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Steve Flink on the men’s US Open: “This is Djokovic’s to lose”

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The Hall of Famer journalist and writer talks to our website’s director, Ubaldo Scanagatta, and presents his great new book, “Pete Sampras. Greatness Revisited”, available for purchase from September 1. However, the US Open is still very much on his mind: will someone be able to deny Novak Djokovic his fourth Flushing Meadows title as well as his 18th Major title?

 

Here’s their conversation:

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00:00: “How many editions of the US Open have you reported on, Steve?” The strange feeling of not being there this time…

02:18: Who is Steve’s pick to win? Spoiler alert: it’s not a big surprise…

03:00: “Djokovic doesn’t have the easiest of draws, lots of big servers…”. Does Isner have what it takes to take him down in a five-setter though?

04:30: Is Opelka just an Isner doppelganger? “One thing’s for sure: Tsitsipas must be fed up with playing the two of them plus Anderson and Raonic in a row!”

06:56: Is it fun to watch matches between big servers? “Let’s just start with the tie-breaker!”

08:30: First half of the draw: who’s in to challenge Djokovic? “I think we are in for an exciting Djokovic-Tsitsipas match-up!” What about Sascha Zverev and his serving woes?

10:59: Second half: Medvedev v Thiem coming? “The Austrian was no show in this week, he cannot get away with that in a Slam!” Is Thiem ready to shield himself from the Canadians in his side of the draw? 

13:08: What about last year’s semifinalist Matteo Berrettini? “I can see him get to the first round pretty easily, but then he has a rematch from last year against Rublev…”. Could the Italian beat both Russians, Rublev and Medvedev?

15:24: David Mercer, the Chair Umpire of the 1984 Wimbledon final between Connors and McEnroe has passed away. “He also worked in broadcasting and showed real love for the game. We lost a comrade.”

17:30: The French Open is trying to get more than the currently allowed amount of 5,000 spectators in attendance – are Steve and Ubaldo planning to fly over to Paris for their trademark daily videos?

19:34: On Steve Flink’s new book, “Pete Sampras. Greatness revisited”: “The book will be released on September 1, I’m very excited, so many players have spoken to me other than Sampras himself, from Djokovic to Edberg to Chang to Ivanisevic. There is a lot for readers to enjoy!”

20:45: Did he bother poor Pete Sampras a lot? “I didn’t count the hours, Ubaldo, but he gave a lot of his time!”

21:43: Did the 14-time Slam champion enjoy the walk down Memory Lane? “Some players remember every single point they played, such as Agassi or Navratilova. Sampras doesn’t think that way, but he has a very keen memory for the crucial moments.”

21:47: As a 14-year-old, Sampras transitioned from a double-handed backhand to a one-handed stroke at the behest of his coach, Peter Fischer: “He was already thinking about Wimbledon, and I think that 14 Majors proved him right!”

24:10: That terrible match against Chang in 1989 and Gianni Clerici’s prophecy…

25:30: “One thing that he doesn’t get enough credit for is his mental toughness, especially on his second serves.” Is he the best server of all time?

26:26: Sampras doesn’t appear to miss the game, but is that factual?

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) The Wimbledon Clash Between Djokovic And Sinner Could Have Been Better

It was an epic five-set clash but imagine how better the match would have been if both were playing well at the same time…

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Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse the dramatic events that unfolded on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to oust Jannik Sinner in a match of two halves. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie brought delight to the British fans.

On the other side of the draw, how will Rafael Nadal fair against the in-form Taylor Fritz? The Spaniard recently sidestepped a question about a potential new injury. 

As for the women’s draw, Ons Jabeur made history by becoming the first Arab player to reach a major quarter-final. She will next play 34-year-old mum-of-two Tatjana Maria who had never been beyond the third round of a major until now. 

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The Wimbledon Naughty List: Which Players Have Been Fined And What For?

Ubitennis takes a look at who has been hit with a penalty and more importantly why.

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Nick Kyrgios might be the player everybody’s talking about due to his behavior but few realize that he is one of 19 to be hit with a financial penalty during the first week of Wimbledon.

In fact, more than $75,000 worth of fines has already been issued during the first week of the championships. According to official data, more than three times as many men have committed an offense than women. Although interestingly it is only two female players who have been punished for receiving coaching and nobody in the men’s draw.

Australia’s Kyrgios leads the leaderboard for the biggest fine after what has been a controversial past few days. In his first round match, he argued with the umpire and spat in front of some people in the crowd who he said were ‘disrespecting him.’ Resulting in him being hit with a $10,000 penalty. He later said during his press conference that he was tired of being verbally abused by some fans watching him play.

 

Then on Saturday in a dramatic clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas he argued once again with officials, got a warning for swearing and at one stage called for his opponent to be defaulted for hitting a ball into the stands. 

“Why would I need to apologize? I’m getting fined for it. Because I got — I always get fined. I’m very keen to see what he will get after today.” Kyrgios said following his third round win. 

Kyrgios has been fined another $4000 for his antics and Tsitsipas has to pay $10,000 for his behavior. The relationship between the two took another dramatic turn after the match when the Greek accused his peer of bullying during an explosive press conference

After Kyrgios, America’s Reilly Opelka was docked $5000 for swearing. The value of the fine is an interesting one when three other players have also been fined for the same offense but they only have to pay $3000. The difference could be due to repeated swearing during the match.

The majority of the men’s fInes are for either unsportsmanlike conduct or audible obscenities. The only exception is Benoit Paire who was fined $2500 for equipment abuse.

As for the ladies’ draw, Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko received the biggest fine ($4500) for coaching. Former world No.1 Garbine Muguruza was another player to be published for her actions.

Here is a breakdown of the fines issued between Day 1 and Day 6 of the championships. 

WOMEN

  • Daria Saville AUS (round one) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Lesia Tsurenko UKR (round two) $4500 – COACHING
  • Garbine Mugurza ESP (round 2) $3500 – COACHING
  • Harriet Dart GBR (round 2) $4000 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE

MEN

  • Fernando verdasco ESP (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Adrian Mannarino FRA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Stan Wawrinka SWI (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Yoshihito Nishioka JPA (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios AUS (round one) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Pedro Martinez ESP (round one) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Diego Schwartzman ARG (round one) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Lukas Klein SVK (round one) $3000 –  UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Reilly Opelka USA (round two) $5000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Benoit Paire (round one) $2500 – EQUIPMENT ABUSE
  • Jiri Vesely CZE (round two) $3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina ESP (round two) $3000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Denis Shapovalov CAN (round 2) £3000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
  • Nick Kyrgios (round 3) $4000 – AUDIBLE OBSCENITY
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (round 3) $10,000 – UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

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(VIDEO) Day 7 at Wimbledon: Jannik Sinner Stuns Alcaraz, Djokovic Fights Back

Ubitennis found Ubaldo Scanagatta reflects on all the action that took place on Sunday with renowned commentator Steve Flink.

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Jannik Sinner joins a small group of only six Italian men to have reached the last eight at SW19. The 20-year-old ousted the fierce Carlos Alcaraz in four sets. Another four-set triumph was Djokovic’s win over Dutch walk card Tim Van Rijthoven.

 

Hall of Famer Flink joins Ubitennis to give his view on the events that have taken place. 

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