Federer: It is not normal for a 36-year-old to be the favorite of the trophy
Roger Federer said he should not be considered a favorite at the Australian Open Tennis Championship tomorrow. Federer begins defending his title in Melbourne against the Slovenian player Alaying Bedene as the Swiss strives to become the first tennis player in the men to reach the limit of 20 Grand Slam titles and a fourth overall after Margaret Court (Australia), Serena Williams ) and Steffi Graf (Germany).
“As I grow older, I think my chances are diminishing, I just do not think it’s normal for 36-year-old to be considered a favorite, and that’s why there’s no pressure on me, I feel comfortable in the final phase of my career,” says the legendary Swiss.
Last season, he arrived in Melbourne after a surgery and a 6-month break outside the court, but reached the trophy after a five-versus-high final against his rival Rafael Nadal from Spain. This season, such a situation is the six-time champion Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and the winner in 2014 Stan Vavrinka (Switzerland), who return after a long absence.
“I hope to win the first few rounds and get into a rhythm, and last year, the tournament for me was” let’s see what’s going to happen. “This is the situation with Novak and Stan now. It was nice after so long in Tura that the expectations are not big, and everyone in the scheme has a chance, “said the winner of the record 19th major titles.
Federer kicked off the year in the Homeland Cup Race in Perth, where he won the title with his compatriot Belinda Bencic. “Last year, this tournament helped me a lot, and I hope it will happen now,” added the Swiss.
Berdych defeated Nadal in the final of an unusual tournament
Czech Republic Tomas Berdych won the Tie Break Tens demonstration show in Melbourne. In the final Berdih defeated 10-5 points winner of 16 Grand Slam titles Rafael Nadal (Spain). Berdih won not only the trophy, but also a $ 250,000 check with his three victories in the attractive race, which was held just days before the start of the first Grand Slam tournament – Australian Open.
The tournament format is unusual, playing up to 10 points (and up to 2 points difference at 9-9). One of the Tie Break Tens last year was won by the best Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, who triumphed in the Spanish capital Madrid in early May.
Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic also joined Tie Break Tens in Melbourne. Earlier today he returned to the court with a convincing victory 6: 1, 6: 4 against the Austrian Dominic Team on another demonstration tournament – Quyong Classic. In “Tie Break Tens,” however, Nole lost his first match 6-10 from local favorite Leighton Hewitt, who no longer competes on a professional level.
The Tie Break Tens in Melbourne took eight of the stars in the men’s tennis, the first round being a 1/4-finals. In the first round, Rafa Nadal broke with 10-1 Frenchman Luka Puy, Canadian Milos Raonic overcame with 10-7 Team and Berdych broke with 10-8 excellent Australian Nick Kyrios, who grabbed the Brisbane trophy last week after Grigor Dimitrov stopped the semi-finals.
In the semifinals Nadal lied Hewitt with 13-11, and Berdich prevailed over Randjich in a no less attractive match with 11-9. In the final, as has been said, Berdych managed to easily overcome Nadal.
Djokovic returned with a thunder and crash, topped No. 5 in the world
The holder of 12 Grand Slam titles Novak Djokovic returned to the court with a loud victory. The former No. 1 player in the world who had not played since Wimbledon for an elbow injury won against Dominique Team with a clear 6: 1, 6: 4 in a match from the demonstration tournament “Kooyong Classic”.
“I feel awesome, I’ve been waiting for 6 months to play again, and today I’ve come up against a great opponent who is the No. 5 in the world rankings.” It was a fantastic test for me to figure out where I was, how we did in pre-season and whether does work on the court, “Djokovic said.
“Everything worked, especially the servo, which was a serious issue for the elbow, and I do not want to be too confident, but I am very, very happy about what I have seen today,” Nole added.
Djokovic will have another opportunity to play on Friday when he will take part in the Tie-break Tens in Melbourne, along with world # 1 Rafael Nadal and the best game hosts Nick Kirough.
He admitted that his preparation for the first round of the Year by the helmet was not ideal, but he thought it would be enough. “For the first time in my career, I’ve had such a long pause.” It would be good to take part in another tournament before the Australian Open, but my elbow was not ready, so I’ll try to get what I can, “added Nole.
The Serbian star said he had serious doubts about whether he would be able to play in Melbourne after pulling out of the Doha tournament and the Abu Dhabi demonstration.
“I did not know what was going to happen, but we did some treatments and, fortunately, here I am, I hope that in the next 4-5 days everything will go well and I will be ready for the Austrellean Open. I hope God’s blessing is all right, “Djokovic concluded.
Eurosport analyzes Federer’s backhand evolution in the new episode of “Sports Close Up”
Winning the Australian Open 2017 turned Roger Federer from a tennis legend into a true sports icon. At the finish, the Swiss legend defeated its 5-th thriller, its biggest rival, Rafael Nadal, and raised his 18th Grand Slam title. Traditionally, Federer experienced the most serious difficulties in the clashes with Rafa, but this time the Maestro had a secret weapon.
Thanks to innovative technology and increased reality, in the new episode of the Eurosport special series “Sporting Closer”, fans can see how Roger Federer has radically changed an element of his game, which until recently was defined as his biggest weakness but turned last year in serious weapon – backhand.
Federer has developed and developed backhand technique, known as Sneak Attack By Roger (SABR). In its application, the Swiss attack the ball faster and the shot comes from a lower point, and the balls returned give the opponent less time to place and prepare his shot. This particular backhand proved to be very effective against players relying on their mighty forehand, such as Rafael Nadal. In 2013, 26% of Federer’s backcountry falls into the field, while at last year’s Melbourne final, the Maestro sells 40% of them to the target. Now he is ambitious to defend his title against players in excellent shape and others who return to court thirsty for success after a long absence.
Eurosport will live more than 300 hours of this year’s Australian Open with a picture of every court and every match that will be available to Bulgarian TV channel fans and the Eurosport Player digital platform.
A Chinese sensation tormented Ferrer in Auckland
The four-time champion, David Ferrer, had to summon all the experience he has to deal with the Chinese sensation in tennis Wu Y with 7:6 (7), 6:4 in the first round of the ASB Classic.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, ranked 37th in the world rankings and number 7 in the tournament, had tremendous difficulties in both sets. The match lasted for less than 2 hours, and 18-year-old Yibin did not act as the 314th in the world, but attacked at every opportunity.
“I think my experience has proved to be key in this game, at the moments that have determined the outcome,” said Ferrer, exhausted, “a very, very hard game.”
Ubin is the US Open champion for teenagers and number 1 in the world in his age group. But he started very nervously, and at the very beginning he broke into a shot. But he returned the breakthrough in the sixth marathon game that went through six equalizations and four break points were saved.
The first set ended with a tiebreak in which the experienced Spaniard led with 4:0. But Wu Y made a new amazing series and turned his turn to 6:4 in his favor and two chances to win the match before Ferrer came back again and took the part for 73 minutes.
In the second set, Ferrer broke U’s 4-2 lead, but the young Chinese again gave the best and broke the 5:4 lag behind. In the 10th game of the second part he failed to save the break point and after a double error he gave up.
