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Canada Daily Preview: Championship Sunday in Toronto and Montreal



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Sunday features four championship matches: two in singles, and two in doubles.  In Montreal, the singles final is a rematch from just a few weeks ago at the Tokyo Olympics, where Italy’s Camila Giorgi stunned Karolina Pliskova.  In Toronto, Daniil Medvedev has reached his second consecutive Canada Masters final, and faces his second consecutive tall, American “Servebot.”


Each day, this preview will analyze the most intriguing men’s and women’s matchup, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Sunday’s play gets underway at 1:30pm local time.

Karolina Pliskova (4) vs. Camila Giorgi – 1:30pm on Centre Court in Montreal

Last month in Tokyo, Giorgi comfortably prevailed 6-4, 6-2.  That’s part of a run where she has claimed 13 of 17 matches.  Historically known as a one-dimensional player who hits the ball hard every time, her game has evolved.  As Jason Goodall and Lindsey Davenport broke down on Tennis Channel, she is now more patient in rallies, often waiting until she is in a winning position to go for a winner.  Overall her head-to-head with Pliskova has become pretty tight.  Karolina leads 5-3, but Giorgi has now taken the last two, which also includes a match two months ago on the grass of Eastbourne.  That was just a week before Pliskova’s run to the Wimbledon final.  After a stretch of some subpar results, the 29-year-old Czech has rediscovered her confidence, winning 12 of her last 14 matches.  But the fact that two of her three most recent losses came at the hands of Giorgi will certainly be present in her mind.  However, this will easily be the biggest match of Camila’s career, as she had never advanced beyond the fourth round of a WTA 1000 event before this week.  And she’s only 2-6 lifetime in WTA finals.  As much as this has been a matchup issue for Pliskova of late, her vast edge in experience at this level, paired her serving prowess, should be enough to earn her first title in over 18 months.

Daniil Medvedev (1) vs. Reilly Opelka – Not Before 8:00pm on Stadium Court in Toronto

The aforementioned “Servebot” term has been used publicly by Opelka this week, which by his own definition, is a player who holds serve frequently and is “a little bit miserable to watch.”  It seemed this was said a bit tongue-in-cheek, to be clear, but the fact remains the near-seven-feet-tall 23-year-old has a booming serve that can dominate proceedings.  But his compatriot John Isner does as well, and it was completely ineffective against Medvedev in the semifinals, who prevailed 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour.  Opelka has plenty more to his game than just a serve that can frustrate opponents, like his forehand and volleying skills.  Stefanos Tsitsipas appeared infuriated by his inability to figure out a way to dismantle Reilly’s game on Saturday.  But maintaining that level for a second straight day, in the biggest match of your career, and against the winningest hard court player of the last 12 months, will be a daunting task.  Since the Paris Masters last November, Medvedev is 24-4 on this surface.  And since January of 2018, this is his 16th hard court final.  The Russian is 3-1 against the American, including a straight-set victory earlier this season at Roland Garros.  While Opelka did defeat Medvedev on a hard court last fall in St. Petersburg, Daniil is the favorite to win his fourth Masters 1000 title.

Other Notable Matches on Sunday:

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (1) vs. Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury (3) – Mektic and Pavic are in the midst of an historic season.  They play on Sunday for their tenth title of the year, and their 57th match win.  These teams have faced each other four times in 2021, with Mektic and Pavic claiming all four of those matches, and nine of 10 sets contested.

Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani (5) vs. Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac (6) – This is a rematch from the final just last week in San Jose, where Jurak and Klepac prevailed in straight sets.  Stefani is also coming off a thrilling run to the bronze medal in women’s doubles at the Olympics.

Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.


Roger Federer Targets Djokovic And Alcaraz For Laver Cup 2024 After Team World Thrashes Europe



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Roger Federer says he would love to see the two highest-ranked players on the men’s Tour play in the next Laver Cup after this year’s tie ended in a crushing defeat for Europe. 


Team World, which is captained by John McEnroe, dominated the clash in Vancouver after surging to a 10-2 lead heading into the final day of competition. On Sunday they were required to win only one match to claim the overall title which they did in the opening doubles match. Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe ousted the European duo of Andrey Rublev and Hubert hurkacz 7-6(4), 7-6(5). 

“I am proud of these guys. We brought together a great group of some youth and experience, guys that have been here before. Everybody played well,” McEnroe said of his team’s 13-2 victory.
“It was an awesome week. We kicked some ass.”
“Winning is a whole lot better than losing. We struggled the first couple of years, and now we have tasted winning and it feels good.”

