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Rogers Cup: Cameron Norrie beats Marton Fucsovics in round one

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

British number three Cameron Norrie came from a set down to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the opening round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

After three successive breaks of serve in the first set, world number 55 Fucsovics, who lost to Norrie on the Monte Carlo clay this year, went ahead.

Norrie soon levelled the match, taking the second set in only 34 minutes.

The left-hander then won three games in a row to complete a 5-7 6-2 6-3 victory in two hours and seven minutes.

He will play third seed Alexander Zverev next following the German’s bye into the second round.

They have played each other once before, also on the hard courts, when Zverev won 7-6 6-3 in the Mexican Open semi-finals in Acapulco.

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Raonic Races Through Montreal Opener, Faces Countryman Next

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Raonic Races Through Montreal Opener, Faces Countryman Next

Awaits winner between Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil

Fans in Montreal roared as their home favourite Milos Raonic walked on Court Central to kick off the Coupe Rogers, Canada’s ATP Masters 1000 tournament. The former World No. 3 did not leave his fans disappointed.

Raonic dismissed Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes. Pouille defeated Raonic earlier this year in the Australian Open quarter-finals, but the Canadian got his revenge to take a 4-1 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

“Overall today I have to be happy with the way I did things,” said Raonic. “I thought I came out, I executed on the things I wanted to do. I knew it was going to be a difficult match. I found a way to sort of get a hold of it and play on my terms.”

The No. 17 seed is guaranteed to face one of his countrymen in the second round. He will play #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime or 2013 Montreal semi-finalist Vasek Pospisil, whom Raonic defeated in the last four that year.

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“I think when I started out on tour, it was something obviously more rare,” Raonic said. “Now with six of us on tour, now especially this week, six of us being in the main draw, it was bound to happen to some extent… Obviously I wish as players, for everybody, everybody could be more evenly spread out. They play first round, then I await the winner of that match. That’s just how it plays out sometimes. It’s unfortunate it played out that way at home.”

German Jan-Lennard Struff continued his strong season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against wild card and 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Struff dominated on serve, saving the only break point he faced, and the World No. 35 won 51 per cent of his return points, breaking four times. Struff will play No. 13 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili or Monte-Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic.

American qualifier Tommy Paul needed only 65 minutes to get past Canadian wild card Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-2, while Brit Cameron Norrie battled from a set down to defeat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 after two hours and seven minutes. Chilean Cristian Garin, who has captured two ATP Tour titles this season, ousted Serbian Laslo Djere 6-2, 7-6(4) after one hour and 41 minutes. 

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#NextGenATP Canadian star Denis Shapovalov, who made a magical run to the Montreal semi-finals in 2017, begins his tournament during the evening session against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert. His countryman, Auger-Aliassime, partners Pospisil against Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the first round of doubles.

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Johanna Konta beaten by Dayana Yastremska in Rogers Cup first round

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

British number one Johanna Konta lost in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beaten 6-3 6-2 by Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska.

The 28-year-old world number 14 had beaten the 19-year-old in straight sets in their only previous meeting, on the Eastbourne grass in June.

But having taken a 2-1 lead Konta lost the first set in 37 minutes.

She hit only five winners to 24 from the powerful world number 33, who won the match in one hour 21 minutes.

It was the first match since Wimbledon for both players, Konta having reached the quarter-finals before losing to Czech Barbora Strycova, while Yastremska went out to Shuai Zhang of China in the last 16.

Yastremska, who has won titles in Strasbourg and Thailand this year, lost only two points in taking three successive games to secure the first set.

While Konta, beaten twice in clay court finals in 2019, struggled to find the pace and depth in her strokeplay, Yastremska hit some blistering winners, including one remarkably controlled shot from a crouching position on the baseline.

The teenager, who served eight double faults, broke to love on the Canadian hard court, before serving out for her third victory against top-15 players on her fifth match point.

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FedEx ATP Ball Kids Field For Nitto ATP Finals Almost Set

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

FedEx ATP Ball Kids Field For Nitto ATP Finals Almost Set

Two remaining spots to be filled in Shanghai

While the singles and doubles fields at this year’s Nitto ATP Finals still have a number of spots waiting to be filled, the final list of FedEx ATP Ball Kids to feature at The O2 in November is almost complete following the FedEx ATP Ball Kids Trial on 30 June.

With more than 250 kids applying for 24 positions, applicants were tested on their agility, balance and coordination at the Royal Berkshire Club. The trials were open to any child based in the United Kingdom aged 12 to 16.

