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Indian Wells Day 7 Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are all on Sunday’s schedule in the desert.

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Serena will have her second consecutive tough opponent in her Indian Wells draw. Roger and Rafa will both make their 2019 Indian Wells debuts in very winnable matches. And Novak Djokovic will take part in a doubles match that you could likely only see at Indian Wells.

 

Serena Williams (10) vs. Garbine Muguruza

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Their sixth meeting will be the first time they’ve ever played outside of a Major. Serena holds a 3-2 edge, with Muguruza’s only two victories coming on the terra baute of Roland Garros. Their other most memorable match was the 2015 Wimbledon final, which Serena won in straight sets. Serena is coming off a stellar victory over a very game Victoria Azarenka on Friday night, so she should be sharp for this Sunday afternoon encounter. Meanwhile Muguruza has really struggled with her confidence of late. She hasn’t won a title, or even advanced to a final for that matter, since taking the trophy in Monterrey almost a year ago. Also, Garbine has almost as many losses as wins in her career at Indian Wells. Muguruza is capable of defeating anyone when she’s on, but the evidence shows Serena is the favorite here.

Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini vs. Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov

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With this tournament spread over the span of two weeks, it’s a rare occasion where many singles players enter the doubles draws. The result is a unique and exciting matchup such as this. We have a 15-time Major singles champion teaming with one of the biggest characters on tour, who is an accomplished singles and doubles player. Their opponents are a 39-year-old doubles specialist, and a 19-year-old who rarely plays doubles. Of course neither duo has any history as a team, but both had strong victories in their opening rounds. Djokovic and Fognini took out another makeshift team of singles players in Milos Raonic and Jeremy Chardy, while Bopanna and Shapovalov upset the No.2 seeds, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Obviously Bopanna and Shapovalov have quickly clicked as a team based on that win over one of the ATP’s best and longest-standing teams. But Djokovic and Fognini are both top 20 singles players who are far from uncomfortable on the doubles court. Novak and Fabio are also two of the tour’s greatest showmen, and they’ll be eager to entertain what will surely be a packed house for the last match of the day on Stadium 2.

Other notable matches on Day 7

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  • Rafael Nadal (2) vs. American Wild Card Jared Donaldson, who is coming off a long injury lay-off
  • Simona Halep (2) vs. Kateryna Kozlova, a 25-year-old from the Ukraine
  • Roger Federer (4) vs. Peter Gojowczyk, a veteran from Germany
  • Elise Mertens (16), the champion in Doha just a few weeks ago, vs. Qiang Wang (18), who is at a career-high ranking thanks to 27 match wins over the past six months

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Beatriz Haddad Maia Provisionally Suspended After Testing Positive For SARMS

Top 100 player Beatriz Haddad Maia has been provisionally suspended after being caught under the ITF Anti-Doping Programme.

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World number 99 Beatriz Haddad Maia has been provisionally suspended by the ITF for testing positive for the drug SARMS. 

 

The incident in question involves the WTA 125k event in Bol, Croatia where the Brazilian’s urine sample was found to contain two types of the SARM drug.

Currently ranked 99, Haddad Maia lost in the opening round to Sara Sorriibes Tormo at the event in Croatia and with immediate effect has been suspended.

In their statement the ITF said that the 23 year-old had been suspended under article 8.1.3(c) of the Anti-Doping Programme.

“Ms. Haddad Maia, a 23-year-old player from Brazil, provided a urine sample on 4 June 2019 in association with her participation in the WTA Croatia Bol Open held in Bol, Croatia from 3 June to 9 June,” the ITF said in the statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain SARM S-22 and SARM LGD-4033 metabolite. SARM S-22 and SARM LGD-4033 are Non-Specified substances, which are prohibited under category S1 of the 2019 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme. Positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension.”

It is understood that Haddad Maia will appeal her case and is now the third Brazilian to be caught under the Anti-Doping programme after Thomaz Bellucci and Joao Souza.

Recently Haddad Maia had beaten former world number one Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon before losing to Harriet Dart in the next round.

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Jack Sock Feeling Refreshed Ahead Of Tennis Return In Atlanta

Jack Sock is feeling ready to go ahead of his return to Tennis in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.

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Jack Sock is feeling refreshed and raring to go as he looks to make his return to Tennis this week in Atlanta. 

 

After missing six months of action due to two torn ligaments in his thumb, Jack Sock is ready to make his return this week in Atlanta.

Although the injury was frustrating, Sock sees it as a blessing in disguise as he finished 2018 with a 8-22 record in singles, “It’s very unfortunate to get injured obviously, but I think it was potentially the biggest blessing in disguise for my career,” Sock told atptour.com.

“So to be able to take those months and get a new mentality, enjoy playing the sport again and get excited about playing and come back out, I’ll be ready to fire.” 

Even though Sock is making his return to action this week in singles and doubles, the American admits that it will take a while for the thumb to loosen up, “It’s still a little stiff,” Sock said.

“I was hoping to maybe start a little bit earlier than this and maybe have played a couple tournaments leading into the US Open Series, but you don’t realise how much you need your thumb in daily life and in tennis and how I hold it, the forehand was the last thing I was able to do.”

Now the two-time doubles grand slam champion is feeling refreshed and is looking forward to the challenge of being the underdog, “Overall I feel very refreshed. I’m excited to play again, which I haven’t been able to say that in a long time,” he explained.

“I’m definitely excited to get out there and compete again. I’m just going to go play tennis for the first time in a while. I’m just going to go be happy on the court and enjoy playing and I’ll be the underdog now, which will be nice.

“I’ll be the ranking underdog and be able to go out and play free and have a smile on my face. If I win, amazing. If I don’t win, I’m out there playing again. It’s not going to bother me.”

The 26 year-old is now 180 in the world in singles as he looks to reclaim some of the form that got him to the ATP World Tour Finals in 2017 and 2018 in doubles.

It will be a testing first round for Sock as he plays talented Serbian and Antalya finalist Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round at 7pm local time on Tuesday evening.

 

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Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg

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German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.

 

Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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