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Novak Djokovic Eager To Return To The Tour, Says New Physio



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Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic is relishing the prospect of his return to the ATP Tour, according to his newly appointed Physio Ulises Badio.


The Serbian is sidelined from action due to a persistent elbow injury. Shortly after the Wimbledon championships he announced an end to his 2017 season in order to fully recover after consulting with medical experts.

Recently Djokovic revelled his new team for when he returns next year. Andre Agassi will continue his role as coach and Badio has become his new physiotherapist. Argentine-born Badio specialises in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. During an interview with La Nacion, he said he believed Djokovic’s break from the tour will benefit him in the long term.

“Nole had an important injury and we are controlling it. Time was fundamental for him to feel better.” He explained. “His decision of not playing anymore in 2017 was the best to create a work protocol and to not make mistakes in the treatment. Nole has a lot energy and he can’t wait to play again.”

Besides the chance of working alongside Djokovic, Badio is also looking forward to working with Agassi. During his career, the American won a total of eight grand slam titles.

“I read his book, which I found emotional. Now I’ve met him, and he seems a captivating person.” He said.

It is understood that the Italian-based Argentine will travel on the tour full-time. He is set to work with Djokovic in both Serbia and Monte Carlo, but the exact details of the partnership haven’t been revealed.

It is unclear as to when Djokovic will return to the tour, but it is expected to be at a yet-to-be confirmed event in Australia at the start of next year. In a recent interview with Sportklub, the 30-year-old admitted that he still feels some pain in his right elbow. Although, he also mentioned that he hopes to emulate Roger Federer and play on the tour late into his career.

“I’m glad that I have these six months that I can in some way organize my life, to lay the foundations for my game and for my body and for my life in the next I do not know how many years.“ He commented about his break from the sport.

At sixth in the world, the Serbian is set to drop outside of the world’s top 10 later this year. When he does, it will be the first time since March 2007.

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Lorenzo Musetti, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov reach the semifinals in Chengdu



Lorenzo Musetti moved past Arthur Rinderknech 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 28 minutes at the Chengdu Open to reach his third semifinal of the season following Barcelona and Bastad. 


Musetti earned his first break in the fourth game to win the first set 6-3. The Italian player broke twice in the first and ninth games to close out the second set 6-3. 

“It was a step forward from yesterday. Yesterday’s match gave me a lot of confidence and today I started very well, breaking him immediately and that was the key to my win. A really solid performance from the baseline and I am really happy to be in the semifinals”, said Musetti.   

Musetti set up a semifinal match against this year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Roman Safiulin, who advanced to his first semifinal of the season as Jordan Thompson was forced to withdraw from the match after Safiulin had won the first set 7-6 (7-1). 

Alexander Zverev came back from one set down to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 5-7 7-5 6-2. Zverev has reached his seventh semifinal this season. 

Kecmanovic earned an early break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Zverev broke straight back in the fifth game and held on his serve to draw level to 3-3. Kecmanovic broke for the second time in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5. 

Zverev broke in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Kecmanovic broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Zverev earned his second break in the 11th game to seal the second set 7-5. The German player earned two breaks in the first and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

The German player is currently seventh in the ATP Race to Turin and is aiming to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Zverev will face Grigor Dimitrov, who cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win over Australia’s Christopher O’Connell. Dimitrov, who won the 400th match win of his career at ATP Tour leve, is chasing his first title since his triumph at the 2017 ATP Finals. Dimitrov broke three times in the 10th game of the first set and in the second and sixth games of the second set.

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Wang Xiyu claims her first WTA title at the Guangzhou Open



China’s Wang Xiyu claimed her first WTA Tour title after beating this year’s Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette 6-0 6-2 in the final of the Guangzhou Open. Wang Xiyu, US Open girls’ champion in 2018, dropped just one set en route to her first title. 


Linette beat Wang in their only previous match in the quarter finals in Hua Hin in 2020.   

Wang won 84% of her first service points and never faced a break point. The Chinese player hit eight winners to six unforced errors. 

Wang broke three times to take a bagel win in the second set. 

Wang earned an early break to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set. Linette won her first game before breaking back to draw level to 2-2, but Wang earned two more breaks in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2 after 80 minutes.   

Wang became the fifth Chinese champion in Guangzhou following in the footsteps of Li Na (2004), Yan Zi (2005), Zhang Shuai (2013 and 2017), Wang Qiang (2018). 

The 22-year-old player is the third Chinese champion this year after Zhu Lin in Hua Hin and Zheng Quinwen in Palermo. 

“It was very exciting and it’s a very emotional moment because every player is really tough. It’s very difficult to be here on the last day. I am very happy to be here and I think I cannot say it because it’s very emotional. I wanted a title from the first day, event when I started tennis. It was really a dream for me. I think there are going to be bigger tournaments, tougher matches waiting for me, and I am trying my best like I did this week”, said Wang Xiyu.

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Team World leads 4-0 over Team Europe after day one in the Laver Cup in Vancouver



Team World took a 4-0 lead over Team Europe on Day one of the Laver Cup in Vancouver. 


This year’s US Open semifinal Ben Shelton came back from 1-4 down in the tie-break of the first set to beat Arthur Fils 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in the opening singles match. 

“It’s different pressure, for sure. I love the type of pressure of playing for a team. In the back of your head, you don’t want to let them down, but the win is so much greater, when you get to do it for them and Team World, not just for yourself”, said Shelton. 

Francisco Cerundolo made a debut in the Laver Cup with a 6-3 7-5 win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. 

Felix Auger Aliassime scored the third singles win for Team World by beating French veteran Gael Monfils 6-4 6-3. Auger Aliassime broke Monfils twice to win five straight games from 4-4 in the first set. The Canadian player won 85% of his first service points. 

Auger Aliassime improved to 3-2 in Laver Cup singles matches with this win.  

“It felt nice. Last year it was an amazing win in London, but if we can win on home soil for the first time, that would be also cool. It was our first win for Team World. To do it with the crowd supporting us, and for me especially as a Canadian, it feels good. It feels good to get a first win under my belt here in the competition, and overall in my season it’s nice to get some wins”, said Auger Aliassime. 

Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul came back from 0-3 down in the Match Tie-Break to beat Arthur Fils and Andrey Rublev 6-3 4-6 10-6 in the doubles match. The first team to reach 13 points will win the Laver Cup. Two points will be awarded for each win on Saturday, and three for each win on Sunday.

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