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Former World No.1 casts doubt over Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

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Since retiring, Hewitt has unsurprisingly stayed in tennis, and is currently Australia’s Davis Cup Captain. (Zimbio.com)

Former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has cast doubts over whether Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can return to dominate the men’s tennis circuit as they had before injury.

 

It is the first time in their respective careers that the players have been forced to take extended breaks from the tour due to serious injury.

Hewitt speaking to Sky Sports said: “I don’t know if they’ll be as dominant as they were. For them just to pick up from where they left off a couple of years ago, it may not be that easy. But don’t write those guys off.”

“Both those guys, Djokovic and Murray, have played so well in Australia. They play so well in the hot conditions and also in the night matches on Rod Laver Arena. 

“If they can get through that first week and give themselves a chance then they’re going to be tough to beat.

Hewitt also pointed to the fact that Djokovic and Murray will not be the only stars returning from injury in the new season. Hewitt: “But it’s an interesting one. You’ve got (Stan) Wawrinka, (Milos) Raonic, (Kei) Nishikori – a lot of top guys coming off an extended break from injuries or surgeries at the end of the year.”

Hewitt, a former World No.1, won Wimbledon and the US Open early in his career before a catalogue of injuries saw him slip down the rankings in the later years of his career.

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Matteo Berrettini unsure about plating at the US Open

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Matteo Berrettini admitted in an interview to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will take his time before making his final decision on playing at the US Open in New York or not.

 

The US Open organizers received the green light from New york Governor Andrew Cuomo to proceed with the Grand Slam event, which will take place from 31st August to 13th September at Flushing Meadows.

“Not just me, actually. The situation is complex. There are many questions that need to be answered. People organising the US Open and these other tournaments have to be answered whether we have quarantine issues if we travel to the USA. First of all, I think about my healthand decide what I will do. If the conditions are good, I could play bot the US Open and the French Open, but we have to wait and see. We don’t know what will happen. We don’t know what will happen. A virus like this has never come along, so we don’t know what will happen. I understand it is difficult to solve all problems in a short period of time, but it is still too early to decide. Many players have asked for clarifications that have not yet arrived. Many players have for clarifications that have not arrived yet. I want to have more certainties than the current ones to be able to make my choice with the right serenity”, said Berrettini.

Berrettini reached the second round at the Australian Open in his only official tournament before being sidelined by an injury problem in the following two months. The world number 8 and last year’s US Open semifinalist is sure that Novak Djokovic had good intentions when he decided to organize the Adria Tour. He announced that the money raised at the Adria Tour would be donated to charities.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like questioning Djokovic for that matter. In general, he has always worked well and in everyone’s interest. In the circumstance he made a mistake and for the image of tennis it was a backlash which I hope does not affect the next decisions”, said Berrettini.

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Matteo Berrettini sets up final in Berlin exhibition tournament

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Matteo Berrettini and Dominic Thiem will meet in Berlin exhibition tournament final. Elina Svitolina sets up final against Petra Kvitova in the women’s tournament.

 

World number 8 Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 10-6 in the first semifinal of the Bett 1 Aces on grass at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin.

Bautista Agut converted his second break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead, as Berrettini hit his forehand into the net. The Spanish player saved two break points at 5-4 15-40 with two service winners before sealing the opening set 6-4 with an ace.

Berrettini, who reached the US Open semifinal in 2019 and won the Ultimate Tennis Showdown last week, did not face any break points in the second set and converted his second break point in the eighth game and held his serve at love in the ninth game to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the super tie-break. Bautista Agut took a 5-3 lead with a mini-break, but Berrettini rallied by winning seven of the next eight points to win the super tie-break 10-6.

Berrettini set up a final against Dominic Thiem, who beat Jannik Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-5). Thiem converted his second break point in the fourth game and held on his serve to win the opening set 6-3 with a forehand winner.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set and two more chances in the 11th game to set up a tie-break. Sinner entertained the crowd at the start of the tie-break with a spectacular point despite slipping during the rally. Thiem edged his younger Italian rival 7-5, when the Italian teenager hit an unforced error.

“I think it was a pretty typical grass court match. Both of us served well. I am coming from clay, from high altitude in Kitzbuhel. It’s very different here. I tried to put the ball into the court with the good quality, because I did not have enough time to practice and get used to the baseline”, said Thiem.

Elina Svitolina beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Svitolina earned the first break in the second game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sevastova broke back at love in the seventh game and held on his serve to draw level to 4-4. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games en route to the tie-break. Svitolina cruised through to a 7-2 win in the tie-break. Svitolina got an early break in the first game of the second set. Sevastova broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Svitolina won the final three games with two consecutive breaks to seal the second set 6-3 with a forehand volley.

Svitolina set up a final match against twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-2. Kvitova will face Bertens for the seventh game in their careers and for the second time on grass. Kvitova won the first set 6-3 with a break at love in the second game. Bertens converted his third break point at deuce in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Kvitova broke serve three times in a row to win the second set 6-2.

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France’s Lucas Pouille To Undergo Surgery

The 26-year-old has suffered another setback to his plans for a return to the Tour.

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Two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille says he is hopeful that he will be able to play tennis again this season after announcing plans to undergo surgery.

 

The world No.58 confirmed on Tuesday morning that he will be having an operation on his right elbow later this month in Paris. Pouille has only managed to play one match this year on the ATP Tour due to the injury, which was at the Indian Wells Challenger tournament where he lost in straight sets to Noah Rubin.  The issue has been bothering the Frenchman since last October when he shut down his season early after the Shanghai Masters.

“It’s never an easy decision to take, but I will get surgery on my right elbow this month in Paris. After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season.” Pouille said in a statement.

Pouille initially looked to be on track to making a return to action after participating in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in June. An exhibition tournament created by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou. However, he lost two matches to Feliciano Lopez and Elliot Benchetrit before being forced to withdraw from the competition due to his elbow.

In recent days the coach of the former world No.10,  Loic Courteau, said they will not be travelling to the US Open next month. Although it is unclear if Courteau’s comments were made before or after the decision to undergo surgery was made.

“I will not be in New York, for the good reason that Lucas… is not going to play the tournament,” he told French television.

Pouille has won five ATP titles so far in his career and has earned more than $7 million in prize money. He is currently the eighth highest ranked French player on the ATP Tour.

Pouille’s ATP titles breakdown

2018 1 Montpellier (Indoor/Hard)
2017 3 Vienna (Indoor/Hard)
Stuttgart (Outdoor/Grass)
Budapest (Outdoor/Clay)
2016 1 Metz (Indoor/Hard)

 

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