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Robin Haase Denies Faking An Injury At The French Open, Hits Out At Trainer

The Dutch No.1 has complained of ‘unfavourable’ conditions at Roland Garros.

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World No.44 Robin Haase has criticised a Physio at the French Open following his five-set loss to David Goffin on Sunday.

 

The 28-year-old was two-sets-to-love up against the world No.9, but ended up losing the match 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0. During the evening encounter, Haase complained about the light at Roland Garros. Arguing that he couldn’t see the ball properly. Although there was no such complaint from Goffin as the match continued. Prompting the Dutchman to claim that his opponent was given an unfair advantage.

“I hoped and expected that the game would be finished on Monday, after two sets it was already dark, and after the third set I thought: now we’ll stop,” Haase told foxsports.nl.
“In the end, we just finished the match, which was unfavourable for me, I had more trouble with it than Goffin.”

Amid the complaint, Haase requested a medical time out during the end of the fourth set. Citing a problem with his leg. The trainer refused to treat Haase. Saying that there was no issue to address. A verdict that the match umpire also supported. The conclusion sparked allegations that Haase deliberately faked an injury in order to delay the match. Hoping that it would get postponed. An allegation he has denied.

Following his defeat, Haase said that he had previously requested not to be treated by that trainer because he had ‘problems’ with him during the US Open. But didn’t elaborate further on the matter.

“He refused to treat me,” he said. “I have avoided him in recent years because he did not want to treat me at the US Open (as well).”

Speaking about Goffin turnaround, where he claimed 12 out of the last 13 games played, the former top 35 player said that he was too ‘restless’ to close the match out.

“I was hoping to hold on to it, but I certainly did not succeed in the fourth set, because I was too restless in the fifth set, but I did not have a chance.” He explained.

It is unclear as to what the exact nature of the injury was. Haase will remain in Roland Garros to play in the doubles draw, where he will play alongside compatriot Matwé Middelkoop.

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Marin Cilic wins his first title since Queen’s 2018

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Marin Cilic claimed the 19th ATP Tour title of his career and his first since Queen’s 2018 with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 win over Felix Auger Aliassime  after 1 hour and 50 minutes in the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. 

 

Cilic won 100% of his first-serve points in three of his five matches and did not drop a set this week. 

The Croatian star is not 3-3 in grass court finals and 19-14 in his overall title matches. 

Both Cilic and Auger Aliassime saved three break points in their first service games. Cilic converted his ninth break point to take a 6-5 lead in the 11th game. Cilic was not able to serve out the first set, but he cruised through the tie-break 7-2, when Auger Aliassime hit a forehand long. 

The second set went on serve in the first seven games. Auger Aliassime won 64% of his first-service points, while Cilic claimed 90% of his second serve points. Cilic earned the only break of the second set in the eighth game to seal the second set 6-3. 

Cilic will play at Queen’s next week. 

“It was a very important win. I played two semifinals and did not win a title since 2018, also on grass at Queen’s. Winning here brings out joy for me, good confidence and a good feeling. Experience plays a big part, especially on grass. The conditions can be difficult, the court plays quite quick. I felt this was a good chance for me to give it my all, keep my intensity. Even though  some games were up and others down, that was a big part of my victory today”, said Cilic. 

Auger Aliassime has dropped to 0-8 in his eight ATP Tour Finals. “Today I am not facing a final. I am facing Marin Cilic. It is two different things. There has been times when I have not played my best then I felt I was not playing well, but this time around, I felt like it was close, but overall I think he was a better player overall”, said Auger Aliassime. 

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Felix Auger Aliassime sets up Stuttgart final against Marin Cilic

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Felix Auger Aliassime beat Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 in 80 minutes to advance to the eighth ATP Tour Final of his career at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart without dropping a set this week. 

 

Auger Aliassime did not face a break point and hit seven aces. The Canadian Next Gen converted his first break point in the ninth game to claim the first set 6-4. 

The 20-year-old Canadian rising star won 89% of his first service points before earning a break point at 6-5 to seal the win. He lost to Matteo Berrettini in the 2019 final in Stuttgart. 

Auger Aliassime will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who won the first set 6-3 before Jurij  Rodionov, before the Austrian wild card was forced to withdraw from the match at 0-1 due to an injury problem at the start of the second set. 

“I am feeling really good and very excited to be in the final after quite a period that I didn’t reach a final. I think this was very positive week. I have played good tennis, served very well. Considering it is a shorter season, with one week less. It was great to play this week. Losing to Roger Federer gave me more time to prepare for the week. I have not enjoyed being at a tournament so much in a long period of time, because it is the first time my son, my wife and I are together at one tournament. The set up in Stuttgart is really nice. There is a lot of grass and open space aroung the hotel for my sonto play and it is so much fun having them around”, said Cilic. Cilic leads 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Auger Aliassime. They will play their first match on grass. 

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Barbora Krejcikova reaches both singles and doubles final at Roland Garros

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Barbora Krejcikova has qualified for the singles and doubles finals at Roland Garros this weekend, as she and Katerina Siniakova claimed a 6-1 6-2 win over Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera. 

 

Krejcikova has the chance to become the first player to win both the women’s singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce claimed both tournaments in 2000. Serena Williams is the most recently player to win both the singles and doubles titles at any Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon 2016.

The Czech team will take on Bethanie Mattek Sands froand last year’s Roland Garros singles champion Iga Swiatek, who beat Irina Camelia Begu and Nadia Podoroska 6-3 6-4. Swiatek reached the quarter final this year in the singles tournament. Krejcikova and Siniakova have qualified for both Grand Slam women’s doubles finals this season. They lost to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka at the 2021 Australian Open last February. 

Krejcikova and Siniakova are bidding to win their second Roland Garros women’s doubles title. 

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