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Former World No.1 Thomas Muster Details Work With Anastasija Sevastova

The Austrian has been working behind the scenes with the world No.12 since 2014.

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1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster has opened up for the first time about his four-year partnership with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

Muster, who won 44 ATP titles between 1986-1997, has claimed that he was an instrumental figure in persuading the 28-year-old to return to the tour. Sevastova retired from the sport in May 2013 due to persistent injuries, but returned in January 2015. Since returning, she has claimed two WTA titles and peaked at a high high of 11th last month. Sevastova also achieved her best performance in a grand slam at this year’s US Open where she reached the semi-finals.

“I’ve been looking after Anastasija Sevastova for four years. Hardly anyone knows that.” Muster told Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung.
“She had already stopped, had nothing left. I brought her back to tennis, now I coach her over the phone. I do that for free, no one has to know.”

The bond between Muster and Sevastova originally started when she was working in Austria. During her hiatus from the tour, Sevastova was teaching tennis at the Better Tennis Academy in Vienna, whilst going to university at the weekend to study tourism. Her boyfriend, Ronald Schmidt, coached Muster during the later stages of his career.

“Thomas gives us advice again and again, we have a great relationship with him and are very happy that he helps us with many things – in the tournament planning, training and with mental things.” Schmidt told Tennis Magazin earlier this year.

Whilst Sevastova is a high-profile player, Muster prefers to stay in the background. The 51-year-old is Austria’s most successful player. Prior to Rafael Nadal, he was nicknamed the ‘king of clay’ after winning 24 consecutive finals on the surface between may 1990 and July 1995. He also held the No.1 ranking for six weeks during 1996.

“I never liked the attention, never understood why I was made such an idol. I did a good job, but there were always more important things than tennis.” Muster reflected.

Sevastova ends 2018 with a win-loss record of 47-23 and has achieved four wins over top 10 players.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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