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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Anderson To Close In On Federer’s All-Time Record At ATP Finals

The 14-time grand slam champion faced little resistance as he raced into the final of the season-ending championships.

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic is a win away for equalling Roger Federer’s record of six titles won at the ATP Finals after defeating a below-par Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, at The O2 Arena in London.

 

Djokovic, who entered the match winning all of his 28 service games this week, proved too strong against a tentative and lackluster Anderson. The world No.6 was not the same player who played the Serbian in the Wimbledon final earlier this year as he struggled to find consistency throughout. Resulting in the very much in-form Djokovic controlling the proceedings. Storming into the final with the help of 11 winners to 13 unforced errors.

“I think it was the best match that I have played so far this week. It came at the right time.” Said Djokovic.
“Kevin was playing some really good tennis earlier this week. Obviously, his first serve percentage was low and wasn’t working quite as well.’
“I thought the crucial stat was to try to win as many points off his second serve as possible. I tried to apply pressure on his service game and use my serve accurately. It worked really well.”

Heading into the semi-final showdown in London, Djokovic was the overwhelming favorite. Besides losing only two out of 36 matches since the start of Wimbledon, the world No.1 boasted a 7-1 head-to-head record against Anderson. Last losing to him in their maiden meeting at the 2008 Miami Open.

Extending that record, Djokovic got off to perfect start during what was a seven-minute opening game. Reading the Anderson serve like a book, the top seed broke immediately with the help of back-to-back forehand errors from his opponent. Continuing to gain in momentum, Djokovic proved too strong against his erratic rival. Securing the double break with the help of more mistakes from his across the court before clinching the first set after 40 minutes of play.

Unlike their previous encounters that have seen some mammoth exchanges between the two, Djokovic dictated proceedings throughout against the growing frustrated South African. To make Anderson’s mood worst, he was slammed with a warning for a verbal obscenity after being broken at the start of the second set. Although he protested that he said no such thing.

” I hold myself pretty highly accountable out there. What I said — I think it was a misunderstanding.” Said Anderson. “If I did swear, it was definitely under my breath. I didn’t mean for it to be heard by anybody. Obviously, that wasn’t great. I was Obviously frustrated out there. It’s definitely not an excuse.”

Cruising towards his 53rd win of 2018, Djokovic only needed one match point to seal the deal. Racing to a 6-2, 5-2 (40-0) lead, he claimed the victory with the help of a volley that tapped the top of the net before landing in.

“I’m very pleased that I am able to play at a high level consistently,” Djokovic commented about his current form.  
“A lot of players are tired coming into the last couple of weeks of the year. This tournament has always been one of the most important for us. We always try to find whatever is left in us and get it out on the court.’
“I’m really glad to reach another final.”


In Sunday’s final Djokovic will take on Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The world No.5 knocked out Roger Federer in straight sets earlier in the day. Djokovic has already defeated Zverev twice this year,  including on Wednesday at the tournament, but did lose to him at the 2017 Italian Open.

“Novak right now is the best player in the world. It’s very tough to beat him.” Said Zverev.  “He’s barely lost a match in the last six months. He’s playing amazing tennis. You have to play your best game to even have a chance. I hope I’ll be able to do that tomorrow.”

Djokovic heads into the final yet to be broken in the entire tournament. He is the first player to reach the final without dropping a set since 2010.

It is the 18th time in the history of the tournament that two players they have played against each other in both the round-robin and final. Out of those 18, nine times the loser in the round-robin has gone on to win in the final.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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