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Novak Djokovic Backed To Win More Grand Slam Titles

These two former players are predicting future glory for the world No.10.

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Novak Djokovic’s run to the Wimbledon title could only be the start of his success in major tournaments, according to two former Champions.

 

On Sunday Djokovic claimed his first major title since 2016 at Wimbledon after defeating Kevin Anderson in straight sets. The triumph occurred just seventh months after he returned to the tour. Last year Djokovic was sidelined for six months due to an elbow injury. He also underwent surgery to treat the issue earlier this year. During that time he also made several changes to his coaching team.

“There were several moments where I was frustrated and questioning whether I could get back on the desired level or not,” Djokovic said after winning his 13th grand slam title. “I am grateful to go through these mixed emotions, moments of doubt and disappointment and frustration, anger.”

There was one time where the Serbian was untouchable on the tour. Between 2015-2016 he won 18 titles on the ATP World Tour and achieved a career grand slam prior to his injury woes.

The resurgence of Djokovic is one that former coach Boris Becker thinks will continue. Becker mentored the 31-year-old between 2013-2016. Looking to the future, the former world No.1 has backed his fellow pupil to add to his title collection heading into the US Open. A tournament he has already won on two previous occasions.

“I think there’s no reason for him not to go on a run now.” Becker told Fox Sports Australia.
“He just needed to finish this tournament as a winner — unexpectedly this early in his comeback. Now with the hardcourt season is coming up. It’s his favourite surface and his most successful tournament is the US Open.
“There’s no reason he shouldn’t be winning majors on a regular basis for the next two to three years.”

Becker is not the only person tipping Djokovic for more success in the future. 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has declared him the ‘title favourite’ at the US Open, barring injury. During an interview with Omnisport, the Dutchman believes Djokovic could be starting another period of being unbeatable on the tour.

“Djokovic can win the next six grand slams for me,” Krajicek told Omnisport.
“It’s just matches [he needs]. For me already he’s the title favourite, if he doesn’t get injured, for the US Open.
“You see it a little bit in the matches against [Kei] Nishikori and Nadal, he’s just not consistently mentally there. He gets a little bit upset and maybe feels the pressure.
“He had a match point [against Marin Cilic] in Queen’s and didn’t make it, so he’s not there. But once he gets a couple more tough, tough matches under his belt by the time of the US Open, I think he’s going to be unbeatable again.”

In the history of the sport, only three players have won more grand slam titles than Djokovic. The trio are Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14). This week he re-entered the top 10 for the first time since November in 10th place.

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld announces the end of her career

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld has ended her career to start a family. The 34-year-old German player started her professional career in 2003 after becoming the first German player since 1957 to win the Junior French Open and the junior world number 1 in both singles and doubles disciplines.

 

Groenefeld won a WTA singles title in Acapulco in 2006 beating Flavia Pennetta in Acapulco and advanced the quarter finals at the French Open in the same year. She achieved the best results of her career in doubles reaching her career-high of number 7, qualified seven Grand Slam semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and won two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon 2009 and at the US Open 2014. Groenefeld reached three Premier 5 doubles finals in Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati and the semifinals in her farewell tournament at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen with her partner Demi Schuurs.

Groenefeld announced on social media:

“This little girl had dreams. For the last 18 years, she was able to live one of them. Now it’s time to hopefully fulfil another dream of having a family. I want to say thank you to everyone, who was by my side through all those years in the ups and downs. My family, friends and all of you who followed and supported me all those years. Thank you”.

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Vincenzo Santopadre: “Berrettini has become the coach of himself”

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The Italian 23-year-old player broke into the top 10 of the ATP Ranking on 28 October and reached the career-high at world number 8 on 4 November.

 

Berrettini’s coach Vincenzo Santopadre talked about the Italian star’s exciting year during an interview to FIT (Italian Tennis Federation).

“The past year has been incredible and exciting. Matteo has contunued to outdo himself every day, managing to complete himself exponentally and gradually become the coach of himself. He has improved in every aspect. It is no coincidence that he has collected results on all surfaces”, said Santopadre.

In his breakthrough season Berrettini became the first ATP Finals singles qualifier from Italy since former number 8 player and current Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. Only three Italian players in history (Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti and Matteo Berrettini) have managed to qualify for the year-end ATP Finals

Berrettini won two titles in Budapest on clay and Stuttgart on grass and reached ATP 500 semifinals at Halle, Vienna and became the first Italian player in history to reach a Masters 1000 semifinal in Shanghai.

He became the second Italian player in history to reach the US Open semifinal and the fourth player in the history of Italian tennis to reach a Grand Slam semifinal following in the footsteps of Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti and Marco Cecchinato. Berrettini reached the Wimbledon fourth round by defeating Diego Schwartzman after saving three match points.

“Matteo has matured so much this year. We must continue to trust him because he is a guy, who gives so much passion and will.

 Berrettini will start the 2020 season at the ATP Cup in Perth before the Australian Open.

 “I don’t know if the season that will come will be more difficult, but it will certainly be different due to the expectations that Matteo was able to create: 2020 is upon us. Now it is right to recharge the batteries, but we must be ready because it will be an important year”, said Santopadre.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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