP event and it will be their first meeting since 2021. The Greek won their hardcourt match at the 2021 Canadian Masters but lost to Ruud on the clay at the Madrid Open that same year.

 “The conditions benefit the game of both of us, we both like them,” he said. 
“He (Ruud) is a competitor, he pushes me to the limit, I need to be well prepared and take it like every match and see if there is an opportunity to play my game.”

Elsewhere, top seed Alexander Zverev dropped only seven games during his 6-3, 6-4, win over Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis. The German has won 22 out of 23 matches against players ranked outside the world’s top 50 since last year’s French Open. This week he is seeking his 22nd ATP trophy. 

Zverev will next play Jordan Thompson who staged an epic comeback to beat Alex Michelsen 0-6, 7-6(1), 7-5. The world No.40 saved three match points during the second set and recovered from a break down in the third. 

“That’s probably one of the best comebacks I’ve ever had in my life, and [it was] in a quarter-final of a Tour event,” Thompson said. “I was saying to myself that I literally haven’t been in front until I hit the front at 6-5 in the third set. So a long time being behind. I don’t think anyone would challenge my competitiveness.”

This week’s champion in Los Cabos will earn $139,190 in prize money. 

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