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Alexander Zverev outlasts Coric To Reach Second Consecutive Grand Slam Semi-Final

Alexander Zverev became the first German male tennis player to reach the final four in New York for 25 years.




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Alexander Zverev grinded out a 1-6 7-6(5) 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Borna Coric to reach his second consecutive grand slam semi-final.


Despite a poor start, the fifth seed managed to be the mentally stronger as he sealed a four set win in over four sets.

The match wasn’t a classic as Coric produced the most errors in crucial moments to let the contest slip away.

Zverev will now play Pablo Carreno Busta or Denis Shapovalov in his first US Open semi-final.

Heading into the match, Coric had a 3-1 head-to-head lead on Zverev including a 2017 win at the US Open and it was easy to see why in the early stages.

The Croatian’s consistent power and accuracy proving too much for the German, who hit a catalogue of unforced errors in the opening set.

Three double faults early on also didn’t help as he lacked intensity and aggression in the opening set.

Two breaks of serve was enough for Coric as he took the opening set 6-1 in 24 minutes.

Despite the slow start, Zverev was determined to find his game eventually and started to find his rhythm on serve with regular 130+MPH serves.

A slight misjudgement from the umpire got the German angry as he felt he should of won a point.

Despite some aces straight after the incident, Coric used his power and aggressive return positioning to force the momentum back into his hands for another break.

Although it seemed the Croatian was confident enough to seize the opportunity and head into a two sets to love lead, Zverev had other ideas as he started to make more returns.

A forehand passing shot secured the break back as Coric began to make some questionable decisions in terms of tactics.

Even though Zverev’s return game was improving, a tiebreak would decide the fate of the second set.

An early advantage for Coric disappeared quickly and so did his accuracy as this cagey match produced some unforced errors from the Croatian’s racket.

The Australian Open semi-finalist took advantage and wrapped up the tiebreak 7-5 to level the match.

Coric’s errors and Zverev’s ability to finish off the rallies continued at the start of the third set as he sealed the break for a 2-1 lead.

However this match was edgy, nervy and lacked consistent quality, that showed in Zverev’s next service games as two double faults and a smash that nearly hit the back wall handed the Croatian an easy return game.

The German continued to voice his frustrations to the umpire over Coric’s gamesmanship after going off the court to change his shirt regularly.

This didn’t effect him on the court though as he showed clutch serving to save two break points and hold for 3-3.

After that neither play offered any variety of solutions on return as the third set went to a tiebreak.

Once again Coric felt the pressure of the situation as more errors saw Zverev rise to the occasion.

Six of seven points saw Zverev enter a two sets to one lead and looked the more mentally controlled out of the two players.

The fourth set really summed up what was a cagey grand slam quarter-final, Coric had three break points in the fifth game but was passive and cautious.

Zverev survived and took his opportunities when it mattered most as a forehand down-the-line clinched the all important break in the eighth game.

On third match point, Zverev’s strong serve was too hot for the Croatian to handle as he clinched his place in a second consecutive grand slam semi-final after 3 hours and 29 minutes.

It was not a classic, in-fact at times it was quite ugly and cagey but Zverev mentally controlled the match more to reach his first US Open semi-final.

“It’s obviously a great accomplishment, but I don’t want to stop there,” Zverev said on-court after the match as he looks to win his first grand slam title.

He will now be the favourite to reach his first grand slam final when he plays Pablo Carreno Busta or Denis Shapovalov in the final four.


Novak Djokovic Confirmed For Olympics But Del Potro Pulls Out After Medical Advice

The Serbian will be bidding to win gold in Tokyo later this year for the first time in his career.




This year’s Olympic tennis tournament has been given a boost after officials confirmed world No.1 Novak Djokovic will be playing at the Games.


The 19-time Grand Slam champion had been contemplating whether to play at the event or not amid ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Djokovic previously said he would reconsider travelling to Tokyo if fans weren’t allowed to attend. Since that comment, organisers have given the green light for up to 10,000 domestic fans to attend Olympic venues. Although foreign fans are banned from attending this year due to the pandemic.

Amid questions over Djokovic’s participation, the Serbian Tennis Federation has told Sportski Zurnal that he has pledged to play. It will be the fourth time the 34-year-old has represented his country in the Olympics. So far in his career, Djokovic has only won one medal which was bronze back in 2008. He also finished fourth in 2012.

