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Johanna Konta Hires Dimitri Zavialoff As New Coach

The 27-year-old has started working with her fourth coach since 2016.



British No.1 Johanna Konta has confirmed that she will enter the 2019 season under the guidance of newly appointed mentor Dimitri Zavialoff.

Konta paired up with the French coach earlier this year on a trial basis at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. On Monday the 27-year-old has confirmed that she has made Zavialoff her full-time coach. Zavialoff is best known as being the person who guided three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka during the early stages of his career. Working with the Swiss player from the age of eight until 2010. He has also previously worked with Timea Bacsinszky.

Former world No.4 Konta recently ended her partnership with America’s Michael Joyce after what has been a lacklustre 2018 season for the Brit. Since reaching the final of the Nottingham International in June, Konta has suffered a series of disappointing results on the tour. Failing to win back-to-back matches at the following six tournaments on the tour.

It wasn’t until her final tournament of the year, the Kremlin Cup, where Konta managed to end her run of poor results. Scoring wins over Elise Mertens, Daria Gavrilova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich to reach the semi-finals. She was knocked out of the tournament by eventual champion Daria Kasatkina.

“I’ve beaten some very good players and I’m really happy how I was able to compete during each match. It’s quite a good achievement at the end of the year,” she commented about her performance in Russia.

Zavialoff is the fourth coach hired by Konta within the past three years. In 2016 she split from Esteban Carril before ending her collaboration with Wim Fissette at the end of the 2017 season. Paving wave for her stint with Joyce that lasted less than a year.

Currently ranked 38th in the world, Konta will end the season outside of the top 20 for the first time since 2015. Overall, she has won 31 out of 54 matches played on the tour this year. Her best result was runner-up to Ashleigh Barty at the Nottingham Open.

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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.



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.



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.



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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