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David Ferrer Prepares For Grand Slam Farewell At US Open

Monday could be the end of an era for the Spanish veteran in New York.

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This year’s US Open will not only be David Ferrer’s 63rd appearance in the main draw of a grand slam, but it will also be the start of his goodbye to professional tennis.

 

On Monday evening the 36-year-old faces the daunting prospect of playing world No.1 Rafael Nadal at the Arthur Ashe stadium. A player who he trails 6-24 in their head-to-head. It could be argued that the draws gods have acted against Ferrer, but he has seen a silver lining in the upcoming meeting. Nadal is the only player he has faced in a grand slam final at the 2013 French Open. It seems only fitting that his final grand slam match could also be against him.

“Deep down I was happy [with the draw]. I was glad,” Ferrer said during an interview with El Espanol.
“It will be my last Grand Slam and for me it is an award to have the opportunity to play with Rafa Nadal in the central court of the United States Open.
“I am happy because tennis has given me this gift.”

Ferrer’s decision to retire from the sport has been an open secreat within recent months. In May he became a father for the first time and previously spoke about the struggles of balancing parenthood with life on the tour. Although Ferrer has stated that the birth of his son has had no influence on his decision to retire. On the tour this season, the Spaniard has struggled with physical problems and has only managed to win nine out of 26 matches played. Resulting in him spiralling down to 148th in the world.

“My life is going to change, but it does not scare me.” The former world No.3 said about retirement.
“I am excited and motivated to be able to train in other aspects. Tennis will always be with me because I will remain linked (to the sport). I do not know in what way. I assume it as a challenge, not as a fear of not knowing what to do.”

The farewell tour has already been planned with the goal of Ferrer playing his final match at next year’s Madrid Open. If he is fit enough to do so. It will bring an end to a career that has seen him play in 52 ATP finals, winning 27 titles. He has also finished seven seasons in the top 10 and peaked at a high of world No.3 in July 2013.

“(I will) say goodbye playing the Hopman Cup, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Barcelona and Madrid.” Ferrer outlined as a potential retirement tour.
“I also know that after the US Open I need to stop and rest to know if next year I want to continue or not.”

Judging on the current form of both players, it is unlikely that Ferrer will stun the men’s tour by knocking Nadal out in the first round. Although he is not bowing out of grand slam tennis without a fight.

“I want to win and I will play on Monday against Nadal with that intention. That is part of my DNA. I am on the threshold of withdrawal, but I will die being competitive.” Ferrer concluded.

Heading into the US Open, Ferrer has won 726 out of 1096 matches played on the ATP Tour.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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