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Andre Agassi To Work With Grigor Dimitrov On A Casual Basis, Confirms Coach

Details about the addition of the former world No.1 to Dimitrov’s team has been revealed after he was spotted at this week’s Paris Masters.

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Eight-time grand slam champion Andre Agassi has started working as a mentor for Grigor Dimitrov in a role that will see him decide how much time he spends with the Bulgarian.

 

The 48-year-old was spotted at one of Dimitrov’s training sessions earlier this week at the Paris Masters. Fueling speculation that he has taken on a new coaching role. Agassi previously worked with Novak Djokovic between May 2017 – Match 2018. The American has not spoken publicly about his latest venture, but it has been confirmed by Dani Vallverdu. The current coach of Dimitrov.

“I thought having somebody like Andre around, who has known Grigor since he was a junior, would be an incredible asset to have.” Vallverdu said during an interview with ATP Tennis Radio.
“He’s someone that can help build that career we are looking.”
“I think he can bring a lot of things, not only on the court, but off the court too.” He added.

It is unclear as to how the future setup will look with Agassi been given the luxury of deciding how much time he wants to spend with Dimitrov. It is also unclear if a contract is in place between the two.

“It’s totally up to him. Grigor is very relaxed about it. He’s not asking for any commitment that Andre is uncomfortable with.“ Vallverdu explained.
“Obviously the more the better. We’re very thrilled to have him around. The last few weeks we have spent with him has been extremely productive and positive.”

The addition of Agassi comes at the end of what has been a roller coaster season for Dimitrov. The 27-year-old peaked at a high of 3rd in the world at the end of 2017 following his triumph at the ATP World Tour Finals. However, since then he has suffered a series of disappointing results. He hasn’t reached a semi-final on the tour since April and has only won back-to-back matches at two out of seven tournaments since June.

Despite the lull in form, Dimitrov’s head coach believes there is no need to panic. Insisting that they are currently in the process on working on the ‘long-term’ development of the Bulgarian.

“The last few months have been up and down. A couple of tough losses in Beijing and Vienna. We’re very committed to what we believe in and the type of work we need to do to keep getting better and trying to get that confidence back.” He said.
“We’re going through some changes that are going to be good for the longevity of his career. Not only for the beginning of next year, we are looking more long-term. We are trying to build him to be the best player he can be.”

Dimitrov is seeded ninth at this week’s Paris Masters in what is his final tournament of 2018. He will take on Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round. Should he suffer an early loss at the tournament, Dimitrov could finish the season ranked outside the top 20 for the first time since 2015.

Full interview with Dani Vallverdu (via ATP Tennis Radio)

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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