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Simona Halep, Grigor Dimitrov win Tie Break Tens Madrid

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The third iteration of Tie Break Tens, a fast-paced exhibition event, took place in Madrid on Thursday night.

 

Simona Halep won the women’s final by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 10-6, and Grigor Dimitrov won the men’s championship with a 10-7 win over Feliciano Lopez.

The event’s headliner, Maria Sharapova, made a first-round exit, losing to Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig.

More background: Tie Break Tens Guide

Round 1

Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Madison Keys 12-10

Keys looked strong on her serve and forehand, but she got broken twice on missed backhand volleys, which ended up costing her the match.

Grigor Dimitrov d. Dan Evans 14-12

It was an inconsistent showing from both players, but Evans was the sloppier of the two. Still, the Brit nearly mounted an impressive comeback; he was down 2-8 at one point and managed to bring the score to 12-12.

Agnieszka Radwanska d. Garbiñe Muguruza 10-5

Unlike Evans, Radwanska completed her comeback. Muguruza got off to a 5-1 start, but Radwanska then won nine consecutive points.

Fernando Verdasco d. Lucas Pouille 10-6

The Madrid native breezed passed the world No. 14.

Simona Halep d. Johanna Konta 10-2

The 2014 French Open finalist steamrolled over the 2017 Miami champion.

Tomas Berdych d. Jack Sock 12-10

Sock took some massive cuts on his forehand, but not all of them paid off.

Monica Puig d. Maria Sharapova 10-6

Sharapova showed flashes of the greatness that got her five Grand Slams, but she was ultimately outplayed in the nine-minute mini match.

Feliciano Lopez d. Stan Wawrinka 10-1

The biggest name in the men’s draw fell behind 0-6 heading into the changeover. Lopez’s domination then continued to complete the breadstick.

Semifinals

Kuznetsova d. Radwanska 10-6

Kuznetsova straight-up outhit Radwanska, who has had a disappointing 2017 so far by her standards.

Dimitrov d. Verdasco 10-8

Dimitrov overcame an early deficit to put away the local favourite.

Halep d. Puig 10-5

Halep advanced to the final with a forehand winner.

Lopez d. Berdych 10-8

Berdych committed a crucial double fault up 8-7, handing the Spaniard the break he needed to win the match.

Finals

Halep d. Kuznetsova 10-6

Kuznetsova fell apart midway through the match, and in this unforgiving format, that was all enough for the Romanian needed to run away with it.

Dimitrov d. Lopez 10-7

Dimitrov’s dominant spot serving and soft touch allowed him play the entire tiebreak from ahead to win the trophy.

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David Goffin Out Of Wimbledon Following Halle Accident

It has been reported that the unfortunate injury he suffered is ‘more serious’ than a sprain.

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David Goffin has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after suffering an ankle injury during the Noventi Open earlier this week.

 

The former top 10 player was taking on Corentin Moutet in Halle where he slipped on the grass and subsequently hurt his right ankle. Forcing the Belgian to retire from the match at the start of the third set. Providing an update on Goffin’s health, agent Martin Roux said he is unsure how long he will be absent from the Tour for.

“Yes, David has officially withdrawn from Wimbledon following his ankle injury in Halle. For the moment we do not know more about the exact duration of unavailability, ” Roux told lesoir.be. “He is of course disappointed to miss a Grand Slam tournament, especially since he had recovered well on grass before his injury. “

Elaborating further, Roux confirmed Goffin’s injury is ‘more serious’ than a sprain and tests are ongoing to assess the extent of the damage which has been caused to the ankle. It is not the first time he has suffered a freak accident on the court. During the 2018 Rotterdam Open he hurt his eye after a tennis ball rebounded into his face, forcing him to pull out of Marseille and Indian Wells that year.

