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Guillermo Coria Names The Reason Why Andre Agassi Stopped Training With Him

The former French Open finalist sheds light on a meeting between the two in 2003 that lead to a downfall in their relationship.

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Guillermo Coria Has claimed that former rival Andre Agassi refused to train with him following a meeting they had at the French Open.

 

The 38-year-old Argentine is best known for reaching the final of Roland Garros back in 2004, but it was his meeting with the American a year prior that allegedly changed their relationship. Coria took on second seed Agassi in the quarter-finals of the clay-court grand slam. After dropping the first set, he bounced back to knock the former champion out of the tournament.

Reflecting on his victory during a recent interview, Coria described it as one one that ‘he remembers with great joy.’ Citing Agassi, who is almost 12 years older than him, as one of his idols growing up. The victory was the first time he ever defeated Agassi on the tour. His only other triumph took place two years later in Rome in what was their last ever, as well as most controversial, meeting on the ATP Tour. Overall, Agassi dominated their head-to-head 5-2.

“The meeting with Agassi on the main court in Roland Garros I remember with great joy,” Coria told podcast Cambio de Lado. “He was my idol as a child and having him on the other side of the net in my favourite tournament was very impressive.’
“I remember that I was a break up in the first set, and when I got nervous I lost the set. After losing the set, I realized that I had to continue on the path that I had started and that had worked for me, I had to forget who was on the other (side). I ended up playing the best game of my career, winning and making a decisive click for my career.”

Coria, who won nine ATP titles during his career, credits that win for an elevation in his popularity both in the sport and back home. Prior to the tournament he had just broken into the world’s top 10 for the first time at the age of 21.

“I remember that people began to recognize me much more on the street, I appeared more in the media. That game was a fundamental break in my career.”

Amid his milestone win, Coria believes it cost his relationship with Agassi. He said that he was told by Gil Ryes that his rival ‘lost respect for him’ following their French Open clash. Ryes was Agassi’s physical strength and conditioning trainer for 17 years between 1989 to 2006.

“The funny thing is that since that Roland Garros, Agassi never wanted to train with me again because he said that because of that training I had lost respect for him on the track. Gil Reyes, his physical trainer, told me.” Said Coria.

Elaborating further the former French Open finalist has said Ryes quiz him about his weight for a specific reason. That was because eight-time grand slam winner Agassi wanted to match parts of his physicality despite his successes.

“Every six months we meet with the entire work team and analyse what is the best that each player has and work was being done to ensure that André can acquire these virtues. And he (Agassi) was obsessed with your speed and coordination, he says that you are very fast and you get very well at every ball. So he wants to get to your weight to see if he can do that. ‘ I tell him that this is impossible. It was kind of amazing to find out about that.” Coria remembers Ryes telling him.

Coria played his last professional match back in 2009. During his career, he achieved a win-loss record 218-114 on the ATP Tour and in grand slams.

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‘Tell Them Your Considering Working With A Dog’ – Andy Murray Says He Was Mocked For Hiring Female Coach

The former world No.1 believes former mentor Amelie Mauresmo was treated differently because of her gender.

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Andy Murray says he was ridiculed by some when rumours started to emerge that he was going to appoint a woman as his head coach.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion was mentored by Amelie Mauresmo between 2014-2016 who herself is a former world No.1 on the women’s tour. Although Murray admits that his decision was one that was treated somewhat differently by both the media and those on the Tour. It still remains rare that a top player on the ATP Tour is coached by a female.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Driving Force programme, Murray recounted the reception he received when news started to emerge that he was thinking about appointing a female member to his team. At the time he had just parted ways with Ivan Lendl, who guided him to two Grand Slam titles as well as a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

‘It was in the press that I was considering working with a female coach,’ Murray said.
‘I started getting messages from other players, from their coaches, saying “I can’t believe you’re playing this game with the media. You should tell them tomorrow you’re considering working with a dog.”

