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Denis Shapovalov Hopes To Learn From ‘Enjoyable’ Federer Experience

Denis Shapovalov is hoping to learn from playing his idol Roger Federer after exiting the Miami Open.

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Denis Shapovalov is hoping to learn from the ‘enjoyable’ experience of playing Roger Federer after exiting the Miami Open.. 

 

It was a special moment for the Canadian last night after playing his idol Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Miami Open last night.

The moment is something Shapovalov will never forget but the result is something he will want to forget in a hurry after losing 6-2 6-4 in convincing fashion.

After a poor first set, the Canadian played better in the second set before Federer survived the storm to reach the final in Miami once again.

After the match Shapovalov described the experience as ‘enjoyable’ and is looking to learn from the occasion,Yeah, definitely, it’s always tough to lose, but, yeah, it’s definitely enjoyable to be out there with your idol on the court,” Shapovalov said in his press conference.

I was just trying to play as good as I can, and, you know, he did a good job today. He played an excellent match.  I wasn’t able to kind of stay at his level. So, you know, I’m just going to try to learn from this and move forward.”

Despite the result last night, reaching his first Masters 1000 semi-final is something to be proud of and after an inconsistent 18 months, the Canadian finally put his game together this week.

The 19 year-old also acknowledged that he wasn’t playing at his 100% best but credited the 20-time grand slam champion for causing that,Honestly I don’t think I was able to play at 100% at my level today, but, you know, that’s why he’s so good,” Shapovalov explained.

You know, he didn’t let me kind of get into my groove and get into my game. That’s just, you know, it shows how experienced and how good he is.”

Next up for Shapovalov is the clay-court season, which is something that could favour the Canadian as he suggested in his press conference, “Honestly, yeah, it’s kind of a good part of the season for me. I think I have proven myself on the dirt. I see that I can play on it and beat good players on it.”

The first tournament of Shapovalov’s clay-court season is the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which starts on the 15th of April.

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Mikhail Kukushkin beat Italian Next Gen star Jannick Sinner in St. Petersburg

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Mikhail Kukushkin beat 18-year-old Italian 18-year-old Italian Next Gen rising star Jannick Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Kukushkin fended off nine of the eleven break points he faced.

 

Sinner, who turned 18 last month and received a wild-card to take part at the next November’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, did not convert three break points in the first game, but Kukushkin saved them to hold his first game.

Kukushkin, who won his only title in St.Petersburg in 2010, was the first to break serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sinner earned three break points but Kukushkin fended them off. Sinner saved a break point in the eighth game but Kukushkin served out the opening set on his first set point.

Kukushkin went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead, Sinner converted his second break-back point to draw level to 2-2. Kukushkin got a break lead for the second time but Sinner rallied from the break down for the second time to draw level to 4-4. Sinner earned set point at 5-4 to force a decider, but Kukushkin saved it to draw level to 5-5. Kukushkin got a mini-break in the tie-break to win the tie-break 7-4.

Adrian Mannarino, who won his first ATP Tour title in s’Hertogenbosch, beat Stefano Travaglia 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. Travaglia held his first two service games at love and broke serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Mannarino converted his first break-back point for 3-4. Both players held their serve to draw level to 5-5. Travaglia saved a break point, but he made two double faults to drop his serve in the 11th game for 5-6. Mannarino served out the first set on his first point.

Travaglia saved a break point at the start of the second set, but Mannarino converted his second chance.

Travaglia earned two break-back points in the second game but did Mannarino saved them to open up a 2-0 lead. Mannarino went up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the sixth game to race out to a 5-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point.

 

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Andy Murray To Play Four Tournaments In A Row Following Shanghai Wild Card

It is going to be a busy few week’s for the British player as he continues his comeback to the tour.

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The comeback of former world No.1 Andy Murray is gaining momentum after he received a wild card into the most high-profile men’s tournament in China.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion has been given entry into the Shanghai Masters, which will get underway on October 5th. Murray is one of only three players to have won the title three or more times. His last triumph was back in 2016 when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. That was also the last time the Brit played in the tournament after being hampered by a serious hip injury over the past two years.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past.” Murray said in a statement.
“Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it’s great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive.”

Murray is continuing his return to the tour after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this season. The second operation he has had on his hip in as many years. So far in his singles comeback, the 32-year-old has lost his opening matches in Cincinnati (to Richard Gasquet) and Winston-Salem (to Tennys Sandgren). He is currently ranked 415th in the world.

“We are delighted to have Andy return to the tournament where he has been so successful,” Shanghai tournament director Michael Luevano said. “He is incredibly popular with our fans and we are all thrilled to see him back on the courts and heading to Shanghai.’
“He has been through a lot physically in recent times so to see him back doing what he loves is very rewarding for everyone in tennis.”

The addition of Shanghai to his schedule means Murray will play four tournaments in four weeks across two continents. He will also play at events in Zhuhai (ATP 250) and Beijing (ATP 500) prior to the Masters tournament. Then the week after, he will return to Europe to play at the European Open (ATP 250) in Antwerp, Belgium.

Murray is hoping to return back to his top form. So far in his career, he has won 45 titles on the ATP Tour and spent 41 consecutive weeks as world No.1.

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Borna Coric Opens Up About Split With Coach

The Croatian No.1 has criticised his ex-mentor for working with Maria Sharapova earlier this year.

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Borna Coric has said he had differences of opinion with his former coach ‘for some time’ before they decided to go their separate ways.

 

The world No.15 has shed light on the reasons behind his decision to part ways with Riccardo Piatti earlier this month. The two have worked together since 2017. Under Piatti’s guidance, Coric won the biggest title of his career in Halle last year. However, he hasn’t won any more silverware since then.

“There have been differences for some time, since the beginning of the year.” Coric said earlier this week.
“They reached the pinnacle at the US Open, after which we all sat around a table and decided to interrupt the collaboration.”

Piatti is a renowned coach in the world of men’s tennis and has worked with many top names. Including Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic. He also has his own academy in Italy, where he spent some time with Maria Sharapova during the summer and supported her during the US Open. Something that has been criticised by Coric.

“We can say that, it certainly did not help to resolve the differences and made the situation worse.” He commented on Piatti’s work with Sharapova.
“This was one of the main reasons. He is following several projects and could no longer focus fully on me. Given this and the previous divergences, we assessed that the separation was the best option.” Coric added.

The 22-year-old is hoping to end the year on a high after another injury setback. At the US Open he was forced to withdraw from the second round due to a back injury. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 23-15. Coric’s best runs so far in 2019 were at Doha and s-Hertogenbosch where he reached the semi-finals of both tournaments.

Coric is set to return to action next week in St. Petersburg, where he will be the fourth seed.

“Regardless of the situation, I have to try to make the most of this season . I am working hard in anticipation of the return to the field in St. Petersburg.” He concluded.

For the rest of the season Coric will be coached by Antonio Veic. Although there is a chance that more members will be added to his team in the near future.

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