There will be a total of 30 FedEx ATP Ball Kids who will feature over eight days in the English capital, with six kids from three FedEx sponsored tournaments — the Rio Open presented by Claro, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Rolex Shanghai Masters — joining the 24 successful applicants from the United Kingdom.

Raissa Martins Pereira and Joao Gabriel Felix Torres took the two spots in Rio de Janeiro, while Steffi Bojica from Romania and Coumba Ben from the Maldives claimed the two available positions in Dubai. The final two FedEx ATP Ball Kids will be selected from the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai.

The group of 24 FedEx ATP Ball Kids from the United Kingdom will meet in October for a training week in Southampton to improve their skills and bond as a team.

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Canadian Legend Nestor On Felix, Shapovalov & Raonic

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Canadian Legend Nestor On Felix, Shapovalov & Raonic

Doubles icon reflects on state of tennis in his country

The atmosphere at the Coupe Rogers is always special, but there’s even more excitement in the air of Montreal this year with three of the top 32 players in the world hailing from Canada. For every practice and appearance, crowds gather en masse to catch even a peek of #NextGenATP stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov as well as former World No. 3 Milos Raonic.

“It’s great. The sport is doing really well at all levels. Participation is very high. It’s just very popular. It has a lot to do with our pros playing really well,” former doubles World No. 1 Daniel Nestor told “There are so many great results and so much to look forward to. There’s high expectations, too, which is pretty unique for Canadian tennis.”

Nestor, who competed at the Canadian ATP Masters 1000 tournament 30 times before retiring last year, was long an icon for tennis in this country, capturing 91 tour-level doubles titles. But he is excited about what is to come, with Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov in particular not only taking Canadian tennis by storm, but the ATP Tour as well.

Two years ago, Shapovalov went on a magical run in Montreal, where he advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final thanks to victories over Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro. Felix, on the other hand, has reached his first three ATP Tour finals this season and advanced to his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Miami, where Shapovalov also made the last four. That has only increased the expectations from the public.

“I think it will be tough for both of them, because obviously Denis, it’s going to be hard for him to duplicate what he did. I don’t think he’s playing his best. So it’d be nice to see him just come out here and perform well, keep his head up and play the level he’s capable of,” said Nestor of Shapovalov, who is on a five-match losing streak. “For Felix, it’s his first time really with a little more expectations on his shoulders now. He’s Top 25 and he’s playing at home, so people obviously have big hopes for him. But it’s important just to go out there and play, put all that aside when you’re out there and really focus on your goals and what you have to do. It’s easier said than done, but if they’re capable of doing that, then I think everyone will be happy.”

It’s easy to group these #NextGenATP stars together, especially considering they are close friends and just more than one year apart. But they bring different assets to the court, presenting different challenges to opponents.

“Felix is playing more of a defensive-minded game style, but with the ability to attack, too,” Nestor said. “Denis is more of the aggressive type and the shot-maker. He’s going big and hopefully he gets hot and when he gets hot, he’s a Top 5 player. Hopefully, it’ll be this week and this summer for him.”

Nestor didn’t know Auger-Aliassime too well when he was younger, but he did know Shapovalov, having first met him in 2015. The doubles legend was hitting with his fellow lefty and afterwards, when speaking to Martin Laurendeau, who was then Shapovalov’s coach, he asked if he was 18, when he was actually 15.

“I was very impressed,” Nestor said. “That was a pretty big game for a 15-year-old. I remember practising with him later that year indoors. We were playing in December in Toronto and I still, at that time, was playing pretty well. If I’m playing well indoors on fast courts I still consider myself a pretty good player, whether it’s singles or doubles. He was just playing so well and I was like, ‘I can’t believe how good this kid is.’ I was very impressed with him right away. And obviously hearing about how good Felix was from a young age, nobody was surprised to see him do well.”

This year’s Miami Open presented by Itau was the first time two Canadians reached the semi-finals of the same Masters 1000 tournament since 2013 Montreal, when Raonic and Vasek Pospisil did it. It’s giving Nestor and other Canadians reason to believe an even bigger breakthrough could come sooner rather than later.

“The ultimate goal is to have an all-Canadian Grand Slam final, so that’ll be what everyone wants to see. Obviously, we’d like to have a Grand Slam singles champion. That’s the ultimate goal,” Nestor said. “I foresee in the near future perhaps an all-Canadian Grand Slam quarter-final, semi-final, maybe even a final.”

With the #NextGenATP stars shining bright, it’s easy to forget that Raonic is still doing well, too, remaining the Canadian No. 1. The 28-year-old has remained in the Top 50 since entering in February 2011, and much of that time has come inside the Top 20.

