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Rafael Nadal Pays Tribute To ‘Good Guy’ Ferrer Following US Open Win

The Spaniard looks back at his opponents career and recounts his fondest memories of him.

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World No.1 Rafael Nadal has hailed compatriot David Ferrer after the Spaniard played the final grand slam match of his career at the US Open.

 

Nadal took on Ferrer for the 31st time in his career on Monday, but their meeting ended in retirement. Leading the match 6-3, 3-4, Nadal was given the win after his opponent called its quits due to a calf injury. The retirement is the end of an era for Ferrer, who said the US Open will be the final major tournament he plays in.

“I thought it was going to be a tough match because he’s always a very good competitor.” Nadal said of his rival.
“I was thinking that it will be his last match, he will probably come on court to enjoy, play with the right intensity. I think that’s what he did. I think he was playing well.”
“I’m very sad about what happened to him in his last match probably at a Grand Slam. He deserved a better finish.” He added.

36-year-old Ferrer ends his grand slam journey with 63 appearances in the main draws. He made his debut back at the 2003 Australian Open. Since then, he has won 145 out of 208 matches played in the majors. His best result occurred at the 2013 French Open when he finished runner-up to Nadal.

“I reached my first semifinal in a Grand Slam at the US Open in 2007. I have really good memories.” Ferrer reflected.
“It was special because I finish my last Grand Slam playing on the centre court with Nadal, because he’s a very good friend.”

Reflecting back on the career of the former world No.3, Nadal’s fondest memories of their time on the court occurred in the Davis Cup. Together they guided Spain to the title in 2009 and 2011. Spain has won the title five times since 2000. Ferrer has played in a total of 20 Davis Cup ties throughout his career.

“We played some important Davis Cups together.” Nadal said.
“This year we had a very emotional one (tie) in Valencia where he (Ferrer) won the fifth point with that amazing match against Kohlschreiber. It was a great one.
“I think maybe the 2011 final against Argentina in Seville was one of the most beautiful. Both of us were playing at a good level.”

Ferrer is expected to end his career next May on home soil at the Madrid Open. He has won 27 ATP titles, recorded 53 wins over top 10 players and ended seven seasons in the top 10.

“I think he will be one of these guys that the tour will miss because he is one of the players that is a good guy. The tour loves him.” Nadal concluded.

The world No.1 will take on Vasek Pospisil in the second round at the US Open.

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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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