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Bernard Tomic Marches On As Dominic Thiem Suffers A scare In Brisbane



Bernard Tomic in action against Nicolas Mahut at the 2016 Brisbane International. (image via Matt Roberts/

Bernard Tomic delighted his home crowd after dismissing French world No.71 Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-2, at the Brisbane International.


Tomic experienced a tricky start to the match against the French veteran as he faced two break points in the opening game. After successfully fending off both points, the eight seed was eventually broken in the seventh game by the Frenchman. Despite Mahut having the 4-3 advantage, the Australian broke back immediately in the following game as he increased his form on the court. Tomic then dealt another blow to Mahut. As the world No.71 served to stay in the set, Tomic nudged himself to his first set point. He required only one chance after he hit a stunning cross-court forehand to take the opening set after 36 minutes.

The world No.18 extended his dominance in the match during a lengthy fourth game in the second set. After Tomic squandered three break point chances, Mahut finally prevailed on the fourth after returning the ball into the net to hand the eighth seed a set and 3-1 lead. The lead was almost eradicated a couple games later, after a below-par game from Tomic gave Mahut a break point. The Frenchman failed to convert after returning Tomic’s serve out past the baseline. The costly missed allowed the seventh seed to maintain his lead and move to 5-2. The match was then sealed with an ace out wide from Tomic.

In his first match of 2016 Tomic won 82% of his first serves and converted 3/6 break points. Despite the straioghtforward victory, the Australian No.1 admitted that it was a tough match for him.

“It was not an easy match. He got me at three-all and it was very difficult  for me, I wasn’t finding my feet on the court,” Tomic said.
“So I was happy to turn around that first break and I played a really good return game to break back, and after that felt a little bit more comfortable on court.”
He added.

The 23-year-old is the only Australian to reach the second round after the five other home players suffered a first round defeat. In the second round, he will play another veteran on the tour, 37-year-old Radek Štěpánek. Stepanek, who won the tournament in 2010, defeated Dušan Lajović in his opening match.

Earlier in the day 8th seed Dominic Thiem was forced to work hard in his opening match against James Duckworth. Thiem is aware of how dangerous the Australian can be after losing to him in the first round at Indian Wells last year. The Austrian ensured that history wouldn’t repeat itself after winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, in just under two hours.

Thiem admitted that he was disappointed with how he started his match against Duckworth during a post on his Facebook account.

“3/6 6/4 6/3 against James Duckworth. I started quite badly into the new season by playing a horrible first game which eventually led to a lost first set. But I fought my way back into the game, got into the flow and finished my first match successfully. The crowd got to watch a pretty good fight on the sold out center court. I am really happy about this good start into the new year and I am looking forward to playing the next match”. Thiem wrote

In other matches Belgian sixth seed David Goffin moved past Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-4 after an hour and 22 minutes. Victor Troicki experienced a tough opening set before cruising past America’s Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 6-1. Finally, Ivan Dodig ended the dreams of world No.813 Oliver Anderson with a 6-3, 6-2, win. Anderson stunned Dennis Novikov and Tim Smyczek to qualify for the main draw.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.





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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.



Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.


The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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Injury Forces Rafael Nadal Out Of Laver Cup

There is bad news for fans of the king of clay.



Rafael Nadal at the 2019 US Open (photo Twitter @USOpen)

The final day of the 2019 Laver Cup has been dealt a blow after Rafael Nadal withdrew from his schedule matches due to a wrist injury.


Nadal was set to take on Nick Kyrgios in the singles and then pair up with Roger Federer in the doubles. However, he has decided to pull out of the event following a consultation with the tournament doctor. The world No.2 featured in the competition on Saturday and won his match against Milos Raonic in two tight sets. Shortly after, he returned to the court to play alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas. The duo lost to Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock.

“Following consultation with the Laver Cup competition doctor Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his matches today due to a wrist injury.” A official statement reads.

In recent days there has been concern over Nadal’s current health. On Friday he was spotted training with strapping on his wrist. Then in an interview on the same day with Mark Petchy he admitted that his body was ‘a little bit run down’ following his triumph at the US Open.

“After New York, the body always feels down a little bit.” Nadal explained.
“Some issues can happen but here I am. I’m trying hard to be ready for when the team need me.
“Let’s see. All of the matches are very difficult.
“If I am not at 100 per cent, there is another player. But I am confident I can help.”

There is little detail about the severity of the injury or if it could have any impact on Nadal’s schedule for the coming weeks. He is in with a shot of ending the season as world No.1 with no points to defend on the tour until January. The next tournament in his schedule is the China Open, which will get underway on September 30th.

As a result of Nadal’s injury, he has been replaced by Dominic Thiem in the singles. French Open runner-up Thiem will take on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas steps in to play alongside Federer in the doubles.

Heading into the final day of the Laver Cup, Europe leads 7-5. They are yet to lose a tie in the history of the event which is in its third year.


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