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Another Win, Another Milestone In The Career Of Felix Auger-Aliassime At Queen’s

The Canadian has become the youngest semi-finalist at Queen’s for 20 years.



Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada is is pictured in action during day four of ATP Fever-Tree Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 20, 2019.

LONDON: For two players who are in the early stages of their careers, a rivalry has already formed between them.


Stefanos Tsitsias was fully aware of the danger he faced against Canadian 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday at The Fever-Tree Championships. The youngest player to contest a quarter-final match at Queen’s since Marin Cilic back in 2007. As a junior, he lost all three of their meetings at prestigious events that include the US Open and the Eddie Herr International. Furthermore, Auger-Aliassime downed his Greek rival in straight sets earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

It is for this reason why Auger-Aliassime’s latest win over Tsitsipas is not as much of a shock as it appears. He may be ranked 15 places below Tsitsipas and yet to win an ATP title, but the rising star had all the answers during his 7-5, 6-2, win at Queen’s.

“I have zero expectations coming here,” Auger-Aliassime said following his latest victory. “Obviously I had a great week last week, but it is so much different coming here (to Queen’s).”
“I had three matches against amazing players that I could have lost, but I handled my nerves and kept my serve all the time. So it’s all good.”

There was little disparity between the two during the first half of the match with both players having their chances. Three games in, Tsitsipas saw two consecutive break points in his favor come and go. Heading into the business stage, leading 6-5, Auger-Aliassime pounced at the most critical time. Taking advantage of some tentative shot-making from across the court and hitting the ball deep, he broke for the first time to clinch the set.

Swiftly gaining momentum on the court, the world No.21 continued to frustrate and dismantle his opponents serve. Breaking once again at the start of the second set on route to a commanding 3-0 lead.

To add further to Tsitsipas’ woes, he required a medical time out for physio on his right shoulder. An indication that he was suffering from the aftermath of his marathon three-set clash with Jeremy Chardy on the day before.

The break had little impact on the outcome of the match. Continuing the dodge the bullets fired by Tsitsipas, the underdog rallied towards the finish line. Becoming the youngest player to reach the semi-finals of the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt back in 1999.

“I felt good from the start, I think he was playing well as well. I think he was serving good. It was key for me to save those break points early in the first set. Then be able to hold my serve throughout the set.” He evaluated his performance.
“I started an amazing way in the second. Aggressive, moving him around. I’m happy with the way I handled myself today to get through.”

Now boasting a career 5-0 head-to-head lead over Tsitsipas, Auger-Aliassime paid tribute to his opponent.

“I think he will be a great champion, he already is. He’s number six in the world, so if I can be at the top as well and fight for these titles against him. That will be great for both of us.” He said.

There will be little time to rest for Auger-Aliassime, who will play in the doubles later in the day. Partnered with Alex de Minaur, if they win that match they will take on Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez in the evening.

Medvedev wins

Earlier in the day, Daniil Medvedev eased his way into the semi-finals with a comprehensive 77-minute win over Deigo Schwartzman. A player who has only won one match on the grass on the ATP Tour prior to this week. Medvedev dictated from the onset against the Argentine as he broke four times, twice in each set, on route to the 6-2, 6-2, victory.

“It was a great match, but it wasn’t as easy as the score suggests. There were some tight games.” Medvedev told BBC Sport.
“I’m happy with my level and happy to be in the semi-finals.”

The 23-year-old is the first Russian player in history to reach the last four of Queen’s. Against Schwartzman, Medvedev hit 24 winners to 18 unforced errors.


Janko Tipsarevic retires from tennis



Janko Tipsarevic has announced that he will retire from professional tennis at the age of 35 next November. The Belgrade native enjoyed his best seasons in 2011, when he qualified for the ATP Finals, and in 2012, when he reached the quarter final at the US Open for the second consecutive year. In 2012 he reached the quarter final or better in 14 tournaments, including the semifinal at Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Toronto.


He reached his best ranking of world number 8 in April 2012 after qualifying for the quarter final in Miami. He won four titles in his career and reached the fourth round at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Australian Open.

He returned to action at the Australian Open last January after a long absence of 16 months following two harmstring surgeries. The Serbian player lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the first round at the Australian Open. Later this year he reached the quarter final in Houston.

Tipsarevic is planning after the Davis Cup finals in Madrid next November.

“It has been a great 16 years. After a lot of sour searching and thinking what is important to me in this stage of my life and what does make make me happy, I have decided to retire from professional tennis. My last competition will be the Davis Cup in Madrid. In the following years my focus will be my family, franchising our Tennis Academy and International coaching for several weeks per year. Thank you for your ongoing support”, announced Tipsarevic via social media.

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Intriguing Team-Ups Lure Eyes Doubles’ Way. Will They Stay For The Problems, Too?

Will the recent surge in high-profile double partnerships have any impact on the long term future of the discipline?



Cincinnati Open, Western and Southern Open, Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez
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In one of his press conferences at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Andy Murray said he would not be playing the US Open. His announcement came a day or so after his initial declaration that he would be playing only the two doubles events in the final Major of the season. A few things came out of Murray’s remarks. The first and the obvious was that the former world no. 1 was ready to give it his all (yet again) to play singles. The second, the understated aspect, was that doubles while seeming easy vis-à-vis singles required just as much focus, if not more. Then, there was a third.


In tennis’ continuity though, the relevance of the doubles game is not a recent epiphany. However, the last few tournaments of the 2019 season that featured some eclectic partnerships – Stefanos Tsitispas and Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, the Pliskova twins, Andy and Jamie Murray, and so on – has made doubles slightly more prominent than singles.

Singles has become monotonous with the same set of players making it to the final rounds. On the other hand, doubles has brought in more verve to the existing status quo of the Tour, with each player’s individuality adding to the dynamics of the team. After his first outing as Kyrgios’ doubles partner at the Citi Open in Washington in July, Tsitsipas pointed this out.

“It’s the joy of being with a person who thinks differently and reacts differently. I would characterise him (Kyrgios) as someone who likes to amuse. I’m very serious and concentrated when I play, but he just has the style of speaking all the time. It’s good sometimes to have a change,” the Greek had said.

These changes – as seen with Murray’s recent decision – may not extend for a longer period. The culmination of these short-term team-ups does – and should – not mean the end of the road of doubles piquing attention, per se. At the same time, these transitory partnerships also reroute the discussion back to the financial side of the doubles game.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Jamie Murray – a doubles specialist – shared how conducive it had become for players to take up doubles as the sole means of a tennis career these days, as compared to in the past.

“Because the money is always increasing in tennis, it is a much more viable option to go down the doubles route a lot earlier than previous generations. Before, people would play singles and then when their ranking dropped, they played an extra few years of doubles. Now it is a genuine option to start off much younger and have a career in doubles,” the 33-year-old said.

Despite Murray’s upbeat attitude, these increases have not exactly trickled towards doubles, especially at the Slams including the upcoming edition of the US Open. For 2019, the USTA showed-off yet another hike in the prize-money coffer. The men’s and women’s singles champions will be awarded $3.8 million. In comparison, the men’s and women’s doubles teams winning the respective title will get $740,000. This sum gets further diluted for the mixed-doubles’ titlists who will get $160,000 as a team.

This is the third and final takeaway that emerged from Murray’s US Open call. For several of these singles players, intermittent doubles play is an option. For those who play only doubles, that is the only option they have. The doubles game requires similar effort – travel, expenses and fitness – the costs continue to outweigh the benefits. These momentary team formations are a gauge revealing the disparity of tennis’ two sides, visible yet obliviated beyond tokenism.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career



Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.


Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.


Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.


“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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