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Kiki Bertens Saves Championship Point Against Halep To Win Cincinnati Title

Kiki Bertens saved championship point as she defeated Simona Halep 2-6 7-6(6) 6-2 to win the Western and Southern Open.



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World number 17, Kiki Bertens won the biggest title of her career in Cincinnati as she saved championship point to stun world number one Simona Halep 2-6 7-6(6) 6-2.


Despite the result, it was the Romanian who took advantage of her Bertens’ early nerves as she raced out to an early break lead with some brutal groundstrokes. This was Halep’s third Cincinnati final and was looking to use her previous experiences to her advantage as she settled quicker into the match than Bertens.

The world number 17 had beaten some top quality opposition in getting to the final and one key factor leading to her good week was her fantastic variety and Bertens used that to feel her way into the match.

However this simply wasn’t good enough as Halep was playing out of the corners to perfection, with her forehand down the line especially causing Bertens a lot of trouble. The top seed only made one unforced error as she broke again and sealed the first set, 6-2 in just 32 minutes.

The Dutchwoman needed a strong start to the second set and produced exactly that as her flat forehands caused Halep panic early on. The world number 17 used her very good net skills to race to a 4-1 lead as she rushed Halep into a lot of errors.

The Roland Garros champion needed some inspiration from her coach, Darren Cahill, who told her to play with more patience and to make this a more physical contest like she did in the first set. The words from the Australian proved critical to Halep’s comeback as she won three games in a row to level the set at 4-4.

The Romanian’s variety on serve was key as Bertens was struggling to make returns now as she felt the pressure that Halep was applying on her. Despite creating a set point chance, Bertens couldn’t find the formula to break the world number one again as the second set was settled in a tiebreaker. The Dutchwoman found another gear in the tiebreak and use her forehand to dictate play as she saved match point to take the tiebreak 8-6 and force a deciding set.

The third set started with a share of breaks as both women were playing some outstanding all-court tennis as they looked to dominate the deciding set. However after the first two games, the match was all about Bertens as she returned and served much better to break two more times for a 4-1 lead. The Romanian was very negative in her attitude as at 2-1 down she proclaimed to Darren Cahill that the match had gone.

As the Romanian had checked out of the match, Bertens continued to cause problems with her slice and unique game style as she was closing in on the biggest title of her career. The Dutchwoman kept her composure like she has all week and sealed victory with an ace to win the biggest title of her career. The 26 year old was full of emotion after the match as she dropped to her knees, she beat three top 10 players on her way and thoroughly deserved the win against a mentally disappointing Simona Halep.

The world number one gave all the plaudits to Bertens after the match, stating “Definitely, I want to congratulate Kiki. You played amazing and you definitely deserve this title.”

Bertens becomes the first woman from the Netherlands to win the Western and Southern Open.


Hamad Medjedovic earns first place in Red Group at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic beat Abdullah Shelbayh 3-4 (6-8) 4-2 4-3 (7-5) 4-2 to earn first place in the Red Group with a perfect 3-0 record at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic needed to win at least one set to reach the semifinals, while Shelbayh needed to win the match in three or four sets. Luca Van Assche qualified as the second-placed player from the Red Group.

Medjedovic will face Dominic Stricker in the semifinal, while Van Assche takes on Arthur Fils.  

Medjedovic fired 18 aces and won 88 % of his first-serve points. He saved all three break points against Shelbayh. 

Medjedovic fired a tournament-leading 45 aces and was broken twice. 

Medjedovic saved three break points to hold serve in the fourth game of the first set. Shelbayh went up a mini-break twice, but Medjedovic pulled back on serve both times. Shelbayh won the final three points to clinch the tie-break 8-6. Both players went on serve in the first five games before Medjedovic earned the break to win the second set 4-2. 

The third set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Shelbayh earned the first mini-break to take a 3-2 lead. Medjedovic pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. The Serbian player earned a second mini-break to close out the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic started the fourth set with an early break in the first game. He held on his next service games and sealed the win on his first match point. 

Medjedovic set up a semifinal match against Dominic Stricker. Luc Van Assche will face Arthur Fils in an all-French semifinal.“It was a great match. I played really good after the first set He is a very good friend of mine. He is a very good player and obviously the crowd here loves him and I respect that. It was a pleasure to play in front of the crowd”, said Medjedovic. 

