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Former Wimbledon champion speculates on rumoured Federer goal

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Federer would become the oldest No.1 in Men’s Singles history if he overtook Nadal in the coming weeks (Zimbio.com)

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has given his view on the developing ranking situation. Having defended his Australian Open crown, Roger Federer sits just 155 ATP points short of old rival and friend Rafael Nadal.

 

Speaking to Eurosport, Cash said: “I think there’s probably one last thing that he’d really like to do, that is to be the oldest world No 1. I know that for a fact that he wants to be the oldest No 1.”

Federer was last ranked World No.1 in October 2012. He has a good chance to do so as Nadal has a number of points to defend in February, whilst Federer has very few. Nadal reached the final in Acapulco, where he lost to Sam Querrey. However, Nadal’s participation is in doubt, as the Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the Australian semi-finals with injury.

Therefore, Federer could conceivably return to the World No.1 ranking for the first time in more than five years without playing in February. The Swiss legend is still reportedly considering whethe\\r to play in Dubai. He suffered a shock second round loss to Evgeny Donskoy at the event last year.

If Federer were to return to the World No.1 ranking, he would become the oldest man to reach that position. He would eclipse Andre Agassi in that regard. Agassi became No.1 in May 2002 aged 33.

Federer’s margin for returning to World No.1 may be quite small. Over March, he defends 2000 ATP points across Indian Wells and Miami respectively. Both events he won in 2017. Given it might be considered quite unlikely for him to repeat the feat, now seems to be the time if the Swiss wants to make a move.

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Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini start the Thiem’7 tournament with a win

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Dominic Thiem beat Casper Ruud 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in the second match of the Thiem 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

After losing the first set Ruud raced out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. Thiem clawed his way back into the second set by drawing level to 4-4. Ruud saved the second break point chance. The second set came down to the tie-break. Ruud earned a 4-1 lead, but Thiem came back by winning six consecutive points to win the tie-break 7-4.

Matteo Berrettini beat Dennis Novak 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 after 1 hour and 42 minutes. Berrettini earned the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Novak broke straight back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Novak saved five break points in the ninth game at deuce. Berrettini saved three more chances in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Berrettini rallied from 4-5 down to win the tie-break 9-7. Berrettini got the only break in the second game and did not drop more than one point on his service game to win the second set 6-3.

Roberto Bautista Agut edged Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-3 in the final match of the first day.

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Andrey Rublev wins opening match of the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel

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This year’s Doha and Adelaide Andrey Rublev rallied from losing the first set to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6 6-4 15-13 in the opening match of the Thiem’s 7 exhibition tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Struff broke Rublev in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Rublev broke straight back, but Struff earned another break to clinch the first set 6-3. There were only two break points in the second set. Rublev earned the crucial break to win the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the decisive super tie-break. Rublev earned two match points at 9-7, but he did not convert any of them. Struff earned a match point as he was leading 10-9 and got two more chances to win the match at 12-11 and 13-12, but he did convert them. Rublev won the final three points to clinch the tie-break 15-13.

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Kitzbuhel set to host the Thiem 7 tournament

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The famous Austrian alpine ski resort of Kitzbuhel hosts the exhibition tournament Thiem 7 organized by world number 3 and this year’s Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem from 7 to 11 July 2020.

 

The tournament features 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut, 2018 Paris Bercy champion Karen Khachanov, this year’s Doha and Adelaide champion Andrey Rublev, Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany, Casper Ruud from Norway and Dennis Novak from Austria.

The eight players were split in two groups. The Group IFA features Thiem, Rublev, Struff and Ruud. Berrettini, Bautista Agut, Khachanov and Novak have been drawn in the Soccercoin Group.

The format is similar to the ATP Finals in London. In the semifinals the respective group leaders face the group leaders of the other group.

In the third set there will be only one match tie-break up to 10. The semifinals will be held on Friday at 13.30 am and 15.00 pm.

“It’s just fantastic to be here again. I am really looking forward to seeing the other players again. Most of them, I have not met most of them since March at Indian Wells”, said Thiem.  

 During the first day four matches will be held. Rublev will play against Struff in the opening match. Thiem will open his campaign against Ruud. Berrettini will clash against Novak. Khachanov will meet Bautista Agut in the final match of the opening day.

Thiem won the Kitzbuhel ATP 250 tournament last year.

“It was the first time I saw a bit in the organization calling the players and asking if they were coming, which was a lot of fun. Of course it is also the first time in Kitzbuhel since the emotional triumph last year. My father Wolfgang is there as a sporting director and many Kitzbuhelers are behind the project”, said Dominic Thiem.  

In Kitzbuhel 500 spectators will be allowed for each session to respect all hygiene and protective measures. There are tickets for all days. There is a day and and an evening session.

“I learnt the lesson from the Adria Cup in Belgrade. The respect of all protocols will be very strict for the 500 spectators allowed in each session”, said Thiem.

 

Thiem will travel to Berlin for the next exhibition tournament in Berlin, which will be played on grass.

 

“It will be interesting because it is on the lawn”, said Thiem.

 

After a week off Thiem will start his preparation for next  Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open.

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