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Grigor Dimitrov sets up a final against Viktor Troicki in Sydney

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Grigor Dimitrov followed up his quarter final win over Alexander Dolgopolov with a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win over Gilles Muller in the semifinal in his second match on Friday after the quarter finals were washed out on Thursday due to persistent rain.

 

Both players finished their quarter final matches before returning to the court for the semifinals on Friday.

In a rain-interrupted match Dimitrov dropped just two points on serve to cruise to 6-2 in the first set. Muller fired 12 aces in the second set but he was unable to overcome Dimitrov who saved three break points. The Bulgarian player fended off a set point in the 10th game before sealing the win on the first match point with 7-4 in the tie-break. Dimitrov has reached a final for the first time since October 2014 when he lost to Tomas Berdych in Stockolm.

Dimitrov won 79 percent of his service points and withstood 12 aces.

“I am happy to be back in a final. I am aiming definitely higher and looking at the big picture right now. Whether it’s Brisbane or Sydney or any other tournament, it’s just as important as any other Grand Slam or any of the Masters 1000. I am just taking this very seriously, but at the same time trying to enjoy this moment. I think I know when I do that, I feel happier. It’s been a good day at the office. I was pretty tired yesterday. Four times on and off the court and I played Alex in tough conditions. That took a lot out of me”, said Dimitrov.

In tomorrow’s final Dimitrov will face defending champion Viktor Troicki, who rallied from a set down for the second time today to edge out Teymuraz Gabashvili 3-6 6-4 6-4 in just over two hours. Earlier today Troicki beat Nicolas Mahut 4-6 6-3 6-3.

After a short rain delay Gabashvili got two early breaks of serve to race to a 3-0 lead. Troicki broke serve but Gabashvili pulled away to 5-3 before breaking serve for the third time to seal the first set. The Russian player broke again in the second set to take a 4-2 lead before the match was interrupted by rain again.

After the rain delay Troicki bounced back breaking serve twice to reel off four consecutive games and forced the match to the decider. Troicki raced to a 5-2 lead but he missed a match point in the next game. Gabashvili broke serve to claw his way back to 4-5 but Troicki held his serve to love to book his berth in the final against Dimitrov.

“It was a successful day. I played good tennis considering the conditions today. It was tough mentally going on and off the court all the time”, said Troicki.

Round up quarter finals:

Grigor Dimitrov came back from a set down to edge out Alexander Dolgopolov 4-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the Apia International in Sydney. The match resumed on Friday after it was suspended by rain on Thursday as Dimitrov was leading 4-2 in the third set. As Dimitrov served for the match at 5-4, he closed out the match at love. Dimitrov and Dolgopolov spent two hours and 14 minutes on court over two days.

“I was actually rushing a lot this morning. I didn’t expect the match before between Gabashvili and Tomic to finish that way. So I just jumped straight to the court from the practice court. I served well, so I think that was good enough. I knew Alex would come out and start shooting every ball so I had to be ready”, said Dimitrov.

Dimitrov set up a semifinal against Gilles Muller who beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. Both players closed out the first set before the match was suspended. The second set went on serve before Muller got the break to take a 4-3 lead. Muller sealed the win in the ninth game on the second match point.

Dimitrov hit 24 winners to 29 unforced errors compared to Dolgopolov’s 29 winners to 39 unforced errors.

“You just have to be ready to play, stay focused and be ready for whenever you have to play and that’s something I did very well”, said Muller.

Last week’s Brisbane semifinalist Bernard Tomic, winner in Sydney in 2013 and finalist in 2014, was trailing 3-6 0-3 against Teymuraz Gabashvili when he withdrew from the match due to dizziness.

Gabashvili’s next rival in the semifinal is Viktor Troicki who rallied from a set down to overcome French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in three sets with 4-6 6-3 6-3. With this victory Troicki has extended his streak to 10 consecutive wins in Sydney.