Federer has reduced the pace, but he remains flawless
Roger Federer made his third ATP finals in London after defeating Marin Cilic with 6: 7 (5), 6: 4, 6: 1. The 36-year-old Swiss had secured a semi-finals before this match, and his rival had no chances to move forward. Federer’s concentration was not at the usual level at certain times, but gradually he picked up the pace and finally totally dominated.
Roger’s rival in the semifinals will be the winner of the duel between David Goffin and Dominic Thiem, which will be played tomorrow at 22:00.
The meeting was a repeat of the Wimbledon final when Cilic left the court with tears in his eyes. Now Croatia has recorded the eighth loss of nine matches against the Grand Slam titles.
Federer could have made it easier if he had realized one of his three breakthroughs in the first game, but his rival retained and then was equal to the end of the set. He reached a tiebreak in which Marine was more concentrated and managed to take it. The six-time ATP Finals champion came to a decisive break that allowed him to win the second part, and in the third set totally dominated. He won eight of the last nine games.
“It was a tough game I had chances in the first set, but he played better in the tiebreak, I’m glad I found a way to turn the game and I played very well at the end,” said Federer.
Sock J: I have won over Grigor, why not get to the title
Jack Sock continues to surprise many at the ATP Finals in London. The American qualifies for the semi-finals after winning over Alexander Zverev and on Saturday will argue with Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final.
Sock J demonstrates self-confidence, asked if he can get to the title. “I’ve played with Grigor several times, he won the first time, but then I managed to make some victories against him,” he said, “of course, I think he’s a slightly different player than the last time we played “He seems to find his game, he knows exactly what he wants to do on the court, and it’s clear throughout the year, as he has reached the decisive stages of tournaments almost every week, and he has made it to the top 10, even in the top 5,” I’m not sure.
“I do play with great confidence after Paris, I have won some matches here, I have qualified for the semi-finals, you never know what is going on, I do not think so much ahead, I have excellent statistics against Roger if I play against him,” he added. he burst out laughing as he did not win a set in the four matches against Federer and lost him again just a few days ago in London.
Sock J has three victories in four games against Grigor Dimitrov. The only success of the Bulgarian is in 2014 in Stockholm. There are three losses and the last is this season in Indian Wells, where Jack wins after a tie in the third set.
Topalova with the first title in the ITF tournaments
Gergana Topalova reached her first bigger title. The 17-year-old Bulgarian triumphed at the prize pool of 15 000 dollars in Sozopol. At the final Topalova beat a third placed tennis player from the beginning of the week. She dealt with French Leo Tolly after 6: 3, 2: 6, 6: 3.
In Sozopol our state champion for women continued its excellent performance this year and achieved the greatest success in her career. On the way to the final, she removed the number one placed under No.2 in the main circuit and last year’s champion Oana Gavrila (Romania), the Wild Card participant Daniela Dimitrova and two others placed in the scheme – Gabriela Duca (Romania) №6 and Ekaterina Yashina Russia).
Today Gergana Topalova is better adapted to the strong wind, started more confidently in the first set and won it with 6: 3. Eighth in the world rankings Lea Tolly, which has two titles of tournaments of this rank, took the second set with 6: 2. In the third part, however, the Bulgarian was more convincing and closed the match 6: 3 after just over two hours of play on the first court of the Santa Marina Tennis Center. For her success, she takes 12 points for the WTA World Ranking, which she debuted this week, and her 2117th prize money.
Good luck to Sharapova – Garcia refused to participate in Tianjin
Maria Sharapova has been lucky with her first opponent in the WTA International series in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The Russianman received a “wild card” from the organizers, and in the first round he had to face number one in the Caroline Garcia scheme, which would be the most anticipated clash of neutral spectators.
But the Frenchman at the last minute has decided to refuse to take part in the tournament, because in the past two weeks he has made a huge effort for a historic double – the Premier 5 titles in Wuhan and Premier Mandatory in Beijing. Undoubtedly, Garcia’s 11 consecutive wins have been the most outstanding career achievement so far, but they have necessitated a change in the program. Organizers in Tianjin have officially declared that the injury is the reason for the Frenchman’s decision, but rather it is precisely a strategic decision after the end of the season.
Garcia herself attended the media meeting and had the opportunity to personally explain her reasons for the refusal to participate. She is expected to apply for the Wild Card at the tournament in Moscow next week.
Under the change, Maria Sharapova will play in the first round against Katerina Begu, but due to the bad weather in Tianjin, all single games on Monday were canceled.
Roger Federer’s first 2018 tournament
The winner of 19 Grand Slam titles Roger Federer announced his plans for the beginning of 2018. Traditionally, the Maestro has chosen to participate in the Hopman Cup demonstration team in tandem with Belinda Bencic and the event will take place in Perth between December 30 and January 6.
This means that Federer will not join the official Australian tournaments before the first Grand Slam season in Melbourne – for example, in Brisbane the list of participants is extremely impressive, with names such as Grigor Dimitrov, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, and is expected to include Milos Raonic, Kai Nishikori, Dominic Team and Novak Djokovic.
Japan, for the first time in 16 years, will be represented in the Hopman Cup by tandem Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka, while for Australia will play Darya Gavrilova and Thanassi Kokkinakis. The Americans are Jack Sok and Coco Wadeway, the Russians – Svetlana Kuznetsova and Karen Khachanov, the Belgians – David Goffen and Ellis Mertens, and the Canadians – Juveny Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil.
VIP tennis tip for today -Elina Svitolina vs Katerina Siniakova
World number 3 Elina Svitolina faces the talented chef Katerina Siniakova in the first round of the US Open. The match will begin at 18:00 hrs, after being the first in the second Louis Armstrong Stradium’s second-largest program.
Elina Svitolina makes an extraordinary season and may be the best tennis player this season. She won the title in Toronto in mid-August, after winning successively Vinus Williams, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Karoline Wojnicki. Four of the favorites for the title in New York have been overwhelmed by Svitolina and this can not but give confidence and dreams to the title of the US Open. In her last tournament in which she participated, the Ukrainian was eliminated in third round by Julia Gorges, but perhaps this loss was meant to be fresh for the US Open.
Katerina Siniakova is 21 years old and is 42nd in the world. Just a year younger than Svitolina, Siayanova is far from her success, but she is asking for good results in the future. Chenka won the Bastad title at the end of July, defeating Vojnetsky with a 2: 0 set in the final. She then dropped into a second round in Toronto and lost her first matches at Cincinnati and New Haven.
So far, the two tennis players have not played against each other. The class is on the side of Svitolina and we expect it to start strong in New York with a clean victory over Siniakova.
VIP tennis tip for today : Elina Svitolina to win with 2:0 sets
Winning tennis predictions for today‘s match between Grigor Dimitrov – Vaclav Safranek
Grigor Dimitrov will start his participation in the US Open against the completely unknown Czech Vaclav Schafrank. The tournament organizers placed Grisho on Court No. 3 “Grandstand” as the match will start around midnight on Tuesday against Wednesday.
