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US Open Day 12 Preview: The Men’s Semifinals



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While there’s disappointment in the tennis world missing out on the highly anticipated Nadal/Federer semifinal clash, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited for Friday’s men’s semifinals. On one side we have two surprise semifinalists making their first appearance at this stage of a major. It will be fascinating to see how they both perform in the biggest moment of their careers. On the other side we have two of the most popular players on tour, as well as two of the game’s greatest warriors, in what will be the battle of the monster forehands.


Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Kevin Anderson

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This is certainly not the most high-profile major semifinal, but I think it will still be captivating. Both are very likable players, and with contrasting styles that should make for an interesting matchup. While both have received generous draws on their road to this semifinal, both have also played at a high level despite the pressure of this wide open draw weighing on them. Anderson is 2-0 against Carreno Busta, including a straight-set win just a few weeks ago in Montreal. The South African has the much bigger game and will be the favorite to advance to his first major final. But don’t count out Pablo – he’s shown us he’s a fighter during his breakout 2017 season. A prime example is his fourth round victory over Milos Raonic at Roland Garros, where we fought from behind to win 8-6 in the fifth. There will surely be plenty of nerves on both sides of the net, which could make this an extended, dramatic semifinal.

Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Martín Del Potro

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The head-to-head here is a tight 8-5 in favor of Nadal, but Del Potro leads 5-4 on hard courts. Their most recent matchup saw Juan Martin defeat Rafa in a final set tiebreak at the 2016 Rio Olympics. That victory guaranteed Del Potro a medal, while Nadal would miss out on the podium. Rafa will surely find motivation in remembering that disappointing loss, and find comfort in knowing he’s a completely different player one summer later. Last year, Nadal missed many months of the season due to a wrist injury, and was far from 100% at the Olympics. This year he has already won four titles (including of course his 10th French Open), and regained the number one ranking heading into New York. Meanwhile Del Potro has struggled in 2017, as he headed into the US Open with only 18 wins on the year. But Juan Martin came to life in his amazing comeback victory over Dominic Thiem, and followed it up with his best tennis of the season in upsetting Roger Federer. The last time he defeated Federer in New York, he also defeated Nadal. In their only previous US Open meeting, Del Potro clobbered Nadal, allowing the Spaniard only six games in the 2009 semifinals. I don’t expect such a lopsided victory here for either player. If Juan Martin plays as well as he did for the last three sets against Thiem, and for the entire match against Federer, he’ll be extremely hard to beat. Nadal did not play his best earlier in this tournament, but looked to have his swagger back in his last two rounds. That being said, Rafa hasn’t really been tested yet by a legitimate threat. Both men seem to be close to 100% after the injuries and illness they’ve recently endured. I expect this second semifinal of the day to also be a prolonged encounter. Does Del Potro have another big upset in him? Considering Nadal has not won a hard court tournament in nearly four years, and hasn’t been at his best this summer, I suspect the Argentine just might.


Angelique Kerber Targets Olympic Dream Ahead Of Tennis Comeback

Angelique Kerber spoke about the possibility of playing the Olympics ahead of her tennis comeback.



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Angelique Kerber is targeting a place at this year’s Olympics in Paris as she prepares for her tennis comeback.


The three-time Grand Slam champion is preparing to return to the WTA tour after an 18 month absence after giving birth in February.

Kerber’s last match was at Wimbledon in 2022 when she lost to Elise Mertens in the fourth round.

Now after a long absence Kerber is looking forward to making her return but admits it will be a tough start to the season in Australia, “I’ve done everything, I feel good, we’re right on schedule,” Kerber was quoted by tennishead.

“But it’s too early to make a prediction. In plain language: I have a really cold start in Australia and the most difficult one I’ve had so far. But that’s exactly what motivates me.”

The former Australian Open champion will be hoping for a successful return to Melbourne as she seeks to win a fourth Grand Slam title.

However first for the 35 year-old, it’s the United Cup as Kerber prepares to represent Germany and could have a glimpse of an Olympics preview as she could team up with Alexander Zverev.

The duo are former Hopman Cup finalists and Kerber spoke about the possibility of teaming up with Zverev at the Olympics, “When we meet in Australia, we will definitely talk about it,” Kerber revealed.

“It would make me very happy. The Olympics in Paris are the highlight and playing for Germany is always an honour.”

Kerber is a former silver medallist at the Olympics having lost the 2016 final in Rio De Janeiro to Monica Puig.

