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John Isner Moves Into Another Atlanta Final; To Face Harrison

The top-seeded American goes for his fifth Atlanta title. It’s his fifth straight final at the event.

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Atlanta legend John Isner struggled his way into another final in the American southeast, where he will face Ryan Harrison in a rematch from last year.

 

An at-times exhausted Isner defeated Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, capitalizing on a shocking display of serving from the Australian. The top seed hit an expected 26 aces, while Ebden appeared to struggle with a neck problem and tallied 15 double faults. The No. 4 seed double faulted away several break points and put just one first serve in play in the final set.

Isner, the four-time Atlanta champion, responded well to losing the second set, surviving a marathon baseline rally on break point at 0-1 in the final frame, eventually forcing Ebden to mash a forehand long. Isner added his second break on a double fault, then fittingly closed the match with an ace.

Early on, the American looked as though he would need far less less than two hours and two minutes to reach his eighth Atlanta final. He lost just eight points on serve in the first set and consolidated his lone break; he then jumped ahead in the second set when Ebden whacked a ball into the net on break point, but he broke right back to level the set and eventually win the tiebreak.

“It was tough. I do think I benefitted from my opponent not being 100 percent,” Isner, now in his fifth straight Atlanta final, said. “Just like yesterday, I was able to get out [ahead] in the third set, and that took some pressure off.

“I’m very happy to be back in the final here.”

Harrison, meanwhile, won a fourth consecutive match after losing the first set, defeating Cameron Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. The No. 8 seed came alive after winning just 46 percent of points on his serve in the opening set, saving break points at 2-2 in the second set before connecting on break point in the following game.

He served out the set at love, then went ahead in the first game of the third set when Norrie, making just his second tour semifinal, double faulted twice from 30-30. The Brit, suffering from an apparent stomach problem, then called for the doctor.

Harrison then had little trouble seeing out the bulk of the set, closing his second final appearance of the year with his eighth ace.

“I wanted to be as tough as I could out there,” Harrison said. “Early in that second set especially I started to take some of that built-up energy and just really start getting it going, and I was really fortunate to do it.”

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Updated Entry Lists For Vienna And Nur-Sultan

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The indoor season continues on the ATP World Tour with the Erste Bank Open in Austria and the new Astana Open in Kazakhstan.

 

The Erste Bank Open in Vienna is an ATP 500 and one of the biggest events of the hard-court indoor season. Having a prize money of $ 1.409.510, it regularly shows a very high-level entry list. This year, seven of the top-10 players are committed to play, as Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are just some of the stars in the entry list. Word’s number one Novak Djokovic has received a Wild-Card and will compete as well. John Isner and Fabio Fognini have withdrawn from the main draw.

With the Swiss Indoors Basel cancelled for this year, the Astana Open, an ATP 250 tournament, will be the second event of the week. France’s Benoit Paire, Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic and USA’s Tennys Sandgren will be some of the main draw’s seeds. Richard Gasquet, Laslo Djere and Juan Ignacio Londero have pulled out and they have been replaced by Federico Delbonis, Radu Albot and Egor Gerasimov.

ATP 500 Vienna (AUT, Hard indoor), entry list:
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Tsitsipas, Stefanos (GRE)
Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Goffin, David (BEL)
Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
OUT Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Coric, Borna (CRO)
Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Nishikori, Kei (PR, JPN)
Anderson, Kevin (PR, RSA)
WC Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
(SE)
Alternates:
IN De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
IN Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)

Alt.1 Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Alt.2 Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Alt.3 Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)


ATP 500 Vienna, Qualifying:
OUT Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
OUT Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)

Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Pella, Guido (ARG)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
OUT Cilic, Marin (CRO)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)

Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Edmund, Kyle (GBR)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
(WC)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
IN Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)

OUT Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
IN Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
IN Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
IN Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)

Alt.1 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Alt.2 Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
Alt.3 Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
Alt.4 Balasz, Attila (HUN)
Alt.5 Novak, Dennis (AUT)

ATP 250 Nur-Sultan (KAZ), entry list:
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
Simon, Gilles (FRA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
OUT Londero, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
OUT Djere, Laslo (SRB)
WC Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
(WC)
(WC)
(SE)
(SE)
Alternates:
IN Albot, Radu (MDA)
IN Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)

IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
Alt.1 Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)
Alt.2 Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Alt.3 Duckworth, James (AUS)


ATP 250 Nur-Sultan, Qualifying:
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Hanfmann, Yannick (GER)
Duckworth, James (AUS)
Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Dzumhur, Damir (BIH)
Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
Polmans, Marc (AUS)
Jung, Jason (TPE)
Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
Safwat, Mohamed (EGY)
Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
Alternates:
Alt.1 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN)
Alt.2 Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
Alt.3 Istomin, Denis (UZB)
Alt.4 Diez, Steven (CAN)
Alt.5 Ymer, Elias (SWE)

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‘I Love Tennis Because Of Him’ – Argentine Football Sensation Praises Roger Federer

The forward for Juventus F.C. Speaks out about the 20-time Grand Slam champion as well as other topics concerning the world of tennis.

