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The Indian Wells Main Draw could feature potential blockbuster third round clashes (Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka).

 

This year’s Australian Open winner and five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic could clash against Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster third-round match at Indian Wells in the Californian desert, the first Masters 1000 tournament of the season.

Djokovic will play in his first tournament since his seventh triumph at last January’s Australian Open. The Serbian player will face a qualifier in the second round before facing Kyrgios, who beat Alexander Zverev in the final of the Acapulco Abierto Mexicano after a three-set win over Rafael Nadal in the third round. The Australian player beat Djokovic in both of his head-to-head matches against the world number 1 player and beat the Serb two years ago in the Round of 16 at Indian Wells.

Kyrgios will clash against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or this year’s Australian Open doubles champion Pierre Hugues Herbert.

Djokovic and Kyrgios have been drawn in the same quarter as Gael Monfils, who has returned to the top 20 for the first time since July 2017 after winning the final in Rotterdam against Stan Wawrinka and reaching the semifinal in Dubai, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the tie-break of the third set.  This quarter of the draw also features last year’s Indian Wells semifinalist Borna Coric, Reilly Opelka and last year’s Hamburg and Beijing champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In the second quarter of the draw Alexander Zverev could take on his elder brother Misha in the second round. The Zverev brothers won the doubles title as a team in Acapulco last week. Misha will open against Martin Klizan in the first round. Alexander beat Misha in their first head-to-head clash in Washington last August. Zverev could face Grigor Dimitrov in a possible re-match of the clash they played in 2016 at Indian Wells where the German beat his Bulgarian rival 6-4 3-6 7-5. Zverev could face Milos Raonic in the Round of 16 and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter final. The Greek star, who won his first title of the year in Marseille and finished runner-up in Dubai to Roger Federer, could take on this year’s Rio de Janeiro finalist Felix Auger Aliassime in an all-Next Gen second round clash, if the young Canadian will beat last week’s Acapulco semifinalist Cameron Norrie from Great Britain

In the third quarter five-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer will open his campaign against either Italy’s Andreas Seppi or Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the second round before a blockbuster third round against either his compatriot Stan Wawrinka or Marton Fucsovics. Federer beat Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final in 2017 to claim his fifth title in the Californian desert. The two Swiss players clashed three times at Indian Wells in 2011, 2013 and 2017. Federer leads 21-3 in his 24 head-to-head matches against Wawrinka and dropped just one of the seven sets played against his compatriot at Coachella Valley.

Federer could face Fabio Fognini in the Round of 16 and either Kei Nishikori or Marin Cilic in the quarter final. Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe have been drawn in the same section of the draw as Federer. Tiafoe, who reached the Australian open quarter final this year, will play against Nicholas Jerry before a possible clash against 2018 Australian Open semifinal against Kyle Edmund. Shapovalov will face either Taylor Fritz or Steve Johnson.

The Swiss Maestro lifted the 100th title of his career last week beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a straight-set final.

In the fourth quarter last year’s Miami Open champion John Isner could meet either Karen Khachanov or Tomas Berdych in the fourth round. Khachanov has a win-loss record of 4-5 this and has not won a top-60 player this year.

Rafael Nadal could start his Indian Wells campaign against either US Jared Donaldson or a qualifier in the second round before possible matches against Danil Medvedev in the fourth round and John Isner in the quarter final before a possible super semifinal against Federer.

Juan Martin Del Potro will not defend his title because a knee injury. Only five players have won the Indian Wells since 2003 (the Big Three Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic and Juan Martin Del Potro).

In the doubles tournament US twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan will be bidding to win their third title at Indian Wells after winning their first title of the season in Delray Beach. Bob and Mike Bryan will face a tough first round against Karen Khachanov and Danil Medvedev.

John Isner, who won this tournament last year alongside Jack Sock, will team up with his compatriot Sam Querrey. The US team will face Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, whowill be be bidding to win their seventh Masters 1000 title. The French doubles team triumphed at Indian Wells in 2016.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will face Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna in a tough first round. The line-up also features this year’s Australian Open finalist Henri Kontninen and John Peers. Kontinen won the Rotterdam doubles title with Jeremy Chardy. Novak Djokovic will team up with Fabio Fognini.

 

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini join impressive line-up at Mouratoglou’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Last year’s ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2019 US Open champion Matteo Berrettini are the latest addition to the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, the tennis exhibition tournament organized by Patrick Mouratoglou in his Academy in Southern France.

