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Italian teenager Jannick Sinner becomes the first player born in 2001 to to clinch an ATP Tour win

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Seventeen-year-old Italian lucky loser Jannick Sinner overcame Mate Valkusz 6-2 0-6 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes to become the first player born in 2001 to clinch an ATP Tour win.

 

Jannik Sinner has won his first ATP Main Draw Tour match. He entered the Maid Draw as a lucky loser when Monte-Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic withdrew from the tournament due to an elbow injury.

Sinner went up a double break to open up a 4-0 lead. Valkusz pulled one break back at love in the seventh game, as Sinner was serving for the first set at love. Sinner sealed the first set with his third break in the eighth game after a double fault from Valkusz.

Valkusz broke three times to take a bagel win in the second set sending the match to the decider.

Sinner broke serve in the second game to race out to a 3-0 lead. Valkusz got the break back in the seventh game to claw his way back to 3-4. Sinner broke serve in the eighth and tenth games to seal the win with a forehand winner.

Sinner won an ATP Challenger in Bergamo and two Futures in Trento and Santa Margherita di Pula in 2019 and will break the top 300 for the first time in his career after starting the year as the world number 546.Sinner will take on Serbia’s Laslo Djere for a spot in the quarter final.

Sinner is coached by Andrea Volpini and trains at the Riccardo Piatti’s Tennis Centre in Bordighera.

Frenchman Pierre Hugues Herbert beat Matthias Bachinger 7-5 6-2 after 81 minutes to advance to the quarter final.

Bachinger earned a double break in the first and third games to race out to a 5-1 lead, but he wasted a set point at 5-2. Herbert won five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to clinch the first set 7-5.

Herbert reeled off four consecutive games with two breaks in the sixth and eighth games to win the second set 6-2.

Herbert will face world number 246 Attila Balasz, who stunned last year’s finalist John Millman 6-4 2-6 6-4 after two hours and two minutes to reach his first quarter final since Bucharest 2012, when he lost to Fabio Fognini in the semifinal. He made his come-back from injury after missing seven months due to a hip injury. He was sidelined for two years by serious injury problems and returned to action in August 2016 playing in the ATP Challenger Tour.

The Hungarian player, who beat Hubert Hurkacz in the first round, broke serve three times and saved seven of the nine brek points he faced. Balasz got a break in the fifth game and closed out the first set in the 10th game with a service winner. Millman won four consecutive games to take the second set 6-2 with two consecutive breaks in the sixth and eighth games.

Balasz fended off all six break points in the third set and broke twice in the first and seventh games to take a 5-2 lead. He served out the win after saving three break points in the eighth game.

Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas edged qualifier Yannick Maden 6-3 3-6 6-4 after 2 hours and seven minutes. Cuevas converted all his four break point chances. Cuevas broke twice in the third and ninth games to win the opening set 6-3. Maden earned an early break in the first game of the second set. Cuevas broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Maden won three consecutive game with two breaks to close out the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set. Cuevas got the decisive break in the third game of the decider. Cuevas will face last year’s Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic.

 

 

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Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.

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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.

 

Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

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Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

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Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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