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Stan Wawrinka Edges Tsitsipas In French Open Classic

Wawrinka set up a quarter-final clash with Federer by outlasting Tsitsipas in a titanic five-set encounter that lasted over five hours.

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Stan Wawrinka battled to a 7-6(6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-hour epic in the fourth round of the French Open.

 

The Swiss, 34, had to draw on every ounce of determination and energy in his body to get the better of his talented young foe, who impressed everyone watching with his superb shot-making abilities.

And there will be a lot resting on the World No.28’s recovery if he is going to continue his bid for a second title at Roland Garros. His quarter-final opponent will be friend and compatriot Roger Federer, who will be feeling fresh after he breezed past Leonardo Mayer in straight sets.

In the first set, Wawrinka and Tsitsipas virtually matched each other stroke for stroke. Their serving percentages were very high and very similar, their winners (11) and unforced errors (12) tallies were identical and there was only one break point in the entire set.

Consequently, the set was dominated by the respective server throughout. The inevitable tie-break followed the same pattern, and there was nothing between the players until the Greek gifted the set to the Swiss with a double fault when he was 6-7 behind.

Tsitsipas wins thrilling second set

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While the match did not really catch light in the opener, that soon changed in the second set. Tsitsipas adopted a more aggressive approach. He went for his shots more from the baseline and came into the net whenever possible.

For the first three games, it worked superbly as he held twice and wore Wawrinka down in between to earn a break and establish a 3-0 lead.

However, the Swiss player responded superbly. He battled to a hold in game four. Then he fashioned a break point opportunity and seized it with a brilliant cross-court backhand pass.

There was a brief lull in the drama as both players held comfortably. But then it all kicked off again in game eight as a fired-up Tsitsipas produced some great shots to earn his second break of the set.

After Wawrinka raised his level to break back immediately, the Greek did not react well. He smashed three water bottles and received a code violation warning from the umpire.

That release of frustration almost enabled Tsitsipas to break the Swiss in game ten, but the three-time Grand Slam champion saved four break points and clung on to make it 5-5.

As it turned out, that hold only delayed the outcome that had seemed likely for a while, as the World No.6 broke Wawrinka in game twelve to level the match at one-set-all.

Wawrinka responds like the champion he is

The 24th seed realised he needed to improve in the third set. He started that process by serving better than he had in the second set and continued it by putting pressure on Tsitsipas’ serve.

Consequently, Wawrinka almost broke in game three and game five. However, while the Greek survived on both those occasions, he could not do anything in game seven.

First, the Swiss player hit a brilliant backhand winner that landed right on the sideline. Then, at 15-30, he unleashed a powerful forehand winner that bounced just inside the same line. And finally, when he was faced with two break points against, Tsitsipas missed a backhand.

After another comfortable hold, Wawrinka forced break points on the Greek’s serve for the fourth time in succession. And for the third time in four tries, Tsitsipas clung onto his serve.

This only delayed the inevitable, as the Swiss remained rock-solid on his serve to close out the third set.

Tsitsipas forces a decider but Wawrinka wins it

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Tsitsipas made a great start to the fourth set. He broke Wawrinka in game two and saved a break point in game three to forge a 3-0 lead.

The World No.28 steadied himself to hold and then broke back in game five. However, the Greek applied a lot of pressure in the next game and Wawrinka faltered to enable him to break again.

That virtually finished the set, as the Swiss made no impression in Tsitsipas’ next two service games. The World No.6 held twice to clinch the set 6-3 and take the match into a decider.

For the first ten games, the decider was a mostly cagey affair as neither player took too many risks when their opponent was serving. The exceptions to this were games one and five when Wawrinka saved break points.

And, when the set came to life in game eleven, the Swiss found himself in trouble on serve again. Tsitsipas earned three separate break point chances. However, he squandered them all and the set continued.

After two comfortable holds of serve, Wawrinka led 7-6. That enabled him to swing freely on the Greek’s serve, which is exactly what he did.

He hit a succession of powerful cross-court shots which led to errors from Ttitsipas and a 15-40 scoreline. Then he knifed a superb backhand just beyond the grasp of the World No.6 to seize his first match point.

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US Open Leads The Way In Grand Slam Sponsorship Deals, Says Study

An insight into the multi-million dollar business of grand slam tennis.

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Five out of the 10 most expensive rights deals in grand slam tennis belong to the US Open according to a report published by a global intelligence service.