In contrast, Europe didn’t have much joy at the event with their only victory being from Casper Ruud who defeated Tommy Paul on the second day of the tie. Since the start of the competition in 2017, Europe won four consecutive titles but 2023 is the second year in a row that they have been defeated. 

Hoping that this losing streak will come to an end next year when the event is held in Berlin, Federer says he wishes Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play. Djokovic has played in the Laver Cup twice before but Alcaraz is yet to make his debut.

“They destroyed Team Europe. Team World played fantastic, they really brought the energy. Everybody brought a point, they were stronger in the doubles. In the singles too, they were moving fast, they were ready to go. They thoroughly deserved victory,” said Federer.
“I would like to see Novak again, Alcaraz and Novak on the same team. Sascha Zverev would be great for the German market. Someone like [Holger] Rune, that really hurt Team Europe. Rune and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas pulling out. [Daniil] Medvedev would be great. I like watching [Andrey] Rublev, and maybe someone will come through,” he added.

Federer is a co-founder of the Laver Cup with his management company Team 8 partnering up with Tennis Australia and Jorge Paulo Lemann to create the event. In 2019 the team competition was awarded ATP Tour status with a spot on the official calendar and access to marketing facilities under an agreement. However, ranking points are not awarded to players. 

Due to the nature of the format, only one match was played on Sunday with fans not getting the chance of watching any singles. Something two-time French Open champion Ruud admits is a problem. 

“Two of the times that I have played was maybe in a way a little bit unfortunate with only one deciding doubles (match) on Sunday,” Ruud commented.
“The crowd didn’t get to see a singles (match) after or whatever. That’s not in my hands to decide what the format looks like.’
“But last year in London was great in many ways because you had so many great players and it came down to almost the last match. When I watched on TV the first series, it was so exciting because Roger played a couple of times, the final match of the Sunday and clutched it for Team Europe. It’s been a couple of years without playing that last singles match. But it’s a great initiative. Me, as a golf fan, watching the Ryder Cup all my life in my childhood, it’s great for tennis to have this event.”

The 2024 Laver Cup will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin between September 20-22. 

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India’s Sumit Nagal Receives Sponsorship Boost After Revelling Financial Struggles



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A leading food and drink company has pledged to support India’s highest-ranked men’s player who was unable to train at his usual facility in Germany earlier this year due to a lack of money. 


Earlier this week world No.159 Sumit Nagal made a public plea for financial support to help him continue his career as a tennis player. In recent years he has been based at the Nansel Tennis Academy in Germany but was unable to train there during the first three months of the 2023 season due to a lack of funds. During this period he relied on his friends, including former player Somdev Devvarman, to help maintain his fitness. 

“If I look at my bank balance, I have what I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 euros. I did get a bit of help. Mr Prashant Sutar is helping me with MAHA Tennis Foundation and I also get monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told the Press Trust of India.
“I am investing whatever I am making. The yearly cost where I travel with one coach is costing me around Rs 8 million to Rs 10 million (90,000-113,000 euros) and that is just with one travelling coach (no physio). Whatever I have made I have already invested,” he added.

Nagal, who is 26 years old, has reached the semi-finals of better at five tournaments on the lower-level Challenger Tour so far this season. His only Grand Slam result was at the US Open where he lost in the first round of qualifying to Taro Daniel. It was at the US Open where he took a set off Roger Federer before losing in 2019. 

Despite being the only player from his country to be ranked in the top 400, Nagal is currently not part of the Target Olympics Podium Scheme. An initiative set up by the Indian government to provide support to their top athletes.

After learning about Nagal’s ongoing struggles on the Tour, a leading company has decided to support the tennis player by signing a three-year deal with him. Gatorade specializes in sports drinks and is manufactured by PepsiCo. Under the deal, Nagal will receive support with his recovery and nutrition from experts at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).  

“I am deeply moved and grateful to join hands with Gatorade. This association comes to me at a pivotal time, and I am thankful my hard work and passion is getting recognized and appreciated. With Gatorade by my side, I am sure I will reach new heights and give it my all both on and off the court,” the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Nagal as saying on Thursday. 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ankit Agarwal from PepsiCo India has hailed the collaboration. Agarwal is the company’s Associate Director of Energy & Hydration. 

“Sumit is a role model for the new-gen athletes of India with his career being a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine,” he said.
“As a brand that is dedicated to supporting athletes in removing barriers to sporting success, we are delighted to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade squad.”

Nagal has been ranked as high as No.122 in the world. So far in his career, he has won four Challenger titles with two of those occurring this year in Italy and Finland. 

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(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History

UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals




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The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.


Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.

However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.

Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.

In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.

The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.

However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.

It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.

In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.

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