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Denis Shapovalov Hoping To “Do Some Damage” At Eastbourne

Denis Shapovalov talked about his hopes for Eastbourne, his desire to develop on grass and Coric’s win over Federer in Halle.



When World No.143 Denis Shapovalov turned up at the Rogers Cup in August 2017 and beat Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro, the tennis world sat up and took notice.

Ten months on from that breakthrough, the exciting Canadian is ranked 26 in the world and is about to make his maiden appearance in Eastbourne as he finalises his preparations for Wimbledon.

“A couple more matches would be ideal to get ready for Wimbledon,” he said. “Obviously that’s the big one everyone is looking forward to and focusing on.”

“I feel like my game is really coming along. I feel pretty ready for this week, so hopefully I can do some damage at this tournament.”

Shapovalov lost 7-6(7) 7-6(6) to Gilles Muller at Queen’s last week, and that early loss has made him hungry for more match time ahead of the year’s third Grand Slam.

“Having lost in the first round, I definitely knew that I wanted to come here and get a couple of matches under my belt.”

Shapovalov seeks to develop his grass-court game

The Canadian enjoys playing on grass but he has only feature in 13 matches on the surface at senior level and feels like he still has a lot to learn.

“The fast courts tend to suit my aggressive game and big serve,” he said. “I like to come to the net, too, and aggressive players that come forward tend to do well on this surface.”

“Obviously I feel like I still have a lot of room to improve on the grass. I have a lot less experience than a lot of the other players on the surface, but I feel like it’s going to be a really good surface for me in a couple of years.”

Shapovalov seems happy to be in Eastbourne. “I’m enjoying it so far,” he said. “It’s a really chilled environment before a slam – ideal for the players.”

“Normally in a slam it’s pretty hectic, so players like to have a calm environment. A tournament like this is perfect, right on the sea, a small little town, so it’s pretty friendly.”

The Canadian continued. “The tournament has done a great job. The courts are looking great and I’m getting really excited for this week.”

Shapovalov reflects on Coric’s win over Federer

During his pre-tournament press conference, Shapovalov was asked to comment on Borna Coric’s victory over Roger Federer at Halle and the progress of the NextGen players.

“It wasn’t that big of a shocker to me that he beat Roger,” the Canadian said. “Obviously it’s always tough to beat a guy at that level, but Borna has been playing unbelievable tennis this year, so I’m happy for him. Hopefully he can continue it at Wimbledon.”

He continued, “It just shows us that it’s possible to beat these guys. Even though they are so dominant, we have the potential (to win), and it’s honestly pretty cool to have a group of young guys like this with such talent and such a high level coming up together.”


Nick Kyrgios sets up Round of 16 match against Borna Coric



Two-time Miami semifinalist and this year’s Acapulco champion Nick Kyrgios cruised past Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes. Kyrgios will face Borna Coric in the Round of 16. 

The Australian player hit 12 aces and fended off six of the seven break points he faced. Lajovic, who upset Kei Nishikori in the previous round, wasted three break points at the start of the match and dropped his serve at 1-2 after a backhand error. Kyrgios hit a forehand down the line winner to break serve for 5-1. Lajovic got one break back to claw his back to 3-5, but Kyrgios hit four winners to seal the opening set 6-3. Kyrgios broke three times in a row and sealed the win in the seventh game 6-1 on his first match point to secure his spot in the fourth round, where he will face Borna Coric, who came back from one set down to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 after 2 hours and 36 minutes.

Kyrgios leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Coric. The Australian player beat his Croatian rival in the Estoril quarter final in 2016 and in Cincinnati 2018. Coric edged Kyrgios in three sets in Cincinnati 2016.

“Borna is an unbelievable competitor and one of the best players in the world. He knows how to win matches and is an unbelievable player. He moves incredibly well and I know he won’t give me a single point. I am not going to think about it right now though. I have a day off tomorrow”, said Kyrgios.

Chardy came back from 2-4 down in the first set before winning the tie-break 7-2. Coric broke serve at the start of the second set to open up a 3-0 lead and saved four break points. The Croatian player sealed the second set 6-2 with a break at 15 in the 8th game. Coric reeled off three games in a row including 12 of the final 14 points from 3-3 to close out the third set 6-3.


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John Isner continues his title defence with straight-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas



Defending champion John Isner battled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-5 7-6 (8-6) to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

Seventh seed John Isner was broken in the opening game but he saved the next four break points he faced in the match and hit 16 aces. The US player broke back on his second opportunity in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Isner got another break in the 12th game to clinch the first set 7-5.

Isner saved two break points in the fifth game of the second set to hold serve for 3-2. Both players held on their service games to set up a tie-break. Isner rallied from 5-6 down by winning three consecutive games to take the tie-break 8-6.

“I did a lot of things well today. I played a good first set, event though I did not start it off well. In the secondi t was not quite as clean. I will talk to my coach and try to iron things out, but I am into the Round of 16 of a big tournament and I am happy”, said Isner.

Isner set up a fourth round match against Kyle Edmund, who beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes. The British player got a break in the fifth game of the first set and in the ninth game of the second set.

Roberto Bautista Agut beat Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-4. The Spanish player got an early break to build up a 3-0 lead. Fognini broke back in the ninth game to claw his way back to 4-5, but the Spaniard broke again in the 10th game to seal the opening set 6-4. Fognini earned an immediate break in the first game of the second set, but Bautista broke straight back. Fognini went un a break in the fifth game. The Italian player saved a break-back point chance in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Bautista Agut fought back by winning the the final four games to seal the second set 6-4.



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‘You’re A F***ing Disgrace’ – Nick Kyrgios Erupts At The Miami Open

Another tournament, another on-court controversy involving the former top 20 player.



Nick Kyrgios (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is in line for another hefty fine after blasting the umpire following his doubles match with partner Taylor Fritz.

Kyrgios, who is no stranger to either controversy or fines, completely lost his cool after being edged out of the doubles. Losing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 8-10, to Guido Pella and Joao Sousa. Throughout the match there was a series of dubious line calls that infuriated the Kyrgios team. Something the racket-smashing 23-year-old complained to the umpire about seconds after the clash.

“What the f**k is wrong with you?” Kyrgios shouted at the umpire. “You’re a f**king disgrace. F**king disgrace.”

Continuing to unleash his rage on the court, Kyrgios interacted with the crowd. Asking them  ‘Do you think that’s alright, yes or no?’ The outburst was caught on camera by one fan, who uploaded in onto his Twitter account.

‘Just give me the answer. He’s a disgrace. ‘I come out and give 100% and I have to deal with idiots like him. Does he get fined for his mistakes? It’s rubbish, man.’ Kyrgios said.

It is not the first time the world No.33 has raised eyebrows for his actions. He previously served a brief ban from the sport in 2016 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the Shanghai Masters. Meanwhile, last June he was fined more than $17,000 for making a lewd gesture during the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

The controversy is a stark contrast to Kyrgios’ opening match in the singles. Taking on Alexander Bublik, he prevailed 7-5, 6-3, with the help of a fairly disciplined and mature performance. He is already a two-time semi-finalist in Miami and has won more matches (11) at the tournament than any other Masters 1000 event.

“I know he’s a player who tries to keep things on his own terms… kind of reminds me of me a little bit,” he said of Bublik. “He just needs to play those bigger points with a little more discipline. Strange me saying that…
“I thought he was going to put me on a couple of highlight reels. I knew he was trying to at some stage. I knew I had to be the disciplined one of the two today.”

Kyrgios will return to the Miami Court’s on Sunday when he play’s Dusan Lajovic in the third round.

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