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Flink: “Zverev wasted the lead, but Thiem would have been more affected by a loss”



In their last US Open-themed video, Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink comment on the four-hour-long men’s final between the Austrian and the German, with the former clinching his maiden Slam title.

American journalist and Hall-of-Famer Steve Flink joined the CEO of UbiTennis to talk about the Flushing Meadows final, a thrilling if not very qualitative bout between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, with the world N.3 emerging victorious at the end of a fifth set tie-breaker that capped off a comeback from two sets down. What were the reasons behind the two players’ evident tightness? What to expect from the French Open, which will start in a fortnight and will feature both Djokovic and Nadal? Find out in the video: 


00:00 – “It was a strange final, they didn’t play up to their standards, both were incredibly tense. As a whole, the level was lower than that of Slam finals involving the Big Three.

02:00 – “Zverev’s downfall was to lose one of the breaks of serve he had gotten in the second set. Had he won with a score of 6-1 or 6-2, Thiem’s mindset going into the third would not have been as hopeful…”

03:10 – A thrilling decider, but was it a good one as well? “Once they got to the tie-breaker, they didn’t have much left…”

06:10 – Flink: “What I’d like to highlight is their courage. I feel sorry for Zverev, he squandered several opportunities.” Will he shake off this defeat quickly?  

08:55 – Some past players came back stronger after failing to win a Slam, such as Murray and Lendl – will Zverev get another shot?

10:30 – “If Thiem had lost this match, it would have been devastating for him, because one thing is to lose as the underdog, another to do so as the favourite…”

12:50 – “Zverev lived and died by his serve, he had 15 double faults and lost speed as he went.”

16:00 – The Big Three were never crushed by the pressure, even in their early Major finals – why did Thiem and Zverev, two of the best players born in the Nineties, seem so nervous?

19:00 – “We haven’t seen Nadal yet since the season resumed…” If he is not at the top of his game, could Thiem win the French Open too? What about Djokovic?

25:30 – The French Open will have some fans in the house, as well as the press – the right call, especially in the wake of the huge surge in cases that France is experiencing?

31:15 – How do Ubaldo and Steve rate the performance of the USTA throughout the last three weeks? Will the French federation be able to avoid a Covid-19 outbreak as well?

Transcript by Giuseppe Di Paola; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa


French Open: Jack Draper Serves Up Trouble and is Upset by Dutch Qualifier De Jong

Brit Draper loses his longest ever tennis match in only his second five-setter of his career.



Jack Draper crashed out at the first hurdle at the French Open after a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-3 loss to world number 176 Jesper de Jong – a qualifier who had come through three rounds to reach the main draw – who next faces third seed Carlos Alcaraz. 

In a titanic tussle lasting over four hours, the British number two could not find any rhythm on his serve, getting just 50% of his first deliveries in while winning only 51% of his second serves – resulting in him being broken an alarming nine times over the five sets.

“My serve has been a problem this year,” said Draper after the match. “I’m trying to change it to make it better, and obviously I’ve made those changes in the last few weeks. So, it’s not comfortable, especially in a grand slam playing in a fifth set on a second serve. You know, the confidence isn’t there at the moment on my serve, and it’s a problem I’m going to have to work on with coaches and see where I can make it more consistent because, yeah, it’s really letting me down.”

Dutchman De Jong took the opening two sets and was heading for a surprising routine victory before Draper showed some admirable fight to win the third on a tie-breaker before taking control of the fourth to push the match into a decider after a one-hour rain delay.

Draper, still only 22 with huge potential, still has time to understand how to navigate the fluctuations of long five setters and will be disappointed with the outcome of the fifth when he threw in yet another double-fault at 30-40 down in the seventh game to hand his opponent the initiative.  “I battled my way back, started playing a decent level. There was a lot of ebbs and flows in the match. That’s five-set tennis. I’m kind of learning that the more I play,” he added. 

Elsewhere in other results, sixth seed Andrey Rublev dropped a set in a tough battle against Japan’s Taro Daniel and next faces Spain’s Pedro Martinez, while eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz survived going two sets to one down before coming through easily in five against Shintaro Mochizuki from Japan. 

Bulgaria’s 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded a routine win against American Aleksandar Kovacevic and French veteran, and wildcard Richard Gasquet was arguably more impressive in his straight sets win over Borna Coric of Croatia and potentially plays second seed Jannik Sinner next. 

However, in perhaps the biggest upset of the day, French number one and 17th seed Ugo Humbert lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in a match close to three hours and in front of home fans on Suzanne-Lenglen stadium court. 

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard claims his first ATP title in Lyon



Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

“It was crazy. It was a very good final. I was down in the second set, but I managed to do better. I am very happy to win this tournament and now I have a lot of confidence for Roland Garros”, said Mpetchi Perricard.

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Casper Ruud claims the third title of his career in Geneva



Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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