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Stan Wawrinka Announces New Coach To His Team

A fresh face has joined the team of the former world No.3.

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Stan Wawrinka (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka has confirmed that he has started a collaboration with Danni Valluvedu.

 

The partnership was confirmed by the 34-year-old on social media and is set to last throughout the grass-court season. Vallverdu is a former Venezuelan player who has worked with some of the biggest names in men’s tennis. A year younger than Wawrinka, he has previously coached Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and most recently Grigor Dimitrov.

This week Wawrinka returned back into the world’s top 20 for the first time since March 2018. He managed to do so following a solid run at the French Open where he reached the quarter-finals. His best performance at a major in two years. At the tournament he scored wins over Dimitrov and Stefanos Tsitsipas, before losing to compatriot Roger Federer.

“In general the tournament was great for me. I played really good since the beginning of the tournament, won some big matches, especially against [Cristian] Garin, played super-well against [Grigor] Dimitrov, a tough match over two days, followed by [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, who is really confident, playing well this year. [It was a] big battle, five hours,” Wawrinka reflected on his run at Roland Garros. “I was super happy also to be ready physically after all that time on the court. Today to give another big battle against Roger was a tough, tough one for sure. But I think in general it was a good battle, a great battle.”

Pulling out of this week’s Stuttgart Open due to fatigue, Wawrinka’s first test on the grass will be at the Fever-Tree Championships in London. He is yet to win an ATP title on the surface and has only reached one final before. Doing so at the 2013 Rosmalen Championships. Wawrinka hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the grass since Wimbledon 2015.

The Fever-Tree Championships will get underway on Monday.

Wawrinka’s 2019 season so far

French Open – QF
Geneva – R2
Rome – R1
Madrid – QF
Monte Carlo – R2
Miami – R2
Indian Wells – R3
Acapulco – QF
Rotterdam – Runner-up
Sofia – R1
Australian Open – R2
Doha – QF

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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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