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Juan Martin del Potro triumphs over Roger Federer in US Open quarter

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Juan Martin del Potro pulled off a stunning quarterfinal win Wednesday night over reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.  

With booming serves, fierce forehands and a backhand that refused to break down, del Potro defeated Federer in four sets, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4. This just two days after an ill del Potro came back from two sets down to No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem.

This isn’t del Potro’s first big win over Federer in Flushing; he also beat him in five sets in the US Open’s 2009 final.

The victory sets up a semifinal between del Potro and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

“He’s a lefty guy, so he has [a] chance to find easily my backhand,” del Potro said about the coming match. “So I don’t know what’s gonna be my strategy for that match. But for sure I will try to make winners with my forehands and don’t run too much, because my legs are tired (smiling).”

The first 10 games were very clean. Both players had more winners than unforced errors, and there were no breaks of serve. Then, at 5-5, Federer double-faulted into 30-40 situation. On the break point, del Potro threaded a crosscourt forehand pass right through the minuscule space between Federer and the far sideline.  

Del Potro held to 15 in the next game, taking the first set 7-5.

Federer seemed shaky serving in the first game of Set 2, but he managed to hold with an ace. In del Potro’s first service game, The Gentle Giant set Federer up with a break point by missing a down-the-line backhand wide. But, due to a flubbed Federer backhand return, del Potro was able to fight it off easily with a short forehand winner. He went on to hold for 1-1.

Up 2-1, Federer took a 0-40 lead of del Potro’s serve. Federer, with an inside-out forehand pass that del Potro could barely get the frame of his racket on, broke at love. He then consolidated for a 4-1 advantage.

Federer maintained his lead for the remainder of the set, winning it 6-3 to even the match at one set each.

But his start to Set 3 was not the one he wanted. Down 0-1 and 30-40, he double-faulted, giving up an early break. In the next game, del Potro held his serve to biggen Federer’s hole to 0-3.

Federer then saved a break point to get out of the Bagel Zone for 1-3.

Later on, del Potro was serving from up 4-2, but facing a break point. Del Potro missed his first serve, and the Arthur Ashe crowd cheered inordinately loudly. He then missed his second as well, letting the set get back on serve. Federer consolidated make it 4-4.

Four games later, the set went to a tiebreak, in which del Potro lost his serve on the first point by letting a forehand fly long. But del Potro, with a crosscourt backhand return pass winner, broke Federer to put the tiebreak back on serve. On the next point, though, del Potro netted a backhand, giving Federer the break once again. The players traded breaks yet another time, and Federer led 5-4 with the ball in his hand.

But then del Potro hit a forehand return that skidded off the baseline, and Federer was unable to hit it back. The score went to 6-6. On the next point, del Potro double-faulted, giving Federer another set point on his own serve, which he failed to convert. 7-7.

Federer, behind 8-9, decided to serve and volley. He missed the first volley, a backhand one that went long, and lost the tiebreak 8-10. This gave del Potro a two-sets-to-one lead.

At 2-2 in Set 4, Federer fought off two break points, letting out a big “Come on!” after the second. But del Potro later in the game got his hands on another break point. That one he converted with a crosscourt two-handed backhand pass for a return winner. Del Potro then held, putting himself  two games from a semifinal versus Nadal.

Federer, serving to stay in the set while trailing 3-5, fell behind 0-30, but got out of the game safely. Still, the match was on the racket of del Potro, who got to serve for from 5-4 ahead.

With a forehand winner down the line, del Potro finished Federer off in four sets.

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Roland Garros 2024: Rafael Nadal Faces Alexander Zverev In Blockbuster Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev will meet at Roland Garros in the first round with Andy Murray taking on Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

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Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the opening round of Roland Garros.

The 14-time Roland Garros champion will most likely be making his last appearance at the event where he has such a great history at.

It’s been a mixed clay court season for Nadal who built gradual momentum in Madrid but suffered an early exit in Rome to Hubert Hurkacz.

Now the Spaniard has been drawn to take on the champion of Rome, Alexander Zverev, in the opening round.

The match is a repeat of the 2022 semi-final where Zverev broke his ankle losing almost a year of his career.

This contest headlines the second quarter of the draw which also features Karen Khachanov, Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev.

