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Serena’s Coming: Dominic Thiem Forced To Stop And Move His French Open Press Conference

Controversy has erupted at Roland Garros after the world No.4 was allegedly told the 23-time grand slam champion didn’t want to wait for her press conference.

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Dominic Thiem (photo by Gianni Ciaccia)

Fourth seed Dominic Thiem left the French Open on Saturday in anger after an incident linked to Serena Williams following his third round match.

 

The 25-year-old was just three questions into his press conference when officials interrupted. Saying that the 2018 runner-up has to go to another room in order to continue his press commitments. Controversially because Williams wanted to attend her press conference quickly following her loss to Sofia Kenin. A decision that was deemed acceptable by organisers of the tournament.

Thiem, who has reached the semi-finals or better at the tournament for the past three years, was bemused by the entire situation.

“I don’t really get it, seriously. I mean what the hell? It’s a joke. I had to leave the room because she’s (Williams) coming.” Thiem said to the media officer.

According to New York Times journalist Ben Rothenberg, Thiem was then informed that there might be some sort of delay after he was forced to move to another room. Prompting the furious Austrian to talk out.

“I leave also then. I’m not standing around. I can also do what I want.” He said.

In the third round on Saturday, Thiem defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, after two hours and 36 minutes of play. Hitting 29 winners and capitalising from 48 unforced errors from his opponent. In the last 16 he will take on Gael Monfils on Sunday.

“For me, it was my best match so far at the French Open.” Thiem said about his win over Cuevas. “Not at all perfect yet, but the best so far. He played well, especially in the beginning and then at the end of the match.”
“I had a very bad start, but then I played very well. I was stupid to give the second set away like that, and then third and fourth was solid. I think was quite a good clay court match.”

Thiem currently has a winning 4-0 head-to-head record against Monfils.

Video of the press conference incident

(source of video – https://twitter.com/DatGoneIt77)

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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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