With Federer’s Grand Slam Record In Sight, Rafael Nadal ‘Fights Like A Lion’ To Reach US Open Semis - UBITENNIS
Connect with us


With Federer’s Grand Slam Record In Sight, Rafael Nadal ‘Fights Like A Lion’ To Reach US Open Semis

The Spaniard is through to his 33rd grand slam semi-final.



Rafa Nadal, pic from Twitter @USOpen

World No.2 Rafael Nadal has insisted that his body is holding up well after coming through a testing quarter-final clash at the US Open.


The 18-time grand slam champion battled his way to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, win over Diego Schwartzman. Recording his eighth consecutive victory over the Argentine player on the tour. He has now dropped only one set so far in the tournament, which was against 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the previous round. Against Schwartzman, Nadal hit 39 to 35 unforced errors as he converted eight out of his 14 break point opportunities.

“I’m feeling good. Today (Wednesday) was a very humid day, very heavy day. I had some cramps in the end of the second (set) and the first five games, six games of the third.” Said Nadal.
“I took some salt, that’s all, and then it was over.’
“The body is in good shape, I think. No, not big problems. Just of course now a little bit tired.”

Despite the seemingly straightforward score, Nadal didn’t have everything his own way against Schwartzman. In the first set he lost four games in a row to squander a 4-0 advantage. Then in the second, the same occurred with a 5-1 lead being wiped away. Despite the blips, he managed to fight back to restore the lead on court en route to victory.

“Like a lion in the … jungle. He’s big. He’s a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments, every single time,” Schwartzman said. “I’ve played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me.”

Nadal is now the overwhelming favourite to clinch the men’s title in Flushing Meadows this year. He is the only grand slam champion and only member of the big three remaining in the draw. Novak Djokovic retired injured from his fourth round match and Roger Federer lost in the quarter-finals to Grigor Dimitrov.

Italian underdog Matteo Berrettini will be Nadal’s opponent in the semi-final. Berrettini edged out Gael Monfils in a five-set thriller during what is his best-ever grand slam run. The upcoming match will be the first meeting between the two.

“Berrettini is having a great year. He’s in the semifinals winning a lot of good matches, so it’s what you can expect in a semifinal of a Grand Slam match. You can’t expect an easy opponent. You can’t expect an easy match.” Nadal previewed.
“I really believe that if you want to win tournaments, you need to go through tough opponents like I had against Marin, against Diego.”
“He’s serving huge, big forehands, moving well, and big confidence because he’s having a great year. So let’s see. I need to play my best.”

The 33-year-old is edging closer to Federer’s all-time grand slam record of 20. Should he win the US Open title, it would be the 19th major title of his career. He would also become only the fifth man in the Open Era to win the event for a fourth time.

Nadal’s US Open semi-final clash with Berrettini will take place on Friday.


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.



Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading


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.



Continue Reading