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French Open Refuses Dominic Thiem’s Plead For Monday Final After ‘Hurricane‘ Wind And Rain

The Austrian has vowed to give his all despite the lack of rest he has received compared to his upcoming opponent in the final at Roland Garros.

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Dominic Thiem (photo by Gianni Ciaccia)

One of the big benefits for players in grand slam tournaments is the ability to have a day off in between matches. However, Dominic Thiem hasn’t had that luxury ahead of his ultimate task at the French Open.

 

Poor weather during the second week of the Paris major threw the scheduling of matches into turmoil. With Thiem being one of those player’s to feel the brunt of it. After rain washed out play on Wednesday, Thiem played his quarter-final match the day after. Defeating Karen Khachanov in straight sets. Then came a controversial two-day clash with the formidable Novak Djokovic. Their match was postponed on Friday, due to forecasts of bad weather. However, the decision was made with three hours of daylight left. During their match, Djokovic said the conditions were like a ‘hurricane.’

“I feel good. Luckily I didn’t have so many long matches before today.” Thiem told reporters on Saturday. “Today and yesterday, of course, were tough. It’s probably a little bit more difficult to play these four hours with all the interruption than if you played in one time.”
“But still, I’m feeling fine. I’m full of adrenaline, of course, still for today’s match, and also I will have that tomorrow. So I’m not going to be tired. It’s all going to come after the tournament.”

Thiem’s final opponent is king of clay Rafael Nadal. A record breaking 11-time winner of the tournament. Nadal’s run to the final has been more straightforward. He has only dropped one set in the entire tournament and, more crucially has not played on consecutive days. Compared to Thiem, Who will be playing for the fourth day in a row on Sunday.

Last week tournament director Guy Forget hinted that a Monday Final could happen, but that request has been denied. Nicolas Massu, who is the coach of Thiem, asked about the possibility of delaying the final. Only to be told ‘no chance.’

“They said there is no chance,” Massu revealed.
“I don’t know if it’s good luck or bad luck, because one part of the draw play one day before and the other part of the draw play one day after. And Dominic was playing the last three days in a row. The other part of the draw… they are not in the same situation.”

Fresh off defeating the world No.1, Thiem has been backed by his mentor to give it his all. 12 months ago at the French Open the Spaniard lost in straight sets to Nadal in the final.

“Dominic is a guy who practiced many, many hours in his life. I think that he will do everything tomorrow to try to recover, and we try to think in this match.” Said Massu.
“Sometimes the things are not in the way that you want, but you have to play the match and you have to do your best. You never know what happens. It’s a final of a slam and he’s going to try to give 100%.”

Thiem has defeated Nadal four times on the clay, but trails their head-to-head 4-8.

The final will take place on Sunday at 13:00 GMT on the Philippe Chatrier Court.

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

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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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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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