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Felix Auger-Aliassime Powers Past Murray To Reach Quarterfinals In Rotterdam

Auger-Aliassime is among four seeded players to reach the last eight in Rotterdam.

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Felix Auger Aliassime booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the ABN-AMRO World Tennis Tournament after beating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.

 

“It was a great match on my part, Andy is a big champion of the sport and the way I started I think I played some of my best tennis,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I played a great first set but in the second he fought back and it was good that I was able to stay composed and find a way through and win in straight sets”.

The Canadian got off to the best possible start by holding the opening service game and putting pressure right away on the Brit. He broke him right away and consolidated the break to take an early 3-0 lead. Auger-Aliassime managed to go up a double break after playing some aggressive tennis and using his powerful forehand to hit some solid winners on both sides of the court. The world number was able to serve out the first set quite comfortably and gave himself the one-set lead.

After both players held their opening service games in the second set Auger-Aliassime continued to play his game and earned three more chances to break and broke Murray to love with a stunning forehand winner.

The world number 95 fought back the very next game breaking him right back but again was broken the very next game and that break was enough for the Canadian to serve out the match.

There was a bit of an awkward moment on match point when Murray reached to return a forehand and his hat fell off but the Montreal native had no issues playing a let where he sealed the match.

Auger Aliassime will now face Cameron Norrie in the quarterfinals on Friday night and in his post-match press conference gave his thoughts on the match.

” I know him well, we played three times on tour and it is always a physical task. He has been playing well this week and it is going to be interesting. I need to be ready to play my best level”. He said.

Murray for his part wasn’t pleased with the slow start that eventually cost him the match.

“I didn’t start very well but I thought I fought pretty well that first set and I had opportunities. In the second set I couldn’t really get ahead and I was always playing from behind,” the former world No.1 reflected.

Rublev eases past Kwon

Defending champ Andrey Rublev beat the South Korean Soonwoo Kown quite easily in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 20 minutes.

” The first set was a very high level with long and intense rallies and I am happy that I was able to win the match in straight sets. We will see what happens next,” the Russian said afterwards.

The beginning of the first set was a tightly contested battle and at 2-1 it was the Russian with the first two chances to break but Kwon managed to save both and hold serve.

At 3-2, the world number seven had three more chances to break and it was third time lucky as the South Korean double-faulted on his third break opportunity to take a 4-2 lead. That one break of serve was enough for the Russian to serve out the first set and take a 1-0 set lead.

In the second set, both players held serve until 2-2 when Rublev had five chances to break before he was able to break Kwon’s serve once again, and again one break was enough to serve out the match.

Rublev was asked in his TV interview after the match how he was able to hold his own with the majority of the match being played with long intense rallies.

“For me, I need to take my time and I have really good endurance, and when you play someone who hits really flat with good speed and he liked to play from the baseline and you realize it’s going to be a tough match but I felt better”. He said.

Rublev will face Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals on Friday after the Hungarian beat Tallon Griekspoor the Dutch wildcard in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 in the last match of the day.

Tsitsipas handles Ivashka

The number one seed at the tournament Stefanos Tsitsipas was able to beat the Belorussian Ilya Ivashka in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 11 minutes.

“I played well and I handled the situation very well at the beginning of the second set,” said Tsitsipas. “I think we both came in with momentum and that gave me all the confidence to get stronger and move on”.

The number one seed earned the first chance to break in the match at 2-1 of the first set when he set up a breakpoint with a forehand winner but the Belorussian managed to save it and hold serve.

The match stayed on serve until 5-4 with the world number 48 serving to stay in the first set. It was the Greek applying pressure on his serve and finally managed to get the breakthrough to take the first set.

Tsitsipas carried the momentum into the second set when Ivashka struggled with his serve and double-faulted on breakpoint to gift the Greek an early 2-0 lead.

After consolidating the break the world number four had three more chances to break and went up a double break with an amazing passing shot. From there was able to serve out the match.

“I think I didn’t give much space to my opponent, I felt like I was behind the ball when he was serving and I was able to dictate and start pushing a bit more and I felt he didn’t like that,” said the world No.4.

Tsitsipas will next face the Aussie Alex De Minaur who managed to beat the American on Wednesday Mackenzie Macdonald in three tough sets on court one.

Finally, Czech qualifier Jiri Lehecka, who is playing his first ATP main draw, continued his amazing run to the quarterfinals beating Botic Van De Zandschulp 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 57 minutes.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Names His Best Personality Trait Ahead of Wimbledon Showdown With Kyrgios

The Greek has named one ‘defining aspect’ of her personality but will it have any relevance for his next match?

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Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is ‘thrilled’ to book a Wimbledon third round meeting with Nick Kyrgios later this week after seeing off Jordan Thompson in straight sets on Thursday.

 

The world No.5 rallied his way to a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5, over Thompson to record only his fifth main draw win at the tournament in his career. Despite his accolades on the Tour, Tsitsipas has endured disappointment at The All England Club. In his four previous appearances, he lost in the first round three times.

Nevertheless, the Greek appears to be heading in the right direction on the grass after winning the Mallorca Open less than a week ago. Although he will be truly tested on Saturday when he faces the dangerous Kyrgios who he lost to in Halle earlier this year after winning the first set. Kyrgios produced a clinical performance in his second round match which he said was a message sent to media criticism him.

“Nick has more matches on me in these courts. He claims to like grass. I think his game is good for the grass,” said Tsitsipas.
“I am definitely thrilled to be facing him. I respect him a lot, on the court, what he’s trying to do. Although he has been a little controversial in the past, I think he’s playing good tennis.’
“I’m going to try and concentrate on doing my thing and pay attention to my own game from start to finish. Hopefully I can stay there and do something great, have a great competitive match against him.”

