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Ubaldo Strikes Again And This Time John McEnroe Is Involved!

Another tournament, another memorable moment for the formidable Italian journalist.

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It has become a regular occurrence when Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta has the media room in hysterics and the Laver Cup was no exception.

 

The veteran Italian journalist latest encounter involved former world No.1 John McEnroe, who was the captain of team world. Following the conclusion of the three-day event in Geneva, Scanagatta kicked off team world’s press conference. Asking McEnroe if he would have changed anything and if the loss was a nightmare scenario for him. However, Scanagatta is renowned for his lengthy questions. A lot of which generate insightful responses from players on the tour.

“I’d like to know from John McEnroe what would he have changed if he could change something today? Because he didn’t expect probably that Fritz would beat Thiem, but he did. So you weren’t happy of what happened. Can you tell us about that? And also, Federer is talking about a dream weekend. Are you talking about a nightmare?” He asked.

Whilst the question was well meaning, McEnroe didn’t hold back in a humorous exchange. Branding it as a ‘skittish.’ A term used to describe something as either unpredictable or frivolous.

“Why do I even have to answer? I mean, Jesus Christ. That’s a skittlish question.” McEnroe responded.
“Is that good enough? What was the question, Ubaldo? I forgot. I’m not sure I care at this point.” He added.

The friendship between McEnroe and Scanagatta has a long history. The two go way back to the days when the Italian use to take the former tennis player around Florence on his motorbike when the American was looking for a present for his first wife Tatum O’Neal. Scanagatta also had the opportunity to hit with McEnroe at the Club Italia in Forte dei Marmi in the past.

Scanagatta made headlines around the world earlier this year when Rafael Nadal caught him sleeping during his press conference. At the same tournament, Novak Djokovic then gave his own impression of the journalist after winning the title.

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At Wimbledon Scanagatta wrote an article predicting the Matteo Berrettini wouldn’t lose ‘6-1, 6-2, 6-2’ to Roger Federer. Ironically he did lose with that exact score. When Federer found out, he wasn’t going to let that go.

“If you should change your job or not, is that question? Think about it.” The Swiss player said to the Ubitennis chief during an exchange.

It is safe to say that there is never a dull moment when Scanagatta is around. The 70-year-old has now worked at 154 grand slam tournaments so far in his career.

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Rafael Nadal Hoping Coronavirus Will Not Spoil His Olympic Dreams

The 19-time grand slam champion speaks out about the worldwide outbreak.

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal has said he is hopeful that a remedy can be found to contain the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak in order to stop what he describes as ‘fear’ erupting.

 

Several countries have declared major medical emergencies in order to tackle the illness, which also goes by the name of Covid 19. It is believed to have originated in China, where the most infections and deaths from the illness have been recorded. However, Iran is also struggling with an outbreak, Italy has quantified 11 towns, Saudi Arabia is preventing foreign pilgrims from entering their country and Japan has closed schools.

Coronavirus has also had an impact on various tennis events with a string of Chinese ITF and Challenger events cancelled. Meanwhile on Sunday, the final of the ATP Bergamo Open in Italy was cancelled due to concerns. Making it the first time an European event has been impacted by the threat posed by Coronavirus.

“I hope it is controlled, that a remedy is found and this uncertainty is stopped, this psychosis, this fear. It is the most important thing, not only for the Olympic Games, but for humanity, “ Nadal commented on the issue following his second round win at the Mexican Open.

One of the biggest sporting events is also under threat – the Olympic Games. This year’s edition will be held in Tokyo, Japan. IOC council member Dick Pound has recently said the sporting event will be cancelled if there is ‘world health at stake.’ The World Health Organisation is currently working with Olympic organizers, who are keen to empathise that they have no intention of cancelling the event.

“Our basic thoughts are that we will go ahead with the Olympic and Paralympic Games as scheduled,” Committee chief executive Toshiro Muto recently told Japanese reporters.
“For the time being, the situation of the coronavirus infection is, admittedly, difficult to predict, but we will take measures such that we’ll have a safe Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Nadal is one of many tennis players hoping to win a gold medal later this year. The Spaniard is already a three-time Olympic after competing in 2004, 2008 and 2016. He has previously won two gold medals. Claiming the singles title in 2008 and the doubles trophy alongside Marc Lopez in 2016.

“Regarding the Olympic Games, to say that it is one of the most special events in the world. It is a unique experience to be there and I consider it the most difficult tournament to win because you only have two or three chances in your career, “ Nadal commented.

The Olympic tennis tournament will get underway on July 25th. It will be held at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Novak Djokovic reaches the semifinal in Dubai for the ninth time in his career

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-2 in one hour and six minutes to reach the semifinal at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament for the ninth time in his career.

 

Djokovic dropped 13 points in eight service game and converted on five of his nine break points. He dropped his serve only once in the first set.

Djokovic held serve with a drop shot winner in the third game and broke serve at love with a forehand return down the line winner in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The 2020 Australian Open champion held his serve with a drop shot winner in the third game and broke serve at love with a return down the line winner.

Djokovic held serve at love with a volley winner to consolidate the break. The Serbian player went up a double break earning his chance to serve for the set, as Khachanov netted a backhand in the sixth game. Khachanov pulled one break back after a forehand error from Djokovic, as the Serb failed to convert a set point in the next game. Djokovic got another break in the eighth game to clinch the opening set 6-2 on his third set point in 32 minutes, as Khachanov hit a backhand into the net.

Khachanov fended off a break point in the second game of the second set before Djokovic earned a break at love in the fourth game with a lob. Djokovic sealed the second set with another break at 5-2.

“I don’t know if I am playing the best tennis of my career. That’s a big statement, but I am feeling and playing well.  I like the conditions, but in windy conditions it’s not easy to serve and find rhythm. I know it wasn’t Karen’s day, but I think I played a very solid match. I am trying to be in the present and execute my game plan”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic set up a semifinal against Gael Monfils, who won the all-French clash against Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 after 73 minutes. Monfils broke serve twice in the fifth and ninth games to win the first set 6-3 and went up a 5-1 lead with two breaks. Gasquet pulled back one of the two breaks, as Monfils was serving for the match at 5-1. Monfils served out the win on his first match point.

Monfils is seeking his third title of the year after winning two consecutive tournaments in Montpellier and Rotterdam.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches his second consecutive semifinal in Dubai

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Last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from one set down to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6 6-4 6-4 reaching the semifinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the second consecutive year.

 

Struff earned three set points at 5-4 in the opening set. Tsitsipas recovered to 30-40, as Struff hit two forehands into the net. The German player converted his third break point chance to win the first set 6-4 after 45 minutes.

Tsitsipas earned an early break in the first game of the second set, as Struff hit a forehand long at 15-40. Tsitsipas rallied from 15-40 down, when he was serving for the second set at 5-4, and converted his second set point with a forehand down the line winner.

Struff fended off four break points in the first game of the decisive set. Tsitsipas earned the decisive break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 and sealed the win on his first match point. Tsitsipas will face Daniel Evans, who beat Andrey Rublev 6-2 7-6 (11-9).

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