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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal To Play Exhibition Match In Saudi Arabia

The high-profile encounter in the Middle East will take place in December.

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The head of the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority has confirmed that grand slam champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play against each other in an exhibition match later this year in Jeddah.

 

Turki Al-Sheikh revealed the news on his Twitter account Sunday evening. The King Salman Tennis Championship is set to take place on December 22nd. It will be the first time the two players have faced each other in Saudi Arabia. A country that has a population of over 32 million, but has no players with an official professional ranking in the world of tennis.

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Details about the upcoming exhibition are limited at present. The match will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City. A multi-purpose stadium located north of Jeddah. The venue has hosted mainly football matches, but has also held boxing and WWE events. The most recent being the fight between Callum Smith and George Groves.

“Thanks for the invitation and looking forward to playing and visiting for the first time!” World No.1 Nadal wrote on Twitter.

Saudi sources have reported that the match will be broadcast on TV via KSA Sports and MBC. Although there is yet to be any official confirmation concerning this.

On the ATP World Tour, Djokovic has played Nadal 52 times. He leads their head-to-head 27-25 and has won eight of their 10 most recent meetings. It will be the first Exhibition meeting between the two since 2016 when they clashed in Milan, Italy.

Tickets for the upcoming event will be available at https://www.sauditickets.sa/ar,

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Official: No Swiss Indoors In 2020 Due To COVID-19

Roger Federer’s home event was set to take place between October 26th and November 1st.

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The ATP 500 Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel won’t happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The organizers of the Swiss Indoors already hinted a couple of weeks ago that the tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown was unlikely to happen due to the Coronavirus and the financial impact from the restrictions on spectator capacity.

This year’s edition would have been the 50th anniversary of the tournament, but is now out of the ATP calendar. Organizers are already making plans for the 2021 edition between 23 and 31 October.

“Dear tennis friends, As a result of the Corona pandemic, the world’s third largest indoor tournament has been definitively cancelled,” a statement issued by the tournament reads.
“The ATP has now formally approved the request to cancel the Swiss Indoors Basel, after the tournament management of the Swiss Indoors had already declared in mid-June that it would be irresponsible and unfeasible to hold the tournament in view of the medical, social and economic uncertainty.”

Founded by Roger Brennwald, the Swiss Indoors had been held every year since 1970. It became an event on the Grand Prix Circuit in 1977 and has been classed as a ATP 500 tournament since 2009. 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who is a former ball boy at the event, has won the title a record 10 times.

The latest development leaves another big question mark on the remainder of the 2020 season. ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi spoke frankly during an interview with Sky Sport Italia and admitted that he is still unsure of what the final quarter of the calendar will look like.

“We have no idea how the Asian swing or the European indoor season could go. It might sound obvious, but I can’t predict how the virus will affect us going forward, there are too many variables to consider,”  he said.

As of today, the ATP Tour should restart on 14 August with the Citi Open in Washington, followed by the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. After that the tour goes to Europe for a mini clay season with the two Masters (Madrid and Rome) and Roland Garros.

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Matteo Berrettini unsure about plating at the US Open

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Matteo Berrettini admitted in an interview to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will take his time before making his final decision on playing at the US Open in New York or not.

 

The US Open organizers received the green light from New york Governor Andrew Cuomo to proceed with the Grand Slam event, which will take place from 31st August to 13th September at Flushing Meadows.

“Not just me, actually. The situation is complex. There are many questions that need to be answered. People organising the US Open and these other tournaments have to be answered whether we have quarantine issues if we travel to the USA. First of all, I think about my healthand decide what I will do. If the conditions are good, I could play bot the US Open and the French Open, but we have to wait and see. We don’t know what will happen. We don’t know what will happen. A virus like this has never come along, so we don’t know what will happen. I understand it is difficult to solve all problems in a short period of time, but it is still too early to decide. Many players have asked for clarifications that have not yet arrived. Many players have for clarifications that have not arrived yet. I want to have more certainties than the current ones to be able to make my choice with the right serenity”, said Berrettini.

Berrettini reached the second round at the Australian Open in his only official tournament before being sidelined by an injury problem in the following two months. The world number 8 and last year’s US Open semifinalist is sure that Novak Djokovic had good intentions when he decided to organize the Adria Tour. He announced that the money raised at the Adria Tour would be donated to charities.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like questioning Djokovic for that matter. In general, he has always worked well and in everyone’s interest. In the circumstance he made a mistake and for the image of tennis it was a backlash which I hope does not affect the next decisions”, said Berrettini.

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Matteo Berrettini sets up final in Berlin exhibition tournament

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Matteo Berrettini and Dominic Thiem will meet in Berlin exhibition tournament final. Elina Svitolina sets up final against Petra Kvitova in the women’s tournament.

 

World number 8 Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 10-6 in the first semifinal of the Bett 1 Aces on grass at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin.

Bautista Agut converted his second break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead, as Berrettini hit his forehand into the net. The Spanish player saved two break points at 5-4 15-40 with two service winners before sealing the opening set 6-4 with an ace.

Berrettini, who reached the US Open semifinal in 2019 and won the Ultimate Tennis Showdown last week, did not face any break points in the second set and converted his second break point in the eighth game and held his serve at love in the ninth game to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the super tie-break. Bautista Agut took a 5-3 lead with a mini-break, but Berrettini rallied by winning seven of the next eight points to win the super tie-break 10-6.

Berrettini set up a final against Dominic Thiem, who beat Jannik Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-5). Thiem converted his second break point in the fourth game and held on his serve to win the opening set 6-3 with a forehand winner.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set and two more chances in the 11th game to set up a tie-break. Sinner entertained the crowd at the start of the tie-break with a spectacular point despite slipping during the rally. Thiem edged his younger Italian rival 7-5, when the Italian teenager hit an unforced error.

“I think it was a pretty typical grass court match. Both of us served well. I am coming from clay, from high altitude in Kitzbuhel. It’s very different here. I tried to put the ball into the court with the good quality, because I did not have enough time to practice and get used to the baseline”, said Thiem.

Elina Svitolina beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Svitolina earned the first break in the second game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sevastova broke back at love in the seventh game and held on his serve to draw level to 4-4. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games en route to the tie-break. Svitolina cruised through to a 7-2 win in the tie-break. Svitolina got an early break in the first game of the second set. Sevastova broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Svitolina won the final three games with two consecutive breaks to seal the second set 6-3 with a forehand volley.

Svitolina set up a final match against twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-2. Kvitova will face Bertens for the seventh game in their careers and for the second time on grass. Kvitova won the first set 6-3 with a break at love in the second game. Bertens converted his third break point at deuce in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Kvitova broke serve three times in a row to win the second set 6-2.

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