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Novak Djokovic Ready To Get Back On Track In Mexico

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This week is all about redemption for Novak Djokovic as he makes his debut at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco, Mexico.

 

A month ago the former world No.1 experienced his worst performance at the Australian Open since 2006, crashing out in the second round to Denis Istomin. Keen to return to the winning form which saw him lift the Doha Open title at the start of the year, Djokovic has opted to play in Mexico for the first time in his career after being awarded a wildcard.

“I haven’t experienced the first-week Australian Open loss for many years,” said Djokovic . “But… it’s kind of normal and expected to go through those times when you’re not playing as best as you can maybe, as best as you want to be, or maybe the opponent has an amazing day. It’s sport. You have to deal with it, and you can always learn much more from the losses.”

Djokovic’s presence in Acapulco is a massive coup for the ATP 500 tournament, which features five top-10 players. According to reports, tickets for the event are being resold for a value of up to 6,000 euros since news broke of the world No.2 joining the event.

“It’s very impressive. It’s going to be a hard tournament,” the 12-time grand slam champion admitted.

The loss to Istomin in Melbourne has had little impact on Djokovic’s confidence, who believes he is in a better state of mind than the end of last year. In 2016 the Serbian was hindered by numerous issues, both mental and physical. Between August-December, he went without a title after falling short at the US Open and ATP World Tour Finals. His final match of 2016 against Andy Murray saw Djokovic struggle as he lost in straight sets.

“All in all, I feel that I’m in a much better state of mind than maybe I was at the end of last year. So I keep on going. I love this sport. That’s why I’m playing it. That’s why I’m here. I’m just hoping that I can stay healthy and as dedicated as best as I can be,” he said.

Chasing after his 68th ATP title in Mexico, the 29-year-old has his work cut out. Djokovic will begin his campaign against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. Then he faces potential clashes with Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal on route to the trophy.

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking. The player from Tandil has not played since suffering from a knee injury at the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament, when he slipped on the grass, but was able to win his first round match against Denis Shapovalov. A scan revealed a knee injury. The Argentine underwent a season-ending knee surgery in Barcelona on 22nd June. As a cosequence Del Potro has dropped to world number 123 in the ATP Ranking during his six-month lay-off from the ATP Tour.

 

The former world number 3 will make his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarter final twice in 2009 and 2012.

During his 2019 season Del Potro reached the quarter final in Delray Beach and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in Rome quarter final. He beat Yoshito Nishioka in five sets en route to Roland Garros fourth round before losing to Karen Khachanov.

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Jannik Sinner reveals his plan for the 2020 season

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Jannik Sinner has revealed his plans for the first half of the 2020 season, which will start in Australia at the Canberra Challenger before his debut at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Sinner will return to Europe next February to play three indoor tournaments in Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille. In March the 18-year-old Italian player will make his debut in the “Sunshine Double” tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. He will then return to Europe to play in the tournaments of clay swing in Monte-Carlo, Munich, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Sinner started the year ranked world number 553 and reached his career high as world number 78 at the end of the 2019 season. The Italian teenager won three ATP Challenger titles in Bergamo, Lexington and Ortisei and advanced to Antwerp semifinal as a 18-year-old wildcard. He became the youngest ATP Tour semifinalist since Borna Coric in Basel 2013. At the Rome Internazionali d’Italia Sinner saved one match point against Steve Johnson in ATP Masters 1000 debut as wildcard before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. Sinner lost to Stan Wawrinka in the first round in his debut Grand Slam tournament at the US Open. Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan beating Alex De Minaur in the final. The player coached by Riccardo Piatti and Andrea Volpini reached the semifinal in the ATP Challenger in Mouilleron Le Captif and scored his first ATP 500 win in Vienna.

Sinner has joined an exclusive “club” of only four 18-year-old players, who have managed to finish the season inside the top 80 in the ATP Rankings since 2000. Rafael Nadal was the first to reach the top 80  as under 18-year-old player twice in 2003 and 2004. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic joined Nadal in their final under 18 season in 2005. Twelve years later Denis Shapovalov entered the club in 2017 when he reached the semifinal at the Rogers Cup on home soil in Montreal and the fourth round at the US Open.

 

 

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Caroline Wozniacki To Face Serena Williams In Farewell Match

Details have been released about a special event that will take place in honour of the former world No.1.

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After announcing her retirement from tennis at the start of next year, Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed that she will play one final match in her home country before hanging up her racket for good.

 

Danish media have reported that the 2018 Australian Open champion will play at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen next May. A multi-purpose arena that can hold a capacity of up to 12,500 people for sporting events. Described by the promoters as Wozniacki’s ‘final match’ on Danish soil, she will play against rival and friend Serena Williams.

“The time has come when I stop my career and I am very much looking forward to playing my very last home game in front of such a large audience. It will be something very special and a day I really look forward to.” Wozniacki told tv2.dk.
“The end point of my career cannot be better than at home and against tennis’ greatest female player ever. It’s going to be a magnificent night I’ll never forget, I’m sure.” She added.

Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times on the WTA Tour, but has only won one of their meetings. Which was at the 2012 Miami Open. It is not the first time the two have played an exhibition match against each other. In 2016 Williams won their encounter in Madison Square Garden, New York. Meanwhile, last year Wozniacki also played Williams’ sister Venus in Denmark to mark her triumph at the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old will be hoping that the upcoming showdown will be the perfect send off as she exits the sport. During her career, Wozniacki has won 30 WTA titles and spent 71 weeks as world No.1. She has also won 432 hard court matches, which is more than any other non-American player on the women’s tour.

“I want to thank everyone for the incredible support they have shown me throughout my career and I hope that as many people as possible want to come and give me perfect send off. I would be very grateful for that.” She said.

The farewell match will take place on May 18th, which is exactly a week before the start of the French Open for Williams.

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