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Dominic Thiem battles past Novak Djokovic to reach his second consecutive ATP Finals title match




Dominic Thiem battled past Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (7-5) after 2 hours and 54 minutes to reach his second consecutive title match at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London. Thiem scored his 300th match at tour level and his fifth against a world number 1 player.


The world No.3 scored the fifth win in his 12 head-to-head matches against Djokovic. The Austrian player came back from 0-4 down to win the decisive tie-break 7-5. 

Both players served well and Thiem got the only break of the match at 5-5 in the first set. 

The opening set went on serve in the first ten games. Djokovic won his first service game, when Thiem netted a forehand in the first game. Thiem hit a great volley at the net in the second game and won his service game after a backhand error from Djokovic. 

Djokovic moved ahead 2-1 with a service winner. Thiem held serve at love with a backhand winner to draw level to 2-2. Djokovic hit a forehand winner to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth game. 

Djokovic reached deuce in the sixth game, but Thiem held serve. Djokovic rallied from 0-30 down by winning four consecutive points on serve to win the seventh game. Thiem held serve at love to draw level to 4-4- Djokovic won the ninth game with a service winner and came two points away from winning the first set on return in the tenth game, but Thiem held serve at deuce to draw level to 5-5. Thiem earned his first break point in the 12th game with a forehand winner and converted it to take a 6-5 lead, when Djokovic made a volley error. Thiem converted his first set point with an ace after 51 minutes. 

Each player wasted a break point in the fifth and eighth games of the second set. After four holds of serve Thiem earned a break point at 2-2, but he wasted his chance, when he netted an easy forehand. Thiem saved a break point at 3-4 with an unreturned serve. 

Thiem saved two set points at 5-6 and held serve after two deuces to set up a tie-break. Thiem earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead with a service winner. Djokovic got the mini-break back to take a 4-2 lead after winning four consecutive points. Thiem hit a forehand drive-volley winner to draw level to 4-4 and hit two service winners to earn a match point at 6-5. Djokovic fended it off with his serve, but he faced a second match point at 6-7 after a volley error. Thiem wasted the second match point with a double fault. Djokovic earned a set point after a backhand error from Thiem. Djokovic did not convert it after a forehand error from Djokovic. Thiem earned his third match point with a forehand winner. 

Thiem earned his fourth match point with a smash winner, but Djokovic hit a forehand down the line winner and moved ahead 11-10 with a service winner. The Serbian player converted his second set point forcing the match to the third set, when Thiem hit a backhand into the net.

Both players dropped just two points in the first three service games to draw level to 3-3 in the third set. Thiem reached deuce at 4-3 on return at 4-3 but Djokovic hit two service winners. Thiem won the ninth game forcing Djokovic to serve to stay in the match. Djokovic held serve with a forehand winner. 

Thiem won the 11th game when Djokovic made a backhand error securing a tie-break. Djokovic held serve at 15 setting up a second tie-break. Thiem made a double fault in the first point. Djokovic hit two service winners to open up a 3-0 lead. Thiem rallied from 0-4 down by winning five consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead. Thiem earned two match points with a backhand crosscourt winner and converted his second chance and his sixth overall match point at 7-5 with a forehand shot to reach his second consecutive championships match. 

The last player to reach consecutive finals was Djokovic, who got through to the title match each year from 2012 to 2016.

Thiem has won five of his seven most recent head-to-head matches against Djokovic, including two wins at the ATP Finals. Thiem joins Andy Murray as the only players to beat each member of the Big Three on five or more occasions.

Thiem will take on either Daniil Medvedev or Rafael Nadal in tomorrow’s final.

“It was a mental battle. I got so tight in the second-set tie-break, because to play these legends is always going to be something special. Playing for the final at the Nitto ATP Finals is something very special and I thought about that after my first big title in New York. Maybe I am going to be a little bit more calm, but that was a mistake. I was tight and as nervous as before. It was so much on the edge that match, like every single match here. The best players in the world are facing off. So I am incredibly happy to be through and try to get ready for tomorrow”, said Thiem.   

Djokovic ends the year with a 41-5 record and four titles (Australian Open, Dubai, Western and Southern Open in New York and Rome).

The difference was that when you hit full power, sometimes it goes out. He did everything right from 0-4 in the third-set tie-break. I have to put my hats down and say, congratulations. I actually did not play bad any points after 4-0. I thought in every point. I was in it. I did hit the ball. I was not pushing the ball, but he just smashed it and he just played great”, said Djokovic.

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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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