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Rafael Nadal Surges Past Wawrinka To Seal Paris Quarter-Final Berth

Rafael Nadal recorded his 50th win of the season as he reached the quarter-finals in Paris.

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Rafael Nadal powered past Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Paris as he looks to finish the year as world number one. 

 

The Spaniard secured his 50th win of the season with a comfortable display over Wawrinka in a contest that lasted two minutes short of the 90 minute mark.

A break in the third game of the opening set and the ninth game of the second set was enough to seal a place in the last eight in Paris.

Next for Nadal will be Jo-Wilfred Tsonga after he edged past Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6 6-4 7-6(6).

It was a testing start for the US Open champion as he was forced to save break points from an aggressive Wawrinka, with clutch serving coming to the rescue.

As he often does when having a tricky service game, Nadal broke in the next game as he came back from 0-30 to secure the crucial break of serve.

More break points would be saved as Nadal used his defensive slice to perfection as Wawrinka failed to display any smart returning.

Even though the wide serve prevented the Spaniard from breaking any further, the 34 year-old couldn’t construct any points from the return.

Some good net play was also key for Nadal as a mistimed backhand from the Swiss saw the second seed secure the opening set in 44 minutes.

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There was more controlled tennis from Wawrinka in the second set as he managed to create better angles to force his opponent out-wide.

Meanwhile Nadal started to rush his forehand more which saw a lot more errors on the return than the first set, which gave Wawrinka hope.

But just as the three-time grand slam champion gained momentum, a flurry of forehand errors saw him broken at a crucial stage in the match.

It gave the future world number one an opportunity to serve out the match, which he did in convincing fashion to seal a spot in the last eight in Paris.

After the match, Nadal admitted it was a tricky match, “It was a match with not many rallies. I played with some mistakes, but at the same time I served well,” the Spaniard said to Tennis TV.

“I was able to feel confident behind my serve and on the return it was difficult today to find opportunities. The important thing was that when I did have opportunities I played with the right determination. It’s an important victory against a tough opponent.”

The win means it is a straight sets win for the Spaniard in 21 of their 22 head-to-head meetings which is further proof on how this match doesn’t suit the Swiss.

Next for Nadal is Jo-Wilfred Tsonga as he continues to boost his chances of ending the season as world number one for the eighth time in his career.

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Injury-Stricken Juan Martin Del Potro Suffers New Blow And An Uncertain Future

There is more bad news for fans of the former world No.3 and his hopes of a return to tennis.

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Hopes of Juan Martin del Potro returning to the tour in the coming weeks have ended after it was announced that he will undergo further surgery on Monday.

 

The former US Open champion hasn’t played a competitive match since June after fracturing his right kneecap at the Fever-Tree Championships in London. The same one he also hurt towards the end of the 2018 season. Shortly after his mishap the Argentine underwent surgery in Barcelona in an attempt to fix the issue and have been undergoing rehabilitation ever since.

Unfortunately for the former top-five player, the surgery hasn’t been a success with him continuing to have pain in the region. In an official press release published on Sunday, it was confirmed that the issue is affecting the Argentine in everyday tasks such as walking up a flight of stairs. As a consequence, Del Potro will have yet another operation on his knee in Miami.

“We want to update you that after long weeks of inter consultations in Argentina, Europe and the United States, most doctors have come to the conclusion that a new intervention in the right knee of Juan Martin del Potro is necessary.” A statement reads.
“After analyzing the options, Delpo trusted Dr. Lee Kaplan to perform the surgery scheduled for Monday, January 27th in Miami.”
“We hope that this is the definitive solution to eliminate the pain that not only has prevented Delpo from playing tennis, but also making it difficult for him to perform daily activities.”

Speculation over the future intentions of the 31-year-old started earlier this week when he withdrew from the Delray Beach Open. The tournament were where he was set to make his comeback next month.

During his rehabilitation, Del Potro has sought various treatments. Including types of diets, training and trips to specialists. All of which failed to deliver the desired outcome and forced him to undergo surgery.

“Thank you for your patience and for understanding that these past weeks we have taken our time before communicating his next steps. The situation is never easy when it comes to the physique of an athlete and, more importantly, the health of a person.” Team del Potro said.

The latest revelation has cast concerns over Del Potro’s future career. Who at one stage said he was unsure if he would be able to continue playing due to his knee injury (prior to his first surgery). It is the latest setback for the injury-stricken player who have also been forced to undergo four wrist surgeries.

So far in his career, Del Potro has won 22 ATP titles and has been ranked as high as third in the world last year.

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Milos Raonic reaches the Australian Open quarter finals for the fifth time in his career

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Milos Raonic beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 7-5 to advance to the quarter final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in his career and for the second consecutive year. The Canadian player has advanced to the quarter final for the tenth time in his career at Grand Slam level.

 

Raonic saved an early break point with a big serve and hit a backhand down the line to force an error to break in the 10th game closing out the first set 6-4.

The former Wimbldon finalist and eight-time ATP Tour champion hit a backhand return winner in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Cilic brought up two set points on Raonic’s serve in the 10th game of the third set, but Raonic fended them off with three serves. Raonic got a break in the 11th game at 15 and sealed the win on his first match point with an ace.

“It feels pretty good. I have got to say. I can’t complain about it and I am just happy with how things are going. I am happy I have another chance to play in two days here and it’s been an exciting tournament for me so far, but hopefully there are more exciting things ahead. I did a lot of things really well, and I had the idea of how I wanted to play. I was happy I could execute and live up to that”, said Milos Raonic in the post-match interview.

 

 

 

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Nick Kyrgios claims five-set thriller to set up a blockbuster fourth-round clash against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne

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Nick Kyrgios battled past Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) after 4 hours and 26 minutes to set up a blockbuster fourth round clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

 

Khachanov saved match points in both the third and fourth set tie-breaks before losing the decisive tie-break. Kyrgios converted on three of her six break point chances and dropped her serve only once in the entire match.

Kyrgios served well in the opening set and earned two consecutive breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 win. Both players wasted a break point chance to set up a tie-break in the second set. Kyrgios earned two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-5 with a serve up the T.

Kyrgios went up a 4-2 lead in the third set with a break, when Khachanov made two double faults. Khachanov broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Khachanov fended off a match point at 5-6 in the tie-break with a powerful serve and won the final three points to clinch the third set 8-6, as Kyrgios misfired a crosscourt forehand.

Kyrgios saved two break points in the seventh game and earned another match point in the seventh game of the fourth set. Khachanov saved it before winning the tie-break 9-7 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Both players held their serve in the fifth set with no break points setting up the decisive match tie-break. Kyrgios claimed an early mini-break to open up a a 3-0. Khachanov pulled back the mini-break and earned a match point at 8-7, but Kyrgios reeled off the final three points to clinch a thrilling win to the delight of the home fans.

“This is just epic match. I don’t even know what’s going on. Honestly, my legs feel about 40 kilos each. It’s emotional. I haven’t had a moment like that for four, five years, since I last played here against Seppi”, said Kyrgios.

 

 

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