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Rogers Cup Monday Preview: The Men’s & Women’s Match of the Day

This year, the women play in Toronto, while the men play in Montreal.

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Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland is pictured in action during day three of ATP Fever-Tree Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 19, 2019.

This will be Serena Williams’ first time playing the Rogers Cup since 2015, and only for the ninth time in her career.  This is a tournament Serena has often skipped, but she’s in Canada this year due to her eagerness for match play ahead of the US Open, which starts in just three weeks.  She’s joined in Toronto by the balance of the WTA top 10 with the exception of Petra Kvitova, who withdrew due to a forearm injury. But recent Slam champions Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka, and Simona Halep, who is also the defending champion here, are all present.

The ATP event in Montreal will be lacking the presence of both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.  They’re taking an extra week to rest after their grueling Wimbledon final of a few weeks ago. But Rafael Nadal headlines a field that contains all the rest of the ATP top 10.  Rafa is the defending and four-time champion at this event. He’s joined by Kitzbuhel champ of two days ago Dominic Thiem, 2017 champ Sascha Zverev, and last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Stan Wawrinka vs. Grigor Dimitrov

This will be their fourth meeting since July of last year, with Stan prevailing in all three recent meetings at Majors.  Grigor had previously owned a 4-2 edge in their head-to-head before those last three defeats. While Wawrinka has spent the past 18 months steadily rebuilding his ranking after knee surgery, Dimitrov has been losing just as much as winning.  Grigor is 19-19 over the last 52 weeks, and is currently playing with almost no confidence. At Wimbledon last month, he let a two-set-to-one lead slip away in the first round with little resistance, taking just four games in the last two sets.  Ranked outside the top 50 and seeking match play, he uncharacteristically entered both Atlanta and Los Cabos in the last two weeks, but went just 1-2. And running into a three-time Major winner in the first round of this Masters 1,000 event is a rough draw for a wayward Grigor.  There is nothing to indicate anything other than a Wawrinka victory.

Anett Kontaveit (16) vs. Maria Sharapova (WC)

With only 11 matches played so far this year, Sharapova finds herself ranked 82nd in the world.  A shoulder injury forced her to miss nearly six months of action in 2019.  And this has historically been a difficult event for the 32-year-old, who is just 11-6 lifetime in Canada, and has only once been beyond the third round.  She needed a wild card just to get into this draw, and she faces a top 20 player in her opening round Sharapova took their only previous meeting, though that was two years ago on clay.  And Kontaveit is a much-improved player since 2017, with a steady game that is much less error-prone than Sharapova’s. While Maria remains one of the sport’s strongest fighters, this will be an uphill climb for a veteran who has been plagued with injuries and lacks match play.

Other notable matches on Monday:

Canadian No.1 Milos Raonic (17) vs. Lucas Pouille.  Raonic won their first three matches, but Pouille took their Australian Open quarterfinal earlier this year.

In a battle of two top 30 players, 20 year-old Sofia Kenin, already twice a champion this year, vs. Wimbledon doubles champion Su-Wei Hsieh.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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