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Canada Daily Preview: A Roland Garros Final Rematch Between Swiatek and Muchova



Iga Swiatek on Wednesday afternoon in Montreal (

All third round singles matches are scheduled for Thursday in Montreal and Toronto, featuring seven of the WTA top 10, and five of the ATP top 10.


Two months ago in Paris, Karolina Muchova came extremely close to upsetting Iga Swiatek and winning her first Major.  On Thursday in Montreal, Karolina will look to avenge that painful loss against the World No.1.  Other WTA on Thursday sees Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova take on Washington champ Coco Gauff, as well second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka and third-seeded Elena Rybakina playing their third round matches.

In Toronto, Andy Murray is vying to improve his ranking and earn a seeding at the US Open, the first time he would be seeded at a Major in over six years.  A win on Thursday would go a long way in solidifying that, but recent Wimbledon semifinalist Jannik Sinner stands in his way.  Also, Wimbledon champ Carlos Alcaraz faces Hubert Hurkacz, a finalist at this event a year ago.  And other matches feature second-seeded Daniil Medvedev and third-seeded Casper Ruud.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s most prominent match in both Montreal and Toronto, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule in each city.  Thursday’s play begins at 11:00am local time in both cities.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Karolina Muchova (14) – 12:30pm Court Central in Montreal

Swiatek is now 48-7 this year after a straight-set victory on Wednesday over another Major finalist from the Czech Republic, Karolina Pliskova.  But Iga’s 0-2 in the third round of this tournament, losing a long three-setter a year ago to Beatriz Haddad Maia, and losing in straight sets four years ago to Naomi Osaka. 

Muchova is 28-10 this season, though she’s just 2-3 since the French Open final against Swiatek, as she’s unfortunately again been battling a leg injury she suffered at Wimbledon.  And Karolina was 0-1 in Canada prior to this week.  In Paris, she came back from a set down to become the first player to take a set off Iga in a Slam final, and Karolina was even up a break twice in the final set before succumbing 6-4 in the third.

Their only other previous encounter also went three sets, but that one went to Muchova.  That match took place four years ago in Prague, the biggest event in Karolina’s home country.  In the rubber match on Thursday, Swiatek is a considerable favorite, especially in light of Muchova’s recent injury.

Andy Murray vs. Jannik Sinner (7) – Last on Center Court in Toronto

With a win over Sinner, Murray would come within just a few points of the 32nd-ranked player in the world (Ugo Humbert), which is the cutoff for guaranteeing oneself a seed at the Majors.  But Andy will certainly not be 100% fresh for this important matchup, as he played for nearly three hours on Wednesday afternoon, eventually defeating Max Purcell in three sets.

On the same day, Sinner comfortably dispatched of fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini, requiring only an hour-and-a-half to do so.  He’s now 38-11 on the year, and 22-5 on hard courts.  And Jannik has reached the fourth round or better at all four Masters 1000 events he’s played this season.

They have split two previous meetings, both on hard courts.  Two years ago in Stockholm, Murray prevailed in straight sets.  A year ago in Dubai, Sinner prevailed in straight sets.  While Andy is a three-time champion in Canada, with an overall record of 28-7, Jannik’s form this season has been extremely impressive.  And reaching his first Major semifinal last month should serve as a huge confidence boost for the 21-year-old, who should be favored to win on Thursday night.

Other Notable Matches on Thursday:

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Casper Ruud (3) – Davidovich Fokina has lost only five games through four sets this week, and decisively knocked out Sascha Zverev on Wednesday.  Ruud defeated Jiri Lehecka in straight sets on Tuesday.  These players have split two previous meetings, both of which went five sets, including a near five-hour affair two years ago at Roland Garros, which went to Alejandro.

Marketa Vondrousova (9) vs. Coco Gauff (6) – Vondrousova is on a nine-match winning streak, and took out Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.  Gauff is on a five-match winning streak, and has not lost a set during that stretch.  Two years ago in Dubai, Coco beat Marketa in three sets.

Sloane Stephens vs. Elena Rybakina (3) – Rybakina overcame a stern test from another American, Jennifer Brady, in the last round.  Stephens received a walkover from Victoria Azarenka. 

Lorenzo Musetti (16) vs. Daniil Medvedev (2) – Medvedev won this event two years ago in the same city, and defeated Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets on Wednesday.  Musetti came back from a set down to overcome Thanasi Kokkinakis. 

Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs. Hubert Hurkacz (15) – Alcaraz beat Ben Shelton on Wednesday evening to extend his winning streak to 13 matches, while Hurkacz eliminated Miomir Kecmanovic.  Last year in the semifinals of Miami, Carlitos defeated Hubi in two tiebreak sets.

Leylah Fernandez (WC) vs. Danielle Collins (Q) – Fernandez survived a thrilling three-setter on Wednesday against Beatriz Haddad Maia.  Collins has already taken out both Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari in straight sets. 

Liudmila Samsonova (13) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (2) – Sabalenka and Samsonova share a 1-1 head-to-head, and both matches have been tight.  Earlier this year in Adelaide, Aryna won their most recente encounter, a straight-setter decided by two tiebreaks.

Thursday’s full Order of Play for the WTA is here, and the ATP is here.


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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Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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