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Novak Djokovic Survives Late Shapovalov Surge To Set Medvedev Last 16 Clash

Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the tournament as he advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open.




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Novak Djokovic survived a third set surge from Denis Shapovalov to seal his place in the fourth round of the Australian Open. 


The world number one was dominant for most of the match as he secured a 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 win over the 25th seed to advance into the second week.

Although the Serb didn’t have it all his own way after losing the last five games in the third set, he came back in style to seal his place in the last 16.

The six time champion will now face in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev on Monday after his straight sets victory over David Goffin.

It was a great start for the Serb who raced out to an early double break lead at 4-1 with some good movement and some all round baseline play.

His Canadian opponent brought an erratic start to proceedings as he couldn’t contain his exciting backhand in the opening stages.

Despite getting one of the breaks back Shapovalov succumbed to Djokovic as he was broken again for the set, a good start from Djokovic.

The second set was separated by only a couple of moments of quality as the 25th seed held his own against the world number one in the set.

There were good serving stats from Shapovalov as he looked comfortable bringing his game to test Djokovic as he was more controlled.

Even though he didn’t play his best in set two a moment of quality in the final game saw the six time champion grab the crucial break and a two sets to love lead.

The top seed was bringing a lot of world class defensive skills as he raced to a 4-1 lead as he got the early break advantage with more Shapovalov unforced errors.

Although all signs were pointing to a straight sets win for Djokovic, we should never underestimate the power of the top seed’s sensitivity in regards to getting wound up by the crowd.

As well as the crowd, he was also distracted by floodlights being turned on for TV reasons as well as receiving a time violation when facing break points.

These stunning turn of events saw Shapovalov play some brave and bold tennis to win five games in a row and take the third set.

The Serb clearly not happy as he gave Damien Dumusois the sarcastic thumbs up as he walked to his chair trying to regroup.

However inspired by things going against him Djokovic roared to a four set victory as his smart play saw him not lose a single game in the deciding set.

After the win Djokovic seemed perplexed at the decision to turn on the floodlights, “I think there was no sense to turn on the lights at 5pm when we have another four hours of daylight,” the Serb stated.

“It was completely unnecessary to turn on the lights. The reason I got was for TV reasons.”

Although he didn’t play his best and he let other factors affect him a win is a win which is the main thing for Djokovic heading into the second week, where he will look to win his seventh Australian Open title.

In his fourth round match on Monday the world number one will play In-form Russian Daniil Medvedev who secured a 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3 win over David Goffin.

The 15th seed won the most hard court matches of anyone on the tour in 2018 and will certainly provide a stern test for Djokovic.



Singapore Champion Alexi Popyrin Dedicates Maiden ATP Title To Family

The world No.114 battled back from a set down to become the fifth active Australian player to win an ATP singles title.




Rising star Alexi Popyrin has claimed the biggest title in his career to date after triumphing in the final of the Singapore Open on Sunday.


The 21-year-old battled back from a set down to defeat world No.46 Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in what was his first ever final on the ATP Tour. Popryin, who had never got past the quarter-final stage of a Tour event prior to this week, managed to turn his fortunes around with the help of an emphatic service display. During the second set he dropped no points behind serve and only one in the third. Overall, the Australian produced 11 aces and broke Bublik five times en route to victory.

A former junior world No.2 who won the 2017 French Open boys’ title, Popyrin has become the fifth active player from Australia to have won an ATP title. The other four are Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Bernard Tomic and John Millman. During the trophy ceremony Popyrin said the breakthrough was a result of hard work as he paid tribute to his family.

“I’ll definitely have very fond memories of Singapore now, I’ll definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said.
“We put a lot of hard work in the pre-season and it’s paying off in the start of the year I’ve had. In Australia I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work paying off.
“My family behind the scenes, they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also. This is for them 100 per cent.”

Prior to Bublik, Popyrin also scored a win over former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. The breakthrough continues what has been an encouraging start to the season for the Next Gen star. At the Murray River Open in Melbourne he took Grigor Dimitrov to three sets before losing in the third round. Then at the Australian Open he knocked out top 20 player David Goffin.

Meanwhile, Bublik is left wondering what might have been. It was the second time the Kazakh has reached a Tour final this season after Antalya where he had to retire due to injury.

“His first final, his first title, I have four finals, which hurts now but just congratulate you and next time we’ll see if we can face in the final,” Bublik said.

Popyrin will rise to a ranking high of 82nd when the standings are updated on Monday.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier




Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 


Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.




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The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.


John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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