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Daniil Medvedev Enters US Open Semis Wiser And With The Belief Anybody Can Win

The world No.2 continues his chase for a maiden Grand Slam title and isn’t daunted by the prospect of having to play Novak Djokovic in the final.




Daniil Medvedev hits a forehand during a Men's Singles match at the 2021 US Open, Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Garrett Ellwood/USTA)

There is something about the US Open that brings out the best in Daniil Medvedev who secured his place in the semi-finals for the third year in a row.


In his latest match, the Russian world No.2 dropped a set for the first time in this year’s tournament before ending the fairytale run of Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5. Throughout the encounter, Medvedev won 83% of his first service points and fired 36 winners past his opponent to continue his impressive record in New York. Since 2019 he has won 16 out of 18 matches played with his two losses being to players who went on to win the title – Rafael Nadal in the 2019 final and Dominic Thiem in the 2020 semi-finals.

“I’m really happy to be in the semis again, the third time in a row. I couldn’t dream of it maybe four years ago, but now it’s three,” Medvedev said during his press conference.
“About the match, tough match. The first two sets were kind of under control. He was missing some balls, some important points. So it was feeling easy, I should say. Then the third and fourth set was really tough. He played top-level, served really big.’
“I’m really happy that in the fourth I managed to hold my serve really easily and break him in the end where I had few opportunities to do before also.”

Yet to win a Grand Slam title at the age of 25, some believe it is only a matter of time before he does so. Since 2018 Medvedev has become a dominant force on the hardcourts by winning 11 titles, playing in 16 finals and recording a total of 145 wins on the surface. In all three of those areas, no player has recorded better numbers than him on the ATP Tour during that period.

Medvedev has only lost two matches since the conclusion of Wimbledon which was against Pablo Carreno Busta and the Olympics and Andrey Rublev at the Cincinnati Masters. He will be hoping to continue his winning momentum in the semi-finals where he will take on Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime who is through to the last four of a major for the first time. Auger-Aliassime defeated Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz who retired from their match with an abductor problem.

“Experience is not everything because when I was in my first semis of a slam, I won it. Doesn’t mean if you’re there for the first time you’re gonna lose it,” said Medvedev who last played the Canadian back in 2018.
“But I like that I have this experience. I know how it is. I’m not gonna be tight. I know that. It’s a question about tennis. If I play good, it’s going to be not easy for my opponent. That’s the most important thing I’m gonna try to do.”

Looking further ahead, Medvedev could face Novak Djokovic in the final should the draw go according to the seedings. The world No.1 is on the verge of achieving a calendar slam where a player wins all four major tournaments within the same year. The prospect of a potential showdown with the Serbian is something Medvedev isn’t fazed by. In fact, it is the complete opposite.

“I don’t think about him, because as we saw, anybody can beat anybody. If he’s in the final, and if I’m there, I’m happy. He’s also happy, I guess,” Medvedev said. “I’m not going to root or cheer for somebody. I’m just going to enjoy the tennis and then prepare for the winner. It’s the same every match.”

The odds of Medvedev winning this year’s tournament are higher than before with two members of the Big Three absent due to injury. Roger Federer continues to nurse a knee problem after recently undergoing another surgery and Rafael Nadal is hindered by a foot injury. Frances Tiafoe had previously said the tournament atmosphere is different in a way due to the absence of the duo. A view now shared by Medvedev.

“I don’t feel the change of the energy [in the locker room], again, talking for myself. I always try to do my best,” Medvedev stated. “I don’t care if Roger or Rafa are here. I want to win the tournament. It’s going to be tougher if they were here, and of course it would be tougher if they would be 30 years old. But I just want to do my best, so I don’t care if they are here or not.”

Medvedev is bidding to become only the third Russian man to win the US Open title.


Diego Schwartzman Receives Threats On Social Media Following Shock Davis Cup Defeat

The world No.15 is the latest player to speak out about recieving abusive messages on social media.




The weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster for Diego Schwartzman, who suffered ‘one of the worst’ losses of his career before helping secure victory for his country in their Davis Cup tie against Belarus.


On Saturday the world No.15 was stunned by unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov who is yet to play a professional match on the pro Tour. Ostapenkov is currently ranked 63 in the world on the junior circuit. The comprehensive victory shocked the Argentinian team who was hosting the tie at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite the shock upset, Schwartman managed to redeem himself the following day when he defeated Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2. That victory handed his country an unassailable 3-1 lead in their tie and secured their place in the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers which will take place next March.

Not only playing Davis, but in Buenos Aires, with a lot of people you don’t see, it’s not easy. My level can be and has to be much better. After the game on Saturday I had a difficult day in the spirit of being able to get up and enjoy with the group,” La Nacion quoted Schwartzman as saying.
“The most normal thing was that we won the series. It’s what everyone expected. But when you have a very difficult day at work like it was on Saturday and then you win, it excites you because you have some internal things withheld.”

Between those two matches, Schwartzman revealed that he was trolled on social media by some people unhappy about his loss in the tie. The 2020 French Open semi-finalist said he received criticism and even threats from some asking him to leave his home country. Something he admits affected him at times.

