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Viktor Troicki clinches his second consecutive Sydney title after a tight three-set battle against Grigor Dimitrov



Viktor Troicki clinched his second consecutive title at the Apia International ATP 250 at the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney after saving a match point in a tight tie-break of the third set against Grigor Dimitrov. Troicki came back from losing the first set to win the match in the tie-break of the third set with 2-6 6-1 7-6 (9-7). Troicki has become the first player to win two consecutive titles in Sydney since James Blake’s back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. The Serbian player has lifted his third career title after Moscow in 2010 and Sydney in 2015.


Dimitrov and Troicki, who were respectively the third and the fourth seeds in this tournament, met for the second time in the first two weeks of 2016. Last week Dimitrov came back from a set and a break down to edge out Troicki 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 to reach the quarter finals at the Brisbane International.

Troicki came into the final as the defending champion with a winning streak of 11 consecutive victories at the Sydney Olympic Park. He also reached the final in this tournament in 2011.

Dimitrov cruised past Troicki in the first set by getting a double break in the third game for 2-1 and in the seventh game for 5-2. Dimitrov played a one-sided first set in which he did not face a break point chance en route to taking the win with 6-2.

Troicki turned around the match in his favour in the second set where Dimitrov dropped his serve with three double faults in the second set to fall behind 0-2. Both players traded breaks in the next two games. Dimitrov broke straight back on his third break-back chance in the third game after a forehand error by Troicki to claw his way back to 1-2 but Troicki broke again for 3-1. Troicki held his serve in the the next game to pull away to 4-1. Troicki got another break before winning his fourth consecutive game to close out the second set.

The third set was  marked by an exciting battle in which most of the games were decided at deuce. Dimitrov earned two break points at the start of the third set. Troicki fended off three break point chances in the fourth game of the third set to draw level to 2-2. Troicki earned two break points at 4-4 with a backhand winner and converted his first chance for a 5-4 lead as Dimitrov hit a backhand into the net. Troicki served to defend the Sydney title won last year but Dimitrov broke straight back to 30 in the next game to draw level to 5-5 with a one-handed backhand winner when Troicki was serving for the match. Dimitrov won the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead but Troicki forced the match to the tie-break.

In the tie-break Dimitrov went down 1-3 but he clawed his way back to draw level to 4-4. Troicki earned the first match point at 6-5 but Dimitrov saved it. Troicki had to fend off a match point at 7-6 before clinching a very tight and intense tie-break with 9-7 on his second match point with a cross-court backhand passing shot winner. Troicki scored his first win in his third head-to-head match against Dimitrov.

Troicki has enjoyed a great week in which he beat Nicolas Mahut in the quarter final before overcoming Teymuraz Gabashvili in three sets in the semifinal on Friday.

“One ball decided the match. It was my favourite shot of all at the end to win it. So many times that shot brought me a lot of happiness. That’s how I won the Davis Cup title. i could not imagine what would have happened if I lost today. It would have been just crazy to recover from it”, said Troicki

Dimitrov, who was looking to win his first tournament since his triumph at the Queen’s in 2014, lost the fourth final in his seven attempts. Despite the defeat it’s been a good week for Dimitrov who has showed good form at the start of the 2016 season under the guidance of his new coach Franco Davin, who previously trained Juan Martin Del Potro. Dimitrov lost to Roger Federer in three sets in the quarter finals last week in Brisbane before reaching the final in Sydney after winning both the quarter final and the semifinal on Friday after a rain-affected Thursday.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares win the doubles title:

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares claimed their first ATP doubles title as a team with a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win over Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea. Murray and Soares, who played their first doubles tournament, rallied from 0-5 down in the second set to win the third set at the tie-break.

“It’s not easy. Me and Jamie played for a long time with our former partners so it’s nice to see we are on the right way at the beginning of our partnership. I think we played two very good weeks. We improved in every single match from the beginning of the year. I think that’s the most important thing. Our goal is to be strong as a team. This week we proved we can be a strong team”, said Soares.

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Jannik Sinner and Roberto Bautista Agut start their campaign with convincing wins in Berlin



Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner beat German veteran Tommy Haas 6-4 3-6 10-8 in the opening match at the Bett1 Aces, a grass exhibition tournament at the Steffi Graf Stadium. This event features ATP and WTA players and is played in front of a limited number of fans.


Sinner converted his only break point in the fifth game of the first set with two return winners and held on his service games to win the first set 6-4. Sinner converted his third break point to take a 3-2 lead in the first set. Haas broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. The German player broke for the second time in a row and won 12 of his 16 rallies to win the second set 6-3. Sinner bounced back in the match tie-break and raced out to a 5-2 lead. Haas clawed his way back to 7-8, but Sinner earned two match points with a forehand passing shot. The young Italian player sealed the match tie-break 10-8 on his second match point setting up a semifinal against Dominic Thiem.

