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Dominika Cibulkova Switches Focus To Grand Slam Glory

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Fresh off winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Dominika Cibulkova is eager to take her success to the next level on the WTA Tour.

 

During Sunday’s final in Singapore, the 5’3” Slovakian produced an almost faultless performance as she defeated world No.1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets with the help of 28 winners. The impressive performance rewarded Cibulkova with a big paycheck at the end of the year, but more importantly, she has broken the top five for the first time in her career at the age of 27.

“This tournament gave me lots of self-confidence,” Cibulkova said during a press conference on Tuesday in Bratislava.

Singapore was the fourth title of the season Cibulkova has won after Katowice, Eastbourne and Linz. The run has shown the tennis community how much of a threat the 27-year-old can be to the rest of the tour with her aggressive play. It has also intensified Cibulkova’s desire to clinch her first grand slam title.

“One of my dreams is to win every Grand Slam tournament.” She said. “If a tennis player wants to be successful at such an event, he/she needs to have everything: good form and a good state of mind,” Cibulkova later added.

During her career, the world No.5 has been within touching distance of a major trophy only once. At the 2014 Australian Open she defeated Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the final. She failed to lift the title after being edged out in two sets by China’s Li Na.

Cibulkova certainly has both the game and fan base to become one of the tour’s biggest stars. Since November 2015, she has received an extra 47,000 Twitter followers. Returning back to her home country earlier this week, she has already held a meeting with the president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, and received a heroes welcome. On route to Slovakia, she was also given a warm welcome in Vienna, Austria.

Now one of the most talked about sports figures in Slovakia, Cibulkova will take a rest from the action before undergoing training in the off-season. Recording a win-loss of 55-21 this year, she ends the year in the world’s top 10 for the first time in her career after missing out during her 11 previous seasons.

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Dominic Thiem beats Andrey Rublev in a high-quality match at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-4 in a high-quallty match to take the lead in his round-robin group at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Thiem converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Rublev broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Thiem earned his second break at 15 to win the first set 7-5.

The Austrian player converted his only break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and saved Rublev’s only break point chance to seal the second set 6-4 on his third match point.

The 2020 Australian Open finalisti s the only player in his group with two wins.

Dennis Novak bounced back from the defeat in his opening match with a 6-1 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubts about travelling to New York for the US Open and commits to the Madrid Mutua Open

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Rafael Nadal has cast doubts about travelling to New York to play at the US Open and could not defend the title he won last year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will play at the Madrid Mutua Open, which will be held from 12 to 20 September one week after the US Open. The Madrid Mutua Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome are the two clay Masters 1000 tournaments leading to the French Open, which will be held from 27th September to 11th October 2020.

 

“Rafael has confirmed his participation in Madrid. I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September. We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”, said Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

Last year Nadal won his fourth title in New York and the 19th Grand Slam trophy of his career beating Danil Medvedev in five sets. He also won 12 Roland Garros titles, two Wimbledon titles and the Australian Open once.

Novak Djokovic, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the Adria Tour, has not committed to play the US Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Roberto Bautista Agut to take the lead in his round robin group at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 to take the lead in the Soccer Coin round-robin group at the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

Both players earned two break points in the opening set, but they held their serve in the first sixth games. Berrettini converted his second break point chance in the seventh game to take a 4-3. The 2019 US Open semifinalist saved two break points in his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

The second set went on serve in the first four games. Berrettini earned two break points and did not face a single break point chance in the second set. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game at love to take a 3-2 lead. The world number 8 player went up a double break in the ninth game to clinch the second set 6-3.

With two wins in the first two matches Berrettini will face Karen Khachanov in the third and final match of the round robin group. Berrettini hit five aces and won 71% of his first serve points.

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