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Alexander Zverev battles past Marcos Giron in hard-fought match at the Australian Open

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Last year’s US Open finalist Alexander Zverev came back from losing the first set to edge US Marcos Giron 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 42 minutes in a hard-fought match in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne two days after helping Germany reach the ATP Cup semifinals. 

 

Giron fended off three break points in the opening game before Zverev forced an error to take a 4-2 lead. Zverev netted a forehand to drop serve in the eighth game. 

Giron was not able to convert four set points in the tie-break at 6-3 and 7-6 before Zverev wasted a set point at 8-7. Giron won the final three points to win the tie-break 10-8. 

Zverev went up a 5-2 lead with a double break in the third and sixth games. Giron pulled one break back in the ninth game, as Zverev sent a volley long. Zverev hit a service winner at 6-5 in the tie-break to seal the second set. Zverev won 20 of 22 first service points.

Zverev earned two breaks in the first and ninth games to win the third set 6-3. The German broke twice more in the fourth and eighth games to close out the fourth set 6-2. Zverev hit 50 winners, including 16 aces. 

“Giron played incredibly well and played really well on the big stage against a top 10 player. He had me on the ropes and the second set could have gone either way. I didn’t want to go two sets down. I am happy to get through and in the end I played better. The first round of a Grand Slam is never easy. I think it’s incredible to play in front of fans again. That’s something that we missed over the last year or so. I still felt my abs and my back a little bit, so the serve was no full power like it usually is. I barely got over 210 km/h on the serve, which is quite fast, but for me I know I can go faster than that, so I had to vary it a little bit. I had for a lot of spin. He played well, and for me the longer the match went, the better I started playing. That’s something positive”, said Zverev. 

Zverev had a 1-2 record in his singles matches for Germany at last week’s ATP Cup in the same Melbourne Park venue. 

Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka beat Pedro Sousa 6-3 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 36 minutes. Stan the Man dropped 15 points and never faced a break point. The Swiss player converted four of his 13 break points. 

“I think it was good first round win today. It’s never easy to play your first match here. It’s been three weeks that we have been here getting ready for this tournament. I am happy that I was playing well today. I was playing aggressive, playing some good balls, so I am really happy to be through to the second round”, said Wawrinka. 

Wawrinka set up a second round against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, who battled past Marc Polmans 4-6 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 after 4 hours and 12 minutes. 

Emil Ruusuvuori battled past 10-time ATP Tour champion Gael Monfils 3-6 6-4 7-5 3-6 6-3 scoring one of the biggest wins of his career. The Finnish player fended off 17 of the 23 break points, including five chances in the final set. Monfils has lost seven consecutive tour-level matches. 

Ruusuvuori will take on Pedro Martinez, who cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1 6-1 6-1. 

“I played a couple of times against Gael. He is very tough, very good physically. He makes a tonne of balls. I will take the good things from today’s match and try to put them on the court on Wednesday and we’ll see how it goes”, said Ruusuvuori. 

Former Australian Open semifinalist Milos Raonic eased past Federico Coria 6-3 6-3 6-2 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face Corentin Moutet. The young Frenchman rallied from one set down to beat Australia’s John Millman 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 6-2 6-3 after 3 hours and 45 minutes. 

Taylor Fritz overcame Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Egor Gerasimov edged past Benoit Paire 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5. 

Number 32 seed Miomir Kecmanovic saw off Dennis Novak 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7-2). Miomir Kecmanovic knocked out Kamil Majchrzak 6-2 6-4 6-3. 

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Care How Much Pain He’s In, He Gets The Job Done

Hall of Famer Steve Flink gives his verdict on Rafael Nadal’s epic victory which might result in his withdrawal from Wimbledon!

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Matches don’t come as dramatic as the one Rafael Nadal played on Wednesday. 

 

The 22-time grand slam champion dealt with an abdominal injury, lost a break advantage in three sets and still managed to win after four hours of pulsating play. Awaiting him in the next round will be Nick Kyrgios if he is fit enough to play. Kyrgios dismissed Cristian Garin in straight sets in his quarter-final match. 

