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France and Croatia nominate teams for the Davis Cup final

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French captain Yannick Noah and his counterpart Zeliko Krajan have announced the teams that will fight for the 2018 Davis Cup title at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villenueve d’Asq near Lille.

 

Noah has nominated world number 32 Lucas Pouille, who clinched the fifth decisive match in last year’s final, world number 42 Jeremy Chardy, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who missed this year’s competition due to injury but contributed to the French triumph this year, and Nitto ATP Finals contenders Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert in the doubles.

France has had a difficult year with no players in the top 20 in the ATP singles Ranking. Tsonga won his first singles match in Antwerp since February, when he retired from the semifinal in Montpellier. The 2008 Australian Open finalist dropped to world number 261 in the world. Richard Gasquet was forced to withdraw from the final due to an injury problem.

Croatia seems to be the favourite according to the form of players on the ATP circuit in the most recent weeks. Zeljko Krajan has confirmed the players, who beat the USA in the semifinal last September.

Marin Cilic, who is now playing in the Nitto ATP Finals in London, helped Croatia reach the Davis Cup Final for the second time in three years by winning both his singles matches. After suffering three early defeats in Tokyo, Shanghai and Basel, he reached the quarter final in Paris Bercy. He reached the final at the Australian Open losing to Roger Federer and won the Queen’s final beating Novak Djokovic last June.

Borna Coric, who is alternate at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, recently beat Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro en route to reaching his maiden Masters 1000 final in Shanghai, where he finished runner-up to Djokovic.

Krajan nominated Franko Skugor, who can play both the singles and the doubles, and a strong doubles team formed by Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic.

Pavic is currently playing in the doubles tournament at the Nitto ATP Finals in London teaming up with Oliver Marach. Pavic is currently ranked world number 3 and won five doubles titles in 2018. He returned to the Croatian team for the first time since 2014 in the semifinal against the USA. Dodig has made 31 Davis Cup appearances. Dodig and Pavic will face Herbert and Mahut in what is expected to be one of the decisive matches.

France has lifted ten Davis Cup titles and would be ranked third in the list of the most successful Davis Cup nations with their second consecutive title at the end of November. Croatia is bidding to win their second Davis Cup title, but the first since 2005. Croatia beat France 3-2 in the 2016 semifinal before losing the final against Argentina. Croatia has won won the last four away Davis Cup ties

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Roberto Bautista Agut beats Felix Auger Aliassime to reach the second round at the Astana Open

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Roberto Bautista Agut upset eight-seed Felix Auger Aliassime 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 55 minutes to reach the second round at the Astana Open in Nur Sultan. 

 

Bautista Agut earned his first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and held his next service games to seal the first set 6-4. 

Auger Aliassime went up a break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Bautista Agut pulled one break back in the fifth game and held on his serve to draw lo draw level to 3-3. Bautista Agut went up a mini-break twice in the tie-break, but Auger Aliassime pulled back on serve both times to draw level to 4-4. Bautista Agut sealed the win on his second match point. 

“It is my first time here. I played great in these conditions. I am very happy to win against a top 10 player. It’s not easy to beat Felix, especially on hard courts. That means I had to playa very good match. I was very solid and and very aggressive. I am very happy”, said Bautista Agut. 

Hubert Hurkacz edged past Francisco Cerundolo 6-2 7-6 (7-2) after 82 minutes in the first round of the Astana Open. 

Hurkacz broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. The Polish player fired 11 aces and saved the one break point he faced in the second set. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The 2021 Miami Open champion set up a second round match against either Alexander Bublik or Tallon Griekspoor.

Hurkacz is currenly ranked ninth in the ATP Race to Turin, just 20 points behind Alexander Zverev, who has been sidelined by an injury. 

Andrey Rublev advanced to the second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Laslo Djere in 71 minutes. Rublev saved all three break points and broke in the 10th game of the first set and in the 2nd game in the second set. 

Rublev set up a second round match against Chinese qualifier Zhizhen Zhang, who came back from one set down to beat Aslan Karatsev 4-6 6-4 6-1. 

Adrian Mannarino rallied from one set down to beat Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-2 6-3 to extend his lead to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against his Swiss rival. Botic van de Zandschulp eased past Beibit Zhukzhiev 6-1 6-1. 

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Barbora Krejcikova wins her first title of the season in Tallin

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Barbora Krejcikova clinched the fourth title of her career and her first this season with a 6-2 6-3 win over local favourite Anett Kontaveit after 1 hour and 21 minutes in the first edition of the Tallin Open. 

 

Krejcikova won two Grand Slam titles in the doubles and singles at Roland Garros and two more WTA titles in Strasbourg and Prague. The Czech reached just one singles final in 2022 last January, when she lost to Paula Badosa in Sydney. 

Krejcikova collected her sixth career win over a top 10 player. She stopped Kontaveit’s 24-match winning streak on indoor cross court. 

Krejcikova broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. The multiple Grand Slam doubles champion earned her second break point  with a drop shot winner in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-3. 

Kontaveit earned an early break in the first game of the second set. Krejcikova broke straight back on her third opportunity at deuce in the second game. Krejcikova converted her third break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Kontaveit pulled back on serve in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Krejcikova hit a forehand winner down the line in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead and sealed the title after a wide forehand from Kontaveit on the first championship point. 

Krejicikova and her compatriot Katerina Siniakova won three doubles women’s titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Last year they won Madrid, Roland Garros, the Olympic Games and the WTA Finals. 

“Every trophy is special, especially in singles right now, where this year was really tough, so it means a lot. It was a really amazing week, a special week”, said Krejicikova. 

“I am really proud how I was able to bring my best performance for the final. I was expecting that Anett is going to play fast and she would try to put me under pressure from the first point. I was ju trying to play my game, and just trying to eliminate that. I just really wanted to go out there and play my best tennis and try to enjoy the final, because it took me a lot of fight and energy to get there”, said Krejcikova. 

Kontaveit was aiming to win her second title this season following her triumph in St. Petersburg over Maria Sakkari last February. The Estonian player reached two more finals in 2022 at the WTA 1000 in Doha and in Hamburg, but she finished runner-up in both tournaments. 

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Marc Andrea Huesler earns the first title of his career in Sofia

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Marc Andrea Huesler edged past Holger Rune 6-4 7-6 (10-8) after 1 hour and 42 minutes to earn the maiden title of his career at the Sofia Open in his first career final on the ATP tour.

 

Huesler broke Rune in the first game before holding in all five of his service games. Both players continued to dominate on their serve in the second set. He wasted two set points, when he was leading 6-5. Huesler held serve to take the second set to a tie-break. Rune failed to convert two more set points in the tie-break. Huesler earned two mini-breaks to seal the tie-break 10-8. 

Earlier this week Huesler beat Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Kamil Majchrzak and Lorenzo Musetti. He saved two match points against Majchrzak in the quarter finals. 

Huesler has become the first Swiss player to win an ATP Tour  since Roger Federer in Basel in 2019. 

“I played a great match for sure. I am completely taken aback. I am lost for words. It was a great match. I just tried to stay focused, stayed calm and I am just really happy I was able to make it. I would definitely say the conditions here suit me. I already felt that two years ago here suit me. I already felt that two years ago, when I played a good level of tennis,, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili before losing to Jannik Sinner. I am feeling good here .My game is based on my serve a lot and I think that indoor here, I am really happy to put a lot of pressure on the opponent that way, and the way I was volleying this week, I surprised myself as well”, said Huesler. 

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