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Roger Federer loses 3-set battle to Tommy Haas in first match back



Tommy Haas, at 39 years old, has become only the second player to defeat Roger Federer in 2017, winning on the Stuttgart grass 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4. 


The only other player to beat the reigning Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami champion this year is world No. 95  Evgeny Donskoy, who won a three-setter in Dubai in March.

This was Federer’s first competitive match in over two months, as he skipped the entire clay-court season to prepare for the faster surfaces.

“He hasn’t played a match in 10 weeks. The first match is always the toughest, so maybe deep down I felt to myself there’s maybe a small chance if I can serve well, play well [and] hold my serve. You never know what can happen,” Haas said on-court after the match.

Federer plowed through the first set with relative ease.

In the opening game, Haas lost his serve at 15. Federer followed it up with a 15 hold on a forehand volley winner. Haas later got on the board with an ace to hold for 1-2.

Federer, up 3-2, faced a break point, but he saved it with a short forehand winner and won the game with two aces — one a slice and one up the T. Haas then got broken on a forehand error, and Federer consolidated to love with a forehand winner, taking the first set 6-2.

To start the second set, Haas held to 15 on an ace, making chalk fly up. Federer then held on a smash and broke with a backhand return winner down the line. But Haas took the break back immediately on a netted Federer forehand for 2-2.

Four holds later, at 4-4, Federer had a break point. Haas pulled out the game with an ace out wide, a slice backhand pass and a missed Federer backhand.

This meant Federer had to serve at 4-5 to stay in the set. The seven-time Wimbledon champion held to 30 on a short crosscourt forehand winner.

Haas held again for a 6-5 lead, putting Federer in another must-hold situation. Federer responded by swiftly holding to love to force a tiebreak.

Haas snagged the first mini-break on a missed Federer forehand for a 6-4 lead in the tiebreak. The German then lost his serve at 6-5, failing to convert either of his set points. 6-6. Federer later lost both his serve and the set on a double-fault for 8-10, sending the match to a decider.

Haas, down 1-2 in the third, fought off three break points to hold. Federer then lost his serve on a bad backhand, letting Haas go up a break.

Haas consolidated by saving four break points to go up 4-2. Federer then aced for 3-4. Haas held to make it 5-3. Federer aced for 4-5, and Haas had the opportunity to serve for the match.

Haas served the match out to 15, advancing to the quarterfinals of this 250 event, where he will face veteran serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev, who stunned world No. 1 Andy Murray in Melbourne earlier in the year.

Although Zverev is a veteran, he is a decade younger than Haas.


Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid



Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy


Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London



The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.


Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.


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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei



Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.


The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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