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Furious Dominic Thiem Smashes Racquet in Davis Cup

Dominic Thiem was very unhappy with his performance in Davis Cup this weekend, needing a 5th set to beat Portugal’s Gastao Elias and win the first point for Austria on Friday. After losing a point in the beginning of the 5th set, Dominic jut seemed to have had enough of his below par performance and smashed his racquet on the ground repeatedly. Here is the footage.

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French Open, Steve Flink: “Nadal is the clear favourite, but Tsitsipas and Djokovic have a shot”

A recap of what’s happened in Paris so far. What will decide the 58th match between Nadal and Djokovic? Can Tsitsipas and Sakkari score a Greek brace?

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The 2021 French Open is almost over – this is the time to discuss the tournament’s key points and to make the final predictions. The men’s and women’s semifinals will offer opposite pictures – the latter has four underdogs, while the former will be contested by the players who were thought to be the main contenders all along. As usual, Steve Flink joined Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta (who is in Paris) to talk about the most momentous topics, such as Federer’s withdrawal and the lack of continuity among the stars of the WTA Tour. Here’s their video: 

 

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1:10 – The Djokovic-Berrettini match: “I was surprised with Berrettini’ level in the third and fourth set…”

3:40 – What lay behind Djokovic’s vocal celebration?

6:20 – The fans had to leave the stadium halfway through the fourth set – could have the organisers done a better scheduling job? “TV money is important, but such a big tournament should have the power to change the schedule, if necessary.”

11:15 – “I was surprised by Tsitsipas as well, he contained Medvedev’s attempted comeback very impressively.” Is he a bonafide contender? What about Zverev

16:05 – Lorenzo Musetti was a pleasant surprise before retiring in the decider against Djokovic – was he actually injured? Ubaldo Scanagatta spoke to him and his coach…

22:50 – Who will have the edge between Nadal and Djokovic?

28:15 – On Federer’s withdrawal: “He might have played his last French Open match without a crowd – it was quite sad.” Was it fair to withdraw without being injured?

36:00 – Semifinal predictions: “Djokovic needs to win the opening set more than Nadal does. As for Zverev v Tsitsipas, they are both high on confidence right now, it’s very close.”

40:20 – The women’s draw: “These semifinals feel out of place in a Slam, and they are the symbol of the crisis OF the WTA.”

45:40 – “The next two Majors will be important for women’s tennis – we need big rivalries.”

48:35 – Coco Gauff reached the quarter finals – is she going to be a contender in the next Slams?

50:30 – Jannik Sinner disappointed against Nadal – where does he need to improve?

52:20 – A prediction on the women’s tournament – can Sakkari and Tsitsipas clinch a Greek double?

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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French Open, the women’s draw. Flink: “Osaka’s press conference boycott is a mistake”

Barty and Swiatek are the favourites, but Sabalenka could be a factor. The main object of discussion, however, is the Japanese player’s refusal to speak to the press during the event

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In the second part of their French Open preview, Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink analyse the women’s draw, with the two defending champions, Barty and Swiatek, who could face off in the semis. Naomi Osaka is in the bottom half, but her chances in Paris are being talked about far less than her decision not to hold any press conferences throughout the fortnight. Here’s their chat:

 

00:00 – “The draw is a little uneven, far more contenders ended up in the top half, such as Barty, Swiatek, Muguruza…” Will Serena Williams and Osaka be competitive?

08:02 – The Japanese star has decided to eschew press conferences throughout the tournament – a wise move? “What will happen if other players will do the same? I honestly think that to bring mental health into the issue was a little extreme…”

11:34 – Osaka will probably receive a fine – is that enough?

15:35 – She is an icon for fans and players alike, so her decision is going to have a strong impact: “What I don’t understand is that she really is a player who has always been represented in a positive way by the media!” Will she do on-court interviews?   

Transcript by Tommaso Villa

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French Open, the men’s draw. Steve Flink: “It’s too bad that we won’t have a Nadal-Djokovic final”

Who will reach the final in the bottom half, Zverev or Tsitsipas? Who will be the biggest hurdle for Nadal? Will Federer be competitive?

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As usual, Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta recorded a preview of the upcoming Slam tournament, the Roland Garros, and was joined by fellow long-time tennis writer Steve Flink. Here’s their chat:  

 

00:00 – Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Rublev are in the same half of the draw: “I honestly hoped Rafa and Nole would meet in the final…”

04:16 – Who will make it out of the bottom half? Is Dominic Thiem going to regain his lost form?

07:21 – The impact of the night sessions: “Journalists will never be able to leave to have dinner!”

09:19 – Federer will debut against a qualifier – how will he fare? “I think he would be happy to reach the fourth round, but I honestly don’t understand his scheduling…”

15:15 – Who has the better draw between Nadal and Djokovic? “Nadal will probably play Rublev and Sinner, so he might have a bit of a challenge in front of him.”

23:48 – Could the winner of a Djokovic-Nadal semi-final match get to the final with little left in the tank? “Djokovic will probably get to the semis without wasting too many energies, so this issue would probably affect him a little less.”

26:05 – An overview of the most interesting first-round matchups: will playing in front of his home fans (and possibly at night) revive Monfils? What about Medvedev vs Bublik?    

29:55 – Is it a good thing for men’s tennis to have a new final? And who would be able to make the most of it?

Transcript by Tommaso Villa

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