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Stefanos Tsitsipas Fights Back To Deny Murray A 200th Major Win At Wimbledon



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Stefanos Tsitsipas has kept his Wimbledon title chances alive after fighting back to oust two-time Winner Andy Murray in the second part of their two-day clash on Friday.


The fifth seed was trailing two sets to one yesterday before play was suspended due to the curfew. Returning to Center Center court to face the pro-Murray crowd, the Greek battled to an epic 7-6(3),6-7(2), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, victory and booked his place in the third round. In doing so he has prevented his rival from claiming a 200th Grand Slam win in their career. Something that has only ever been achieved by seven men in the Open Era.

“It did not help me that much, You are dealing with a lot of things,” Tsitsipas said of returning to action for the second part of their match. 
“You are dealing with Andy Murray at the other side of the net, a set down and now was the most challenging part today.
“He can return a lot of balls and make it a marathon and I had to work extra hard.
“My legs are sore, and he made he run left and run, up and down for how many hours.”

Less than 24 hours after their tantalizing clash was suspended, Murray returned to Center Court knowing that he only needed a set to lock his place in the third round. Late last night the Brit collapsed on the floor with pain in his upper leg region but he showed no issues with it on Friday.

“I wouldn’t describe it as an injury,” Murray commented during his press confrence. “I slipped. Had some initial pain and discomfort when that happened.”

Both players started where they left off with some heavy hitting. Four games into the fourth set Tsitsipas worked his way to deuce against the Murray serve but failed to break. Prompting delight from the packed crowd in the stadium which has a capacity of almost 15,000 people. It was clear how this match meant to Murray who nearly slammed his racket onto the ground after one point and then gently brushed the net after another when things didn’t go how he wanted them to.

His mood deteriorated further in the tiebreaker when Tsitsupas secured a mini break midway through after hitting a smash at the net. That sole break was enough of a margin for him to close it out and take the match into a decider.

Hopes of a home win rapidly began to fade away after a lacklustre service game from Murray enabled Tsitsipas to break once again for a 2-1 lead in the final set. Continuing to weather the storm he moved to a game away from the win. The first two match points came and went before he triumphed on his third by firing a 128mph ace out wide.

I’m obviously very disappointed,” said Murray. “You never know how many opportunities you’re going to get to play here.’
“very year that Wimbledon’s not gone how I would like, it’s been hard.” He added.

There was further disappointment for home fans after 2022 semi-finalist Cameron Norrie suffered a shock defeat at the hands of an in-form Christopher Eubanks, who recently won the Mallorca Open. Norrie lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), in what is his earliest exit from the Grand Slam since 2019.


Hamad Medjedovic earns first place in Red Group at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic beat Abdullah Shelbayh 3-4 (6-8) 4-2 4-3 (7-5) 4-2 to earn first place in the Red Group with a perfect 3-0 record at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic needed to win at least one set to reach the semifinals, while Shelbayh needed to win the match in three or four sets. Luca Van Assche qualified as the second-placed player from the Red Group.

Medjedovic will face Dominic Stricker in the semifinal, while Van Assche takes on Arthur Fils.  

Medjedovic fired 18 aces and won 88 % of his first-serve points. He saved all three break points against Shelbayh. 

Medjedovic fired a tournament-leading 45 aces and was broken twice. 

Medjedovic saved three break points to hold serve in the fourth game of the first set. Shelbayh went up a mini-break twice, but Medjedovic pulled back on serve both times. Shelbayh won the final three points to clinch the tie-break 8-6. Both players went on serve in the first five games before Medjedovic earned the break to win the second set 4-2. 

The third set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Shelbayh earned the first mini-break to take a 3-2 lead. Medjedovic pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. The Serbian player earned a second mini-break to close out the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic started the fourth set with an early break in the first game. He held on his next service games and sealed the win on his first match point. 

Medjedovic set up a semifinal match against Dominic Stricker. Luc Van Assche will face Arthur Fils in an all-French semifinal.“It was a great match. I played really good after the first set He is a very good friend of mine. He is a very good player and obviously the crowd here loves him and I respect that. It was a pleasure to play in front of the crowd”, said Medjedovic. 