Flink and Ubitennis’ CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta review all the action that took place on day 10

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Injured Rafael Nadal Ousts Fritz In Wimbledon Thriller

The world No.4 is through to the semi-finals but there are new doubts over his current health.

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Rafael Nadal has kept his chances of achieving a calendar slam alive by defeating American Taylor Fritz in a dramatic quarter-final match at Wimbledon where he struggled with injury. 

 

The second seed took a medical time out during the second set but continued to battle to a sensational 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4), win over Fritz. Two days ago Nadal was seen wearing tape on his abdomen but refused to go into details when asked by reporters. Although it was clear that this issue is ongoing with the Spaniard crouching over a couple of times after serving in pain. 

“The body is generally fine. Of course, in the abdominal area, something is not going well. I had to find a way to serve a little bit differently,” said Nadal. “I was thinking during a lot of moments that I would not be able to finish the match but the energy (of Center Court) was something else.”

In the roller-coaster encounter, 19 breaks of serves occurred throughout the marathon match. During the gut-busting 260-minute showdown Nadal saw plenty of chances come and go. In each of the first two sets, he had a break advantage before losing them. He also failed to maintain a break advantage in the decider before coming through in the tiebreak. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top with the help of 5 aces and 55 winners. 

“I enjoy playing these kinds of matches in front of you guys (the crowd),” the Spaniard continued. 
“It has been a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great the whole season.’
“From my side, it was not an easy match and I am happy to be in the semifinal.”

The triumph is a bitter pill for Fritz to swallow who was bidding to become the youngest American man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since 2005. Until now he had been on an eight-match winning streak.

As for Nadal, he is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 38th at a major event. He is now 8-0 when it comes to playing quarter-final matches at the tournament.

Amid concerns over the abdomen, Nadal now has only two days to recover in time for his blockbuster showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who came through his match in straight sets against Cristian Garin. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and has won their two previous meetings at SW19.  

“I hope to be ready to play it,” he said of the semi-final.
“TNick is a great player on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He’s having a great grass-court season and it’s going to be a great challenge. I need to be one hundred percent.”

At the age of 36 Nadal is seeking to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2011.

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“I Thought The Ship Had Sailed’ – Nick Kyrgios Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Semis

The 27-year-old reacts to achieving a new milestone in his career.

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Nick Kyrgios has achieved his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. 

 

Kyrgios, who was playing in the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2014, rallied to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5(5) win over his Chilean rival. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last four of the men’s draw since Lleyton Hewitt did so back in 2005.  


”I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. He’s a hell of a player,” Kyrgios said afterward. “He’s obviously very confident. Hell of a tournament for him to make the quarter-finals. I got lucky on a couple of break points here and there. It could have been him standing here (giving the winner’s interview).”

In what was a largely controlled match from Kyrgios, he produced a total of 17 aces alongside 35 winners against 29 unforced errors. There were the occasional outbursts and criticism of the lines officials but it was by nowhere as controversial as his previous encounters against Stefanos Tsitspas in the third round and Paul Jubb in the first.

The breakthrough comes during what has been a turbulent career. Kyrgios has been a player involved in many controversies and was at one stage issued with a suspended ban from the Tour due to unsportsmanlike conduct. However, his talent was never doubted but many were unsure if he could be consistent enough to have a deep run at a major event. He once was at a pub until 4 am on the same day he was due to play Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“It was an amazing atmosphere out here (on court one). I never thought I will be in the semifinal of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed.” He admits. 
“I didn’t go about things earlier in my career great and I may have wasted (time).’
‘I’m really proud of the way I’ve come back out here with my team and with that performance.”

As one of the few top 100 players who travel without a coach, Kyrgios paid tribute to those around him. 

“I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone,” he jokes.
“Each and every one of my team plays an important role. I feel like nobody knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and to be in the semi-final of a slam I am pretty happy.”  

Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2008.

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