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Novak Djokovic Topples Del Potro To Win US Open Title

The former world No.1 has triumphed at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2015 after battling past a spirited Del Potro.

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Novak Djokovic has clinched his 14th grand slam title following a pulsating 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3, win over Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the US Open.

The former world No.1 was in clinical fashion against a player who dropped just one set on route to Sunday’s showdown. Djokovic’s defensive play combined with a clear game plan was reminiscent of his best tennis.  Illustrated by the 32 winners he produced throughout the encounter. Continuing a stunning run on the tour that has seen him lose only one match since June.

“My success this summer is because of the support of the loved ones.” Djokovic said during the trophy ceremony. “When I had my surgery at my elbow at the beginning of the year I learned what Delpo was going through. That’s when you draw from the support of the loved ones and thrive on that support”

Heading into the match, Djokovic’s recent record against the Argentine has been flawless. Last year he defeated Del Potro in all three of their meetings to extend his overall head-to-head record to 14-4. Nevertheless, Del Potro’s thunderous forehand posed a danger as he was cheered on by his army of fans inside the Arthur Ashe stadium.

“It was great to play the final next to this idol, he’s one of my friends on tour, I’m happy for Novak, he deserves to win.” Del Potro said in tribute to his rival.
“He knows that he’s one of my friends on tour and one player I want to watch winning titles. Of course I’m sad because I lost, but I’m happy for Novak.”

After a close start between both players, Djokovic pounced in the eighth game of the match.     His game plan of patiently waiting for his opponent to buckle during some lengthy rallies proved successful. Trailing 15-40, Djokovic valiantly battled back by winning five consecutive points to break for a 5-3 lead. Triggering a cheer from his entourage. Gaining in momentum, the Serbian went on to clinch his first set point with the help of a perfectly placed 104 mph serve out wide that was unsuccessfully returned. Before seizing the 6-3 lead at the expense of a Del Potro forehand slamming into the net.

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The opener was a precursor to an electrifying 95-minute second set that delighted the New York crowd. Initially Djokovic looked destined to race towards the finish line after breaking for a 6-3, 3-1, lead. However, a fiery Del Potro powered his way back into the match with a three-game winning streak. To add to the drama, Djokovic was then forced to save a trio of break points during a marathon 20-minute service game to draw level at 4-4. During what was one of the most dramatic sets of the entire tournament, it was ironically Del Potro’s trusted forehand that was his undoing. Djokovic’s relentless defensive play drew three consecutive errors from his rival as he eventually seal the tiebreaker in his favour.

Closing in on his first US Open title since 2015, the roller coaster continued as both players exchanged breaks during the third frame. Nevertheless, Djokovic manoeuvred himself to a game away from victory after breaking once more for a 5-3 lead. Serving for the championships, he claimed glory with a smash at the net. Resulting in him collapsing onto the ground in jubilation.

Djokovic, who missed six months of the tour last year due to an elbow injury, has become the third most decorated grand slam champion in the history of men’s tennis. With 14 major titles to his name, he ties with his idol Pete Sampras.

“I was hoping he was going to be here (at the US Open) tonight. Pete, I love you, you’re my idol.” He said in a tribute to the 47-year-old. “I hope to see you on court.”

The newly crowned New York champion continued with his tributes by praising Del Potro’s comeback to the tour. The 2009 champion has been hindered by wrist issues throughout his career and underwent four surgeries. At one point he contemplated retiring from the sport.

“I want to congratulate Juan Martin for what he has done through these years through all his problems, I know he’s going to be back here with the championship trophy.”  Djokovic concluded.

Djkovic has become only the eighth man in the Open Era to win both Wimbledon and the US Open titles within the same season.

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Ugo Humbert stuns Borna Coric to advance to the quarter final in Marseille

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French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert upset world number 12 Borna Coric 6-3 6-3 at the Open 13 in Marseille scoring the biggest win of his career.

Humbert broke three times in the third game of the first set and twice in the third and ninth games of the the second set to reach his first ATP quarter final.

Humbert, who won the Challenger title in Cherbourg, converted three of his eight break points. The young French player held his serve in the first game before earning three break points in the second game, but Coric saved them.

The Frenchman got the first break in the fourth game with a volley winner and fended off a break point in the next game. The Frenchman saved a break point, as he was serving for the first set at 5-3 and sealed the first set with a good serve.

In the second set Humbert broke serve in the third set and sealed the second set with another break, when Coric made a backhand error.

Humbert will face German qualifier Matthias Bachinger, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 in 77 minutes. Bachinger saved eight of the nine break points and broke three times.

David Goffin beat Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 after 63 minutes to reach his first quarter final since Cinicinnati last year.

