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Novak Djokovic Is ‘The Most Prepared Guy To Triumph’ In Men’s Tennis, Says Ex No.1 Kuerten

The 42-year-old has made a bold claim concerning the future career of the Serbian.

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Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten believes Novak Djokovic will be the main protagonist on the tour over the coming years following his rapid return to world No.1.

The Serbian has relished in a successful second half of the season as he won both Wimbledon and the US Open to bring his grand slam title to 14. Drawing level with Pete Sampras on the all-time list of most major trophies won on the ATP Tour. Djokovic missed six months of last year due to an elbow injury, which required surgery in February. Overall has has managed to win 35 out of 38 matches played since the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

“Without any doubt, the biggest message is the one of Djokovic,” Kuerten said during a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo.
“He was on a cloud, with all the difficulties you have to get to a very high level. But he returned, and he is the most prepared guy to triumph.”

Heading into 2019, Kuerten believes that Djokovic’s rivals will need to elevate their game in order to defeat him. During 2018 the Serbian recorded 14 consecutive wins over top 10 players to raise his overall record to an impressive 196. He tops the year-end rankings with a 1565-point lead over second place Nadal.

“I believe we ended the year with a guarantee, that in the next three or four years, the big protagonist will be him [Djokovic], and Rafa [Nadal] and Roger [Federer] need to find solutions one more time.” He said.
“They are the best for it, but Djokovic is still able to make it. Djokovic now has more room to achieve a complete year having chances to win for a longer time.”

There was also some disappointment for Djokovic during the later stages of this year. He lost his last two finals to two rising stars of the tour. At the Paris Masters he bowed out to Karen Khachanov. Then at the ATP Finals, he was denied the title by Alexander Zverev. Djokovic also lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Canadian Masters in August.

All three of those losses were to the rising stars of the game with two of those currently belonging to the Next Generation contingent. A group of players under the age of 21 that are currently in the top 200. Khachanov turned 22 earlier this year.

“Zverev makes me go back to the tournament that I won in Lisbon (Masters Cup). I also had to beat the two greats (Sampras and Agassi).” Kuerten reflected.
“He defeated Federer and then faced Djokovic. There is no other way to unseat this galactic generation, whose members live longer than everyone else. They have been there (on the tour) 10 and 15 years and they only stop when others take them out.”
“The sensations that I have are very good. Everyone has a limit, but I see Djokovic with more margin and playing with more pretensions.” He added.

Djokovic is scheduled to kick-off his 2019 season in Qatar at the Doha Open.

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Nick Kyrgios sets up Round of 16 match against Borna Coric

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Two-time Miami semifinalist and this year’s Acapulco champion Nick Kyrgios cruised past Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes. Kyrgios will face Borna Coric in the Round of 16. 

The Australian player hit 12 aces and fended off six of the seven break points he faced. Lajovic, who upset Kei Nishikori in the previous round, wasted three break points at the start of the match and dropped his serve at 1-2 after a backhand error. Kyrgios hit a forehand down the line winner to break serve for 5-1. Lajovic got one break back to claw his back to 3-5, but Kyrgios hit four winners to seal the opening set 6-3. Kyrgios broke three times in a row and sealed the win in the seventh game 6-1 on his first match point to secure his spot in the fourth round, where he will face Borna Coric, who came back from one set down to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 after 2 hours and 36 minutes.

Kyrgios leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Coric. The Australian player beat his Croatian rival in the Estoril quarter final in 2016 and in Cincinnati 2018. Coric edged Kyrgios in three sets in Cincinnati 2016.

“Borna is an unbelievable competitor and one of the best players in the world. He knows how to win matches and is an unbelievable player. He moves incredibly well and I know he won’t give me a single point. I am not going to think about it right now though. I have a day off tomorrow”, said Kyrgios.

Chardy came back from 2-4 down in the first set before winning the tie-break 7-2. Coric broke serve at the start of the second set to open up a 3-0 lead and saved four break points. The Croatian player sealed the second set 6-2 with a break at 15 in the 8th game. Coric reeled off three games in a row including 12 of the final 14 points from 3-3 to close out the third set 6-3.

 

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John Isner continues his title defence with straight-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas

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Defending champion John Isner battled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-5 7-6 (8-6) to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

Seventh seed John Isner was broken in the opening game but he saved the next four break points he faced in the match and hit 16 aces. The US player broke back on his second opportunity in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Isner got another break in the 12th game to clinch the first set 7-5.

Isner saved two break points in the fifth game of the second set to hold serve for 3-2. Both players held on their service games to set up a tie-break. Isner rallied from 5-6 down by winning three consecutive games to take the tie-break 8-6.

“I did a lot of things well today. I played a good first set, event though I did not start it off well. In the secondi t was not quite as clean. I will talk to my coach and try to iron things out, but I am into the Round of 16 of a big tournament and I am happy”, said Isner.

Isner set up a fourth round match against Kyle Edmund, who beat Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes. The British player got a break in the fifth game of the first set and in the ninth game of the second set.

Roberto Bautista Agut beat Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-4. The Spanish player got an early break to build up a 3-0 lead. Fognini broke back in the ninth game to claw his way back to 4-5, but the Spaniard broke again in the 10th game to seal the opening set 6-4. Fognini earned an immediate break in the first game of the second set, but Bautista broke straight back. Fognini went un a break in the fifth game. The Italian player saved a break-back point chance in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Bautista Agut fought back by winning the the final four games to seal the second set 6-4.

 

 

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‘You’re A F***ing Disgrace’ – Nick Kyrgios Erupts At The Miami Open

Another tournament, another on-court controversy involving the former top 20 player.

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Nick Kyrgios (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is in line for another hefty fine after blasting the umpire following his doubles match with partner Taylor Fritz.

Kyrgios, who is no stranger to either controversy or fines, completely lost his cool after being edged out of the doubles. Losing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 8-10, to Guido Pella and Joao Sousa. Throughout the match there was a series of dubious line calls that infuriated the Kyrgios team. Something the racket-smashing 23-year-old complained to the umpire about seconds after the clash.

“What the f**k is wrong with you?” Kyrgios shouted at the umpire. “You’re a f**king disgrace. F**king disgrace.”

Continuing to unleash his rage on the court, Kyrgios interacted with the crowd. Asking them  ‘Do you think that’s alright, yes or no?’ The outburst was caught on camera by one fan, who uploaded in onto his Twitter account.

‘Just give me the answer. He’s a disgrace. ‘I come out and give 100% and I have to deal with idiots like him. Does he get fined for his mistakes? It’s rubbish, man.’ Kyrgios said.

It is not the first time the world No.33 has raised eyebrows for his actions. He previously served a brief ban from the sport in 2016 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the Shanghai Masters. Meanwhile, last June he was fined more than $17,000 for making a lewd gesture during the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

The controversy is a stark contrast to Kyrgios’ opening match in the singles. Taking on Alexander Bublik, he prevailed 7-5, 6-3, with the help of a fairly disciplined and mature performance. He is already a two-time semi-finalist in Miami and has won more matches (11) at the tournament than any other Masters 1000 event.

“I know he’s a player who tries to keep things on his own terms… kind of reminds me of me a little bit,” he said of Bublik. “He just needs to play those bigger points with a little more discipline. Strange me saying that…
“I thought he was going to put me on a couple of highlight reels. I knew he was trying to at some stage. I knew I had to be the disciplined one of the two today.”

Kyrgios will return to the Miami Court’s on Sunday when he play’s Dusan Lajovic in the third round.

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