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Baghdatis Battles Into Antalya SFs

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:16pm

Former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis endured a fraught end to his Antalya Open quarter-final on Thursday. The Cypriot led 6/1 in the deciding set tie-break, and finally converted his sixth match point opportunity to beat qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-7(0), 6-3, 7-6(6) in two hours and 43 minutes.

Baghdatis is attempting to win his first ATP World Tour title since Sydney in January 2010. He opened the year by reaching the semi-finals in Auckland (l. Sousa).

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Despite the loss, Ramanathan can be pleased with matching his best result at an ATP World Tour event. The World No. 222 also scored one of the biggest upsets of the year by ousting top seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.

Awaiting Baghdatis in the final four is Yuichi Sugita, who only needed 49 minutes to end the run of #NextGenATP German Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 6-0. Sugita dropped just nine points in the final seven games. The win puts the Japanese player into his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

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Djokovic Beats Young For Eastbourne SF Berth

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:35pm

World No. 4 Novak Djokovic became the first player to reach the Aegon International semi-finals on Thursday as organisers of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament played catch-up due to rain.

Djokovic, who has a 3-3 record in grass-court finals, overcame American Donald Young 6-2, 7-6(9) at Devonshire Park in one hour and 35 minutes.

"I enjoyed it, especially in the second set," said Djokovic. "The first set went my way and I played well. I felt good on the court and had some break point opportunities early in the second set... I think Donald started playing with less unforced errors, playing with more variety and using his forehand very well from all over the court.

"He served for the set, had a set point and then had set point in the tie-break. It was very close second set. Obviously, it could have gone easily his way. But it hasn't, and I'm just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves. This is the kind of match situations that I was looking forward to having, and I'm glad it happened today and I managed to overcome that."

The three-time Wimbledon titlist, who has a 26-7 match record on the season, will next face fourth seed Steve Johnson or #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev in Friday’s semi-finals.

The Serbian star was rarely under pressure on serve until Young broke to lead 5-4 in the second set, but the American then failed to convert a set point chance at 40/30 with a forehand long in the next game.

Top seed Djokovic wasn’t out of danger just yet as he saved a second set point at 5/6 in the tie-break, with a kick serve out wide that Young returned into the net. Unable to convert match point chances at 7/6 (backhand into the net), 8/7 (lob long) and 9/8 (backhand return wide), Djokovic finally converted his fourth opportunity after Young had double faulted at 9/9.

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Several second-round matches were completed earlier on Thursday.

Second seed Gael Monfils completed a 6-3, 6-2 win over wild card Cameron Norrie, striking eight aces and losing just five of his first service points, for a place in the quarter-finals. The pair had resumed at 6-3, 2-1, following rain on Wednesday. Monfils will now challenge Bernard Tomic, who defeated sixth seed Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes.

Seventh seed Richard Gasquet saved all three break points he faced to beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 and now faces third seed John Isner, a 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) victor over Dusan Lajovic.

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Wed, 06/28/2017 - 8:39pm

British Teen Clarke Continues Wimbledon Dream Run

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 6:47pm

British teenager Jay Clarke continued his dream run in Wimbledon qualifying on Wednesday, moving into the final round of qualifying over #NextGenATP player Elias Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 7-6(5).

The 18 year old reached his first ATP Challenger Tour quarter-final last week on home soil in Ilkley. He’ll play Sebastian Ofner of Austria for a spot in the main draw.

#NextGenATP American and 21st seed Taylor Fritz also advanced into the final round of qualifying with a confident 6-1, 6-3 win over Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia. Standing between him and a spot in the main draw is Vincent Millot of France, who defeated third seed Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6(5).

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Other #NextGenATP players to advance include fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, 19th seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Rublev overcame James McGee of Ireland 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, Bublik moved past Blake Mott of Australia 7-5, 6-4, and Tsitsipas overcame Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

View the order of play and full Wednesday results here.

Albot Ousts Second Seed Lorenzi In Antalya

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:44pm

Radu Albot caused the upset of the day on Wednesday at the Antalya Open, storming into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over second seed Paolo Lorenzi.

The Moldovan scored the lone break in each set to advance in one hour and 21 minutes and reach his ATP World Tour quarter-final. Lorenzi’s struggles on grass continue, with the Italian recording an 11th consecutive loss on the surface.

The surprise win adds to an already wild tournament, with top seed Dominic Thiem falling to Indian qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan in his opening match on Tuesday.

