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The ATP has released a statement confirming that security has been increased and made more efficient at the O2 Arena for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals following the terrorists’ attack that have shocked Paris on Friday. Meanwhile the Gatwick North Terminal gets evacuated. 

 

 

Following the tragic attacks that shocked Paris on Friday, all Europe is now extra concerned with security. While 128 people lost their lives on Friday in the French capital at the ends of Islamic terrorists, fear has now spread in the continent for upcoming possible attacks.

Because of that, the ATP has decided to intervene and has released a statement confirming that extra security has been added at the O2 Arena to ensure the regular developing of the tournament’s preparations and the start of the event on Sunday.

Here the press release from the ATP World Tour Finals:

 

TOURNAMENT STATEMENT

Our deepest condolences are with all those affected by the tragic events in Paris.

Following the events overnight, we have reviewed security operations in place around this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The O2 already has enhanced security in place, and tournament preparations are continuing as normal. Venue security is monitored at all times to ensure the safety of all our visitors.

No food or drink will be allowed into the arena itself and all bags will be searched. No bags larger than a small laptop bag or handbag will be permitted in The O2 during the tournament and visitors are urged to travel light, as there is no storage on site.

Please allow extra time for security checks.

 

 

Meanwhile, fear for a bomb alarm forced the police to evacuate Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal today. Our director Ubaldo Scanagatta was in Gatwick today, arriving in London for the ATP Finals, and took pictures of the panic scenes. Here are the exclusive pictures:

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Photo Copyright: Ubaldo Scanagatta – Ubi Tennis Eng

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In London extra police officers were sent to monitor the situation in Gatwick:

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Thumps Zverev To Qualify For Next Stage Of ATP Finals

The anticipated batle of the young guns ended up being a one-way dominance by Tsitsipas.

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LONDON: Stefanos Tsitsipas’ dream debut at the ATP Finals is gathering momentum after he produced a clinical straight sets win over defending champion Alexander Zverev. 

 

The world No.6 was relentless in his attacking of his opponents game as he rallied to a convincing 6-3, 6-2, win. Expanding his head-to-head record against Zverev to 4-1 in his favor and qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament. Achieving yet another historic milestone for Greek tennis. The dominant 73-minute performance saw Tsitsipas win 86% of his first service points as he blasted 21 winners past his rival.

“I am really surprised by my performance today.” Said Tsitsipas. “I mean, I did everything right and once again it was not just me out there (on the court). A whole bunch of people came and supported me. It was a cool situation.”

Taking to court at The O2 Arena was the two youngest players in this year’s tournament. The combined age of 21-year-old Tsitsipas and 22-year-old Zverev made it the youngest match to take place in the tournament for a decade (43.94). Andy Murray locked horns with Juan Martin del Potro back in 2009 with a total age of 32.72.

Billed as a clash between two rising stars of the sport, proceedings got off to a level footing. Both could produce some blistering serving as well as some impressive defensive skills. Tsitsipas was the first to be tested in the fifth game after battling his way through a four-deuce game. Avoiding the scare, the Greek went on to break for a 5-3 lead with the help of a lackluster Zverev service game that featured three unforced errors in the row. The breakthrough was enough to enable him to close the opening set with the help of another mistake from across the court.

It was evident that Zverev was clearly rattled as he struggled to conjure up the form that saw him dismantle Rafael Nadal just two days ago. Yet another error-stricken service game from the German at the start of the second set enabled a determined Tsitsipas to break once more. Continuing to carefully construct his points and bully a growingly frustrated Zverev around the court, the double break was sealed shortly after as he strolled to a one-sided victory with little resistance.

“I’m just playing my game. I have a clear picture and a clear mindset out there on the court.” The Australian Open semi-finalist stated.
“I’ve been trying to mix my game up a lot, trying to be unpredictable and that has helped me.’
“I have also devoted a lot of time on my serve, which has improved tremendously over the past couple of months. Me and my team are doing a great job together.”

The win means that Nadal is required to defeat the Greek if he wishes to progress to the semi-final stage of the tournament. He leads their head-to-head 4-1, but did lose to Tsitsipas earlier this year on his beloved clay at the Madrid Masters.

“I will have to give it my all. I know it won’t be easy.” Tsitsipas previewed his next match. “He is one of the toughest players out there. He plays with a lot of intensity. It requires a lot of focus and a lot of concentration.”
“I’m going to have to serve past my limits.”

The final round-robin matches, which is when Tsitsipas plays Nadal, will take place on Friday.

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ATP Finals Comeback The Wrong Example To Focus On, Insists Rafael Nadal

The world No.1 spoke bluntly about his latest performance at the ATP Finals in London.

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LONDON: Relieved, but not complacent is the best way to describe Rafael Nadal’s feelings following his turbulent win at the ATP Finals on Wednesday afternoon.

 

In what was a rematch of the US Open final, the Spaniard hit back at Daniil Medvedev to clinch a critical win. Coming back from a set behind and then a 1-5 deficit in the decider. The win was his first victory on the tour since withdrawing from the Paris Masters due to an abdominal injury.

