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Canada Daily Preview: Doubles Partners Pegula and Gauff Meet in the Quarterfinals



Coco Gauff earlier this week in Montreal (

Friday is quarterfinal day in both Montreal and Toronto.


Across the past two seasons, Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff have teamed up to win five doubles titles, and even reached the championship match of Roland Garros.  They are highest ranked Americans in both singles and doubles.  On Friday, these partners and good friends will collide in the singles quarterfinals.

Other men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals on Friday feature both the ATP and WTA singles No.1’s, Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, as well as Daniil Medvedev and Elena Rybakina.

Plus, due to rain on Thursday, two WTA third round singles matches (Kvitova/Bencic and Samsonova/Sabalenka) will be played on Friday afternoon, with the winners to play each other on Friday evening in the quarterfinals.

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.  Friday’s singles play begins at 12:00pm local time in Montreal, and 12:30pm local time in Toronto.

Jessica Pegula (4) vs. Coco Gauff (6) – Second on Court Central in Montreal

Gauff has been a different player since arriving in Washington last week.  With Pere Riba and Brad Gilbert joining her coaching team, Coco is 6-0 in matches and 12-0 in sets.  The 19-year-old eased her way to the title last week, and on Thursday evening crushed the most recent Major winner, Marketa Vondrousova, by a score of 6-3, 6-0.

Pegula remains one of the most consistent performers on tour, with a record of 39-13 this season.  This is her ninth quarterfinal of 2023, and she’s 4-4 in this round.  Unfortunately, two of those losses came in the quarterfinals of Majors, where she is now 0-6 lifetime.

These teammates have split two previous meetings.  Last year on a hard court in Dubai, Pegula won in straight sets.  And just two months ago on grass in in Eastbourne, Gauff won in straight sets.  In the rubber match on Friday, Coco should be favored based on her superb recent form.  She has been hitting the ball with a ton of confidence, which is a formidable threat coming from such a big ball striker.

Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs. Tommy Paul (12) – Not Before 7:00pm on Center Court in Toronto

Alcaraz escaped quite a messy situation on Thursday night.  After splitting the first two sets with Hubert Hurkacz, Carlitos was up 5-2 in the third, with two breaks.  But at match point, he started making some loose errors, and allowed Hubi to break back twice.  Alcaraz was eventually able to prevail in the deciding tiebreak, extending his win streak to 14 matches, and improving his record this year to 49-4.

Paul achieved his first Major semifinal this past January in Melbourne, and was the runner-up at two ATP events later in the season (Acapulco, Eastbourne).  This week he’s already survived two three-setters, both over Argentines (Schwartzman, Cerundolo), and took out fellow American Marcos Giron on Thursday.

These players have also split two prior encounters.  Last year in this same tournament, Paul upset Alcaraz 6-3 in the third, in a matchup that lasted three hours and 20 minutes.  But this past March in Miami, Carlitos prevailed 6-4, 6-4.  In another rubber match on Friday, Alcaraz is the considerable favorite.  The Spaniard was far from his best during much of his match on Thursday against Hurkacz, yet still found a way to be victorious.  Carlitos’ various weapons should enable him to do the same against Tommy.

Other Notable Matches on Friday:

Mackenzie McDonald vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – Both of these unseeded players have made a considerable impression this week.  McDonald has not dropped a set through three matches, including an upset of sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev.  Davidovich Fokina took out Sascha Zverev and Casper Ruud on consecutive days, outlasting Ruud on Thursday in an over three-hour encounter decided by a third-set tiebreak.  Two years ago on an indoor hard court in Stockholm, Ale defeated Mackie 7-5 in the third.

Alex de Minaur vs. Daniil Medvedev (2) – Medvedev is now 48-9 on the year, and 31-3 on hard courts.  De Minaur is coming off a run to the final last week in Los Cabos.  Daniil leads their head-to-head 4-1, though Alex took their most recent meeting 7-5 in the third, which was nine months ago in Bercy.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Danielle Collins (Q) – Swiatek overcame Karolina Muchova in three sets after multiple rain delays on Thursday.  Collins has won five matches since the beginning of qualifying on Saturday, with victories in the main draw over Svitolina, Sakkari, and Fernandez.  Iga is 2-1 against Danielle, though Collins claimed their most important contest, in last year’s Australian Open semifinals.

Gael Monfils (PR) vs. Jannik Sinner (7) – Monfils had barely won any matches after injuring himself at this same event a year ago, but the 36-year-old has been on fire this week, most notably upsetting Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.  Sinner received a walkover on Thursday evening from an injured Andy Murray, and eliminated Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday.  Jannik is 3-1 against Gael, with their most memorable encounter being a five-setter at the 2021 US Open, which went to Sinner.

Daria Kasatkina (10) vs. Elena Rybakina (3) – Rybakina beat two Americans to reach this stage (Brady, Stephens).  Kasatkina is yet to drop a set in her first three matches in Montreal, and she is 2-1 against Elena.

Friday’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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