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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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Angelique Kerber To Retire At Olympic Games

Angelique Kerber has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Olympics.

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Angelique Kerber has announced that she will be retiring from tennis at the Olympic Games.

The former three-time Grand Slam champion returned to the sport at the United Cup in January after becoming a mother.

It’s been a return full of ups and downs but ultimately Kerber only had one goal at the end of it and that was to play at the Olympics.

Now the 36 year-old will get to achieve that dream, Kerber has announced on Instagram that the Olympics will be her last tournament of her career.

In a post Kerber spoke about her Olympic journey as this is her third ever Olympics and said that this was the finish line.

Kerber will aim to end her career on a high as she has achieved some of the best achievements that this sport has to offer.

A former world number one, three-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medallist at the Rio Olympics.

An incredible career for an incredibly resilient player that the tour will miss deeply.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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