Kyrgios’ talent has never been disputed but it is his mentality which has at times been his downfall. In his first round match, he was aggravated by the crowd, argued with a match official and spat in front of some people in the stands who were ‘disrespecting’ him.

As for Tsitsipas, the 23-year-old believes his mental strength is one of his best personality traits.

“My mentality is pretty strong. If I fall, I’ll always get up and work hard. I never really have these days where I’m saying, I don’t want to practice today,” he said
“I feel like other players would have that a bit more often than I do. If I fall, I always get up, one thing to get stronger.”

It remains to be seen if Tsitsipas will come back stronger against Kyrgios as he seeks revenge for his recent loss. Although he has lost to the Australian on two other occasions with his only victory in their rivalry being at the Laver Cup.

You just go out on the court hoping to have a good match, hoping to be able to get balls back, be precise with your shot selection. That comes with good preparation. The rest will hopefully follow if you’re able to approach that with the right mindset.” Tsitsipas explained.

Tsitsipas is the only seeded player remaining in his section of the draw after two rounds played.

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Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer form dream team for London’s Laver Cup

Build-up to September’s Laver Cup has already begun and some big names are set to feature.

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Andy Murray’s Wimbledon may have come to a disappointing end yesterday, but there is hope on the horizon yet.

 

It was announced shortly before his second-round encounter with John Isner, that the three-time Grand Slam champion has signed up to play in September’s Laver Cup.

This would mark Murray’s first appearance in the competition.

Being a home tournament for the Brit, fans will be hoping and praying he stays fit for September’s showpiece at the O2 Arena.

Team Europe assembles dream team

With the confirmation of tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, the addition of Murray adds more stellar firepower and history to Europe’s cast.

With three of six confirmed, who could the other three names be?

Surely, teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz should be given a place at the table.

The Spaniard has taken the ATP Tour by storm this season, winning not one but TWO Masters 1000’s in Miami and Madrid.

He also became the youngest member of the top ten since you guessed it, his idol Nadal.

Another strong contender would be Italy’s Matteo Berrettini.

Having spent three months out with a hand injury, he stormed to titles in Stuttgart and Queen’s proving to be the season’s standout player on grass.

He unfortunately had to pull out of Wimbledon on the eve of his first-round match after contracting Coronavirus.

If fit, he would be a worthy addition after debuting at the event last year.

The romantics would love for another big name in Stan Wawrinka.

The Swiss is well and truly in the twilight of his career.

Like Andy, he has won three Grand Slam’s and would be warmly welcomed by close friend Roger, who he won the 2008 Beijing Olympics doubles gold alongside.

And then there’s Marin Cilic who was in fine form to reach the semi-finals of the French Open, making him only one of five active players to reach all four Grand Slam semi-finals.

The former US Open champion played in the inaugural Laver Cup back in 2017.

Team World – Diego Schwartzman, Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger Aliassime confirmed

The challenge of Team Captain John McEnroe is that his counterpart, Bjorn Borg has a wealth of talent at his disposal.

Whilst, the American doesn’t quite have the same luxury.

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Indian Wells winner Taylor Fritz were the first two confirmed names.

Canadian talents Felix Auger Aliassime (confirmed) and Denis Shapovalov (not yet confirmed), are the standout names that Team World will bolster their ranks with.

That would then leave two places left with McEnroe likely to call on past stalwarts from previous editions.

This could be 37-year-old Isner, who was highly impressive in defeating Murray yesterday at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, the seven-time Grand Slam champion is a known fan and admirer of the feisty Nick Kyrgios.

The two big servers could therefore be the final names.

Other possibilities would be American’s Frances Tiafoe, who has played the Laver Cup before, and the talented Sebastian Korda.

Following the announcement of Murray, more confirmations cannot be far away.

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Spain’s Bautista Agut Latest Player To Test Positive For Covid At Wimbledon

It is understood that The All England Club is reviewing their Covid-19 policy amid fears of an outbreak.

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This year’s Wimbledon men’s tournament has had a third seeded player forced to pull out after testing positive for COVID-19.

Roberto Bautista Agut, who was the 17th seed in the draw, has withdrawn from his second-round match against Daniel Elahi Galan which was set to get underway on Thursday afternoon on Court Three. Announcing his decision on Twitter, the Spaniard said his symptoms are ‘not very serious‘ but he believes not playing is the right thing to do.

“Today I have notified Wimbledon of my withdrawal. I have tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, the symptoms are not very serious but I think it is the best decision (not to play).” Bautista Agut wrote.
“I hope to be back soon.”

 

The 34-year-old was making his eighth main draw appearance at The All England Club this year. In 2019 he reached the semi-finals in what is his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament to date.

Earlier this week Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini also withdrew from Wimbledon after positive Covid tests. However, they hadn’t played their first round match which Bautista Agut did. The trio of cases raise fears of a possible outbreak in the tournament given how contagious it can be.

Wimbledon’s Covid-19 policy is made in conjunction with advice issued by local health officials. Although it is unclear if a player is required to withdraw from an event if they have the virus. Ubitennis asked a spokesperson for clarity on the matter but was instead given a generic statement.

As a major event we have and continue to work in conjunction with the UK Public Health Security Agency and our Local Authority,’ An All England Club spokesperson said via email on June 26th.

“As a major event we have and continue to work in conjunction with the UK Public Health Security Agency and our Local Authority.

“We have maintained enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising operations, and offer full medical support for anyone feeling unwell. We are following UK guidance around assessment and isolation of any potential infectious disease.

“Our player medical team also continue to wear face masks for any consultation.”

The Guardian has reported that a review of Wimbledon’s guidelines is underway. This was before Agut said he had also contracted the virus. However, there has been no formal announcement concerning any review. 

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