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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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Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.

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Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.

 

The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told atptour.com. “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.

 

 

 

 

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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.

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Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.

 

The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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