In the other quarter of the top half of the draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

There is also a potential third round clash with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti for Djokovic, who is currently in Geneva gaining extra match practice ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

The Serb could have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter-finals with Casper Ruud as the Norwegian begins his campaign against Jakub Mensik.

In the bottom half of the draw Jannik Sinner plays his first tournament since suffering a hip injury in Rome as he takes on Christopher Eubanks in the opening round.

Sinner could face Cameron Norrie in the third round with the Brit taking on Pavel Kotov in his opening round before playing the winner of the battle of the Grand Slam champions between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Murray and Wawrinka will clash for the fourth time at Roland Garros with Wawrinka leading their head-to-head 2-1 in Paris.

This section also includes in-form players such as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Tabilo and Rome finalist Nicolas Jarry.

Finally Carlos Alcaraz will begin his Roland Garros campaign against a qualifier before potentially playing Jack Draper in the second round.

Another exciting clash awaits Alcaraz in the third round in the form of Sebastian Korda with Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas being potential quarter-final opponents.

This is the full draw with Roland Garros beginning on Sunday.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Return To Top Four After Winning Italian Open

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Alexander Zverev has clinched his first Masters title since 2021 after downing Nicolas Jarry in straight sets at the Italian Open.

The world No.5 surged to a 6-4,7-5, victory at the Faro Italico to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win the Rome trophy on multiple occasions. He also won the tournament in 2017. Zverev’s latest win was aided by an impressive service display from the 27-year-old who also hit 15 winners against eight unforced errors. He is now 22-1 against players ranked outside the top five at the tournament with his only loss being to Matteo Berrettini five years ago.

“It means a lot. Winning my first (Masters) title and winning my first after my injury in Rome. Rome is a very special place for me,” the new champion said afterwards. 
“I said at the beginning of the week if Rome is the place of firsts for me I’m extremely happy about it. It’s a very special week.” 

Playing in his first Masters 1000 final since 2022, Zverev produced a serving masterclass throughout the opening set with the German winning 20 out of 21 points. In contrast, Jarry experienced more difficult but valiantly fought back with the Chilean saving two straight break points at 4-4. Eventually, the third seed sealed the opener two games later with the help of some costly shots coming from across the court. A deep shot towards the baseline was unsuccessfully returned by Jarry, handing Zverev a set point which he converted.

Continuing to pile the pressure on in the second set, Zverev had a double chance to break for a 3-1 lead but failed to capitalise on that opportunity. The opportunities continued to come and go. Back-to-back double faults from Jarry at 4-5 handed Zverev two championship points but once again he failed to take advantage. Eventually, he sealed victory two games later with the help of a forehand shot that Jarry returned out. Prompting Zverev to raise his hands in delight before later paying tribute to his rival. 

“He’s playing huge. You can see that by the opponents he beat and how he beat them,” he said of Jarry. 
“I told him if he continues playing like that he is going to have many more chances. I’m happy to be the winner.”

As a result of his Rome triumph, Zverev has secured a top-four seeding for the French Open. On Monday he will rise in the PIF ATP rankings to No.4 which will be his highest position since August 2022. During that same year, he sustained a serious ankle injury which sidelined him for months. 

“The focus is on Paris, that’s for sure. but let me enjoy this one for a day or so and then I will have my full focus on Paris,” said Zverev.

Zverev has now won six Masters 1000 titles which places him in joint-ninth on the all-time list along with Daniil Medvedev. 

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Novak Djokovic Accepts Geneva Wildcard Ahead Of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva as he looks to improve his form ahead of Roland Garros.

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Novak Djokovic has shockingly accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva.

The world number one hasn’t had the best season so far having yet to reach a final at any of his events this season.

There was hope for Djokovic that his fortunes would change on clay and the Serb started his clay court season by reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo before losing to Casper Ruud.

However Djokovic’s clay court hopes were dashed in Rome as he lost in the third round to in-form Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

This has meant that Djokovic risks being undercooked for the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

Therefore the Serb has had no option but to take a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 in Geneva.

Djokovic will join Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz in next week’s event.

Next week’s appearance will be the first appearance in Geneva in Djokovic who will be the top seed in Switzerland.

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