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The ATP World Tour moves to Asia for two hard-court tournaments in China, in Chengdu and Shenzhen. 

The Chengdu Open (Prize Money 1,028,885$) is an ATP 250 event taking place at the Sichuan International Tennis Center, which boasts 20 hard courts and 12 indoor courts. The second-ever edition will be played from the 23rd of September to the 2nd of October. Russia’s Karen Khachanov is the defending champion.

The ATP 250 Shenzhen Open (Prize Money 666,960$) has been played since 2014 at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, where Tomas Berdych from Czech Republic won the last two editions. The dates of the tournament will be the same ones as Chengdu, with the qualifying starting on Saturday.

 

ATP Chengdu (CHN, Hard Outdoor) entry list:
1 Thiem, Dominic AUT 8
2 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 12
3 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 24
4 Khachanov, Karen RUS 32
OUT Mannarino, Adrian FRA 36
OUT Verdasco, Fernando ESP 40
7 Edmund, Kyle GBR 45
8 Sugita, Yuichi JPN 46
9 Troicki, Viktor SRB 47
10 Coric, Borna CRO 50
11 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 53
12 Rublev, Andrey RUS 55
13 Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 56
14 Donaldson, Jared USA 60
15 Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE 61
16 Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 65
17 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 72
18 Pella, Guido ARG 75
19 Pospisil, Vasek CAN 78
OUT (SE)
21 SE Gojowczyk, Peter GER 97
22 (Q)
23 (Q)
24 (Q)
25 (Q)
26 WC Wu, Yibing CHN 320
27 (WC)
28 (WC)
Alternates:
IN Lajovic, Dusan SRB 82
IN Istomin, Denis UZB 83
OUT Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 85
OUT Tiafoe, Frances USA 87
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 88
OUT Giannessi, Alessandro ITA 90
IN Tomic, Bernard AUS 95
1. Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 101

ATP Chengdu (CHN, Hard Outdoor), Qualifying:
OUT Tiafoe, Frances USA 70
OUT Thompson, Jordan AUS 73
OUT Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 82
OUT Lajovic, Dusan SRB 85
OUT Giannessi, Alessandro ITA 91
OUT Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 99
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 106
8 Fritz, Taylor USA 108
OUT Gerasimov, Egor BLR 124
OUT Soeda, Go JPN 130
OUT Tomic, Bernard AUS 146
12 Menendez-Maceiras, Adrian ESP 148
13 Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 161
OUT Ito, Tatsuma JPN 172
15 (WC)
16 (WC)
Alternates:
IN Uchiyama, Yasutaka JPN 187
OUT Smyczek, Tim USA 203
OUT Kwon, Soon Woo KOR 204
IN Chiudinelli, Marco SUI 209
OUT Moriya, Hiroki JPN 213
OUT Klahn, Bradley USA @218
OUT Gunneswaran, Prajnesh IND 224
OUT Kuhn, Nicola ESP 229
OUT Harris, Lloyd RSA 231
OUT Polmans, Marc AUS 236
IN Giron, Marcos USA 252
OUT Chen, Ti TPE 257
OUT Takahashi, Yusuke JPN 258
OUT Skugor, Franko CRO 304
OUT Michon, Axel FRA 310
IN Statham, Jose NZL 327
OUT Horansky, Filip SVK 351
IN Niki, Takuto JPN 354
OUT Yang, Tsung-Hua TPE 418
OUT Kobelt, Peter USA 422
OUT Matosevic, Marinko AUS 426
OUT Zhang, Zhizhen CHN 481
IN Wang, Chuhan CHN 485
OUT Trongcharoenchaikul, Wishaya THA 544
OUT Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 645
OUT Vidal-Azorin, Jose Fco. ESP 731
ALT Te, Rigele CHN 874
ALT Venus, Michael NZL Dbs15
ALT Pavic, Mate CRO Dbs17
ALT Marach, Oliver AUT Dbs22
ALT Qureshi, Aisam-Ul-Haq PAK Dbs29
1. Turini, Thales BRA 748