 

“I like this approach. It’s a different concept. It looks very fresh and modernised. I like when there is a technical evolution, not just in tennis”, said Tsitsipas to Alizé Lim in Major Talk.

The line-up features an impressive line-up that includes Felix Auger Aliassime, David Goffin, Alexei Popiryn, Lucas Pouille, Dustin Brown, Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire. Mouratoglou will announce the 10th player soon. UTS organizers promised that the remaining player to take part in this tournament would be a top 10 player.

The tournament will start on 13th June and will take place during the weekends. It will consist of 50 matches in a round-robin format.

“I am looking forward to connecting with my fans virtually and taking part in this new experience. From 13th June live tennis returns. Like never before”, posted Tsitsipas on his twitter account.

 No fans will be in attendance, but Mouratoglou has spoken of his desire to have technology aid in fan interaction.

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All 1000 tickets for the Adria Tour are sold out

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All 1000 tickets for the charity sports event “Adria Tour” have been sold in record seven minutes. The tournament will feature three top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

 

The tournament organised by Novak Djokovic will make its debut from 12 to 14 June. The exhibition tournament will also feature three legs in Zadar (20-21 June), Montenegro (27-28 June) and Banja Luka (3-4 July) and an exhibition match between Novak Djokovic and Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo on 5 July.

According to the company Ticket Vision, which was officially selling the tickets on their website and at box offices, the public interest for the tournament, which will be held in Belgrade from 12th JUne to 14th June in Belgrade, was incredible. For all those, who did not manage to get the tickets, we have good news, we have decided to release another 1000 tickets on Friday, while respecting the recommended measures of safety and appropriate social distance of at least one metre between spectators.

Organizers also announced that they would release another 1000 tickets for the two days and follow recommended measures of safety and appropriate social distance of at least one metre between spectators.

According to local press, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic said that organizers are planning to have 4500 fans. Ivanisevic is helpiing organize the tournament in Zadar (Croatia). Croatian players Marin Cilic and Borna Coric will also play in the Adria Cup.

“The tournament will be played on clay. We were ready for hard court, but Djokovic’s team still decided for clay. We are waiting for the final confirmation of the number of fans that will be allowed to us. It will be a stadium for nine thousand people that will be installed this week. I hope that it will allow us half of that capacity for the audience to see the best players in the world. This is a great opportunity to show Zadar and Croatia in a beautiful light, as a corona-free country and invite tourists. Zadar proved to be not only a basketball city but also a tennis city with those Davis Cup matches that it organized incredibly. I have no doubt that this organization will go well and that all our guests and tennis players, who come from outside will extremely satisfied”, said Ivanisevic.

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Riccardo Piatti: “I have already spoke with Carlos Moya. I would like Jannik Sinner to train with Rafael Nadal”

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Riccardo Piatti said in a recent interview to Italian website Sportface that he would like Jannik Sinner to train with 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at his Tennis Academy in Manacor. Piatti, who worked with Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic and Maria Sharapova in the past, has already contacted Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.

 

Sinner has already practiced with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexei Popyrin. The 18-year-old Italian player qualified for his first Grand Slam Main Draw last August at the US Open before becoming the youngest male player in five years to reach the semifinal of an ATP tournament in Antwerp. Last November the Italian teenager beat Alex De Minaur in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

“I take Jannik from time to time with Popyrin and Tsitsipas. Now Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka will be also arriving in Monte-Carlo. I already spoke to Carlos Moya because I want to take him to Monte-Carlo. Since there are no tournaments, I try to simulate training matches with some of the best players on the circuit, so that he learns things and manages to adapt to his style of play. He can learn by playing against better players than him. Jannik had a lot of time to work physically. In the field, we worked on the service to increase the rotation of the shoulders. He must have all the rotations and all angles. He has started to become a service player, not always pulling hard, but choosing the are well”, said Piatti.

Piatti thinks that this phase in Sinner’s career will continue for three years.

“Jannik was used to play three days a week before he was 14 years old. He still in a maturity phase that will last apparently three years. He has a lot of tennis to play. He has an enormous capacity to vary the rhythm with the reverse, in addition, of having a volley that is technically very good. Obviously he has many good things and he has other bad ones, and is very frustrated in games when things do not go as he would like. That menatlity will change with the passing of the years, but we can say that  Sinner is on the right track to do great things in this sport”

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