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Roger Federer Continues Australian Open Title Defence Into The Second Week

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Defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer recorded his 17th victory over 29th seed Richard Gasquet in 19 meetings to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the 16th time in his career.

 

The second seed was in imperious form playing once again inside the Rod Laver Arena in the night session. Despite a slight wobble in the third set, Gasquet played a good match against the former world number one but was no match for the defending champion.

Both players demonstrated their backhands to the delight of the crowd on the Rod Laver Arena with the two seeded players holding onto their opening service games to love but it was the defending champion who drew first blood by breaking the veteran Frenchman’s serve to lead 3-1 with a scorching forehand return winner down the line.

However, it was lights out tennis for the 19-time Grand Slam champion as he took the opening set in just 27 minutes on the clock, 6-2 virtue of an untimely double fault from Gasquet.

The second set was slightly more competitive as the former world number seven tried to be more aggressive, and it paid off but Federer’s blistering backhands and his movement around the court was scintallating.

Federer brought up his second set point by producing a crushing backhand passing winner, which Gasquet could do nothing about it. The reigning champion gained a two sets to love lead with one hour and 12 minutes played on the clock, avoiding a second set tiebreak.

The third set was seemingly going to be a rout for the second seed as Federer quickly raced out to a 3-0 lead, and the former world number one had the chance to go 5-2 up, and serve for the match but there were signs of complacency from Federer as the 29th seed hung on, and finally broke the Swiss’ serve.

Nevertheless, the defending champion regrouped when he needed to, and saw off Gasquet in just under two hours to continue his title defence into the second week, where he will face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics for a place in the quarterfinals on Monday.

After the match, Federer spoke to two-time Australian Open winner Jim Courier, who was conducting the off-court interview, where the defending champion entertained the crowd with his humorous answers.

“Exactly, my head’s still spinning from that match point where I got so lucky and I’m just trying to get over that one, I was more offensive with my backhand than he was, I protected my serve a little bit better than him.

“The second set was tight, the match was close, the end could have gone to a tiebreaker you never know, to focus for till the very end is a terrible answer, Richard played well, me too and I’m happy to get the win tonight.”

“I know Marton a little bit, he came to Switzerland last year, time flies, I’m not sure, he came to train with me for a weekend, super nice guy, hardworking and I’m really happy for him, these guys work as hard as we do, they never get to see (the) Rod Laver Arena sometimes, he’s a great baseliner and happy that I know him a little bit.”

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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