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Diego Schwartzman Topples Erratic Zverev To Reach US Open Quarters

The Argentine is through to his third grand slam quarter-final.



Diego Schwartzman (image via twitter.com/usopen)

World No.21 Diego Schwartzman has achieved one of the biggest wins of his career after knocking Alexander Zverev out of the US Open.


The 27-year-old tamed and frustrated the sixth seed throughout his 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3, triumph at Flushing Meadows. Monday’s clash was a cat and mouse chase between the two with Zverev having numerous break opportunities early on, but he failed to capitalise on those chances. Illustrated by his 65 unforced errors that included 17 double faults. Meanwhile, Schwartzman was also guilty of making mistakes, but proved to be the more solid when it came to the clutch moments of the match.

“I think Alex had many problems with his serve today. Being a big returner, I think I took many chances with that.” Schwartzman said during his on-court interview.
“I think I played great tennis.” He added.

In typical Zverev fashion, his encounter at the New York major was far from straightforward. So far in his career, the German has managed to win back-to-back matches in straight sets at two out of 18 grand slam tournaments. Taking on 20th seed Schwartzman, there was no exception to that trend.

After fighting his way through a turbulent first set where he claimed five games in a row after going down a break, Zverev’s hot and cold play cost him dearly in the second. The inconsistency of Zverev’s play enabled the Argentinian to bounce back with ease. After saving four break points whilst leading 3-2, Schwartzman went on to break in the following game. He then levelled the match at one set all with the help of a lacklustre Zverev service game, which ended with three consecutive unforced errors.

With little to separate both players on the Arthur Ashe Stadium, a single point could prove decisive to the outcome of the match. Schwartzman, who spent more than four hours less on the Court than Zverev heading into the match, refused to go away. Hitting a series of blistering forehand shots to force Zverev on the defensive from the baseline continuously. Exchanging breaks midway through the third set, the Argentine struck at the most crucial moment. A double fault from the German elevated him to a duo of opportunities to lead the match for the first time. He failed to convert his first, but made no mistake on the second time asking. Hitting a backhand down the line after another lengthy rally between the two.

“It was tough because I was feeling that I had the chance to win the match. I had a few break points and couldn’t win them.” Schwartzman commented about the third set. “I recovered really quickly and felt great after that. It was a really big change in the match.”

On the verge of achieving one of his biggest career win in terms of ranking, the 5’7” player roared towards the finish line as Zverev continued to crumble. At one point it got too much for Zverev, who fired a ball in the direction of his team in the crowd. Prompting him to be slammed with a code violation. His mood deteriorated further when he was slammed with a point penalty after committing a second offence for a verbal obscenity. Resulting in Schwartzman moving to a game from victory.

Serving in a place in the last eight, another Zverev mistake granted Schwartzman two match points. He triumphed with his second after hitting a clear cross-court forehand winner.

“Thanks everyone. I don’t know what it is happening here (inside the Arthur Ashe stadium) but I feel like I’m at home.” He said.
“It was great to play with this crowd with me all the time. It helped me a lot in every important moment.”

Schwartzman is through to his third grand slam quarter-final and second at Flushing Meadows after 2017. In the next round he will face either Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic.

“The next round could be Rafa. He’s my friend, he’s great and a big opponent. It is always great to play against him in the quarter-finals of a grand slam. I’m going to enjoy (the match).” Schwartzman previewed.”

Schwartzman is yet to defeat Nadal on the tour. However, he has achieved two wins over Cilic, including their meeting at the US Open two years ago.


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



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.



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.


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



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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