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Diego Schwartzman battles past Dominic Thiem in thrilling five-set quarter final at Roland Garros

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Diego Schwartzman battled past 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal on Court Phillippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in Paris.

 

Thiem saved the first break point in the first set and broke serve in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Schwartzman broke back in the seventh game and held her serve after saving two break points to draw level to 4-4 sending the first set to the tie-break. Schwartzman won the first five points en route to winning the tie-break 7-1. 

Thiem got an early break in the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Schwartzman broke back to draw level to 3-3, as Thiem made his fifth double fault. Schwartzman saved seven break points to hold his serve to hold his serve in a 15-minute ninth game at 4-4. Thiem held serve, while he was serving at 4-5 15-30 after a forehand error from Schwartzman. Thiem broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and closed out the second set after a 68-minute battle, when Schwartzman hit a backhand into the net. 

The third set featured eight breaks of serve (four in the first five games). Schwartzman got two of the first three games to open up a 3-1 lead, but Thiem broke back in the fifth game and held his serve to draw level to 3-3. Schwartman broke again in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Thiem broke serve to claw his way back to 4-5. Thiem faced a set point at 4-5 30-40, but Schwartzman ove-hit a backhand. Thiem broke in the 11th game after Schwartzman hit a backhand long. Schwartzman broke to 15 in the 12th game, as Thiem was serving for the set. The Austrian player reeled off five consecutive points from 0-1 down in the tie-break. Schwartman fended off two set points at 4-6, but Thiem converted his third chance with a smash winner at 7-6. 

Thiem earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead, but Schwartzman bounced back by winning four consecutive games to take a 4-2 lead. Thiem fended off three set points, as Schwartzman was leading at 5-4 40-0. Thiem broke back to draw level to 5-5, when Schwartzman hit a forehand into the net. Thiem fended off a break point at 30-40 in the next game. Thiem took a 4-3 lead in the tie-break, but Schwartzman came back by winning four of the next five games to clinch the tie-break 7-5 forcing the match to the decider, when Thiem hit a backhand wide. 

Schwartzman earned a cruclal break in the sixth game at love and never looked back. The Argentine sealed the decider 6-2 with another break in the eighth break at 15. 

Schwartzman has continued his great period of form after reaching his first Masters 1000 final in Rome last month. He will face either 12-time champion Rafael Nadal or 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals Jannik Sinner in the semifinal. 

“Dominik is one of the best players right now in the world, winning the last Slam, two-times final here. We are friends. I have a lot of respect for him. That’s why this match is so important to me. This is the third time I have played five sets here. This time I deserved to win”, said Schwartzman. 

Thiem was the first to congratulate with Schwartzman. 

“At the end, I gave everything I had out there. It was an amazing match. I think the first in my career over five hours. Diego fully deserves it. I came back unbelievably in the fourth set. When he served for it at 5-4 40-0, I played I played this down the line winner. The match was basically all the time on the edge for both of us. In the tie-break at 5-5, he played a great point. With that, I think he had a little advantage in the fifth set. If I would have wanted to win that match, I should have done it in four sets. In the fifth set, he was just a little bit fresher and better than me”, said Thiem. 

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David Goffin Out Of Wimbledon Following Halle Accident

It has been reported that the unfortunate injury he suffered is ‘more serious’ than a sprain.

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David Goffin has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after suffering an ankle injury during the Noventi Open earlier this week.

 

The former top 10 player was taking on Corentin Moutet in Halle where he slipped on the grass and subsequently hurt his right ankle. Forcing the Belgian to retire from the match at the start of the third set. Providing an update on Goffin’s health, agent Martin Roux said he is unsure how long he will be absent from the Tour for.

“Yes, David has officially withdrawn from Wimbledon following his ankle injury in Halle. For the moment we do not know more about the exact duration of unavailability, ” Roux told lesoir.be. “He is of course disappointed to miss a Grand Slam tournament, especially since he had recovered well on grass before his injury. “

Elaborating further, Roux confirmed Goffin’s injury is ‘more serious’ than a sprain and tests are ongoing to assess the extent of the damage which has been caused to the ankle. It is not the first time he has suffered a freak accident on the court. During the 2018 Rotterdam Open he hurt his eye after a tennis ball rebounded into his face, forcing him to pull out of Marseille and Indian Wells that year.

