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Rafa Nadal back to winning ways in Argentina



Once again, Rafa Nadal finds himself trying to rebuild his confidence after yet another knockback. This time it came at the Australian Open and the remedy for the Majorcan has been to play on his favourite surface to try and rack up wins.

Nadal had the pleasure of facing one of his best friends on tour, Juan Monaco, who was playing in his first tournament since the summer after suffering a wrist injury. In a repeat of last year’s final, the Argentine forced the Spaniard to play some of his best tennis, in what was a good test for Nadal’s game. Both sets included an exchange of breaks and in the end it was the former world number one who took the clash 6-4, 6-4, in a match that the Buenos Aires crowd enjoyed greatly.

“I’m very happy to be in the next round and thankful to be back in Buenos Aires. Did my friendship with Pico have an influence on the match? No, we’re professionals and this is just a game. I hope to improve tomorrow”, said Nadal.

In the quarter finals, Nadal will face Paolo Lorenzi who, as always, used his heart and desire as his main weapon to overcome Diego Schwartzman by 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

David Ferrer, a hugely popular figure in Argentina, was forgiven for making light work of local player Renzo Olivo and prolonged his winning streak in Buenos Aires to sixteen matches. “Given that it was the first day, and after such a long time without playing on clay, I felt good. I’m happy with the win and advancing to the quarter finals”, claimed in Ferrer in the post-match press conference.

Next up for Ferrer is Pablo Cuevas, who took the all-South American duel against Santi Giraldo 6-4, 6-2.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.



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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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Elena Rybakina Looking To Adapt To Clay, Reaches Stuttgart Semi-Finals

Elena Rybakina has admitted it takes time to adapt to clay as she prepares for the semi-finals in Stuttgart.



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Elena Rybakina is into the semi-finals in Stuttgart after a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win over Jasmine Paolini.

After surviving a three set match against Veronika Kudermetova in her first round, Rybakina continued to struggle on the clay against the Italian.

However the former Wimbledon champion produced some big tennis in vital moments in order to reach the last four in Germany.

Although she has had success in the past on the clay, Rybakina knows that it will take time for her to adapt on the surface.

Speaking after her win over Kudermetova Rybakina explained the reasons why it is difficult to have immediate success on clay, “Well, I always believed that I can play good on clay. My first win on the WTA was on clay,” Rybakina was quoted by tennis365 as saying.

“It’s just the season is quite short, and of course me, for example, I need a bit more time to get used, to adapt, to play some matches. But overall I think that I can play well on all the surfaces. Last year it was a great tournament in Rome, and then the French Open, I actually feel also well there.

“I like the courts. It’s just I was unlucky with sickness, so I think I’m doing pretty well for now. I like a faster surface, and I think in Madrid it’s quite fast. For now I was not successful there, but I think that’s a great tournament for me.

“Rome was nice. As I said, French Open, I like the courts. It’s just the question of good preparation and being healthy. And then it all depends on you and of course on the opponent.”

Last year Rybakina claimed the title in Rome and was one of the favourites for Roland Garros.

However the Kazakh had to withdraw in the third round due to illness which hampered her progress throughout the season.

Now Rybakina will look to make amends for that as she is into the semi-finals in Stuttgart where she will play either defending champion Iga Swiatek or Emma Raducanu.

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Iga Swiatek On Dominating Women’s Tennis – ‘There Is Still So Much Work To Do’



Iga Swiatek believes she and some of her peers have proven that there is consistency in women’s tennis despite criticism from some.

The world No.1 is currently playing at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix which she is bidding to win for a third consecutive year. Since February 2022, Swiatek has won 16 WTA titles with three of them being at Grand Slam tournaments. During this period, she has only spent eight weeks not at the top of the WTA rankings after briefly getting overtaken by Aryna Sabalenka. Two years ago she won 37 matches in a row before her run ended at Wimbledon. 

Given her success, Swiatek says she already feels like a dominant force on the Tour when recently asked by a reporter if she was ready to do so. However, she admits that there is still room for improvement in her game. 

“Well, the question is if I already did that for the past two years,” the Pole said after beating Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-4, in Stuttgart.
“Because I feel like I have been pretty dominant, and also Aryna [Sabalenka] has been, so we both kind of have shown that there is consistency on WTA.
“I remember when I was playing in 2020, 2021, I also got many questions about consistency, and I felt like some players, you know, have proven that it’s possible. So I already feel like I have been pretty dominant.
“But we’ll see what next years are going to bring. There have been players that have been dominating throughout their whole careers, you know, and I’m still at the beginning.
“There is still so much work to do.”

Swiatek is currently 23-3 on the Tour this season with her losses being to Ekaterina Alexandrova, Anna Kalinskaya and Linda Nosková. In Stuttgart, she will play a resurgent Emma Raducanu in the quarter-finals on Friday. The Brit has dropped just eight games in her two previous matches against Angelique Kerber and Noskova. 

“She seems like she’s getting her game back together, so it’s great to see that because for sure she has potential,” Swiatek said of Raducanu.
“It’s not going to be easy. She knows how to spin the ball and how to move on clay, as well.”

Swiatek is bidding to become the first player since Maria Sharapova to win the Stuttgart title three years in a row. Regardless of whether she manages to achieve the milestone, on Monday she will start her 100th week as world No.1. 

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