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Rafael Nadal Crushes Tsitsipas To Seal Fifth Australian Open Final

Rafael Nadal is into his fifth Australian Open after cruising past Stefanos Tsitsipas with the loss of six games.

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Rafael Nadal reached his fifth Australian Open final after a crushing 6-2 6-4 6-0 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

 

The Spaniard wasted no time in reaching his fifth Australian Open final after cruising past Stefanos Tsitsipas as the 14th seed only created one break point.

Another dominant display means that Nadal is yet to drop a set at the tournament as he looks to win his second Australian Open title and an 18th grand slam title.

In the final he will face either six time champion Novak Djokovic or Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Heading into this match Nadal had spent less time on court by four hours and that played a major part today as he looked the more energized player.

Some brutal hitting was too hot to handle for Tsitsipas as an early break was sealed for Nadal at 2-1 as he took nothing for granted.

Although there were good signs from Tsitsipas, he was never really allowed to play his game against a ruthless Nadal who used his forehand to great effect.

A couple of double faults put Tsitsipas in real danger in the seventh game and the world number two pounced on the opportunity as a great backhand reach secured the double break.

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An efficient was wrapped up by Nadal in 32 minutes as the 2009 champion was in no mood to waste any unnecessary time.

The second set was much better from Tsitsipas, who was keen to show the type of tennis that lead to him beating Roger Federer in the fourth round.

Some good all-round play saw the 20 year-old win five points in a row to fend off break points and hold for a 3-2 lead.

However Tsitsipas never saw the warning signs to up his level of play and use the high percentage points as he paid the price in the ninth game. Some more heavy forehands sealed an important break as Nadal roared in delight.

After sealing the second set with a love hold, this match was only heading one way unfortunately for the lively Greek contingent.

Despite creating his first break point in the final game, Tsitsipas just couldn’t control the powerful Nadal as he the second seed failed to lose a single game in the third set to seal victory.

After victory Nadal gave his opinion on who he could face in the final between Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille, “Of course, Novak is the favourite. He’s been in that position so many times,” Nadal explained

“Lucas this is the first one. I always thought Lucas is one of those players with amazing potential. It’s true that Novak is unbelievably solid but it’s a tennis match and anything could happen.”

It was a dominant performance from Nadal who only lost 12 service points against the rising Greek as he reaches another Australian Open final.

As for Tsitsipas it has been a remarkable tournament for him despite his disappointing performance today and can take positives from his wins over Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut.

In his four previous Australian Open finals, Nadal has only won once which was back in 2009 against Roger Federer. The Spaniard will look to put that ratio right when he takes on Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille on Sunday.

 

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Jannik Sinner beats Norbert Gombos to set up second round clash against Danil Medvedev in Marseille

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion and world number 68 Jannik Sinner beat Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Sinner went down 1-4 in the tie-break of the second set. The Italian player saved all six break points he faced and did not face any break points in the 2-hour and nine-minute match.

Last week Sinner scored his first top 10 win against David Goffin in Rotterdam to reach his maiden ATP 500 quarter final.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Sinner earned three consecutive set points with a backhand lob and sealed the opening set 6-4 with a break at love.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set with an ace. He saved another break point with an ace. Gombos earned two two more break points, but Sinner saved them with a forehand and and an ace. Sinner saved two break points to force to set up a tie-break. Gombos went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Sinner came back by winning six of the next seven games to win the tie-break 7-5.

Sinner set up a second round match against 2019 US Open finalist Danil Medvedev, who reached the quarter finals on his tournament debut in 2017.

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz cruised past France’s Antoine Hoang 6-4 6-1 in just 64 minutes. Hurkacz dropped just points on his first serve to set up a second round match against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Mikael Ymer overcomes Richard Gasquet to advance to the second round in Marseille

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Swedish 21-year-old Next Gen player Mikael Ymer edged past Richard Gasquet 6-3 3-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 22 minutes to reach the second round at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Ymer fended off 7 of the 10  break points he faced and broke serve in the third match point in a marathon third game setting up a second round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Ymer raced out to a 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks. Gasquet pulled back one break in the seventh game to close the gap to 2-5, but Ymer served out the first set in the ninth game with an ace.

Ymer saved three break points in the sixth game, but Gasquet earned the break on his third chance in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3.

Ymer got an early break in the second game of the third set to open up a 3-0 lead. Gasquet broke back in the ninth game and held serve to draw level to 5-5. Ymer converted his third break point at deuce to seal the third set 7-5 in the 12th game.

Benoit Paire beat Gregoire Barrere 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the all-French match. Paire earned his only break of the match in the third game of the opening set. He saved two break points in the fourth game of the second set. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break, where Paire cruised through to a 7-1 win.

Ilya Ivashka overcame Alexei Popyrin 6-1 3-6 6-4. Ivashka broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Popyrin earned one break in the fourth game to clinch the second set 6-3. Popyrin got an early break at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Ivashka sealed the win with a break.

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Alexander Zverev Going In The Right Direction, Says Becker

The German tennis legend gives his verdict on Zverev’s current form following his grand slam breakthrough.

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Former world No.1 Boris Becker believes Alexander Zverev’s recent run at the Australian Open was confirmation that he belongs at the top of men’s tennis.

 

Last month the 22-year-old achieved his best ever grand slam performance by reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne Park before losing to Dominic Thiem. At the tournament he scored wins over Andrey Rublev, who won two consecutive titles prior to the event, and former champion Stan Wawrinka. Zverev has been tipped as a future world No.1 in recent years and remains the only active player outside of the Big Four to have won three or more Masters trophies. Although he has previously struggled to shine in the biggest events of the sport.

“Alexander Zverev has made a great step forward with his first participation in a grand slam semi-final.” Becker told reporters in Berlin on Sunday. “Although he had difficult weeks before, for which there were reasons.”

At the start of the year it looked as if the world No.7 was in trouble. At the ATP Cup he lost all three of his matches played. A performance Becker blames on his off-season training. During November and December Zverev played a series of exhibition matches with Roger Federer across South America and China.

“He didn’t train enough during the winter break and came to Brisbane unprepared.” He said.
“We exchanged some serious words off the court and he took them to heart.’
“Of course I’m happy he had such success. This is also a confirmation for him that he belongs at the top of the world (in tennis).”
“But the competitors never sleep, that’s a never ending story. He has to confirm this again and again.”

So far in his career, Zverev has won 11 ATP titles and has been ranked as high as third in the world. His biggest triumph occurred towards the end of 2018 when he won the ATP Finals in London.

Reflecting on his Melbourne run last month, Zverev believes he managed to achieve the milestone thanks to a new approach he took to the event. Instead of looking at the whole tournament, he narrowed his focus to match-by-match.

“I went here in a different way. I went match by match. Didn’t look very far. I just knew I had opponents in front of me. I had to play well to beat them. That was it.” He said last month. “Whenever I won, I’d sit down in the locker room and somebody told me who I’m playing next.’
“I went step by step, match by match. Usually I [haven’t done] that in Grand Slams.”

Zverev will return to action next week at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. A tournament where he finished runner-up 12 months ago. Becker believes his compatriot could do some damage on the hard courts over the coming weeks with two prestigious North American events taking place next month in Indian Wells and Miami.

“The next tournaments are on hard courts in America. He will play there as well. There he can take a lot of points.” Becker concluded.

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