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Rafael Nadal Believes He Can Get Even Better

The king of clay speaks about his ‘ultimate goal.’

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Only a couple days after winning his 19th grand slam title at the US Open, Rafael Nadal insists that there is still room for improvement.

 

The world No.2 outlasted Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a five-set epic at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. Moving to just one grand slam title away from drawing level with Roger Federer on the all-time list. It is also the fifth time in his career that he has won multiple major titles within the same season.

Reflecting on his current form during an interview with La Cadena SER, the Spaniard stressed that he is trying to improve further despite his success on the tour. The 33-year-old has won 47 out of 53 matches played so far this season. Besides the US Open, he also won clay-court titles in Rome and at the French Open, as well the Rogers Cup. It was at the Rogers Cup, where he defended a hard court title for the first time in his career.

“I think that the ceiling we have touched, I can continue to improve is something I work for every day.” He said. “I will train with the illusion of being better.”
“I conceive to train with the illusion to improve things and that has always been the ultimate goal.”

2019 has undoubtedly been largely a success for Nadal, who is in with a shot of ending the year as world No.1. However, he is not getting too carried away. Stating that he believes it has not been the best season of his career so far.

“It has not been the best year of my career, it is being one of the best without a doubt, but there have been many very good.” Explained Nadal. “There was one where I won three Grand Slams, a year that I won nine tournaments … it’s (2019) inside of a high category, but there have been others very good.”

Nadal’s career title tally currently stands at 84 on the ATP Tour, which is the fourth highest in the Open Era. Out the 84, a record 59 has taken place on his beloved clay. He has also spent 196 weeks as world No.1 and recorded 169 wins over top 10 opposition.

A member of the formidable Big Three, Nadal is constantly in the limelight. He currently has over 15 million Twitter followers and 14 million Facebook likes. British data analytics firm YouGov currently ranks him as the third most popular tennis player after Federer and Andy Murray.

“It doesn’t overwhelm me so much impact, it’s been many years that I’ve been around the world.” Nadal commented on his popularity.
“Feeling the love and support of so many people is a great satisfaction . I try to live as normally as possible and thus appreciating all the good things that happen to me daily”.

Nadal is set to return to action in just over a week’s time to play in the Laver Cup. Until the end of the year he has no ranking points to defend on the ATP Tour.

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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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