Mahut got a break at 3-3 in the first set en route to taking a 5-3 lead. The Frenchman saved a break-back point in the next game before clinching the first set.

Troicki broke at the start of the second set and never looked back to take the second set with 6-3. Troicki and Mahut traded breaks at the start of the third set. Troicki broke again in the seventh game before sealing the win with another break in the ninth game.

“I feel physically fit and ready to play the long matches. I think it’s great preparation for the Slam where we have longer matches and we can play five sets”, said Troicki.

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Cameron Norrie ‘Happy’ With Performance After Extending Winning Run Against Kyrgios

Cameron Norrie spoke about his confidence after reaching the last eight in Atlanta.

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Cameron Norrie is satisfied with his recent performances after reaching the Atlanta quarter-finals.

 

The in-form Brit extended his winning streak to five matches after defeating Nick Kyrgios in Atlanta.

Norrie eased to victory with a 6-1 6-4 win in a match which saw three breaks of serve from the Brit to make the last eight.

After winning his maiden title in Los Cabos, Norrie now is starting to feel confident in his game.

In his post-match interview the world number 29 insists that he is happy with his level as he continues his great season, “It’s very nice to be back here in Atlanta,” Norrie explained.

“It’s good to have Nick back… really enjoyed the match and really happy with my level. It’s cool to be playing at this level and [I am] happy and satisfied to be getting some wins. I’m enjoying my tennis.”

Next for Norrie will be Emil Ruusuvuori as he looks to continue his momentum and solidify his status as the man to beat in US hard court swing.

The other quarter-finals will see Los Cabos finalist Brandon Nakashima take on Jordan Thompson, Taylor Fritz will face fellow American Reilly Opelka.

While five-time champion John Isner will face Christopher O’Connell in the last eight with the American serving 49 aces in two matches so far.

Play will begin at 17:00 BST while Norrie’s match will likely take place at 20:00 BST.

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‘Probably Gonna Quit’ – Tennys Sandgren Blasts Performance After missing Out On Olympic Medal

The tennis star described his fourth place finish as ‘dog s**t.”

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Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren said he is close to retiring from tennis after missing out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sandgren and doubles partner Austin Krajicek fell in straight sets to the New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell, who are the first tennis players from their country in over 100 years to win a medal. The loss is a frustrating outcome for the American who wasn’t afraid to express how he felt after the match. Tokyo was the ninth doubles tournament Sandgren has played in this year.

“I mean, who f*ing cares you know, what do I have to show for it? We have a good week and fourth place is dog s**t.” He told the Olympic News Service.

Speaking straight after his loss, the highly emotional 30-year-old then cast doubt on his future in the sport. He is currently ranked 82nd in the world and has a win-loss record of 6-14 so far this year. However, he is yet to reach a quarter-final in singles.

I’m probably gonna quit. That might be my last match. I’m close, yeah, I’m close.” He replied when asked about his career.

As for if he would have done anything different in the bronze medal match, Sandgren replied ‘not to have been so bad.’ He also expressed disappointment that the tennis tournament took place behind closed doors. Prior to the Olympics, organisers decided to hold all events in Tokyo without fans due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“It would have been a great event with fans,” he via via teamusa.org. “Playing on an outside court without fans, I mean, you might as well be playing in Idaho in the middle of nowhere.”

Sandgren and Krajicek were America’s last chance to win a medal in the tennis competition. It is the first time the country has failed to win any medal since tennis returned as an Olympic event in 1988.

“There’s not much you can say about that except it’s pretty, pretty devastating to lose that one. You know, give yourself a chance to get a medal and then to lose those two (matches – including the men’s doubles semifinal) is tough, but you have to give those guys credit today. They played well.” Krajicek concluded.

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT (SE)
ALT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
ALT Purcell, Max (AUS)
ALT Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
ALT Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
ALT Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
ALT Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
WC Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
WC Blanch, Ulises (USA)
WC Saville, Luke (AUS)
WC Fenty, Andrew (USA)
Alternates:
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
OUT Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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