Grigor Dimitrov achieved his biggest career success when he won Masters 1000 at Cincinnati just over a week ago. Grisho played all the matches in the tournament very heavily by not losing a set and in the final beat one of the most talented players – Nick Kirios with 2: 0 sets. On the way to the title, Grigor defeated proven tennis players such as Feliciano Lopez, Han Martin Del Potro, Yuichi Sugita and John Isner. This title certainly gives confidence to the Bulgarian and he will hope this year to improve his best performance in New York, which is the 4th round in 2014 and 2016.
Vaclav Safranek is 23 years old and is ranked 210th in the rankings. He went through the qualifiers to arrange a meeting with Grigor in the first round of the US Open. The Czech Republic defeated Daniel Masur, Janik Hanfmann and Sergey Stahovski with a 2: 1 set. His victory over Stahovski was surprising since the Ukrainian was the 97th in the world.
Safranek, however, has spent a lot of time on the court in these three qualifying matches and will certainly not be fresh against Grigor in this match. It will be more than a few games won, so we expect Dimitrov to win in three sets.
Winning Tennis Prediction Today : Grigor Dimitrov to win by 3:0 sets
Battle for No. 1 between Nadal and Federer: US Open Strikes Battle for No. 1 between Nadal and Federer: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will fight the US Open as the favorites but also for the top spot in the world rankings . Current # 1 Andy Murray is in the toughest starting position to defend 360 points from 2016, Nadal is 180 and Federer does not have one. In practice, this means that the Scotsman needs to reach the semi-finals to the minimum to keep a chance at the top. But what are the main options? – If Nadal loses to the quarterfinals, then Federer needs a semi-final. In this case Andy Murray will be No. 2 as long as he is a finalist. – If Nadal lost to the semi-finals, Federer must be a finalist to climb to the top. With this option, Murray can progress to the top with the title. – If Nadal is a finalist, Murray or Federer must beat him in the title match if he wants to move him from the top. – Nadal remains No. 1 in the title despite the results of his rivals. In the event that Federer loses to the finals, Nadal will surely be the leader after the last Grand Slam tournament for the year. – Federer will be No. 1 in the title – regardless of the results of his competitors. – If Murray drops to the quarterfinals, he will fall to No. 3 despite Federer and Nadal’s performance. – In the case of the Murray title, it will be again No 1 no matter what the Maestro and Matador do.
Zverev stopped Federer and approached the big ones
Zverev played a great game and gave no chance to the Grand Slam champion. He redeemed for the loss in the Hamburg final, where he fell from Federer for 53 minutes. The German has won the fifth title since the beginning of the season, as is the Swiss. Alexander joined Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, both being the only one with more than one Masters title outside the Big Four by active tennis players.
So by young talent and representative of the next generation Zverev is already part of the big ones and quickly turns into a tennis player, who are expected a great performance of the US Opening End.
Alexander was almost sinless today. He started aggressively and kept the high level throughout the meeting. After an early break, the German led 3: 1, leaving no chance for the opponent to serve. The first set is over after half an hour. At the beginning of the second part Federer got his chance to return to the match. He came to three breakthroughs in the second game, but failed to take advantage. From that moment on, Zverev regained control of what happened on the court. Breakthrough in the seventh game has already come in more for Roger and his rival without problems reached the ultimate success in 1 hour and 8 minutes.
This was the first loss in the Federer final this year after five titles, two of which from the Grand Slam. Zverev interrupted the Swiss series with 16 consecutive wins, with the German himself taking the 10th consecutive success. Roger did not pass the first title in Montreal. He has two triumphs at the Rogers Cup, but they are in Toronto. For Federer, it was only a third loss in 2017
Grigor Dimitrov in an excellent position for a serious march in Montreal
Bulgarian tennis as Grigor Dimitrov is benefiting from Marin Chilic’s relentless refusal to participate in the upcoming Masters Series tournament in Montreal. Croatia has an injury in the Adductors and will miss the event in Canada from 7 to 13 August.
This means that Grigor Dimitrov will be placed under number 8, which gives him a bigger chance for a serious ride in the race. The chaos will rest in the first round, and as far as the quarterfinals, he may face a rival that is higher in the circuit. In fact, Dimitrov’s first match in Montreal will be against a non-runner; in the third round, he will potentially meet someone from 9th to 12th place in the circuit and quarterback third.
This is the second time this year for Grigor in the Masters series, although in Monte Carlo he never takes advantage of his lighter draw and dropped off in his first fight by Jan-Lenard Struf.
Djokovic seeks answers, thinks of rest
An old elbow injury stopped Novak Djokovic’s head at Wimbledon, just as he recovered his peak shape. After the disappointing season against his high standards, the Serb demonstrated the courage that led him to three championship titles on the sacred grass. He won his first trophy for almost six months in Eastbourne (winning the Monfils final) and then made a great Wimbledon raid without losing a set to the 1/4 finals.
On Wednesday, however, his right hand hurt too much to handle Tomas Berdih. Serbian No. 2 put up with only 63 minutes, then dropped out of further involvement, raising the question …
“It’s really hard to swallow when you have to retire, especially when you play well And I played my best tennis for the last 10 months I felt very good on the court, Djokovic told the press conference” It’s a pity, but in life , These specific things happen for some reason. It will take a while, but I think I can understand why this happened, and learn the lessons from it. ”
Djokovic admitted that the elbow trouble started at the start of the tournament. Despite the maximum recovery effort, he was also discomfited in the previous four rounds, after which the pain became intolerable.
“It is not the shoulder, but the elbow, the intensity and the level of pain increased as the days progressed.” With my physiotherapist and ATP, I tried to restore myself to a state where I could compete, so far I managed, but things got worse Unfortunately, today (yesterday yesterday) was the worst day, the pain was tolerable in the first 30 minutes of my stay on the court, the servicing and the forehand were the strokes I felt the most, but the treatment did not help. It really did not make sense to keep playing, “Nolle explained.
The elbow problem has been harassing the Serbian tennis player for about 18 months as he has consulted him with a wide range of specialists. But because the current treatment program is clearly not effective, Djokovic said he would consider more aggressive options.
“Things are getting bigger, the more you play, the worse you get in. There’s no way out in individual sports, if you do not feel good, it’s all there is nobody to come out for you,” he said. I did about a year ago to decide what was the most appropriate solution to the problem in the long run The specialists I was talking to were not categorical mentioning surgery and other options Nobody knew clearly what to do. Something I have to think about right now. ”
What a match! Left-hander tossed Nadal out of Wimbledon after an epic
Double Champion Rafael Nadal dropped out of this year’s Wimbledon
edition. Spaniard # 4 Spaniard lost 3: 6, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 13:15 to
Luxembourg veteran Gilles Mueller (# 16), 13:15 in an epic match of the
1/8 finals to be remembered For a long time. The match lasted 4 hours
and 47 minutes and Muller recorded a second victory in his career
against Rafa in 6 games. His first victory against the Spaniard was
again at Wimbledon – 6: 4, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, in 2005.
