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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) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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