 

ATP Shenzhen (CHN, Hard Outdoor) entry list:
1 Zverev, Alexander GER 7
2 Goffin, David BEL 13
OUT Berdych, Tomas CZE 15
4 Zverev, Mischa GER 26
5 Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 38
OUT Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 39
OUT Chung, Hyeon KOR 49
8 Sousa, Joao POR 54
9 Young, Donald USA 57
10 Darcis, Steve BEL 64
11 Dutra Silva, Rogerio BRA 66
OUT Tipsarevic, Janko SRB 69
13 Sela, Dudi ISR 70
14 Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR 71
15 Dzumhur, Damir BIH 73
OUT Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 74
17 Jaziri, Malek TUN 77
18 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 80
19 Millman, John AUS @81
OUT (SE)
OUT (SE)
22 (Q)
23 (Q)
24 (Q)
25 (Q)
26 WC Zhang, Ze CHN
27 WC Santillan, Akira JPN
28 WC Kuhn, Nicola ESP
Alternates:
OUT Lajovic, Dusan SRB 82
OUT Istomin, Denis UZB 83
OUT Tiafoe, Frances USA 87
IN Copil, Marius ROU 88
IN Giannessi, Alessandro ITA 90
IN Kicker, Nicolas ARG 92
IN Laaksonen, Henri SUI 94
OUT Daniel, Taro JPN 97
IN Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 99
IN Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 101
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 107
IN Granollers, Marcel ESP 110
1. Monteiro, Thiago BRA 114

ATP Shenzhen (CHN, Hard Outdoor), Qualifying:
OUT Laaksonen, Henri SUI 94
OUT Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 97
OUT Monteiro, Thiago BRA 113
4 Lacko, Lukas SVK 120
OUT Polansky, Peter CAN 128
6 Jarry, Nicolas CHI 133
7 Hanfmann, Yannick GER 134
8 Ebden, Matthew AUS 137
9 Albot, Radu MDA 138
OUT Lee, Duckhee KOR 163
OUT Santillan, Akira AUS 171
OUT Hemery, Calvin FRA 177
13 Opelka, Reilly USA 178
14 Rosol, Lukas CZE 181
15 WC Zhang, Zhizhen CHN 492
16 WC Sa, Andre BRA
Alternates:
OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka JPN 187
OUT Kwon, Soon Woo KOR 204
OUT Chiudinelli, Marco SUI 209
IN Moriya, Hiroki JPN 213
OUT Klahn, Bradley USA @218
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 222
OUT Gunneswaran, Prajnesh IND 224
OUT Kuhn, Nicola ESP 229
IN Harris, Lloyd RSA 231
IN Polmans, Marc AUS 236
IN Takahashi, Yusuke JPN 258
IN Skugor, Franko CRO 304
OUT Michon, Axel FRA 310
IN Purcell, Max AUS 326
ALT Bai, Yan CHN 508

1. Kobelt, Peter USA 422

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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Carlos Alcaraz And Novak Djokovic Wouldn’t Yield To Medvedev And Musetti At Wimbledon

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Carlos Alcaraz seemed to be on his own against a vastly improved Daniil Medvedev. The defending Wimbledon champion appeared to be out of tricks.

And Medvedev sensed it.

Alcaraz still scored a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Medvedev. It may look rather easy on paper, but there was nothing easy about Alcaraz’s victory. The young Spaniard just came through when he needed it to advance to what he hopes will lead to his fourth Grand Slam title.

MEDVEDEV APPLIED ENDLESS PRESSURE

Medvedev was always there, ready to pounce on any mistake by Alcaraz. But mistakes didn’t happen that often after Medvedev took the first set in a tie-breaker.

Alcaraz hadn’t served that well in the first set that Medvedev had taken in a tiebreaker. But it was a different story once Alcaraz found the mark on his serves. He just kept holding service until the match was his.

Remember, he’s only 21 years old. But now he faces someone in this Wimbledon final almost twice as old in 37-year-old Novak Djokovic.