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Next up for Albot is Andreas Seppi, who rallied from a set down to defeat Janko Tipsarevic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The contest was a rematch of their 2011 Eastbourne final that also saw Seppi prevail when Tipsarevic retired down 3-5 in the final set. The Italian continues to excel on grass, reaching the Eastbourne final in 2012 (l. Roddick) and Halle final in 2015 (l. Federer). He improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Tipsarevic to 2-3, with both wins coming on grass.

Seppi won his lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Albot this March at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami.

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#NextGenATP German and lucky loser Daniel Altmaier continued his dream run in Antalya with his first ATP World Tour quarter-final, fighting back from the brink of defeat to move past wild card and local favourite Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).

"It's so tough to describe my feelings right now," said Altmaier. "I was out of the tournament and then had the chance to get back into the main draw. I'm just so happy right now. And to do this on the grass, in Antalya, makes it even more special."

Watch: Altmaier Enjoys Antalya Beach Vibe

Ilhan served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set, but Altmaier broke and then raced to a 5/1 lead in the tie-break before prevailing in two hours and 28 minutes. The German also needed a final-set tie-break to win his first round against Victor Estrella Burgos.

The 18 year old moved into the main draw when fellow #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung withdrew due to a left ankle injury. Altmaier, currently No. 252 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, qualified for his first ATP World Tour main draw last month in Geneva. He also reached the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour event this January in Bangkok.

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Awaiting Altmaier in the last eight is Yuichi Sugita, who toppled fourth seed David Ferrer 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2). Sugita squandered a 5-2 lead in the final set, including two match points on his serve at 5-4, but hung tough to advance in two hours and 16 minutes.

Marach/Pavic Battle Into Semi-finals

In a match with no breaks of serve, second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic survived a marathon quarter-final with Indian duo Purav Raja and Divij Sharan to advance 7-6(9), 6-7(4), 10-4. Marach/Pavic saved two set points at 6/7 and 8/9 in the first-set tie-break. They continue their grass-court success after reaching the Stuttgart final two weeks ago (l. Murray/Soares).

Awaiting them in the semi-finals are fourth seeds Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin, who dismissed Carlos Berlocq and Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-2 in 50 minutes.

Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi moved into the last four with a 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7 comeback over Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak. Lindstedt/Qureshi will play Jonathan Erlich and Nikola Mektic, who defeated Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya 6-3, 7-6(4).

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Sea Air Helping To Re-Charge Djokovic

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:11pm

Novak Djokovic believes that his trip to the south coast of England to compete at the Aegon International will have a positive effect on every aspect of his game.

Speaking after his 25th match win of the year on Wednesday, the Serbian star admitted, “I came to Eastbourne because I wanted to experience match play – mentally, physically and tactically – every way you look at it. Because grass is a different surface from any other, I would like to get as much time on the court as possible.

“The movement is very different from clay or hard courts. You've got to be very soft, very gentle, but yet very reactive… I’m trying to get as much of the match situations as possible, hear the chair umpire say 30-all, 4-all. Those kind of intense moments.”

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Djokovic, the highest-ranked male player to compete in Eastbourne since Marcelo Rios in 1999, has not competed at a grass-court event prior to Wimbledon since the 2010 Aegon Championships.

Four days into his stay at Devonshire Park, the venue of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, the 30 year old says the fans have made him feel most welcome.

“It's a very kind of informal tournament in a good way, where you can go around the grounds and kind of interact with people,” said Djokovic. “Sure, people come up to you, but they respect you if you're going with a purpose to a certain court to observe a match or something like that. That's what happened the other day. People are really kind of respectful and giving me space for certain time until I finished with my scouting.

“That's the nice thing about this tournament. I don't get to experience that. Usually I am, like most of the top players, in the locker rooms or especially in the areas where the players are going to be around. So it's nice to go around the outside courts and observe, because that's what we all used to do. It's good to do that again for a change.”

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Djokovic has not lifted an ATP World Tour trophy since the first week of the season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Murray) in January. With Wimbledon set to begin on 3 July, the Serbian admitted that it’s “good to not be one of the top favourites.”

“I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the past eight, nine years, and kind of enter most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favourites to win it.

“It is ‘liberating’ a bit. It releases a bit of the pressure. It's always there. I mean, you still feel it. It's part of who I am, what I do. And what I have achieved so far has added to those expectations from the people around.

“I try to lower those expectations myself, because I really want to be as much as I can, at this stage of my life and career, in the moment and try to focus only on what comes up next. That doesn't mean that I don't want to win trophies and so forth. Of course I do, that's why I'm playing professional tennis. But it's just that I need to take things a bit slower and try and re-calibrate so I can get to the level where I want to get.

