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Flawless Federer Cruises Past Fritz For Second Week Showdown With Tsitsipas

Roger Federer produced another sizzling display as his search for a seventh Australian Open continues in the second week.

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Roger Federer produced a flawless display to beat Taylor Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2 and make the second week of the Australian Open. 

 

The 20 time grand slam champion won in just over 90 minutes to make the fourth round, where he will play Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The defending champion started the match in fine form as he executed his timing to perfection especially on the backhand side.

There was also some passive and nervy play from Fritz which helped Federer gain a commanding lead early on in the contest.

Inside the 20 minute mark the 20 time grand slam champion had already raced out to a double break lead as he proved to be clinical.

Another comfortable service game saw the Swiss wrap up the first set 6-2 in 21 minutes as Fritz looked helpless on court.

There was room for optimism in the second set for the world number 50 though as he started to play some aggressive tennis which lead to a few half-chances.

However the world number three survived the storm that Fritz produced and when it mattered most Federer pounced with some nice all-round play.

After sealing the crucial break in the eleventh game, the six time champion held to take a two set advantage as Fritz’s hard work didn’t find any sort of reward.

The third set was just as decisive as the opening set as some perfect timing sae Fritz once again in a spot of bother. After 17 minutes the Swiss lead 4-1 and was cruising to another victory on Rod Laver Arena.

As Nick Kyrgios said on commentary for Channel nine during the match, “It’s so uncomfortable. He puts the pressure right back on you. He shrinks the court so you feel like you can’t play.”

That pressure certainly told as Federer completed a comfortable straight sets win in over 90 minutes to make the second week of the Australian Open.

His flawless performance has now set up a meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round after the Greek rising star edged out Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4.

The match will be a rematch of their Hopman Cup clash where Federer won in two tiebreak sets.

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Pierre Sugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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