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Roger Federer cruises past Tobias Kamke to set up a quarter final match against Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane

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Roger Federer got his 19th season as a professional tennis player off to a winning start by cruising to a 6-2 6-1 win over World Number 277 player Tobias Kamke from Germany in the second round of the Brisbane International, a ATP 250 Tournament.

 

Federer made a winning return to the venue where he clinched the milestone 1000th match win of his career when he beat Milos Raonic in last year’s final.

Te Swiss Maestro needed just 55 minutes to cruise past Kamke in the Pat Rafter Arena and claim his spot in the quarter finals of the Brisbane International. Federer beat Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3 in their only previous match in the first round of the 2012 French Open.

Federer got two early breaks in the first set to race to a 5-1 lead. Kamke held his serve for 2-5 but Federer closed out the first set in the next game after 30 minutes.

Kamke got his first service game before Federer reeled off five consecutive games. In the final game Federer claimed his third break of the second set to wrap up an easy match.

In the quarter finals he will take on Grigor Dimitrov, who came back from a set down to edge Viktor Troicki 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 in a marathon match. Federer leads 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Dimitrov. Last year the World Number 3 won their last clash in the Brisbane semifinal with 6-2 6-2.

“Tomorrow is going to be tougher. In practice it’s been great. Then again, tomorrow we’ll see. Grigor has had a tough grind today, but he ‘s extremely match tough. I expect him to be fresh again tomorrow. I played him quite aggressive last year and it worked well”, said Federer

 

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Medvedev fights past Auger Aliassime to reach the semis

Daniil Medvedev saved match point and came from two sets to love down to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime and reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

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The Russian pulled off an incredible comeback against the Canadian in a match that went the distance.

 

Danil Medvedev was pushed to the limit but managed to beat the number nine seed Felix Auger Aliassime in five sets 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 in four hours and 42 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

“I really don’t know how I was able to win, I was not playing my best, and Felix was playing unbelievable and serving so well and to be honest he was all over me.”

Neither player had an issue holding serve in the first set and it was decided by a tiebreaker which was also tight with the Canadian getting the crucial break at 3-2 as he ended up winning the tiebreak 7-4.

The second set stayed on serve until 3-2 when the Montreal native earned another breakpoint and broke serve with that one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the second set.

The third set was also decided by a tiebreaker and with the world number nine looking to close out the match it started to rain and there was a short delay to close the roof.

Medvedev took full advantage getting the early break in the breaker and won it 7-2 taking the third set and sending the match into a fourth set.

The fourth once again stayed on serve until 5-4 when Auger Aliassime had a matchpoint on the Russian serve but the world number two was able to save it with a big serve.

After holding serve to make it 5-5 the Moscow native managed to break serve and served out the fourth set to send the match into a deciding fifth set.

In the second game of the fifth set after holding serve the Canadian had three more chances to break but was snubbed by the Russian big serve and the following game, Medvedev got the crucial break to take a 2-1 lead.

Auger Aliassime called for the trainer at 3-2 and took a medical timeout to work on his ankle which had been taped before the match and at 4-3 had another chance to break to go back on serve but failed to convert.

At 5-4, the world number nine had two more chances to break serve and stay alive but again was denied by the Russian who was able to serve it out and book his spot in the final four of a grand slam.

After the match, he spoke about finding ways to come back in the match and pulling off the improbable comeback.

“I want to make him work and if he wants to win he has to fight till the last point and it worked and I managed to raise my level during the game especially in the tiebreak and I felt the momentum change after the roof closed.”

Medvedev will now face the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Friday after he was able to beat the Italian Jannik Sinner in straight sets in a rematch from last year’s semi-final.

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Australian Open: Iga Świątek stumbles past Kaia Kanepi to make the semis

Iga Swiatek outlasted Kaia Kanepi in a gutsy match to reach the last four in Melbourne.

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Former French Open winner Iga Świątek overcame some serious woes to outlast Kaia Kanepi in a 3-hour battle.

 

The 20-year-old bounced back from losing the first set to eventually triumph 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.

This included the Pole serving 12 double faults.

She will have to improve dramatically in a short turn around of just 24 hours, as she faces the power play of Danielle Collins on Thursday.

The American will no doubt be the fresher of the two, winning in contrast, a comfortable straight sets.

Świątek and Kanepi both held their first three service games, before things began to get really interesting mid-way through the opening set.

A sloppy game from the Pole, including two double faults, gave the break on a plate to the Estonian.

At 36, Kanepi is one of the most experienced players on the WTA, and the seventh seed could ill afford to be handing out freebies.

The veteran made every use of the new balls, serving powerfully and tucking away a forehand smash to move 5-3 up.

Świątek then stumbled through her own marathon service game, that included a whopping nine deuces, and four break points/set points saved.

Kanepi’s service game was far from straight forward also, as she finally took the opening set after four deuces, and on her ninth set point, 6-4.

At the beginning of the second set, Świątek played another shaky service game to surrender the break to Kanepi.

