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All Canadian Showdown Won by Raonic at Indian Wells

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Indian Wells, California

It’s not often you see two Canadians face each other in a tour level tennis match. We’ll it’s now happened twice in the past three days at Indian Wells. The second “Oh Canada” installment of the week saw 32nd seed Milos Raonic take out 17-year old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4 on Stadium 3 in the Desert.

In a match which lasted an hour and 19 minutes, Raonic got off to a good start breaking the youngster in the opening game of the contest. Apart from the following game in which Raonic was broken at Love, he quickly found a groove and showed flashes of what made him the No. 3 player in the world just over a year ago.

Raonic was solid from the baseline playing his most complete match of 2018.  He also mixed in some serve and volley through the match which proved to be effective. His serve, one of the best in the game, was on target. He had nine aces including one which reached 146 miles-per-hour on the radar gun. He even took some chances on his second serve firing a pair of rockets at the teenager clocked at 145 and 143 miles-per-hour.

It was as if the top ranked Canadian on tour was sending a message to the younger pupil. Raonic, now No. 38 in the World thanks to an injury plagued 2017, had 22 winners to just eight from Auger-Aliassime. He won ten of his 13 points at the net, lost just six points on his first serve and had a 64-percent first serve percentage.

“I have always played well here,” said Raonic. “The court bounces quite a bit. I know people are talking about it’s slower this year, but doesn’t — from what I can recall, it doesn’t feel that much slower than it has in the past years. It definitely helps that I have always played well here. I like the conditions. It just gives me some sort of unconscious ease.”

The 6’5 right-hander, ten years older than his opponent, never had a chance to play or even rally with Auger-Aliassime before Sunday’s encounter despite being from the same country. Raonic was busy competing full time on the ATP Tour while Auger-Aliassime has been playing Junior and Challenger events. Just recently he began getting wild cards into main draw events this year. Raonic had nothing but praise for someone he considers a future star win the game.

“He’s got a very positive, very, very positive future ahead of him. He’s 10 years younger than me, so even 6 years old- I remember seeing him. He’s always had a great discipline and great work ethic. And he’s a lot further along than where I was when I was his age by light years. I wasn’t winning matches at junior Grand Slams let alone these levels. He’s got a lot to look forward to. He’s well beyond a 17-year-old physically. I don’t think I got to that point physically ever, you know, as far as maturity. He’s got a lot of things going for him, that’s for sure.”

Auger-Aliassime, ranked No 169, can take a lot with him from his first Masters 1000 experience. He won two qualifying matches, a main draw match against another fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil and he will take home just over $25,000US for his efforts at Indian Wells, the biggest paycheque of his young career. He also endured himself to the fans in the Desert many who had never heard of him before.

As for Raonic, he caught a break for his third round opponent. Joao Sousa upset World No. 5 Alexander Zverev in three sets late on Sunday night. Sousa rallied from a 4-1 hole in the third set winning the final five games to advance. Raonic and Sousa will square off on Tuesday. The Canadian has won all three of their previous meetings, the last coming in the Final in St.Petersburg Russia. Raonic won his seventh career title over Sousa in three sets.

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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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Wimbledon Finalist Tomas Berdych To Retire

Details have been released about a ‘special announcement’ being made by the former world No.4 later this week.

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LONDON: It has been confirmed that Tomas Berdych will travel to London where he is expected to formally announce his retirement from tennis at the age of 34.

 

The former world No.4 will address his future in the sport during a media engagement at the ATP Finals on Saturday. An event he has played six times during his career with his last appearance being back in 2015. News of Berdych’s upcoming departure was first reported by the Czech newspaper Blesk, who contacted his father.

“I think it will be a great end on Saturday,” Blesk quoted Martin Berdych as saying.

In the aftermath of the media report, Berdych took to social media to confirm that he will be making an announcement. Although he did not specify as to what it will be. The Czech hasn’t played on the tour since his first-round loss at the US Open due to injury. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“Hey guys, if you want a surprise don’t watch any media or social networks, but I know it is impossible these days,” Berdych said in a video uploaded to his Twitter account. “I know, these little mistakes happen.”
“I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday where I’m going to be in London. But now it’s not even possible because it is all over (the news). It’s fine, more information is going to come on Saturday.” He added.

Speculation about Berdych’s retirement from the sport began to gain momentum in September following an interview with idnes.cz. Where he opened up about his struggles with both back and hip injuries.

Playing during the same era as the prestigious big Three of the sport (Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer), Berdych still managed to establish himself as one of the tour’s top players during his career. Winning 13 ATP titles in 32 finals he played in, including the 2005 Paris Masters. Berdych remains the youngest player in history to win a Masters 1000 title. He also finished seven consecutive seasons inside the world’s top 10 (2010-2016) and managed to remain inside the top 100 for an impressive 794 weeks (2004-2019).

Should Berdych retire on Saturday, he ends his career with 640 wins. Including 53 against top 10 opposition. He has featured in 61 grand slam main draws with his stand out performance being a run to the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Berdych has earned $29,491,328 in prize money. The ninth highest amount in the history of men’s tennis (as of 11th November 2019).

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 4 Preview: Medvedev Seeks Revenge Against Nadal

After a day of upsets in the Andre Agassi Group on Monday, will the surprises continue today?

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sascha Zverev were both 0-5 respectively against Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, yet both were victorious in the opening round.  Tsitsipas and Zverev will now compete to take the lead in the group, while Nadal and Medvedev compete the keep their advancement hopes alive. And for Rafa, the year-end No.1 ranking is also up for grabs between himself and Novak Djokovic.

 

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Daniil Medvedev (4)

This is a rematch from the epic US Open final two months ago.  On that day in New York, Nadal was up two sets and a break, seemingly cruising to his 19th Major singles title.  But Medvedev would fight his way back to even the match, eventually succumbing to Rafa in a five-set, five-hour thriller.  Since that final, Nadal has battled multiple injuries, and has not completed any event he’s entered. Meanwhile the US Open was one of six straight consecutive finals for Medvedev, yet he’s now 0-2 over the past month.  Both Nadal and Medvedev admitted they were not at their best on Monday. Rafa is obviously not back to 100% after the abdominal injury he suffered in Paris less than two weeks ago. Jim Courier on Tennis Channel in the US said he’s never seen Nadal hit his forehand worse than he did on Monday.  And after taking some time off after his six straight finals, Medvedev has been struggling to rediscover his form, and said he’s been playing poorly in practice. Their only other previous match was also this summer, when Rafa dominated Daniil in the Rogers Cup final, dropping only three games. But judging by Rafa’s level against Zverev on Monday, I like Medvedev’s chances on an indoor hard court to secure his first win over Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) vs. Sascha Zverev (7)

This will be their fifth career meeting, with all of them occurring within the past 18 months.  Zverev claimed their first matchup last summer in Washington, but Tsitsipas has taken the last three, including most recently just last month in Beijing.  Their rivalry turned in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup last August, when Stefanos saved two match points in the second set tiebreak to come back and upset Sascha in three.  Tsitsipas has now won six of their last seven sets contested. While Zverev has been a better player since the Laver Cup in September, and served very well against Nadal on Monday, Sascha is still not quite at the level he reached a year ago when he won this event.  And Tsitsipas has been the much more confident competitor of the two throughout this year. Based on their head-to-head history and recent form, Tsitsipas should be favored to remain undefeated in the Andre Agassi Group. 

 

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