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Roger Federer Clinches 90th Title With Win Over Wawrinka In Indian Wells

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Roger Federer has become only the third man in the Open Era to win 90 titles on the ATP Tour after battling past Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5, in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The highly anticipated final showdown lived up to it’s expectation from the onset with an outstanding service display from both players. Throughout the opening set Federer dropped just four points behind his serve, drawing admiration from the highly animated crowd. Wawrinka was also in sharp form with a series of blistering serves. With little separating the two, it was a controversial decision by the umpire that aided Federer to the first set.

As Wawrinka served at 15-30, his shot was called out by the umpire, who insisted that ball was ‘100% out’. Unknown to the US Open champion was that the hawk-eye system had actually concluded that the ball was in. A forehand error from Wawrinka followed, elevating Federer to the first break point of the match and also set point. Federer’s ability to limit that amount of time Wawrinka has on his shots proved pivotal on set point. Engaged in a thrilling 17-shot rally, the world No.3 succumbed by smashing a forehand shot into the net.

Wawrinka’s response to dropping the opening set was that of sheer determination. Treating the Californian crowd with an array of impressive shots from both the backhand and forehand side, an early break for a 2-0 lead revived his match chances. The early offensive by the current US Open champion was soon short lived after a tentative service game was rightfully punished by Federer, who broke back to level 2-2.

Federer’s ability to vary his shots once again regained his control in the match as Wawrinka was forced to keep guessing. A game away from victory, a roar erupted inside the stadium as the crowd cheered Federer on. On the other hand, Wawrinka had his own plans by using his power to level the second set at 5-5. Still the outcome of the match was never in doubt. Two games later a Wawrinka backhand error moved Federer to his first championship point. It was only one that he needed as the 18-time grand slam champion sealed victory with a glorious forehand volley at the net.

“It’s been just a fairytale week once again. I’m still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing.” Said Federer.
“I was very sad when I couldn’t come here (Indian Wells) last year. Just being here is a beautiful feeling. It’s one of my favourite tournaments.” He added.

At the age of 35 years and seven months, Federer is the oldest man in history to win a Masters 1000 title. He achieved the accomplishment with the help of a 74% winning service rate, 23 winners and two aces.

Federer’s triumph comes at the expense of Wawrinka, who was clearly emotional following his 20th loss to his compatriot. The US Open champion has only ever won one Masters 1000 title at the 2014 Monte Carlo Open.

“I’m sorry, I’m just tired after ten days.” Wawrinka said as he fought back his tears.“I would like to congratulate Roger. He’s (Federer) laughing, he’s an ass-whole.” He then joked.
“I’ve lost some tough matches against you, but when you played in the final at Australia I was still your biggest fan.”

Federer has now won his 25th Masters 1000 title and is 6-0 against top-10 players this season. He now leads Wawrinka 20-3 in their head-to-head.

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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