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Borna Coric into the Semis in Rotterdam after dispatching Kei Nishikori

Borna Coric moved into the semi-finals in Rotterdam after a straight sets victory over Kei Nishikori.




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The Croatian needed two tiebreakers to book his spot in the semifinals.


Borna Coric is into the semifinals after beating the world number 45 Kei Nishikori in straight sets 7-6,7-6 in a great match that went back and forth at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. The 24-year-old fired 28 winners while the 31-year-old hit 23 unforced errors.

The Japanese world number 45 got off to an aggressive start earning three breakpoints off the opening service game of the match as it seemed like the Croat was slow out of the gates.

He would manage to hold his opening service game but the Japanese world number 45 kept applying pressure on the Croat service games and at 2-2 he would have two more chances to break and would ultimately break when Coric served a double fault to take a 3-2 lead.

The break didn’t last long as the Zagreb native would break right back the following service game and we were all square at 3-3. The first set would be decided by a tiebreaker which the Croat would get the crucial break after playing four extremely tight points to take a 4-2 lead in the breaker.

He would eventually win the breaker 7-2 thus winning the first set 7-6 and was one set away from the final four in Rotterdam.

The second set was almost like the first but this time Coric carried the momentum and had two breakpoints in the opening service game of the second set and would break on his third opportunity of the set when the world number 45 sent a ball out for the early 1-0 lead.

The Shimane, Japan native wasn’t going to go away quietly and in the following game off three errors from the Croat he had three breakpoints but the world number 26 would do a great job rallying back to save them all and hold serve.

At 2-1 the Bradenton, Florida resident had two more chances to break and he would break to go back on serve at 2-2 when the 24 year old would send a ball long.

It was turning once again into a seesaw battle and the very next game Coric went back on the offensive earning two more breakpoints but this time the Japanese world number 45 did a good job saving them and held serve.

The second set would once again be decided by another tiebreaker and the Croat got the early break in the first point playing a great rally and finishing it with a sublime passing shot to take a 1-0 lead.

After winning the next point on serve the Japanese native won two straight points as Coric hit two unforced errors in a row and we had a feeling this was going to be decided in a third set.

That’s when the world number 26 stormed back and won the next two doing a good job forcing the errors off his opponents racquet to even the breaker at 4-4.

The Croat would get the crucial break the very next point as Nishikori would send a return into the net and with a sigh of disbelief he fell to his knees thinking the match was over.

Coric would indeed win the next two points with his solid forehand to win the match and book his spot in the final four.

After the match in an on court interview he gave his thoughts of the win.

“It was very close and I thought I was serving very well but in the game, I felt like he was playing really fast and I couldn’t get on top of the rally so I needed to do a lot of running obviously it was a bit tiring but in the end, it was a very good match”.

Coric will next face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Quarter Finals day

It was quarter finals day at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and there was some great matches. Andrey Rublev needed three sets to beat Jeremy Chardy beating him 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 while Stefanos Tsitipas also needed three sets to beat Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a semi final meeting on Saturday afternoon with Rublev.


Grigor Dimitrov Blames Poor Monte Carlo Performance On ‘Big Infection’

The 29-year-old reveals the reason behind his error-stricken performance at the Monte Carlo Country Club on Thursday.




Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov said he simply ‘didn’t play’ in his latest match at the Monte Carlo Masters after winning just two games against Rafael Nadal.


The world No.17 fell 6-1, 6-1, to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in less than an hour on Thursday. He won 48% of his first service points and 32% of his second, as he hit 32 unforced errors. A dismal performance from Dimitrov who had beaten Jan-Lennard Struff and Jeremy Chardy earlier in the tournament.

Whilst it was never going to be easy playing somebody of Nadal’s calibre, Dimitrov has revealed that he had been troubled by an issue away from the court. He has been suffering from a ‘big infection’ in his tooth which has had an impact on his preparation for the match.

“I’ve been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days,” he said. “I have a big infection in my tooth. It’s been hard. I haven’t been able to sleep well or eat well or anything like that.’
“I was bearing it for a while this whole week.”

It is another case of bad luck for Dimitrov on the Tour this season. At the Australian Open he reached the quarter-finals in what was his best Grand Slam performance since the 2019 US Open. However, in his last eight showdown with Russia’s Aslan Karatsev he was hindered by a back injury.

“It’s straight to the doctor’s, unfortunately,” he commented on his tooth. “Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is.’
“At least I’m glad it happened on a home soil so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible.Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be able to come back as soon as possible.”

