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Tomas Berdych Exits US Open In What Could Be His Last Grand Slam Tournament

The former world No.4 has spoken about his future in the sport after crashing out of Flushing Meadows.

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Czech player Tomas Berdych has admitted that there is a good chance that he will not continue his career in 2020 following his first round defeat at the US Open.

 

The 33-year-old was knocked out of the tournament 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, by American qualifier Jenson Brooksby. Making it his earliest loss at the tournament since 2010. Berdych has endured an injury-stricken 2019 season due to issues with his back and left hip. Since March he has only managed to win two matches on the tour and dropped out of the top 100 in April. The first time he has done so since 2004.

“My hip hurts, it restricts me to move. I can’t serve, I can’t even bend, which is a pretty big problem in tennis. So it makes no sense to discuss the match at all.” Berdych said during an interview with iDNES.cz.
“I sacrificed a lot during the summer and believed that I would show something here (at the US Open). If I came here to attend, I would probably take it more calmly.” He added.

Berdych is currently ranked 98th in the world, but is set to drop lower following his loss in New York. It has been 17 years since he turned pro. During that time, he has won 13 ATP titles, scored 53 wins over top 10 players and has recorded 640 wins on the ATP Tour.

There are now signs that Berdych will soon call it a day on the tour as casting doubts about playing in 2020. Should that happen, the US Open would have been his 61st and final grand slam appearance.

“My idea has more or less disappeared today.” He said about playing next year. “I need to be in my fifties by the end of the season to get to the big tournaments. But with zero (points) from the US Open, it probably won’t work.”

Although the retirement looks increasingly likely, Berdych has insisted that no final decision has been made. Telling Czech media that he doesn’t want to ‘announce anything ten minutes after the match.’

It is the body of the former Wimbledon finalist that is causing him trouble. Saying he has ‘congenital and chronic’ problems with his hip. He has declined an option of surgery because it takes five months to recover and only has a 50% chance of being successful.

Berdych is set to play tournaments in St. Petersburg and Zhuhai later this year. He has also applied for wild cards to play at Tokyo and Beijing.

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Milos Raonic reaches the Australian Open quarter finals for the fifth time in his career

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Milos Raonic beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 7-5 to advance to the quarter final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in his career and for the second consecutive year. The Canadian player has advanced to the quarter final for the tenth time in his career at Grand Slam level.

 

Raonic saved an early break point with a big serve and hit a backhand down the line to force an error to break in the 10th game closing out the first set 6-4.

The former Wimbldon finalist and eight-time ATP Tour champion hit a backhand return winner in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Cilic brought up two set points on Raonic’s serve in the 10th game of the third set, but Raonic fended them off with three serves. Raonic got a break in the 11th game at 15 and sealed the win on his first match point with an ace.

“It feels pretty good. I have got to say. I can’t complain about it and I am just happy with how things are going. I am happy I have another chance to play in two days here and it’s been an exciting tournament for me so far, but hopefully there are more exciting things ahead. I did a lot of things really well, and I had the idea of how I wanted to play. I was happy I could execute and live up to that”, said Milos Raonic in the post-match interview.

 

 

 

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Nick Kyrgios claims five-set thriller to set up a blockbuster fourth-round clash against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne

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Nick Kyrgios battled past Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) after 4 hours and 26 minutes to set up a blockbuster fourth round clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

 

Khachanov saved match points in both the third and fourth set tie-breaks before losing the decisive tie-break. Kyrgios converted on three of her six break point chances and dropped her serve only once in the entire match.

Kyrgios served well in the opening set and earned two consecutive breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 win. Both players wasted a break point chance to set up a tie-break in the second set. Kyrgios earned two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-5 with a serve up the T.

Kyrgios went up a 4-2 lead in the third set with a break, when Khachanov made two double faults. Khachanov broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Khachanov fended off a match point at 5-6 in the tie-break with a powerful serve and won the final three points to clinch the third set 8-6, as Kyrgios misfired a crosscourt forehand.

Kyrgios saved two break points in the seventh game and earned another match point in the seventh game of the fourth set. Khachanov saved it before winning the tie-break 9-7 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Both players held their serve in the fifth set with no break points setting up the decisive match tie-break. Kyrgios claimed an early mini-break to open up a a 3-0. Khachanov pulled back the mini-break and earned a match point at 8-7, but Kyrgios reeled off the final three points to clinch a thrilling win to the delight of the home fans.

“This is just epic match. I don’t even know what’s going on. Honestly, my legs feel about 40 kilos each. It’s emotional. I haven’t had a moment like that for four, five years, since I last played here against Seppi”, said Kyrgios.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev sets fourth round clash against Stan Wawrinka in Melbourne

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Danil Medvedev beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 6-2 to set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.

 

Medvedev earned the first break in the second game of the opening set. Popyrin broke straight back in the next game to draw level to 1-1, but Medvedev earned his second break to take a 2-1 lead. The 2019 US Open finalist held his serve in a hard-fought eighth game after saving a break point and sealed the first set 6-4 on his second set point.

Medvedev broke serve at love in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Popyrin held his serve in the fifth game after saving two break points to claw his way back to 2-3. Medvedev sealed the second set with his second break at 15.

Medvedev got an early break at 15 in the second game of the third set. Kyrgios converted his fourth break-back point chance in the sixth game. Medvedev closed it out on his second match point.

“I am happy to win it in straight sets. I have good memories from last year, which was my first time in the second week of a Grand Slam and hopefully I can make it even further this year. I just try to win as many matches as I can. Hopefully I can win seven here”,said Medvedev.

Medvedev set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka, who reached the fourth round, when US John Isner withdrew from the match due to a foot injury, when the Lausanne player was leading 6-4 4-1.

“You never want your opponent to pull out. I was playing well again today. I was really happy the way I was playing. That’s very positive. It’s great to be back in the second week, that’s for sure. Feeling way better. It’s positive to have a good practice tomorrow and to be ready for the next one”,said Wawrinka.

Medvedev won both his previous head-to-head matches against Wawrinka at 2017 Wimbledon and in the quarter final of the 2019 US Open.

“Stan is a very tough opponent. He has won three majors and has gone deep a lot of times. It’s never going to be an easy match against Stan. I will have to show my best game to have a chance”, said Medvedev.

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