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Rafael Nadal Optimistic After Downing Duckworth To Get First Win Of 2019 At Australian Open

The second seed reflected on his recent misfortunes following his opening win at Melbourne Park.

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Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal has begun his Australian Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, win over James Duckworth in the first round.

 

Nadal, who last won the Melbourne title back in 2008, was playing in his first ATP match since September. The Spaniard has been sidelined from action due to issues with both his knee and abdomen. Then in November he underwent minor surgery on his ankle before being ruled out of the Brisbane International earlier this month with a leg issue.

Despite his recent woes, Nadal battled his way past the heavy-hitting Duckworth. Hitting 38 winners and breaking his opponent six times during the match. It was however by no means a straightforward task. Duckworth applied pressure onto Nadal throughout as he came to the net no fewer than 71 occasions.

“It is always not easy to comeback to competition after a lot of months. Especially playing against a player that played super aggressive in each shot.” Nadal said following his win.
“He went onto the court with the determination of not hitting too many balls from the baseline and it was difficult to find a rhythm.”
“I’m very happy to be through. It is also difficult to start after an injury.”

Nadal encountered a blip towards the end of the match. After breaking midway through the third set on route to a 5-3 lead, a poor service game allowed the Australian to claw his way back to level 5-5. Nevertheless, Nadal soon thwarted the threat. As Duckworth serve to stay in the match, a double fault handed Nadal two match points. He converted his first with the help of a winning backhand passing shot.

Seeded second in the draw, Nadal has insisted that his body is in a ‘good form.’ The 32-year-old has had a turbulent time when it comes to hard-court tournaments in recent months. Prior to the Australian Open, he had either withdrawn or retired from 12 out of 13 tournaments he has entered into on the surface. The only exception was the Rogers Cup, which he won last summer.

“It was a sad decision that I had to take to not play in Brisbane. I was there and ready to play, but I had a small injury issue with my leg. So the doctor didn’t allow me to go on court even if I wanted to. This happens when you’re coming back.” He reflected.
“I’m just trying to be better and better every day. This is what I’m doing. I think I had a really good week of practice before this tournament.”

Nadal will play Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff or Matthew Ebden in round two.

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.

 

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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