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Rafael Nadal makes comfortable work of Donald Young to reach Wimbledon third round




Fourth seed and two-time former champion Rafael Nadal kept up his strong Wimbledon showing so far, moving past American lefty Donald Young 6-4 6-2, 7-5 into the third round at the All England Club.


15-time Grand Slam champion and world number two Rafael Nadal powered past American left-hander Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014. The two-time former champion kept up his strong form so far at SW19, blasting an impressive 37 winners to only 16 unforced errors in a solid two hours and 11 minutes.

“It was a good match again. Almost all the time more or less under control.” Nadal evaluated about his performance.
“I think I played a solid match. Serving well. It’s true that in the third I served a little bit worse. But in general terms, I am happy. I played well.” He later added.

In the opener, the tone was set early by Nadal as the fourth-seeded Spaniard took an immediate break of the Young serve on his first time of asking before backing that up with a comfortable hold to race out to an early lead as the American’s forehand let him down. The pair took care of their serves in routine fashion for the next six games as the scoreline moved to 5-3 with Young looking to serve to stay in the set. The world number 43 managed to hang onto his serve to force the two-time champion to serve out the first set, something Nadal did with ease as he held to love to close out the opening set 6-4 off another Young error.

The second set began with a case of deja vu for the unseeded American lefty as Nadal broke in the opening game of the second set just like in the first, taking the advantage on his first time of asking to go up 2-0 after consolidating the lead. Nadal and Young shared holds of serve the following two games before a determined world number two was able to once again push Young on his serve, eventually breaking through on his fifth time of asking to seize the double break for a 4-1 lead.

The 15-time major winner continued to steam ahead as he held with ease again, forcing the American to serve to stay in the second set. Young was able to force the two-time champion to serve for a two-sets-to-love lead but Nadal made no mistake with his opportunity, withstanding two impressive volley winners from Young on set point to save a break point and convert his third set point to take the second set 6-2 and move one set from the third round at SW19.

Rafael Nadal hits a slice backhand at Wimbledon in London/Zimbio/Clive Brunskill

The first six games of the third set featured both players untroubled on their serves, as neither faced a break point to bring the score to 3-all. Multiple errors the following game from Young gifted the Spaniard the break for 4-3 before the two-time champion backed that up with an easy hold to love punctuated by a big ace to go up 5-3. Looking to serve to stay in the match, some confident play from Young helped him to edge his way to a hold and force the fourth seed to serve out the second round win. A poor service game as he looked to close out the match from Nadal gifted the break to Young as on only his third break point of the match, a lucky net cord went the American’s way to level the set at 5-all.

Despite being broken as he attempted to serve for the match the prior game, the two-time champion bounced right back, punishing the Young serve to take a routine break off a big forehand winner and give himself another chance to serve out a spot in the third round. This time around though Nadal made no mistake of his opportunity, serving out the match to love to win 6-4, 6-2, 7-5  and move onto the third round at Wimbledon.

Khachanov test awaits

Embarking upon the third round at SW19 for the eighth time in her career, Nadal’s next test will be Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The Spaniard is fully aware of the threat he faces. The two have previously practice together on multiple occasions with Nadal describing the 21-year-old as ‘a great player in all aspects.’

Nadal respect for his younger opponent is one of the reasons why he refuses to get ahead of himself in the draw. Despite recently winning his tenth French Open title, the grass has been a surface that has brought mixed feeling for Nadal over the years.

“I don’t know how deep I can go on the draw or not, but I really don’t think about that now.” He explained.
“The only thing is today I won another match here in Wimbledon. That mean a lot to me. I’m happy tomorrow I have a practice day, and then after tomorrow again another  match.”

If everything goes according to the seedings at Wimbledon, Nadal will play Andy Murray in the semifinals. The winner of that match would become world No.1.



Daniil Medvedev Backs Djokovic’s Refusal To Disclose Vaccination Status

The Russian shares his view about comments made by Djokovic to a Serbian newspaper earlier this week.




