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Juan Martin del Potro Shines At US Open With Sensational Comeback Win Over Thiem



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Fans at the US Open in Flushing Meadows were hoping for drama and they were not disappointed by their beloved Juan Martin del Potro.


During a three-and-a-half hour blockbuster, the Argentine battled through illness and recovered from a point away from defeat to secure one of the most memorable victories of his entire career. Coming back from two sets down to defeat Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4. An accomplishment he has only managed to achieve once before in the Davis Cup.

The match featured enough storylines to make a short movie. Former champion Del Potro, who has endured a career troubled by injury, was a fraction of his best due to illness. Yet, still managed to fight in the match with the help of medication. Meanwhile, Thiem was bidding to reach the last eight in New York for the first time a day after his 24th birthday. All of this occurred on a packed Grandstand stadium, described by some as the court’s ‘finest hour.’

The party-like atmosphere was initially halted at the start due to what was a cruel twist of fate. 12 months ago the two also clashed at the US Open with Thiem retiring with a knee injury. This time round it was the Argentine struggling with illness.

“I was sick the last two days and I came here trying to play as well as I could.” Said del Potro. “Then when I saw all of this crowd cheering for me. I was trying to feel better every game and I think I fought because of you guys.”

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Three games into the match, the former US Open champion held a lengthy discussion with the umpire. After five games, a doctor and trainer came on court to treat Del Potro. Giving him a pill with the hope it would make him feel better.

It was an uncomfortable situation for the army of Del Potro fans in the crowd and a difficult scenario for six-seeded Thiem. Nevertheless, the Austrian kept to his game plan, hitting a series of electrifying shots from his forehand and backhand side. After 37 minutes, Thiem sealed the 6-1 lead with the help of 15 unforced errors from his rival.

Billed as one of the matches of day 8 of the championships, glimmers of high quality exchanges between the two began to emerge. Resurrecting the excitement of the crowd. After 15 games, Thiem was on course to cruise into his maiden quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows with a two sets lead, before Del Potro finally hit back in dramatic fashion.

The nerves of the Austrian played into the hands of Del Potro, who utilized his speedy forehand to his advantage. Breaking at the start of the third set to prompt a huge roar from the crowd. The unlikely comeback was on. Although Del Potro continued to struggle with his illness, sitting on one of that chairs after two games. Coincidentally, it was one in front of former player Mardy Fish.

Chants of ‘ole, ole, ole’ erupted around the court as the momentum in the match continued to turn in favour of the South American player. Thiem’s focus evaded him throughout the third set as Del Potro secured the double break with ease to revive his chances in the match.

The match everybody hoped to see was finally underway with both players illustrating their best tennis. Thiem moved agonizingly close to a place in the last eight, but it was the stubbornness of his rival that prevailed.

A four game winning streak in the fourth set moved Thiem to four points away from victory. Still, he was unable to seize the moment as a relentless Del Potro to claw his was back to 5-5. Resulting in a carnival-like atmosphere. Two games later, Thiem was within touching distance of the finish line. An overcook Del Potro forehand elevated him to two match points. Both of which were saved by aces from the Argentine.

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Thiem’s inability to close the proceedings out haunted him. Allowing Del Potro to force the match into a decider following an emphatic tiebreaker. Concluded with a stunning forehand cross court winner, followed by a fist pump.

Del Potro’s fighting spirit was one that could have inspired a small army. After almost three hours of play, he finally moved ahead in the match for the first time. To the delight of the animated crowd, both men battled until the very last point. Half way through the decider at 3-3, Del Potro had three consecutive break points. Only to be denied by some outstanding shot-making of his rival. Glory was, however sealed four games later, following a Thiem double fault. An undeserving way to end a titanic clash.

“I would like to have the trophy after this match.” Del Potro joked. “I’m so happy to go through, playing in this great match. The atmosphere was great and I enjoyed it a lot.”

Del Potro is now on course for a quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer.


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” atptour.com quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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