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Nick Kyrgios Hails Andy Murray, But Takes Swipe At Others During Boozy Instagram Live Chat

After consuming half a dozen glasses of wine, Kyrgios went on the verbal rampage once again.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has never been a person to mince his words and this was more evident than ever during his recent Instagram live chat with Andy Murray.

 

The two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, who admitted to consuming ‘about six’ glasses of wine prior to the talk, wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted during the broadcast. The conversation between the two on opposite sides of the world covered numerous topics with Kyrgios taking aim at a series of his top rivals on the Tour. Except Murray, who he believes is a better player than Novak Djokovic.

Their conversation started with Kyrgios’ participation in the Laver Cup. A three-day team tournament that sees Europe take on the rest of the world. He has featured in all three editions of the event, which was co-founded by Roger Federer. When Murray questioned why the world No.40 liked the team competition so much, it prompted a controversial response from Kyrgios who hit out at his European rivals for ‘having no banter.’ He also claims that Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev ‘hate each other.

“It’s because it’s fun man,” Kyrgios stated.
“I am there with my best buds, trying to beat some European guys who have no banter, don’t give one-eff about each other and act like they care for one week which p*sses me off.
“Let’s be honest, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas and (Alexander) Zverev hate each other, then they are besties all of a sudden…p*ss off.”

Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem was also a target of the Kyrgios’. Suggesting that the Austrian was dull and that they had nothing in common.

“Someone like (Dominic) Thiem … I mean I like to get good vibes from trying a new cocktail … he’d prefer to watch paint dry,” he said.
“Team World, that is what we are all about man, if you (Murray) came over to Team World we would win.”

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Murray better than Djokovic

The 25-year-old has also reiterated his belief that Murray is a better player than 17-time grand slam champion Djokovic. The two have clashed on the ATP Tour 36 times with Djokovic winning 25 of their meetings. However, Kyrgios explained that he finds the Brit a much tougher rival compared to the current world No.1.

“I’ve said that to you many times. Like I’m not gonna make this controversial but honestly, I think you are better than Djokovic, in my opinion,” Kyrgios told Murray.
“People are gotta take this on social media and be like “Djokovic, won this many slams”. ‘Djokovic was playing dodgeball on my serve and he couldn’t return it. And you were like ‘nah’, I’m slapping it for a winner. That’s my opinion.”

Whilst it was a flattering comment, Murray responded ‘“Well, the results would probably suggest otherwise.”

Kyrgios has only managed to defeat Murray in one of their six matches on the Tour. However, he has defeated Djokovic in both of their meetings.

All professional tennis tournaments are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still up in the air as to when the sport will resume again. When it does Kyrgios has opened the door to playing doubles alongside Murray. Should the Brit want to take him up on the offer. Murray, who has undergone two hip operations, hasn’t played since the Davis Cup Finals last November.

“We don’t care about Nadal, Djokovic and Feds, man. We all love you. Ordinary people like us love you,” he said.

The two have never played a doubles match together on the ATP Tour.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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