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Fritz Had The Edge Over Johnson, All Seeds Get Upset Except For Young.

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Day 4 at the Memphis Open brought a number of upsets, opening up the bottom half of the draw for a surprise finalist. The American 18 year old superstar Taylor Harry Fritz backed his talent against Steve Johnson, getting the first Top 30 win in his life. The other two seeds losing were a lot less surprising, with the eighth seed Damir Dzumhur losing to Berankis and the seventh seed John Millman losing to the German veteran Benjamin Becker. This really opens the draw for Donald Young, who is the only seeded player left in the bottom half, beating Marcel Granollers. 

 

Taylor+Harry+Fritz+ATP+Aegon+Open+Nottingham+ARoyMbmvf71lThe biggest story of the day was definitely Taylor Fritz getting the biggest win in his career so far. With Fritz’s style of game, it would make sense that if he had a chance to beat a Top 30 player, it would be on the American indoor hard courts. This was Fritz’s tenth win in his last 12 matches. Despite the scoreline with two tie breaks, there were 2 breaks of serve on each side, especially Johnson had more opportunities on his opponent’s serve than he used. Johnson was serving better, getting 12 aces and forced Fritz to save a set point in the second set. Taylor Fritz will face Benjamin Becker in his first ATP Tour Quarterfinal. (WC) Taylor Harry Fritz – (2) Steve Johnson 7-6(5) 7-6(7). 

The second American and only seeded player that advanced into the quarterfinals yesterday is Donald Young. Both Donald+Young+2016+Australian+Open+Day+2+LEouqU7_ICElplayers had a weak start to the year, with Young’s only win before this match in 2016 was World No. 363, Finn Tearney. Granollers had more matches won under his belt, but it must be said that they 3 out of the 5 matches he won were at the challenger level. Young was very efficient on return. Whenever he would get a chance on his opponent’s serve, he broke 4 out of 5 times, unlike Granollers whose statistic was 2 out of 6. Young was also better in close games, winning 5 out of 6. Young’s quarterfinal opponent will be Ricardas Berankis. Despite this loss, Granollers still won 70% of his last ten matches with left handed players. (3) Donald Young – Marcel Granolllers 6-1 7-6(2).

The other two matches played were John Millman losing to Benjamin Becker and Ricardas Berankis taking the win over Damir Dzumhur. Becker showed a truly impressive performance on serve, getting 76% of first serves in, and facing only one break point during the match. The 34 year old’s quest to get back in the Top 100 after injury woes in 2015 is definitely helped by reaching this quarterfinal, in which he will be the higher ranked player against Taylor Fritz. However, the rankings of young players not often project their actual skills and playing capability. Berankis and Dzumhur are two quite similar players, similar age, similar height and they even have similar results in 2016 so far. For Berankis or Dzumhur, winning this match would have been the first time they won 2 matches in a row this year. Berankis was the one who succeeded in this match, as Dzumhur won only one of his seven break point opportunities. Benjamin Becker – (7) John Millman 6-2 7-6(6). Ricardas Berankis – (8) Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-4.

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Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.

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This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.

 

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Vasek Pospisil dispatches James Ward in Eastbourne

Vasek Pospisil is into the second round at Eastbourne.

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The Canadian won his first match on grass of the year beating the local favourite James Ward.

 

Vasek Pospisil is through to the second round of the Viking International ATP 250 in Eastbourne after beating the Brit James Ward in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on court number two.

“It was a good match, I played pretty well, I thought I served well and he is a tough opponent on grass because he has a tough first serve but I was pretty sharp and played well when I needed to and happy to get the win”.

It was the Canadian who had the first chance to break at 1-1 and he got the early break and that one break was good enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second set was much of the same and actually was identical to the first with the world number 66 getting the break to take a 2-1 lead but faced a breakpoint when consolidating the break.

Again that one break was enough for him to serve out the match and book his spot in the next round. This is Pospisil’s first win since the month and after the match, he spoke about how the last couple of months have been for him.

“It was good I just took a break from the tour just to refresh the mind and the body and I hadn’t seen my family in nine months so it was a good reset and I felt I needed a break to kinda be excited about touring and the covid conditions and now I’m back and I am happy to be back and I am playing well so it was a nice break.”

Pospisil will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round after the Spaniard beat the Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev Searching For Confidence Boost Ahead Of Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam finalist says he is not the same player as he was two years ago when he last played Wimbledon.

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When it comes to playing on the grass this year Daniil Medvedev admits that the biggest issue for him might concern the mental side of the sport as opposed to the physical side.

 

The world No.2 kicked-off his grass swing last week in Halle where he was stunned in the first round by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the Tour in 2020, that was the first time the Russian had played a match on the surface in almost two years. Short on matches, Medvedev is back in action this week in Mallorca after taking a wildcard into the tournament.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev told atptour.com. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Since he last played at Wimbledon, Medvedev surged on the ATP Tour by winning six titles with all of them being on a hardcourt. Furthermore, he also reached the final of the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year. He is the first player outside of the Big Four to be ranked in the world’s top two since July 2005.

Despite his previous success on the grass, Medvedev admits he remains wary about playing on the surface and the conditions he may face.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” he said. “Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.
“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

In Mallorca Medvedev has a bye in the first round. His opening match will be against either South Africa’s Lloyd Harris or France’s Corentin Moutet.

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