 

SportBusiness has valued the American major as having deals worth in excess of $67 million. Their findings are based on ‘industry sources’ and takes into account only rights fees and not ‘account value.’ Besides the US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open have two deals that have made the top 10. Meanwhile, Roland Garros only has one, but it is the second highest.

The top deal regarding the US Open is a $20 million yearly agreement with JP Morgan Chase. A financial services company that is ranked as one of the largest banks in the world in terms of assets. They have been a prime sponsor since 2005 and reportedly signed a new three-year deal in 2018. The US Open also has high-value deals, with Emirates ($17M), American Express ($10M), Mercedes-Benz (10M) and Rolex ($10M).

Currently the richest grand slam in terms of sponsorship revenue, it comes as no surprise that this year’s US Open Prize money is also a record for the majors. The pool will be worth $57 million with both the men’s and women’s singles champion taking home $3,850,000. An increase of $50,000 compared to last year. Runners-up will each receive $1,900,000.

Elsewhere, the French Open benefits heavily from their partnership with banking group BNP Paribas. A deal worth $17.5 a year. Roland Garros has the second highest share of the total grand slam revenue after the US Open, but there is little to separate them. SportsBusiness concludes Flushing Meadows leads with a 29% share, followed by the French Open with 28% and Australian Open with 27%. The only notable difference is that Wimbledon lags behind at 16%. However, Wimbledon’s revenue exceeded $50M for the first time this year.

Another notable trend identified by SportsBusiness is the growing presence of Chinese investments. A series of new deals this year included the Australian Open scoring a $14.1M deal with beverage company Luzhou Laojiao. Meanwhile, Wimbledon joined forces with their first ever Asian sponsor Oppo in a deal worth $11M. Later this year, China will host the WTA Finals for the first time in its history with a record prize money pool of $14M. Double of what was on offer last year at the year-end tournament in Singapore.

List of the 10 most expensive grand slam deals

  1. JP Morgan Chase and the US Open ($20M)
  2. BNP Paribas and the French Open ($17.5M)
  3. Emirates and the US Open ($17M)
  4. Kia Motors and the Australian Open ($14.1M)
  5. Luzhou Laojiao and the Australian Open (14.1M)
  6. Rolex and Wimbledon (12.3M)
  7. Oppo and Wimbledon ($11M)
  8. American Express and the US Open ($10M)
  9. Mercedes-Benz and the US Open ($10M)
  10. Rolex and the US Open (£10M)

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How Many Points Are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer And Co. Defending Until The US Open?

The full breakdown of how many points every member in the top 20 on the men’s tour have to defend over the coming weeks.

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It has been just over a week since Novak Djokovic won his 16th major title at Wimbledon, but the focus has already switched to the final grand slam of the season.

 

The US Open will begin during the final week of August. Held at Flushing Meadows in New York, the tournament will have the biggest prize money pool in grand slam history. Totalling to an amount of more than $57 million. Between now and then, players will be battling to defend their rankings points on the North American hard courts with this time of the year being more crucial for some than others.

Under the current ranking format, any points a player wins at a tournament are theirs until the following year. Then they have the chance to defend those points. For example Djokovic is the current Cincinnati Open champion and won 1000 points in 2018. Therefore, this year, he is defending 1000 points in the tournament.

Regning US Open champion Djokovic has the most points to defend during this period with his tally being 3090 points. In fact, the world No.1 in the only person in the top 20 defending more than 2000 points. A true testament to his consistency last year.

Roger Federer potentially has the chance to reclaim the world No.2 spot from Rafael Nadal depending on how both men perform. The Swiss player has 780 points at stake, compared to 1720 for his rival. However, Federer will only play one tournament prior to New York compared to two for Nadal. He will miss the Roger’s Cup in Canada in order to have a longer rest period.

At the other end of the spectrum, Gael Monfils only has 90 points to defend. This time last year the Frenchman was struggling with injury and retired from his second round match at the US Open due to his wrist.

