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Roger Federer makes a winning come- back from injury in Monte-Carlo

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Roger Federer made a winning start to his Monte-Carlo campaign with a 6-3 6-4 win in his fourth head-to-head match against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who made his come-back to the court after undergoing arthrostopic surgery on his left knee for a meniscus tear at the end of January following his Australian Open semifinal against Novak Djokovic. Federer played a solid match converting three of his four break point chances but he dropped his serve for the first and only time in the match as he was serving for the match at 6-3 5-1.

 

The first set went on serve until the sixth game when Federer converted his only break point chance for 4-2 as Garcia Lopez made two double faults and missed a backhand.

The Swiss legend hit a topspin backhand winner down the line for deuce when he faced a second break point before hitting an ace to back up the break for 5-2. He hit two aces to earn three set points before sealing the 33-minute first set when Garcia Lopez sailed his forehand.

Federer got a double break in the third game for 2-1 with an inside-out forehand return and in the fifth game to love for 4-1 with a one-handed return winner. Federer won 20 of the last 24 points to cruise to a 5-1 lead in the second set but Garcia Lopez got one of the breaks back to love at 1-5 with a backhand pass as Federer was serving for the match. Garcia Lopez won three consecutive games to claw his way back to 4-5 but Federer held his serve to seal the win 6-4 at the second time of asking with a backhand down the line after 1 hour and 14 minutes. The Basel star has extended his win-loss record against Garcia Lopez to 4-0.

Federer, who reached the Monte-Carlo final four times in his career finishing runner-up from 2006 to 208 to Rafa Nadal and in 2014 to Stan Wawrinka, will face either Jeremy Chardy or Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round. Roger Express has scored the 1068th win of his career

The Swiss Maestro is making his 13th appearance in Monte-Carlo but he never won this tournament. It is one of the two elusive Masters 1000 titles missing in his impressive trophy cabinet alongside the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome.

“It was close in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll. Points were cut short by virtue of me serving better and returning better. At the end I had to serve for it. I was excited and tense in the beginning just because it’s first round. It’s my first match back. It was nice to go through all these emotions”, said Federer.

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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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