“My level was good, very positive. The atmosphere was great, and it’s always easier when you are not the favourite. This was the first time I played a player ranked that high. I was able to stay calm and play well”,said Humbert.

 

Goffin won five consecutive points in the sixth game to break serve after a backhand error from Paire. Goffin got another break in the eighth game to close out the first set after another error from Paire.

Paire broke serve in the third game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead. Goffin broke back in the sixth game at love to draw level to 3-3.

Goffin converted his sixth break point in the eighth game and held serve at love in the eighth game with a service winner at 5-3 to close out the match securing his spot in the quarter finals, where he will face Gilles Simon.

Andrey Rublev edged Matteo Berrettini 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 31 minutes to avenge his last year’s defeat against the Italian player in Gstaad. Rublev, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round, broke serve in the second game and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-3.

Rublev broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Berrettini broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Rublev won the tie-break 7-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final, where he will face Mikhail Kukushkin, who beat Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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Following Career-Best Win, Félix Auger-Aliassime Achieves Another Milestone In Rio

The former US Open boy’s champion is a win away from reaching the semi-finals of a ATP Tour event for the first time in his career.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime’s week at the Rio Open keeps getting better and better.

The 18-year-old Canadian began his campaign at the tournament on Tuesday with a shock straight sets win over second seed Fabio Fognini. The Italian veteran, who is currently ranked 16th in the world, is Auger-Aliassime’s biggest win in terms of ranking. Furthermore, that sole victory has ensured that the Canadian will break into the top 100 next week for the first time in his career.

Continuing his momentum at the tournament, Auger-Aliassime followed up on his first round triumph by defeating Chile’s Christian Garin 7-5, 6-4, in the second round. Hitting 27 winners to 31 unforced errors. Auger-Aliassime will now play in only his second quarter-final on the ATP Tour and his first in a 500 event.

“It’s been good, I didn’t know what to expect when I got here, hadn’t won many matches this year. I knew I was playing well from the practices. I thought I had the chance to have tournaments like these. I came in, believed in my game and it’s paying off now. I was able to stay strong physically and mentally at these conditions,” tournament website rioopen.com quoted the Next Gen star as saying.

Wildcard Auger-Aliassime has been tipped as a future star in the sport since his teenage years. At the age of 14 he qualified for the main draw of a Challenger event for the first time. He is a former US Open boys champion and is one of the youngest players of all time at win a Challenger title at the age of 16 years and 10 months. In total, the Canadian currently has four Challenger titles to his name.

Awaiting Auger-Aliassime in the next round will be another rising star on the men’s tour. Spain’s Jaume Munar prevailed in a marathon clash against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie. The Spaniard required almost three-and-a-half hours to defeat Norrie 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(4).

“It’s probably the toughest game I’ll have to play so far this week. Munar has been playing good, having good results. He already beat me two times on clay last year so I’m expecting a tough match. But I believe in myself and I know I have what it takes to beat a guy like him”, Auger-Aliassime said about his upcoming opponent.

In their head-to-head, Auger-Aliassime is yet to defeat Munar after losing to him twice last year.

Following a series of shocks, there are only one seeded player remaining in the Rio Open draw. That is fifth seed Joao Sousa, who will play his second round match on Thursday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in Marseille

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Hungary’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 after just 59 minutes in a match between two Next Gen players at the Open 13 in Marseille to score his first win in his third appearance in the French tournament

Tsitsipas had already beaten Hurkacz at last November’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The Greek star, who reached the Australian Open semifinal last January, converted his second break point chance in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. He earned back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games to seal the second set 6-2, when Hurkacz fired his forehand into the tramline.

“It was a good match. I enjoyed it. I am moving on. It is nice to start so well. It was a no-trouble match. Everything went smooth. Breaks happened when they had to happen. It was a solid match”, said Tsitsipas.

Mikhail Kukushkin upset Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in 82 minutes. The Kazakh player earned his break in the seventh game for 4-3 en route to winning the first set 6-4. Kukushkin saved two break in the fourth game of the second set, which went on serve with no breaks until the tie-break. Kukushkin won the first four points to win the tie-break 7-4.

Gilles Simon rallied from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 4-6 6-4 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final where he will face either David Goffin or Benoit Paire. Gojowczyk sealed the first set 6-4 with his only break in the 10th game. Simon converted his second break chance in the third game to win the second set 6-4. Simon broke twice at love in in the first and fifth games to win the decisive set 6-2.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Ernests Gulbis 6-3 7-6 (7-3). German qualifier Matthias Bachinger fought back from one set down to beat Steve Darcis 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and three minutes.

 

 

 

 

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