The 33-year-old believes Mauresmo was scrutinized more than any of his other coaches by the media. During their time together he won seven titles, including his first two on the clay. However, he failed to win Grand Slam trophies. The two ended their partnership with a ‘mutual agreement.’

“I never had experienced that before because I’d never worked with a female coach on the tour. And then it’s kind of spiralled from there that when I started working with her, yeah, there was negative press towards her,” he explains.
‘Every time I lost the match, which was never the case kind of, when I lost matches previously in my career, nobody questioned my coach. In tennis generally, it’s the individual that gets questioned. And that wasn’t the case when I was working with Amelie.
‘It’s one of my regrets that I didn’t win a Grand Slam when I was working with her. And for people, a lot of people, that was considered a failure because I didn’t do that.”

The experience failed to deter Mauresmo from continuing her work in men’s tennis. After Murray she coached fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille until October this year when she stepped down from the role due to family-related issues. Mauresmo has also previously been selected to captain the French Davis Cup team but didn’t take the role because she wanted to work with Pouille instead.

“I feel like she was harshly judged by a lot of people just purely because she was a woman,” Murray concluded.

According to the ATP, only one member of the year-end top 20 have listed a female as part of their primary coaching team. Denis Shapovalov is coached by his mother Tessa, as well as Mikhail Youzhny.

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Daniil Medvedev’s ATP Finals Breakthrough Praised By Idol Davydenko

The former world No.3 speaks out about Medvedev’s Grand Slam title chances.

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One of Daniil Medvedev’s childhood idols believes the world No.4 is physically ready to contest for a Grand Slam title in the future.

 

Nikolay Davydenko has praised Medvedev’s tactical approach to the Nitto ATP Finals which saw him become the first Russian player to win the title since 2009. The year when Davydenko won it himself. In Sunday’s final, the 24-year-old battled back from a set down to edge out Dominic Thiem. He is the first player in the history of the year-end event to have defeated the top three players in the world en route to the title.

“Medvedev was tactically flexible. With his coaches, they used different Medvedev was tactically flexible. He and his coaches used different tactical approaches in different matches. The semifinal against Nadal had one tactic decision. The other things worked in the final against Thiem, Davydenko told news agency TASS.
Medvedev was in the optimal condition and did everything right, he added.

During the trophy ceremony, the world No.4 paid tribute to his compatriot by describing him as one of his ‘idols.’ The two men are the first and last players to have won the ATP Finals during the time it was staged in London. Next year the event will be moved to Italy. To Medvedev’s surprise, he got the chance to speak with Davydenko shortly after his win.

“I didn’t know but Nikolay Davydenko commented on my match on Russian TV and I managed to talk to him just after,” he said.
“I was so surprised and so happy because he was one of my idols when I was growing up when I was actually already starting to play tennis not so bad, he was there and he was playing unbelievable.’

The victory caps off what has been a remarkable month for Medvedev. Between November 2019 and October 2020 he didn’t claim a single win over a top 10 player. However, this month he has managed to record a total of seven victories and also won his second Masters 1000 title in Paris. Overall, he has defeated 16 top 10 players on the ATP Tour in his entire career.

After winning his biggest title yet, some are starting to wonder if Medvedev has what it takes to claim a Grand Slam trophy in 2021. In recent years the majors have mostly been dominated by the Big Three contingent but Davydenko believes the 2019 US Open finalist is physically ready to challenge for the biggest titles in the sport.

“In five-set matches, it’s harder to keep your concentration. Both psychologically and physically it is more difficult to hold oneself for a longer time. But it seems to me that Medvedev is now ready for this. Physically he is ready, but I don’t know if he has enough mental strength to withstand such concentration,” he said.

Medvedev ends his year with a win-loss record of 28-10 and is one of two Russian men to end the season in the world’s top 10. The other is Andrey Rublev, who won a record five singles title on the Tour this year.

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Daniil Medvedev Wins ATP Finals In Epic As London Waves Goodbye To Premier Event

The 24-year-old has become the first player in history to win the season-ending championship by defeating the three highest ranked players in the world.

