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Dustin Brown (zimbio.com)

HALLE: Every tennis journalist approaches writing a daily story in a different way. Today with No. 1 seed, Roger Federer of Switzerland, No. 3 seed, Kei Nishikori of Japan, No. 4 seed, Alexander Zverev of Germany and No. 6 seed, Lucas Pouille of France in action at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, there is a smorgasbord full of topic choices. Once the focus is decided on, the construction of the tale begins. And this is the fun aspect of the job.

 

Finding a way to capture a reader’s attention is enjoyable, as well as a test. Allowing creativity to “roam”, enables thoughts to flow and the journey to begin. The difficult part is not falling back on themes used in previous narratives. In other words, making the piece new and interesting, and most important – readable.

A journalist can select a match or matches, depending on the demands made by the publication, develop a storyline then watch what takes place. Hope is part of the process because a contrary result can destroy the approach that has been planned. If the puzzle pieces come together, all that is needed is a post-match quote or two and the story is ready for presentation.

Quotes can often make or break a narrative. To depend on insights from a competitor, occasionally calls for a walk through dangerous territory that could be filled with missteps or in some cases, outright stumbles. Stated simply, this may depend on a player. Many, no matter how elated or disappointed they are following a contest, will give the media workable responses to questions they are asked. Some, though, are only quotable following a victory. Losses bring about a cascade of verbal nothingness that must then be worked into something that will capture the attention of readers.

On Monday, two German players prevailed in three-set contests. The difference in their after-match comments reflected a variance in their personalities and the way they approach playing the game on the elite level.

After Philipp Kohlschreiber slipped past Joao Sousa of Portugal, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, he offered a mixed bag of thoughts. He began by saying, “I wasn’t that happy with my game today. I don’t think there is a need to go into details.” But, then he did,  adding, “There were just too many mistakes.” He concluded, “But, the positives I am taking from that match are that I moved well and was mentally strong. I really wanted to win the match, and now I’m in the second round.”

Dustin Brown survived a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 tussle with qualifier Vasek Pospisil of Canada. Following the contest, Brown explained, “I think he returned well and that doesn’t help me. He knows exactly what he is doing on grass. He was a quarterfinalist in singles (2015) and won the doubles (with Jack Sock in 2014) at Wimbledon. I feel I kept my calm and tried to use my chances to somehow win sets.”

Kohlschreiber is 33-years old and became a professional in 2001. He is a year older than Brown, who made the move to play for money just a year after Kohlschreiber. They differ in height as well as dispositions. Kohlschreiber stands 5’10” and Brown is a lofty 6’5”. One is a confirmed baseliner who appears to be staid and reserved – actually, controlled says it better. The other sports dread-locks, and is a serve and volleyer who is entertaining, effervescent and outgoing.

“I actually live by being very solid at the baseline and that’s not the case yet,” Kohlschreiber admitted. “Maybe I’ll sleep unbelievably well tonight, have an awesome practice day, and play as if I were from another planet. Who knows?”

Brown, whose favorite surface is grass, offered, “The Stadion Court plays faster than the other courts. I have played a few more matches and practiced a lot on the courts. I have tried to change things. I have also watched the other guys to see how they are playing. You can see that every player is returning much better. I have the feeling that many more first serves are being returned. It’s not so easy, and you have to find your way into a match.”

Words convey messages and both Kohlschreiber and Brown made a number of solid points. They also provided room for reading between the lines that might lead to opportunities for speculation. That, of course, was not the reason this story was written. Clarity may be in the eye of the beholder, because words can, on occasion, be just words. It depends on a journalist to offer their view using a player’s perspective and explain it by using a player’s own words

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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