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Todd Martin thinks that the decision to postpone the Olympic Games may have an impact on Roger Federer’s future career

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Former US Open finalist Todd Martin thinks that Roger Federer could fight for his 21st Grand Slam title when tennis resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Martin talked about the future of tennis in an interview to Tennis 365.

There are suggestions that the US Open could be moved to Indian Wells. The move to the Californian desert could offer Federer the chance to win his 21st Grand Slam.

“I would look at Federer and think that he would like to play the US Open on day one after quarantine because his game is so simple and instinctive and traditional. I would imagine he would be able to wake up and hit the tennis ball than anyone right away. He is natural. When I was coaching Mardy Fish in the mid-2000s right after I stopped playing, we went over to London and set up practice with Roger. I was out on the practice court and Roger could not have been lazier. No footwork, just slapping the ball around. There was one sequence in the warm-up, and he hit three backhand slices in a row and he hit them three different ways. Probably, none of them were technically right, but his hand and his upper dody balance were so good that he made each of those balls do exactly the same thing. People used to talk about Henri Leconte’s hand and how magical it was, that he could so much when he was not in the right position. Roger is always in the right position and he makes Henri Leconte’s hand look like a beginner’s”, said Todd Martin.

Martin thinks that the decision to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games could have an impact on Federer’s plan to continue his career for another year.

“Laver Cup in Switzerland last year looked at one point in a time as a logical farewell. I think, most conventional wisdom went towards 2020 and the Olympics, Roger would call it a day. With the Olympic Games being postponed, I would imagine it will compel him to play another year. This is no way to end anything. It is really important to Roger to end his career on a high note. Nothing has indicated his love for the sport has waned. I would not be suprised if we see several more years of him. It is important to Roger to conclude his career on a high note”.

Martin thinks that this year’s season should be cancelled. The 1999 US Open finalist said that holding this tournament without spectators may not be possible.

“I don’t imagine it is possible to hold the US Open in New York this year. I served on the USTA board for six years and while there is always a way to consider putting on a different event, when you are talking about a massive core of your revenue stream going away without spectators it’s going to be tough. You don’t know what the impact would be on sponsorship, as they expect a lot of hospitality for their clients when they sponsor the event. There is a lot of revenue there that will be lost”.

 Martin suspects that the tennis season may not resume this year.

“Sometimes you just have to stand still and let things pass. Clarity comes from making a decisive decision that allows you to stand still. Once you make that decisive decision, you start to see a clearer path. The easiest decision is to abandon 2020 and, to a point that is probably the right thing to do, but only because it gives the clarity to make all the important decisions and lay the groundwork for the future of the sport”.

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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