31-year-old leftist Nadal once again demonstrated his great character,
struggling to last and reflecting several matches in the course of the
dramatic fifth set but eventually did not resist the pressure of 34-
year-old Muller. The tennis player from Luxembourg, who also played
with his left hand, for the first time in his career, qualified for
Wimbledon’s 1/4 final and his next rival was Marin Cilic (Croatia).
For Müller, who has begun his 26th world rankings career record, this
is not the first titanic five-year win of this year’s Wimbledon. In the
second round Müller won 9: 7 in the decisive fifth set over Lucas
Rosol, saving two matches in the match.
In the first set of today’s match, Müller managed to break a 4: 2 lead
after the Luxembourg player himself had a breakdown in the previous
game. This breakthrough proved decisive in the first set and Müller did
the first stroke in the match. The second set developed similarly to
the first set. Müller again made a breakthrough, which proved to be
enough to win the part. This break came at 4: 4, with Muller in the
front game himself having to escape at 15:40 at his serve. In the third
set Nadal led 4: 1 and controlled the events on the court to take the
6: 3 part. In the fourth set, Raffa broke for 3: 2 and patiently put
the match in the decisive fifth.
The fifth set became a real classic and gladiator battle that lasted
for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Mueller was only a point of victory a few
times, with the first two matches for him at 5: 4. Rafa, however, did
not shake and played the championship points to make a 5: 5 draw. At 7:
7 the Spaniard fought for a breakpoint that was at the cost of a hidden
match. Mueller, however, somehow survived and went back to the outcome.
At 10:10, Mueller rescued himself in a critical game where the
breakthrough hung, but Nadal did not benefit from several break points.
Right afterwards, Nadal saved two new matches, and in the next few
minutes the tennis player from Luxembourg was making the games he
played in. Nadal resisted the pressure of his opponent, but at 13:14 he
was leaning against the wall. Rafa lagged at 15:40 and this time
surrendered, and at the last point in the match he took the ball out of
The time has come for the game of truth
The time has come for the truth about Grigor Dimitrov. Is it ready for the best Bulgarian tennis player to fight for the first Grand Slam trophy in his career will be clear tonight in the match with Roger Federer of Wimbledon’s eighth finals. So far, the 26-year-old Haskovo has five losses against the Swiss maestro and no victory. In all these games, however, they played on hard courts. Now the pavement is another – grass, Grigor’s favorite.
It is to her that Grigor has achieved some of his greatest successes so far – the Wimbledon titles, after which he talked of him as one of the major stars of professional tennis and reached the semi-finals in men in 2014 when Dimitrov retreated to future champion Novak Djokovic.
The duel between Bulgarian and the 35-year-old Swiss is third in the Central Court.
The battle is expected to become the greatest spectacle for the audience of All England Club today. And that’s because Grigor has always been compared to the Grand Slam titles recorder. Already at the beginning of his career, Dimitrov had been nicknamed “Baby Fed” – a heavy burden on the shoulders of a youth trained in professional tennis. Over the years, however, the Bulgarian has learned not to pay attention to these comparisons.
“It has been a little overwhelming my life to listen to these comparisons with Roger.” It all started as a teenager, and he did not help me, anyway, I have to deal with this throughout my career so far. me.” “At some point in your life, you have to say,” What do I want to achieve? How do I want to be remembered? What will be my footprint? And what’s important to me? “I’ve had such a dialogue with myself, it’s hard to look at the mirror because there’s nothing to hide,” said Grigor before.
Whether it is the time for him to come out of the shadow of his idol we will understand today.
“Every time I play against him, he’s better than the previous one, and Grigor is at the perfect age to understand his game as well as possible.” He did a great raid in Australia and almost half the raffle in the semi-finals, so I’m ready for more A hard game, “Federer said minutes after the meeting with Misha Zverev in the previous round.
“Roger is a great grass player. He has proven here more than once or twice. We all know what to expect from him, let’s see who will win, and then I can think of what’s ahead of me. Being in the second week of a Grand Slam tournament is something very special and makes me smile. This is a little achievement for every game. But I have not done a great job here, “said Grigor, commenting on the upcoming duel with Federer.
So far Dimitrov has not been successful in official matches against the winner of the record 18 Grand Slam titles. The first match between the Bulgarian and the Swiss is in 2013 at the tournament in the hometown of Roger-Basel. Federer wins with 6: 3, 7: 6 (2) on the 1/4-finals. Their next match is a year later, again in Basel and again at the 1/4-finals. This time the Maestro prevailed in two sets – 7: 6 (4), 6: 2. In 2015, Federer recorded his most convincing victory against his native talent – 6: 2, 6: 2 in the semi-finals in Brisbane. A year later the two of them again meet in the same tournament, only this time on the 1/4-finals. Grigor finally managed to get a set, but victory is again a veteran – 6: 4, 6: 7 (4), 6: 4. Their last match is at the Australian Open in 2016. The match is in the third round and Federer prevails with 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4.
If he can make a first victory over Federer in his career, Dimitrov will only bring the third defeat to the Swiss in 2017. Even though he is already 35, Roger performs incredibly during the season, and proof of this is the Australian Open titles, the Masters at Indian Wells, Miami and the Halle tournament.
After this amazing raid, FedExpress pulled the parking brake and announced it missed the season of clay to rest and concentrate on the grass. His tactics obviously yielding results because he has not lost a set of Wimbledon so far.
The same can be said of Grigor Dimitrov, who was even more convincing in his games so far. The Bulgarians this season can boast a semifinals in Australia (loss in five sets by Rafael Nadal) and the trophies from Brisbane and Sofia.
Nadal: I do not think about the scheme, just the next day
Rafael Nadal looked largely like a two-time Wimbledon champion in his first two games of this year’s tournament. The Spaniard has nine consecutive Grand Slam matches won in three sets after defeating Roland Garros without losing a set and in his first two World Cup matches against John Milton and Donald Young also won 3 : 0.
“I think I played a good game, I was serving well, it was true that I was a bit worse at the end of the third set, but overall I’m happy – I played well,” said Rafa after the victory over Young.
Early dropouts have been pursuing Nadal for several years. He lost the 102nd Dustin Brown in the world in 2015, from 144 Nicky Kirios in 2014, No135 Steve Darcy in 2013 and from 100th Lucas Rosol in 2012. But against the 2007 Junior Champion he did not surprise .
“I think I’m doing the right thing, I feel good playing, I’m facing a heavy rival in Karen Khachanov’s face, it’s going to be a hard game for me, and I hope I’m ready to keep on doing well,” Nadal said. His next rival, who made his debut at Wimbledon this season, but showed himself strong in the grass season before reaching the semi-finals in Halle, lost by Roger Federer.
“I do not know how far I can go, but I really do not think about it at the moment, the only thing I think is that I have won another Wimbledon game today, which is a lot to me, and I am lucky to have a training day tomorrow, And the next day a new game, that’s all, that’s my way and I’m just trying to follow it, “said Rafa.