Djokovic, currently No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has been named as second seed for The Championships at Wimbledon, where he is a three-time former champion.

Stars Make The Most Of Antalya And Eastbourne

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:53pm

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Antalya Open – Antalya, Turkey

Dominic Thiem and Marsel Ilhan visited the Aspendos ampitheatre and played a game of mini tennis.

Borna Coric, David Ferrer, Anil Yuksel and Ilhan were the lucky players to participate in the draw ceremony. 

Fernando Verdasco, Radu Albot and #NextGenATP German Daniel Altmaier tried their hand at jet skiing.

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Aegon International – Eastbourne, U.K.

Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Gael Monfils, Kyle Edmund and Steve Johnson took part in Media Day.

Ryan Harrison visited Willingdon Community School to meet with local children.

Djokovic Gets Grass Campaign Underway In Eastbourne

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:51am

Novak Djokovic recorded his 25th match win of the season on Wednesday in overcast conditions at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Having played only 13 points due to rain on Tuesday, Djokovic returned to Devonshire Park, venue of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, to complete a 6-4, 6-3 victory over qualifier Vasek Pospisil in 85 minutes.

“I'm glad that I came here to Eastbourne,” said Djokovic. “I have had a great couple of days of training with good players, different styles of game. Yesterday, we obviously started the match and it wasn't really enjoyable to see the rain falling all day.

“But today we kind of played a full match, so I'm glad for that. I felt good on the court, considering it was my first grass-court match. I played against an opponent that has a really good game for grass. He serves well, comes to the net and has good variety. It was a really, really solid win. I'm happy with it.”

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Wimbledon 2017 Seeds Announced

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:40am

The All England Lawn Tennis Club committee has announced the 32 singles seeds and 16 doubles seeds for The Championships at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, 3 July.

Two-time champion Andy Murray, three-time former titlist Novak Djokovic and seven-time winner Roger Federer are among the top singles seeds.

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Since 2002, The Championships has employed a unique seeding system, where they take into account previous results over a two-year period on grass courts.

• Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points on 20 June 2016
• Add 100 per cent of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
• Add 75 per cent of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that

The singles main draw ceremony takes place on Friday.

Singles Seeds
1 Andy Murray (GBR)
2 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
3 Roger Federer (SUI)
4 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
5 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
6 Milos Raonic (CAN)
7 Marin Cilic (CRO)
8 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
9 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
10 Alexander Zverev (GER)
11 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
13 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
14 Lucas Pouille (FRA)
15 Gael Monfils (FRA)
16 Gilles Muller (LUX)
17 Jack Sock (USA)
18 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
19 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
20 Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
21 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
22 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
23 John Isner (USA)
24 Sam Querrey (USA)
25 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
26 Steve Johnson (USA)
27 Mischa Zverev (GER)
28 Fabio Fognini (ITA)
29 Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
30 Karen Khachanov (RUS)
31 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
32 Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

Pablo Cuevas, originally the No. 27 seed, withdrew due to a right knee injury on 28 June. Fernando Verdasco becomes No. 31 seed.

Doubles Seeds
1 Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS)
2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
3 Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA)
4 Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
5 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
6 Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcel Granollers (ESP)
7 Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
8 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
9 Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
10 Ryan Harrison (USA) / Michael Venus (NZL)
11 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP)
12 Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
13 Fabrice Martin (FRA) / Daniel Nestor (CAN)
14 Florin Mergea (ROU) / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)
15 Julio Peralta (CHI) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
16 Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO)

 

NextGenATP Altmaier Enjoying Antalya Beach Vibe 2017

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:55pm
NextGenATP Daniel Altmaier is enjoying his time at Antalya, where he won his first tour-level match on Tuesday.

Ramanathan Stuns Thiem In Antalya

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:20pm

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan of India scored one of the biggest upsets of the year on Tuesday at the Antalya Open, shocking top seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

“I just gave it my best and was serving well out there. Two or three points can often make the difference on grass,” said Ramanathan. “It’s a good start for my career, but it’s just a start. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

The World No. 222 in the Emirates ATP Rankings broke Thiem three times and won the last five games of the match to reach his second ATP World Tour quarter-final and score the biggest win of his career. Ramanathan had only played six ATP World Tour main draws prior to this week, with four coming at home in Chennai. He reached the quarter-finals there in 2016 and the second round in 2014. The Indian player also advanced to his first ATP Challenger Tour final this April in Tallahassee.

