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Daniil Medvedev Determined To Pursue No.1 Dream

The Russian is hoping to keep his momentum going this week in Paris.

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In the midst of what has been an extraordinary second half of 2019 for Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, he is still hungry for more on the tour.

 

The world No.4 approaches the final stages of the season as one of the most inform players after reaching six consecutive finals. Becoming the first active player outside of the Big Four to do so. Since Wimbledon, he has claimed a duo of Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai, as well as winning the St. Petersburg Open. He has won 59 matches so far this season, which is more than any other player on the ATP Tour.

As a result of his rapid rise, Medvedev is knocking on the door of breaking into the world’s top three. Although he is 1200 points behind third place Federer. To put that into perspective, the Russian didn’t make his debut in the top 15 until February this year. Although it is the world No.1 ranking he is hoping to claim one day.

“It’s hard to explain because when I was No. 15, I was good already. Then I wanted to get into the top 10, which is never easy.” Medvedev said during media day at the Paris Masters.
“And then with the US series when I lost during the third round, I managed to get in the top 10. And you can tell yourself, Okay, I’ve done a full circle, but I didn’t want to stop.’
“I just want to see how far I can go. It could be No. 1. If it doesn’t happen, that means that I wouldn’t be strong enough. And I know that to get to be high up in the race, you have to do a significant effort, but I’m trying to do my best.”

Life has changed for the 23-year-old both on and off the court. Following his run to the US Open final, he signed a high-profile endorsement deal with BMW in his home country. The value of the contract was never disclosed to the public, but on the court he has already made $6.955 million in prize money so far this season.

“More people recognise me in Russia and Europe and New York. In New York, I had to wear a hoodie all the time,” he explains about his newfound fame. “That’s because I have worked so much. I have to live with it. That’s part and parcel of my achievements and this is what I’m doing.”

Whilst he seems pretty invincible at present, Medvedev knows better than everybody that it can’t last forever. He has won 29 out of his past 32 matches played on the tour and is 11-0 in quarter-finals since January.

“It’s not that I’m afraid, but rather I don’t want it to stop. I want to work as hard as I can to make sure that this momentum doesn’t stop. It has worked well so far, and I hope to continue. But we never know.” He concluded.

At the Paris Masters Medvedev will open up his campaign against either Sam Querrey or Jeremy Chardy. He is bidding to become the fourth Russian player to win the tournament.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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