Grigor Dimitrov went on strike at Wimbledon after fighting over Schwarzman
Grigor Dimitrov achieved a solid success at the start of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament against one of the qualitative young players Diego Schwarzman. The chaos played the 24-year-old Argentine for an hour and 50 minutes with 7: 6 (2), 6: 2, 6: 2, having difficulty only in the first set when they shared a break. However, Dimitrov subsequently performed two beards and, with a much higher class (especially on grass), he subdued his first Wimbledon opponent this year.
The next impediment to Grigor will be Marcos Bagdatis, his good friend and ex-pair partner, who previously eliminated James Ward with a 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 3 “Wild Card”. Schwarzman had only four matches on the grass before the clash with Dimitrov in his career and has not yet recorded his first victory on this type of court. As is well known, the hassle can meet Roger Federer eventually in the last round, and if he overcomes Baghdatis, he will potentially face the 23rd John Isner.
1: 0 – Dimitrov started very hard on serve and gave a triple break-point to his rival, but then he raised the level of his initial strike and almost did not play. In the end, with more than 200 km / h, the Khaskli has made a turn and led to the result.
2: 0 – The service is no less a weapon for Schwartzman, but he has also begun to make a difficult start, and with excellent attacks after a snap, Grigor has earned three breakthroughs. Backhand on the net legalized a beating at zero and provided a good advance for Dimitrov.
3: 0 – Grigor made his second double mistake, but otherwise he did not have the problem to reinforce the breakthrough, and Schwarzman was hardly changing the direction of his strikes and his mistakes helped the Bulgarians progress.
3: 1 – Schwartzmann again failed to place his first serve, but he still opened his account in the match.
3: 2 – The level of the Argentine revolutions rose sharply, for Grigor could not count on his first serve, later Schwartzman’s goal was to double the lines and break into zero.
3: 3 – After the first three games had a series of 11 won by 12 games, Dimitrov now went into a hole and could not get a point in a second straight game.
4: 3 – With his 12th unprovoked mistake, Grigor was once again in a bloody situation and gave Schwartzman a 40-40 draw, which had just made one winner against seven of the Argentine. But this time Dimitrov’s service helped him in the tense situation and he finally won the game.
4: 4, however, the Bulgarians’ retorts were still not of sufficient quality to cause problems to Schwarzman, who did not even need to serve a first serve.
5: 4 – Just when the game entered in the second half of the hour, Grigor saved his time and with more powerful kicks did not leave Schwarzman any chance.
5: 5 – Schwartzman’s service did not cross the 200 km / h limit, but he did a good job, while his mistakes diminished considerably.
5: 6 – The movement on the court was still not the best possible for Grigor, and his second service did not bring him any dividends. With his 16th mistake he gave a break-point to Schwartzman, and then the judge’s decision to replay the point at a service (with hawk-jay) was not good for Dimitrov because the Argentine was lucky and a ball in the The Bulgarian gave him a breakthrough.
6: 6 – Grigor led to Schwarzman in a 15:30 o’clock, when an audience shouted, “So!” Then the Bulgarian won a break-point, and his rival succumbed to the tension and did not score a first serve, and in the subsequent long-played Argentinian’s fault led the set to a tiebreak.
Tibrek – Grigor recorded the first mini-break with an incredible retort and poor judgment of Schwartzman, who expected the ball to go out. However, the Bulgarian made his fifth double mistake, but then retaken with another tactical recitation when changing the direction of a long game, came out on the net and provoked a mistake for 5: 3. Schwartzman reflected the first set of three sets, but then Dimitrov was successful at his 7th straight draw and won tiebreak 7: 4.
1: 0 – Dimitrov started a little freer and, unlike the middle of the first set, this time he was much more varied in his strikes and hence recorded two winners to make an early break.
2: 0 – Two doubles and backhand in outs, however, provided Schwarzman’s break-in, but crash and ac overturned the duo. However, the service also helped and the breakthrough was confirmed.
2: 1 – This time the Argentine was far more flawless and had a much quieter win, but Grigor recorded a backhanded backhill winner.
3: 1 – In the first set, Dimitrov crashed after his breakthrough and allowed a series of games to be settled for the Argentine, but now he was still solid on his way and won it convincingly.
3: 2 – Schwartzman kept the tendency for service games to be won without any problems.
4: 2 – After not having scored his first serve, Grigor made a double mistake and gave Schwarzman a break-point. As happened in previous moments of the match, however, it was then that the hassle became more active and scored the game in the duo. The decisive point in favor of Dimitrov involved an attractive networking and, ultimately, with the lob, the Bulgarian prevailed.
5: 2 – Schwartzman’s double error allowed Grigor to get another breakthrough and to get as close as possible to winning the second set, and thus seriously hitting the Argentine’s self-confidence. It was unbelievable that Dimitrov had only scored 35% of the first serve so far.
6: 2 – Despite the five doubles in the set and the problems in the first run, Grigor was relentless in the decisive eighth game and won it to zero.
1: 0 – Dimitrov needed five minutes to make a break at the beginning of the set, but he did his job again in an excellent way and showed the class at a decisive moment.
2: 0 – Grigor solidified without problems and at the same time kept his lower number of uninvited mistakes, at least compared to the first set.
2: 1 – In the second part, Schwartzman took the lead and reduced his lag in the result by halting the five-game series in favor of Dimitrov.
3: 1 – Grigor again did not give any chance to his rival and without any tension he won his serve-game.
4: 1 – Seeing that the game is far out of reach, Schwartzmann started taking more risks and hurrying with his decisions, as Dimitrov just kept playing and waited for another opponent’s mistake. The 17th mistake of the Argentine provided a new breakthrough for Grigor.
5: 1 – Grigor won his free kick and it seemed as if nothing could take away his victory.
5: 2 – Schwartzman was stable from serving, and Dimitrov was not particularly interested in ending the game at any price in the seventh game, and he was going to serve for victory.
6: 2 – Dimitrov did not disappoint and with a zero game he finished with Schwartzman for an hour and 50 minutes.
Grigor goes out against a stranger rival today in a battle for a semi-final in Queens
The best Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov will compete today with the Russian talent Daniel Medvedev and the bet is a place in the semi-finals of the Aegon Championships in the Queens Club with a prize pool of 1,836,660 euros.
The match between the two is the third in the Central Court program and will start at about 17.30 hours now. Before him there are the matches Sam Querry against Gilles Muller and Marin Chilich against Donald Young, with the beginning being given at 14.00.
Yesterday, 21-year-old Daniel Medvedev eliminated torture injured in the last two seasons Australian Tanase Kokkinakis with 6: 2, 6: 2, and a day earlier Grigor turned against French veteran Julien Benetton 4: 6, 6: 3, 4.
Moscow-born Medvedev participated in the Wild Card tournament. The high 198 cm and a heavy 80 kg Russian tennis player is considered one of the future stars in the tour. He plays with his right hand and backhand runs with both hands. He has been a professional since 2014 and has not earned a title in the ATP chain so far.
Predictions for the outcome of today’s match can not be made because he and Grigor Dimitrov have not met on the court in an official match.
Nadal has refused to participate in the grass tournament at Queens Club
France’s new tennis champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) declined to participate in the grass tournament in London’s Queens Club next week.