“It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman commented on his loss to Zgirovsky. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.’
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me)”.

Schwartzman is not the first player to speak out about online abuse. During the US Open Shelby Rogers said she was expecting to receive ‘death threats’ following her loss to Emma Raducanu who went on to win the title. Sloane Stephens has also previously spoken out about being the victim of racism online.

The 29-year-old says he has previously tried to interact with those who have trolled him on social media to find out why they are doing so.

Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” Schwartzman said during his press conference. “The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.”

Schwartzman has won four ATP titles and earned more than $10M in prize money so far in his career.

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Spanish Veteran Feliciano Lopez Addresses Future On The Tour

23 years after he played his first main draw match on the ATP Tour, Lopez says his longevity in the sport has been achieved with the help of of some luck.




Feliciano Lopez of Spain is pictured during the semi-final of ATP Fever-Tree Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 20, 2019.

Feliciano Lopez has dismissed any speculation that he could retire in the coming weeks after saying he is taking life on the Tour in his stride.


The 39-year-old Spaniard is currently the second oldest player in the world’s top 200 after Roger Federer, who is a year older than him. Lopez made his ATP Tour debut at the 1998 Barcelona Open which was before the birth of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. In June he became the 10th active player to record his 500th win on the Tour.

Currently ranked 111th in the world, some are starting to wonder how much longer Lopez will continue playing. So far this season he has achieved a win-loss record of 9-19 with his best performance being a run to the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Open which was held on the grass. It was in Mallorca where he defeated Karen Khachanov who is the only top 30 player he has beaten so far in 2021.

I play year-by-year, the last 6-7 years have been like this, a tennis player at that age cannot think about extending his career. After turning 30 I have been lucky, I have obtained the best results of my career,” Lopez told reporters on Friday.
It is not very common for players my age, at (almost) 40 years to continue playing in the best tournaments.” He added.

Throughout his career, Lopez has impressively played in a record 78 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments dating back to the 2002 French Open. During that period he has reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament on four occasions.

“I don’t play to break records, what makes me most excited is to continue playing Grand Slams. For me, maintaining that record (78 consecutive Grand Slams played) is very nice, but more to follow. Being competitive,” he commented on the milestone.
“It is difficult for someone to overcome it because it is 20 years in a row without missing a great one. I have had continuity and enormous luck. Those of my generation are practically all retired.”

Away from the court, the former world No.12 is the current tournament director of the Madrid Open. Making him one of a few players historically to both be playing on the Tour and managing a tournament at the same time. Recently it was confirmed that Madrid will continue hosting it’s combined event until at least 2030 following a renewed agreement between the city council and the Madrid trophy promotion.

Lopez has won a total of seven ATP titles so far in his career and has earned more than $18M in prize money.

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ATP Moves Closer To Staging Five More 12-Day Masters 1000 Events After Board Approval

Changes are coming to the men’s Tour which includes a brand new ‘profit-sharing formular’ for players.




Masters tournaments in North America, Europe and Asia are set to be expanded over the coming months after the ATP Board recently approved some ‘key aspects’ of their strategic plan.


In a letter issued to players, ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said an agreement has been reached concerning a variety of topics, which include the expansion of various Masters 1000 events. It is understood that the plan is for Rome, Madrid, Canada, Cincinnati and Shanghai to be increased to 12-day events instead of just one week. Putting them more in line with Indian Wells and Miami. Tennis.com reports that under the new structure, ATP 250 events will also take place during the second week of those tournaments and they could receive a subsidy from the ATP Tour, provided by extra fees paid by the Masters tournaments.

Masters 1000 events are the third highest-ranked category events in men’s tennis after Grand Slams and the ATP Finals in terms of prize money and ranking points on offer. The series was first introduced back in 1990 but it wasn’t until 2009 that the name ‘Masters 1000’ was born. The number represents how many ranking points the winner receives.

Besides the proposed changes to the Masters series, the Board has also given a green light to “a new Profit-Sharing formula” and “long-term prize money levels.” The prize money increase is reportedly said to be 2.5 percent of a base level, plus a bonus pool with a 50 percent share of the collective profit of the Masters events.

“This represents significant progress for our sport and the way our player and tournament members operate under the equal partnership of the ATP Tour. It is only through the spirit of this partnership, transparency, and alignment of interests that we can truly maximise your potential and switch our focus to the competition we face in the border sports and entertainment landscape,” Gaudenzi wrote in his letter to players.

Part of the plan also include making changes to ATP Media, who are in charge of broadcasting the events. At present it is currently jointly owned by the Tour and each of the Masters 1000 events. However, in the future it has been proposed that those tournaments trade in their ownership rights for shares in ATP media. Exact details about this process have not been publicly disclosed and it is unclear if all of the tournaments would agree to such a move.

The ATP also wants to create a ‘Tennis Data Innovations’ which will be an independent entity.

All of these proposed changes are still subject to further agreement around additional matters. The ATP have been working on details of their strategic plan for the past 18 months.

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