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Andrey Rublev: “I hope that people will talk about a new winning generation of Russian tennis”

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Andrey Rublev represents the next generation of Russian tennis players, who are following in the footsteps of such great legends like Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

 

Rublev is currently the youngest player in the top 50 in the ATP Ranking and the top seed at the ATP Next Gen Finals. He has reached a career high ranking of world number 37. This year he won his first ATP title in Umag and reached the quarter final at the US Open. The list of accolades also features the 2014 French Open Junior title, a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, the doubles title at the 2015 Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

“Kafelnikov and Safin are such big stars. I am very proud to be compared to them. They are a source of inspiration for our our future career. My aim is to reach similar results that can be compared to what Kafelnikov and Safin did in the past. I hope that people will talk about a new winning generation of Russian tennis”.

Rublev started his campaign at the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan with a five-set win over Italian Gianluigi Quinzi in the inaugural day of the year-end tournament. The young Russian player was asked about his opinion on the new rules introduced for the ATP Next Gen Final.

“The idea of this tournament is to bring tennis into the future. I agree with the new concept to introduce new rules and to present a new tennis for a new generation of fans”

Rublev was born in Moscow on 20th October 1997 to Andrey Rublev Sr., a former boxer who works as restaurateur, and Marina Marenko, who trained Anna Kournikova. His sister is also a tennis coach.

“My father was a boxer and I have always liked boxing training, as this sport teaches discipline. Now I have no time to dedicate my time on boxing, because I am very busy with tennis. My other great passion is basketball. I am a big fan of NBA and Miami Heat is my favourite team. I also enjoy listening to music. My favourite bands include Metallica, AC/DC and Nautilius Pompilius. I like action-packed films with fighting”

Andrey clinched his first win against a top-10 player when he beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round at the 2017 US Open and went on to beat David Goffin in the fourth round to qualify for the quarter final. He credits his development to his training in Barcelona under the guidance of Fernando Vicente, who coached Marcel Granollers in the past.

“It was very tough to leave Russia but it was a necessary step in my career to continue my development”, said Rublev.

Vicente reached a career-high of world number 29 in June 2000, won three singles titles, reached the quarter finals in Rome in 1998 and Cincinnati 2000. After retiring from tennis Vicente worked with Marcel Granollers from 2010 to 2014 guiding him to seven ATP titles (three in sinles and four in doubles). Vicente founded the 4 Slam Slam Tennis Academy with another top Spanish coach Galo Blanco, who trains another Next Gen player Karen Khachanov, who is playing in Milan this week.

“Andrey is very focused when he is on a tennis court but outside tennis he is a very smiling and enjoyable guy. He likes having fun. I have always appreciated these aspects of his character since I started working with him”, said Vicente.

Rublev is the namesake of famous Russian painter Andrey Rublev, one of the greatest meieveal Russian painters of Orhodox icons.

“I have always been curious about this coincidence of names. I don’t paint but I read some intereseting information on this painter by reading some books and I know that a film on his life was made. I am interested in culture in general and I would like to visit the Scala theatre here in Milan”, commented Andrey Rublev.

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Serena Williams Named Most Stylish Athlete Of 2019 As She Brushes Off Critics

The 37-year-old says she ‘doesn’t care’ about what people think about what she wears.

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23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams has been awarded with another accolade in her record-breaking career.

 

The 37-year-old has come top in this year’s Most Fashionable list by Sports Illustrated in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers In America. The honour recognizes athletes who have stood out from the crowd with what they wear. Those who make the shortlist are selected by a panel of stylists, fashion editors and executives and other influencers across the sports and fashion industries.

“My whole career has been really about tennis and fashion. I always try to make a statement when I walk out on the court—to be bold and to be unique and to kind of transcend. I always try to send the message of just being confident and being fierce.” Williams told Sports Illustrated.

Williams has made headlines on the court for the outfits she wears. After wearing a catsuit at last year’s French Open, she opted for a more straightforward design in this year’s tournament. Wearing a zebra-striped outfit decorated with the words ‘mother, champion, queen, goddess’ in French. It was designed by Virgil Abloh, who was named in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world back in 2018. At Wimbledon, the Nike tick on her all-white clothing was made up of 34 Swarovski ® crystals to mark the last time she won the title at the age of 34.

The fashion sense of the American wasn’t a hit with everybody. Her catsuit triggered criticism from the head of the French Tennis Federation. Bernard Giudicelli told France’s Tennis Magazine in 2017 ‘I believe we have sometimes gone too far. Serena’s outfit this year, for example, would no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.’ Williams later played down those comments.

“People always have things to say when you’re wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don’t care what people say. I’m like just so past it—you could say whatever you want to say.” She said.
“Honestly, you’re allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family, I have a career. I have too much to worry about.”

Williams recently finished runner-up at Wimbledon after losing to Simona Halep in the final. She is set to play at both the Rogers Cup in Canada and Cincinnati Open before the next grand slam tournament.

Note: video embedded from si.com.