NOVAK DIDN’T LET INJURED KNEE STOP HIM

Early in the match, Djokovic looked like he might have problems against Lorenzo Musetti. He appeared to have a slight limp in the right knee that was covered by a band. Of course, it’s been less than six months since Novak underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in that knee.

Djokovic didn’t always chase after balls in situations where his service game wasn’t in jeopardy. He just hit winners when the opportunities came along, and his serve was always ready to win a point, a game or the match.

MUSETTI WASN’T THE SAME

Young 25th seed Musetti had been so strong and talented in his quarterfinal upset of Taylor Fritz. The 22-year-old Italian had looked like he might be a threat to the likes of Djokovic and Alcaraz in the last two rounds in London.

Musetti appeared to be able to run down everything against the speedy Fritz, until Fritz seemed to grow tired in a fifth set that Musetti won easily.

The Italian wasn’t the same against Djokovic.

Djokovic was just too good and too consistent to allow Musetti to stop his bid for another title.

NOVAK THE VIOLINIST

The setting was completely different this time with Djokovic looking questionable at the start. But Musetti could hardly push Djokovic, and ended up losing by a 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Once Novak charged through the second set tiebreaker, dropping only two points, Musetti couldn’t get back into the match.

And then Novak came out pretending to play a violin on his racket for his precious 6-year-old daughter Tara, whom Novak said has been learning to play the violin for about six months.

Some fans apparently didn’t like this, but then there probably were others who became Novak Djokovic fans. Novak obviously is a great guy and dad these days.

After all, Novak has just played his 97th Wimbledon match, and he’s hoping in his 37th Grand Slam final to tie Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Daniil Medvedev Calls For Video Replays After ‘Small Cat’ Insult At Wimbledon Umpire

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Daniil Medvedev admits the use of his words against the umpire in his Wimbledon semi-final match was not pleasant but he believes he didn’t cross a line. 

The world No.5 was issued with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct during the first set of his clash with Carlos Alcaraz. Medvedev was visibly irritated when umpire Eva Asderaki ruled there was a double bounce before he returned a ball during a rally. He was then caught on camera mouthing an insult to Asderaki who consulted with the tournament supervisor before issuing him with a violation. Verbal abuse towards match officials can lead to players being defaulted from matches. 

Medvedev went on to win the first set before losing in four to Alcaraz. After his exit from the tournament, he was quizzed about what he said. 

“I would say small cat, the words are nice, but the meaning was not nice here,” he said without elaborating any further.

Continuing to defend his actions, the 28-year-old said he had previously been involved in a similar incident involving Asderaki where a double-bounce call was made against him at the French Open. Medvedev says memories of what happened were triggered today. 

“I don’t know if it was a double bounce or not. I thought no. That was tricky. The thing is that once long ago at Roland Garros against (Marin) Cilic I lost, and she didn’t see that it was one bounce. So I had this in my mind. I thought, again, against me,” he said.

“I said something in Russian, not unpleasant, but not over the line. So I got a code for it.”

It is not the first time Medvedev has used the phrase ‘small cat’ as an insult. During a heated match against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the 2022 Australian Open, told umpire Jaume Campistol he would be a small cat if he did not take action against claims that Tsitsipas was being coached illegally during the match.

The former US Open champion says he did not fear being defaulted from his latest match before going on to say video replays should be allowed in the sport. A comment that was also made by Coco Gauff during the French Open earlier this year after she was caught up in a dispute concerning a double-bounce.

“Not at all because, as I say, I didn’t say anything too bad,” he replied when asked if he was concerned he might be disqualified for what he said on Friday.

“The thing is that I think it would be so much easier with a challenge system. The challenge system shows a bounce. So if there was a bounce, it would show it. 

“Then if we use it, we would never have this situation. So I don’t know why we don’t use the challenge system for double bounce, the Hawk-Eye or whatever.”

Medvedev’s focus will now turn back to the clay ahead of the Olympic games which will be held at Roland Garros. 

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