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Taylor Fritz comes back from one set and a break down to beat Malek Jaziri in Winston Salem

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Taylor Fritz came back from one set and a break down to overcome Malek Jaziri 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the ATP 250 Tournament in Winston after 2 hours and 2 minutes in a hard-fought match. The US Next Gen player fended off 9 of the 12 break points he faced and converted four of his six break points.

 

Fritz started the match with a break to open up a 3-0 lead but dropped his serve twice in the fifth and ninth games to lose six of the next seven games.

Jaziri earned four break points in the third game of the second set but Fritz fended them off before breaking back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. The young US player got another break to close out the second set 6-4.

Fritz got the only break of the decider in the eighth game and served out for the match to win the third ste 6-3.

Earlier this month Fritz reached the quarter final in Los Cabos before losing against eventual champion Thanasi Kokkinakis. Fritz set up a next round match against Yuichi Sugita, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarter finals in Cincinnati.

Donald Young beat Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4 6-2 after one hour and 9 minutes to score his first win since Washington. The US player converted on five of his six break point chances and dropped his serve twice. The match started with five breaks in the first eight games. Young got three consecutive breaks to race out to a 5-2 lead. He did not convert on three set points in the next game before Dutra Silva got one break back to claw his way back to 3-5. Young served out for the opening set. The US player dropped just three points on serve in the second set and broke twice in the third and seventh games to secure his spot for the second round.

“Any win at this level before the US Open builds confidence so every win I get I feel a lot better about myself”, said Fritz.

Kyle Edmung cruised past Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano 6-2 6-3 after 71 minutes. The British player fended off all four break points he faced and converted on three of his nine break point chances. Edmund broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to win the opening set by 6-2. He earned four break points in the fourth game of the second set. Fabbiano saved them but Edmund broke serve in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Edmund saved three break points in the seventh game for 5-2 and served out for the match in the ninth game.

Russian 19-year-old Next Gen player Andrey Rublev beat Steve Darcis 6-4 6-4 after 73 minutes scoring his first win since clinching his first ATP title in Umag. Rublev dropped just two points on his first serve and fended off three of the four break points he faced. He converted on three of the eight break points he created. Darcis fended off three break points in the third game but Rublev earned the break in the ninth break and served out for the first set a few minutes later. Rublev earned an early break to start the second set but Darcis broke back on his fourth break point in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Rublev reeled off 12 of his next 14 points to break serve in the ninth game securing his spot in the next game.

Martin Fucsovics beat Ernests Gulbis 7-6 6-2 after one hour and 33 minutes. The Hungarian player dropped just 16 points in ten service games and never faced a break point Gulbis fended off two break points, including a set point in the 10th game. Fucsovics got three mini-breaks to race out to a 7-1 in the tie-break.

Fucsovic converted on two of his five break points in the first and fifth games to wrap up the match.

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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.

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Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.

 

The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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