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Thiago Seyboth Wild aims at becoming world number 1 and winning Grand Slam titles

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Thiago Seyboth Wild became the youngest Brazilian player to claim an ATP title in Santiago de Chile last March beating Casper Ruud in the final before the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Unfortunately the Brazilian Next Gen player was the first professional player to test positive for the coronavirus weeks later. The 20-year-old player has fully recovered from the virus, but he will not be able to play on the ATP circuit, as the Tour remains suspended until 1st August.

“I have been trying to practice almost every day and give myself as much activity as possible. I have been trying to live a normal life but there is nothing normal about it these days ? I would say that as a kid I have always thought that I could beat anybody, that I could be the best, that I could win the tourament. It does not really matter where I was, and it’s something I have taken with me to today”, said Seyboth Wild.

Seyboth Wild said that his main goal is to win a Grand Slam title and become a world number 1.

“A lot of people have already asked me about being world number 1 or winning a Grand Slam title. I would go with being number 1 because to be number 1 you have to win a Grand Slam at least”.

Seyboth Wild won the the US Open Boys singles title in 2018. At professional level he won a total of 39 matches in 2019, including four against the Top 100. Last November he won the Guayaquil Challenger title in Equador. During his career he has been supported by his father. Who manages tennis academies. Thiago began playing tennis at the age of four following in the footsteps of his father, who played tennis too. He says that his father is his hero.

“He always supported me in anything I would like to do, but obviously he liked tennis better, he gave me my first raquet and always introduced me to tournaments and to tennis places and to people who played really well in his time. He taught me as a person to be loyal to myself and to the people I love because that is how you have to work. You have to trust your team and you have to be 100 percent open with them so they can work their best with you”, said Seyboth Wild.

Seyboth Wild entered the 2020 season with just one ATP-Tour win, but he has scored seven wins. He has won eight of his eleven matches against the top 100 in the past 52 weeks, including wins over Hugo Dellien, Thiago Monteiro, Marco Cecchinato, Juan Ignacio Londero, Casper Ruud and Cristian Garin.

“I think I am playing every match as my last. I have always played every match as if my life depended on it. I think that going on court and believing you can beat anybody is the most important thing for a tennis player. I think that if you go on court thinking that you are playing a top 20 you are definitely gonna lose. I twill overcome you. So I think that believing in yourself and thinking that you can beat anybody is the key for that”, said Seyboth Wild.

During his young career Seyboth Wild has been inspired by three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Gustavo Kuerten, who won three Roland Garros titles in 1997 (beating Sergi Bruguera), in 2000 (beating Magnus Norman) and 2001 (against Alex Corretja). At the Masters finals in 1999 in Lisbon he became the only player that decade to beat Pete Sampras and André Agassi in back-to-back matches.

“Gustavo always talked so much about how intense I should play, about how I should play, about how I should focus on my level and let the ranking be a consequence of how I am playing, how the results are going. He is an inspiration for me just like he is for most of the players out there. He was number 1 and beat Pete Sampras and André Agassi in the same tournament, like who really does that ?”.

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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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Anett Kontaveit beats Elisabetta Cocciaretto to reach the semifinal at the Palermo Ladies Open

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Number 4 seed and world number 22 Anett Kontaveit ended Italian teenager Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1 4-6 6-1 to reach the semifinals at the 31st edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo. Kontaveit broke serve seven times and hit five aces. 

 

Kontaveit, who reached the Australian Open quarter final, broke twice and saved two break points in the second game to race out to a 4-0 lead. Cocciaretto got her first game on the scoreboard in the sixth game to avoid the bagel before Kontaveit served out the first set in the next game. 

Cocciaretto earned an early break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. Cocciaretto earned three game points for 5-2 in the seventh game, but Kontaveit broke back in a marathon seventh game. The second set ended with four consecutive breaks, as Cocciaretto claimed the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the third set after 1 hour and 54 minutes. The Estonian player set up a semifinal clash against Martic in a re-match of last February’s quarter final in Dubai. 

“It was really tough tonight. She played great and she had the home crowd definitely behind her. I am really happy with how I fought in the third set and that I managed to turn it around in the end”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic secures her spot in the semifinal in Palermo after hard-fought win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich

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Top seed and world number 15 Petra Martic from Croatia secured her spot in the semifinal at the 31st edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo after a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) win over former world number 30 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus. Martic produced 54 winners to 23 unforced errors. 

 

Martic fought back from a break down in the opening set and secured a hard-fought win on her fourth match points, as she served for the match twice in the second tie-break. 

The first set went on serve in the first eight games before Sasnovich broke serve in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Martic broke straight back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. The Croatian player fended off three break points at 5-5 and did not convert her first set point in Sasnovich’s service game. 

Martic led 5-3 in the tie-break, but Sasnovich won the next two points to draw level to 5-5. Martic hit a forehand that forced a Sasnovich error and an unreturned serve to close out the tie-break after 75 minutes. 

Martic broke twice in the first and fifth games to build up a 4-1 lead in the second set. Sasnovich pulled one of the two breaks back in the sixth game. Sasnovich trailed 40-15 at 5-4 on Martic’s serve, but she saved both match points. The Belarusian player later fended off another match point after deuce to draw level to 5-5. Martic broke again in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead, but Sasnovich broke straight back at 15 to force the second set to the second tie-break. Martic won five of the final six points to win the tie-break 7-3 reaching her second semifinal of the season after Dubai. 

“Overall, it was a great fight. I knew she was not going to give up until the match was over, and that’s what she proved once again. I think today was better than yesterday. There was some things that I was happy with, some things that I am not really happy with, but I am really just happy that I managed to win this match in two sets. I had two tough matches and my body’s holding up well. I have no major issues, just maybe soreness that I am sure we all have in the first tournament back. It feels nice to be reminded of how it feels to be that kind of tired, but all in all, I am happy. I had some good weeks of practice and it’s paying off”, said Martic. 

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