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Roger Federer cruises past Peter Gojowczyk in his 1500th career match in Basel

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Nine-time Swiss Indoors champion Roger Federer cruised past Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 6-1 after 52 minutes in his 1500th career match in his hometown Basel at the St. Jakobhalle.

 

Federer, who made his first appearance in his home tournament in 1998, has scored his 21st consecutive match win in his home tournament and his 58th win in 61 matches at this event since 2006. It was his 72nd overall win in Basel.

The Swiss star hit 34 winners to 18 unforced errors. He broke five times and dropped his serve only once.

Federer dropped six points in four service games and broke twice to seal the opening set 6-2. The 20-time Swiss legend held serve at deuce in the first game after a forehand error from Gojowczyk. The German player held serve at love to win his first game.

Federer held his serve in the third game at love with an ace to take a 2-1 lead. The Basle native player broke serve at love with a backhand down the line winner. After two holds of serve Federer closed out the first set 6-2 in the eighth game with his second break.

Gojowzyk forced the first game of the second set to deuce on return. Federer converted his fourth break point chance in the second game when Goyowczyk hit a backhand error. Federer dropped his serve in the third game after wasting two game points. Federer earned his second break with a running forehand winner to open up a 3-1 lead and held his serve at 15 in the fifth game. Federer hit a forehand winner to break serve for the fourth time in a row. He closed out the match with a easy hold in the seventh game to secure his spot in the Round of 16 where he will face either Radu Albot or Dusan Lajovic.

Federer is bidding to win his 10th career title in Basel and his 103rd overall title.

“I thought the match was good. I felt like I had a good spring in my step and was quick onto the ball. It didn’t take me long to get used to the conditions. That was positive. I knew of the danger playing Peter, especially indoors. He had a great couple of qualifying matches, so I knew he would be tough, especially because he beat Karlovic, who serves well”, said Federer.  

Australian Next Gen player Alex De Minaur defeated Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-1 7-5 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face the winner of the match between Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz.

Germany’s Jan Lennard Struff fired 21 aces to ease past Serbian Next Gen player Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 6-2 setting up a second round match against Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen, who beat Benoit Paire 6-3 7-5.

 

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Tomas Berdych: It Is Up To Others To Decide My Legacy

The former top-10 player spoke with reporters for the first time since officially retiring from the sport

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Tomer Berdych (far left) among group of recently retired player's attending special presentation at The 2019 ATP Finals

LONDON: Tomas Berdych has said his future plans is ‘to not have a plan’ after officially retiring from tennis on Saturday at the age of 34.

 

The former Wimbledon runner-up joined a series of other former players to celebrate their careers in a special on-court presentation at the ATP Finals. Also present was Radek Stepanek and David Ferrer. News of Berdych’s decision to walk away from the sport surfaced earlier this week after a Czech newspaper spoke with his father Martin.

Speculation has mounted in recent months about Berdych’s future in the sport after struggles with injury issues concerning his back and hip. He hasn’t played on the tour since the US Open. Overall, he has only managed to play 22 matches this season. Winning 13 of them.

“I was able to train, practice, prepare, and then you get to the tournament, and then I play three games, the problem came back.” Berdych explained during a press conference about his decision.
“You put all the negative stuff on the one side, and then the positive is to go on court, fight, win the match, and there was no chance to achieve that. There is really no point to continue.”

Playing in the shadows on the Big Four contingent, the Czech still managed to establish himself as a household name. Albeit on a smaller scale. As of this week, he is ranked as the 11th highest-earning player on the ATP Tour in history with more than $29 million in prize money. His achievements include winning 13 ATP titles and spending 794 consecutive weeks in the top 100. At his peak, he was fourth in the world rankings and finished seven seasons inside the top 10.

Like any other player, it hasn’t always been a smooth journey for Berdych. One example was during the 2012 Australian Open where he was booed off the court after defeating Nicolas Almagro during what was a bad-tempered encounter. However, fortunately, most of his career has been free from controversy.

“Do I have any regrets? No, I think even the bad things or the negative experience that I went through or I experienced or I have done, I think they were there for the reason. I think without them, I wouldn’t be as good as I was.” Berdych stated.
“I think even the bad ones were there for a reason.”

Now he has stepped away from the sport for good, what does the future have in store? According to the Czech, he is in no intention of rushing into anything else soon. Although he admits that it may not be tennis-related.

“The plan is actually not to have any plans. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just to breathe out easily after all those years.”

