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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survives thrilling marathon five-setter, Pablo Carreno Busta through



Tsonga came back from the brink of defeat to win in five sets against Denis Shapovalov (

15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was able to enact some measure of revenge as he defeated Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5. Tsonga recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the fifth set to win the last five games. Shapovalov had beaten the veteran Frenchman at the US Open in 2017.


Shapovalov took early control of the match as Tsonga failed to land his first serve with any consistency. The Canadian showcased his full repertoire of skills, taking the ball on aggressively on both the forehand and the backhand sides.

The break came in the 4th game, and Tsonga failed to make any serious inroads into the Shapovalov serve.

Tsonga’s first serve continued to evade him, but the former Australian Open finalist finally made impressions against serve. After being thwarted by some big serving in the second game, Tsonga broke in game six. He saved a break back point in serving for the set to level.

Far from being disheartened by losing the second, Shapovalov returned re-energised in the 3rd. He was helped by Tsonga throwing in a poor game immediately, and consolidated with a second break. A comfortable hold saw Shapovalov build the lead once more.

The 4th saw both men finally settle on serve as it featured no break points. Shapovalov showed some highlight reel passing shots as he chased down Tsonga volleys. However, when it came to the tie break, it was Tsonga who grabbed the lead. He never relinquished it, dragging the match to a 5th set.

As in the 3rd set, Tsonga gifted his opponent the early break. This time it proved terminal, with forehand errors, and a double fault contributing. After failing to get back on serve despite two break points, Tsonga nearly fell down a double break once again. He held, and it proved crucial, as a tight Shapovalov donated the next game with a pair of backhand errors. Tsonga held, and then set to work against Shapovalov, for whom the errors continued to flow.

Tsonga broke again, and served out the match to love as Shapovalov’s challenge quickly faded.

Tsonga could play Nick Kyrgios in the 3rd round, in what would be a very high-profile match-up.

Tsonga: “I’m tired but really happy. I did a big fight today. You know its not easy to play these young guns, they play great. Its difficult for me to defend. Thank you for the support.

In other early matches, 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta dominated a below par Gilles Simon before the Frenchman retired with what appeared to be a left groin injury. Carreno Busta won 6-2, 3-0 ret.

23rd seed Gilles Muller appeared to have his match with Malek Jaziri under control. However, the Luxembourgian was eventually forced to win in five, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2.

Nikoloz Basilashvili ensured a career best run at the Australian Open to date whatever happens the rest of this tournament. The Georgian is into round three for the first time with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3  win over Ruben Bemelmans.

Basilashvili will face Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who backed up his impressive win over Kevin Anderson with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin.

Italian veteran Andreas Seppi defeated young Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-3, 6-4


Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London



The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.


Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.


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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei



Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.


The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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Tomas Berdych: It Is Up To Others To Decide My Legacy

The former top-10 player spoke with reporters for the first time since officially retiring from the sport



Tomer Berdych (far left) among group of recently retired player's attending special presentation at The 2019 ATP Finals

LONDON: Tomas Berdych has said his future plans is ‘to not have a plan’ after officially retiring from tennis on Saturday at the age of 34.


The former Wimbledon runner-up joined a series of other former players to celebrate their careers in a special on-court presentation at the ATP Finals. Also present was Radek Stepanek and David Ferrer. News of Berdych’s decision to walk away from the sport surfaced earlier this week after a Czech newspaper spoke with his father Martin.

Speculation has mounted in recent months about Berdych’s future in the sport after struggles with injury issues concerning his back and hip. He hasn’t played on the tour since the US Open. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“I was able to train, practice, prepare, and then you get to the tournament, and then I play three games, the problem came back.” Berdych explained during a press conference about his decision.
“You put all the negative stuff on the one side, and then the positive is to go on court, fight, win the match, and there was no chance to achieve that. There is really no point to continue.”

Playing in the shadows on the Big Four contingent, the Czech still managed to establish himself as a household name. Albeit on a smaller scale. As of this week, he is ranked as the 11th highest-earning player on the ATP Tour in history with more than $29 million in prize money. His achievements include winning 13 ATP titles and spending 794 consecutive weeks in the top 100. At his peak, he was fourth in the world rankings and finished seven seasons inside the top 10.

Like any other player, it hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Berdych. One example was during the 2012 Australian Open where he was booed off the court after defeating Nicolas Almagro during what was a bad-tempered encounter. However, fortunately, most of his career has been free from controversy.

“Do I have any regrets? No, I think even the bad things or the negative experience that I went through or I experienced or I have done, I think they were there for the reason. I think without them, I wouldn’t be as good as I was.” Berdych stated.
“I think even the bad ones were there for a reason.”

Now he has stepped away from the sport for good, what does the future have in store? According to the Czech, he is in no intention of rushing into anything else soon. Although he admits that it may not be tennis-related.

“The plan is actually not to have any plans. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just to breathe out easily after all those years.”

As the chapter closes on the career of one of the Czech Republic’s most successful male players in the Open Era, he leaves the sport with high respect from both his fans and fellow rivals. As for his legacy, he says that it is not for him to decide.

“I think I’m not the correct one to judge that. I was trying to do the best I possibly can, and I think this is something that you created with your achievement and with your behavior.” He concludes.

Berdych’s career in numbers

2 – number of Davis Cup titles won
4 – highest ATP ranking achieved
13– number of ATP titles
53 – number of wins over top 10 players
342 – number of losses on the ATP Tour
640 – number of wins on the ATP Tour
2002 – the year he turned pro
2019 – the year he retired
29,491,328 – career prize money (in US dollars)

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