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Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport Back Djokovic To Break All-Time Grand Slam Record

The two former players speak out about Djokovic’s chances of becoming the most decorated male singles player in grand slam history.

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Two former world No.1 players believe Novak Djokovic has the ability to break Roger Federer’s record for most grand slam titles won in history.

Newly appointed chairwoman of the USTA Foundation, Chris Evert, believes Djokovic has the ability to achieve the milestone following his resurgence on the tour. Since Wimbledon, the Serbian has won 21 consecutive matches in grand slam tournaments. Should he win the French Open later this year, he would be the champion of all four majors at the same time. Something he has already achieved between 2015-2016.

“Djokovic was inhuman during the Australian Open. I’ve never seen anybody with that much mental focus, that much clarity and that much determination.” Evert told The Tennis Channel. “Even better than Rafael Nadal, who is also 100% great in those categories. If he has another great two or three years, I think he can pass them all (grand slam titles won).” She added.

Federer, who is six years older than Djokovic, currently holds the all-time record in the majors with 20 titles to his name. Including a record eight Wimbledon trophies. His last triumph at a major was in Melbourne in January 2018. Since then, Federer has failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage at any other grand slam.

“I’m a big Roger Federer fan, but I’m not as optimistic about Roger winning another grand slam, unless it is Wimbledon.” Evert admitted. “The points are shorter, power plays a big role and serving plays a big role.”

Backing Evert, Lindsay Davenport is another person who believes Djokovic can overtake Federer. Davenport won 55 titles during her career on the WTA Tour, including three at grand slam level.

“I think so. The other two (Federer and Nadal) has never hold all four (grand slams) at the same time. Novak is one slam away from doing it twice.” Davenport outlined. “It’s just unheard of that we have a player that are that good within the same era.”

What has Djokovic said?

Speaking to reporters last month in Australia, the 31-year-old said breaking records is what motivates him in the sport. Shortly after his one-sided win over Nadal in the final at the Australian Open, Djokovic said he was focused on improving his game further.

“I am aware that making history of the sport that I truly love is something special. Of course, it motivates me. How many seasons are to come? I don’t know. I’m not trying to think too much in advance.” He said.
“I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have – mental, physical, emotional – so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record. It’s still far.”

It isn’t just the Federer record on his mind. According to coach Marian Vajda, he is hoping to achieve the calendar grand slam one day. Where a player win all four majors within the same season. The achievement is a rarity in men’s tennis. In the Open Era, it has only been achieved by Rod Laver back in 1969.

“Novak would like to win the calendar grand slam, to win all four of the biggest tournaments in the same year.” Vajda told Sport Klub.

When asked about emulating Laver one day, Djokovic was more coy about his aspirations.

“Well, I got to get Rod Laver in my team in order to achieve that,” Djokovic said. “He’s the only one that has managed to do the impossible challenge, the ultimate challenge of tennis.
“We’ll see.”

Most grand slam titles won (men only)

Rank Player Total Years Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Roger Federer 20 2003–2018 6 1 8 5
2  Rafael Nadal 17 2005–2018 1 11 2 3
3  Novak Djokovic 15 2008–2019 7 1 4 3
4  Pete Sampras 14 1990–2002 2 0 7 5
5  Roy Emerson 12 1961–1967 6 2 2 2
6  Rod Laver 11 1960–1969 3 2 4 2
 Björn Borg 11 1974–1981 0 6 5 0
8  Bill Tilden 10 1920–1930 0 0 3 7

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Ugo Humbert stuns Borna Coric to advance to the quarter final in Marseille

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French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert upset world number 12 Borna Coric 6-3 6-3 at the Open 13 in Marseille scoring the biggest win of his career.

Humbert broke three times in the third game of the first set and twice in the third and ninth games of the the second set to reach his first ATP quarter final.

Humbert, who won the Challenger title in Cherbourg, converted three of his eight break points. The young French player held his serve in the first game before earning three break points in the second game, but Coric saved them.

The Frenchman got the first break in the fourth game with a volley winner and fended off a break point in the next game. The Frenchman saved a break point, as he was serving for the first set at 5-3 and sealed the first set with a good serve.

In the second set Humbert broke serve in the third set and sealed the second set with another break, when Coric made a backhand error.

Humbert will face German qualifier Matthias Bachinger, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 in 77 minutes. Bachinger saved eight of the nine break points and broke three times.

David Goffin beat Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 after 63 minutes to reach his first quarter final since Cinicinnati last year.