“It was a tough start to the year for me because I was one out (of the qualifying draw) for the Australian Open, so I went back home to train for a few weeks,” said Ramanathan. "I think that helped me a lot, though, and the Challengers that I played in the U.S. made me stronger. “

Thiem will head back to the drawing board after posting a 1-2 record on grass so far this year. He lost to Robin Haase last week in the second round at Halle.

Awaiting Ramanathan in the quarter-finals is Marcos Baghdatis, who survived Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Third seed Fernando Verdasco, who scored a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Steve Darcis. He'll play Adrian Mannarino in the last eight after the Frenchman defeated Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-4, 6-4.

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#NextGenATP German Daniel Altmaier recorded his first ATP World Tour main draw win by outlasting Victor Estrella Burgos in a marathon 7-5, 6-7(8), 7-6(5) match. Altmaier missed a match point opportunity at 8/7 in the second-set tie-break, but hung tough by rallying from 2/4 down in the deciding-set tie-break for the win.

“It’s the biggest win of my career. I can’t describe it,” said Altmaier. “I had to refocus after missing the match point, but I wanted to fight out there. I really enjoyed it.”

The 18 year old moved into the main draw as a lucky loser when fellow #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung withdrew due to a left ankle injury. Altmaier, currently No. 252 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, qualified for his first ATP World Tour main draw last month in Geneva. He also reached the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour event this January in Bangkok.

Next up for Altmaier is local favourite Marsel llhan, who advanced when Martin Klizan was forced to retire at 6-6 in the first set.

In other first-round matches, Janko Tipsarevic dismissed South African lucky loser Lloyd Harris 7-5, 6-3. Andreas Seppi moved on after defeating Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 7-6(1).

TOP SEEDS LINDSTEDT/QURESHI ADVANCE

Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi moved past their first round by defeating Rogerio Dutra Silva and Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-6(1). Awaiting them in the quarter-finals are Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak.

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin survived Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 3-6, 7-5, 11-9. Next up for them in the last eight are Carlos Berlocq and Joao Sousa, who moved past Turkish wild cards Sarp Agabigun and Altug Celikbilek 6-3, 7-5.

Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya also moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 7-6(1) win over Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner. Petzschner/Peya will face Jonathan Erlich and Nikola Mektic, who prevailed over third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 6-4, 6-4.

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Thiem & Ilhan Take In Antalya History

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:58pm
Top seed Dominic Thiem and Turkish player Marsel Ilhan take in the history of Antalya as they visit the Aspendos amphitheatre on Monday. Photo: Gokhan Taner

Djokovic Made To Wait By Eastbourne Rain

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:17pm

Heavy rain at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, venue of the Aegon International, meant that fans could only watch under 10 minutes of play on Tuesday.

Vasek Pospisil was serving at 0-1, 15/30 against World No. 4 Novak Djokovic when rain began to fall at 11:22 a.m. local time. Top seed Djokovic is competing at a grass-court event prior to Wimbledon for the first time since the 2010 Aegon Championships.

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Elsewhere, Ryan Harrison leads sixth seed Mischa Zverev 2-1 and Thomas Fabbiano has won the opening game against fellow qualifier Franko Skugor.

Organisers of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament finally called off play for the day shortly before 5 p.m. local time.

Wimbledon Qualifying Washed Out

Day 2 of Wimbledon qualifying was also a washout, with none of the second-round qualifying matches on Tuesday making it on court due to ongoing showers.

All of these matches will take place on Wednesday, with eight #NextGenATP players scheduled to bid for a place in the final round of qualifying. View the full order of play here.

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Halle 2017 Uncovered

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:10am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, featuring an interview with Roger Federer.

Emirates ATP Rankings Update 26 June 2017

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05am
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 26 June 2017, after the Aegon Championships in London and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

London Queens 2017 Uncovered

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club in London, the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year for 2016.

Qualifier Safwat Saves 5 MP, Marach Notches 300th Win

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:29pm
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Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat saved five match points in the Antalya Open first round against Cem Ilkel, beating the home hope 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) on Monday. A second-round clash against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino awaits the 26-year-old Turkish player.

Top seed Dominic Thiem will open his campaign in Antalya against Ramkumar Ramanathan in the second round after the Indian qualifier defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-4. Second seed Paolo Lorenzi will face Radu Albot in his opener. The Moldovan beat Joao Sousa 7-6(2), 6-2.

Carlos Berlocq scored an upset win over No. 6 seed Viktor Troicki. The Argentine saved 11 of the 15 break points he faced to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Yuichi Sugita, who beat Matthew Ebden 6-1, 6-3, also advanced.

