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Roger Federer Praises Wawrinka After Scoring 22nd Win Over Him In Indian Wells

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer required less than an hour to book his place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open after easing to a 6-3, 6-4, win over Stan Wawrinka.

 

In what was a rematch of the 2017 final, the former world No.1 dictated proceedings and didn’t face a single break point throughout their encounter. Producing a total of 12 winners to nine unforced errors. Federer broke Wawrinka once in each set to book a place in the last 16 of the tournament for the 13th time in his career.

“I think I felt good from the beginning. The breeze picked up a little bit for the evening, I thought, but I didn’t feel like it had that much of a play in it.” Federer said afterwards.
“I think for me the plan worked. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be dangerous on the return. Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can’t always make it work.”
“Tonight it worked well, so I think it was a good match for me.” He added.

Despite the seemingly one-sided encounter in the desert, Federer believes his Swiss his rival is on the right road back to the top of the sport. In recent months Wawrinka has been on the comeback trail from a troublesome knee injury. Dropping outside the world’s top 250 last June, before rising back up to a current position of 40th. Wawrinka recently reached the final of the Rotterdam Open.

“I think he’s right there. I think maybe all he’s maybe missing is match play and a higher ranking so he can get some better seeding so he doesn’t have to face the toughest guy early on in tournaments.” Federer said of the 33-year-old.
“I think he’s ready to go. I thought he played great already in Cincinnati last year against me. He’s played some good matches since. He had a good Rotterdam. Acapulco, he played good from what I saw against Nick and again this tournament, too.”
“It’s just a matter of time until he’s going to break through again.”

Federer continues to dominate their head-to-head with his record now standing at 22-3. All three of his losses to Wawrinka have been on the clay with the last dating back to the 2015 French Open.

Following the shock exit of Novak Djokovic, the 37-year-old has a chance to claim a sixth title in Indian Wells. So he do so, he would become the most decorated singles player in the history of the men’s tournament. He already holds the record of most final appearances, which is eight.

Federer’s next test comes in the form of Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who is on a seven-match winning streak after recently winning a Challenger tournament in Indian Wells. The 22nd seed secured his place in the last 16 with a straight sets win over Delray Beach Open champion Radu Albot.

“I’ve gotten to know Kyle a little better through Laver Cup in Chicago. He’s a great guy to be around. I had once upon a time an appearance with him in London. I think he’s a really nice guy. Trains hard. He’s got good balance. Very similar backhand to Murray in some ways, also, by the technique of it. And the forehand really goes.” Federer evaluated.

Should Federer prevail over Edmund, it would be his 65th win in the tournament.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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