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Roger Federer Edges Past Dan Evans To Reach Doha Last Eight In Comeback Match

Roger Federer ended his 405 day hiatus with a tight three set win over Dan Evans in Doha.

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Roger Federer edged past Dan Evans 7-6(8) 3-6 7-5 in Doha to reach the quarter-finals in his comeback match.

 

After 405 days without playing competitive tennis, Roger Federer returned with a tight three set victory over Dan Evans.

The Brit showed high-quality to tennis to test the 20-time grand slam but Federer ultimately prevailed.

Federer will now play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.

In the first set there was little to separate the two players with Evans using his slice and power shots well against Federer.

On paper, this match was a good match for the second seed to start with as Evans plays an extremely similar game to Federer with also the fact that the Brit practiced with Federer for a couple of weeks in Dubai.

This showed as Federer was able to dictate points well and hit aggressively early in the rally with relative success.

However in the longer rallies, Evans was able to force some errors with good construction of points.

Nothing to separate them and no break points created, a first set tiebreak was played out to decide the winner of the opening set.

Despite being a mini-break down and missing simple shots, Federer rallied back and took the tiebreak 10-8.

The 39 year-old was clearly enjoying himself as he smiled even when missing some easy shots.

However the smile didn’t last long as Evan’s consistent high-quality tennis got its rewards in the second set.

Federer’s rustiness was telling as some routine unforced errors handed the Brit the momentum to take a 4-1 lead.

Some good angles mixed with accurate serving saw Evans thrive on this occasion as he relished playing one of the greatest players of all time.

The world number 28 didn’t concede his lead as he took the second set 6-3 and forced a deciding set.

In the final set, there were some high-quality rallies with some brave passing shots and decision-making from Evans.

This was now a test of Federer’s ability to craft his best tennis when it mattered as it was clear that the Swiss was not at his free-flowing best.

A massive serve and volley at match point down showed Evans’ confidence as he brought his best tennis.

Eventually though, Federer would create the break needed to seal the match as a backhand down the line sealed the win in 2 hours and 26 minutes.

After the match Federer added to perspective to the last 14 months and praised Evans’ performance, “Happy to be standing here regardless whether I won or lost,” Federer explained.

“Obviously winning feels better, but it was a great match. Dan played a good math too and he’s been a wonderful training partner with me over the last two weeks. We played over 20 sets. It was great fun and thank you for the people to come out and that was very special.”

A match that was much-needed for Federer to test his ability and slowly get back into the swing of things in a high-quality match.

A much easier match awaits in the quarter-finals as he takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili tomorrow.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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