Hyeon Chung, Malek Jaziri, Feliciano Lopez and Marcos Baghdatis advance to the second round in Dubai - UBITENNIS
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Hyeon Chung, Malek Jaziri, Feliciano Lopez and Marcos Baghdatis advance to the second round in Dubai

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South Korean teenager Hyeon Chung got a break in each set to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes to advance to the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. Chung, who is ranked 27 places lower than Seppi in the ATP Ranking, faced just one break point in the whole match at 2-2 in the first set before breaking in the sixth game. Chung built up a 5-2 lead and served out for the first set in the 9th game. In the second set Chung broke serve in the third game and held his service games until the end of the match. Chung earned three break points but Seppi saved them to hold his serve for 3-2. In the 8th game Chung made a double fault to trail 15-30 but won his service game to open up a 5-3 lead before serving out for the match in the 10th game. Chung dropped just 13 points on serve in the whole match and was solid from the baseline.

 

Chung will face either Roberto Bautista Agut or Simone Bolelli in the second round.

World number 121 Malek Jaziri from Tunisia beat 2007 and 2010 Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-1. In the first set Jaziri rallied from a break down to get an immediate break-back. The Tunisian player broke serve in the ninth game before serving out for the first set.

Jaziri got a double break in the third game at 1-1 and in the fifth game to build up a 4-1 lead before wrapping up the match on Youzhny’s serve.

Jaziri will face either World Number 1 Novak Djokovic or Tommy Robredo in the second round.

Sixth-seed Feliciano Lopez overcame a second-set loss to edge Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-1 4-6 6-4 in an all-Spainsh first round match. Feliciano broke serve twice to race out to 5-0 en route to taking a 6-1 win in the first set. Garcia Lopez fought back breaking serve in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4. Feliciano Lopez broke serve once in the first game of the decider and saved a break point in the 8th game to clinch the 400th win of his career and secure his spot in the second round. Feliciano fended off six of the eight break points he faced and fired 16 aces.

Marcos Baghdatis stunned Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 in the final Monday match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Troicki, who won the Sydney title and reached the final in Sofia earlier this year, became the first big name to crash out in this ATP 500 tournament. Troicki broke serve in the fourth game of the first set but the Cypriot fought back to win the first set at the tie-break.

After dominating the tie-break, Baghdatis got the double break in the sixth game as Troicki made a double fault. Baghdatis closed out in the 8th game setting up a second round match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who battled past Lucas Pouille 6-3 5-7 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes.

“I think I started off a bit too aggressively, so I had to slow myself down and I started being a bit more patient. I think I was a bit more patient than him in the tie-break as well and that made the difference”, said Baghdatis.

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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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