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Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas Stumbles Into French Open Fourth Round

The two seeded players both encountered blips during their third round wins at Roland Garros.




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Alexander Zverev overcame another scare at the French Open on Saturday to progress to the fourth round of the tournament for the second year in a row.


Zverev, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros 12 months ago, struggled to maintain his consistency on the court against Dusan Lajovic in what was a rematch of their meeting at the same tournament in 2018. Like that occasion, Zverev was once again taken to five sets before prevailing 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.

It was almost like last year, Dusan is an incredible player who has played an insane clay court season, it was a very tough match and I am glad that I am further (into the tournament),” Zverev told Eurosport Germany. 

Racing to a two sets lead after 80 minutes of play, it looked as if Zverev was on course for a straightforward win. However, Lajovic capitalized on a dip in the form of the German player to revive his chances. Nevertheless, Zverev managed to get himself back on course in the decider with a dominant end to the match. Breaking Lajovic two times in a row on route to the win.

I did not hit well,” said the 22-year-old. “But then I played more aggressive with the return and made him run more – and so it went better with me.”

Zverev will play Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the next round in what promises to be a stern test. Fognini won the Monte Carlo Open earlier this year, where he defeated the world No.5. Their head-to-head is 2-1 in Zverev’s favour.

It is the fourth time in Zverev’s career that he has managed to reach the second week of a grand slam.

Tsitsipas through

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Stefanos Tsitsipas also endured a difficult route into the last 16 of the tournament. The sixth seed resumed his match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinović after it was postponed yesterday due to poor light. Heading into today, with a two-set lead, Tsitsipas struggled to find his range at times as he laboured his way to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), victory.

“It’s really tricky when you come back after a day. It’s something unusual, something you don’t do that often.” The world No.6 commented about the two-day clash.
“It’s very psychological. You tend to think about the match the whole time. It’s not easy for my nerves, patience and everything.’
“I’m glad I came back today, got support from the fans and got the job done.” He added.

It was the second match in a row when Tsitsipas has dropped a set. In round two he came back from a set down to defeat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien. He has now become the first player from his country to reach the fourth round of the French Open since Lazaros Stalios in 1936.

“My body didn’t feel the same today. I felt much lower. I don’t know why, but it’s important that I stay focused, despite having these difficulties today.” He admitted afterwards.

Tsitsipas will play either Grigor Dimitrov or Stan Wawrinka next.



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

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




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




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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