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Vedrai Martic becomes the new coach of Marin Cilic

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Vedran Martic has become the new coach of Marin Cilic during the 2020 season. Martic guided Goran Ivanisevic to Wimbledon victory. More recently the Croatian coach helped Karen Khachanov to win three ATP titles in 2017.

 

Martic is currently guiding the Croatian Davis Cup team. Under the guidance of Martic, Croatia has qualified for the Davis Cup Finals with a 3-1 win over India. Cilic won his two singles matches against Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal.

Cilic will take the opportunity to spend more time with his family during the month of April without tennis due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

“We are aware of the situation and it is certainly better to beware than to take the possible risks so here, now I have more time at home”.

Last January Cilic’s wife gave birth to their first child and it will be the perfect time for the former US Open champion to take a rest and enjoy a period at home.

“It was the perfect time for me to be with my family, enjoy and have a little more time to rest, and hang out. I will definitely be more awake overnight, whillwill make Kristina’s life much easier. Of course I am afraid most of all because of my son Baldo, because he is still very small. I am even avoiding going to the gym, where there are bigger gatherings, and maybe I will even do more outdoor workouts”.

 Cilic put the suspension of all tennis activities at the time of coronavirus in perspective compared to the global tragedy caused by the pandemic at global level. He said that

“I heard from the NBA guys. They told me that this is unique and everything is under alarm. They do not know what is going to happen, or if they will return home or stay there, so we are still on the edge of our seats, waiting for what will develop, but most importantly, we are all healthy and this is under control”.

 

Cilic said during his interview to the Croatian website Gol.hr that the calendar problem will be less of a concern as compared to the global coronavirus pandemic.

 

“Who knows what the Olympics will be like, but luckily for tennis, the positive is that our season is so long, it lasts until the end of November. The problem is that the points of the ranking will be affected, with other tournaments being canceled, but these are less of a concern”, said Marin Calic.

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Dominic Thiem beats Andrey Rublev in a high-quality match at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-4 in a high-quallty match to take the lead in his round-robin group at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Thiem converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Rublev broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Thiem earned his second break at 15 to win the first set 7-5.

The Austrian player converted his only break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and saved Rublev’s only break point chance to seal the second set 6-4 on his third match point.

The 2020 Australian Open finalisti s the only player in his group with two wins.

Dennis Novak bounced back from the defeat in his opening match with a 6-1 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubts about travelling to New York for the US Open and commits to the Madrid Mutua Open

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Rafael Nadal has cast doubts about travelling to New York to play at the US Open and could not defend the title he won last year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will play at the Madrid Mutua Open, which will be held from 12 to 20 September one week after the US Open. The Madrid Mutua Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome are the two clay Masters 1000 tournaments leading to the French Open, which will be held from 27th September to 11th October 2020.

 

“Rafael has confirmed his participation in Madrid. I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September. We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”, said Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

Last year Nadal won his fourth title in New York and the 19th Grand Slam trophy of his career beating Danil Medvedev in five sets. He also won 12 Roland Garros titles, two Wimbledon titles and the Australian Open once.

Novak Djokovic, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the Adria Tour, has not committed to play the US Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Roberto Bautista Agut to take the lead in his round robin group at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 to take the lead in the Soccer Coin round-robin group at the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

Both players earned two break points in the opening set, but they held their serve in the first sixth games. Berrettini converted his second break point chance in the seventh game to take a 4-3. The 2019 US Open semifinalist saved two break points in his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

The second set went on serve in the first four games. Berrettini earned two break points and did not face a single break point chance in the second set. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game at love to take a 3-2 lead. The world number 8 player went up a double break in the ninth game to clinch the second set 6-3.

With two wins in the first two matches Berrettini will face Karen Khachanov in the third and final match of the round robin group. Berrettini hit five aces and won 71% of his first serve points.

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