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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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American No.3 Reilly Opelka Blasts ‘Shocking’ ATP Cup

The new event has been described as unfair and a embarrassment by the American.

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19: Reilly Opelka of United States during the Group F match between USA and Canada during Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil / Kosmos Tennis)

With the Davis Cup currently under close scrutiny this week, one player on the tour have turned his criticism to a brand new team event coming to the tour in 2020.

 

Reilly Opelka has launched a verbal attack on the ATP Cup, which will get underway in January. The event features 24 teams playing in three cities across Australia. Unlike the Davis Cup, both prize money and ranking points are available. Many of the world’s top players have already confirmed their intention to play in the event. Although one noticeable absence will be Roger Federer.

“The ATP Cup is pathetic. I think it’s shocking on behalf of the ATP for them to pass that and allow that.” The 22-year-old told reporters in Madrid.
“It’s pretty embarrassing, actually. It’s pretty bad for the sport. It makes it (the tour) more top-heavy than it already is.”

The teams for the ATP Cup are determined by the ranking of the country’s highest ranked player. However, with only two singles players allowed to play in each team some countries find themselves in a tough spot. Once being America, who currently has eight players in the top 100. Opelka argues that due to the rules of the competition, the distribution of ranking points is unfair.

“I’m 35 in the world. I’m not going to play because I’m the second- or third-highest ranked American, and only the top two guys play.” He stated.
“It counts as an additional 19th tournament. So every player gets 18 tournaments on their ranking card. So you have to take your top 18 results, those go for your ranking. Those that play ATP Cup gets a 19th. So it’s unfair, there’s not equal opportunity for everyone.”

Opelka used the example of Moldova playing in the ATP Cup as one of the reasons why he is frustrated. The country has qualified due to the ranking of their top player Radu Albot, who is currently ranked 46th in the world. However, Moldova’s second highest ranked player is outside the top 800.

Fortunately concerning the Davis Cup, the former Wimbledon junior champion has a much more favourable view. This week is the inaugural week-long finals, which has encountered some blips already. The most being the schedule of the event with some ties now finishing until as late as 4am.

“I’m a fan of the new format. Maybe making it every two years or every three years would be I think the next step in the right direction.” Opelka concluded.
“Tennis players are pretty good at that. You don’t really know when you’re going to play matches. You can go really long, or you can go really quick. We’re used to being on standby.” He added.

This week is Opelka’s debut in the Davis Cup.

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Serbia beats France 2-1 to secure spot in Davis Cup quarter final

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Serbia qualified for the quarter finals at the Davis Cup at the Caja Magica in Madrid with wins in both singles matches by Filip Krajinovic over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic over Benoit Paire.

 

In the opening match Filip Kajinovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 in 1 hour and 48 minutes to give Serbia a 1-0 lead.

Krajinovic dropped two points on his first serve and earned his first three break point at 3-3 before breaking serve in the 11th game after a loose forehand from Tsonga. The 27-year-old Serbian player sealed the opening set 7-5 with a service winner.

Tsonga fended off three break points in the opening game of the second set. The Frenchman earned his only break point chance on return at 2-1, but Krajinovic saved it to draw level to 2-2. Both players held serve in the next eight games to set up a tie-break. Krajinovic earned the crucial mini-break on the 12th point to close out tie-break 7-5.

World number 2 Novak Djokovic cruised past Benoit Paire 6-3 6-3 in 70 minutes to secure the qualifying spot for Serbia in the quarter final.

Djokovic saved two break points in the first match of the opening set. The Serbian player earned a break in the eighth game and sealed the opening set 6-3 on his third set point.

Paire dropped his serve in the third game of the second set after a backhand down the line winner from Djokovic. The Serbian star hit a return winner at 5-3 to set up a quarter final clash against Russia on Friday.

Last week’s ATP Finals champions Pierre Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-4. Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to seal the opening set 6-4. Tipsarevic and Troicki broke serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Herbert and Mahut got the break back in the fifth game. After saving a break point in the eighth game Herbert and Mahut earned the decisive break in the ninth game and closed out the match on his first set point.

Serbia set up a quarter final against Russia, who qualified as one of the two-best-placed group runners-up by clinching second spot in Group.

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Jack Sock and Sam Querrey take late-night decisive doubles clash over Italy

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The clash between Italy and the USA came down to a decisive doubles match at the Caja Magica in Madrid after Fabio Fognini and Taylor Fritz won their respective singles matches.

 

Fabio Fognini  beat Relly Opelka 6-4 6-7 6-3 after 1 hour and 54 minutes to give Italy a much-needed win to the Italian team.

Fognini earned an early break at 1-1 after two errors from Opelka and dropped just five points in five service games. Fognini did not face a break point to close out the first set 6-4 in 33 minutes.

Both players stayed neck and neck setting up a tie-break. Opelka earned a mini-break to take a 5-3 lead in the tie-break and earned three set points. The US player sealed the first set point, but Opelka converted his second chance 7-4.

Opelka saved the first break point with an ace, but Fognini converted his second chance with a forehand passing shot in the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Fognini dropped just three points to build up a 5-2 lead. Fognini served out the win on his first match point to give Italy a 1-0 win.

“I am tired for sure because it was tough. One of the things I did today was my serve, don’t ask me why. I am surprised about that”, said Fognini.

Taylor Fritz came back from one set down to beat Matteo Berrettini 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the second match. Berrettini saved a break point in the second game with a forehand down the line and a service winner. In the fifth game Fritz saved two break points in the fifth game. Berrettini broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 and sealed the first set on his first set point.

In the third set both players stayed neck and neck til the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. In the seventh game Fritz saved a break point. Berrettini held his serve at love. Fritz closed out the second set at 6-5 after 51 minutes.

Berrettini saved two consecutive break points in the first game of the third game. Fritz rallied from 0-30 down to hold his serve for 1-1. Fritz broke twice in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Berrettini saved a match point and held his serve for 2-5, but Fritz sealed the win on his second match point.

“Playing for my country is all the motivation I need. I just kept digging, kept fighting. It was really close. I lost the first set by close margin, and I told myself to tough out the second set like I know I can do, and my aggressive and fitness carried me through the third”,said Fritz.

Jack Sock and Sam Querrey came back from a set down in the decisive doubles match to take a 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to give the USA a 2-1 win. The doubles match ended shortly after 4 am and was one of the latest finishes to a match in tennis history.  The USA finished second in the Group F behind Canada, who secured the first spot with their wins over Italy and the USA earlier this week. Neither team  was able to earn a break in the first two sets. Italy broke serve to take a 3-1 lead. Sock and Querrey broke back immediately before earning the decisive break at 4-4. The US team served out the win after 2 hours and 30 minutes.

“Reilly played a great match and Taylor came out in in a tough position knowing he needed to win. To get the doubles means a lot”, said Querrey.

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