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Vasek Pospisil Hits Out At Fellow ATP Council Members Federer And Nadal

The Canadian has said the two members of the Big Three should not be the main people negotiating pay for players on the tour.

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 21: Vasek Pospisil of Canada in action during the quarter final match between Australia and Canada of Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 21, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Diego Souto / Kosmos Tennis)

This year has seen the men’s tour hit by various political disagreements concerning a range of topics. So when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal returned to the ATP Players Council, it was hoped that those disagreements would soon disappear. However, this has failed to be the case.

 

Vasek Pospisil, who is also a member of the 12-person council, has criticised the two grand slam champions over their commitment to increasing the percentage of the sports revenue issued to players. The 29-year-old is a vocal supporter to changes being made. In August Pospisil said that only 14% of the revenue is currently given to players. In an article written for The Globe and Mail, he argued that the increase is needed in order to help the lower ranked players survive on the tour.

“Tennis has the lowest revenue sharing of all professional sports that have become a global business. Even the 14 percent is not an audited figure. This number could, potentially, be quite a bit less.” Pospisil wrote during the Rogers Cup.
“This low revenue share, in turn, means only a handful of tennis players can make a good living in a sport that makes billions of dollars and in which athletes have perhaps the highest out-of-pocket expenses compared with other sports.”

Calling for changes to be made, Pospisil has taken a swipe at both Federer and Nadal for their lack of commitment to his cause. The duo are one of three players to have made more than $100 million in prize money along with Novak Djokovic. Nadal represents top 50 players in the council and Federer is a member at-large.

“Unfortunately, they [Nadal and Federer] haven’t supported the movement,” Pospisil told The Daily Hive earlier this week.
“From my conversations with Roger and what they [Federer and Nadal] say in the press, I think they acknowledge that there’s an issue, but unfortunately, they haven’t followed with what the 80-plus top hundred players have signed on for.”

Disagreements and spats within the council is nothing new. The decision to remove Chris Kermode from his position as ATP CEO earlier this year triggered a divide between players as to if it was the right decision or not. Then there was also the turmoil surrounding former board member Justin Gimelstob, who was found guilty of assault, and who should replace him.

Speaking about his two rivals, Pospisil believes they are not the right people to be negotiating financial deals. Arguing that the task should be down to somebody with expertise in the area.

“They’re not they’re not the type of guys, in my opinion, that should be negotiating complicated details of financials and the way that money is distributed. We need guys that have studied that for decades.” He said.

As for council president Djokovic, the Canadian has hailed his work to improve the tour for all players and not just those at the top. The world No.2 has been previously accused of being a key driving force behind the removal of Kermode. Although there was never any conclusive evidence disclosed to the public that he did so.

“Novak has been incredible,” said Pospisil. “Honestly, I didn’t really know him too well before I got on the player council with him. We sort of bonded and in the sense that we both look at the issues the same way and we have very visions on how we think the tennis world needs to improve.”
“He’s sometimes misunderstood on the court. He’s he plays a lot of passion and fire, but honestly when in the player council room he’s really fighting for all the players, even lower-ranked guys.”

Pospisil is currently ranked 149th in the world. He has claimed that 70 top 100 players on the women’s tour support some kind of partnership regarding his push for an increased share of the revenue. Although Ubitennis are unable to confirm this.

List of ATP Council members

At-Large: Novak Djokovic – President
1-50 Singles: Kevin Anderson – Vice President
1-50 Singles: Rafael Nadal
1-50 Singles: John Isner
1-50 Singles: Sam Querrey
51-100 Singles: Yen-Hsun Lu
51-100 Singles: Vasek Pospisil
1-100 Doubles: Jurgen Melzer
1-100 Doubles: Bruno Soares
At-Large: Roger Federer
Coach: Brad Stine
Alumni: Colin Dowdeswell

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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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Danil Medvedev sets fourth round clash against Stan Wawrinka in Melbourne

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Danil Medvedev beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 6-2 to set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.

 

Medvedev earned the first break in the second game of the opening set. Popyrin broke straight back in the next game to draw level to 1-1, but Medvedev earned his second break to take a 2-1 lead. The 2019 US Open finalist held his serve in a hard-fought eighth game after saving a break point and sealed the first set 6-4 on his second set point.

Medvedev broke serve at love in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Popyrin held his serve in the fifth game after saving two break points to claw his way back to 2-3. Medvedev sealed the second set with his second break at 15.

Medvedev got an early break at 15 in the second game of the third set. Kyrgios converted his fourth break-back point chance in the sixth game. Medvedev closed it out on his second match point.

“I am happy to win it in straight sets. I have good memories from last year, which was my first time in the second week of a Grand Slam and hopefully I can make it even further this year. I just try to win as many matches as I can. Hopefully I can win seven here”,said Medvedev.

Medvedev set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka, who reached the fourth round, when US John Isner withdrew from the match due to a foot injury, when the Lausanne player was leading 6-4 4-1.

“You never want your opponent to pull out. I was playing well again today. I was really happy the way I was playing. That’s very positive. It’s great to be back in the second week, that’s for sure. Feeling way better. It’s positive to have a good practice tomorrow and to be ready for the next one”,said Wawrinka.

Medvedev won both his previous head-to-head matches against Wawrinka at 2017 Wimbledon and in the quarter final of the 2019 US Open.

“Stan is a very tough opponent. He has won three majors and has gone deep a lot of times. It’s never going to be an easy match against Stan. I will have to show my best game to have a chance”, said Medvedev.

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Dominic Thiem beats Taylor Fritz to set fourth-round clash against Gael Monfils in Melbourne

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Fifth seed and 2019 Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem beat Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 on a warm afternoon to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the third time in his career.

 

Thiem fended off six of the seven break points he faced and broke three times to take a 2-0 lead before Fritz took the edge 7-5 in the tie-break of the third set. The Austrian player sealed the win with a break in the 10th game of the fourth set.

“I also have to say honestly, that I got pretty lucky in the three meetings against him. I remember that at the US Open and today that, I think especially in the second set, I saved six break points. Somehow in the meetings so far, the US Open and here, I pulled myself out of very close situations. In the Laver Cup he turned the tables. He is serving great. You have to expect close matches against him. That was again the case”,said Thiem.

Thiem will face Gael Monfils, who beat Latvian qualifier and 2014 Roland Garros semifinalist Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 27 minutes. The French player reached the second week in Melbourne for the fourth time, and the first since 2017. Monfils has beaten Gulbis all the three times they have met on the ATP Tour, including in the second round match at 2013 Roland Garros. Gulbis earned the first break after two deuces to take a 2-1 lead. Monfils broke straight back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Both players held their next service games en route to the tie-break. Monfils converted the first of his four set points to win the tie-break 7-2.

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Monfils converted his second break point in the third game to take a 2-1 lead and held his next three service games at deuce. The 33-year-old Frenchman closed it out on his first set point.

The third set went on serve until the sixth game before Monfils broke twice in a row in the seventh and ninth games to win the third set 6-3.

Monfils is bidding to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the second time in his career. Monfils converted nine of his nine break points.

“Gael and I have had great matches, I have always had great rallies against him. It’s nice on court when you play him to see his show”, said Thiem.

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