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Citi Open: ATP Youngsters Step Up As Washington Rain Causes WTA Chaos

The ATP semi-finals are set to be one of the youngest line-ups for 20 years as the Washington rain causes WTA chaos.




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Defending champion, Alexander Zverev became the third youngster to reach the Citi Open semi-finals after a three set win over Kei Nishikori as the Washington rain causes WTA chaos. 


The top seeded German beat Kei Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4 to reach the last four in Washington for the second successive year. As a result he is the third semi-finalist at this year’s tournament to be aged at 21 years old or younger joining Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur. The Grrek youngster, Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals by demolishing David Goffin in straight sets while De Minaur benefited off an Andy Murray withdrawal.

However the young generation doesn’t stop there as 20 year old Russian, Andrey Rublev can complete the clean sweep of Next Gen stars with a victory over Denis Kudla today. Should Rublev win his quarter-final, it would be the first time since Buenos Aires 1995 that all four semi-finalists will be 21 or under at an ATP event. It is quite a feat given the dominance of some of the older players such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in recent times.

The winner of the last ATP quarter-final will play Alex De Minaur in the semi-finals in the evening, while the day session semi-final sees Alexander Zverev take on Stefanos Tsitsipas in an exciting match on paper.

Washington Rain Causes WTA Chaos.

The WTA event though is in chaos as rain halted progress of many of the women playing at the Citi Open. The state of play sees Andrea Petkovic into the semi-finals after her epic three set win over Belinda Bencic and will play the winner of Svetlana Kuznetsova’s match with Yulia Putintseva. The Russian currently leads 6-2 2-2 with the match set to re-start at 12:00 local time.

The other two quarter-finals have yet to be completed as well with 7th seed Donna Vekic currently leading Magda Linette 3-0 in the first set while Allie Kiick’s match with Saisai Zheng is yet to start. The three remaining quarter-finals as well as the semi-finals have to be completed on Saturday.

Not only has the Washington rain affected their own tournament but it has also impacted the Montreal qualifying event with five players, who are in Washington, set to begin their Montreal qualifying campaigns today. The following players will have to make a choice between Washington and Montreal qualifying:

  • Donna Vekic
  • Magda Linette
  • Yulia Putintseva
  • Ysaline Bonaventure (Washington Doubles)
  • Saisai Zheng

Those players’ matches are set for 16:00 local time in Montreal as some of them will have to miss out on the chance of qualifying for one of the biggest tournaments on the WTA calendar.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 


Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.




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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.


The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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