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Players Want To Play Their Best Against Me, Says Nick Kyrgios

The controversy-stricken player explains why he thinks he is having a positive impact on the sport.

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Nick Kyrgios has never been an average tennis player and he believes this is something that benefits the world of tennis.

 

The Australian has developed a reputation of a fiery personality whose behaviour at times cause controversy. This year has already seen him get defaulted from the Italian Open for throwing a chair onto the court, receive a $17,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct at The Fever-Tree Championship and trigger backlash for a series of comments he made about his rivals during a podcast. However, coinciding with those incidents, Kyrgios has been able to remind the world of his talent with a series of spectacular shot-making and wins over top players.

Kyrgios’ latest win took place at the Western and Southern Open on Monday. The Australian saw off Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4. Recording his 19th victory on the tour this season. Once again fans were treated to a series of trick shots, including one that Kyrgios hit between his legs. Some could argue that his approach to matches are unorthodox, but for Kyrgios he believes it is helping attract new fans to the sport.

“I think it’s very important. You know, I think people are so concerned about keeping fans in the game, but I personally believe it’s about bringing in a whole new different fan base to the game.” Kyrgios told reporters following his first round match.
“I think you look at the American sports like NBA, NFL, I mean, so exciting. I think they do it the right way, and I’m just trying to bring new fans to the sport. That’s one of my goals, actually, and I really want, you know, tennis to grow. I think there is so much potential for it to grow.”

Electrifying the crowd with a series of exchanges with world No.47 Sonego, Kyrgios was given a stern test in Cincinnati. Breaking his opponent twice, once in each set. Despite losing, Sonego dropped only three points behind his first serve, but came undone on his second.

“I feel like when guys play me they go out there and try and play their best level,” Kyrgios said. “They try and keep things on their racquet and redline.”

It is understandable why players would choose to bring their A game against the unpredictable 24-year-old. Despite his controversies, he is 5-1 against top 10 opposition this season. Scoring wins over Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Kyrgios showed his softer side following his Monday match. Handing a ball to a young girl watching in the crowd. He explains that it is important to him that he looks out for the younger fans of the sport. Kyrgios has participated in numerous children’s tennis clinics during his career and has set up a foundation to help underprivileged young people to play sports in Australia.

“I have always been pretty nice to … people and to kids,” said Kyrgios. “I was just brought up like that, to be honest. I don’t care if you’re a CEO of a company or a janitor. I’m going to speak to you the same way. I think that’s what it’s about. It’s about giving kids belief that they can be in this position one day.”

In Cincinnati, Kyrgios will play Karen Khachanov in the second round.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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