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Jerzy Janowicz Overcomes Coaching Crisis To Defeat Grigor Dimitrov In Stuttgart

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Jerzy Janowicz produced a stunning performance to beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(4) 6-3, a day after his temporary coach Gunter Bresnik had a few choice words to say about the Pole’s behaviour.

 

It was a fascinating match at the Mercedes Cup today as Jerzy Janowicz, who is aiming to make it back into the world’s top 100 faces world number 12 Grigor Dimitrov. Although their playing styles are not similar, one thing that is similar is their wasted potential. The Bulgarian should be a grand slam champion already in many people’s eyes while Janowicz’s attitude has prevented him from being a threat in the game. The first was at tight as it can be with both players holding comfortably on serve. Jerzy’s returns were a key feature during this match and was causing the Bulgarian all sorts of problems unexpectedly. However this tight battle was evident as not even a single break point was created between the two players. As a result the first set went to a tiebreak and it was the Pole who capitalised on his opportunities the most to take the first set on a tiebreak 7-4.

The second set saw a much more open contest as the struggling Bulgarian was trying to break down the Pole’s serve in order to win the match. His best opportunity came in the seventh game when he had a plethora of break point opportunities on Janowicz’s serve. However the Pole stood firm and a number of huge serves and big forehands saved these break points with authority for a 4-3 lead. This only increased Janowicz’s belief as he broke to 15 to grab the first break of the match at a crucial time. An unforced error from the Bulgarian secured the match for Janowicz in 1 hour and 18 minutes. Jerzy Janowicz produced a solid performance for the best win of the season, he will play Benoit Paire or Peter Gojowczyk in the Quarterfinals.

Coaching Crisis Overshadows Win

Despite the win there is a coaching crisis that has overshadowed his win against Dimitrov today. At the end of last season Jerzy Janowicz sacked Kimi Tilikainen as his coach and brought in the coach of Dominic Thiem, Gunter Bresnik. However that relationship seems to have ended very quickly as in a recent interview, the Austrian spoke of Janowicz’s recent laziness, here is what he said:

Jerzy has the potential to be in the top 10. He arguably moves the best amongst the big guys. So he was with us in Spain, Australia and Sofia however are relationship isn’t particularly strong now. He was making many excuses not to practice such a short injuries and health. He comes to a tennis tournament two days before it starts and only practices once. He is stubborn and immune to my advice and he makes you feel ignored, that’s against my philosophy. It was a week after his loss at Roland Garros and he didn’t even call me as to what I said next.”

So it seems like that relationship has faded which is a real shame as Bresnik could have added a lot to Jerzy’s game. Janowicz is temporarily teaming up with fellow Polish tennis player Michal Przysiezny in Stuttgart.

 

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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