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Dominic Thiem Topples Weary Medvedev To Clinch Barcelona Title

The world No.5 is only the second player on the ATP Tour this year to win a second title after Roger Federer.

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Dominic Thiem - Madrid 2018 (foto @Gianni Ciaccia)

Dominic Thiem has ended his country’s 23-year wait for a champion at the Barcelona Open after defeating a lacklustre Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0, in the final.

 

The 25-year-old overcame a early blip to dominate proceedings at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 against his weary rival. Medvedev took an injury time out during the clash and his form deteriorated as the final progressed. Nevertheless, French Open finalist Thiem stuck to his game plan as he fired 15 winners and capitalized on 27 unforced errors from his rival. Rewarding him his ninth clay-court title and 13th overall on the ATP Tour.

“To win this tournament is such an honour for me because it’s one of the best of the year.” Thiem said during the trophy presentation. “I really love coming here (to Barcelona). Only the best players in the history of tennis have won here. Rafa 11 times and Thomas Muster twice, which is very special for me.”
“I like to thank my team. Every tournament win is a huge team effort and I would like to thank everybody who is here.” He added.

Following on from his win over Rafael Nadal, Thiem was very much the favourite heading into the final. However, Medvedev is a player not to underestimate. Not only has the world No.14 won more matches than any other player on the ATP Tour this season. He has already defeated Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Kei Nishikori on the clay this season.

Thiem soon found out the threat the Russian posed after a tentative start saw him fall behind 0-3. It wasn’t until 21 minutes into the match the Austrian managed to get onto a scoreboard during a game that changed the momentum of their encounter. Thiem’s use of slice to reduce the intensity of his opponents shot-making, along with some world-class dropshots, enabled him to fight back with interest as he went on a five-game winning streak to move ahead 5-3. Much to the annoyance of Medvedev, who took a medical time out late in the opening set to receive treatment on his right shoulder. Despite the brief break in proceedings, Thiem maintained his focus with the help of a deep forehand shot to clinch the 6-4 lead after 52 minutes of play.

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Extending his stronghold, Thiem broke immediately at the start of the second frame thanks to a nightmare service game from across the court. The wear and tear from playing so many matches in recent time began to took its too on Medvedev as the Russian began to leak errors. Resulting in Thiem breaking three times in a row for a chance to serve for the title. A task he achieved with ease with the help of a forehand volley at the net to claim the title.

“I tried my best, but Dominic was too good today.” Said Medvedev. “At one point during the second set to win one point was a big achievement for me.’
“Congratulations to you and your team. I think you’re having a good start to the year and all the best for the rest of the season.”

Thiem is the second Austrian to win the tournament since it was first played in 1953. Following in the footsteps of two-time champion Muster, who last triumphed back in 1996. He has now claimed 68 victories since the start of 2018, which is the joint-second most match wins on the tour.

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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Wimbledon Finalist Tomas Berdych To Retire

Details have been released about a ‘special announcement’ being made by the former world No.4 later this week.

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LONDON: It has been confirmed that Tomas Berdych will travel to London where he is expected to formally announce his retirement from tennis at the age of 34.

 

The former world No.4 will address his future in the sport during a media engagement at the ATP Finals on Saturday. An event he has played six times during his career with his last appearance being back in 2015. News of Berdych’s upcoming departure was first reported by the Czech newspaper Blesk, who contacted his father.

“I think it will be a great end on Saturday,” Blesk quoted Martin Berdych as saying.

In the aftermath of the media report, Berdych took to social media to confirm that he will be making an announcement. Although he did not specify as to what it will be. The Czech hasn’t played on the tour since his first-round loss at the US Open due to injury. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“Hey guys, if you want a surprise don’t watch any media or social networks, but I know it is impossible these days,” Berdych said in a video uploaded to his Twitter account. “I know, these little mistakes happen.”
“I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday where I’m going to be in London. But now it’s not even possible because it is all over (the news). It’s fine, more information is going to come on Saturday.” He added.

Speculation about Berdych’s retirement from the sport began to gain momentum in September following an interview with idnes.cz. Where he opened up about his struggles with both back and hip injuries.

Playing during the same era as the prestigious big Three of the sport (Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer), Berdych still managed to establish himself as one of the tour’s top players during his career. Winning 13 ATP titles in 32 finals he played in, including the 2005 Paris Masters. Berdych remains the youngest player in history to win a Masters 1000 title. He also finished seven consecutive seasons inside the world’s top 10 (2010-2016) and managed to remain inside the top 100 for an impressive 794 weeks (2004-2019).

Should Berdych retire on Saturday, he ends his career with 640 wins. Including 53 against top 10 opposition. He has featured in 61 grand slam main draws with his stand out performance being a run to the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.

Berdych has earned $29,491,328 in prize money. The ninth highest amount in the history of men’s tennis (as of 11th November 2019).

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 4 Preview: Medvedev Seeks Revenge Against Nadal

After a day of upsets in the Andre Agassi Group on Monday, will the surprises continue today?

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sascha Zverev were both 0-5 respectively against Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, yet both were victorious in the opening round.  Tsitsipas and Zverev will now compete to take the lead in the group, while Nadal and Medvedev compete the keep their advancement hopes alive. And for Rafa, the year-end No.1 ranking is also up for grabs between himself and Novak Djokovic.

 

Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Daniil Medvedev (4)

This is a rematch from the epic US Open final two months ago.  On that day in New York, Nadal was up two sets and a break, seemingly cruising to his 19th Major singles title.  But Medvedev would fight his way back to even the match, eventually succumbing to Rafa in a five-set, five-hour thriller.  Since that final, Nadal has battled multiple injuries, and has not completed any event he’s entered. Meanwhile the US Open was one of six straight consecutive finals for Medvedev, yet he’s now 0-2 over the past month.  Both Nadal and Medvedev admitted they were not at their best on Monday. Rafa is obviously not back to 100% after the abdominal injury he suffered in Paris less than two weeks ago. Jim Courier on Tennis Channel in the US said he’s never seen Nadal hit his forehand worse than he did on Monday.  And after taking some time off after his six straight finals, Medvedev has been struggling to rediscover his form, and said he’s been playing poorly in practice. Their only other previous match was also this summer, when Rafa dominated Daniil in the Rogers Cup final, dropping only three games. But judging by Rafa’s level against Zverev on Monday, I like Medvedev’s chances on an indoor hard court to secure his first win over Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (6) vs. Sascha Zverev (7)

This will be their fifth career meeting, with all of them occurring within the past 18 months.  Zverev claimed their first matchup last summer in Washington, but Tsitsipas has taken the last three, including most recently just last month in Beijing.  Their rivalry turned in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup last August, when Stefanos saved two match points in the second set tiebreak to come back and upset Sascha in three.  Tsitsipas has now won six of their last seven sets contested. While Zverev has been a better player since the Laver Cup in September, and served very well against Nadal on Monday, Sascha is still not quite at the level he reached a year ago when he won this event.  And Tsitsipas has been the much more confident competitor of the two throughout this year. Based on their head-to-head history and recent form, Tsitsipas should be favored to remain undefeated in the Andre Agassi Group. 

 

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