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VIDEO: Novak Djokovic To Lock Horns With Nadal In Rome

Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Rafa Nadal - Roma 2019 (foto via Twitter, @InteBNLdItalia)

Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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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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