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The Russian Tennis Federation sets up Davis Cup semifinal against Germany

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The Russian Tennis Federation set up a semifinal against Germany on Saturday. Top 10 players Andrey Rublev and Danil Medvedev won their singles matches beating respectively the two Swedish brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer. 

Andrey Rublev battled past world number 171 Elias Yimer 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-3) in a very close match after 2 hours and 11 minutes to give Russia a 1-0 lead over Sweden in the opening quarter final match at the Davis Cup by Rakuten. 

Rublev converted two of his three break points to win the opening set 6-2 in 26 minutes. Ymer earned his first break on his fourth opportunity in the second game of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead. Rublev broke twice in the third and seventh games to open up a 5-3 lead. Ymer broke straight back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5, as Rublev was serving for the match at 5-4. Rublev was not able to close it out as Ymer won three consecutive games to seal the second set 7-5 levelling the score to 1-1. 

Rublev did not face a single break point in the decider. Ymer saved all seven break points he faced in the seventh and ninth games of the third set, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rublev won the decisive tie-break 7-3 with two mini-breaks. 

“There is a lot of pressure when you know that you have to win and your opponent has nothing to lose. Today was a super tough match. I did not manage to finish the match when I had really great chance. Serving for the match, I relax a bit when I shouldn’t do this. I missed some easy forehands that normally you are not missing, if you are focused and you are doing everything right. I brought him back to the game. Then he started to believe in himself, he started to play much better”, said Rublev. 

This year’s US Open champion Danil Medevdev overcame Mikael Ymer 6-4 6-4 with two breaks in the first set and three breaks in the second set to send Russia into the semifinal. Medvedev earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ymer converted his second break point in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Medvedev won the final three games thanks to a break of serve to seal the second set 6-4. 

Medvedev went up a 3-0 lead with a double break in the first and third games. Ymer pulled one break back in the fourth game and consolidated the break with a hold of serve. Medvedev held serve at 15 before earning a double break to open up a 5-2 lead. Ymer clawed one of the two breaks back with a lob winner. Ymer chased down a couple of drop shots from Medvedev. The Russian star sealed the second set 6-4 with an ace. Medvedev has won all six sets in this year’s edition of the Davis Cup. Medvedev recorded his third consecutive straight-set win for Medvedev, who beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Ecuqdor’s Emilio Gomez in the round round group. 

“Today I should have served better, but I am really happy to bring the point to the team. The most important thing is that we are winning a lot of matches. We didn’t lose a tie in the group and we are looking forward to Saturday”, said Medvedev. 

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Sebastian Korda reaches his second semifinal of the season in s’Hertogenbosh

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Sebastian Korda beat Tommy Paul 6-4 6-2 in 67 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season at Libema Open in s’Hertogenbosh. 

Korda hit 18 winners and won 84% of his first serve points. Korda earned his first break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead. Paul broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Korda broke for the second time in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. Korda broke twice in the third and seventh game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Korda has improved his head-to-head record against Paul to 4-1. 

Korda reached the semifinal on grass at Queen’s in 2023. The US player is is aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since 2021, when he won in Parma on clay. 

Korda set up a semifinal clash against defending champion Tallon Griekspoor, who ccame back from one set down to beat Alexandar Vukic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3). Griekspoor has won his past eight matches at this tournament. 

Vukic broke in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. Griekspoor earned his first break in the sixth game of the second set to win the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve with no breaks en route to the tie-break. Griekspoor earned two mini-breaks to open up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break. Vukic pulled one of the two mini-breaks, but Griekspoor held on his serve and sealed the tie-break on his first match point.

“I am very happy to be through. It was a very tough match once again. I think Alexandar played unbelievable grass court tennis, so it was not easy and I am very happy to find my way in the third set. I am enjoying the crowd, the atmosphere and the whole tournament”, said Korda. 

Alex De Minaur beat Milos Raonic7-5 6-2 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. De Minaur has improved to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Raonic, who was playing in just his fourth tournament of he year.

De Minaur earned his first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Raonic broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. De Minaur broke for the second time in the 11th game and served out on his first set point after saving three break points in the 12th game. De Minaur broke twice in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

De Minaur is aiming to win the second title of his career on career following his win in Eastbourne in 2021.  

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing

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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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