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Kyrgios Envious Of Zverev's Discipline

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:51pm

Nick Kyrgios expressed his envy at his friend Alexander Zverev’s discipline after the #NextGenATP star’s stunning win at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Kyrgios beat Zverev in back-to-back weeks as he made the quarter-finals in Indian Wells and the semi-finals in Miami earlier in the year. But while he holds the edge in their budding FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry (2-0), the Australian has high hopes for his 20-year-old friend, who clinched his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Rome.

“He’s been playing great tennis,” said Kyrgios. “He has a massive future ahead. I actually envy him in a way. He does all the right things. He’s very professional. That’s obviously something I don’t quite tick the box for. He’s done all the right things. He’s going to have a great career. He’s younger than me as well. It’s going to be exciting to watch him play. I’m sure I’ll play him a lot more times.”

After being forced to miss Rome, Kyrgios returns to action this week at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon, where he is set to play his opening match against qualifier Nicolas Kicker later on Tuesday.

Talking to ATPWorldTour.com, the Australian said while he draws confidence from his wins over Novak Djokovic earlier in the season, as well as his three-set epic with Roger Federer in the Miami semi-finals, his primary focus for the coming weeks is to stay healthy.

“I think the one thing I just need to improve on is my health and my body,” said Kyrgios. “I’ve got to get it physically right and stay healthy to play events. I think my game at the moment is in the right frame of mind. I can play some really good tennis. My level is there, I just need to stay healthy.”

Colosseum, Birthdays & More In Rome Uncovered

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 1:33pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes in Rome, where Andy Murray celebrated his 30th birthday and Tomas Berdych took his wife to see the Colosseum.

Kyrgios Envious Of Friend Zverev

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:13pm
Nick Kyrgios talks about his biggest moments of the year so far, reveals his envy of his friend Sascha Zverev's discipline and discusses his friendship with Andy Murray. Photo: Getty Images

Emirates ATP Rankings 23 May 2017

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:09pm
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 23 May 2017.

#NextGenATP Ruud, Opelka Advance At Roland Garros Qualifying

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:50pm

More than a handful of #NextGenATP players advanced a step closer to the Roland Garros main draw on Monday during day one of qualifying in Paris.

Norwegian Casper Ruud, a semi-finalist in Rio earlier this year, made quick work of Belgian Yannik Reuter, advancing 6-3, 6-2 in 67 minutes. The 18-year-old Ruud is trying to make his Grand Slam debut.

American Reilly Opelka, seeking to qualify at Roland Garros for the first time, hit 14 aces to beat Spain's Daniel Munoz de la Nava 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. Opelka made his Grand Slam debut earlier this year by qualifying at the Australian Open.

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Opelka's countryman 19-year-old Stefan Kozlov also advanced, prevailing against France's Corentin Moutet 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from a set down to down sixth seed Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Russian Andrey Rublev won 81 per cent of his first-serve points to dismiss Argentina's Agustin Velotti 6-1, 6-3. Alexander Bublik battled past Egypt's Mohamed Safwat 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1 in just under two hours.

Querrey, Anderson Advance In Geneva

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:03pm

Sixth seed Sam Querrey hit 10 aces and won almost 90 per cent (34/39) of his first-serve points to spoil the ATP World Tour debut of German Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 6-4 on Monday at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. Querrey, a titlist earlier this year in Acapulco, will next face Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor, who beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in just over two hours.

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South African Kevin Anderson stayed perfect against seventh seed Paolo Lorenzi, improving to 3-0 against the Italian in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, 7-5, 7-6(1). Anderson will next face #NextGenATP American Jared Donaldson, who dismissed the Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos 6-2, 6-4.

German Mischa Zverev saved nine of 11 break points to beat Robin Haase 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes. Zverev will next meet fourth seed John Isner. The American leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1, but Zverev won their last meeting, earlier this year at the Australian Open.

Simon Pleases French Fans In Lyon

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:02pm

Fifth seed Gilles Simon gave the home French fans plenty to cheer about during his first-round win on Monday at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon.

The 32-year-old Frenchman saved seven of eight break points to overcome #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes. Simon will next meet British qualifier Kyle Edmund or Brazilian Thiago Monteiro.

