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Dani Vallverdu Explains Why He Opted To Coach Grigor Dimitrov Instead of Del Potro

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Dani Vallverdu never broke the top 700 and played his last competitive match in 2010. Nevertheless, the man from Venezuela has become one of the most well known names on the tour thanks to his coaching triumphs.

 

At the age of 30, Vallverdu has already enjoyed coaching stints with Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and now Grigor Dimitrov. It is an impressing record for a man who is younger than two of the world’s top 5 players (Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka).

Vallverdu also enjoyed a brief interaction with Juan Martin del Potro, who he guided during this year’s Wimbledon championship’s. At the time it was an exciting prospect for the two men, however, it proved to be too impractical for Vallverdu to become del Potro’s permanent coach.

“I just moved to Europe, I am living in Zurich now,” Vallverdu explained during an interview with ATPworldtour.com.
“He (Del Potro) spends so much time in Buenos Aires. If i’m honest, I would love to work with Juan Martin, but I would have to travel almost twice the amount than what I travelled before. It was more a personal and family decision.”

There was no dispute between the two men when their Wimbledon journey ended. Vallverdu even presented del Potro with a list of coaches and trainers that he recommended for him. It is unclear as to who they were and if the Argentine has contacted any of them.

Regardless of things not working out with del Potro, Vallverdu now finds himself teaming up with former Wimbledon semifinalist Dimitrov. He revealed that he was directly contacted by Dimitrov about working together.

Teaming up with the Bulgarian is by no means a light commitment for the 30-year-old, who has already said that he is in it for the long run.

“When I agreed to work with Grigor, I accepted that this as a long-term project.” He said.
“I believe a lot in this project and I am confident that with sustained effort, we can achieve a lot. I am willing to be in a long partnership.”

This year has been a tale of two halves for Dimitrov. Since May he has suffered seven first-match losses in tournaments after reaching the finals in Istanbul and Sydney earlier in the year. The roller coaster performance will be a tough challenge for his new coach to tackle.

“The weapons were not as good as before. That’s like a domino effect: when the guns are not working well, your confidence is low and errors increase. ” The 30-year-old said about his new pupil.
“He went through that process, but the important thing is to just accept it.”

This week Dimitrov is playing in the Cincinnati Masters. He has already produced back-to-back wins over Gilles Simon and Feliciano Lopez to reach the third round. Dimitrov’s next match will be against Stan Wawrinka.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova Conqueror Rome

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on the final day of action at this year’s Italian Open.

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After a week full of mayhem both on and off the court, the winners of the 2019 Italian Open have been decided.

 

Under the guidance of four-time winner Conchita Martinez, Kasrolina Pliskova claimed the women’s title. Making her the first Czech woman to triumph in Rome since 1978. Pliskova now has 13 WTA titles to her name, of which three were won on the clay.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth trophy at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard disposed of Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his first title of 2019.

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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