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Medvedev “I think it’s great, I think the popularity of Tennis in Russia is growing”

Daniil Medvedev spoke about the Australian Open final and the popularity of tennis in Russia ahead of his campaign in Rotterdam.




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On Monday Danil Medvevdev the top seed at ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament took the time to speak to media on media day before he started his tournament.


He started by answering a question on his current hot streak winning 20 matches and making the final of the Australian Open.

“It’s a great achievement, it’s great to know this number, it’s all together for sure some confidence when you win tournament, won three in a row and one of them was a team competition of course, when you get the confidence going even in the tight moments, for sure the tough work I have been putting in practice through last 2-3 years is paying off and I feel on the court I can do many good things”.

The world number three also touched on the Australian Open final and answered if he felt he could do anything differently.

“I for sure thought about it a little bit, actually more discussed with my coach and my team but first of all Novak played really good, it’s that type of match where you get off the court and you feel like you didn’t play well but there is a reason because there is no reason that I wouldn’t play well because I just won 20 matches before playing well so there is no reason technically why I won’t play well, he did everything good, he was playing good, I couldn’t find my stance on the court but I think if we played again I would do things differently in terms of tactics during the game, that’s tennis, it’s experience but this match he won because he was a better player”.

Medvedev has a chance to reach the world number two ranking with a good week in Rotterdam and spoke about if there is any added pressure breaking up the top 4 for the first time since 2005.

“Ya for sure it’s a bit of pressure, that’s part of a tennis career or tennis life to have some pressure and different circumstances but for sure I would say that the most pressure would be starting from quarters or semis because first or second round is still kinda far to look ahead and getting ready for my first round and not looking ahead but for sure when it comes closer it will stay in my mind and I’m just going to try to do it”.

The number one seed this week was able to give me his thoughts on the resurgence of Russian tennis with Russia winning the ATP Cup, him making the final, Aslan Karatsev making his first-ever grand slam quarterfinal as well as Andrey Rublev making it to the final 8 as well in Australia.

” I think it’s great, I think the popularity of tennis in Russia is growing big time and that’s what we are trying to do and I can think we can do this long time and try to make tennis popular in Russia, I think that’s what’s going on right now, everyone started watching more tennis, everyone is starting to post more pictures of them playing tennis, I’m really happy for it , I’m really for Andrey making it last year, you know making the quarters of Australia is still a very good result, Karatsev made something unbelievable, he’s in the history books right now maybe for a long time and hopefully he can continue his run throughout the season and let’s see how it goes“.

Finally, he spoke about the draw this week and his first match against Dusan Lajovic.

“The draw is really strong and for a 500 event it is one of the strongest draws ever and still some people retired so it could be stronger especially of course with Rafa and we have six top 10 guys I think which is unbelievable and about Lajovic the courts are really slow here, the balls are slow and probably the conditions he will like, I need to prepare my game to have few days of practice left and of course it’s indoor hard so the serve will be important, the serve and return and expecting a tough match vs Dusan”.


Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.




Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.


The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…




Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.


It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Sidesteps Question Over Vaccination Status

The Greek also jokes that he will be having less bathroom breaks in Indian Wells due to one particular reason.




Stefanos Tsitsipas has declined to confirm if he has received a COVID-19 vaccination despite previously saying he planned to do so later this year.


The world No.3 was questioned about the vaccination during his pre-tournament press conference at Indian Wells on Wednesday. Earlier this year Tsitsipas came under fire after saying he doesn’t see a reason why somebody his age needs to be vaccinated and expressed concerns over the potential side effects. He also added that young people catching COVID-19 is a good thing as it helps build up their immunity. Prompting criticism from various people, including a spokesperson for the Greek government.

However, in recent weeks Tsitsipas has changed his stance on the issue and recently told Antenna TV that he will have his first dose by the end of this year. When asked by a reporter in Indian Wells if he has had it yet, the French Open finalist declined to answer.

I’m sorry but I’m not able to provide any of my medical records,” he said.

Player vaccination rates in tennis are becoming a growing issue amid reports that the Australian Open may only allow fully vaccinated players to participate due to a health mandate which has been implemented by the local government. There is yet to be a formal announcement by Tennis Australia regarding their entry requirements. However, The Age newspaper reports that there is a ‘strong likelihood’ that only vaccinated players will be allowed entry by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Tsitsipas’ immediate focus is on this week’s BNP Paribas Open where he is the second seed behind Daniil Medvedev. Speaking about the conditions, the 23-year-old joked it was ‘very dry’ and therefore he will be having less bathroom breaks during matches. Referring to the recent criticism he has received from some of his peers over the timing of breaks he takes.

“It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said.
“That is good for me because I sweat less, which makes for less bathroom breaks, which makes for less complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he added with a smile.

The hope for Tsitsipas is that he will be able to build on his recent experience at the Laver Cup where he helped Europe secure their fourth consecutive title. The event provides players with the opportunity to work alongside each other in a team format. Something Tsitsipas relished but he is ready to get back to singles duty.

“I think team competitions are necessary for our sport and we don’t get to be united a lot,” he said. “We always kind of focus on ourselves and our things and environment and that is what you usually see on Tour. Players doing their own thing. Not much socialising.
“At the Laver Cup, we all get to have dinners together and all get to hang out with each other. Of course, though, we all have our competitiveness and if we get stuck around we might share too much with one another, that is the mentality behind it.”

Tsitsipas is yet to win a main draw match in Indian Wells. He will start his 2021 bid against either qualifier Roberto Marcora or Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

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