A powerful cross-court backhand drive from the Estonian left her opponent on the floor, and it didn’t look like being the Pole’s day.

But Świątek dug in, and after four deuces on the Kanepi serve, she broke back.

At this point, the momentum suddenly shifted towards the Pole as she held serve before stealing the double break.

Świątek soon surged into a 4-1 lead, having won four games in a row, and looked to be cruising towards the second set.

But Kanepi held and broke back, before a comfortable hold saw her level at 4-4.

The second set trickled away on serve and a tie-break was needed to separate the pair.

But Świątek played the smarter tie-break, and four straight points saw her seal it 7-2, as Kanepi’s wayward backhand went long.

After a 69-minute second set, the youngster clenched her first, as Rod Laver Arena roared, with the match going to a decider.

All the energy was with Świątek, who broke at the beginning of the third, as she moved ahead 2-0, with Kanepi panting and struggling after over 2 hours in the Melbourne heat.

To her credit, she fought back, breaking the Warsaw native to level at 2-2.

But in a topsy turvy match, Swiatek broke and held to lead 4-2 and close in on a semi-final place.

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The pole secured the double break but surrendered her own before finally prevailing in a marathon match point, to make the semi-finals for the first time in Australia.

After the match she had this to say: “I’m really glad that I still have my voice because I was shouting so loud.

“This match was crazy and without the energy of the stadium I think it would’ve been really hard to win it.”

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Danielle Collins Opens Up About Her Battle With Endometriosis Following Australian Open Win

The tennis star is relishing her resurgence on the Tour after having a cyst ‘the size of a tennis ball’ removed from her ovary.

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America’s Danielle Collins says she feels more ‘free’ playing on the court after undergoing surgery to treat a long-standing medical issue last year.

 

The world No.30 is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open after defeating France’s Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-1, on Wednesday. Collins, who didn’t turn professional until her early twenties after going to college, has dropped only two sets in five matches played at Melbourne Park this year. Against Cornet, she won 90% of her first service points and produced 28 winners to set up a clash with Iga Swiatek in the next round.

“I feel pretty good right now. I had a great match today. Have had some great matches along the way at this tournament and I’m really happy about how I’m feeling physically and mentally.” She said afterwards.

It is only the second time Collins has reached the last four of a major in her career after doing so at the same tournament back in 2019. Since that breakthrough, she has experienced mixed results on the Tour which was partly linked to severe pain caused by a medical condition.

Collins suffers from endometriosis, which is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Symptoms include pain in the back, heavy periods and it could even affect a person’s ability to get pregnant. The pain was so severe that during the 2021 Australian Open she collapsed on court and required medical attention.

It was a few weeks after that experience when Collins underwent surgery to remove “a cyst the size of a tennis ball” from her ovary, as well as other materials in her bowel and bladder.

“There was a level during that time before I had my diagnosis and before I had surgery of when something is progressively getting worse, it’s a slow progression, I think your body in some ways gets used to it,” she explained following her win over Cornet.
“When so much of the advice you’ve gotten over the years, certainly the advice that I had gotten over the years, is that painful periods are normal, taking anti-inflammatories on a regular basis is normal. I felt like it was something that I just had to deal with.’
“It finally got to the point where I couldn’t deal any longer with it physically or mentally. Once I was able to kind of get the proper diagnosis and the surgery, I feel like it’s helped me so much not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint.”

According to the Royal College of Nursing, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s female population suffer from some form of endometriosis. The cause of the condition is unknown and it takes an average of 7.5 years for a person to be diagnosed with the condition from when they first start experiencing symptoms.

“When you’re dealing with that type of physical pain multiple weeks out of the month, you’re not putting yourself in a position to be able to perform consistently and to be at your best whether as an athlete or a person.” Collins explained.
“I think I certainly feel a lot freer (since surgery). Not having to deal with the symptoms that I used to deal with, that not being a continuous issue that I’m dealing with on a daily basis.”

So far in her career the 28-year-old has been ranked as high as 23rd in the world and has won two Tour titles last year. Since July she has achieved a win-loss record of 31-7 on the Tour and has only ever lost to a player ranked outside the top 40 twice in a major.

Some may wonder where Collins would have been in her career if she had received her endometriosis diagnosis earlier in life. Nevertheless, she is just grateful that doctors have found a solution to her pain.

“It certainly could have benefited me but it’s just one of those things that didn’t happen,” she said. “Now it’s great that we know what was going on, we were able to go in surgically and fix it.’
“I’m able to live my best life and be able to feel like a normal person.”

Proclaiming she is now ‘physically stronger’ than two years ago, Collins now has a shot of reaching the Australian Open final. She has previously said she hopes speaking publicly about her condition will raise awareness, especially among the sporting world.

“I think there’s certainly a science behind looking at your menstrual cycles, consulting with doctors who specialize in these types of conditions, to be able to help maybe recognize if some of those injuries could be related to something hormonally or if it could be endometriosis, especially with back injuries and lower abdominal injuries. I think it’s an important discussion that medical teams can have with athletes.” She concluded.

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