As the chapter closes on the career of one of the Czech Republic’s most successful male players in the Open Era, he leaves the sport with high respect from both his fans and fellow rivals. As for his legacy, he says that it is not for him to decide.

“I think I’m not the correct one to judge that. I was trying to do the best I possibly can, and I think this is something that you created with your achievement and with your behavior.” He concludes.

Berdych’s career in numbers

2 – number of Davis Cup titles won
4 – highest ATP ranking achieved
13– number of ATP titles
53 – number of wins over top 10 players
342 – number of losses on the ATP Tour
640 – number of wins on the ATP Tour
2002 – the year he turned pro
2019 – the year he retired
29,491,328 – career prize money (in US dollars)

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Jannik Sinner cruises through to the semifinal at the ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Last week’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner beat his Federico Gaio 6-4 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the ATP Challenger in Ortisei in the Italian region of Sudtyrol.

 

During this week Sinner beat Lucas Miedler, Roberto Marcora and Federico Gaio without dropping a set. The 18-year-old player coached by Riccardo Piatti is projected to improve his ranking to world number 88 in the ATP Ranking and could reach the top 80 at world number 78 if he wins the Ortisei tournament. This position would rank Sinner as the sixth Italian best ranked player behind Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi. This year Sinner won two Challenger tournaments in Bergamo and Lexington and reached two more semifinals in Ostrava and Mouilleron le Captif.

Sinner converted his third break point chance at deuce in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead in the first set. Gaio broke back at 15 in the seventh game and held serve to draw level to 4-4. Sinner sealed the first set with a break at love in the 10th game with a double fault from Gaio. Sinner closed the match with the only break in the 10th game of the second set.

Sinner set up a semifinal against number 6 seed Antoine Hoang, who cruised past France’s Elliott Benchetrit 6-2 6-0. Earlier this year Sinner beat Hoang 6-4 5-7 6-1 in the qualifying round in Lyon.

Austria’s Sebastian Ofner beat this year’s Australian Open Junior champion Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-5) 6-2. Ofner rallied from 1-5 down to draw level to 5-5 in the tie-break, but Ofner won the final two points to win the first set. Ofner broke twice in the first and fifth games to win the second set 6-2.

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ATP Finals 2019 Day 7 Preview: Roger Federer Continues Chase For Record Seventh Title

Who will advance to the championship match at the biggest non-Major event of the year?

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Roger Federer is a six-time champion of this tournament, but it’s been eight years since he last prevailed.  Sascha Zverev is the defending champion, but 2019 has been a disappointing year with only one title at a 250 event.  Dominic Thiem elevated his hard court game this year with three titles on this surface, and is now just two wins from the biggest title of his career.  And 2019 has been a breakthrough year for Stefanos Tsitsipas with 51 match wins to date, but can he recover from a physically and emotionally draining loss to Rafael Nadal just 24 hours ago?

 

Roger Federer (3) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (6)

This will be their fourth career meeting, all of which have occurred this year.  Back in January, Tsitsipas made a name for himself by defeating Federer on his way to the Australian Open semifinals.  But in their last two matches, both on faster-paced hard courts, Federer won all four sets by a score of 6-4.  Roger played magnificently against Novak Djokvoic on Thursday, defeating him for the first time in four years.  He’ll certainly be the fresher of the two, as Tsitispas played for nearly three hours in a competitive loss to Nadal just yesterday.  Even though Stefanos is 17 years younger than Roger, he certainly won’t be the fresher player today.  Federer has lost in the semifinals of this event two years in a row, but he should be favored to break that pattern and advance to his 11th championship match at the ATP Finals.

Dominic Thiem (5) vs. Sascha Zverev (7)

Thiem owns a commanding 5-2 record against Zverev, though they haven’t played in nearly 18 months.  And three of Dominic’s victories came while Sascha was still a teenager, and before Zverev had ascended to the top of the game.  Thiem was most impressive in defeating both Federer and Djokovic during the round robin stage, but did not play his best on Thursday, losing in straight sets to Matteo Berrettini.  Darren Cahill on ESPN said Thiem has been battling flu symptoms over the past few days.  Zverev meanwhile looked sharp in taking out Daniil Medvedev last night in straight sets with his tournament life on the line.  If Sascha can continue serving well, I like his chances to return to the final at the O2 for the second straight year.

Other Notable Matches on Day 7:

In the first doubles semifinal, Wimbledon and US Open champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (1) vs. Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus (5), champions at Halle and Washington this year.

In the second doubles semifinal, Winston-Salem champs Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo (2) vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (7), champions at the Australian Open and the Paris Masters.

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