Oliver Marach scored his 300th doubles match win when he and partner Mate Pavic, the second seeds, beat Victor Estrella Burgos and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2.

Lindstedt Interviews Thiem & More At Antalya Party 2017

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:17pm
Robert Lindstedt is your host as he interviews top seed Dominic Thiem, Joao Sousa and Marsel Ilhan at the player party at the inaugural Antalya Open.

Djokovic Ready To Switch It Up In Eastbourne

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 6:38pm

Novak Djokovic hasn’t played an ATP World Tour event on grass leading into Wimbledon since 2010, but he’s ready to try something new in hopes of a big run at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. 

After more than a decade at the top of the sport, Djokovic’s tournament schedule has reflected that of a man who thrives on routine and familiarity. But in his first visit to Eastbourne, the Serbian has already been enjoying the tournament amenities and charm of this seaside town.

“It's great to visit a new place and be part of a new event. We more or less have the same schedule each year, so I don't get to experience that too often,” said Djokovic. “There are a lot of matches and a lot of people coming out to watch and support the players. You can feel the appreciation for tennis that they have here. They love this event, so it's obviously a pleasure to be here.”

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Comparatively short on match play compared to recent seasons, Djokovic took a late wild card and believes the on-court time this week can only benefit him. The World No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who plays qualifier Vasek Pospisil in his opening round, has never won a grass-court event outside of Wimbledon. He reached the Queen’s Club final in 2008 (l. Nadal) and Halle in 2009 (l.Haas).

"I was fortunate to have lots of matches and lots of success in the first part of the year over the years, especially on the clay courts and always reaching the final stages of Roland Garros. And because of the old schedule, we had a week less (on grass), which was a bit challenging obviously coming from the slowest to the fastest surface in the sport. It's a big shift in only a few days,” said Djokovic. “I knew I wanted to play one this year, but thought Queen's and Halle would be too early for me. That's the reason why I came to Eastbourne. And it's a new place, so it does give me that extra motivation to be here."

Djokovic won’t have Andre Agassi in his camp for Eastbourne, but the 1992 Wimbledon champion will be with him at SW19 for as long as he remains in the tournament. The Serbian believes they got off to a positive start in their coaching arrangement for Roland Garros and is eager to see it continue.

“The eight or nine days that we spent together at Roland Garros were very valuable for me to get to know him and learn from him. We shared a lot of experiences on and off the court. Having him around is not only great for myself, but also for tennis,” said Djokovic. “I can see how much he cares about the game and how much he knows it. It was very interesting to hear his perspective on tennis before and now, how he analyses my game and what he sees with things to improve moving forward. I'm just looking forward to spending as much quality time with Andre as I can.” 

Willis Moves Closer To Another Wimbledon Dream Run

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 6:01pm

Last year’s Wimbledon fairytale story Marcus Willis moved closer to another round of heroics on Monday, advancing into the second round of qualifying on along with eight #NextGenATP players.

The Brit took time off from his tennis coaching job last year to play Wimbledon pre-qualifying and earned a wild card into the qualifying draw. He then qualified for the main draw and won his first-round match before falling to Roger Federer on Centre Court.

This year in Roehampton, Willis produced more memorable moments with a qualifying wild card by scoring a 7-5, 7-5 win over 31st seed Andrej Martin of Slovakia. Next up for him is a fellow British wild card in Liam Broady.

In an all-#NextGenATP battle, Elias Ymer of Sweden defeated Duckhee Lee of South Korea 6-3, 6-2. It was Ymer’s first match on grass since qualifying for the Wimbledon main draw two years ago.

“If I’m playing a top-ranked guy, I really don’t know what to expect. But the (#NextGenATP) guys, I’ve seen (Duckhee) since I was 12, so it’s kind of a family kind of feeling. You relax more,” said Ymer to Wimbledon.com. “It feels like it’s on my level if I’m playing one of the young guys.”

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#NextGenATP player Stefanos Tsitsipas scored the upset of the day by defeating second seed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The 18 year old from Greece will take on Yannick Hanfmann of Germany in the next round.

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev continued his grass-court prowess with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory over Joao Domingues of Portugal. The 18-year-old #NextGenATP Russian reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final last week in Halle.

Other #NextGenATP players to move into the second round of qualifying are 12th seed Stefan Kozlov of the U.S., 19th seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, 21st seed Taylor Fritz of the U.S., 25th seed Quentin Halys of France and Alex de Minaur of Australia.

All second-round qualifying matches will be completed on Tuesday. View full Monday results here.