“I think he’s doing really well. I think we’re all amazed at how well he does considering how little he plays… every time he plays he seems to be in the semi-finals or doing fairly well,” Nestor said. “I think he’s obviously got goals of winning a Grand Slam and he’s going to be very careful about his body in some of the tournaments that may not be as important to him. So I think if people have taken him for granted, that’s too bad because I think he still has the best chance of all of them to win a Grand Slam for now.”

Nestor, who won 1,062 tour-level doubles matches in his career, says he had a lot of success with a sports psychologist who helped him stay in the present. The 46-year-old knows that’s not something that can be done all the time, but that’s part of the advice he’d give these #NextGenATP stars.

“For sure to be patient, especially when you’ve had that much success. If you’ve had that much success early on, they probably expect a lot from themselves and maybe put too much pressure on themselves,” Nestor said. “Just do the right things every day, make the right decisions and try and get better every day. Then, when you go into matches, you’re prepared for everything and you just go out there, try to put the emotions aside and just play tennis and play their game style and know what their game style is, and just go for it.”

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Kyrgios Returns To Top 30, Mover Of The Week

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Kyrgios Returns To Top 30, Mover Of The Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 5 August 2019

No. 27 Nick Kyrgios, +25
The Australian returned to the Top 30 in the ATP Rankings for the first time since 1 October 2018 as a result of capturing his third ATP Tour 500-level trophy on Sunday with a 7-6(6), 7-6(4) victory over World No. 10 Daniil Medvedev in the Citi Open final. The 24-year-old also beat No. 6-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7) in the semi-finals. Kyrgios won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC title in Acapulco in March (d. Zverev) and has now won six ATP Tour titles. He attained career-high No. 13 on 24 October 2016. Read More & Watch Washington, D.C. Final Highlights

No. 52 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, +17
The Spaniard saw his nine-match winning streak end at the hands of No. 4-ranked Dominic Thiem in the Generali Open final, but the 31-year-old rose 17 places to No. 52 in the ATP Rankings (his highest position since No. 50 on 8 August 2018). He had arrived in Kitzbühel on the back of lifting his second ATP Tour crown at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad (d. Stebe). On 10 June, Ramos-Vinolas was ranked No. 101. Read More & Watch Kitzbühel Final Highlights

No. 79 Stefano Travaglia, +16
The Italian rose to a career-high No. 79 in the ATP Rankings by winning his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title at the BNP Paribas Sopot Open (d. Horansky). The 27-year-old, who fell as low as No. 155 on 8 April 2019, fell to Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets in the Australian Open second round in January.

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No. 85 Peter Gojowczyk, +37
Starting the week at No. 122, the German qualified for the Citi Open and held his nerve to beat Alex de Minaur, Milos Raonic and Kyle Edmund before losing to No. 10-ranked Medvedev 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals. Gojowcyzk is back at his highest position in the ATP Rankings since 22 April 2019 (at No. 85).

Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 5 (Career High) Stefanos Tsitsipas, +1
No. 9 (Career High) Daniil Medvedev, +1
No. 23 Diego Schwartzman, +4
No. 39 (Career High) Radu Albot, +2
No. 47 Lorenzo Sonego, +9
No. 56 (Career High) Casper Ruud, +9
No. 60 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, +10
No. 97 (Career High) Soonwoo Kwon, +15

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Schedule: Shapovalov, Raonic Feature Monday In Montreal; Felix/Vasek Team Up

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Schedule: Shapovalov, Raonic Feature Monday In Montreal; Felix/Vasek Team Up

Court Central features four Canadian-French matches

Canadians headline Day 1 of the Coupe Rogers, with Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov opening their singles campaigns at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal. Raonic, the 2013 finalist, kicks off the action against Lucas Pouille — the first of four Canadian-French match-ups on Court Central. Denis Shapovalov, returning to the site of his big breakthrough in 2017, features in the evening session against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil, who are set to face off in first round singles action, team up in doubles against Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. Wild card Peter Polansky completes play on Court Central against No. 16 seed Gael Monfils. 

Also on Monday, 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Jan-Lennard Struff, and a pair of former World No. 3’s — Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov — clash for the 10th time. Wawrinka leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 5-4.

