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Latest Leg Of Roger Federer’s South American Tour Sets New World Record

The former world No.1 said he ‘had chills’ following his historic match.

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It will be hard for Roger Federer to forget his recent trip to Mexico City after he took part in the most attended tennis match of all time, according to multiple sources.

 

A total of 42,517 fans turned up to his showdown against Alexander Zverev at the Plaza de Toros México, which is the largest bullring in the world. The 20-time grand slam champion came back from a set down to defeat the world No.7 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in front of the animated crowd. Dubbed by organisers as ‘the greatest match’ the event also featured the Bryan brothers taking on Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes Varela and Santiago Gonzalez.

“It means the world to us and for tennis to be able to write history in Mexico.” Federer told reporters after his victory. “It has been 23 years since I came to Mexico and what a mistake I made.’
“They gave me the opportunity to play in front of one of the best audiences, I have chills. This day history is written in tennis and I was here with Sasha to live it.”

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Only once had Federer played a tournament in Mexico and that was during his junior career. In 1996 at the age of 15 he reached the second round of the Casablanca Cup as a qualifier. He also reached the quarter-finals of the doubles tournament.

The attendance figure is almost 7000 more than the previous record, which was held by two stars of the women’s game. In 2010 35,681 people watched Kim Clijsters take on Serena Williams in Belgium. To put those attendance figures into perspective. The Arthur Ashe stadium, which is the premier venue of the US Open, holds just under 24,000 people.

“I made a pair of special shoes for every place I visited. Mexico is the most special because this was the best game for me of the entire tour,” said 22-year-old Zverev.

It is likely that Federer’s latest record will be broken in the coming months by him once again. Next February he is set to take on rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in South Africa. It will be held at the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000. The upcoming clash is part of his Match for Africa series, which raises money for children’s education in the region. Also set to take part is Microsoft founder Bill Gates and South African comedian Trevor Noah.

It has been originally planned that Federer would be travelling to Colombia as part of his tour. However, that match has been cancelled due to ongoing anti-government protests occurring in the country. He will end his week on Sunday in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.

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Alexander Zverev: “You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many Grand Slam semifinals”

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Alexander Zverev has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career after beating Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the quarter final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Zverev became the first German player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Tommy Haas at Wimbledon ten years ago.

“It feels awesome. I have done well in World Tour Finals, won Masters, but could never make that breakthrough at a Grand Slam. I am happy to be in the semifinals. You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many.”, said Zverev after the quarter final match against Wawrinka.

Zverev set up a semifinal against Dominic Thiem, who beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6). The Austrian player leads 6-2 in his eight head-to-head matches against his younger German rival and won their most recent clash in the semifinal of the ATP Finals in London.

“I will have a cold glass of Coca Cola in my hotel room, with air conditioning, hopefully watching Nadal and Thiem play for six hours. That’s my assessment of the match”, joked Zverev in his post-match interview.

Zverev started his 2020 season with three defeats against Alex De Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals, but he bounced back at this Australian Open, where he dropped just one set against Wawrinka in the quarter final.

“After losing the first set against Stan, I was getting ready to talk to the press about why I lost in straight sets. I turned it around and my energy picked up a bit. I wasn’t used to his ball. I needed to get used it. Thank God it worked out. I hope you can see in ATP Cup I was horrible, but this is a Grand Slam and this is where you’re meant to play your best tennis and I have been doing that. My energy picked up a little bit”, said Zverev.

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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day 10: Dominic Thiem Stuns Nadal, Zverev Breaks New Ground

A four set thriller resulted in the shock exit of the world No.1.

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Rafael Nadal has become the first member of the illustrious Big Three to exit this year’s Australian Open. The world No.1 crashed out in four sets to Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is through to the last four in Melbourne for the first time at the age of 26. Awaiting Thiem next will be another semifinal debutante in the shape of Alexander Zverev.

 

Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse both matches with British journalist Stuart Fraser from The Times.

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Hsieh-Su Wei and Barbora Strycova set doubles final clash against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic

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Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova will battle against against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in a clash between the number two seeds in the doubles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Hsieh and Strycova beat number 4 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3 in Thursday’s first semifinal. The top seeds will be bidding for their second title as a team after their triumph at Wimbledon last summer.

Hsieh and Strycova broke twice in each set and never faced a break point in each set.

“It’s always so amazing to be back here, because my first final in a junior Grand Slam was here, so I would like to thank Barbora for bringing me back again”,said Hsieh.

 “I am very happy that we are through to the final. It means so much for me. To have a partner like Su-wei by my side, it’s something very special. Playing another final of a Grand Slam, especially in Australia, which is my favourite country”,said Strycova.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching 7-5 6-2 in the second semifinal. Neither team faced a break point in the first ten games before Babos and Mladenovic earned the first break to take a 6-5 lead. The Hungarian and French team came back from 4-5 down in the first set by winning eight of the next nine games.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Hsieh and Strycova 6-1 6-3 in their previous head-to-head clash in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

 

 

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