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Alex De Minaur sets up third round match against Frances Tiafoe in Paris Bercy



Alex De Minaur overcame 2020 champion and 2021 finalist Danil Medvedev 6-4 2-5 7-5 to reach the third round at the Paris Rolex Masters at the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris Bercy. Medvedev lost in a first round match for the fourth time this season. 


De Minaur will take on Frances Tiafoe, who beat Jack Draper 6-3 7-5. 

The Australian player had lost all his previous four head-to-head matches against Medvedev, including two matches in which he had won the first set. 

“It’s a good one to get. It’s end of the year. Everyone is tired, but I am proud of my performance. I just played very smart. I knew it was going to be a chess match out there, both baiting each other to be aggressive, but you didn’t want to be too aggressive at times.It was an absolute battle and I was able to come out on top”, said De Minaur. 

De Minaur, who entered this match with a 0-18 record against top 5 opponents, won one point more than Medvedev and fended off 12 of the 15 break points he faced. The Australian player converted three of his ten break points. 

De Minaur dropped only eight points in his five service game. Medvedev saved three break points to hold serve after three deuces in the second game of the opening set. 

The first set went on serve until the 10th game when De Minaur earned two set points at 5-4 with a forehand down the line winner. The Australian player converted his first opportunity after 49 minutes to win the first set 6-4 after Medvedev mishit the smash long.

Medvedev converted his fourth break point in the first game of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead after a loose forehand error from De Minaur. 

Medvedev made an error with a forehand with a forehand on a break point in the fifth game before breaking serve at 4-2. Medvedev saved a break point in the eighth point with a volley winner, as he was serving for the set. The Russian player sealed the second set 6-2 with an ace. 

Medvedev started the third set with a break on his fourth opportunity in the opening game. De Minaur pulled back on serve at 15 to draw level to 2-2 and saved break points in the fifth and ninth game. Medvedev saved two match points on serve at 4-5 and served to stay in the match for the second time at 5-6. The 2020 Paris Bercy champion fended off another match point before De Minaur sealed the win with a break on his fourth opportunity after a double fault after 2 hours and 46 minutes. De Minaur has scored his first win in 19 attempts against a top 5 player. He equalled his best result in Paris, where he reached the third round in 2019 and 2020. 

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World Tennis League: Swiatek And Medvedev Among Top Names To Play Exhibition Event



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During the off-season, some of the world’s best players will head to the United Arab Emirates next month to play in a four-day team event. 


The World Tennis League (WTL) will host its second edition between December 21-24 at the Yas Island’s Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The event features a total of 16 players split into four groups with each of those teams competing for the trophy. Every group will have their own coach and even an owner. 

Earlier this week, organizers confirmed the last players to be added to the line-up. Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Taylor Fritz will all play in the event which will feature a combination of singles and mixed doubles matches. Those who have already confirmed their entry include Iga Swiatek, Daniil Medvedev, Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

As for who is in what group, the SG Mavericks Kites features Sabalanka, Tsitsipas, Paula Badosa and Grigor Dimitrov. The owners of that team are SG Sports, the sporting arm of APL Apollo Tubes. An Indian-based structural steel tube brand. Their coach will be former Australian Open doubles champion Robert Lindstedt.

Team Eagles will be made up of Medvedev, Rublev, Sofia Kenin and Mirra Andreeva. Their owners are the Punit Balan Group. Balan is an Indian film producer and owner of several sporting teams. They will be coached by John-Laffnie De Jager who has previously worked with the likes of Kevin Anderson, Daniella Hantuchova and Ajla Tomljanovic.

The Honor FX Falcons is named after owners Honor FX features. Rybakina, Fritz, Frances Tiafoe and Leylah Fernandez are in that group which will be led by Chris Groh. Groh has previously coached Fritz during his teenage years. 

Finally, The Hawkes team has Swiatek, Hurkacz, Ruud and Caroline Garcia. The team are the only one yet to have an official owner. Sweden’s Simon Aspelin will be their coach. 

“We’re thrilled to be announcing more star names to our exceptional tennis line-up for season two of the World Tennis League,” Rajesh Banga, chairman of the World Tennis League, said.
“These players are of the highest calibre and prominent names around the world so we’re pleased they will be competing in the unique tournament at our new home in Etihad Arena.”

The schedule of the event will be the following:-

DAY ONE: Hawks Vs Honor FX Falcons, Team Eagles Vs SG Mavericks Kites

DAY TWO: Honor FX Falcons Vs SG Mavericks Kites, Team Eagles Vs Team Hawks 

Day Three: Team Eagles Vs Honor FX Falcons, SG Maverick Kites Vs Team Hawks

Day Four: knockout rounds

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Luca Van Assche rallies from two sets to one down to beat Alex Michelsen



Luca Van Assche came back from two sets to one down to defeat Alex Michelsen 4-3 (7-0) 3-4 (4-7) 3-4 (4-7) 4-1 4-3 (8-6) in 2 hours and 36 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah in the second longest match in the history of this tournament. 


Van Assche and Michelsen went on serve in the first three sets. Both players saved all five break points they faced in the first three sets. 

There were three consecutive breaks in the fourth set. Van Assche earned two of them and served out the set at love in the fifth game. 

Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games of the fifth set. Van Assche earned a chance to serve for the match, but Michelsen pulled back on serve to force a tie-break. 

Van Assche built a 3-0 in the tie-break with an early mini-break. Michelsen saved two match points to draw level to 6-6. Van Assche sealed the win with another mini-break on the second match point. 

“He was playing very well the whole match. It was really close. Not a lot of breaks and it was difficult for me but I am very happy”, said Van Assche. 

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Arthur Fils beats Dominic Stricker to end Green Group unbeaten



Arthur Fils battled past Dominic Stricker 4-2 3-4 (3-7) 4-2 4-3 (7-5) after 1 hour and 47 minutes in the final round-robin match to end the Green Group unbeaten with a 3-0 record at the Next Gen ATP Finals. 


Stricker knew that he would advance to the semifinals if he won just one set. The Swiss player won the set he needed against the already qualified Fils to secure his spot in the semifinal despite the defeat. 

Stricker saved a break point on the deciding point in the third game of the fourth set. Fils earned the break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out on his second set point. 

Stricker held serve at love in the first game of the fourth set. The Swiss player broke serve on the deciding point to open up a 2-0 lead. Fils broke straight back in the third game and held serve at 15 to draw level to 2-2. Fils earned three mini-breaks, but Stricker pulled back on serve each time. Fils sealed the tie-break 7-5 on his second match point. 

Stricker beat Fils 7-6 7-6 in Gstaad in their only previous head-to-head match last summer. 

Fils saved two break points in the first game to hold serve. Stricker fended off a break point in the fourth game on the deciding point to draw level to 2-2. Fils earned his first break on his third set point with a forehand return winner in the sixth game to clinch the first set 4-2. 

Stricker saved the only break point of the second set in the fourth game. Both players held on their serve en route to the tie-break. Stricker won six consecutive points from 0-1 down with two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Fils won his first title in Lyon and reached the final in Antwerp

“I knew before the match that I qualified, but I just want to win every match that I am playing. I think I put a little bit more focus out there out there today than the first two days because I know this opponent and he already beat me this year. It was a tough match but I am really happy to win and let’s see who I get in the semifinal”, said Fils in the post- match interview. 

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