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Rogers Cup Tuesday Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

With 14 of the top 15 men and women in the world playing this week in Canada, we’ll be spoiled by some crowded daily schedules. While some big names won’t play their first matches until tomorrow, Tuesday will offer us plenty to watch throughout the day.

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In Toronto, Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic plays his first singles match since winning his 13th Major, against the player who out Djokovic’d him earlier this year in Melbourne, Hyeon Chung.  We’ll also have 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his return to the tournament where he made a name for himself just one year ago.  And speaking of young Canadians, 17-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime has caught the eye of many as a potential future and champion, and this will be his Rogers Cup debut.

In Montreal, Wimbledon Semifinalist Jelena Ostapenko will face a Wimbledon semifinalist of a year ago, Johanna Konta.  Two of the hottest players on tour, Daria Kasatkina and Maria Sakkari, will also do battle. And we’ll see if Victoria Azarenka has recovered from the knee injury that forced her to retire last week in San Jose, as she faces a stern opening round test in Kiki Mladenovic.

Nick Kyrgios vs. Stan Wawrinka

This is a rematch from a heated affair at the Rogers Cup in 2015.  Kyrgios won that match after Wawrinka retired in the third set, but the result is not what grabbed the headlines.  Courtside microphones picked up Kyrgios making derogatory comments regarding Wawrinka’s girlfriend, Donna Vekic. I’m confident Stan would like to avenge that loss at this year’s Rogers Cup.  They’ve split their two meetings since that incident, and are 2-2 lifetime against each other. The biggest question mark here is who will be the healthier of the two. Stan of course is still not back to 100% after a season-ending knee surgery from a year ago, while the oft-injured Kyrgios pulled out of the Citi Open last week due to a hip injury.  Considering their history, as well as Nick’s bad hip, I expect Stan to pull this one out.

Petra Kvitova vs. Anett Kontaveit

These two have played three times, all in the past year, and all three matches have been tight.  Kvitova prevailed in Cincinnati last year as well as earlier this year in Madrid, but Kontaveit won two tiebreaks to upset Kvitova at Roland Garros.  It’s been a stellar 2018 for Kvitova, with 38 match wins and five titles through the first six months. But we also know how up-and-down Petra’s form can be from week-to-week, and she’s looked a bit tired in a few of her recent tournaments after so much match play this year.  At Wimbledon, the two-champion was upset in the first round by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, losing the third set 6-0. This will be Kvitova’s first match since that surprising loss, against an opponent she lost to the last time they played. However, a month away from competitive tennis should have given Petra some much-needed rest.  She should be able to dictate play on the hard court in Montreal. I would be surprised to see Kvitova lose to Kontaveit again here today.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.

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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.

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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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Andy Murray Makes Retirement Hint After 500th Hard Court Win In Dubai

Andy Murray won his 500th hard court match in Dubai, placing him fifth on the all-time list.

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Andy Murray further hinted at retirement after securing a 500th hard court win of his career in Dubai.

The former world number one picked up his second win of the year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

In typical Andy Murray fashion, the Brit came back from a set down to defeat the out-of-sorts Canadian as he progressed to the second round.

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The win means Murray now has 500 career wins on a hard court and that is an achievement the world number 67 is proud of, “It’s not bad,” Murray told the ATP website as he sits fifth on the all-time list of hard court wins.

“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that. There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”

However those post-match comments weren’t the most shocking ones as Murray once again hinted at retirement this season.

The Brit has made subtle remarks that this year may be his last one but Murray’s comments today suggests that he may have already made his decision, “I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” Murray was quoted by ESPN as saying.

“I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh.”

If the end is near for Murray than the Brit will look to end his career on a high for the next few months.

Before thinking about retirement Murray will look to go further in Dubai when he takes on either Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils in the second round.

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