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US OPEN Day 4: Roger Federer Struggles While More Seeds Fall

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Despite a horrible performance, Roger Federer survives a second-round scare at the 2017 US Open.

 

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NEW YORK, FLUSHING MEADOWS – After barely escaping an opening round defeat against Frances Tiafoe at the 2017 US Open, Roger Federer candidly admitted in his post-match press conference: “I couldn’t prepare the way I would have liked to. I have been nurturing my back instead of working on my game since Montreal. I knew that I would have been rusty and certainly not at my best, but I was hoping that I could have started the tournament a little better. I struggled a lot at the beginning of the match. Frances was dialed in, while I wasn’t moving well with my feet at times. My hand-eye coordination wasn’t working and I wasn’t properly calculating the distance with the ball. I was also very careful with my movement.”

Not too many people took Roger’s statement to the letter and probably nobody gave Misha Youzhny of Russia any chances to upset the Swiss legend in the second round. At 35 years of age, Youzhny is only one year younger than Roger and was twice a semifinalist at the US Open – in 2006 and 2010. One of Youzhny’s most memorable victories materialized when he totally wiped Rafa Nadal off the court. His last win against a top ten player was at Wimbledon in 2012 when he defeated Tipsarevic.

Many tennis aficionados also remember the Russian for an infamous incident during the 2008 Miami Open, when he hit his forehead in anger and started bleeding.

Before yesterday’s match, Federer had defeated Youzhny sixteen times in a row and when the Russian went up two sets to one against the worst Roger Federer of the year, many feared that the No. 101-ranked player could be on the verge of a monumental upset. After losing sixteen consecutive matches to Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis finally managed to upset his countryman at the seventeenth attempt and made history in his post-match press conference with the statement: “Nobody can defeat Vitas Gerulaitis seventeen times in a row!”   

On the other hand, Federer lost in the second round only once in 64 Slams – against Stakhovsky at Wimbledon a few years ago.

It was a sigh of relief for the tournament’s organizers when Federer emerged unscathed from the five-set battle against the Russian, despite an astonishing 68 unforced errors: 27 forehands, 35 backhands, 2 double faults and 4 volleys.

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Roger will now face Feliciano Lopez in the third round. Lopez is another 35-year-old veteran whose game is based on serving-and-volleying and charging the net at every opportunity. He is also the type of player that can rise to the occasion if the opportunity of upsetting Roger presents itself.

This is the first time that Roger – a five-time US Open champion – opens a Grand Slam campaign with two consecutive five-set matches in the opening rounds.

The most interesting result of the day was Grigor Dimitrov’s loss to the young rising star Rublev. Dimitrov seemed to be in good form after winning Cincinnati and his defeat was extremely surprising.

Despite Sascha Zvever’s defeat, the emergence of Rublev, Shapovalov and Coric is announcing a new generation that could potentially take over the game in the future. A couple of young American players such as Tiafoe and Donaldson seem to have exciting potential as well.

In the women’s tournament, world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova had to survive a second-round scare against Nicole Gibbs of the United States. After losing the first set, the Czech was severely pushed in the third before prevailing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She will now be the overwhelming favorite in her third-round encounter against Shuai Zhang of China.

(Article translation provided by T&L Global – Translation & Language Solutions – www.t-lglobal.com )

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev And Taylor Fritz Looking Forward To Diriyah Cup

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz will start their Australian preparations in Saudi Arabia next week.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz are looking forward to boosting their Australian Open preparations when they compete in the Diriyah Cup in Saudi Arabia.

 

The tournament takes place from the 8th-10th of December with the 12 player tournament offering the perfect preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

As well as Tsitsipas, Rublev and Fritz, the field includes some of the world’s best players including Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Cameron Norrie, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka.

Speaking ahead of the event Tsitsipas claimed that the event will be very good preparation ahead of the Australian Open which starts on the 16th of January, “This is going to be very good preparation for me,” Tsitsipas told The National.

“Most players choose to have an off period from tennis but for me, it’s very important to get matches in before I travel to Australia. So having good competitors to compete against (top players), this is the best preparation that I can have before starting the 2023 season.

“I know that the people in Saudi Arabia may not have the opportunity to see tennis players like us very often. So, for sure, I’m going to give it my best. I’m going to have a good time.”