31-year-old Nadal, who won a record ten-year title at Roland Garros on Sunday, was advised by doctors to take a longer break before Wimbledon, which kicks off on July 3rd.
“I’m very sorry I will not be able to play at the Queens’ Club next week, and I’m really sorry to make that decision because I like to play there, I’ve won the tournament in 2008 and every time I’ve reached Until the Wimbledon final I played in Queens before, “said Nadal, who after his success in Paris and fourth season trophy climbed to second place in the world rankings.
“I was hoping for a few days off to be ready, but I am already 31 and after the long and exhausting red season, after all the emotions of Roland Garros and after consulting with my doctor, I decided to take more time off the court, To be completely ready for Wimbledon, “added the Spaniard.
Dominique Thiem – Novak Djokovic – (France Open / Roland Garros: Tennis Court Tournament): Dominique Thiem is ranked 7th in the world rankings, while Novak Djokovic is 2.
The match is on clay which is Dominic Thiem’s favorite pavement.
There is nothing to be wrong, however, Thiem’s class is far below that of the joker.
For comparison, I will say only a few figures: 5 matches between them = 5 wins for Novak Djokovic. Of these 5 losses, Tyem took only 1 set. 2 of these 5 losses for Thiem came to clay and his last loss came to the masters 2 weeks ago in Rome, where Djokovic literally humiliated his opponent in 2: 0 sets with 6: 1, 6: 0. Djokovic’s other win on clay came to Roland Garros last year, where Djokovic again destroyed Thiem with 3: 0 sets: 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 4.
The truth is that Thiem has been very lucky with the draw so far. In the first round, he met the “unconventional” Bernard Tomic, who literally hated the clay, and Practice Thiem beat him on the court. In the next round he met the still-seeking rhythm Simone Bolle. Bolleys is not a weak player, but after the injury that has made him out of the courts for more than a year, he’s just not the same tennis player. In the third round, he faced another tennis player who did not really like a shame: Steve Johnson. And at the 1/8 finals he faced 65 in the world rankings Horaceo Sebaios who took advantage of the injury of the placed David Goffen.
Djokovic played against typical clay players Marcel Granollers (3: 0), Joao Sousa (3: 0), Diego Schwartzman (3: 2) and World Series 1 executioner Andy Murray: Albert Ramos Vinollas (3: 0).
Djokovic is inspired at the moment as his coach is a childhood fan: Andre Agassi.
Very important is the fact that this year the clay flooring in Paris is faster than usual. Tiem loves the fast clay, while this clay that is currently particularly hot is just the taste of Djokovic. I expect Djokovic to be one of the 1/2 finalists of Roland Garros.
Nadal overcame Basillashvili with a humiliating result
6: 0, 6: 1, 6: 0. Rafael Nadal destroyed Nikoloz Basililashvili and demonstrated that the matches of the first week of Roland Garros for him are only protocol. The viewers on the Philip Schatrie Court were unlikely to be particularly pleased with the way the Georgian was made to look like an amateur and could not resist the King of the Death.
The result was eloquent enough, and the only storm that had been approaching Paris could have spoiled the afternoon of Matador, but he fled the rival fast enough to overtake the rain.
The win was number 75 for Nadal at Roland Garros and he continues his march to the unprecedented 10th title of his favorite Grand Slam tournament. His next opponent is more serious than Basiliskvili – Spain’s third missile Roberto Bautista-Agut (ahead of Paris in Nadal was Spain’s first and Albert Ramos-Vinholas second). Also, Matador won for the first time in such a convincing way – with just one lost game. Basililashvili won a total of 36 points in the match, and 23 of them were unsuccessful mistakes of the Spaniard, but he also wounded 27 winners.
Undetecting Grisho made it to Robredo and qualified for the third round of Roland Garros
Grigor Dimitrov beat Tommy Robredo in the second round of the French Open with 3: 0 sets. In the separate parts the Bulgarian triumph with 6: 3, 6: 4, 7: 5.
Haskovo was extremely concentrated in the first set and gave only 5 points to his Robredo service. The veteran did not find a response to the stable play of the shooter in the second set and the intrigue in the third part went to 5: 5 when Grigor pressed his opponent and came to a valuable breakthrough.
This is a second victory for Dimitrov against this rival of five attempts.
Grisho will play in the third round of Roland Garros for the second time in his career. The next opponent of the Bulgarian will be the winner of the clash between the 20th Pablo Kareno and the qualifier Taro Daniel.
Grand Slam tennis tournament starts on Sunday (until June 11) and the Ladies’ draw has already determined the position of the athletes in the circuit as well as the duels in the first round.
As before any major tournament, WTA’s official website is currently compiling a list of ten tennis players whom the players will want to avoid in order to save early trouble in Paris. Here’s what they are:
Annette Kontaweite – a quarter-finalist from Stuttgart and Rome (in the German city she achieved her first victory against a top 10 opponent – Garbie Mougrussa, and in the Italian capital eliminated the world number 1 Angelic Kerber)
First Round Competitor: Monica Niculescu
Christina Plishkova – a Prague Clay finisher and a quarter-finalist in Strasbourg
First Round Competitor: Klo Pake
Katerina Snyakova – won the first title in her career in Shenzhen, reached the quarterfinals in Prague and lost with a tiebreaker by Svetlana Kuznetsova in Rome
First Round Competitor: Ekaterina Alexandrova
Jelena Ostamentko – two victories over Carolyn Vojnicki during the season of clay
First Round Competitor: Luisa Chiriko
Francesca Schiavone – with her nine consecutive wins she progressed with 100 places in the world rankings and makes everything possible her last season to be memorable
First Round Competitor: Garbie Muguruza
Lucy Shaffarjova – made a final in Budapest and a quarterfinals in Miami, but too heavy draws in clay tournaments prevented her from continuing with good performance
First Round Competitor: Veronica Sepede
Shelby Rogers, the eighth in Charleston and the quarterfinals in Strasbourg (just before Roland Garros), may not be phenomenal results, but they are enough to make it awkward for each set
Mats Wilander: Grigor has to work on his tactics and become a bit more permanent
Mats Wilander is among the most popular faces in the world of tennis. And if during his professional career he rarely allowed himself to show emotions on the court, and his thoughts remained a mystery, he was glad to accept the role of a television leading and competent analyst during all the Grand Slam competitions that are broadcast by Eurosport, and is ready to show off during Roland Garros. Several days before the passions were transferred to Paris, where the Open Championship of France began, the former №1 gave a conference 45-minute interview to world media from more than 10 countries and, with the assistance of Eurosport, Bulgaria was presented by TennisKafe.com.
In his professional career, the Swedish won 33 single titles, including 7 Grand Slam trophies, with 3 of them coming to Roland Garros. Deal with the difficult task of expecting to be the successor to Bjorn Borg and leave his trail in the history of the game. Not so much with a rocket in hand on the court as with a microphone in front of the television screens, Mats continues to be devoted to tennis and to believe he has more to give.