 

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The 22 Matches That Roger Federer Lost After Having Match Point

Ubitennis looks back at the times where the Swiss maestro was on the verge of victory before going out.

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On Sunday Roger Federer was twice a point away from winning his 21st grand slam title at Wimbledon. Taking on world No.1 Novak Djokovic, the Swiss player failed to convert two match points. Resulting in him eventually losing in the final set tiebreaker after five hours of play on Center Court.

 

It was the 22nd time Federer has lost after having match point opportunities and the sixth time he has done so in a grand slam tournament. 13 out of those 22 matches saw him have more than one chance to seal victory. The most notable of those took place back in 2010 at the Paris Masters. Playing France’s Gael Monfils, Federer failed to convert five match point opportunities as he lost 7-6(7), 6-7(1), 7-6(4).

The unfortunate outcome has happened to the 37-year-old at least once every year since 2013. Furthermore, since 2017 he has failed to win after having match points twice each season.

Djokovic is the only person to fight back against Federer on multiple occasions at grand slam level. Besides his recent triumph at Wimbledon, the Serbian also saved two match points to beat Federer in their US Open clashes in 2010 and 2011. Djokovic is the only player to have ever done this against Federer on three separate occasions.

Looking at the overall picture, those 22 matches represents only 0.83% of his total losses on the ATP Tour since turning pro (22 out of 265). Federer’s current win-loss record stands at 1222-265. Claiming a total of 102 titles, which is the second highest in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors is currently first with 1274 wins and 109 titles.

Since 2000, there has been five seasons where the former world No.1 hasn’t lost a match after being in prime position. They were in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Here is a breakdown of those 22 matches:-

YEAR TOURNAMENT ROUND OPONENT
MATCH POINTS  WASTED
2019 Wimbledon Final Novak Djokovic 2
2019 Madrid Quarter-final Dominic Thiem 2
2018 Wimbledon Quarter-final Kevin Anderson 1
2018 Indian Wells Final Juan Del Potro 3
2017 Stuttgart Two Tommy Haas 1
2017 Dubai Two Evgeny Donskoi 3
2016 Stuttgart Semi-final Dominic Thiem 2
2015 Madrid Two Nick Kyrgios 2
2014 Rome Two Jeremy Chardy 1
2013 Dubai Semi-final Tomas Berdych 3
2011 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Paris-Bercy Semi-final Gael Monfils 5
2010 US Open Semi-final Novak Djokovic 2
2010 Miami Two Tomas Berdych 1
2010 Indian Wells Third Marcos Baghdatis 3
2006 Rome Final Rafael Nadal 2
2005 Monte Carlo Quarter-final Richard Gasquet 3
2005 Aust. Open Semi-final Marat Safin 1
2003 Miami Quarter-final Albert Costa 3
2002 Rotterdam Quarter-final Nicolas Escudé 1
2002 Aust. Open Two Tommy Haas 1
2001 Paris-Bercy Two Jiri Novak 1
2001 Halle Quarter-final Pat Rafter 1
2000 Wien Semi-final Tim Henman  2

source of data – Simon Graf/derbund.ch

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Halep’s Olympic Honour To Kuznetsova’s Visa Woes: Four Post-Wimbledon Stories You Might Have Missed

Wimbledon may have finished on Sunday, but the world of tennis does not stop for anybody.

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When a grand slam ends, many take a break to rest and recover from what has been a blockbuster two weeks of action. Headlined by Simona Halep’s and Novak Djokovic’s triumphs in the singles tournaments. However, the sport does not rest and plenty has gone on during the past couple of days.

 

Here are four post-Wimbledon stories you might have missed.

Halep’s hero’s welcome

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Since winning the Wimbledon title, Simona Halep has made headlines across her home country of Romania. She returned back home on Monday and later that day it was announced that she would receive the ‘Star of Romania.’ The highest honour that can be handed out by the state. Halep is the first Romanian to have ever won the Wimbledon title.

“The final wasn’t as easy as it looked like. Emotionally, it was difficult, there was a big emotional charge, but I was clear in my tactics. I consider I played the perfect match on the perfect day.” The 27-year-old said during a press conference earlier this week.
“I didn’t think for a moment about the score or about what happens on court. All I wanted was to do my job and take my chances. Darren Cahill gave me some tips before the final, but it was just some friendly advice. My official coach is now Daniel Dobre.”

It has also been revealed that Halep will be the official flag bearer for Romania at the 2020 Olympic Games. The confirmation first occurred when she was questioned by a journalist. In the background there was a nod of approval from Mihai Covaliu, who is the head of the Romanian Olympic Committee.

“This is a huge success because, as you know, we don’t have grass tennis courts in Romania. As a matter of fact, there aren’t many countries to have lawn courts.” She said.
“When we are children it’s difficult to think we will ever have the chance to play at Wimbledon and win, but now the dream has come true and I hope to be an inspiration to the young generation. Make them believe in themselves, that everything is possible and never give up.”

A celebration to honour Halep’s latest achievement will take place on Wednesday at the National Arena in Bucharest.

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