Roberto Bautista Agut battled past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 3-6 10-7. In the first set Bautista dropped his serve to go down 0-2 in the opening game and faced two break points on his serve, but he came back by breaking serve twice in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set 6-3.

Struff won the second set with a break in the sixth game, but Bautista Agut took the 10-7 edge to win the match tie-break 10-7. Bautista Agut set up a semifinal against Matteo Berrettini.

Anastasja Sevastova was leading 6-4 4-3, as Julia Goerges was forced to retire injured from the match in the seventh game of the second set.  Sevastova got two breaks in the third and ninth games to win the first set 6-3.

In the final match of the day two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova cruised past Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-1. Kvitova earned the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Petkovic broke straight back in the fifth game for 2-3. Kvitova converted his second break point in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4. Kvitova broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the second set 6-1.

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Jannik Sinner dreams to win the US Open and beat Roger Federer on Centre Court at Wimbledon



Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner revealed that his dream would be to beat 20-time Grand Slam champion and eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer on the Centre Court at the All England Club at Wimbledon.


Sinner was bidding to make his debut at Wimbledon last year, but he lost in the first round of the qualifying round.

Many fans predict that Sinner has the chance to win a Grand Slam title and become world number 1.

Sinner advanced to Antwerp ATP 250 semifinals last October at the age of 18 after beating Gael Monfils. He became the youngest ATP Tour semifinal since Borna Coric, who reached this stage in Basel at the age of 17. He saved one match point against Steve Johnson in Masters 1000 debut in Rome. He got through to the qualifying round to reach the main draw at the US Open before losing to Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

This year Sinner beat world number 10 David Goffin in Rotterdam second round for the biggest win of his career. The Italian teenager coached by Riccardo Piatti earned his first Grand Slam main draw win at the Australian Open before losing to Marton Fucsovics.

“I know that I am only 18, but I like to play. The more I play, the more I like it. My goal is to win the US Open but I have the dream of beating Roger Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon”, said Sinner.

Federer underwent second arthostocopic knee surgery and announced that he will make his comeback in 2021. The Swiss player was sidelined by injury for six months in 2016 and made a successful return in January 2017 by winning an epic five-set Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal. He went on to win Wimbledon later that year and another Australian Open trophy in 2018.

“I hope Roger will play again next season”, said Sinner.

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US Open Must Allow Entourages Of Three Or Four People, Says Thiem

The world No.3 says he is feeling good ahead of the return of professional tennis next month.



Dominic Thiem has come out against proposals to restrict the number of coaching staff that can travel to this year’s US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


This year’s New York major will be held behind closed doors for the first time in history and will be implementing a series of measures to help minimise the threat posed by the virus. Part of their plan is to limit how many people a player can bring with them to the tournament. It was originally reported that only one team member per player would be allowed to travel, but it has emerged that the limit has since been extended to three.

Speaking about the limits, three-time Grand Slam finalist Thiem said the idea of only allowing one member of his team to travel with him would be a risk for some players on the Tour.

*”I do not think so. Three or four people must be allowed. It would be extremely risky to travel without your own physio. You need a local coach for this,’ Thiem told The Kronen Zeitung newspaper on Sunday.

Thiem last played a match on the ATP Tour at the Rio Open in February where he lost in the quarter-finals. However, throughout the lockdown he has still managed to maintain his match fitness by participating in numerous tournaments. In total he has played 24 matches across three different countries, including one named after him called Thiems 7.

“Right now I feel very good,” he said. “I have played a lot of exhibition games in the last two months and I am not tired at all. I really wanted to play tennis again, since my start of the year was very good.’
“During This period of confinement at home I have been crushing myself a lot in the physical aspect and already when I returned to training. I have decided to improve the backhand and the serve a little more.”

The ATP Tour will resume next month with Thiem hoping that he can continue his form generated from earlier this year. At the Australian Open he reached the final for the first time in his career before getting edged out by Novak Djokovic. Although when he returns, tournaments will not be the same as before due to the ongoing pandemic with strict safety measures and reduced crowds in place.

“When the circuit returns, the matches will be exactly the same as we had previously, but the atmosphere will be different,” he said.
“All tennis players will miss playing tournaments where many people travelled to see us every day. In New York, Paris or Melbourne there are between 60,000 and 70,000 people every day in the facilities. That previous life we ​​had will not be the same and we may have to get used to this new normal for a few years.”

Thiem is one of only four men to have already made more than $1 million in prize money so far this year on the ATP Tour.

*NOTE: Since the publication of this article quotes have been edited following a translation mix-up.

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