Before the Olympics, Kerber will start the season on the 30th December against Jasmine Paolini before Germany face France in their final group match.

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Rafael Nadal Announces First Tournament Since Injury

Rafael Nadal will make his ATP tour comeback in Brisbane.



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Rafael Nadal has confirmed the date for his comeback to the ATP tour as he looks to add more Grand Slam titles to his collection before his potential retirement.


The 22-time Grand Slam champion has announced that his comeback will take place on the first week of the calendar as he will play the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane which starts on the 31st of December.

It will be Nadal’s first tournament since last year’s Australian Open after he suffered a hip injury at the event.

In a video on social media Nadal announced his return to the tour as he looks to make an impact in Brisbane, “After a year away from competition, it’s time to come back. It will be in Brisbane the first week of January,” Nadal stated.

January’s event will be a welcome sight to Nadal as he had initially been expected to return during the clay court season but the hip injury was much worse than expected.

That lead to Nadal doing a press conference in Mallorca where he not only said that he was withdrawing from Roland Garros but also hinted that 2024 could be his last year, “My idea and my motivation is to try to enjoy and try to say goodbye to all the tournaments that have been important for me in my tennis career during [next] year, and just try to enjoy that, being competitive and enjoying being on the court, something that today is not possible,” Nadal was quoted by The News as saying.

There is a high level of motivation for Nadal next year as he will want to win the Olympics at Roland Garros in Paris.

However before Nadal can think about the end of his career, the Spaniard will be determined to make an impact in Australia as he looks to stop Novak Djokovic’s dominance.

The tournament in Brisbane starts on the 31st of December while the Australian Open takes place on the 14th of January.

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Nick Kyrgios Opens Up About His Self-Harm Battle And Murray’s Support



Nick Kyrgios (AUS) playing against Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) in the third round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 6 Saturday 03/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

Nick Kyrgios says he became addicted to pain during his battle with self-harm that lasted between 18 and 24 months.


In an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV, the former Wimbledon finalist spoke about his mental health issues. Kyrgios has previously spoken publically about the topic but has now revealed further details about the extent he went through and the role Andy Murray played in supporting him. He was admitted to a psychiatric ward in London and contemplated suicide following the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

“It was pretty dark to be honest,” Kyrgios told Morgan. “I won tournaments on the professional tour, drinking every night, self-harming, burning things on my arm, cutting myself for fun. It became an addiction of pain. I hated myself. I hated waking up and being Nick Kyrgios.”

One of those who tried to help the Australian address his self-harm problem was three-time Grand Slam champion Murray who noticed cuts on Kyrgios’ arms during one of their practice sessions four years ago. According to The Times, the former world No.1 then alerted Kyrgios’ manager John Morris about the cuts.

Paying tribute to the Brit, Kyrgios says Murray has supported him throughout his career. The 28-year-old has been ranked as high as 13th in the world and has won seven ATP titles. Besides his run to the Wimbledon final last year, he has also reached the quarter-final stage of a major on three other occasions.

“Andy was always a big supporter of me,” Kyrgios said. “As soon as I came on the tour, he kind of saw a work in progress and took me under his wing. Then he realised later in my career that I don’t think I was coachable or I was on my own path, but he was always someone that was looking out for me.
“He saw it [the self-harm] and he said, ‘What’s that on your arm?’ It was pretty bad at that stage. Andy obviously was trying to give me advice on it. But I was just so stuck in my ways at that time that I didn’t listen. Obviously I’m very thankful. I thank him a lot.”

Kyrgios, who has only played one match on the Tour this season due to injury, hopes that he can help others by speaking publicly about his mental health battle. Something he describes as ‘the most powerful thing in his career.’

“I feel like I’ve helped so many people after I opened up about it and put it on social media,” Kyrgios said.
“I’ve almost been a beacon for people who are struggling. When they feel like they’re overwhelmed and they’re going towards drinking, drugs and stuff, they open up and they feel like I’m relatable.
“That’s been the most powerful thing in my career; people coming to me with genuine issues.
“They send me photos in my Instagram, direct messages, self-harming and genuinely wanting to commit suicide.
“I have conversations with these people. Sometimes I’ve had phone calls with these people. That’s making a real difference and I’m just really proud.”

Kyrgios recently had a stint in broadcasting after working for The Tennis channel during the ATP Finals in Milan. He is continuing his rehab from injury but it is unclear as to when he will make his return to professional tennis.

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