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‘This Is Grigor’s Moment And Not My Body’s’ – Roger Federer Reacts To Shock US Open Loss

The Swiss Maestro sheds light on the reason why he was forced to take a medical timeout after crashing out of Flushing Meadows.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer said he has ‘missed an opportunity‘ after crashing out of the US Open in a five-set thriller to Grigor Dimitrov.

 

The world No.3 was at one stage leading the match by two sets, but was unable to maintain the advantage as he was knocked out 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Suffering his first ever loss to Dimitrov after being on a seven-match winning streak. Towards the business end of the fourth round encounter, Federer took a medical time out and briefly left the court. When he returned, he could only win two games as his opponent roared towards the win.

“I just needed some treatment on my upper back, neck. Just needed to try to loosen it up, crack it and see if it was going to be better.” Said Federer. “But this is Grigor’s moment and not my body’s moment, so… It’s okay.”
“I had a little bit (of pain) this afternoon (Tuesday). That’s it. I was able to play. It’s okay. It’s how it goes. I tried my best. By it was not far not too bad to give up or anything.” He added.

Federer’s exit ends what has been a mixed run at Flushing Meadows. In his first two rounds the Swiss player dropped a set before producing an emphatic display to defeat David Goffin. The last player he faced prior to Dimitrov, whom he failed to break during the last two sets of his match.

“I’m just disappointed it’s over because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts.” The former champion reflected.
“It’s just a missed opportunity to some extent that you’re in the lead, you can get through, you have two days off after. It was looking good.’
“But got to take the losses. They’re part of the game. Looking forward to family time and all that stuff, so… Life’s all right.”

It is the first time in 16 years that Federer has failed to reach the quarter-final at the same grand slam two years in a row. Something that last occurred at the US Open where he suffered three consecutive fourth round losses between 2001-2003. He hasn’t won the tournament since 2008.

Whilst disappointed with his latest run and nursing a back issue, the 38-year-old praised Dimitrov’s performance after what has been a lacklustre season for the world No.78. Dimitrov had failed to win back-to-back matches at six consecutive tournaments prior to the US Open. It is only the third time he has reached the semi-final of a major and the first since the 2017 Australian Open.

“I thought he was tough off the baseline.” Federer said of Dimitrov. “He mixed up well, which gave me all sorts of problems with the rhythm. Could never really feel comfortable off the baseline.”
“That’s something in the past, I’ve always been able to dominate, I’d say. That was not the case tonight. He did a good job there.”

Federer will now switch his focus to the Laver Cup, which will get underway on September 20th. Meanwhile, Dimitrov is set for a last four showdown with Daniil Medvedev.

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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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