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The second week of the season will see the players getting ready for the Australian Open, as two ATP 250 tournaments are set to take place from the 7th to the 12th of January.

 

The Sydney International and the ASB Classic in New Zealand have two solid lineups, with draw-cards like John Isner, Fabio Fognini and Kyle Edmund committed to play. Tomas Berdych has received a Wild Card into Auckland.

Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut (Auckland) and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (Sydney) are the defending champions.

NEWS: Kyle Edmund withdraws from Sydney, Sam Querrey takes his place.

 

ATP 250 Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor):
OUT Edmund, Kyle GBR 14
2 Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 15
3 Medvedev, Daniil RUS 16
4 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 17
5 Simon, Gilles FRA 30
6 De Minaur, Alex AUS 31
7 Pouille, Lucas FRA 32
OUT Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 34PR
9 Fucsovics, Marton HUN 36
10 Seppi, Andreas ITA 37
11 Millman, John AUS 38
12 Tiafoe, Frances USA 39
13 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 40
14 Klizan, Martin SVK 41
15 Mannarino, Adrian FRA 42
16 Jarry, Nicolas CHI 43
17 Jaziri, Malek TUN 45
18 Ebden, Matthew AUS 46
19 Lajovic, Dusan SRB 48
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Thompson, Jordan AUS 72
23 WC Popyrin, Alexei AUS 147
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Copil, Marius ROU 60
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
IN Harrison, Ryan USA 62
IN Kudla, Denis USA 63
OUT Lopez, Feliciano ESP 64
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
1. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67

 

ATP Sydney (AUS, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 21
OUT Querrey, Sam USA 51
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 53
OUT Harrison, Ryan USA 62
5 Kudla, Denis USA 63
6 Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
7 Rublev, Andrey RUS 68
8 Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 75
9 Daniel, Taro JPN 77
10 Andreozzi, Guido ARG 79
OUT Delbonis, Federico ARG 80
12 Munar, Jaume ESP 81
13 Andujar, Pablo ESP 82
14 Garin, Christian CHI 84
15 [WC]
16 [WC]
Alternates:
OUT Kovalik, Jozef SVK 85
OUT Basic, Mirza BIH 87
OUT Gulbis, Ernests LAT 95
IN Donskoy, Evgeny RUS 97
IN Opelka, Reilly USA 99
IN Sousa, Pedro POR 104
OUT Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 105
OUT Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 109
IN Kubler, Jason AUS 113
IN Rosol, Lukas CZE 143
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS 147
OUT Popyrin, Alexei AUS 148
1. Hoang, Antoine FRA 150
2. Vanni, Luca ITA 169
3. Paul, Tommy USA 203
4. Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
5. Arevalo, Marcelo ESA 221

 

 

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor):
1 Isner, John USA 10
2 Fognini, Fabio ITA 13
3 Cecchinato, Marco ITA 20
4 Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 23
5 Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 24
6 Chung, Hyeon KOR 25
7 Shapovalov, Denis CAN 27
8 Monfils, Gael FRA 29
9 Johnson, Steve USA 33
10 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 34
11 Sousa, Joao POR 44
12 Fritz, Taylor USA 49
13 Haase, Robin NED 50
14 Paire, Benoit FRA 52
15 Berrettini, Matteo ITA 54
OUT Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 55
17 Mayer, Leonardo ARG 56
18 Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 57
19 Pella, Guido ARG 58
OUT [SE]
OUT [SE]
22 WC Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
23 [WC]
24 [WC]
25 [Q]
26 [Q]
27 [Q]
28 [Q]
Alternates:
IN Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
IN Copil, Marius ROU 60
IN Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
1. Harrison, Ryan USA 62
2. Kudla, Denis USA 63
3. Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4. Bedene, Aljaz SLO 67
5. Berdych, Tomas CZE 71
6. Carballes Baena, Roberto ESP 73
7. Marterer, Maximilian GER 74

 