“It was not one of the best performances of my career. Not at all. I really hope that I can play better.” The 33-year-old reflected after.
“I was better than the other day, of course. I have been playing a better level of tennis than the first day in general terms. To win this match was a combination of a lot of things: luck, some mistakes by Daniil and some good moments from myself at the end.”

It is understandable as to why a perfectionist like Nadal was far from pleased with his latest win. Despite it reviving his chances of winning the season-ending tournament for the first time in his career. His 26 winners were canceled out by 27 unforced errors. Furthermore, his second service winning rate dropped at the match progressed from 62% in the first set to 45% in the second.

“In general terms, knowing that I was not able to practice the way that I would like before the tournament, to be able to increase the level since two days ago to today like this is a very positive thing and I’m very happy with this.” The Spaniard affirms.
“Winning or losing is another thing.” He added.

The implications of Nadal’s win not only means that he extends his perfect record of winning the decisive tiebreakers at the ATP Finals (3-0), his quest to end the season as world No.1 has also been helped. Although a certain Novak Djokovic could spoil the party if he wins the tournament this week.

The 19-time grand slam champion has been praised numerous times for his fighting spirit displayed on the court. Illustrated by his latest win on the tour. However, he believes this shouldn’t be the example for rising stars of the game should focus on.

“The example is not the comeback. The example, in my opinion, is not breaking a racquet when you are 5-1 (down) in the third or not lose your self-control when things are not going the right way.” Nadal explained.
“Just staying positive, staying on the court, accepting that the opponent is playing a little bit better than you and accepting that you are not that good. That’s the only example.”

Nadal will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. He has now won 52 matches on the tour this season.

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Relentless Rafael Nadal Fights Back From The Brink In ATP Finals Thriller

The king of clay is back on track in London after staging an audatious comeback.

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LONDON: Rafael Nadal staged a dramatic last-minute comeback to defeat Daniil Medvedev in a three-set roller-coaster at the ATP Finals.

The world No.1 struggled with his rhythm at times and looked to be on the verge of a loss after going down 0-4 in the decisive set. However, an emphatic fight back saw the Spaniard prevailed 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(4), after more than two-and-a-half hours of action. Providing a much-needed boost to his chances of qualifying for the semi-final stage. 

 

“Honestly, I have been super lucky. That’s the real thing.” Said Nadal, who also saved a match point. “I feel sorry for Daniil, that is a tough loss for him. He was playing much better than me in the third (set) and today was one out of 1000 that you win. It happened to me today.”

Wednesday’s meeting at The O2 was the first clash between the two since their memorable battle at the US Open. On that day, Medvedev came back from two sets down before being edged out in the decider during what was a marathon encounter. Like New York, the two were once again locked in a roller-coaster battle. Illustrated best by the fact that Nadal only won three more points than Medvedev (108-105).

A series of gut-busting rallies saw the world No.1 being placed constantly under pressure by his Russian nemesis. A 54-minute opening set saw just one break point opportunity arising in 12 games played. That was when Medvedev had a chance to nudge ahead to 4-3 due to some tentative play from his opponent, but the Spaniard battled back once again.

It would be in the tiebreak when Medvedev secured the breakthrough he sought. A deep return forced Nadal to produced a costly error to elevate the world No.4 to a 5-3 lead. Then another tight-looking forward from the Spaniard followed to hand Medvedev two set point chances. He converted on his first with the help of a 131mph serve out wide.

Sensing the possibility that he could lose a second consecutive round-robin match in the tournament for the first time since 2009, Nadal responded valiantly. Displaying the emphatic fighting spirit that has won him many fans over the years. A break at the start of the second set revived his winning hopes. Rapidly gaining in momentum, he soon leveled the match at a set apiece after a Medvedev forehand drifted wide.

Despite Nadal’s best efforts, it looked like he was down and out once again. A lull in his form saw the 19-time grand slam champion go behind 1-5. However, he refused to be complacent with a loss. Some tentative play from Medvedev opened the door for him to hit back and level 5-5. Sending the crowd into hysterics. He would then go on to prevail in the tiebreaker after a hawk-eye call declared a Medvedev shot out on match point.

“When you have the first break at 5-3 then you are only one break away. I know from my experience how tough it is to close the match.” Nadal commented on how he managed to come back into the match.
“Especially when you are two breaks in front and you lose the first one. At that moment I thought I had a chance. I think I played a bit better towards the end.”

The triumph has done Stefanos Tsitsipas a huge favor, who Nadal will play on Friday. The Greek can secure his place in the semi-finals if he beats Alexander Zverev in straight sets later today.

“He is a great player. He has a lot of energy – very young. He is having an amazing season so it will be a very tough one.” Nadal said of Tsitsipas. “I hope to be ready for that. Let’s try to make that happen.”

Nadal’s win also has significance on the race for the year-end top spot. Novak Djokovic is now required to win the tournament if he wants to clinch the position.

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