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Russia’s 11-year wait for an ATP Finals champion has ended after Daniil Medvedev staged a marathon comeback to defeat Dominic Thiem and win the biggest title of his career to date.

 

The world No.4 was on the verge of losing in straight sets before fighting back to prevail 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4, in what was a thrilling encounter at The O2. Emulating his clash with Rafael Nadal that took place on the previous day, Medvedev refused to back down as he eventually wore down Thiem both mentally and physically. Hitting a total of 37 winners to 28 unforced errors and saving three out of the four break points he faced.

“What a match. This was maybe one of my best victories. I mean, two hours and 42 minutes, three sets against an amazing player like Dominic,” Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony.
“Dominic, congratulations already for what you have achieved in your career. I think your name is already in the history books,” he added.

In what was a repeat of this year’s US Open semi-final, Medvedev proved troublesome for Thiem from the onset. Two games into the match he was forced to save two break points during a marathon 10-minute opening service game. There was little to distinguish between the two players until a lacklustre service game from Medvedev three games later. Trailing 0-40, Thiem clinched five points in a row to get the crucial break for 3-2. Prompting his rival, who hit a double fault whilst facing a break point, to drop his head in frustration. Continuing to weather the storm, the world No.3 carefully manoeuvred his way to clinching the opener. Doing so with a stroke of luck after a shot from the Austrian brushed the top of the net before flying past his rival. Prompting laughter from both men as they walked to their seats.

As the two engaged in some gut-busting baseline rallies, Thiem continued to pile the pressure but struggled to get the desired breakthrough. At 3-3 in the second set he had a duo of break point opportunities but was unable to convert. Triggering an uncharacteristic outburst of sheer anger from Thiem.

Medvedev’s resistance eventually paid off after almost two hours of battling when he turned his fortunes around in a crucial tiebreaker. After going down a mini break, out of nowhere he won seven straight points to force proceedings into a decider. Applying pressure onto Thiem, Medvedev benefitted from three consecutive unforced errors before sealing the tiebreaker with an ace.

The match was very much like a boxing bout with both players dealing blows to the other. Three games into the decider, Thiem was in danger of getting broken as a series of errors saw him fall behind 0-40. Despite the blips, he regained composure to hold and nudge ahead 2-1. However, Medvedev launched another offensive two games later and this time he changed the dynamic of the match completely. A volley at the net saw him break Thiem for the very first time to move ahead 3-2.

Medvedev’s sole breakthrough was enough to see him over the line. Approaching the closing stages of the marathon clash, he worked his way to championship point after a Thiem shot landed just centimetres beyond the baseline. Then victory was his after a 132 mph serve out wide forced his rival to return the ball into the net.

Life in the bubble is not easy for anybody but I think we manage it quite good. It’s a fun time and of course I am happy with my last two tournaments,” Medvedev commented on a season which has been marred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m thankful for everything that has happened here. Even though many players have said it is not perfect, it is a really tough job to do tournaments nowadays.”

Runner-up Thiem is left waiting another year to win the tournament for the first time. Twelve months ago, he also reached the final before losing in three sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“I’m disappointed but at the same time I am proud of my performance throughout the week,” he commented.
“Daniil really deserved it (the title). It was an amazing match and congratulations to you for another amazing year in general.’
“I hope that we will have many great matches to come and today was a pleasure even though I lost.”

Sunday’s showdown also marked the end of London’s reign of hosting the season-ending extravaganza since 2009. During that period the event has welcomed 2,803,967 fans to the event. Although this year’s edition took place behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2021 the ATP Finals will be played in Turin to make it the first time the competition has ever been held on Italian soil.

“I always said before this tournament that it would be an amazing story if here in London the first champion would be Russian and so would the last,” Medvedev said.
“I have a lot of thanks to (2009 champion) Nikolay Davydenko for being an inspiration for many kids, such as me, by winning here and I hope to continue to do his job.”

Medvedev is the fifth different player to have won the ATP Finals within as many years.

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