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Daniil Medvedev becomes world number one and sets mouth-watering Rafa Nadal semi-final in Acapulco

Daniil Medvedev is the new world number one and continued his impressive form to set a semi-final with Rafael Nadal in Acapulco.



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Tennis has a new world number one. Step forward Daniil Medvedev.

After Novak Djokovic’s shock loss to Jiří Veselý in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open, the result ensured that as of Monday, Medvedev will be the top dog in men’s tennis.

It is sensational to think that no-one outside the top four of Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, and Andy Murray have been world number one in the past 17 years.

It has been a near impossible stranglehold to break, but Medvedev has done just that, in completing what must be a lifetime achievement unlocked.

Last night, he played Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, for a place in the semi-finals, with both players putting on a show.

Nishioka, visible in his bright yellow shirt, showed Medvedev what he was capable of in the opening game, winning a lengthy exchange.

But Medvedev got the early break with a fine cross-court backhand winner to move 2-0 up.

Nishioka didn’t give up and surprisingly broke back immediately as Medvedev fired long.

The new world number one played a sublime drop shot and it set the tempo as he broke to love and soon took the opening set 6-2.

Nishioka continued to crunch the ball as well, and demonstrated what he is capable of as he broke Medvedev in the opening game of the second set, after a gruelling rally.

The Japanese continued to thrill the crowd and won some outstanding points.

However, it was not enough as two breaks of serve saw Medvedev seal the match with a thundering ace out wide, 6-2, 6-3, to complete a dream day.

Afterwards, on Stadium, Nadal burst out of the blocks fast as he broke opponent Tommy Paul in the opening game.

In fact, he broke the American in every game of the first set to clinch the 6-0 bagel with some power tennis.

His famous lasso forehand was firing in winners all over the court.

The second set, was in stark contrast to the first, as Paul came out swinging freely, knowing he had nothing to lose, and playing with the house money.

Worryingly for Nadal, he seemed to tire as the match wore on and looked drenched in the Acapulco heat.

The set would be decided by a tie-break, after Paul saved a set-point.

And the world number 39 zoomed into a 2-0 mini break lead, but Nadal was having none of it as he pummelled a forehand winner, to at last get on the scoreboard.

The Spaniard eventually forged a 5-3 lead, and Paul played some stunning shots to get level at 5-5.

But it wasn’t enough as some monster serving from Nadal saw him seal the final two points of the tie breaker to cap off a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) victory.

In doing so, Nadal vs Medvedev will be a rematch of the thrilling Australian Open final, just under a month ago.

World number four, Stefanos Tsitsipas then blasted past American Marcos Giron, showcasing a nice touch of drop shots and classy volleys, as he won 6-3, 6-4.


He will play Britain’s Cameron Norrie next, who is now on a seven-match unbeaten run, after his tournament win in Delray Beach, and this week’s wins in Mexico.

Norrie was mightily impressive as he lost only one game, in blasting Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk off the court, 6-1, 6-0.

James Spencer comment:

I had predicted Medvedev vs Nadal, and, Tsitsipas vs Norrie, semi-final match-ups.

I think capturing the world number one ranking so soon is going to be a massive weight of Medvedev’s shoulders, and I think it will give him the confidence boost to beat a weary looking Nadal.

The heat seems to have taken a lot out of him and he was only in his press conference for five minutes on Wednesday night, after his win against Kozlov.

This makes me think Medvedev has more energy than the Spaniard, right now. And certainly, the adrenaline and ego boost of being the new world number one.

It would also be sweet revenge for Medvedev, after the Australian Open final loss.

As I said in my previous piece, I think Norrie will feel the effects of being on court so much in this past week, that Tsitsipas will make it back-to-back finals in Acapulco.


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



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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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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