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Erratic Roger Federer Crashes Out Of US Open

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Former World No. 1 and five-time champion Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open, losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-7, 6-7 to John Millman of Australia in the fourth round of the tournament on Tuesday. Throughout the match, Federer, who was making unusual choices in his stroke-play, appeared to be having some sort of issue with his health, but what eventually proved to be his undoing was the 76 unforced errors he committed in the match.  

 

Federer had a little bit of trouble in his opening service game as he faced a break point, but three successive fine serves got the 37-year-old through to a service hold. The 2nd seed then broke to love to take an early 2-0 lead before motoring through to a comfortable hold for 3-0. The Swiss had a chance for a double break in the 4th game, but Millman somehow managed to hang on to his serve to get on the scoreboard.

And even though the Australian’s level of play rose from there on, it was the maestro, who eventually took the first set 6-3 in 33 minutes with the assistance of three aces, 15 scintillating winners and by winning an incredible 87% points behind his first serve.

At the start of the second set, Federer produced perhaps the worst service hold of his career. He just couldn’t find a first serve, hitting an awful two out of 22, but still found a way to keep the set on serve in game No. 2. The Basel native then had two break points in the next game to take a firm grip on the proceedings inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium, but failed to capitalize as Millman surged ahead to a 2-1 lead.

However, Millman couldn’t sustain his high level of play for long, as Federer continued to put pressure on his serve with his aggressive stroke-making from the baseline. The Swiss got the crucial break after another marathon game before consolidating it, with Federer closing out with a powerful overhead winner at the net.

But the set wasn’t over then and there as Millman broke back in the 10th game, denying Federer the chance to take a two set to love lead in the contest. The set took another dramatic turn as the Aussie broke Federer once again in the 12th game to put the match on an even keel at a set apiece. The great man’s struggles with his first serve continued as he simply couldn’t find any sort of timing and rhythm on his first delivery.

Millman continued from where he left of in the second set as he started the third set with a good hold. On the contrary, Federer’s troubles with his first serve remained as he continued to labor through his service holds. Yet, Federer was able to up the tempo when he needed to as he somehow survived the Millman onslaught to take it to a tie-breaker.

As you have heard many times, fortune generally favors the brave and it was Millman, who was brave enough to take the game to Federer as he came back from a mini-break and a set point down to claim set No. 3. By just about squeezing his way in the breaker, Millman took a decisive two set to one lead in the match.

With both players playing a little conservatively at the beginning of the fourth set, somebody needed to step-up or go off the boil and that is exactly what happened to Millman. Suddenly the breakthrough that Federer needed came in the sixth game and it came following a couple of unforced errors from Millman as Roger secured the break to gain momentum and a 4-2 lead. But, Millman broke back immediately in the next game before quickly leveling it at 4-4 by holding on to his serve with the utmost ease.

The steely resolve of Millman, eventually took the set into a tiebreak. And in the tiebreaker, Federer’s serve completely went off as he served back-to-back double faults, something which nobody had seen from Federer in a long, long time. In fact, Federer made six consecutive uncharacteristic errors to offer Millman five match points. And, Millman did indeed achieve the biggest win of his career when Federer committed another error, sending a forehand long to end the match in three hours and thirty four minutes.

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Alexander Zverev Ditches Federer’s TEAM8 Management Firm To Return To His ‘Roots’

Zverev speaks out about his ‘short and long term strategies going forward.’

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German tennis star Alexander Zverev has confirmed his departure from TEAM8 as he set out his coaching plans for the season ahead.

 

The world No.7 posted a statement on Instagram saying that he no longer wants to be represented by the management firm, which was co-founded by Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick. Zverev says part of his decision was because he wanted his family to take a greater role once again. Instead, he will be managed by his brother Misha, who is the captain of the German ATP Cup team, as well as Sergei Bubka.

“I have decided to go back to the roots and have my family help me with my coaching, as well as Mischa and Sergei Bubka with my management,” Zverev wrote.
“I want to thank TEAM8 for the great work and tremendous experience, but we both feel that it’s the right decision to have my family take on a bigger role once again.”

Zverev’s announcement comes less than two weeks after it was confirmed he will no longer be working with David Ferrer. A former world No.3 player who joined his camp last year. Ferrer confirmed that the ending of their partnership was on mutual terms and there was no conflict between the two. The Spaniard said his role as tournament director of the Barcelona Open and family commitments contributed towards his decision.

Last year the 23-year-old broke new territory in his career by reaching the final of the US Open which he lost in five sets to Dominic Thiem. Zverev also won two ATP titles in Cologne. However, his on-court success was overshadowed by events in his personal life. He has been accused of mental and physical abuse by his former girlfriend Olga Sharypova, which Zverev has denied. Meanwhile, it was revealed that another former partner of his is pregnant with his child.