Saudi Arabia has held a whole host of events including formula one and Golf events with there being more and more concerns from fans over sports-washing given the country’s human rights record.

However the Greek isn’t too concerned about that and is looking forward to exploring the country’s culture:

“I’m happy they’re introducing a big event like this, and in the heart of Saudi Arabia to give opportunities to citizens from all over the world to explore this beautiful country, through its sports, through its very rich heritage and culture, and through other activities that are available within the country.”

As for Fritz, the American is coming off a career best season having won his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells as well as reaching the semi-finals at the ATP Finals.

The 25 year-old said that playing against the best players in the world will only help his preparations for the Australian Open, “I think it’s going to help prepare for the Australian Open and for the rest of the year because I can start out by playing against the best players in the world,” Fritz claimed.

“The field is so strong, so it’s always great to surround yourself with a lot of great players. People should come to support because hopefully it’ll be a lot of good tennis.

“Hopefully they’ll be cheering for me to win. They can expect a lot of big hitting, big serving, and hopefully some nice shot-making.”

Finally Rublev said that competing in Saudi Arabia will help find his level with the Russian having an inconsistent end to the season at the ATP Finals.

Rublev is looking to break more ground in 2023 as he searches for his Grand Slam breakthrough, “I think it’s really great because sometimes when you finish the season and you have eight weeks of not playing tournaments, you start to feel a bit stressed or nervous because you can’t tell if you’re improving or not,” Rublev admitted.

“So these kind of events help to check how your level is at the moment because you compete against other great players.”

The tournament begins on Thursday and will last for three days.

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Emma Raducanu Draws Inspiration From Andy Murray Ahead Of 2023

Emma Raducanu spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career.

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Emma Raducanu has spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career and is optimistic about turning her form in 2023.

 

The former US Open hasn’t had too bad of an off-season after receiving her MBE for her services to sport.

Raducanu made history in 2021 as she won the US Open as a qualifier at 18 years of age.

However the Brit has yet to back that up with Raducanu changing coach on a number of occasions as she looks for some stability in 2023.

Speaking in a recent interview with Grazia Raducanu said that she believes that momentum can change quickly in tennis and that confidence is the key to success, “[In tennis] it could look like it’s all going down, down, down and just not getting any better,” Raducanu was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Just one match can have a big influence on your confidence and once you have confidence and the momentum comes, you feel like you can’t lose. It’s a very individual sport – people are friendly but it’s difficult to be really close with those you’re competing with.”

One player that can relate to what Raducanu is saying is Andy Murray with confidence being a key theme of the highs and lows of Murray’s career.

Raducanu said that she talks to Murray regularly about the highs and lows of tennis, “Andy Murray is so good to talk to because he’s been through pretty much what I’ve been going through,” Raducanu said.

“I have always looked up to him and watched him winning his first Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

Raducanu will hope that she can use Murray’s words as inspiration for next season as she currently sits at 75 in the world.

The Brit will start her season in 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand on the 2nd of January.

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Fernando Verdasco Given Two Month Doping Ban

Fernando Verdasco has been banned from tennis until the 8th of January.

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Fernando Verdasco will miss the first week of the 2023 season after being provisionally suspended for two months after testing positive for the drug methylphenidate.

 

The former world number seven tested positive for the drug at the Challenger event in Rio De Janeiro and has accepted a voluntary ban until the 8th of January.

As well as testing positive for the drug methylphenidate, Verdasco had also forgot to renew his Therapeutic Use Exemption despite the Spaniard admitting that he was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

In a statement published today the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), explained why his ban has been shortened from two years to two months, “The ITIA accepts that the player did not intend to cheat, that his violation was inadvertent and unintentional, and that he bears no significant fault or negligence for it,” they said in a statement on his website.

“In the specific circumstances of this case, based on the player’s degree of fault the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme allows for the applicable period of ineligibility to be reduced from two years to two months.”

The 39 year-old will as a result miss the first week of the new season with the Spaniard being currently ranked at world number 125.

In 2022, Verdasco’s best results on the ATP tour were quarter-final performances in Buenos Aires and Estoril while he also won a challenger title in Monterrey in March.

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