Wilander analyzed the performance of our best tennis player Grigor Dimitrov so far, gave his advice to him before the upcoming challenge in the French capital and commented on the situation surrounding Novak Djokovic’s headquarters, Rafael Nadal’s invincible clay season, Andy Murray’s problems, The decision of the French Tennis Federation not to give Maria Sharapova a “wild card”.
“In Paris, you have to be able to change your tactics and your psychological attitude in motion. You expect one, but it turns out different. Be prepared for battle, be ready for the unexpected, “is the formula for success of Wilander, who knows perfectly the feeling of being the prince of Paris.
“If you wake up in the morning and it is sunny and warm until you get to the courts you have no idea what the conditions will be. It may suddenly start raining, it can become even hotter. Depending on the conditions and the opponent, you may think the game will be one, but it will be quite different. ”
Grigor Dimitrov should definitely be prepared for everything at Roland Garros, where expectations and tensions are great, and iron will and irreconcilable character are obligatory.
“In my opinion, Grigor has to work on his tactics and become a bit more permanent. The clay must play more with top spin and be more aggressive than forehand. Trying to dictate the points, “advises Mats, who undoubtedly knows this about the red game, having 20 titles on his bill on this floor.
Our first missile for the last Masters game in Rome, where in the first round was halted by Juan Martin del Potro in a disputed fight in which he had his golden opportunities to win the victory. Despite the loss, the Bulgarian showed an improvement in his game of clay during the season, and in Paris he will arrive fresh and thirsty for revenge.
“I was watching him in Rome. Yes, Juan Martin del Potro is dangerous and good, but still … Dimitrov moves excellent on the court and this is a wonderful quality of hard flooring and grass, but on clay you can not afford to play in defense too much. ”
“You have to be the initiator and your tactic to rely on aggression. You do not have to look for reckless wings, of course. ”
“So Grigor played at the Australian Open and he must play in Paris. If he has the right attitude when he comes to Paris, we are talking about a possible 5 sets of clay, it will be very difficult to beat.
“If he wants to become the best, he must be more permanent, more aggressive and dictate the points.”
Mats Wilander talks about Rafael Nadal‘s season so far, saying he expected Matadora to be so strong on his favorite pavement, and his prognosis for the future is that there will never be others like Federer and Nadal.
“Rafa has always been the best clay in the world and has always been among the best since he became a professional. Roger Federer was the only one who could defeat Rafa, but he does not play. The shape of Djokovic and Murray has fallen, so I do not think Nadal this year is stronger than he was in the past, just understands the game better. When you are mentally stronger, you become stronger and physically – you are moving better, enjoying the game and winning more. ”
“To win 10 titles in Monte Carlo and 10 in Barcelona is more than 9 titles from Roland Garros. This record will never be improved. Looking at where the tennis goes, there will never be a player dominating very much on a particular floor. There will never be a tennis player with 18 Grand Slam titles, such as Roger Federer. ”
“I can imagine someone defeating Rafael Nadal, but I can not imagine anyone other than him winning this year’s Roland Garros.”
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov dropped in the third round of the Masters in Madrid after a dramatic loss of 6: 4, 4: 6 and 6: 7 (9) of Dominique Team number 8. The meeting in the Spanish capital, which was played in front of dozens of vocal Bulgarians, lasted for 2 hours and 35 minutes and offered a number of twists and turns. Our boy took the first set and had a breakthrough in both the second and the third set but did not take advantage. The third set was decided after a tiebreak in which the Bulgarian missed five matches and eventually lost 9:11. At the 1/4-final, the Austrian will meet Borna Chorich, who surprisingly discarded world number one Andy Murray.
Our athlete started off-center and handed over to the first game. Grisha missed the equalizer for 30:30 after not taking advantage of a great advantage in the game. Then he had to save two breaks, the second of which was lost. The mistakes of the Bulgarian led to a rapid consolidation of the breakthrough. Dimitrov gathered his energy in the third game and with aggressive blows reduced the lead of the Austrian. The ascending line went on in the fourth game, and Grigor reached three consecutive breaks, breaking into the second of them, 2: 2, and then managed to make it harder with 3: 2. At 4: 3 in his favor, Dimitrov earned a break point after a brilliant lobe. Team managed to push his opponent and win the game – 4: 4. With 5: 4 in his favor, Grigor has begun a profitable defense strategy and managed to get to three sets at the Team’s serve. All three chances were discovered after uninvited mistakes after a good game in the defense of the Bulgarian. The third break was realized after a new unforced error and our boy closed the set for 6: 4.
Grigor continued confidently under the impact of the winning set and closed his first run from the second set without giving a point to the opponent. There followed two break points in Dimitrov ‘s column in the second game, neutralized with powerful strikes on the other side of the court – 1: 1. Grisho’s hand did not flinch on the second serve in the set, which also closed to zero. Dimitrov stood on the court and grabbed a ball after a ball with the strong blows of his opponent. In 2: 1, the native tennis player twice won a break point, the second one after a brilliant strike, raising the audience’s feet. Our boy came to a short ball and finished it with a measured pass on the right. In the next game, the Bulgarian again played patiently and forced Team to make a mistake – a 3-1 break. Dominique showed that he did not pass easily and instantly returned the breakthrough, taking advantage of the more uncertain service in the game. Dimitrov led with 0:30 in an attempt to regain his advantage but lost the next four points. In the seventh game of the set, the Bulgarian crashed and was shot for 3: 4. The decisive moment was at 15:30, when Team struggled to return the ball, it was very deep and tall, and Grigor tried to push it back with a blow over his head – the net. The 23-year-old Team easily overcame his 3: 5 break, winning the fourth consecutive game. The Austrian did not miss his lead and closed the set for 6: 4 without any hesitation.
Dimitrov managed to concentrate at the start of the third set and to get his shot, although his rival three times led to a score and reached a breakpoint. The Bulgarian made several risky blows, hanging the line on the outside – 1: 0. In the next game, Dominique fell in love and Grigor uses the moment and with patience action – 2: 0. Haskovo maintained the distance from a breakthrough with solid service and impediments. At 4: 2, the nerves did not hold on to Grigor, and he lost his edge. On his serve, the Bulgarian made several unprovoked mistakes, and for cover he bettered his game after a double mistake. Our athlete managed to shake and win his 5: 4 bet.
The set came to a tiebreak, which was a real fight of nerves. The first minivan went to Grigor’s account, which made a great 4-2 draw. Dimitrov made two important points for 5: 3 and 6: 3, the first was after a wonderful backhand on the right. There were three consecutive games played by the Austrian. Grysos served for the match at 6: 5, but his right hand flicked at the forehand and put the ball out. The Bulgarians got two more games, but on the serve of the rival, who ordered his attacks and gave no chance for a kickback. Grigor’s nerves did not stand for the 20th time in the tiebreak and he failed to hit the ball well, sending ecstasy to his opponent.
Zverev with the first title of native land
German Zverev won the first home-country title after winning the red-tennis tennis tournament in Munich with a prize pool of 48,2060 euros. Undertaker Zverev scored 6: 4, 6: 3 over the qualifying Guido Peja (Argentina) in just over an hour of play. So the Hamburg-born tennis player took third career in his career and second for the season after he had already triumphed in Montpellier in February.
