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Danil Medvedev completes the round robin group with a perfect 3-0 winning record at the ATP Finals




Ths year’s Paris Rolex Masters champion Danil Medvedev broke three times in his 6-3 6-3 victory over tournament debutant Diego Schwartzman in the Tokyo 1970 round robin Group at the ATP Finals in London without dropping a set in the tournament so far. 


Schwartzman saved three break points to hold serve after three deuces in the first game of the opening set. Medvedev broke twice in the third and ninth games to win the first set 6-3. 

Medvedev converted his third break point in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Russian player saved two break points to hold serve after three deuces and won his final two service games at love to seal the second set 6-3. Medvedev won 88 % of his first serve points and saved the two break points he faced. 

Medvedev has extended his winning record to 5-0 in his head-to-head matches against Schwartzman. 

“I was playing great in the two previous matches. I think it is always good to stay undefeated for the confidence. I wanted to win the match, so I am really happy that I have done it. I was serving good today, so that helped me throughout all the match”, said Medvedev. 

Medvedev lost all his three round-robin matches  on his debut at the ATP Finals last year. This year he completed a perfect 3-0 record. 

Medvedev set up a semifinal clash against Rafael Nadal.

“I like playing all of the Big Three. When I was so young, starting to hold the raquet and just started to be interested in tennis. I started to watch Grand Slams. First it was Roger winning everything, then Rafa came and started to make his mark and then it was Novak. Novak and Rafa were my idols when I was starting to play tennis.  It is a great pleasure to play against all of them and I am really looking forward to tomorrow. The fact that the two young guys won the groups is not a big advantage. When Sasha had won the title he had lost to Novak in the group“.

Nadal leads 3-0 in his three head-to-head matches against Medvedev and beat his Russian rival last year in the Canadian Open final, at the US Open final and in the Round robin match at the ATP Finals in London.

“Rafa played well yesterday, I have to play my best tennis to try to win. I will not think a lot about the match with Rafa from last year. A new match is a new match, we both changed a few things in our game, so no thinking about last year except from a few tactical things. A new match is never the same. Even you can play him in round robin, you can play, you can win, and you can lose in the final, something like this. I am just looking forward to tomorrow’s match”

The impressive run to the semifinals makes Medvedev one of the favourites for the title this weekend.

“”When it’s four people left, even if you give yourself very few chances it’s 25%. I played great in Paris, so I can see why some people see me as favourite, but everyone is playing great, there are the four best players in the world. I am playing good right now, enjoying it, hopefully I can continue until Sunday. . It’s never easy to predict anything in tennis. Anybody can win the tournament. For first seeds came out through the groups to play tomorrow, which is amazing. The four best players in the world at the moment. We talk about rankings. Talking about my game, I definitely was playing good last year, when I made six finals, so it’s tough for me to compare, but I am definitely playing good right now”.

Medvedev congratulated with tournament debutante Diego Schwartzman after the match.

Diego had an amazing season, clay is his favourite surface and he delivered even if there were not many events on clay. I am happy to see him here, 0-3 in the first Master does not mean anything. I can say from experience, hopefully he can quaify for next year

Schwartzman won just 58 % of his service points. The Argentine finished the best year of his career with a 25-15 record and reached the semifinal at Roland Garros and teh final in Rome. 

“Watching this tournament, the players I played against, where I am now, it means a lot for me, with the best guys on tour, but I have to keep improving. I am really proud, as I did many great things in many weeks this year, but I have the feeling that I need to improve a lot to be here again. We wll try to come back here and do better than these three matches”, said Schwartzman. 

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Paolo Bertolucci believes that Novak Djokovic will finish his career with more Grand Slam titles than Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic




Former Italian player and Davis Cup winner Paolo Bertolucci thinks that Novak Djokovic has a very good chance to end his career with more Grand Slam titles than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. 


Nadal won his 13th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros beating Djokovic in the final joining Federer at the top of the list of most Major titles with 20 trophies. Djokovic claimed his 17th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in Melbourne and is third on the list of the most successful players in Grand Slam history. 

At the Australian Open Djokovic has become the third player in history to win eight titles at a Grand Slam tournament after Nadal (13 titles at Roland Garros) and Roger Federer (8 titles at Wimbledon). 

The Serbian legend won two more titles in Dubai and at the Western and Southern Open and was undefeated this season before the US Open, but he defaulted at the US Open when he hit a lineswoman with the ball. 

Djokovic bounced back to win the Rome Masters 1000 titles beating Diego Schwartzman in the final. The Serbian player lost the Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 

Novak Djokovic has secured six year-end number number 1 honours passing Pete Sampras for most weeks as World Number 1 in September 2020. He trails only Federer’s record of 310 weeks at the top of the ranking. 

Nole claimed six out of his eight Grand Slam titles between Wimbledon 2014 and Roland Garros 2016 and became the first player with four consecutive Grand Slam titles since Rod Laver in 1969  (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015 and Australian Open 2016). 

