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Denis Shapovalov: “I expect a tough match against Marin Cilic”

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Canadian Next Gen star Denis Shapovalov beat US Steve Johnson 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where he will face Marin Cilic.

 

World number 25 Denis Shapovalov hit eight aces, won 91% of his first serve points and dropped only four first serve points. The young Canadian player earned a break in each set (one in the eighth game of the first set and another in the third game of the second set) and saved a break point in two of his final three service games to secure his spot in the third round.

“I stayed really composed in my match today. I think the level was really high from both of us. It was just fun to play in that atmosphere. There were so many Canadian fans. I felt like I was playing in Canada. It was a great environment, a great match, and I am happy with everything”, said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov will face 2014 US Open champion and three-time Grand Slam finalist Marin Cilic, who beat Dusan Lajovic 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 33 minutes.

“Obviously it’s a tough match. I have not thought too much about it. I played against him once before. He is a tough player. He was playing really well, so I am expecting a battle. I feel good. I am looking forward to it”, said Shapovalov about his next match against Cilic.

The Croatian player converted four of his six break points. Cilic went up a double break in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead. Lajovic pulled one break back in the fifth game and held his service game to 15 to claw his way back to 2-4. Lajovic saved seven break points to hold his serve at the seventh deuce in the eighth game for 3-5. Cilic served out the first set at 15 in the 10th game. Cilic went up a set and a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Lajovic broke straight back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Cilic got another break in the seventh game and held his serve at 15 to open up a 5-3 lead. Cilic had to save three break points before serving out the match on the fourth deuce in the 10th game. The Croat won 77 % of his first serve points.

 

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Janko Tipsarevic continues his come-back with a straight set win over Peter Gojowczyk in Geneva

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Wild card Janko Tipsarevic beat last year’s finalist Peter Gojowczyk 7-5 7-5 after 1 hour and 43 minutes at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open in Geneva

 

Gojowczyk fended off three break points at 2-2 in the first set and broke serve in the eighth game to open up a 5-3 lead. Tipsarevic reeled off 16 of the next 20 points to close out the opening set 7-5.

Tipsarevic bounced back from 1-4 down by winning six of the final seven games to score his fourth win at ATP level since the 2017 US Open.

Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien overcame Andreas Seppi 6-1 3-6 6-4 after 1 hour and 52 minutes. Dellien converted four of his six break points and got a crucial break at 5-4 in the third set.

Radu Albot battled past Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 54 minutes to score his 17th win this season. Albot fended off a set point in the 10th game converting his sixth break back chance. Sonego earned another set point at 6-5 in the tie-break, but he dropped the next three points to lose the first set. The second set went on serve with no breaks of serve until the tie-break. Albot clinched the tie-break 7-3.

Nicolas Jarry beat Matthew Ebden 6-2 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 2 minutes. The Chilean player fought back 1-4 down to win the second set tie-break 7-4.

Another Chilean player Taro Daniel edged past Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-4 3-6 6-3 after 1 hour and 56 minutes to secure his spot in the second round where he will face this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin.

Denis Kudla came back from losing the set to beat Jordan Thompson 5-7 6-2 6-4. Kudla got five breaks and saved 8 of the 11 break points he faced. The US player got the decisive break to take a 4-3 lead in the third set.

 

 

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Richard Gasquet saves two match points to beat his compatriot Maxime Janvier in Lyon

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet saved 19 of the 22 break points and 2 match points to battle past his compatriot Maxime Janvier 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-2) in an all-French first round after 2 hours and 44 minutes at the Open Parc Auvergne Rhone Alpes in Lyon.

 

Gasquet converted his third break point in the first game of the opening set. Janvier broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gasquet saved two break points in the 10th game and three more chances in the 12th game. Janvier sealed the tie-break on his third set point to win the tie-break 7-5.