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Roger Federer is used to various public figures praising him for his record-breaking career with his latest compliment coming from a star of Argentinian football.

 

Paulo Dybala, who has played for Serie A club Juventus since 2015, says he always tries to watch tennis because of him. The 26-year-old spoke out about the Swiss Maestro during a video Q and A session with the Tennis Channel for whom he is currently an ‘athlete analyst’ for. When asked ‘who was the player that made you fall in love with the game?’ he replied with Federer.

“Well at home, we used to watch a lot of sports, the TV was always on, and the sport we watched the most was football, followed by tennis,” Dybala said. “I always had a lot of admiration and respect. I liked Roger Federer’s style… I believe that I and many people have him as a tennis reference. We try to watch his matches, he has a style and elegance that makes everyone want to be like him. I always tried to watch him play so I love tennis because of him.”

Although Federer isn’t the only tennis player to have drawn praise from Dybala, who was part of his country’s national football team for the 2018 World Cup. He also speaks about his ‘great relationship’ with Diego Schwartzman. Schwartzman recently broke into the world’s top 10 for the first time in his career after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

“I have a great relationship with Diego, I have known him for years,” he said. “We always talk and I am very happy with what he is achieving.’
“I text him after some of his matches to congratulate him for what he has done.”

It was at the French Open this year where Rafael Nadal won the tournament for a historic 13th time in his career after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Dybala says that there are ‘no words’ to describe the latest achievement by the world No.2.

“Rafael Nadal won Roland Garros in a match in which he gave no chance to Novak Djokovic,” Dybala reflected. “I think it was more than well-deserved to win his 13th Roland Garros in his career. Something amazing. He matched Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams. There are no words for this player, no words.”

Dybala is currently dating Oriana Sabatini who is the niece of 1990 US Open champion Gabriela Sabatini.

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Dan Evans On The Look Out For New Coach

The 30-year-old has come to a surprise decision to end his current coaching agreement despite achieving a career ranking high earlier this year.

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British No.1 Dan Evans is making a big change to his team after confirming that he will part ways with coach Mark Hilton at the end of the season.

 

The world No.35 reunited with Hilton just last year after also previously working with him prior to his drugs ban in 2017. Under his guidance Evans has achieved several wins over top 10 players, reached his first ever semi-final of an ATP 500 event in Dubai and peaked at a ranking best of 28th in March.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark for his work and efforts over the past 12 months and we are both excited for what is next for each of our respective careers,” Evans said.

Evans’ announcement came on the same day he ended his five-match losing streak on the Tour. In the first round of the European Open on Tuesday he defeated Italy’s Salvatore Caruso in three sets. Making it his first win since the US Open when he defeated Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild.

Hilton will now return to working for the British LTA. A former player himself he reached the semi-finals of the 2009 Wimbledon boys doubles championships and peaked at a ranking high of 202 on the ATP Tour in singles. His best performance at a Grand Slam occurred at Wimbledon when as a wild card he stunned Spain’s Albert Costa in the first round of the 2004 tournament. Besides Evans, he has also previously worked with the likes of Liam Broady and Kyle Edmund.

“After discussing our plans for 2021, Dan and I have made the mutual decision to part ways at the end of November,” Hilton said in a statement.
“Both of us are very proud of our collaboration this year, helping Dan achieve a career-high ranking of number 28, seven wins over top-20 players and reaching his first ATP 500 semi-final.
“I’m looking forward to taking the experience I have gained over the last three years at the highest levels of the ATP Tour and re-investing that back into the LTA’s Performance Team for the benefit of our British players and coaches.”

It is unclear as to who may step in as Evans’ next coach. The Brit will return to action on Wednesday when he plays Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

Evans’ win-loss for 2020 currently stands at 14-11 on the ATP Tour.

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