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Felix Auger-Aliassime Talks About Winning Mentality After Qualifying For ATP Finals

Felix Auger-Aliassime talked about defeat denial and his winning mentality ahead of his last 16 match in Paris.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime talks about his winning mentality after qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Canadian managed to edge past Mikael Ymer in a last set tiebreak to seal his place in the last 16 in Paris.

Auger-Aliassime’s victory was his 14th victory in a row as he is looking for his fourth consecutive title this week.

As a result of his win and Taylor Fritz’s defeat to Gilles Simon, the Canadian has now booked his place in Turin and will compete at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Auger-Aliassime will look for victory number 15 when he takes on Simon in the third round in Paris on Thursday and after his win yesterday the Canadian spoke about building ‘defeat denial’ on his way to his recent form, “Difficult to explain how the defeat denial is built up,” Auger-Aliassime told Tennis Majors.

“I just think you need experience of this type of moments. I learned a lot from this match against Ymer. It is a first round but I think I’ll keep it in my memory. It means a lot to me.

“It’s not just winning when everything’s fine. Last week it was flawless, I won the finals in two sets. Today everything was harder and having found the path to victory really means a lot to me.”

Auger-Aliassime has had a pretty good season with a handful of titles mixed with impressive performances at Grand Slams.

Now the Canadian is looking to end his season in fine fashion and win the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

The world number eight also spoke about how team competitions has inspired his recent run of form and how he will look to battle tiredness to end the season strong, “After the US Open, I felt boosted by the collective training session with the Davis Cup team, I played a good match versus Carlos,” the Canadian added.

“After that, the Laver Cup was a nice collective emotion too. I don’t know why but I took will and energy from there. And the motivation to play good until the end of the season.

“[I’m pretty tired], but it’s not the time to complain and whine. I decided to play these events, I won three of them, so I can’t complain. It’s fantastic.

“Here, I’m just trying to give my best. Let’s go and see day by day how I feel. Definitely today was a tough one, not only just the game but the way he was playing as well, he was making me work a lot. That added extra toughness to the match.”

Auger-Aliassime’s 2022 Season:

Australian Open: Quarter-Final (l. Medvedev)

ATP 500 Rotterdam: Champion

ATP 250 Marseille: Final (l. Rublev)

ATP 1000 Indian Wells: R2 (l. Van De Zandschulp)

ATP 1000 Miami: R2 (l. Kecmanovic)

ATP 250 Marrakech: R2 (l. Molcan)

ATP 1000 Monte-Carlo: R2 (l. Musetti)

ATP 500 Barcelona: Quarter-Final (l. Schwartzman)

ATP 250 Estoril: Quarter-Final (l. Korda)

ATP 1000 Madrid: Quarter-Final (l. Zverev)

ATP 1000 Rome: Quarter-Final (l. Djokovic)

Roland Garros: R4 (l. Nadal)

ATP 250 S-Hertogenbosch: Semi-Final (l. Van Rijthoven)

ATP 500 Halle: Quarter-Final (l. Hurkacz)

Wimbledon: R1 (l. Cressy)

ATP 250 Newport: R2 (l. Kubler)

ATP 250 Los Cabos: Semi-Final (l. Norrie)

ATP 1000 Montreal: Quarter-Final (l. Ruud)

ATP 1000 Cincinnati: Quarter-Final (l. Coric)

US Open: R2 (l. Draper)

ATP 500 Astana: R1 (l. Bautista Agut)

ATP 250 Florence: Champion

ATP 250 Antwerp: Champion

ATP 500 Basel: Champion

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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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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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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.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

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.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ 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.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

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

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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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