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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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Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev reach the second round in Hamburg

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Dominic Thiem beat 2016 finalist Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 40 minutes in the first round of the Hamburg European Open to score his 24th win of the season and the 250th win of his career.

 

Thiem beat Cuevas for the fifth time in his seventh head-to-head clash against Cuevas and for the third time this year after his previous wins in Buenos Aires and at Roland Garros.

Thiem broke serve in the second game of the opening set after a lucky net cord return and hit a service winner in the ninth game to seal the first set 6-3. Both players traded breaks at the start of the start of the second set. Cuevas fended off a break point chance in the fifth game. Both players stayed neck and neck in the next game setting up a second set.

Thiem earned a mini-break at 2-1 after two mini-breaks from Cuevas. The Austrian player got a double mini-break with a backhand down the line winner on the ninth point. He closed out the match with a service winner on the next point.

“I wish that the grass court season would have been longer. I love this surface, but it was only one match unfortunately. I hope that I can do it better next year. I am back on clay for two weeks and the last two weeks of the year, so I will try to enjoy the mas much as possible”, said Thiem.

Last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev made a winning start to his campaign in his home tournament with a 6-4 6-2 victory over last week’s Bastad winner Nicolas Jarry in 71 minutes. Zverev converted four of his six break point chances and saved four of the five chances he faced. Zverev broke serve in the third game to build up a 5-2 lead, when Jarry netted a backhand.

Zverev did not convert three set points, as he was serving for the set. He dropped five consecutive points before serving out the set at 5-4. Both players went on serve in the first four games before Zverev broke at 15 in the fifth game, when Jarry netted a backhand. The German player held serve at love before earning a break to build up a 5-2 after a forehand error from Jarry. The Chilean player earned two break points in the eighth game, as Zverev was serving for the win. Zverev saved them before sealing the second set 6-2 with an ace.

Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-3 after 67 minutes. This year’s Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini came back from one set down to beat Julian Lenz 6-4 6-4 setting up a match against Rudolf Molleker. Former Hamburg finalist Richard Gasquet beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 6-2 7-6 (7-3) setting up a match against his compatriot Jeremy Chardy. Federico Delbonis saved three match points to beat Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg

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German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.

 

Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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Nicolas Jarry Breaks New Ground To Win The Swedish Open

The 23-year-old has become the latest player to win their first ATP title in 2019.

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Chilean fifth seed Nicolas Jarry has won his first ATP title at the Swedish Open after prevailing in straight sets on Sunday.

 

The world No.64 held his nerve to edge his way past Argentina’s Juan Inacio Londero 7-6(3), 6-4. Playing in only his third ATP final, Jarry dropped serve once as he blasted 10 aces and won 76% of the points behind his first serve. Becoming the first person his country to win the tournament since Luis Ayala back in 1960.

“I’m very happy to be able to have this (the title). I know it is not very easy to get the first one in anything that you do. I’m really happy.” Jarry said during the trophy presentation.
“I want to say thank you to my team. I have a big team back home and we are very united. This is for all of them and all of my family who has been there since I was born.”

Jarry achieved his career milestone without dropping a set during the entire tournament. Earlier in the week he also scored wins over Jeremy Chardy and Frederico Delbonis. Londero was the only seeded player he faced in Sweden this year. Overall, he was broken eight times in six matches played.

The 23-year-old isn’t the first member of his family to win a title on the men’s tour. His grandfather is Jaime Fillol, who is a former top 20 player that reached the quarter-finals of the 1975 US Open. During his career, Fillol claimed eight trophies and was the former president of the ATP.

“He is one of the best Chilean tennis players. He taught me the sport since I was little,” Jarry told atptour.com earlier this week. “He took me to great tournaments. I remember Wimbledon when I was 12 and I remember going to the US Open a couple of times. There used to be an ATP [tournament] in Santiago, so I was always involved in the tennis.”

The new Swedish Open champion is the second player from Chile to win a title in 2019. Christian Garin claimed his maiden title back in April at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. He then went on to win the Munich Open, which is also a clay-court event.

Jarry exits Sweden with 250 ranking points and €90,390 in prize money earnings. He will next travel to Germany to play in the Hamburg Open.

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