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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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Stefanos Tsitsias Draws Positives From Huge Scare At Queen’s

It was a difficult day at the office for the world No.6.

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London: Stefanos Tsitsipas narrowly avoided a shock exit from the Fever-Tree championships after coming through a marathon second-round encounter.

 

Gracing his presence on the grass courts in London for the second time on Thursday after finishing his first round match earlier, he faced France’s Jeremy Chardy. A semi-finalist at the tournament 12 months ago, who has lost his last seven matches against top 10 opposition. On paper, the Greek was the heavy favorite to triumph, but in reality, it was a more closely contested encounter with Tsitsipas coming out on top to win 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(4). Hitting 40 winners to 26 unforced errors, and saving seven out of the 11 break points he faced.

“I didn’t play very well at the beginning of the match. I found my rhythm for some reason when he (Chardy) was serving for the match.” Tsitsipas said afterward.
“Everything was working, positive and good. I managed to win the tiebreak in the second set, kept the momentum going.’
“I didn’t play my best, but somehow I survived.”

The roller coaster encounter saw the Greek struggle with his consistency early on against Chardy, whose use of slice came in handy for him. Down a set, it looked as if it was over for Tsitsipas after he got broken at 4-4 in the second. Handing the Frenchman a chance to serve the match out. Nevertheless, the top seed battled back to force the proceedings into a tiebreaker. Which he emphatically dominated with a seven-point winning streak.

All to play for, a marathon Chardy service game lasting almost 15 minutes opened up the decider. Fighting hard, Tsitsipas secured his breakthrough two games later as he broke for only the second time in the entire match. Closing in on the victory, the seesaw continued with an exchange of breaks occurring twice. With little disparity between the two, it was only fitting that a tiebreaker should separate the two. Which Tsitsipas managed to prevail in after spending two hours and 38 minutes on the court.

“In my first round match, I didn’t feel very good on the court. Now I feel a little bit better. Like I am advancing and proceeding with my play.” The world No.6 evaluated.
“It’s a very short period that you play on the grass. You kind of forget when you leave the grass season. You mentally forget how it is because there are certain thoughts on the grass that takes time to digest.”

Next up for the Australian Open semi-finalist will be Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime. The world No.21 toppled the controversial Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5. The match ended with Kyrgios allegedly tanking on match point before throwing his racket outside of the court.

“I’ve never beaten Felix in the singles. He has a big game and big potential. He can play really well, really aggressive and can be unpredictable.” Tsitsipas previewed.

Earlier in the day, a duo of seeds crashed out of the tournament. Kevin Anderson, who was playing in his first tournament since Miami, lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, to Gilles Simon. Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka was stunned by Nicolas Mahut. Wawrinka was leading the decider 5-3, but failed to serve the match out and ended up losing 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(2).

“I just kept fighting and I came back at the end of the second set.” Said 2007 finalist Mahut.
“I kept playing better and better. I’m so happy to play on this court. It is one of the best courts I have ever played on. It’s a great win for me, I have so much respect for Stan.”

Mahut and Simon will play each other in the quarter-finals.

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Nick Kyrgios Kicks-Off Queen’s Campaign In Controversial Style

The Australian accused the match umpire of ‘taking the f***ing p***’ at The Queen’s Club.

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LONDON: Nick Kyrgios caught the attention of many at The Fever-Tree championships on Thursday, but not for good reason.

 

The Australian rallied to a 7-6(4), 6-3, win over Roberto Carballés Baena. Although the talking point wasn’t his win, it was his behavior on the court. Leading 5-4 with a set point in his favor, Kyrgios raged at the officials after a second serve from his opponent was called in. Something he believed was out.

Engaged in a fiery conversation with umpire Fergus Murphy, Kyrgios demanded to speak with the tournament supervisor. Arguing that he has been hard done by concerning the calls which have been made. The supervisor arrived three games into the second set.

“Twenty people over there are saying it was way out,’ he pointed at the crowd. ‘Go and ask them yourself. They’re not going to lie to you, they’ve got no reason to. ‘An 80mph second serve. You actually can’t be that bad… That sh*t can’t happen. Know what I mean? Just ask the crowd. He’s the chair umpire and he doesn’t overrule it. I was waiting for a call.’ George Bellshaw from The Metro quoted Kyrgios as saying.

The words from the Australian failed to get him anywhere, but by now his mentality on the court was anything, but stable. Making jibes at the linesman, vocally criticizing himself and even choosing to watch the match next to him during a change of ends.

During the closing stages of the match, a poor lob shot from the Australian prompted him to criticize himself for his late-night gaming.

“So lazy, do something, so lazy you are. You were playing FIFA until 3am, what do you expect?”

It is not the first time Kyrgios has raised eyebrows at Queen’s for his antics. 12 months ago he was fined £13,000 for ‘inappropriate behavior’ after being caught making a lewd gesture with a water bottle.

Kyrgios will return to the courts later today to play his second round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Rafael Nadal To Play Grass-Court Warm-Up Event Ahead Of Wimbledon

The world No.2 will return to action next week in London.

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Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal will tune up his game ahead of the Wimbledon Championships at the Aspall Tennis Classic in Hurlingham next week.

 

The world No.2 has confirmed that he will play at the exhibition event, which is situated on the north bank of the River Thames in London. During its 25-year history, the event has featured an array of top names from both the men’s and women’s tour. Last year Maria Sharapova, Grigor Dimitrov, and Lucas Pouille all played. The tournament is run by management group IMG.

“I am always happy to play at The Hurlingham Club and be close to UK tennis fans. It is a prestigious ground in one of the best settings in the UK, making it the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon.” Nadal said in a statement.

Joining Nadal is this year’s edition will be Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Lucas Pouille and Felix Auger-Aliassime. More names could also be added to the entry list in the coming days. For Nadal, it will be his eighth appearance in Hurlingham. In 2018 he scored a win over Australia’s Matthew Ebden, before losing to Pouille.

“The Aspall Tennis Classic is one of the most unique and wonderful tournaments in the country, set on the stunning 42-acre grounds of The Hurlingham Club. The tournament offers spectators the chance to watch some of the world’s best players in an intimate environment as they play in a series of singles exhibition matches. It’s the perfect warm up to Wimbledon.” Said Charlie grave from IMG.

Nadal has opted not to play an ATP tournament on the grass prior to Wimbledon. A common approach he has taken in recent years. He will be bidding to win the grand slam title for the third time in his career and the first since 2010.

The Aspall Tennis Classic will get underway on Tuesday.

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