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Delighted Roberta Vinci Battles Past Jelena Jankovic In Brisbane

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Roberta Vinci in action against Jelena Jankovic at the 2016 Brisbane International. (image via Matt Robers/Zimbio.com)

Roberta Vinci endured a tough opening match in Brisbane against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic as she recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The eighth seed started the match unconvincingly as she struggled at times to get a first serve in. Throughout the opening set the Italian managed to get just 45% of her first serves in. The low first serve percentage played into the hands of Jankovic, who was able to attack the slower second serve. This resulted in the Serbian breaking Vinci three times during the opening set to take it after only 30 minutes.

Vinci could of been in danger of losing the match when she faced a break point in the first game of the second set. This time, she successfully fended off Jankovic before breaking the Serbian for the first time in the match a couple games later. Leading the set 4-2, both players then encountered a marathon game which consisted of seven deuces. As Jankovic served, it was Vinci’s turn to apply the pressure on her opponent. After failing to convert five break points in the marathon game, Vinci finally broke with her sixth to extend her lead in the set as a decider approached.

At the most crucial time in the match, Vinci was finally able to find her first serve, increasing from 47% in set two to 59% in the decider. The increase in the percentage aided her to fend off four break points during three of her service games. The crucial break in occurred during the fifth game of the final set. A poor service game from the Serbian, consisting of three consecutive unforced errors, handed Vinci the break to lead for the first time in the match. The poor game from Jankovic was fatal to her chances in the match as Vinci held her service to take the win after two hours and 17 minutes on the Brisbane court.

Vinci will now play in the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in her career, facing former Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. Following her win, a  delighted Vinci labelled her first round win as the best start the season in her entire career.

“It was a tough match against a great player, I probably won only one or two times against her in the past. It was a good match for both of us, a great way to start the season. Every year in Australia, I don’t play so good, so this time something has changed. This is probably my best first match of the year ever”. She said.

At 32-year-old Vinci is becoming a Veteran on the tour, however, she isn’t allowing her age  to be a factor in her game.

I’m not young, but I’m feeling good. And now I’m focusing on 2016. Serena is 34, also Flavia won US Open last year. There are examples.”  Vinci said after her triumph.

Elsewhere at the tournament Carla Suarez Navarro dropped just three games during her 6-1, 6-2, win against Croatian world No.65 Ajla Tomljanović. In the second round, the Spanish sixth seed will play home favorite Sam Stosur after she defeated Jana Čepelová 6-4, 3-6,6-3. The Australian trailed 0-3 in the final set to the qualifier before winning six out of the next seven games to move to the second round.

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic produced an impressive display in her 6-1, 6-2, win over Italian world No.20 Sara Errani. Bencic dominated throughout the match, winning 68% of the match points (56/82). In the next round, she will play American qualifier Samantha Crawford after she defeated Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon (6-4, 6-4) in her first round match.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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