Gasquet broke twice in the sixth and eighth game to win the second set 6-2 forcing the match to the third set. Gasquet broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Janvier broke back in the ninth game and held his service game to draw level to 5-5. Both players traded breaks in the next two games setting up a second tie-break. Gasquet sealed the tie-break 7-2 on the first of his four match points.

Gasquet underwent groin surgery last January and played just three matches in 2019.

“It was very tough. He is a great player. He is very powerful. He played well, he served good. It was very tough for me, but I tried my best. It’s only my fourth match in 2019, so it’s tough for me, but I will try to recover as soon as I can. I tried my best and it’s great for me to win”, said Gasquet.

Taylor Fritz beat Jiri Vesely 7-5 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 38 minutes without facing any break points.

Pierre Hugues Herbert dropped just five of his first service points in his 6-2 7-5 win over Jeremy Chardy.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert cruised past Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-3 setting up a second round match against Felix Auger Aliassime. Humbert broke a four match losing streak to reach the second round. In his previous tournaments he reached the semifinal in Marseille, but he lost in the first round at Indian Wells and Miami, Marrakesh and Munich.

“I am very happy as it’s been a while since I played this well on clay. I know I can do it”, said Humbert.

French wild card Tristan Lamassime edged Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 6- 7-6 (7-5).

Canadian qualifer Steven Diez was leading over Bernard Tomic 6-4 4-1 when the Australian player withdrew from the match due to illness.

 

 

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Andy Murray ‘Kind Of On Track’ For Recovery And Potential Return To Tennis

The brother of the former world No.1 has spoken out about Murray’s chances of returning back to the tour.

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Andy Murray (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is focused on his rehab with no indication yet of when will return back to the tour, according to his brother Jamie.

 

The former world No.1 hasn’t played a match since his first round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in January. Murray has been blighted by hip problems over the past two years and admitted he could be forced to retire from the sport. Earlier this year, he underwent hip resurfacing surgery in his latest attempt to prolong his career. A procedure which involves inserting a metal rod into the joint.

Murray has kept out of the limelight in recent weeks, but has been spotted hitting balls on the court once again. Giving an update on his brother’s recovery, Jamie said he is hopeful Murray will return to the tour. Jamie spoke with reporters on Sunday during an exhibition event to test the new roof on Court One at Wimbledon, which will be used for the first time this year.

“I hope so. I’m pretty sure he wants to be able to do that again at some point.” World No.7 doubles player Jamie told reporters.
“He’s doing his rehab, I think he’s kind of on track with his recovery for where he is in terms of the timing of it right now, and I think his goal is just rehab, get his hip as strong as possible so that when he does get the chance to get back out on court and train properly, he’s best positioned to really find out what is going to be possible for him.”

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Elaborating further, Jamie said the two-time Wimbledon winner is ‘pain-free’ and happier. Although he is yet to properly test his hip on the court in terms of movement. Since the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Murray has only been able to play in eight tournaments.

“He’s hitting a few tennis balls. He’s not like tanking it around the court or anything like that movement-wise, but that is what he is building up to and I don’t know exactly when that will happen.” He said.
“He’s doing fine, pain-free and a lot happier. So we’ll have to just wait and see. It’s just difficult to know what is going to be possible.”

Murray does currently have a wild card to play in the Fever-Tree Championships, which will start on June 16th. However, he will notify the tournament closer to the time if he will be ready in time to participate. The 32-year-old has a contract to play at The Queen’s Club for the rest of his career, unless injured or ill.

It has been speculated that Murray could return at Wimbledon to play in the doubles alongside his brother for the first time. However, Jamie has now played down the chances of that happening.

“For me, these are the peak years in my career and if I go to play Wimbledon with someone who hasn’t hit a tennis ball in eight months, I’m kind of giving up one of those years, so that’s a big decision for me to take.” He explained.
“Circumstances might dictate otherwise, but I want to give myself the best chance of winning the tournament. Normally I would have a good chance with Andy, but probably right now he’s not in his peak moment.”

So far in his career, Murray has won 45 ATP titles and has spent 41 consecutive weeks as world No.1.

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