Here is a full breakdown of the amount of points the top 20 players are defending from now until the end of the US Open:-

Ranking (as of 23/7/19)
Player
 2018 performance
Points Defending
1 Novak Djokovic  – R3 Rogers Cup
– Cincinnati Champion
– US Open champion
3090
2 Rafael Nadal – Rogers Cup champion
– SF US Open
1720
3 Roger Federer – Cincinnati Finalist
-R4 US Open
780
4 Dominic Thiem -QF Hamburg
-R2 Kitzbuhel
-R2 Rogers Cup
-QF US Open
460
5 Alexander Zverev – Washington champion
– QF Rogers Cup
– R2 Cincinnati
-R3 US Open
780
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas -SF Washington
-Rogers Cup finalist
-R1 Cincinnati
-R2 US Open
835
7 Kei Nishikori -QF Washington
-R1 Rogers Cup
-R2 Cincinnati
-SF US Open
865
8 Karen Khachanov -R2 Washington
-SF Rogers Cup
-R3 Cincinnati
-R3 US Open
540
9 Daniil Medvedev -R2 Washington
-R3 Rogers Cup
-R1 Cincinnati
-Winston Salem champion
-R3 US Open
510
10 Fabio Fognini -Bastad champion
-Los Cabos champion
-R2 Gstaad
-R2 Rogers Cup
-R2 US Open
590
11 Kevin Anderson -SF Rogers Cup
-R3 Cincinnati
-R4 US Open
630
12 Juan Martin del Potro -Los Cabos finalist
-QF Cincinnati
-US Open finalist
1530
13 Roberto Bautista Agut -Gstaad finalist
-R1 US Open
160
14 John Isner -Atlanta champion
-R2 Washington
-R3 Rogers Cup
-R1 Cincinnati
-QF US Open
710
15 Borna Coric -R2 Gstaad
-R2 Rogers Cup
-R2 Cincinnati
-R4 US Open
270
16 Nikoloz Basilashvili – Hamburg champion
-R1 Kitzbuhel
-R2 Winston Salem
-R4 US Open
700
17 Marin Cilic -QF Rogers Cup
-SF Cincinnati
-QF US Open
900
18 David Goffin -QF Washington
-R1 Rogers Cup
-SF Cincinnati
-R4 US Open
640
19 Gael Monfils -R2 Hamburg
-R2 US Open
90
20 Matteo Berrettini -R2 Bastad
-Gstaad champion
-QF Kitzbuhel
-R3 Winston Salem
-R1 US Open
345

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Tim Henman Backs Djokovic To Break Federer’s Grand Slam Record

The former world No.4 shares his views about the two tennis legends.

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Former British No.1 Tim Henman believes Novak Djokovic is in a strong position to win more major titles than Roger Federer before he retires from the sport.

 

The world No.1 recently defeated Federer in a five-set epic at Wimbledon to clinch his 16th grand slam title. Placing him third on the all-time list behind Rafael Nadal (18) and Federer (20). Djokovic has won four out of the past five grand slam tournaments. The only exception occurred at the French Open where he lost in the semi-finals to Dominic Thiem.

Speaking to sports agency Omnisport during a HSBC event that took place earlier in the week, Henman believes age is on Djokovicv’s side in his bid to break the record of his Swiss Rival. Out of the Big Three the Serbian is the youngest at 32. Nadal is a year older at 33 and Federer turns 38 later this year.

“It’s going to be very interesting to watch,” said Henman.
“He’s five years younger than Federer so he’s got much more time on his side.
“The level of play that Djokovic is at right now, it really wouldn’t surprise me if he did overtake Federer in the future.”

Shortly after his latest win, Djokovic stated that he has no intention of retiring anytime soon. Citing inspiration from Federer and his ability to continue playing at his age. Giving him more than enough time to become the most decorated singles player in grand slam history on the men’s tour.

“Roger hopes to inspire people to keep going at 37,” he said. “I’m one of them. The fact that they have made history of this sport motivates me as well, inspires me to try to do what they have done, what they’ve achieved, and even more.”

Besides the dominance of Djokovic, Henman also said that nobody should be writing off Federer yet. The world No.3 had two match points to win the Wimbledon trophy for a record ninth time, but failed to convert.

“I don’t think so. I think it’s very difficult to write these guys off that are playing at such a high level.” Henman replied when asked if Wimbledon was Federer’s last shot at grand slam glory.
“Federer’s not going to be around forever but I think it’s important we all enjoy him while he’s still playing.”

Djokovic is set to return to action next month at the Rogers Cup in Canada. Meanwhile, Federer will not be returning to competition until the Cincinnati Open, which takes place after the Canadian Masters 1000 event.

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