Heading into the Australian Open, Zverev is likely to face more scrutiny over the domestic abuse allegations after it was confirmed that a new account from Sharypova will be published in the coming weeks. New York Times journalist and freelance writer Ben Rothenberg confirmed that a second interview will be released before the start of the Melbourne major. It is unknown as to what the interview will entail but there has been a prior reference to one ‘incident’ in China.

Zverev’s Instagram statement in full

“What a year 2020 has been, for the whole world and for myself. I reached my first Grand Slam final without my parents and brother being court-side due to them contracting COVID-19. An almost 2 year long legal dispute with my former agent finally came to a successful resolution, so I have spent a lot of time thinking about my short and long term strategies going forward. For this reason and because of the ongoing worldwide restrictions, I have decided to go back to the roots and have my family help me with my coaching, as well as Mischa and Sergei Bubka with my management. I want to thank TEAM8 for the great work and tremendous experience, but we both feel that it’s the right decision to have my family take on a bigger role once again.”

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Hubert Hurkacz Aims To Build On Delray Beach Triumph

The best way to start the season for the world No.35.

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Hubert Hurkacz (image via https://twitter.com/DelrayBeachOpen)

Poland’s Herbert Hurkacz says he hopes to play at an even higher level over the coming weeks after winning the Delray Beach Open title on Wednesday.

 

The world No.35 eased to a 6-3, 6-3, win over Sebastian Korda in the final to claim only the second title in his career after Winston Salem back in 2018. Hurkacz, who was the fourth seed in the tournament, didn’t drop a set all week en route to becoming the first Polish player in history to win the title. In the final he won 68% of his service points and broke Korda four times overall.

“It feels great. It is great to win the title and I am so happy about that. This Is a great start to the season,” Hurkacz said afterwards.
“I am happy that I am improving and we (my team) are doing good stuff with C.B (coach Craig Boynton), and things are working. So I am really pleased with this result.”

The 23-year-old is hoping to improve on what was a challenging 2020 season for him. After reaching the semi-finals of the Auckland Open in January last year, he could only win back-to-back matches in two out of his next 12 tournaments prior to Delray Beach. His best Grand Slam result was reaching the third round of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Seeking to break new territory in 2021, Hurkacz will today start his 24-hour journey to Australia which begins with a 5am departure from America this morning. His coach Craig Boynton also currently worked with Steve Johnson and previously mentored Jim Courier.

“It’s the beginning of the season and I still need to work on a couple of things, but I hope I can play even better in Australia,” Hurkacz stated.

Hurkacz is only the second Polish player to have won an ATP Tour title in the Open Era after Wojciech Fibak. At present he is the only player from his country ranked inside the top 100 on the Tour.

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Cristian Garin Out Of Australian Open Following Fall

The South American tennis star will not travel to Melbourne due to both injury and the travel restrictions implemented.

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Chile’s Cristian Garin has become the third top 30 player to pull out of the men’s draw at next month’s Australian Open.

 

The world No.22 has confirmed that he will not be travelling to the Grand Slam after suffering a fall in which he hurt his wrist a week ago. Announcing his decision on Instagram, Garin said the limitations in place at the tournament which wouldn’t allow him to travel with his physio played a factor. This year’s Australian Open is taking place amid strict COVID-19 rules which requires players to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and limits the number of team members they can bring. The majority of players will be spending their quarantine in Melbourne but the top names will be in Adelaide following a recent deal secured by Tennis Australia.

I am very sad to report that a week ago I suffered a fall, which left me with a lot of pain in my left wrist (sprain),” Garin wrote on his Instagram story. “It has been very difficult for me to play the last days and given the restrictions of the tour, they do not allow me to travel with my physiotherapist, which makes it impossible to find a good recovery. Unfortunately I will not be able to play this year in Australia, which is something very difficult for me to accept. I hope to return in good condition and with the best energy for the tour in South America.”

photo via – https://www.instagram.com/garincris/

Garin kicked-off his season on Saturday at the Delray Beach Open where he was the top seed. However, he lost his opening match in straight sets to Christian Harrison who went on to reach the semi-finals. It is only the second tournament he has played since the French Open in October.

The setback comes after the 24-year-old confirmed that he has started working with Franco Davin back in November. A tennis coach known best for his work with Juan Martin del Potro. Davin has also previously worked with Grigor Dimitrov and Kyle Edmund.

The withdrawal of Garin follows that of Roger Federer and John Isner. Former champion Federer has pulled out due to his ongoing recovery from a right knee injury. Although one Australian Open official believes his decision was due to another factor. Meanwhile, Isner has opted not to travel to Australia because he didn’t want to spend an extended time away from his family.

The Australian Open will start on February 8th.

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