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Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer: The Latest Match In A Titanic Rivalry

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (image via AP)

It is a rivalry which has become one of the most famous in sporting history. In the US Open final Novak Djokovic will play Roger Federer for the 42nd time in his career, 6th in 2015. Federer narrowly leads the head-to-head 21-20. The two players have a combined record of 26 Grand Slam titles (17 for Federer and 9 for Djokovic), 48 Masters titles (24 each) and 141 ATP titles (87 for Federer and 54 for Djokovic).

 

Djokovic’s route to the final has encountered some minor difficulties. After three straight sets wins at the start of the competition against Joao Souza, Andreas Haider-Maurer and Andreas Seppi, the world number 1 encountered his first test. Facing 23rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the last sixteen, he dropped his first set in the tournament. It was also the first time this year the audience witnessed a frustrated Djokovic on the court. The frustration was clear as he broke his racket after dropping the second set of that match.

Despite the blip, Djokovic was still able to ease his way past the Spaniard. Bautista Agut wasn’t the only Spanish player to trouble the world number 1. In the last eight Feliciano Lopez also took a set off Djokovic before losing in four sets. Despite the duo of blips, the top seed reminded of the world of why he is the leading man in the draw as he produced a comprehensive semi-final win against a below-par Marin Cilic. The Serbian was in outstanding form, dropping three games during the 85-minute match as he moved into his 18th Grand Slam final.

In contrast Federer’s journey to the final has been a smooth experience with the 34-year-old not dropping a single set. His biggest test in the six matches leading to the final was his fourth round meeting with John Isner when he was taken to two tie-breaks. In the last eight, he dropped 7 games against Richard Gasquet to set up an all-Swiss meeting with Stan Wawrinka. Leading up to the meeting, Wawrinka produced a convincing victory over Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final and it was expected that he would be a big threat to Federer’s title hopes. The French Open champion was however no match for Federer as the 34-year-old fired 29 winners without dropping a single service game in his 6-4,6-3,6-1, win to set up another encounter with Djokovic.

Despite playing each other 41 times, there is still room for the unexpected which was evident during their last encounter at the Western and Southern Open. Federer displayed a new more aggressive play against the world number 1 as he cruised to a straight sets victory. The chip and charge tactic from Federer proved effective with him winning 21/29 points at the net. The new play from the Swiss earn the nickname SABR (Sneak Attack By Roger). It is expected by many that this approach will be repeated again in the final by Federer, however Djokovic has recently dismissed the significance of it.

[Federer] tried that [tactic] in Cincinnati. It worked a couple of times. It’s an exciting shot for him. For the player opposite side of the net, not so much. So I have nothing else to say about that,” Djokovic said.

The two have battled against each other on three different surfaces this year. They have played on hard-courts three times, once on grass and once on clay. The world number 1 leads the head-to-head 3-2, however both of Federer’s win occurred on a hard-court. Meeting number 42 is tough to predict. Federer was invincible in their last match as he out-powered and out-hit the Serbian. On the other hand Djokovic was at his peak in the semi-final of the US Open as he crushed the defending champion on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. There is however one certainty, a match with these two titans of tennis involved, on one of the biggest stadiums in the world, will never disappoint.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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