Daniil Medvedev (Garrett Ellwood/USTA)

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev says he agrees with Novak Djokovic that players shouldn’t be forced to disclose information about their medical history amid speculation over the vaccination status of the world No.1.


During a recent interview with Blic newspaper Djokovic refused to reveal whether or not he had been jabbed against COVID-19 which has raised questions over his ability to participate in next year’s Australian Open. According to a government minister, It is expected that only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to enter the country but an official confirmation is yet to be issued. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has hit out at the media over what he believes has been an unfair portrayal of those who have some reservations about the vaccine. Djokovic, who contracted COVID-19 last year, had previously said he didn’t want to be in a situation where he would be forced to have a vaccination.

“There is a lot of division in the society, not only in sports, but in the whole society, between those who have not been vaccinated and have been vaccinated. And that’s really scary. That we fell for discriminating against someone if he wants to decide for himself one way or another, whether he wants to be vaccinated or not,” he told Blic.
“It’s really…I am very disappointed with the world society at this moment and the way in which the media transmit and put pressure on all people. There is too much ambiguity, too much information that is not valid, so it turns out that it is, so it is not, everything changes a lot.”

Medvedev, who beat Djokovic in this year’s US Open final, says ‘likes’ the view of his peer. Speaking to reporters at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, the world No.2 also said he would not be disclosing his vaccination status publicly. Medvedev was due to Moscow this week but withdrew due to fatigue.

“I liked what Novak said about this. He said the vaccination was a personal matter and he would not be making it public. And I also decided not to disclose medical things,” he said.
“As for Australia: there everyone will see who is vaccinated and who is not. Of course, the players can say that they are injured, but this will be a play on words.’
“I want to play in Australia, that’s all I can say.” He added.

According to Djokovic, Tennis Australia are set to confirm their rules for players wanting to play at the Australian Open at some stage next month.

So far this season Medvedev has won 50 matches and four trophies on the ATP Tour. Besides the US Open, he was also victorious at Marseille, Mallorca and Canada. Earlier this year he became the first player outside of the Big Four to crack the world’s top two since Lleyton Hewitt back in 2005.

The next couple of weeks will be a challenge for the Russian who will be aiming to defend his title at both the Paris Masters and ATP Finals. Looking further ahead, he hopes to one day dethrone Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

“The goal is to win more Slams, become world №1 and be in the top for many more years. For this I train and will continue to do it with even greater dedication,” Medvedev stated. “But again, the main goal is to improve and be demanding of yourself. It’s impossible to win everything, no one won 60 matches in a row, but if you play well, there will be victories.”

However, one obstacle in Medvedev’s way continues to be the Big Three who are a trio made up of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that has dominated the men’s Tour in recent years.

“Like everything in life, their dominance will also pass,” he commented. “Roger and Rafa finished the season early, they had injuries, they didn’t play the US Open, that’s a fact. But still, out of the last 20 “slams” 17 or 18 were taken by those three guys. The three of them are the greatest tennis players in history. Due to the fact that they are getting old, it became a little easier for us to play with them, in this regard we were lucky.”

Medvedev is currently 1800 points behind Djokovic in the ATP rankings.

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Andy Murray Blasts Own Performance Following Antwerp Exit

The Brit was far from happy about his latest match in Austria.




Andy Murray (image via https://twitter.com/EuroTennisOpen)

Former world No.1 Andy Murray said he had a ‘poor attitude’ during his second round defeat at the European Open on Thursday.


The three-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of the tournament in straight sets by second seed Diego Schwartzman who prevailed 6-4, 7-6(6). Murray started the match on good footing by opening up a 4-1 lead before losing five games in a row. The second set was a closer encounter between the two as they exchanged breaks before the Agretianian edged his way to the victory in the tiebreak.

“Mentally, today (Thursday) I was poor,” Murray told reporters after the match. “My attitude was poor on the court and those are two things you can control. If they’re not there, that also will make the decision-making harder.
“You’re not going to get every single one (decision) right in the match, but you also have to be present enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the points and why you are winning and losing points.”

