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Daniil Medvedev Knocks Nadal Out Of ATP Finals In Thriller

The world No.2 failed to serve out the match in the second set as Medvedev held his nerve to seal a place in the final.

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Daniil Medvedev has extended Rafael Nadal’s hunt for his first ATP Finals title by at least another year after staging a marathon comeback in their semi-final clash on Saturday.

 

The world No.4 looked to be on the verge of straight sets loss before fighting back to prevail 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, in what is his first ever win over Nadal on the ATP Tour. Locking horns for more than two-and-a-half hours, Medvedev looked the fresher out of the two during the closing stages as he produced a total of 13 aces and 42 winners. A big contrast to Nadal’s tally of three and 26. Furthermore, the Russian only dropped serve once and broke four times.

“I felt really strange for him (Nadal) when he was serving at 5-4 in the second set for the match,” said Medvedev. “I felt like I was doing great shots, but there were no links in my game and that is why I was losing. He was better in the important moments and I couldn’t return in those important moments.’
“(Then) I decided to change some small things. To be closer (to the lines) and go for it a little bit more because I felt like I had the chance to win some games before.’
“It worked really well and I am really happy about it.”

Taking to the court Medvedev was arguably Nadal’s biggest test so far in the tournament. Heading into the clash, he had won all three of his previous matches in straight sets and had only dropped his serve once. Although early on, it looked as if the Spaniard would be triumphant.

The opener was a tightly contested encounter until the world No.2 struck in the eighth game. Continuing to repeatedly hit the ball deep towards the baseline, Nadal turned the fortunes in his favour after breaking a shaky Medvedev to love for a 5-3 lead. Continuing his surge, he clinched the opening set in the following game with a forehand shot that proved too problematic for his opponent to return.

Despite the breakthrough, Medvedev refused to back down. Triggering memories of their clash at the 2019 US Open when he came from two sets down to force their match into a decider, which Nadal won on that occasion. Capitalising on a sub-par Nadal service game, Medvedev swiftly worked his way to a 3-0 lead in the second frame.

With his back pushed against the wall, the 20-time Grand Slam champion responded in fitting fashion as he clawed his way back to level 4-4. Although part of his comeback was aided by some tentative tennis that was being produced from the other side of the court.

The roller-coaster continued for both men. Initially, it looked as if Nadal would seal the match 6-3, 6-4, after Medvedev produced a dismal service game. However, it was then Nadal’s turn to implode after a series of loose shots enabled the Russian to draw level once again at 5-5. The cat and mouse chase continued into the tiebreak where Medvedev finally seized his opportunity. After coming out on top in a 28-shot rally to clinch an early break, he weathered the storm en route to forcing the match into a final set.

Nadal is regarded as one of the greatest front-runners in the entire sport. Prior to the London semi-finals, he had won 173 out of 175 matches where he had claimed the opening set. However, it wouldn’t be this time round. Instead a Medvedev smash at the net gifted him a break for 4-3 in the decider as he closed in on victory. Nadal was unable to respond as he started to rapidly fade on the court. Enabling Medvedev to prevail on his first match point after a shot from Nadal touched the top of the net but failed to go over.

“I think I achieved enough to not find an excuse about the pressure,” Nadal replied when asked if nerves got the better of him.
“I know I won enough matches and enough tournaments in an even more difficult situation than this one and even in more important matches than tonight.’
“I felt I played a bad game. Of course you are nervous to win the match.’
“I think he played some good points and I make a couple of mistakes. And that’s it, and then he played a good tiebreak.’
“I should have been winning my serve in the third, the one that I lost. I had easy volley to close the game. Small details makes a big difference.”

Medvedev will next play Dominic Thiem in the final on Sunday. The Austrian ousted Novak Djokovic in his semi-final match. It will be the fifth meeting between the two with Thiem currently leading their head-to-head 3-1.

Dominic is an amazing player. I have practice with him twice here (in London) on the centre court. There was really tight points and games so I think there are going to be great tennis tomorrow (in the final),” he previewed.

Should Medvedev win the title he would become the first player to defeat every member of the world’s top three within the same tournament since David Nalbandian at the 2007 Madrid Open.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 

 

Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.

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The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.

 

John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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Novak Djokovic’s Father Accuses Serbian Media Of Promoting ‘Ugly News’ Started By English Journalists

Srdjan Djokovic has defended his son by making a series of claims and describes him as a godlike figure to many.

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The father Novak Djokovic has hit out at the media in both his home country and the western world for not giving enough respect towards his son over the past decade.

 

Srdjan Djokovic has spoken out about the treatment of the 18-time Grand Slam winner less than a week after he triumphed at the Australian Open. On Sunday Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win the tournament for an historic ninth time in his career. On the same day as the triumph it was confirmed that he played the tournament whilst suffering from a tear in the abdominal area.

Despite Djokovic’s recent success, Srdjan believes the world’s media doesn’t praise the achievements of his son enough and focuses too much on the negative side. In the past the tennis star has been under fire over the Adria Tour which he co-founded and the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) aimed at supporting his peers on the Tour.

“The agony has been going on for 10 years and they have extended it for another year, instead of surrendering nicely and realising Novak is the best in the world and let it go. Novak is incomparable,” Srdjan told Kurir.rs.

Continuing to express his frustration further, Srdjan has accused Serbian journalists of not ‘glorying and celebrating’ Djokovic. Alleging that his country’s media are promoting what he describes as ‘ugly news’ which originated from England.

“There’s always something wrong. And you journalists in Serbia, ask yourself when you will have such a miracle as Novak. Why don’t you glorify and celebrate him, through his character and work – look at this, you journalists need to ask yourself, you are actually generating public opinion and that is what is required of you,” he said.
“But all the evils and upside down are on the front pages and successes are put aside. I guess something will change, you know if I let someone tell me, come on, do this, do that … Why are you transmitting that ugly news stated by journalists from England, why are you transmitting it in our media, let them do what they want and we do what we want.”

Besides the media, Djokovic’s father also claims that ‘every normal person in the world’ loves the world No.1 who he describes as a ‘deity.’ A word used to describe god or goddess. He attributes the support from Chinese fans as to why Djokovic has enjoyed success in the country. He has won a total of 11 ATP titles in China.

Srdjan also took aim at the lack of recognition the 33-year-old receives for his charitable actions through his own foundation and his support of his peers.

“He is not only fighting for himself and his interests, but for other tennis players who can barely make ends meet,” he stated.
“We record something about all of Novak’s nice manners during his entire career, how he says goodbye to the opponent, how he is towards the host, how he extends his hand and kisses the opponent when he loses. Which athlete does that?
“Rarely has anyone ever received an award for fair play, and you know how many such awards Federer has – about fifteen.”

Recently journalist Milomir Marić has claimed the Western World wants to prevent Djokovic from becoming the best tennis player in the world. Although it is unclear as to what evidence he has used to make this statement. However, Srdjan believes it is only a matter of time before his son becomes the GOAT.

“They will not stop because they must understand that Novak is finally the best tennis player of all time and they will have to accept that because it is a fact and he comes from Serbia,” he concluded.

The men’s all-time Grand Slam title tally is currently jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who have 20 each. Next month Djokovic will break Federer’s record for the most weeks spent as world No.1 on the ATP Tour.

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