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Stan Wawrinka Aims To Cause More Grand Slam Heartbreak For Novak Djokovic

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Stan Wawrinka reacts to winning the second set against Kei Nishikori during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open. (Source Chris Trotman/zimbio.com)

After a roller coaster experience on the tour throughout the summer, Stan Wawrinka has once again placed himself in a position to ruin Novak Djokovic’s grand slam dreams.

 

The Swiss player has set himself up with a final clash against the world No.1 after defeating Kei Nishikori in four sets in the semifinals. Sunday’s final in New York will be Wawrinka’s 25th match against the Serbian, who defeated a lacklustre Gael Monfils in his previous match. Historically Wawrinka does have a poor record against the dominant top seed, but it has done little to wet his appetite for their latest clash.

“To play Novak, the No. 1 player, it’s always really challenging.” The 31-year-old said.
“But we had some many big memories together, especially in Grand Slams, so it’s going to be an exciting match.”

Wawrinka has only managed to defeat his mighty rival twice since 2007 and currently trails 4-20 in their head-to-head. It is a tough matchup for him against a player with such an outstanding calibre of tennis. On the other hand, the world No.3 knows better than anybody about how to stun his opponent on the main stage of tennis. At the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka triumphed in a five-set epic, clinching the deciding set 9-7. Then a year later he came back from a set down to win the French Open crown.

“He knows that I can play my best tennis in the final of Grand Slam.” Wawrinka said about Djokovic.
“But it’s going to be a completely different match.” He later added.

Regardless of Djokovic’s recent woes where he has suffered wrist problems and a disappointing Olympic Games, the defending champion will still be the standout favourite. His route into the final might not have been the most convincing with a trio of his opponents retiring, however, he has also displayed characteristics of a true champion by always finding a way to come through. Despite this, even the man himself knows that he will need to up his game in order to win grand slam title No.13.

“He’s (Wawrinka) a big match player. He loves to play in the big stage against the big players, because that’s when I think he elevates his level of performance in his game.” Djokovic said.
“The last couple of matches he’s getting in that shape that is winning him big matches.”

Reaching his first major final since Roland Garros last year, a confident Wawrinka is keeping level-headed about his title chances. The belief is certainly there for the Swiss player, however, he is fully aware that even his best might not be enough in New York.

“When you play Novak, even if you’re playing your best tennis, you can also lose. So it’s going to be, I hope, a big match, and hopefully I can keep winning.” The third seed concluded.

The final between Wawrinka and Djokovic will take play on the Arthur Ashe stadium at 4pm local time.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.

 

 

 

 

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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.

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Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.

 

The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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Injury Forces Rafael Nadal Out Of Laver Cup

There is bad news for fans of the king of clay.

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Rafael Nadal at the 2019 US Open (photo Twitter @USOpen)

The final day of the 2019 Laver Cup has been dealt a blow after Rafael Nadal withdrew from his schedule matches due to a wrist injury.

 

Nadal was set to take on Nick Kyrgios in the singles and then pair up with Roger Federer in the doubles. However, he has decided to pull out of the event following a consultation with the tournament doctor. The world No.2 featured in the competition on Saturday and won his match against Milos Raonic in two tight sets. Shortly after, he returned to the court to play alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas. The duo lost to Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock.

“Following consultation with the Laver Cup competition doctor Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his matches today due to a wrist injury.” A official statement reads.

In recent days there has been concern over Nadal’s current health. On Friday he was spotted training with strapping on his wrist. Then in an interview on the same day with Mark Petchy he admitted that his body was ‘a little bit run down’ following his triumph at the US Open.

“After New York, the body always feels down a little bit.” Nadal explained.
“Some issues can happen but here I am. I’m trying hard to be ready for when the team need me.
“Let’s see. All of the matches are very difficult.
“If I am not at 100 per cent, there is another player. But I am confident I can help.”

There is little detail about the severity of the injury or if it could have any impact on Nadal’s schedule for the coming weeks. He is in with a shot of ending the season as world No.1 with no points to defend on the tour until January. The next tournament in his schedule is the China Open, which will get underway on September 30th.

As a result of Nadal’s injury, he has been replaced by Dominic Thiem in the singles. French Open runner-up Thiem will take on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas steps in to play alongside Federer in the doubles.

Heading into the final day of the Laver Cup, Europe leads 7-5. They are yet to lose a tie in the history of the event which is in its third year.

 

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