#NextGenATP Korean Hyeon Chung will get a second FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against third seed Tomas Berdych. Chung was nearly perfect on serve during his 6-2, 6-3 win against American Donald Young.

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Chung struck eight aces and dropped only one point on his first serve (30/31) during the 61-minute victory. The 21 year old lost to Berdych during their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, 2015 Miami.

Chung is currently in fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who will compete at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.

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Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin set-up a second-round meeting against top seed Milos Raonic with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. The 21-year-old Kokkinakis was playing in his first singles match of the season and only his second since October 2015. The right-hander endured right shoulder surgery last December before suffering an abdominal strain.

Anderson Supports Tennis For Africa Initiative

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 6:49pm

Kevin Anderson, ambassador of Tennis for Africa, attended the press conference on the initiative “TENNIS CAMPS” at Salaria Sport Village. The scholarships for youths from Tanzania are developed in the framework of a social developing project for youth through the promotion of sport and in particular or the discipline of tennis.

“It is a pleasure for me to give my support to this important initiative and to be here for Tennis for Africa,” said Anderson.

Four children from Tanzania have been selected to attend one-month tennis camps organised in Italy at the TEAM 2001 Tennis Academy of Gianfranco Barbiero in Padoa and at the BFD Tennis Academy of Fabrizio Di Meo in Rome. The initiative starts in June. The project is totally financed by private donations, receives the support of the two academies and is sponsored by TopSeed and Diadora.

Lorenzo Turchi, chairman of the Tennis for Africa association; Pierluigi Mantini, honorary member of Tennis for Africa association; and Armando Albanesi, team manager of BFD Academy, also attended the press conference.

Exactly how will Andre Agassi help Novak Djokovic?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:20pm
Exactly how will Andre Agassi help Novak Djokovic?

Alexander Zverev one of the new faces ready to tackle French Open

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:48pm
Alexander Zverev one of the new faces ready to tackle French Open

Hard work from Tennys Sandgren finally paying off

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:17pm
Hard work from Tennys Sandgren finally paying off

Was denying Sharapova entry into the French Open the right decision?

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:09am
Was denying Sharapova entry into the French Open the right decision?

Shutting Sharapova out of the French Open could create future headaches

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:09am
Shutting Sharapova out of the French Open could create future headaches

Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:08am
Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying

Murray & Djokovic: 30 greatest moments

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 8:49am
Murray & Djokovic: 30 greatest moments

Federer announces plan to skip French Open

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:37pm
Federer announces plan to skip French Open

Bodo: Why did Fed skip the French? Here's our theory

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:35pm
Bodo: Why did Fed skip the French? Here's our theory

Berdych Closes In On Milestone

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:17pm

Tomas Berdych moved to within one match win of 600 victories on Monday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Berdych, the No. 12 seed and 2013 semi-finalist, triumphed 7-6(7), 6-4 over Mischa Zverev in one hour and 49 minutes. The Czech could not convert four set points on Zverev’s serve when leading 5-4, and he then saved two set points at 4/6 in the tie-break.

Berdych, who has the same number of career victories (599) as his coach Goran Ivanisevic, goes on to meet Robin Haase or qualifier Carlos Berlocq in the second round. Should Berdych win he would become the 25th player in ATP World Tour history to hit the 600 match wins milestone.

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Querrey Battles To Beat Pouille In Rome

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:35am

Sam Querrey earned a confidence boosting 7-6(6), 7-6(8) victory over No. 11 seed Lucas Pouille on Monday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Querrey, through to the second round for only the third time (also 2011-12), struck 14 aces and lost just nine of his first service points. The American saved two set points at 4/6 in the first set tie-break, then saw a 4-1 lead evaporate in the second set. Pouille, who qualified last year and reached the semi-finals (l. to Murray), could not convert set points at 6/5, 7/6 and 8/7 in the second set tie-break.

Querrey, who defeated Rafael Nadal in February’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel final for his ninth ATP World Tour trophy, will now challenge qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff. The German broke a two-match losing streak in his third meeting against Bernard Tomic 6-7(8), 6-1, 6-4 in just over two hours. Struff could not convert three set point opportunities at 6/4 and 8/7 in the first-set tie-break.

Later today, ninth seed David Goffin challenges lucky loser Thomaz Bellucci at the Foro Italico.

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