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Dominic Stricker cruises past Luca Nardi at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



Third seed Dominic Stricker cruised past Luca Nardi 4-1 4-1 4-2 in 54 minutes in the fastest match in the history of the Next Gen Finals at the Next Gen ATP Finals at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah bouncing back from his defeat in the first match against Flavio Cobolli on Tuesday. 


Stricker converted four of his six break points and hit 13 winners, including 3 aces. 

Stricker came back from 15-40 down in the first game after two double faults from Nardi and broke serve with a return winner on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead. The world number 94 saved three break-back-back points in the second game from 15-40 down before breaking for the second time in the fifth game to win the first set 4-1. 

Stricker broke serve at 30 in the second game of the second set and held serve at love in the third game to race out to a 3-0 lead. Stricker served it out on his second set point. 

Stricker earned an early break in the first game of the third set on the deciding point and held his next service games. Nardi saved the first match point but he hit his backhand into the net on the second match point after the longest rally of the match. 

“We had a long discussion yesterday evening about how to do it today. I think it was really good that we talked a lot after what maybe was not my best performance. Now to come out today like that, I think nobody expected that. I am just happy that I did it and now I am going to try my best to recover for the third group match”, said Stricker. Stricker is now 1-1 in Green Group. The Swiss player is aiming to reach his second consecutive semifinal at the Next Gen Finals. He is looking to crown a good year after reaching the fourth round at the US Open. 

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Jannik Sinner, Arnaldi End Italy’s 47-Year Wait For Davis Cup Title



An in-form Jannik Sinner has secured Italy’s first Davis Cup title in almost half a century after crushing Alex de Minaur in straight sets. 


The world No.4 headed into the crucial match with his country boasting a 1-0 lead over Australia after Matteo Arnaldi won his clash against Alexi Popryin in three sets. Taking on a fiery de Minaur, a composed Sinner surged to a 6-3, 6-0, victory in Malaga to hand his country an unassailable lead and the title. The dominant performance saw Sinner produce a total of 25 winners with 18 of them coming from his forehand side. It is the sixth time he has beaten de Minaur on the Tour and he is yet to lose against him. 

“It helps a lot to play for the whole team,” Sinner said of his latest win. “It has been an incredible thing for all of us and we are really happy.”

Sinner first broke three games into his encounter with de Minaur after the Australian hit a lob shot that landed out. In control of proceedings, he rallied his way to 5-3 before opening up a 40-0 lead against his opponent’s serve. With three set points at his disposal, Sinner converted his second with the help of another unforced error coming from across the court. 

Closing in on the historic victory, the 22-year-old was in clinical form throughout the second frame as he raced to a 5-0 lead in under 30 minutes. Destroying whatever hopes Australia had of a shock comeback. Sinner closed out the match on his third attempt after a De Minaur backhand drifted wide, prompting an almighty smile on his face. 

Thanks to Australia. I know with the new format it is a little bit different to have to all come to one place. it means a lot.” Said Sinner.

In the first match of the day, Arnaldi ousted Popryin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, in a two-and-a-half-hour marathon. The world No.44, who made his Davis Cup debut in September, held his nerve throughout a tense deciding set where he saved all eight break points he faced. Overall, he hit a total of 40 winners past Popryin and was visibly emotional afterward. 

“This match was very important and emotional for a few reasons,” Arnaldi told reporters. 
“This year for me was the first time playing for my country. I played when I was junior, but Davis Cup is just different.’
“And three weeks ago, an important person passed away. I think he gave me the power to try to stay there (in the match). It wasn’t easy to play, but they gave me the power at the end to try to win.”

It is the second time in history Italy has won the Davis Cup and the first since 1976. The triumph caps off what has been a memorable week for the team who 24 hours earlier beat Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the semi-finals with Sinner saving three match points against the world No.1 in the singles. 

“I’m really thankful and proud to have these guys,” Italian captain Filippo Volandri commented.
“We have had to manage with a lot of emergencies during these past two years but we did it and we did it like a family.” He added.

Italy, who has become the 11th country in history to win Multiple Davis Cup titles, currently has six players in the ATP top 100 with four of those being in the top 50. 

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