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Novak Djokovic in action at the Australian Open (zimbio.com)

Novak Djokovic will not play a tournament in February after deciding not to take a wildcard into the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The announcement came shortly after he helped guide Serbia to a 3-0 win over Russia in their Davis Cup tie. Djokovic participated in the second singles match on Friday, claiming a win over Daniil Medvedev, who retired in the fourth set due to cramps. During that encounter, the world No.2 revealed that he was experiencing discomfort with his shoulder.

“My shoulder hurts. I apologize to the crowd in Nis because it was a bad match. The win is always a win, it’s very important to go through a match like this, it gives me confidence, even if I am sorry for Medvedev because we have a good relationship.” Djokovic said on Friday.

It is unclear how significant the issue is and if it was the reason behind Djokovic’s decision to Skip Dubai, a tournament that he hasn’t missed since 2006. The 14-time champion was recently asked about the severity of the issue by Serbian media, but was reluctant in providing an answer.

“I would not go into the details of my injury.” Blic Sport reported Djokovic as saying. “Almost none of the athletes can not play without pain, but that I will not go into the details.”

In the first two months of the season, Djokovic has played only seven matches on the ATP Tour. At the Doha Open he won his 67th ATP title by overcoming Andy Murray in three sets. Then at the Australian Open, he suffered a shock second round loss to Denis Istomin.

Djokovic currently trails Murray by 1715 points in the race to world No.1 on the Emirates rankings. This gap could increase within the next couple of weeks if Murray wins the Dubai tennis championships.

The 29-year-old will return to action at the first Masters 1000 tournament of the season, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Last year Djokovic defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final to win the tournament for a record fifth time. The event will get underway on March 6th.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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