“David told me that it was more serious than a minor sprain, after exams in Belgium.”Roux added. “The ankle has not yet deflated (stopped swelling). David realizes that ice and bandages won’t be enough to play. The ligaments must be affected in one way or another. The idea is to do new exams at the end of the week in order to then have a healing protocol, especially since after Wimbledon the Olympic Games will arrive quickly. These are now his next goals. “

The 30-year-old has achieved a win-loss record of 14-13 so far in 2021 and won his fifth ATP title in Montpellier. He has also reached the semi-finals in Antalya and quarter-finals in Monte Carlo. However, recently Goffin has struggled on the Tour with Halle being the fifth tournament in a row where he has failed to win back-to-back matches.

Goffin is currently ranked 13th in the world.

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Dominic Thiem Follows Nadal In Olympic Games Snub

The world No.5 says his decision is related to his performance on the Tour so far this season.

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Dominic Thiem training at the 2021 Lyon Open (photographer Sammy Dancyger - Owned by Sport Plus Conseil - GM Sports Consulting)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the Olympic Games in order to focus on his title defence at the US Open later this year.

 

The 27-year-old issued a statement on Thursday saying he was ‘not ready’ to play in Tokyo following what has been a roller-coaster start to the season. Thiem enters Wimbledon with a win-loss record of 9-8 and recently lost in the first round of the French Open. His best results so far this year were reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.

“Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” the 27-year-old Austrian wrote on Twitter.
“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher.
“However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
“My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title.”

Thiem, who also skipped the 2016 Olympics, had previously said that his views on the multi-sport event have changed over recent time. During one interview with Tennis Deutschland he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play at the Olympics and he would ‘definitely play’ at the event if he had the chance to. Thiem is coached on the Tour by Nicolas Massu who won a gold medal back in 2004.

The world No.5 says he hopes to be able to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris where the tennis tournament will be held at Roland Garros. The same venue as the French Open.

On the same day as Thiem’s announcement on Thursday, Rafael Nadal was another player to confirm he would not be travelling to Tokyo, as well as Wimbledon, in order to recover from the clay season. The Spaniard said he wants to take a break from the Tour in order to preserve his body and prolong his career on the Tour.

The Olympic tennis event will take place between July 24th – August 1st. Andy Murray is the defending champion in the men’s tournament.

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Sebastian Korda sets up quarter final clash against Ugo Humbert in Halle

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Sebastian Korda came back from one set down to beat Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-3 7-5 at the NOVENTI Open in Halle setting up a quarter final match against Ugo Humbert, who upset Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 in 1 hour and 53 minutes 

 

Both players went on serve with no breaks of serve. Zverev won 84% of his first serve points. Humbert won the first set tie-break when Zverev netted a forehand. 

Zverev converted his first break point at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, when Humbert sent his backhand long. Zverev held on his next service games to claim the second set 6-3. Humbert earned the break in the fourth game of the third set to close out the third set 6-3. 

“I don’t particularly know what I could have done differently. Ugo was serving incredibly well in the first set. We both barely won points on each other’s serve. Then in the third set, I think he found his rhythm from the baseline. He was outplaying me. It is not a great result for me, but I don’t know what I could have done differently”, said Zverev. 

Korda reached the first ATP Tour final of his first career at Delray Beach, the quarter final in Miami and won his firts ATP Tour title on clay at the Emilia Romagna Open in Parma. 

Nishikori broke twice in the first set to open up a 4-1 lead. The Japanese player won 67% of his second serve points and saved two break points in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-2 in 31 minutes. Korda broke serve in the sixth game after seven deuces and held serve in another hard-fought game to race out to a 5-2 lead. The US player served out the second set 6-3 to force the match to the third set. 

Nishikori saved three break points in a nine-minute first game. The decider went on serve until the 11th game, when Korda broke Nishikori with a lob. Korda fended off a break point as he served out the match at deuce in the 12th game. “I would say it was good level from both of us. I think I played almost too good in the first set. He then started making more balls and changed his position. He started playing better in the second set.I think the third set could go both ways. I had many chances, but he played good points and he deserved to win as he took risks”, said Korda. 

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