“David told me that it was more serious than a minor sprain, after exams in Belgium.”Roux added. “The ankle has not yet deflated (stopped swelling). David realizes that ice and bandages won’t be enough to play. The ligaments must be affected in one way or another. The idea is to do new exams at the end of the week in order to then have a healing protocol, especially since after Wimbledon the Olympic Games will arrive quickly. These are now his next goals. “

The 30-year-old has achieved a win-loss record of 14-13 so far in 2021 and won his fifth ATP title in Montpellier. He has also reached the semi-finals in Antalya and quarter-finals in Monte Carlo. However, recently Goffin has struggled on the Tour with Halle being the fifth tournament in a row where he has failed to win back-to-back matches.

Goffin is currently ranked 13th in the world.

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Dominic Thiem Follows Nadal In Olympic Games Snub

The world No.5 says his decision is related to his performance on the Tour so far this season.

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Dominic Thiem training at the 2021 Lyon Open (photographer Sammy Dancyger - Owned by Sport Plus Conseil - GM Sports Consulting)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the Olympic Games in order to focus on his title defence at the US Open later this year.

 

The 27-year-old issued a statement on Thursday saying he was ‘not ready’ to play in Tokyo following what has been a roller-coaster start to the season. Thiem enters Wimbledon with a win-loss record of 9-8 and recently lost in the first round of the French Open. His best results so far this year were reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.

“Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” the 27-year-old Austrian wrote on Twitter.
“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher.
“However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
“My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title.”

Thiem, who also skipped the 2016 Olympics, had previously said that his views on the multi-sport event have changed over recent time. During one interview with Tennis Deutschland he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play at the Olympics and he would ‘definitely play’ at the event if he had the chance to. Thiem is coached on the Tour by Nicolas Massu who won a gold medal back in 2004.

The world No.5 says he hopes to be able to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris where the tennis tournament will be held at Roland Garros. The same venue as the French Open.

On the same day as Thiem’s announcement on Thursday, Rafael Nadal was another player to confirm he would not be travelling to Tokyo, as well as Wimbledon, in order to recover from the clay season. The Spaniard said he wants to take a break from the Tour in order to preserve his body and prolong his career on the Tour.

The Olympic tennis event will take place between July 24th – August 1st. Andy Murray is the defending champion in the men’s tournament.

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Sebastian Korda sets up quarter final clash against Ugo Humbert in Halle

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Sebastian Korda came back from one set down to beat Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-3 7-5 at the NOVENTI Open in Halle setting up a quarter final match against Ugo Humbert, who upset Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 in 1 hour and 53 minutes 

 

Both players went on serve with no breaks of serve. Zverev won 84% of his first serve points. Humbert won the first set tie-break when Zverev netted a forehand. 

Zverev converted his first break point at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, when Humbert sent his backhand long. Zverev held on his next service games to claim the second set 6-3. Humbert earned the break in the fourth game of the third set to close out the third set 6-3. 

“I don’t particularly know what I could have done differently. Ugo was serving incredibly well in the first set. We both barely won points on each other’s serve. Then in the third set, I think he found his rhythm from the baseline. He was outplaying me. It is not a great result for me, but I don’t know what I could have done differently”, said Zverev. 

Korda reached the first ATP Tour final of his first career at Delray Beach, the quarter final in Miami and won his firts ATP Tour title on clay at the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma. 

Nishikori broke twice in the first set to open up a 4-1 lead. The Japanese player won 67% of his second serve points and saved two break points in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-2 in 31 minutes. Korda broke serve in the sixth game after seven deuces and held serve in another hard-fought game to race out to a 5-2 lead. The US player served out the second set 6-3 to force the match to the third set. 

Nishikori saved three break points in a nine-minute first game. The decider went on serve until the 11th game, when Korda broke Nishikori with a lob. Korda fended off a break point as he served out the match at deuce in the 12th game. “I would say it was good level from both of us. I think I played almost too good in the first set. He then started making more balls and changed his position. He started playing better in the second set.I think the third set could go both ways. I had many chances, but he played good points and he deserved to win as he took risks”, said Korda. 

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