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Wimbledon Day 14 Preview: The Gentlemen’s Singles Championship

On the final day of The Championships, Novak Djokovic goes for his 13th Major title, as Kevin Anderson vies for his first.

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The first four rounds of the gentlemen’s singles tournament were pretty ordinary, but the last two rounds were rather extraordinary. The six matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals were played over the course of 28 sets, out of a possible 30. The semifinals alone combined for 11 hours and 51 minutes of play, in the two longest Wimbledon semifinals ever contested.

 

Over the last two rounds, Kevin Anderson has played for 10 hours and 50 minutes, in what equates to a mind-boggling 16 sets of tennis. What can he possibly have left for Sunday’s final? But at least he had a full day of rest on Saturday, while Djokovic had to play almost three sets worth of tennis to complete his defeat of Rafael Nadal on Saturday. Djokovic’s semifinal was over an hour shorter than Anderson’s semifinal, but the points he played against Nadal were much more grueling. Both men will be challenged to be physically fit on Sunday afternoon, though they’ll surely give their every last bit of energy as they compete for the most prestigious tennis championship in the world.

Kevin Anderson vs. Novak Djokovic

Two years ago, Novak Djokovic walked into The All England Club as the reigning champion at all four Majors. But that’s where a tumultuous two years of mental, emotional, and physical turmoil began for Novak, who was upset by Sam Querrey in the third round of The Championships. In the last two years, he’s won no Majors, and only three titles overall. Last year at Wimbledon, he retired during his quarterfinal match due to an elbow injury that would keep him off the court for the duration of 2017. He continued to struggle with his elbow in 2018, as just two months ago, he was a meek 5-5 on the year. Just when it appeared he was becoming his old self again last month in Paris, he suffered the biggest upset of his career to Marco Cecchinato, a man who had never before won a singles match at a Major prior to this year’s Roland Garros. But as many have declared, Novak Djokovic is officially back, following his statement victory over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
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Kevin Anderson has long had the reputation of being a choke artist, to put it bluntly. Coming into this tournament, he was just 2-10 in the fourth round of Majors, and just 1-10 in the quarterfinals of Masters 1,000 events. However, that criticism should now be retired. On Wednesday in the quarterfinals, the 32-year-old South African came back from two sets down against Roger Federer, saving a match point on his way to a 13-11 fifth set victory. Then on Friday in the semifinals, Anderson, outlasted John Isner 26-24 in the fifth. Kevin is now into the second Major final of his career, and his second of the last four Grand Slam events played.

The head-to-head between these two is rather lopsided, as Djokovic leads Anderson 5-1. Novak has won the last five, as Kevin’s only victory came over 10 years ago. Their last meeting was their best and most notable, in the round of 16 at this very tournament three years ago. Anderson won the first two sets in tiebreaks, but Djokovic would come back to win 7-5 in the fifth, in a match played over the course of two days. That match occurred during Novak’s last title run at Wimbledon in 2015. Considering their history, as well as the amount of tennis Anderson has played since Wednesday, it’s hard to imagine Kevin pulling off the upset. That being said, if he can get an early lead and have another excellent serving day, obtaining his first Major title on Sunday is not impossible. And as tired as Anderson is, Djokovic will be plenty sore as well following his two-day battle with Nadal. Let’s also not forget this is the most significant match Novak has played in nearly two years, since he lost the 2016 US Open final to Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic will certainly be nervy on this day, and we’ve seen how frustrated he can become on court, even in victory. We’ve also watched Djokovic blink at the finish line just a few weeks ago, when he had a match point against Marin Cilic in the final at Queen’s Club, yet lost the match. Anderson can find some hope in all of those points, but the fact remains Djokovic is the favorite to win his fourth Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy, which would put him behind only Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Bjorn Borg in the open era.

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Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

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Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

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It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

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Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

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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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