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Rafael Nadal Looks Back On Wimbledon Journey

The Spaniard has spoken out at the grass-court grand slam.

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal has said that his match against Novak Djokovic shouldn’t have been played under the roof on Saturday.

 

Nadal resumed his match against the Serbian at 13:00 GMT this afternoon after their clash last night was postponed due to the Wimbledon curfew. The tournament is only allowed to run matches until 11pm in agreement with the local council. Upon resumption the clash took place on Centre Court under the roof, despite it being a warm and sunny day. Officials argued that it was done so to maintain consistency in the conditions with Friday.

No.” A frustrated Nadal responded when asked if it made sense to close the roof.
“I will not talk more about this. If not, you (the media) are going to write about this.”

The 11-time French Open champion elaborated further about the topic when he was speaking with Spanish media.

“It doesn’t sound right, I believe that if the tournament is an outdoor tournament, and more unfortunately the match before lasted longer. We start without the roof, we stop when there is no light and we continue the following day, because the tournament is like this”. He commented about the decision to cover the court on Friday.
“In that moment I understood the rationale, but I did not understand that we would play indoor today unless we both agreed to play outdoor, and evidently, we did not agree”

Nadal’s agent, Benito Barbadillo, told reporters that there was ‘no rules’ that stipulated that the match much have been played indoors.

It was difficult for me to adapt to the indoor court, I didn’t see too well. I couldn’t read how the ball was coming. During the night there is some kind of semi-darkness, but during the day the visibility is better. The court is a good court, but you don’t see too well when the roof is closed.” Nadal said.

It was claimed that the only way the match could have been played in the open was if both agreed to it. It was reported that Djokovic, who won the final set 10-8, objected to the motion. Although that speculation was dismissed by the Serbian.

“The tournament organizers and referees said that the roof has to be closed because we started the match with the roof closed.” Said Djokovic.

The two players were placed in the predicament due to the length of the preceding semi-final. Kevin Anderson required six hours and 36 minutes to defeat John Isner. Raising calls for tiebreakers to be implemented in the fifth set of matches.

“‘It’s true that the schedule was a little bit tight knowing that the first match between two big servers, of course you can’t predict that they play that long.” He said.
“But yeah, knowing that, maybe will be better if they play us first at 1pm, that’s all. The rest of the things you can’t complain anything that happened.”

Despite his frustrations and disappointment, the Spaniard can still seek solace in his week at The All England Club. It is the first year he has reached the semi-finals of the tournament since 2011. Furthermore, only three plays have managed to beat him on the tour so far this year. Marin Cilic (via retirement), Dominic Thiem and now Djokovic.

“I Played great. Reaching the semifinals, after a while without being there. I won some great matches, especially in that quarter-finals against del Potro. Today was another great match.” He concluded about his Wimbledon run.
“I feel that I have lost an opportunity to try to win another very important title for my career. But that’s it.”
“I think I have done great work. Is difficult to come back after injuries for a long time and have these kind of results, so I am proud of myself.”

According to his schedule, Nadal will return to action next month at the Canadian Masters in Toronto.

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Petra Kvitova set semifinal against Anett Kontaveit in Ostrava

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Anett Kontaveit upset this year’s Olympic singles gold medallist Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3 after 74 minutes in the quarter finals of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open. Kontaveit set up a semifinal clash against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. 

 

Kontaveit has extended her winning streak against Bencic to 2-0. The Estonian had beaten her Swiss rival in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open. 

Kontaveit scored her fourth win over a top 20 player this year. She won the second WTA title of her career in Cleveland before the US Open. 

Kontaveit hit 29 winners to just 18 unforced errors and converted five of her eight break points. Bencic produced 12 winners to 18 unforced errors. 

In the first set Kontaveit broke serve in the fourth and sixth games to race out to a 5-1 lead and earned a set point in the seventh game. Bencic fired a winner to save the set point. The Swiss player fended off another set point at 5-3. 

Bencic pulled both breaks back to get back on seve at 5-4. However, Kontaveit converted the first of her three set points. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the third set. Kontaveit hit a backhand winner down the line to break serve for 4-2 in the sixth game. She held serve at love for 5-2 and sealed the win in the ninth game on her second match point with a crosscourt backhand winner. 

Petra Kvitova knocked out Jill Teichmann 6-4 6-4. The Czech player saved seven of the eight break points she faced. 

Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the first set to hold serve for 2-2. The Czech player earned the break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, as Teichmann sent her forehand long. Kvitova hit her forehand to earn three set points and converted her second chance by forcing an error. 

Kvitova earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Teichmann broke straight back to draw to 2-2. Kvitova hit a series of backhands to get her second break in the fifth game for 3-2 and saved three break points to hold serve for 4-2. The home player earned three set points with a backhand winner at 5-4. After missing her first match point with a double fault, she converted her second chance with an unreturnable serve. 

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Iga Swiatek sets up semifinal against Maria Sakkari in Ostrava

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Last year’s Roland Garros Iga Swiatk reached the first semifinal since May in Rome with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win over Elena Rybakova after 1 hour and 41 minutes. 

 

Swiatek earned the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Rybakina broke back with a crosscourt backhand to draw level to 3-3. Swiatek held serve easily for 6-6 to set up a tie-break. 

Swiatek earned the first set point at 6-5 and converted her chance when Rybakina sent a backhand wide. 

Swiatek raced out to a 5-1 lead with a double break. Rybakina pulled one break back for 2-5 with a backhand down the line winner on break point. Swiatek sealed the second set 6-2 on the third match point. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal clash against Maria Sakkari, who secured a place in her sixth semifinal of the season with a 7-5 6-3 win over Tereza Martincova after 1 hour and 36 minutes. Sakkari has extended her head-to-head lead to 3-0. Sakkari has reached a career-high of world number 12 after reaching two Grand Slam semifinals at Roland Garros and at the US Open. 

Sakkari earned an early break in the first game. The Greek faced two break points in the 10th game of the first game, when she was broken at 5-4 in the first set. Sakkari converted her third break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Sakkari broke twice in the third and ninth games to win the second set 6-3. She has lost all her five semifinals in 2021 so far.  

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Pablo Carreno Busta moves into semifinals in Metz with a win over Holger Rune

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Pablo Carreno Busta beat Danish Next Gen rising Holger Vitus Notskov Rune 6-4 3-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 11 minutes to advance to the semifinals in Metz. Carreno Busta won 77% of his first serve points. 

 

Carreno Busta broke serve in the fifth game to win the first set 6-4. Rune bounced back by breaking serve in the second game to claim the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve until the eighth game when Carreno Busta earned a break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Rune broke straight back in the ninth game but Carreno Busta earned his second break to close out the third set 6-4.

“Rune is playing really well. He is playing really well. He is going to improve a lot in the next months. I am happy as it was a very important victory for me. When you play this kind of player, you have all the pressure to win and at the end it was a really good battle”, said Carreno Busta. 

Carreno Busta won the Olympic bronze medal, won the Marbella Open and his first ATP 500 title on clay in Hamburg. 

Rune beat Lorenzo Sonego en route to the quarter final. The young Dane is aiming to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

Carreno Busta will face Gael Monfils, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-3 with four breaks after 68 minutes. The Frenchman has reached his first ATP Tour level semifinal since Dubai in February 2020. 

“At the beginning I was more comfortable but then in the second set he started to be more aggressive with the returns and I was not as comfortable then. It will be a tough match against Monfils. I will be younger in the next match. I will try to do my best. Gael is an incredible player”, said Carreno Busta. 

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