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Rafael Nadal Creates History With 11th French Open Title

The king of clay has continued his love affair with Roland Garros by winning his 17th grand slam title at the age of 32.

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal has become the first man in history to win the same grand slam title 11 times after defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, in the final of the French Open.

The 32-year-old, who has only ever lost two matches at Roland Garros in his entire career, thwarted the threats posed by his dangerous rival. Thiem is one of only three men in history to have scored three or more wins over Nadal on the clay. On the Philippe Chatrier Court, the Spaniard held his nerve against an animated Thiem, who was not afraid to show his emotions on the court. Blasting 26 winners along with 24 unforced errors to  extend his reputation as the most decorated player in the history of the French Open.

“I’m very happy to have won the tournament. I played a very good match today.” Nadal said immediately after his win. “Well played today by Dominic. He has played a good week (at Roland Garros. I’m happy (for him) because he’s a great friend. One of the players that the tour needs.”

Gunning for his seventh win over the Austrian at Roland Garros, Nadal was tested from the onset. After getting off to a perfect start by breaking for a 2-0 lead, Thiem broke back instantly. The Austrian’s ability to combine power and slice rewarded him and earned him praise from the crowd. Nevertheless, a more composed and experienced Nadal remained on the offensive, forcing his opponent to come through some tricky service games. Including one where Thiem required 12 minutes to hold serve to level 3-3. It appeared that a tiebreaker could be on the cards, but a disastrous Thiem service game, consisting of four consecutive unforced errors, handed the world No.1 the first set. Providing an anti-climax to what was an opening set of high quality by both players.

Firmly in the driving position, Nadal gathered in momentum as the match progressed. Breaking immediately at the start of set number two following a Thiem backhand sailing beyond the baseline. The problem for the 24-year-old wasn’t his ability on the court, but maintaining it against a player as consistent as Nadal.  As for Nadal, he too felt the pressure on the court. Receiving a code violation for breaking the 25-second rule between points. Still, it failed to hinder Nadal’s progress.

Continuing to dodge the threats coming from across the court, the Spaniard extended his lead to a set and 5-2. Two games later the two-set lead was sealed with the help of another Thiem backhand error, which landed in the tramlines.

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The scare

Twice Thiem has managed to battle from two-sets down to win, but not this time. Once again another marathon service game concluded with Nadal breaking. Elevating him to just four games away from the title.

Even an unexpected issue with his finger failed to halt Nadal. Leading the third set 2-1, 30-0, he stopped play to undergo a medical assessment. The reason was due to the middle finger of his left hand, which froze in one place.

“It was a tough moment in the third set when I got cramp in my hand. I was very, very scared. But that’s sport. It was very humid today I was against a player that pushed me to my limits.” Nadal commented about the problem.

Storming towards the finish line with the help of a double break, Nadal finally sealed title No.11 at Roland Garros after 202 minutes of pulsating action. Four championship points came and went before he triumphed on his fifth after a Thiem backhand shot landed just beyond the baseline. Prompting a relieved Nadal to lift his arms in delight.

“I played my best match (of the tournament) today in the final. It is very important to play your best against Dominic. I had to be very aggressive because he is a difficult opponent.” Said the 17-time grand slam champion.
“It’s just amazing. I can’t describe my feelings because it’s not even a dream. It was impossible to think that I could win this title 11 times.”

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Thiem’s tribute

Runner-up Thiem praised his rival following their clash in Paris. The Austrian is only the second male player from his country to contest a major final after Thomas Muster. He is the youngest Roland Garros finalist since 2010.

“I think what you are doing is one of the most outstanding things to do in sport.” He said to Nadal. “To win this tournament 11 times is amazing.
“For me this has still been two great weeks. I still remember when you (Nadal) won here the first time. I was 11-years-old and watching it on TV. I honestly never expected that I would one day be playing the final here, I’m really happy.”

Nadal is now the fourth player in the Open Era to win three grand slam titles after their 30th birthday. Joining Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer. He exits Roland Garros with 2.2 million euros in prize money and 2000 ranking points. Guaranteeing that he will be world No.1 at the start of the grass season, which will officially get underway tomorrow.

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Cameron Norrie ‘Happy’ With Performance After Extending Winning Run Against Kyrgios

Cameron Norrie spoke about his confidence after reaching the last eight in Atlanta.

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Cameron Norrie is satisfied with his recent performances after reaching the Atlanta quarter-finals.

 

The in-form Brit extended his winning streak to five matches after defeating Nick Kyrgios in Atlanta.

Norrie eased to victory with a 6-1 6-4 win in a match which saw three breaks of serve from the Brit to make the last eight.

After winning his maiden title in Los Cabos, Norrie now is starting to feel confident in his game.

In his post-match interview the world number 29 insists that he is happy with his level as he continues his great season, “It’s very nice to be back here in Atlanta,” Norrie explained.

“It’s good to have Nick back… really enjoyed the match and really happy with my level. It’s cool to be playing at this level and [I am] happy and satisfied to be getting some wins. I’m enjoying my tennis.”

Next for Norrie will be Emil Ruusuvuori as he looks to continue his momentum and solidify his status as the man to beat in US hard court swing.

The other quarter-finals will see Los Cabos finalist Brandon Nakashima take on Jordan Thompson, Taylor Fritz will face fellow American Reilly Opelka.

While five-time champion John Isner will face Christopher O’Connell in the last eight with the American serving 49 aces in two matches so far.

Play will begin at 17:00 BST while Norrie’s match will likely take place at 20:00 BST.

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‘Probably Gonna Quit’ – Tennys Sandgren Blasts Performance After missing Out On Olympic Medal

The tennis star described his fourth place finish as ‘dog s**t.”

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Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren said he is close to retiring from tennis after missing out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sandgren and doubles partner Austin Krajicek fell in straight sets to the New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell, who are the first tennis players from their country in over 100 years to win a medal. The loss is a frustrating outcome for the American who wasn’t afraid to express how he felt after the match. Tokyo was the ninth doubles tournament Sandgren has played in this year.

“I mean, who f*ing cares you know, what do I have to show for it? We have a good week and fourth place is dog s**t.” He told the Olympic News Service.

Speaking straight after his loss, the highly emotional 30-year-old then cast doubt on his future in the sport. He is currently ranked 82nd in the world and has a win-loss record of 6-14 so far this year. However, he is yet to reach a quarter-final in singles.

I’m probably gonna quit. That might be my last match. I’m close, yeah, I’m close.” He replied when asked about his career.

As for if he would have done anything different in the bronze medal match, Sandgren replied ‘not to have been so bad.’ He also expressed disappointment that the tennis tournament took place behind closed doors. Prior to the Olympics, organisers decided to hold all events in Tokyo without fans due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“It would have been a great event with fans,” he via via teamusa.org. “Playing on an outside court without fans, I mean, you might as well be playing in Idaho in the middle of nowhere.”

Sandgren and Krajicek were America’s last chance to win a medal in the tennis competition. It is the first time the country has failed to win any medal since tennis returned as an Olympic event in 1988.

“There’s not much you can say about that except it’s pretty, pretty devastating to lose that one. You know, give yourself a chance to get a medal and then to lose those two (matches – including the men’s doubles semifinal) is tough, but you have to give those guys credit today. They played well.” Krajicek concluded.

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
(SE)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
(WC)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
IN Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
IN Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
IN Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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