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The US team wins the inaugural United Cup title



Taylor Fritz battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) to clinch the United Cup title with an unassailable 3-0 lead over Italy in the final of the inaugural mixed teams tournament in Sydney.


Earlier in the day Jessica Pegula and Frances Tiafoe earned Italy a 2-0 lead over Italy in their singles rubber matches with wins over Martina Trevisan and Lorenzo Musetti respectively. 

The United Cup team dropped just two individual matches during this edition of the United Cup. 

In the women’s singles match Pegula beat last year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Martina Trevisan 6-4 6-2. Trevisan upset Maria Sakkari in a three-hour match on Friday. Pegula also showed her impressive form two days ago when she beat world number 1 Iga Swiatek. 

Pegula earned an early break in the second game to take a 3-0 lead. Trevisan broke back in the fifth game for 2-3. 

Pegula opened up a 4-2 lead with a second break. Trevisan pulled back on serve in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4 with a series of forehands. Pegula earned a set point with a drive forehand volley, as she was serving at 4-5 30-30 and converted it with a backhand winner down the line. 

Pegula broke twice in the second and fourth games to race out to a 5-0 lead with two break in the second and fourth games. Trevisan pulled one break back in the seventh game to claw her way back to 2-5. Pegula broke serve with a backhand down the line in the eighth game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Pegula broke into the top 10 of the WTA Ranking by winning the WTA 1000 title in Guadalajara last year. 

“I am definitely very relieved. It was the first match of the final. Martina is playing great She is a fighter. I feel like she is thriving on the atmosphere with the fans and her team. It’s really hard to beat someone like that. I am glad that I was able to play well enough to get the win”, said Pegula. 

Tiafoe picked up where Pegula left off cruising through to a 6-2 win in the opening set before Italian player Lorenzo Musetti retired due to a shoulder injury. 

Tiafoe earned an early break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The 2022 US Open semifinalist saved all three break points she faced and sealed the first set with a double break in the seventh game. Musetti suffered from a shoulder injury and received treatment from a physiotherapist during a changeover before retiring from the match at the end of the end of the first set. 

“I thought it was a really high level, obviously at the end there I could see he was touching his shoulder a lot. I did not want to win this way. I hope Lorenzo feels better”, said Tiafoe. 

In the men’s number 1 match last year’s Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz did not convert all nine break points he earned against 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, but he edged the Italian player 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6). 

Fritz put pressure on Berrettini’s serve, earning four break points on his first two service games, but Berrettini saved all of them. The first set went to the-break, where the US player earned two mini-breaks to take a 3-0 lead. Berrettini pulled one of the two mini-breaks for 1-3. Fritz earned two more mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-4. 

Fritz earned a series of break points in the second set, but Berrettini saved the, The second set went to a tie-break, where Berrettini fended off the first championship point with a forehand winner. Fritz sealed the win on his second match point. 

Fritz played a solid match against Berrettini, who clinched two top 10 wins over Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud. 

“It’s great. It’s amazing for the team to win this event. We came in with really high hopes with really high hopes or at least I did, for the event. I was really happy to be in that position to clinch the match. . Just the emotions when when you win and everyone comes running at you. It’s amazing.”, said Fritz. 

Madison Keys beat Lucia Bronzetti 6-3 6-2 to extend the US winning lead to 4-0. Keys hit 22 winners to Bronzetti’s six. Eighteen of her serves were unreturned, including a service winner on match point. 

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Elena Rybakina headlines a strong line-up in Adelaide



Elena Rybakina, Zheng Qinwen, Carolina Garcia and Angelique Kerber will highlight the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 tournament.


Rybakina reached the final at the Adelaide International on her tournament debut in 2022, losing to now retired Ashleigh Barty. Rybakina went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later last year. The Kazakh player finished runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final in 2023. 

Zheng won her first WTA 500 title in Zhengzhou and reached the final in Zhuhai, ending the 2023 season at a career-high of world number 15. 

Angelique Kerber will make her come-back to the WTA Tour at the United Cup before playing her first WTA draw in Adelaide. Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana last February. The German player won titles at the 2016 Australian Open and in Sydney 2018 and reached in Sydney 2014 and in Brisbane 2018. 

Kerber is one of the three former number 1 players, who are making her come-back on the WTA Tour after giving birth to their children. 

Caroline Wozniacki lost to eventual champion Coco Gauff in the Round of 16 at the US Open in her third tournament back. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to make her return next January after giving back to her child Shai last July. 

“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of player and I think I have to ease into it. At the very least, I will set myself up for a very good end of the year”, said Osaka.

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

Fils set up a final clash against Hamad Medjedovic, who advanced to the championships match, when Dominic Stricker was forced to withdraw in the second set due to a back injury in the semifinal. 

Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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