“Novak has confirmed his desire to participate in the Olympic Games and we have already sent a list with his name on it to the Olympic Committee of Serbia. It will be forwarded from there,” the Tennis federation told Sportski Zurnal.

As it currently stands Djokovic is on course to achieve the calendar ‘golden slam.’ A rare achievement where a player wins all four Grand Slam titles, as well as the Olympics, within the same year. In singles competition the only person to have ever achieved this was Stefi Graf back in 1988.

“Everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic said after winning the French Open
“But, you know, I was in this position in 2016 as well. It ended up in a third-round loss in Wimbledon. This year we have only two weeks between the first round of Wimbledon and the finals here, which is not ideal because you go from really two completely different surfaces, trying to make that transition as smooth as possible, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“So obviously I will enjoy this win and then think about Wimbledon in a few days’ time. I don’t have an issue to say that I’m going for the title in Wimbledon. Of course, I am.”

Del Potro’s comeback delayed again

There is less positive news for Juan Martin del Potro, who was the player who beat Djokovic to win a bronze medal back in 2012. The Argentine hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since June 2019 due to a troublesome knee injury. Back in March the former US Open champion said playing at the Olympics again was motivating him during his rehabilitation.

However, since then progress has been slower than what Del Potro would have liked. As a result, he has been advised not to play in the event and continue his recovery.

Delpo won’t be able to play the Olympics Games. The knee rehab is going well according to the doctor’s plan but he suggested Juan Martin to go on with his rehab process and training, and skip Tokyo 2020,” a statement from Del Potro’s communication team reads.

Since 2010, the former world No.3 and two-time Olympic medallist has undergone eight surgeries.One on his right wrist, three on his left wrist and four on his knee. He has won a total of 22 ATP titles so far in his career.

The Olympic Tennis event will start on July 24th at the Ariake Coliseum.

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Vasek Pospisil dispatches James Ward in Eastbourne

Vasek Pospisil is into the second round at Eastbourne.




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The Canadian won his first match on grass of the year beating the local favourite James Ward.


Vasek Pospisil is through to the second round of the Viking International ATP 250 in Eastbourne after beating the Brit James Ward in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on court number two.

“It was a good match, I played pretty well, I thought I served well and he is a tough opponent on grass because he has a tough first serve but I was pretty sharp and played well when I needed to and happy to get the win”.

It was the Canadian who had the first chance to break at 1-1 and he got the early break and that one break was good enough for him to serve out the first set.

The second set was much of the same and actually was identical to the first with the world number 66 getting the break to take a 2-1 lead but faced a breakpoint when consolidating the break.

Again that one break was enough for him to serve out the match and book his spot in the next round. This is Pospisil’s first win since the month and after the match, he spoke about how the last couple of months have been for him.

“It was good I just took a break from the tour just to refresh the mind and the body and I hadn’t seen my family in nine months so it was a good reset and I felt I needed a break to kinda be excited about touring and the covid conditions and now I’m back and I am happy to be back and I am playing well so it was a nice break.”

Pospisil will now face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the next round after the Spaniard beat the Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev Searching For Confidence Boost Ahead Of Wimbledon

The two-time Grand Slam finalist says he is not the same player as he was two years ago when he last played Wimbledon.




When it comes to playing on the grass this year Daniil Medvedev admits that the biggest issue for him might concern the mental side of the sport as opposed to the physical side.


The world No.2 kicked-off his grass swing last week in Halle where he was stunned in the first round by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the Tour in 2020, that was the first time the Russian had played a match on the surface in almost two years. Short on matches, Medvedev is back in action this week in Mallorca after taking a wildcard into the tournament.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev told “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Since he last played at Wimbledon, Medvedev surged on the ATP Tour by winning six titles with all of them being on a hardcourt. Furthermore, he also reached the final of the US Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year. He is the first player outside of the Big Four to be ranked in the world’s top two since July 2005.

Despite his previous success on the grass, Medvedev admits he remains wary about playing on the surface and the conditions he may face.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” he said. “Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.
“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

In Mallorca Medvedev has a bye in the first round. His opening match will be against either South Africa’s Lloyd Harris or France’s Corentin Moutet.

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