Speaking in his press conference, Nadal said he ‘felt sorry’ for his opponent who ‘played a bad match.’ During the match the world No.3 wasn’t aware of Dimitrov’s problem but was told about it afterwards.

“I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy, a good friend. I just hope the situation is to improve as soon as possible,” he said.

Nadal, who is seeking a record 12th title in Monte Carlo, will play Russia’s Andrey Rublev next.

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Dan Evans Fires Back At ‘No Manners’ Musetti

30-year-old Evans says he is not happy with recent comments the Italian has said about him.




British No.1 Dan Evans has branded fellow player Lorenzo Musetti ‘disrespectful’ after recording the most high-profile win of his career at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.


The world No.33 stunned Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, in what is his first ever win over a member of the prestigious Big Three. A trio that consists of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. What is even more remarkable is that Evan’s victory took place on the clay. A surface which he hadn’t won a Tour match on since 2017 prior to this week.

Speaking to reporters following his win over the world No.1, Evans was questioned about what was the difference between his match against Musetti last week and his performance in Monte Carlo. Prompting the Brit to hit out at the Italian who is dubbed as one of the rising stars of the Tour.

“How he spoke last week was embarrassing,” Evans said. “Let’s not talk about Musetti in my press conference.
“Last week he said some things in the Italian press about me that was disrespectful.
Musetti, if he apologises, I will answer. He’s a good tennis player, but he’s got no manners.”

The fallout between the two started last week after Musetti won their match at the Sardegna Open. Saving four match points in the final tiebreaker en route to the victory. Afterwards, the 19-year-old accused his rival of disrespecting him on the court.

“There are respectful experienced players on the court,” he said. “Others like Evans, they try to use my youth to (win) matches.
“But it’s all experience for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t want to be treated like a young man.”

Whilst the two tennis players are unlikely to be friends anytime soon, Evans did praise the recent performance of his rival. Musetti is the youngest player in the top 100 on the men’s Tour and is one of only two players aged 19. The other is compatriot Jannik Sinner.

“He played very well last week. I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t take the match points. It’s just tennis. Yeah, he could do with learning some manners.” He concluded.

Evans is through to the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. Awaiting him in the next round is 11th seed David Goffin who defeated Alexander Zverev in his third round match.

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New Setback Forces Dominic Thiem Out Of Belgrade

The Austrian tennis star has written a blog post on his website titled ‘my knee hurts!”




Dominic’s Thiem’s return to the Tour has been postponed for a second time due to a physical problem which he recently visited a doctor about.


The US Open champion has confirmed that he is currently suffering from pain in his knee and has decided to pull out of next week’s Belgrade Open. An ATP 250 event which will be headlined by world No.1 Novak Djokovic. It is unclear as to what kind of injury Thiem is suffering from or when the pain started. Earlier this year he confirmed that he had been suffering from a long-standing foot issue which gives him intermittent pain. Although there is no indication that these are linked in anyway.

“2021 just doesn’t want to get going. Unfortunately I will have to cancel my start at next week’s tournament in Novak Djokovic’s hometown Belgrade,” Thiem wrote in a statement. “My knee hurts and I went to see a doctor. It is not a big issue but I need to take care of it. I am definitely not fit enough to play next week.”

Earlier this month Thiem delayed his expected return to the Tour at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters because he was ‘not 100% yet.’ In a blog post on his website the Austrian admitted that he had ‘a lot of work to do’ and ‘tough weeks’ ahead. Thiem hasn’t played a match since the Dubai Tennis Championships after deciding to take a break from the sport in order to reset himself.

The hope for the world No.4 is that he will be back on track and ready to play at the Madrid Open which will begin on April 30th with the ultimate goal remaining to be back to full fitness at the French Open. Thiem’s most successful Grand Slam where he has reached finals in 2018 and 2019.

“I want to be completely fit at the beginning of May and play proper tennis,” he states.
“There is something positive, though: Coach Nicolas Massu arrived in Austria yesterday, we are going to continue my program even though at the moment we have to be careful. In the meantime I have also been working on my physical fitness with sports scientist Mike Reinprecht.’
“There is no doubt, the big goal till the summer are the French Open – in Paris I must be at my best.”

So far this season Thiem has only won back-to-back matches in one out of four tournaments played. Doing so at the Australian Open where he reached the fourth round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov. Since then he has suffered second round losses in Doha and Dubai. His win-loss record for 2021 currently stands at 5-4.

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