ATP 250 Auckland (NZL, Hard Outdoor), qualifying:
OUT Gojowczyk, Peter GER 59
OUT Sandgren, Tennys USA 61
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 65
4 Marterer, Maximilian GER 74
5 Klahn, Bradley USA 76
6 McDonald, Mackenzie USA 78
7 Cuevas, Pablo URU 88
8 Norrie, Cameron GBR 90
9 Djere, Laslo SRB 93
OUT Albot, Radu MDA 98
11 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 101
12 Humbert, Ugo FRA 102
OUT Mmoh, Michael USA 103
14 Zeballos, Horacio ARG 174
15 WC Tearney, Finn NZL
16 WC Rai, Ajeet NZL
Alternates:
IN Robert, Stephane FRA 196
OUT Paul, Tommy USA 203
OUT Lee, Duckhee KOR 219
OUT Clarke, Jay GBR 234
OUT Ymer, Mikael SWE 256
1. Masur, Daniel GER 259
2. Marcora, Roberto ITA 291
3. Gomez-Herrera, Carlos ESP 316
4. Puetz, Tim GER 318
5. Statham, Rubin NZL 374
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey FRA 421
6. Nielsen, Frederik DEN 434
7. Maamoun, Karim-Mohamed EGY 439
8. Krajicek, Austin USA 445

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Dominic Thiem Downplays US Open Chances

The world No.4 has given a frank assessment about his hopes at the New York major shortly after the draw was made on Thursday.

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Dominic Thiem may be a top four seed in next week’s US Open, but the Austrian has played down the prospect of him winning his first grand slam title at the event.

 

The 25-year-old has experienced a setback in his build up to the tournament. Since winning the Kitzbuhel Open on clay, Thiem has only managed to play three matches on a hard court. Reaching the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in what what was his best-ever run at the tournament. However, more recently Thiem has been sidelined from action due to a virus and pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters.

Thiem’s first round opponent at the US Open will be Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano, who has suffered two consecutive first round losses on the tour. Fabbiano reached the third round in New York back in 2017, but has missed the two most recent editions.

“Without a doubt, there are much tougher rivals than Thomas Fabbiano in a first round, although I must say that, after overcoming this viral disease, I do not expect miracles.” Thiem told Sky Sport Austria on Thursday.

Heading into the event, Thiem has said he has set out no goal. He will be defending 360 ranking points after reaching the quarter-finals 12 months ago before losing in a five-set thriller to Rafael Nadal. Overall, Thiem’s win-loss at the US Open is 15-5 heading into this year.

“Right now I do not consider reaching a quarterfinals or a semifinal. I want to go round to round, looking beyond would be presumptuous.” He said.
“In the next few days I will keep my training to a minimum, the goal is to be in perfect shape on Monday.”

Despite his recent setbacks, 2019 has been a season of success for the world No.4. In March he won the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He would then go on to win trophies in Barcelona and Kitzhbuel. However, in the grand slams he has been less consistent. At the French Open Thiem reached the final, but has failed to win back-to-back matches at both the Australian Open (second round) and Wimbledon (first round). Although at the Australian Open he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.

The US Open will get underway on Monday.

Dominic Thiem at the US Open

2018
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Quarter-Finals 1
Rafael Nadal ESP
L 60 46 57 764 675
Round of 16 5
Kevin Anderson RSA
W 75 62 762
Round of 32 74
Taylor Fritz USA
W 36 63 765 64
Round of 64 31
Steve Johnson USA
W 675 63 57 64 61
Round of 128 81
Mirza Basic BIH
W 63 61 64
2017
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 28
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 61 62 16 671 46
Round of 32 34
Adrian Mannarino FRA
W 75 63 64
Round of 64 108
Taylor Fritz USA
W 64 64 46 75
Round of 128 186
Alex de Minaur AUS
W 64 61 61
2016
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 142
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 36 23 (RET)
Round of 32 39
Pablo Carreno Busta ESP
W 16 64 64 75
Round of 64 89
Ricardas Berankis LTU
W 64 63 62
Round of 128 66
John Millman AUS
W 63 26 57 64 63
2015
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 32 14
Kevin Anderson RSA
L 36 673 673
Round of 64 70
Denis Istomin UZB
W 64 64 10 (RET)
Round of 128 76
Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP
W 75 63 75
2014
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 7
Tomas Berdych CZE
L 16 26 46
Round of 32 21
Feliciano Lopez ESP
W 64 62 63
Round of 64 12
Ernests Gulbis LTA
W 46 36 64 63 63
Round of 128 84
Lukas Lacko SLO
W 63 63 62

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Denis Shapovalov wins Next Gen clash against Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarter final in Winston Salem

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Denis Shapovalov beat Serbian Next Gen Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 16 minutes in Winston Salem winning two consecutive matches for the first time since he reached the Miami Open semifinal last March.

