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Danil Medvedev takes the positives from his defeat against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells

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Danil Medvedev saw his 19-match winning streak broken when he was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in last Sunday’s Indian Wells final, but the Russian player is very confident after a successful start to his 2023 season. Medvedev won three consecutive ATP Tour titles in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai. The Russian achieved the best result of his career in Indian Wells where he had not gone beyond the quarter finals in his previous appearances in the Californian tournament. In the Californian desert he reached the final of an ATP Masters 1000 for the first time since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Bercy Rolex Masters in 2021. 

“I am disappointed with the result, but the week was amazing. I am just happy and proud to reach the final in Indian Wells, because it’s a clay court on hard court. That’s a good result for me. Answering all these questions, I feel pretty well. I won three tournaments. I managed to make my best result in Indian Wells, where I could not make the quarter finals before, and already my second match was three-setter”,said Medvedev. 

Medvedev has moved up to number 5 in the ATP Ranking. The Russian player has reached the quarter finals in each of the past editions of the Miami Open and will try to do even better this year. 

“A lot of points. A lot of things to see in the season. I started it really well. I have already made more points than last year at that point. I see only good things, and I am looking forward to Miami”. 

Medvedev said that he has taken the positives from his defeat against Alcaraz last Sunday. 

“I think I will get over this defeat very quickly. It depends on how many finals you lost in a row, what were your previous results. Sometimes how you are feeling in life right now. A lot of positives. I will be forever disappointed that I did not win the final, but I can laugh already and whatever, I am going to try to win the next one or win Indian Wells next year”. 

In Indian Wells Medvedev missed his chance to win his fifth ATP Masters 1000 title and tie his career-long winning streak of 20 consecutive matches. Medvedev was aiming to become the first male player to win four titles in five weeks since Andy Murray in 2016. 

“I am one win away from my record. That’s actually disappointing. This would be cool to try to beat it and maybe try to prolong it as long as possible. It’s great to have these streaks. I am really disappointed that it ended, but I have a lot of confidence from this streak. Because last year, that’s what I was missing, these streaks. I was doing finals sometimes, semifinals in Cincinnati, kind of playing good but not playing well in the semifinals. I managed to win 19 matches in a row. I am proud of it, and now it’s time to try to build a new streak. There is no other way in tennis”, 

Medvedev had to overcome many hurdles en route to reach the Indian Wells final. He rolled his ankle in his fourth-round win over Alexander Zverev and hurt his thumb in his quarter final win against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. 

“I had a pretty toxic relationship here with the courts, a love-hate relationship, so I would like to thank the court. I only played on this court. I gave it a hard time, so it gave me a hard time also. I rolled the ankle, the thumb, but it gave me the chance to finish the tournament. Thanks a lot to this court, I will definitely be back. I really love this tournament. I will be happy to come back many more years to come and hopefully I can start to love this court and Indian Wells together. I don’t like to lose, but today was unfortunately pretty easy. I hope you still enjoyed it”. 

Alcaraz won three Masters 1000 finals in Miami and Madrid in 2022 and Indian Wells 2023. 

“I would like to congratulate Carlos. You already have amazing achievements in your career and I am sure many more to come. Today is one more of them, winning in Indian Wells. I also of it, maybe next time you will give me the chance. Congrats to you and you team. You are the most respectful player on Tour. You probably say hi to 300 people a day. I have rarely seen it”

Medvedev admitted after the Indian Wells final that he would have played on a different court, 

“Alcaraz is playing good. I feel like he was serving well today. Serve and volley was good. It’s never easy to finish a match, especially a final. I was thinking about my match with Novak in the US Open, and try to do the same, put pressure on him. I made a very good return on his serve and volley, sliding forehand volley dropshot. It’s not easy to play him. I would definitely love to play against him on another surface, like maybe a little bit faster hard courts to see if I could do better. I don’t know if it’s his game that did not let me play my best level or just, for whatever reason, I did not play my best level. Mentally I was ready for the match. I don’t feel I took it too easy before the match. I was ready for a fight. I knew that I have a tough opponent on the other side. He played well. Good dropshots in good moments, some good moments to break me”, said Medvedev. 

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard claims his first ATP title in Lyon

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

“It was crazy. It was a very good final. I was down in the second set, but I managed to do better. I am very happy to win this tournament and now I have a lot of confidence for Roland Garros”, said Mpetchi Perricard.

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Casper Ruud claims the third title of his career in Geneva

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Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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Casper Ruud saves a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli in the semifinal in Geneva

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Second seed Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour and 51 minutes in the semifinal of the Gonet Geneva Open. Ruud set up a final against Tomas Machac, who upset Novak Djokovic 6-4 0-6 6-1 in yesterday’s semifinal.

Cobolli earned his first break in the second game with a forehand winner. The world number 56 broke for the second time to love in the sixth game to close out the first set 6-1. 

Ruud earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the second set 6-1. 

Cobolli saved two break points in the first game of the third set before converting his third break point to open up a 3-0 lead. Ruud broke back in the seventh game and held serve to 30 to draw level to 4-4. 

Ruud, who won two titles in Geneva in 2021 and 2022, saved a match point on serve at 4-5 30-40 in the third set. The Norwegian player went up a 4-0 lead with three mini-breaks in the tie-break before going on to seal the win. 

Cobolli hit eight aces and won 67% of his first serve points. The Italian player hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. Ruud hit 12 winners to 6 unforced errors. 

“It was very difficult. I was one point away from losing. I was able to hang in there and it was a very tough match. I am happy to have been able to come back in the third set and pull through. It was a good confidence win for me and I am looking forward to the final”, said Ruud. 

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