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Denis Shapovalov Ousts Ivashka in Miami

The Canadian survived a three set marathon and a rain delay to beat the Belorussian.



Denis Shapovalov booked his spot in the third round of the Miami Open after beating world number 116 Ilya Ivashka 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 in a match where he hit 37 winners while his opponent produced 50 unforced errors.


“A super tough one against Ivashka, I think he played really well,@ said Shapovalov.
Never easy coming into a masters where you have a bye because the other player has already played a match and obviously he was in top form and for sure it was extremely difficult especially in the first set so I was happy I was able to turn the match around and kinda get those feelings from Dubai into the second and third set. I’m really happy and I was lucky with the rain delay and stuff like that overall just super happy to get through it”

The first two games of the match were pretty routine but at 1-2 it was the Canadian who was first to face some adversity as he faced the first two breakpoints of the match but managed to save them both with his huge lefty serve.

The very next game it was the world number 11 with a chance to break but it was his Belorussian counterpart who would come up saving it and holding serve.

Once again it went back and forth and the next game the number six seed had a chance to take the lead but failed to convert again and the match remained on serve.

The first set would be decided by a tiebreaker and it was the world number 116 who would take the first lead of the breaker as the Toronto native would double fault on the first point.

At 4-2 the Bahamas resident would break back but would immediately give the break back the very next point and that was enough for the Minsk native to take the first set.

The world number 11 was determined to stay in the match and broke the Belorussian serve in the opening game of the second set but once again it didn’t last long as his serve abandoned him and he would double fault twice in a row to give the break back.

The Canadian wasn’t giving up and responded by breaking right back the following game and that was enough for Shapovalov to take the second set needing four set points to send it to a decider.

The momentum stayed with the world number 11 in the beginning of the third set and he was able to earn two more breakpoints in the first game but the world number 116 hung in and saved both and would hold serve.

At 1-2 the Canadian got into a little more trouble with his serve again and another double fault set up two more breakpoints for the Belorussian but once again the number six seed came up big saving them.

At 3-3 the Toronto native had two more chances to break to take the lead and on the first one the Belorussian would save it before play was unfortunately halted due to a little rain.

After the short delay with the players waiting on court play would resume and on the first point back the Belorussian would double fault to give the Canadian the break to take a 4-3 lead.

After that it started to pour and the match was delayed for about an hour before the players were able to return on court and finish the match serving it out to book his spot in the next round.

Shapovalov will next face a familiar foe in the next round and that is Hubert Hurkacz who he most recently played in Dubai about a week ago.

” A super tricky next match, me and Hubert (Hurkacz) have played many times now and just recently in Dubai and I felt I played exceptional tennis and hopefully I can use that confidence and use those moments from last week to try and transition it to next week and of course it’s different conditions, different surface so it’s going to be a new match and a tough battle ahead of me”.

Shapovalov was also asked about the situation about his fellow countrymen Vasek Pospisil after the incident earlier in the week and he gave his sense of the situation.

” I don’t know, I wasn’t at the meeting so I don’t know what went down, and knowing Vasek (Pospisil) personally to get this upset and have it bothering him during a match something must have happened, I have heard from several players, not great information so I am on the PTPA side, I think we are not underrepresented but there are ways we could be represented better, I don’t think the ATP is doing the fullest job that they can be, I think there are other ways and other players that are trying to introduce helping the ATP bring in different information or sponsors and basically were all getting shut down and they’re basically telling us to go and play tennis which in my opinion is not right, they shouldn’t talk to us like that if we are partners and that’s my position”.


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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