 

Shapovalov won 80 % of his service points and fended off four of the six break points he faced.

The Canadian Next Gen player earned six break points in the second game of the first set, but Kecmanovic saved them. Shapovalov earned the break in the fourth game at 15 to build up a 3-1 lead.

Shapovalov went up a double break in the next game after a forehand error from Kecmanovic. The Canadian player wrapped up wrapped up the first set 6-2 with two winners and two double faults from Kecmanovic after 37 minutes.

Shapovalov went up a 3-0 lead with a break, but he wasted three break points in the fourth game. Kecmanovic broke back to draw level to 3-3 and earned two break points in the seventh game, but Shapovalov saved them with two winners. The North American star broke serve in the next game to open up a 5-3 lead. Shapovalov hit four winners in the ninth game to close out the match.

Shapovalov is currently working with Mikhail Youzhny, who returned in St. Petersburg last September and is sitting in his coaching box in Winston Salem.

“Miomir is a very tough opponent. I have played him a lot in the past. We have had some crazy battles. I am really happy with the way I am playing”,said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who battled past Sam Querrey 7-4 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10). In the tie-break of the second set Rublev saved three set points and Querrey fended off two match points. Rublev hit a forehand winner at 10-11 on Querrey’s serve to seal the win after 1 hour and 54 minutes. Rublev took a re-match against Querrey, who beat the young Russian player at Wimbledon in straight sets.

“It’s a special win for me. He just destroyed me, and now we had a great fight, and we were so close and I was a little more lucky”, said Rublev.

 Frances Tiafoe advanced to his fourth quarter final and his first since May when Filip Krajinovic had to withdraw from the match after losing the first set 6-2. Tiafoe went up a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead.

Hubert Hurkacz got three breaks to build up a 6-3 3-1 lead, when Feliciano Lopez was forced to retire from the match after 55 minutes.

Pablo Carreno Busta cruised past Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 6-0 after 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach his fourth quarter final of the season. Sonego got an early break to open up a 4-1 lead in the first set. Carreno Busta broke back in the sixth game before converting his sixth set point in the tie-break. The Spaniard broke three times to cruise to a bagel win in the second set after 25 minutes.

Benoit Paire came back from losing the first set to beat French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Paire broke serve, when Humbert was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set. Paire went up a double break to a 4-1 lead. Humbert converted his third break-back point in the eighth point, but Paire broke for the third time to seal the win.

John Millman cruised past Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 setting up a quarter final match against Steve Johnson, who beat Casper Ruud 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

 

 

 

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Andy Murray To Play Rafa Nadal Open

The former world No.1 has announced where he will play next as his comeback from injury continues.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is returning back to the Challenger tour for the first time since the year he turned professional back in 2005.

 

The Brit is set to take to the court in Manacor next week to play in a hard court tournament named after his rival Rafael Nadal. Murray is currently in the process of stepping up his comeback from a second hip operation earlier this year. The Rafa Nadal Open will be only his third singles tournament since January. Murray has previously lost in the first rounds at Cincinnati and Winston-Salem to Richard Gasquet and Tennys Sandgren.

Murray, who is currently ranked 329th in the world, had previously hinted that he may return back to the lower levels of competition in order to help regain his form. It will be the first time he has played a Challenger tournament since the 2005 Mons Open.

“I’m quite aware of sort of where I’m at just now and what my level is. It’s competitive at this level but it needs to be better,” Murray told atptour.com last week.
“Maybe I need to play a level down to get some matches and build my game up a little bit before I start playing on the Tour again.”

The 32-year-old had declined a wild card invitation to play at next week’s US Open due to concerns that he wouldn’t be fit enough to contest best-of-five set matches. He reached the second round of the tournament last year before losing to Fernando Vertdasco.

Murray’s return to the Challenger Tour is expected to be short lived. He has already confirmed his intention to play a duo of ATP Tournaments in Zhuhai and Shanghai. On Wednesday he added the European Open in Antwerp to his schedule, where a maximum of 250 ranking points will be on offer.

“With Andy Murray on our tournament poster, we are now reaching absolute world class and taking the European Open to an unprecedented level in Belgium.” Said tournament director Dick Norman.

Since his comeback in June, Murray has won one title on the ATP Tour. Doing so alongside Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles at The Fever-tree Championships.

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