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Clinical Roger Federer Strolls Into 13th US Open Quarter-Final

The 38-year-old is rapidly gaining momentum at the final grand slam of 2019.

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Former champion Roger Federer eased into the last eight of the US Open after producing an emphatic win over 15th seed David Goffin.

 

The 20-time grand slam winner brushed aside the occasional lacklustre service game during his dominant 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. His 357th win in a major tournament. During the one-sided encounter, the third seed blasted 35 winners to 17 unforced errors, as he won 84% of his first service points.

“It was great. I had a good feeling out here (on the court) like in the previous match.” Federer said during his on-court interview.
“I gotta say that David didn’t have his best day either. He was struggling.”

Heading into his ninth clash with Belgian, Federer boasted a 8-1 head-to-head lead. Losing his only match to Goffin at the 2017 ATP Finals. Initially, it looked as if he could be in for another battle after dropping his serve only three games into the match. However, the Swiss maestro managed to swiftly find his footing on the Arthur Ashe stadium with the help of a 16-point winning streak. Turning a 1-2 deficit to a 5-2 advantage in the blink of an eye. Leaving a perplexed Goffin with plenty to think about. After 32 minutes of play, Federer clinched the 6-2 lead with the help of a deep shot the triggered an error from across the court.

It was a case of deja vu in the second set. Goffin, who has been ranked as high as seventh in the world, illustrated glimpses of his best tennis. But he lacked consistency to place Federer into any significant trouble. Enabling the world No.3 to break Goffin three times in a row to edge closer to victory.

Racing towards the finish line, the 38-year-old closed the match out with a bagel set. The first time he has done that against a player in the tournament since Adrian Mannarino back in 2013. After missing his first match point opportunity, he seized his second after a lengthy rally concluded with a blistering backhand winner down the line.

As one of the oldest men on the ATP Tour, Federer said it is his passion for the game that keeps him going. Although speaking candidly about his career, he admits that there has been moments where he questioned his future in the sport.

“I think at this stage it (enjoyment) is very crucial. Also at the beginning of my career or otherwise I wouldn’t have picked up a racket.” He explained.
“In between, you maybe go through stages at a time when being on the road is something you don’t want to do. You also feel like you miss out on a few things.’
“But I see the glass as half full. I’ve come to see so many incredible people around the world and see these cities and countries that I never thought I would see as a little boy.”

Federer is now through to his 13th Grand Slam quarter-final and 56th in a major overall. Pacing him second on the all-time list along with Andre Agassi. He will next play either Grigor Dimitrov or Alex de Minaur. He has won all seven of his previous meetings with Dimitrov, but is yet to play de Minaur on the tour.

This year Federer is bidding to win the US Open for the first time since 2008.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.

 

 

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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.

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Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.

 

The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.

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Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg

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Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.

 

Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.

 

 

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