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Rafael Nadal Survives Second Set Blip To Reach 14th Roland Garros Semi-Final

Rafael Nadal came through in four sets to beat Diego Schwartzman at Roland Garros.




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Rafael Nadal overcame Diego Schwartzman 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 to reach his 14th Roland Garros semi-final.


The 13-time champion was tested by the Argentinian but came through in four sets to reach the last four.

Novak Djokovic or Matteo Berrettini awaits in the semi-finals on Friday.

As expected, this was a physical match from the very start as both players involved themselves in entertaining rallies.

It was Nadal who managed to dictate the points more consistently in the opening set, earning two break points in the fourth game but Schwartzman held firm.

Eventually the 13-time champion would get the break, only for the Argentinian to show some aggressive and deep returns to earn the break back.

However Nadal produced the more risky tennis in the opening set and a lack of first serves cost Schwartzman as the third seed would break again and serve out a one set advantage.

In the second set, Schwartzman regained his composure and upped his level of play using a lot of variety and forcing errors from the Nadal racket.

A 3-0 lead was maintained by the world number 10 as he proved why he is one of the most difficult matches on this surface for Nadal.

Some poor serving in the fifth game allowed Nadal to get back into the match as both players were producing some sensational shot-making.

As it was looking like the set was heading to a tiebreak, Schwartzman produced some great returns and constructed effective patterns of play and converted break point in the tenth game to take the second set 6-4.

Schwartzman had only become the fifth player in history to take more than one set off Nadal combined at Roland Garros.

The third set saw both players continue to illustrate defensive variety mixed with ferocious attacking play as Schwartzman continued to make the match physical.

Nadal’s serve had improved drastically and was now producing quick service holds to turn the pressure up on Schwartzman.

‘El Peque’ would fail the pressure test as Nadal broke in the tenth game to love to seal a two sets to one lead.

That would be the significant moment in the match as the Spaniard moved through more gears as Schwartzman’s level dipped faltering at key moments.

Three breaks of serve would see Nadal charge through Schwartzman and secure his spot in the semi-finals.

After surviving a stern test in sets two and three, Nadal overcame a tough match to book his place in the last four.

Next up for Nadal will be another epic meeting with Novak Djokovic or a new experience against Matteo Berrettini.


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

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




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




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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