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Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov Secure ATP Finals Places

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Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov are the latest players to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.

 

Both have secured their places in the tournament after rival Sam Querrey suffered a first round exit at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Wimbledon semi-finalist was edged out in three close sets on Monday by Spain’s Albert Ramos. Querrey was bidding to become the first American to play in the ATP Finals since Mardy Fish in 2011.

Currently at a ranking high of fourth in the world, Cilic is set to play in London for the third time in his career. This season the former US Open champion defeated Milos Raonic to win the Istanbul Open in May. Following on from that, he enjoyed a successful grass-court season by reaching back-to-back finals at Queen’s (Aegon Championships) and Wimbledon. Overall, he has reached at least the semifinals at seven tournaments so far this year.

“Another amazing achievement for me,” Cilic told the ATP website. “Third time in four years to make it to London. That was one of my goals at the beginning of the season with my team and I’m glad that we have accomplished it.”

At the tournament, Cilic will be bidding to become the first player from his country to reach the final. On his two previous appearances in 2014 and 2016, he failed to progress beyond the round-robin stage.

26-year-old Dimitrov has become the first ever Bulgarian player to qualify for the season finale. He was able to achieve the milestone with the help of three titles this year in Brisbane, Sofia and Cincinnati. Cincinnati was where Dimitrov claimed his first Masters 1000 title following a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios. Recently he reached his fourth tour final of the season in Stockholm, but was denied the trophy by defending champion Juan Martin del Potro.

Six out of the eight places for the London event has now been confirmed. Joining Cilic and Dimitrov will be Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem. In the race to claim the final two sports, David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta are the two front-runners.

This year’s ATP Finals will be held from 12-19 November at the O2 Arena. Should a player win the title without losing a match, they will take home a paycheck of $2.549 million.

ATP Finals – the six qualified players

  1. Rafael Nadal – will be making his eighth appearance in the ATP Finals. Best results was reaching the final in 2010 and 2013
  2. Roger Federer – has won the event a record six times so far in his career – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011
  3. Alexander Zverev – will be making his Tour Finals debut
  4. Dominic Thiem – second consecutive appearance, went out of in the round-robin stage last year
  5. Marin Cilic – qualifies for the third time and is yet to progress beyond the round-robin stage
  6. Grigor Dimitrov – will be making his Tour Finals debut
  7. TBC
  8. TBC

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking. The player from Tandil has not played since suffering from a knee injury at the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament, when he slipped on the grass, but was able to win his first round match against Denis Shapovalov. A scan revealed a knee injury. The Argentine underwent a season-ending knee surgery in Barcelona on 22nd June. As a cosequence Del Potro has dropped to world number 123 in the ATP Ranking during his six-month lay-off from the ATP Tour.

 

The former world number 3 will make his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarter final twice in 2009 and 2012.

During his 2019 season Del Potro reached the quarter final in Delray Beach and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in Rome quarter final. He beat Yoshito Nishioka in five sets en route to Roland Garros fourth round before losing to Karen Khachanov.

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Jannik Sinner reveals his plan for the 2020 season

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Jannik Sinner has revealed his plans for the first half of the 2020 season, which will start in Australia at the Canberra Challenger before his debut at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Sinner will return to Europe next February to play three indoor tournaments in Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille. In March the 18-year-old Italian player will make his debut in the “Sunshine Double” tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. He will then return to Europe to play in the tournaments of clay swing in Monte-Carlo, Munich, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Sinner started the year ranked world number 553 and reached his career high as world number 78 at the end of the 2019 season. The Italian teenager won three ATP Challenger titles in Bergamo, Lexington and Ortisei and advanced to Antwerp semifinal as a 18-year-old wildcard. He became the youngest ATP Tour semifinalist since Borna Coric in Basel 2013. At the Rome Internazionali d’Italia Sinner saved one match point against Steve Johnson in ATP Masters 1000 debut as wildcard before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. Sinner lost to Stan Wawrinka in the first round in his debut Grand Slam tournament at the US Open. Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan beating Alex De Minaur in the final. The player coached by Riccardo Piatti and Andrea Volpini reached the semifinal in the ATP Challenger in Mouilleron Le Captif and scored his first ATP 500 win in Vienna.

Sinner has joined an exclusive “club” of only four 18-year-old players, who have managed to finish the season inside the top 80 in the ATP Rankings since 2000. Rafael Nadal was the first to reach the top 80  as under 18-year-old player twice in 2003 and 2004. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic joined Nadal in their final under 18 season in 2005. Twelve years later Denis Shapovalov entered the club in 2017 when he reached the semifinal at the Rogers Cup on home soil in Montreal and the fourth round at the US Open.

 

 

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Caroline Wozniacki To Face Serena Williams In Farewell Match

Details have been released about a special event that will take place in honour of the former world No.1.

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After announcing her retirement from tennis at the start of next year, Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed that she will play one final match in her home country before hanging up her racket for good.

 

Danish media have reported that the 2018 Australian Open champion will play at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen next May. A multi-purpose arena that can hold a capacity of up to 12,500 people for sporting events. Described by the promoters as Wozniacki’s ‘final match’ on Danish soil, she will play against rival and friend Serena Williams.

“The time has come when I stop my career and I am very much looking forward to playing my very last home game in front of such a large audience. It will be something very special and a day I really look forward to.” Wozniacki told tv2.dk.
“The end point of my career cannot be better than at home and against tennis’ greatest female player ever. It’s going to be a magnificent night I’ll never forget, I’m sure.” She added.

Wozniacki has played Williams 11 times on the WTA Tour, but has only won one of their meetings. Which was at the 2012 Miami Open. It is not the first time the two have played an exhibition match against each other. In 2016 Williams won their encounter in Madison Square Garden, New York. Meanwhile, last year Wozniacki also played Williams’ sister Venus in Denmark to mark her triumph at the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old will be hoping that the upcoming showdown will be the perfect send off as she exits the sport. During her career, Wozniacki has won 30 WTA titles and spent 71 weeks as world No.1. She has also won 432 hard court matches, which is more than any other non-American player on the women’s tour.

“I want to thank everyone for the incredible support they have shown me throughout my career and I hope that as many people as possible want to come and give me perfect send off. I would be very grateful for that.” She said.

The farewell match will take place on May 18th, which is exactly a week before the start of the French Open for Williams.

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