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Andy Roddick Rate The Chances Of The Big Three At The US Open

The former world No.1 believes one member of the trio could struggle more than the others.

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Roger Federer is the member of the Big Three most likely to encounter a tough time at the upcoming US Open, according to former champion Andy Roddick.

The Swiss 38-year-old hasn’t won the New York Major for more than a decade after being unbeaten at the tournament between 2004-2008. However, he has reached at least the fourth round every time he has played there since 2001. In this year’s tournament Federer could have to play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals in what will be a rematch of the Wimbledon final. At the All England Club, Federer failed to convert two match points against the world No.1 during a five-hour marathon.

Speaking about Federer on Thursday, Roddick believes his lack of match play could prove costly. The world No.3 has only played in two matches since Wimbledon. Losing in the second round of the Cincinnati Open to Andrey Rublev.

“The two clear favorites are Novak and Rafa,’’ Roddick told The New York Post. “Roger is low on match-practice. And that loss was tough at Wimbledon. He’s going to need the crowd and be lifted. Fortunately, I’ve never seen a guy more beloved than Roger. He’s going to be searching for form because he doesn’t have a lot of matches. If he can get through the first week clean, he’ll have a shot.”

Roddick is two years younger than Federer, but retired at the age of 30 back in 2012. A decision he says he has no regrets about. Even though more players are playing later in their careers. It is the Federer’s longevity that has drawn praise from the American. Who lost to him in 21 out of their 24 meetings on the ATP Tour.

“I remember Roger was carrying a back injury into the U.S. Open in 2013. People were talking after he lost to Tommy Robredo, whom he hadn’t lost to before: Is this the end? And here we are six years later, he’s one shot from winning Wimbledon and still winning majors.’’

All three players are battling it out to break the record for most grand slam singles titles won. The Record is currently held by Federer with 20 trophies. Although Nadal is closely behind with 18 and Djokovic on 16. It is Djokovic that many has tipped to one day break Federer’s benchmark given his recent success in the big events. The Serbian has won four out of the past five grand slams. The only exception was the French Open, which Nadal won.

Commenting on the race, a diplomatic Roddick stayed clear of backing a single player. Instead, he paid tribute to all three.

“It’s trying to choose the Oscar winner without seeing the last 25 percent of the movie,’’ Roddick said. “You’re asking me to predict health. I put it even-money across the board for all three of them to finish with the record.
“Novak is the most dominant day in, day out. Rafa has put his flag on the ground at the French and Roger is still able to win Slams. It is remarkable.’’

Roddick in the last American to both win a grand slam title (2003 US Open) and contest a final (Wimbledon 2009). During his career, he won 32 titles on the ATP Tour.

The US Open will get underway on Monday.

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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