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Experience Prevails In Delray Beach As Steve Johnson And Peter Gojowczyk Set Up Semifinal Clash

While the bottom half is exclusively under 22, 28-year-olds Steve Johnson and Peter Gojowczyk will face off for a spot in the final in the top half.

Jakub Bobro



Steve Johnson entered the match against Evgeny Donskoy after defeating Milos Raonic 6-2 6-4 in the 2nd Round. Outside of Delray Beach, Johnson has had a poor start to 2018, winning only 1 match. “I had some trouble closing out matches earlier in the year. There was a little bit of a lack of confidence. I’ve had 3 chances to serve out matches this week and I did it every single time.”


Donskoy did well to reach his first quarterfinal since beating Roger Federer in Dubai last year. The Russian advanced through Darian King and Donald Young to set up this clash.

Last time the two have met was the 2016 US Open, where Johnson advanced after a five-set drama. “You don’t want to think about that and you never know what kind of residual feelings he may have… I definitely didn’t expect him to roll over today and it was a tough match,” said Johnson about their previous meeting.

Johnson put out a dominant display over Donskoy and won 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes. Johnson and Donskoy play a similar game style, but the American showed today that he is a level higher than his opponent. “I take it day-by-day, every day is different. Hopefully, I’ll have another good day tomorrow and if nothing else, I’ll have some more momentum,” said Johnson

“It’s awesome to have Americans in. We’ll get some positive feedback, which is few and far between these days,” said Johnson, possibly referencing the negative coverage of Tennys Sandgren’s political views and the recent feud between Ryan Harrison and Donald Young.

Johnson also previewed his potential all-American derby against Reilly Opelka: “Reilly is a good friend of mine and it’s always good to see him doing well. We have the same agent and spend a lot of time together. He’s a great kid and loves sports. If we do play each other and he gets the win, he’s never allowed to stay over in my house again.”

However World No. 64 Peter Gojowczyk thwarted those plans with his win over the giant American. The German won in straight sets 7-6(5) 6-3 after 1 hour and 20 minutes. Gojowczyk’s attacking style of returning was what put him above Opelka today.

This was their 3rd meeting, all victorious for Gojowczyk. During the first set tiebreaker, Opelka yelled: “I hate playing him, I never want to play him again!” He later confirmed these comments in the press: “I kind of expected [the loss], he has beaten me two times before. I never want to play him again… Everything’s good. He’s got my number. He’s a great player and I knew I had my hands full. It was pretty similar the previous two matches.”

Opelka also commented on his “bromance” with Steve Johnson: “[playing him next] was in the back of my mind. When I’m in Carson I stay with him in Redondo Beach. He has a pretty nice house, a big house, so there is plenty of space for me. He knows I love Lucky Charms and Red Bull, so the last time I stayed there, I opened the fridge and he had a 12 pack of Red Bull and two boxes of Lucky Charms. I’m like: ‘Wow, what a great guy’. That’s a great friend right there. He’s the man, I’m always rooting for Stevie. I like Peter [Gojowczyk] too, he’s a nice guy, but I’m rooting for Stevie. 

In the past 12 months, Peter Gojowczyk has absolutely skyrocketed, rising from No. 162 to No. 64, winning ATP 250 in Metz, reaching semifinals in Newport and now in Delray Beach. The German previewed this upcoming clash of veterans: “That is a totally different match compared to my last two matches. I played some huge service guys, Reilly and John. Now, it is going to be an open match, I think. He played very well today, not that many unforced errors too. You have to play more from the baseline against him.”

Gojowczyk and Johnson will face off in the semifinals tomorrow at 3 PM local time.



Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match



Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.


French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid



Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy


Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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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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