The World Number 1 player was not able to win any of the next eight Grand Slam titles because he was suffering from an elbow injury, but he bounced back by winning the 2018 Wimbledon title. He has won five of the past Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon 2018, US Open 2018, Australian Open 2019, Wimbledon 2019 and Australian Open 2020). 

Bertolucci believes that Djokovic will be able to close the gap on Nadal and Federer by winning more Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is physically equipped to overtake Nadal and Federer in the Slam race. The former Italian player is not ruling a three-men battle for supremacy before their careers are over. 

“Novak will win more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, even after that US Open. He is the youngest and freshest among those three stars, with a nice chance of moving in front in a couple of years. On the other hand, I would not be surprised if they all finish on the same number of Grand Slam titles”, said Bertolucci. 

Bertolucci believes that Federer has still a chance to win another Grand Slam title. The Swiss Maestro came very close to winning his 21st Major trophy at Wimbledon in 2019, when he lost an epic five-set final against Djokovic. The Swiss Maestro reached the semifinal at this year’s Australian Open before undergoing knee surgery, but he is training for the 2021 Australian Open. 

“It’s very difficult, because it’s been four years, but it’s also true for others it would be twice as much difficult. He will have a chance too, but we have to see at what level he will be able to express himself, how he will return after the operations”, said Bertolucci. 

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Roger Federer announces the return of “RF” branded caps




Swiss legend Roger Federer announced the return of the “RF” branded caps. Tennis fans will be able to purchase the Uniqlo product.


The RF logo has been missing since Federer switched from Nike to Uniqlo at Wimbledon 2018. It has now returned as new Uniqlo caps feature the iconic “RF” logo.

Roger Federer: “After a long and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely extremely to announce the return of the RF hat in eight fresh colours starrting from 8th December 2020. This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years. It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy”. 

Federer posted a video on his Instagram account announcing the relaunch of the “RF” logo.  

There are eight different colours of the “RF” caps. The gap has the iconic “RF” has the iconic “RF” logo in front and the “Go Roger” logo at the back. 

Federer will make his eagerly awaited come-back at the 2021 Australian Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won six titles at Melbourne Park in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018. Three years ago Fedeerer won an epic five-set final against Rafael Nadal after being sidelined by a knee injury. The Basel native repeated the feat winning the 2018 final against Marin Cilic in another five-set battle. 

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French Legend Leconte Speaks Out On Upcoming Return Of Roger Federer

The Grand Slam finalist gives his view on Federer’s chances for 2021.




A former star of French tennis says he is hopeful but wary that Roger Federer will be able to return to the pinnacle of sport next year.


Henri Leconte, who is a former French Open finalist that achieved a ranking high of No.5, admits that the Swiss Maestro may find it tough on the Tour given the rise of what he describes as the ‘younger generation.’ This season Dominic Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open at the age of 27. More recently Daniil Medvedev defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the ATP Finals title.

We want to believe it. We all want to believe it! It’s been a long and difficult year. Will the motivation still be there? Will this break, the fact of having been able to enjoy his family, have changed something or will he still have that renewed motivation that has always fascinated us?” Leconte told TennisActu.

Federer hasn’t played a competitive match since his semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January. Since then, he has been sidelined from action due to a right knee injury which required two surgical procedures. The second took place after the first failed to produce the desired results.

Despite the setbacks, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is eyeing a return to the Tour in 2021. He is currently the oldest player in the world’s top 100 and one of two to be aged 39. The other is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

No one can say it. We all wish him, we would like him to stop on a Grand Slam title but the train (momentum) is gone with this younger generation which has put in an extra speed,” said Leconte.
“I would like to believe it. Roger has done so many things, that’s why he makes us dream, we would like to see him at the top. It will be very, very hard. ..”

It is not the first time Federer has taken a lengthy break due to injury. He missed six months of the 2017 season due to another knee issue before returning to action the following year when he won the Australian Open.

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Federer will head into the new season being able to use his iconic ‘RF’ logo. He hasn’t been able to use the logo for the past two years after switching from Nike, which held the rights, to UNIQLO. However, he has managed to regain control of ownership which means he will be allowed to use it on his apparel once again.

“The RF cap is back,” Federer said in a video message to fans on Twitter.
“After a long wait and extensive fine-tuning, UNIQLO and I are extremely excited to announce the return of the RF hat in 8 fresh colours starting December 8th, 2020,” he also wrote.
“This hat has meant so much to me and to my fans over the years.
“It has given us a way to visibly connect, and I have appreciated the opportunity to thrive off this supportive energy.”

As it currently stands Federer’s first tournament is set to be the Australian Open. The tournament had been scheduled to start on January 18th but it is believed that the date has been delayed until February 8th due to travel and quarantine arrangements.

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