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Easy progress for Stan Wawrinka and Borna Coric in Chennai

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Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is through to the quarter-finals in Chennai ( Image via tennisatlantic.com)

Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka eased through his potentially tricky second round match with Andrey Rublev for the loss of just five games, as he advanced to the Chennai quarter-finals 6-3, 6-2.

 

The defending champion looked every inch of his No. 4 ranking, as he proved a class above the youthful Russian in their first meeting. Wawrinka was remarkably consistent, managing to remain above eight percent in terms of service points won for most of the match. He lost just a total of eight points against serve and did not have to face a single break point.

Rublev in contrast, looked in trouble from the off, as he attempted to deal with six break points in the first set. Wawrinka only needed one to take the opening set. Rublev did at least managed to win more than half his second serve points in set two, something he had failed to do in the first set, but was actually broken twice compared to his first set effort. Wawrinka wrapped up the win in just fifty-two minutes.

The easy progress for seeds had been started by Borna Coric, who won a competitive first set with Austin Krajicek before pulling away in the second, eventually winning 7-5, 6-2. The young Croatian, who was beaten in the second round of this event by Wawrinka in 2015, produced similarly dominant numbers to the Swiss on serve to deny the American all but a glimmer of a break chance.

Ante Pavic’s run from qualifying was finally ended in the second round by fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 7-6, 6-1. Pavic paid the price for not taking advantage of nine break points through the first set, as Garcia-Lopez won on the strength of an improvement in the tie-break. Pavic’s challenger then crumbled, as he surrendered ten points from eighteen on his serve in the second set, with Garcia-Lopez taking advantage to break twice.

Roberto Bautista-Agut also booked his place in the quarter-finals, defeating John Millman 6-4, 6-1. Millman proved woeful on second serve, as he was able to win just four points when he missed the first. This included an unenviable run of failing to win a single second serve point in the final set from a total of eight. Bautista-Agut produced a consistent display to earn a match with Coric in the next round.

Benoit Paire and Gilles Muller are the two seeds that feature in later play in Chennai.

 

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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