“My level was good, very positive. The atmosphere was great, and it’s always easier when you are not the favourite. This was the first time I played a player ranked that high. I was able to stay calm and play well”,said Humbert.

 

Goffin won five consecutive points in the sixth game to break serve after a backhand error from Paire. Goffin got another break in the eighth game to close out the first set after another error from Paire.

Paire broke serve in the third game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead. Goffin broke back in the sixth game at love to draw level to 3-3.

Goffin converted his sixth break point in the eighth game and held serve at love in the eighth game with a service winner at 5-3 to close out the match securing his spot in the quarter finals, where he will face Gilles Simon.

Andrey Rublev edged Matteo Berrettini 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 31 minutes to avenge his last year’s defeat against the Italian player in Gstaad. Rublev, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round, broke serve in the second game and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-3.

Rublev broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Berrettini broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Rublev won the tie-break 7-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final, where he will face Mikhail Kukushkin, who beat Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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Following Career-Best Win, Félix Auger-Aliassime Achieves Another Milestone In Rio

The former US Open boy’s champion is a win away from reaching the semi-finals of a ATP Tour event for the first time in his career.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime’s week at the Rio Open keeps getting better and better.

The 18-year-old Canadian began his campaign at the tournament on Tuesday with a shock straight sets win over second seed Fabio Fognini. The Italian veteran, who is currently ranked 16th in the world, is Auger-Aliassime’s biggest win in terms of ranking. Furthermore, that sole victory has ensured that the Canadian will break into the top 100 next week for the first time in his career.

Continuing his momentum at the tournament, Auger-Aliassime followed up on his first round triumph by defeating Chile’s Christian Garin 7-5, 6-4, in the second round. Hitting 27 winners to 31 unforced errors. Auger-Aliassime will now play in only his second quarter-final on the ATP Tour and his first in a 500 event.

“It’s been good, I didn’t know what to expect when I got here, hadn’t won many matches this year. I knew I was playing well from the practices. I thought I had the chance to have tournaments like these. I came in, believed in my game and it’s paying off now. I was able to stay strong physically and mentally at these conditions,” tournament website rioopen.com quoted the Next Gen star as saying.

Wildcard Auger-Aliassime has been tipped as a future star in the sport since his teenage years. At the age of 14 he qualified for the main draw of a Challenger event for the first time. He is a former US Open boys champion and is one of the youngest players of all time at win a Challenger title at the age of 16 years and 10 months. In total, the Canadian currently has four Challenger titles to his name.

Awaiting Auger-Aliassime in the next round will be another rising star on the men’s tour. Spain’s Jaume Munar prevailed in a marathon clash against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie. The Spaniard required almost three-and-a-half hours to defeat Norrie 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(4).

“It’s probably the toughest game I’ll have to play so far this week. Munar has been playing good, having good results. He already beat me two times on clay last year so I’m expecting a tough match. But I believe in myself and I know I have what it takes to beat a guy like him”, Auger-Aliassime said about his upcoming opponent.

In their head-to-head, Auger-Aliassime is yet to defeat Munar after losing to him twice last year.

Following a series of shocks, there are only one seeded player remaining in the Rio Open draw. That is fifth seed Joao Sousa, who will play his second round match on Thursday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in Marseille

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Hungary’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 after just 59 minutes in a match between two Next Gen players at the Open 13 in Marseille to score his first win in his third appearance in the French tournament

Tsitsipas had already beaten Hurkacz at last November’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The Greek star, who reached the Australian Open semifinal last January, converted his second break point chance in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. He earned back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games to seal the second set 6-2, when Hurkacz fired his forehand into the tramline.

“It was a good match. I enjoyed it. I am moving on. It is nice to start so well. It was a no-trouble match. Everything went smooth. Breaks happened when they had to happen. It was a solid match”, said Tsitsipas.

Mikhail Kukushkin upset Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in 82 minutes. The Kazakh player earned his break in the seventh game for 4-3 en route to winning the first set 6-4. Kukushkin saved two break in the fourth game of the second set, which went on serve with no breaks until the tie-break. Kukushkin won the first four points to win the tie-break 7-4.

Gilles Simon rallied from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 4-6 6-4 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final where he will face either David Goffin or Benoit Paire. Gojowczyk sealed the first set 6-4 with his only break in the 10th game. Simon converted his second break chance in the third game to win the second set 6-4. Simon broke twice at love in in the first and fifth games to win the decisive set 6-2.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Ernests Gulbis 6-3 7-6 (7-3). German qualifier Matthias Bachinger fought back from one set down to beat Steve Darcis 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and three minutes.

 

 

 

 

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