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Dominic Stricker cruises past Luca Nardi at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



Third seed Dominic Stricker cruised past Luca Nardi 4-1 4-1 4-2 in 54 minutes in the fastest match in the history of the Next Gen Finals at the Next Gen ATP Finals at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah bouncing back from his defeat in the first match against Flavio Cobolli on Tuesday. 


Stricker converted four of his six break points and hit 13 winners, including 3 aces. 

Stricker came back from 15-40 down in the first game after two double faults from Nardi and broke serve with a return winner on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead. The world number 94 saved three break-back-back points in the second game from 15-40 down before breaking for the second time in the fifth game to win the first set 4-1. 

Stricker broke serve at 30 in the second game of the second set and held serve at love in the third game to race out to a 3-0 lead. Stricker served it out on his second set point. 

Stricker earned an early break in the first game of the third set on the deciding point and held his next service games. Nardi saved the first match point but he hit his backhand into the net on the second match point after the longest rally of the match. 

“We had a long discussion yesterday evening about how to do it today. I think it was really good that we talked a lot after what maybe was not my best performance. Now to come out today like that, I think nobody expected that. I am just happy that I did it and now I am going to try my best to recover for the third group match”, said Stricker. Stricker is now 1-1 in Green Group. The Swiss player is aiming to reach his second consecutive semifinal at the Next Gen Finals. He is looking to crown a good year after reaching the fourth round at the US Open. 

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Jannik Sinner, Arnaldi End Italy’s 47-Year Wait For Davis Cup Title



An in-form Jannik Sinner has secured Italy’s first Davis Cup title in almost half a century after crushing Alex de Minaur in straight sets. 


The world No.4 headed into the crucial match with his country boasting a 1-0 lead over Australia after Matteo Arnaldi won his clash against Alexi Popryin in three sets. Taking on a fiery de Minaur, a composed Sinner surged to a 6-3, 6-0, victory in Malaga to hand his country an unassailable lead and the title. The dominant performance saw Sinner produce a total of 25 winners with 18 of them coming from his forehand side. It is the sixth time he has beaten de Minaur on the Tour and he is yet to lose against him. 

“It helps a lot to play for the whole team,” Sinner said of his latest win. “It has been an incredible thing for all of us and we are really happy.”

Sinner first broke three games into his encounter with de Minaur after the Australian hit a lob shot that landed out. In control of proceedings, he rallied his way to 5-3 before opening up a 40-0 lead against his opponent’s serve. With three set points at his disposal, Sinner converted his second with the help of another unforced error coming from across the court. 

Closing in on the historic victory, the 22-year-old was in clinical form throughout the second frame as he raced to a 5-0 lead in under 30 minutes. Destroying whatever hopes Australia had of a shock comeback. Sinner closed out the match on his third attempt after a De Minaur backhand drifted wide, prompting an almighty smile on his face. 

Thanks to Australia. I know with the new format it is a little bit different to have to all come to one place. it means a lot.” Said Sinner.

In the first match of the day, Arnaldi ousted Popryin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, in a two-and-a-half-hour marathon. The world No.44, who made his Davis Cup debut in September, held his nerve throughout a tense deciding set where he saved all eight break points he faced. Overall, he hit a total of 40 winners past Popryin and was visibly emotional afterward. 

“This match was very important and emotional for a few reasons,” Arnaldi told reporters. 
“This year for me was the first time playing for my country. I played when I was junior, but Davis Cup is just different.’
“And three weeks ago, an important person passed away. I think he gave me the power to try to stay there (in the match). It wasn’t easy to play, but they gave me the power at the end to try to win.”

It is the second time in history Italy has won the Davis Cup and the first since 1976. The triumph caps off what has been a memorable week for the team who 24 hours earlier beat Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the semi-finals with Sinner saving three match points against the world No.1 in the singles. 

“I’m really thankful and proud to have these guys,” Italian captain Filippo Volandri commented.
“We have had to manage with a lot of emergencies during these past two years but we did it and we did it like a family.” He added.

Italy, who has become the 11th country in history to win Multiple Davis Cup titles, currently has six players in the ATP top 100 with four of those being in the top 50. 

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