Zverev started hesitantly and allowed an early lag of 2: 4, but then took seven consecutive games on his way to the complete turn.
Singa was left without a title after losing her second season final after defeat in the Rio de Janeiro trophy match in February.
Grigor Dimitrov climbed again to No. 12 in the world
Grigor Dimitrov climbed with one position in the world rankings of ATP. The best Bulgarian tennis player did not play in the past week, but already occupies the 12th place in the ranking with an asset of 2820 points.
Leader remained Andy Murray (UK) with 11270 points, followed by Novak Djokovic (Serbia) with 7085 points and Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) with 5685 points.
Croatian Marin Cilic progressed to seventh place with 3725 points after winning the title in Istanbul yesterday.
The Gael Monfis (France) leader dropped out in the second round of the tennis tournament in the German city of Munich with a prize pool of 48,2060 euros. Monfis, 16th in the world rankings, lost to South Korea Hion Chun with 6: 2, 6: 4 and failed to record victory number 400 as a pro. 20-year-old Chun broke through in the third and seventh game on his way to success in the first set.
The second part started equally, and at 3: 3 the match went off and the game was interrupted for about 90 minutes. Upon renewing the game, the Asian immediately broke up and eventually held up his advances and recorded the greatest success in his career. Chun, 78th in the ATP, will play in the quarterfinals against the winner of the Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 2014 champions meeting and Misha Zverev (Germany) sixth.
Svitolina won the tournament in Istanbul
The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina won the title of the red court tennis tournament in Istanbul (Turkey) with a prize pool of 250,000 dollars. Underworld number 1 Svitolina beat sixth in the Elizabeth Mertens (Belgium) 6: 2, 6: 4 in 75 minutes.
The 13th in the world rankings Ukrainian took the first five games on their way to success in the first set, and in the second part wasted an advance of 4:1, but in the tenth game came to a decisive breakthrough, which triumphed.
So she deserved a third season trophy after her victories in Dubai and Taiwan and a total of her seventh career.
Mertens, 65th in the world rankings, failed to raise a second championship cup in his career after the debut he earned in the Hobart tournament in January.
Rafa Nadal with a record 10th title in Barcelona
Raphael Nadal won the tenth red tournament in Barcelona with a prize pool of 2,325 million euros. Undertaker Nadal triumphed in the final against the fourth in Dominique Team (Austria) 6: 4, 6: 1 after 90 minutes.
Team missed a breakthrough in the first game, but did not get another chance to take the lead. The duel was equivalent to 4: 4, and then Nadal took eight of the next nine games to record a victory in his tenth finish in the Catalan capital.
Previously, he won the tournament five consecutive times in 2005-2009, three more times in 2011-2013, as well as last season. Nadal earned a total of 71th trophy in his career and 51th in clay, and only a week ago he triumphed for the tenth time at the Masters Tournament in Monte Carlo. The Spaniard has 10 wins in 10 red games this season, losing only one set.
Nadal grabbed the “tenth” and signaled how the clay season would look like
Raphael Nadal delighted fans with an unprecedented and historic 10th triumph of the Monte Carlo Masters Series tournament and thus became the first Open-Era player to win so many times a single event.
Matador defeated his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinholas 6: 1, 6: 3, who was not asked for a finish at the start of the race but eliminated world number 1 Andy Murray two more senior men – Marin Chilich and Luka Puy.
Nadal, however, confirmed the impression that he was the most persistent since the beginning of the year and, ultimately, by his fourth attempt in 2017 – finally won his 70th career title. He had previously lost to Sam Quouri in Acapulco and Roger Federer at the Australian Open and Miami, but Monte Carlo was once again a favorite destination for him.
Nadal has been a champion in the Principality eight consecutive times between 2005 and 2012, winning last season, and his only defeat in the final is by Novak Djokovic in 2013. The Monte Carlo trophy is 29th for Nadal of the Masters series and he has 15 lost finals. Thus, Matador approached only one of the leadership leaders historically on this score, Novak Djokovic, who dropped the quarterfinals in the Principality by David Goffen.
Ramos-Vinholas lost his fifth career finish and remained with only one trophy on his account – in the Bastad 2016, but still because of his good raid in Monte Carlo will earn the highest ranking in his world rankings where he will be on Monday Occupies 19th place.
The first set was one breath – only for 30 minutes Nadal gave a single game to his opponent who suffered from a lack of first-serve performance. Ramos-Vinholas was only 50 percent successful, making it easier for Matador, and Nadal made only 6 unintentional mistakes and his rival for 13, including a double serve foul.
Rafa also had an advantage for the willers – 9: 3 – although at the start of the second set, Ramos-Vinholas started to create much more difficulty in the match than the forehand. At 2: 2, however, Matador reached his first two breakpoints and took advantage of the second to gain a key advantage.
With 4: 3 in his favor, Nadal got into the mini-trouble (0-30), but he did not surprise and with a solid service did not allow even a break-point of his opponent. With success in the best qualifier, Nadal reached three games in a 5: 3 match and took advantage of the last one to grab the “tenth”.
Murray followed Grigor and dropped out early in the Monte Carlo tournament
World No. 1 Andy Murray dropped out of the eighth finishers of the Masters Series in Monte Carlo. The Briton lost 6: 2, 2: 6, 5: 7 from the Spanish Champion No. 15, Albert Ramos-Vinoloas.
In the first set, Murray lost twice, but realized 4 breaks and gave 2 games to his opponent. But then things went wrong for the Scotsman. Murray lost the second part after two breaks and in the third set the world number one led by 4: 0. This was not enough, however, as the Spaniard first leveled for 4: 4, and at 5: 5 he made another break in the game and then with his serve put a point of dispute after 2 hours 35 minutes.
For the 1/4-finals today ranked still placed under No. 5 and No. 11 respectively Marin Chilic (Croatia) and Luka Puy (France) respectively. Chilich managed 6: 2, 7: 6 (0) with Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic), and Puy played only 3 games against compatriot Adrian Manarino. At 3-0, Puy Manarino gave up.
Yesterday, there were also surprises in the second round of the tournament, when our strongest tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tonga, as well as the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Aguti, dropped out of the race.
Nadal sweats Zverev in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal (Spain) defeated young German talent Alexander Zverev (Germany) with 6: 1, 6: 1 in a match of the 1/8-final of the Masters Series in Monte Carlo. Nadal won for an hour and 14 minutes, and in the first set he definitely won his opponent in 1: 1, and in the second Zverev, who is now a birthday and turned 20, he only managed to make a 1: 4 game.
Nine-time champion Monte Carlo Nadal will play at the 1/4-finals with Diego Schwartzman (Argentina), who beat Jan-Lenard Struff (Germany) 6: 3, 6-0. In the previous round, Stef was kicked out of the tournament by Grigor Dimitrov.
In the second round, Rafa had a much more difficult match against Briton Kyle Edmund, scoring him 6: 0, 5: 7, 6: 3.