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Taylor Fritz Aiming For Grand Slam Second Week Ahead Of US Open

Taylor Fritz is looking to make the second week of a grand slam for the first time at the US Open as he sets out his goals.

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Taylor Fritz is aiming to reach the second week of a grand slam for the first time ahead of the US Open. 

 

The American number two is having one of the best seasons of his career having won his first ATP title in Eastbourne and a career high ranking of number 30.

However that does not satisfy Fritz as he is striving to be better with each passing week as he looks to finish the season inside the top 20.

Speaking to the USTA website, Fritz spoke about his goals for the rest of 2019 as he looks to make a statement at his home slam, “Yeah, I definitely want to make the second week of a Slam, which is something I feel like I can definitely do,” Fritz said.

“I’d like to make quarterfinals, but I’ve never made the second week, so first I want to make the Round of 16. And then I’d like to try and finish this year in the Top 20.”

Obviously Fritz has had good success on the tour but has yet to make that transition to the grand slams and its something he wants to achieve sooner rather than later.

It seems like that Fritz is also quite excited about being seeded for the last grand slam of the year as he looks to make a big statement in New York, “Being No. 32 now, I don’t have many points to defend for the next four weeks, so just a couple good results, and it should be locked up,” Fritz explained to usta.com.

“It would be huge for me because then I can play two matches without having to worry about playing any of the big top seeds, kind of play myself into the tournament and go from there.”

Another goal the 21 year-old has is being the number one American as he looks to chase down John Isner within the next few weeks, “It’s really cool being the No. 2 American, especially being 21 years old, being young. I think it’s really cool,” Fritz said about his ultimate dream.

“And it’s always been a dream of mine to be the No. 1 American. I think it would be so cool if I was able to accomplish that sometime sooner. It’s something that I always dreamed about.”

Taylor Fritz is in action this week in Atlanta where he plays American qualifier Kevin King in the second round on Thursday.

This is all in preparation for the US Open which starts on the 26th of August.

 

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Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo secure their semifinal spot in the ATP Finals in London

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Former ATP Finals runners-up Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo battled past Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 10-7 after 1 hour and 44 minutes to finish the Group Jonas Bjorkman with a 2-1 round robin record.

 

Kubot and Melo came back from an early break down and fended off four set points before Ram and Salisbury converted their fifth chance to win the opening set 6-4.

Kubot and Melo fended off a break point in the seventh game with a great serve, before they converted their first break point in the 10th game.

Kubot and Melo won five consecutive points in the Match Tie-Break to open up a 6-2 lead. The Polish and Brazilian players converted their fourth match point to secure their spot in the semifinal.

 

 

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reach the doubles semifinal at the ATP Finals in London

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut secured their spot in the semifinal of the ATP Finals doubles tournament with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) win over Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in 1 hour and 33 minutes. The French teeam won 75 % of their first serve points and fended off three of the five break points.

 

The French doubles team earned the early break to race out to a 5-2 lead. Krwietz and Mies fended off a set point and broke back to draw level to 5-5. Herbert and Mahut held serve at love before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the opening set 7-5.

In the opening game of the second set Herbert made a double fault to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert broke back to draw level to 4-4. Herbert earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

“We didn’t know before the match that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight. We just wanted to come on court and win this match”, said Mahut.

 

 

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Alexander Zverev Denies Using Phone During Match At ATP Finals

The world No.7 has insisted that he didn’t break any rules at the season-ending event.

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LONDON: Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has denied allegations that he was swiping through his phone during a sit down in his latest match in London

 

A series of Twitter users posted footage of the German placing his hand in his bag. It appeared as if he was using a phone or some sort of electronic device. Using his thumb to either press a button or swipe something. Despite the allegations, Zverev has denied any wrongdoing. 

“My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there. I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone.” Zverev replied when quizzed in his press conference. 

Under rules set out by the ATP, it is an offence for players to use their phones during matches and they could potentially be penalised. The rule is in place as part of fight against match-fixing in the sport. 

“A player is not allowed to use any electronic devices (e.g. CD players, mobile phones, etc.) during matches, unless approved by the Supervisor.” The 2019 ATP rulebook states. 

Despite the 22-year-old stating his innocence, questions remain about what he was looking at inside his bag. Which is located next up the chair of the match umpire. Asked to explain, he said it might have been ‘an empty water bottle.’ 

 

Zverev will play his final match of the round-robin stage at the ATP Finals against Daniil Medvedev. He is currently 1-1 in the group after defeating Rafael Nadal before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. 

“Days like this happen. It’s just how it is in sports.” Said Zverev after his latest loss. “Against Rafa, I played a great match. Today I didn’t. This is just how it is sometimes, even though I have to give credit to him. He played really well.”
“There are a lot of things that I did not do great, and I have to change that to have a chance on Friday.”

There are three possible scenarios in which Zverev can qualify for the semi-finals. The most simple is that if both he and Nadal or Tsitsipas win their next matches. He can also qualify if he loses to Medvedev in three sets and Tsitsipas wins. 

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