It was in Antwerp two years ago where Murray won his last Tour title by defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final. Since then it has been a frustrating journey for the Brit who now plays with a metal hip and has also been troubled by other issues over the past year. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 12-11 and he has only reached the quarter-final stage at one event which was in Metz. Murray also reached the third round at both Wimbledon and Indian Wells.

Outlining his plans for the rest of the year, Murray has confirmed that he will play in both Vienna and Stockholm. He also has his sight set on the Paris Masters where he could enter into the qualifying draw if he doesn’t receive a wildcard. Murray is currently ranked 172nd in the world.

“There’ll be a decision on the final Paris wildcard on Monday, but I might even play the qualis there,” he said. “Sport is a results business. Play well or poorly doesn’t really matter if you lose matches. You need to be winning. That’s what I want in the last few tournaments. They are really strong tournaments and there are no guarantees the results will come, but I want to win more matches.”

Meanwhile, Schwartzman will take on America’s Brandon Nakashima in the quarter-finals on Friday. This week the 29-year-old is seeking only his second Tour title on a hardcourt and his first since the 2019 Los Cabos Open in Mexico.

“It was a pleasure to play against Andy,” Schwartzman said in his on-court interview. “We had not played before and he is coming back and every week he is playing better and moving better. I have a lot of respect because when I grew up playing tennis, I was watching Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal], Andy and Novak [Djokovic] and right now playing against him, is a pleasure for me.”

Schwartzman is one of only three seeded players to make it through to the last eight along with Jannik Sinner and Lloyd Harris.

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New British No.1 Cameron Norrie Inspired By Compatriot Raducanu

The Indian Wells champion believes Raducanu’s triumph will trigger a new generation of players in the country.




Cameron Norrie ad Indian Wells 2021 (Credits: @BNPPARIBASOPEN on Twitter)

Cameron Norrie says he drew inspiration from Emma Raducanu prior to winning the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.


The world No.16 stunned the men’s field at the tournament where he had never won a main draw match prior to this year. Norrie defeated Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Nikoloz Basilashvili to become the first player from his country to win the prestigious title. The run has resulted in him achieving a series of career milestones. After claiming his maiden Masters 1000 title, Norrie has broken into the world’s top 20 for the first time this week and has overtaken Dan Evans to become British No.1.

Norrie credits Raducanu’s US Open run for inspiring him and believes her success is ‘huge for British tennis.’ The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in history to win a major title in New York as she won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set. Her victories include wins over top 20 players Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari.

“That was utterly incredible what she did in New York. To come through qualifying and then to go out and just whack every opponent that she had,” he told Sky Sports.
“She won in straight sets and to do that at such a young age. To do it with that kind of confidence and come out and own every match was extremely impressive.
“It will definitely give the girls around her ranking where she was before the US Open a lot of confidence and a lot of belief.
“I was inspired by her triumph in New York. It’s huge for British tennis. I think for sure it’s going to put a lot of rackets in hand for the next generation of younger boys and girls to start playing tennis at home in the UK.”

Norrie himself is currently in the midst of what has been a breakout season for the 26-year-old who was a former top-ranked player in the US during his college years. He ties Novak Djokovic for most appearances in a Tour final this season at six. Three of those finals were on a hardcourt, two on the clay and one on grass. He won his maiden Tour title in July at the Los Cabos Open. Norrie has also scored multiple wins over top 10 players this season for the first time in his career – beating Dominic Thiem in Lyon and Andrey Rublev in San Diego.

“I want to get to world No 1, that’s the ultimate goal. Everyone on my team has the same target. Clearly it’s extremely difficult to do, and there’s a long road ahead. But we set high expectations and we’re going to strive towards them.” Norrie told The Telegraph earlier this week.

Norrie enters the final stretch of the 2021 season with 47 match wins to his name and is within contention of qualifying for the ATP Finals. To put that into perspective, since its inception in 1970 only three British players has ever participated in the event.

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