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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins All-Canadian Battle At Australian Open

The world number 21 is into his first Australian Open 4th round after beating his good friend in straight sets.



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Felix Auger Aliassime is into the round of 16 of the Australian Open beating his good friend Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5, 6-3. Auger Aliassime hit 31 winners in the win while Shapovalov hit 37 unforced errors in a thrilling match.

A tight first set

Both players did a good job holding serve in the opening games of the first set and it was the world number 12 who had the first break opportunity of the match at 3-3 winning a point with a great volley winner.

Shapovalov would go on to break as the Montreal native sent a ball to take a 4-3 lead but the lead didn’t last long as the world number 21 came back in the very next game and would break back to go back on serve.

With Shapovalov serving to force a first set tiebreak he would double fault to find himself facing three set points and Auger Aliassime would take the first set 7-5 as the Richmond Hill native sent a ball long.

A great battle

The second set was much like the first with again both players holding serve until 3-2 when once again it was the number 11 seed getting the early break to take a 4-2 lead before the number 20 seed stormed back to break back to go back on serve at 4-4.

At 6-5 once again the number 11 seed faced a set point and it was the Montreal native once again who would take the second set with a stunning forehand winner.

The closer

With the world number 21 sensing he was close to pulling off a great win he picked up the tempo and after holding the opening service game of the set had two chances to break and he would break to take an early 2-0 lead.

Shapovalov saved three break points at 3-0 to eventually hold serve and the next game set up break points of his own but Auger Aliassime would save both.

The world number 21 would serve it out at 5-3 and to take it 6-3 and with it the match to set up a 4th round encounter with Aslan Karatsev who earlier upset the number 8 seed Diego Schwartzman.

Auger-Aliassime was very grateful for the crowd support he got during the match.

“Thank you, thank you so much, its been a while we have heard noise in the stadium, you guys did an amazing job, its amazing, it’s a shame you won’t get to be here for the next couple days but thank you so much for pushing and for staying its been an amazing night “

He also spoke about the fact that he was playing a good friend tonight and how he was able to pull it off.

“Sure it was a good match on my part, it’s never to play Denis, we played for the first time when we were 9, we go back a long time, he’s beat me bad a couple of times but tonight I got my way, I was flawless, I played an amazing match, of course it’s a shame we have to play each other but I can be happy about my performance tonight”

He was also asked in his on court interview about making the 4th round for the first time in his career.

“I didn’t have so much luck these last years but I love this place so finally this year I’m playing some good tennis and I am through to the second week in front of you guys so it’s a pleasure”

Finally he gave his thoughts on his next match and what he will need to do to prepare for it.

“I played him three times already so I know him a little bit, he’s beat some good players, he’s a tough opponent so I am going to try and relax now and get ready to play my best tennis in two days”

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon



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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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