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COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
L. Pouille (FRA) vs [17] M. Raonic (CAN) 
Not Before 3:00 pm
[WC] F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) vs J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) 
Not Before 6:30 pm
P. Herbert (FRA) vs D. Shapovalov (CAN) 
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [16] G. Monfils (FRA) 

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:00 noon
J. Struff (GER) vs [WC] J. Tsonga (FRA) 
[Q] T. Paul (USA) vs [WC] B. Schnur (CAN) 
S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) 
Not Before 6:30 pm
B. Paire (FRA) vs R. Gasquet (FRA) 
A. Rublev (RUS) / A. Zverev (GER) vs [3] M. Pavic (CRO) / B. Soares (BRA) 

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon
M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs C. Norrie (GBR) 
[13] N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs D. Lajovic (SRB) 
[10] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [Q] B. Tomic (AUS) 
[Q] I. Ivashka (BLR) vs [Q] S. Kwon (KOR) 
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs R. Haase (NED) / W. Koolhof (NED) 

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
L. Djere (SRB) vs C. Garin (CHI) 
A. de Minaur (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs H. Hurkacz (POL) / J. Isner (USA) 
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs A. Mannarino (FRA) 
K. Krawietz (GER) / A. Mies (GER) vs [8] N. Mektic (CRO) / F. Skugor (CRO) 

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Chung Kicks Off Comeback With Chengdu Crown

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Chung Kicks Off Comeback With Chengdu Crown

Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to the week to come

International Challenger Chengdu (Chengdu, China): Hyeon Chung claimed his first title since the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals, prevailing on the hard courts of Chengdu. It was the Korean star’s first tournament back, following a five-month absence due to a back injury.

Chung made quite the statement to kick off his comeback, rediscovering his rhythm in a hurry, en route to his ninth ATP Challenger Tour title overall. The former World No. 19 is well on his way to a Top 100 return, rising to No. 141 with the victory.

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“I’m really happy because I missed the competition and I’m looking forward to playing even more,” Chung told “The weather here was really hot and humid and I played three long matches in a row. I was trying to stay calm all the time and fight for every point. It feels great to be back on court and without pain. I practised really hard to get here.”

In Sunday’s final, Chung defeated Yuichi Sugita, who was coming off a title in Binghamton, New York, the week prior and traveled 7,000 miles to compete in Chengdu.

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Open Castilla Y Leon Villa De El Espinar (Segovia, Spain): Some things are worth the wait. After two years, Nicola Kuhn is a Challenger champion once again. The #NextGenATP star rose 50 spots to a career-high No. 188 in the ATP Rankings after prevailing on home soil in Segovia.

Kuhn did not drop a set all week, culminating in a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Pavel Kotov on Sunday. It was the second title of the 19-year-old’s fledgling career and first since he lifted the trophy in Braunschweig, Germany, in 2017.

“After every match I was feeling better about my game and with more confidence,” said Kuhn. “I thought I played at a very high level, especially today. I am very happy for this great achievement and I know that I’ll continue getting better every day. I hope to return to this tournament one day, but not to play. It would be a good sign.”


Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships (Lexington, Kentucky, USA): For the first time in more than a year, multiples teenagers lifted trophies in the same week. Sinner joined Kuhn in the winners’ circle on Sunday, also claiming his second Challenger crown. He survived Alex Bolt 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the Lexington final, needing four match points to triumph.

The 17-year-old is making his presence known in 2019 and etching his name in the history books in the process. He became the 11th player aged 17 & under to win multiple titles on the circuit. The Italian teen is also the third do to so in the last five years, joining Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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BNP Paribas Sopot Open (Sopot, Poland): It has been quite the summer for Stefano Travaglia. In June, the 27-year-old cracked the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, and he would storm to his first ATP Tour quarter-final in Umag a month later.

Now, Travaglia has a piece of silverware to add to his growing trophy case. The Italian stalwart claimed the second edition of the Sopot Open in front of a packed crowd at the Polish resort town. The top seed defeated Filip Horansky 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in Sunday’s championship.

It was his fourth Challenger title in total and second of the year for Travaglia, in addition to his victory on home soil in Francavilla al Mare. He is up to a career-high No. 79 in the ATP Rankings.


Svijany Open (Liberec, Czech Republic): Nikola Milojevic won his second Challenger crown and first of the year, prevailing on the clay of Liberec. He defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the final, marking his fourth deciding-set victory of the week. The Serbian rose 32 spots to No. 148 in the ATP Rankings.

Four tournaments on three continents highlight the first week of August. A stacked field in Aptos, California, includes Top 100 players Damir Dzumhur and Steve Johnson, along with #NextGenATP stars Michael Mmoh, Jannik Sinner, Duckhee Lee and Yosuke Watanuki. Reigning champion Thanasi Kokkinakis is back to defend his title.


At the inaugural Schwaben Open in Augsburg, Germany, Henri Laaksonen leads the field, while Paolo Lorenzi is the top seed in Manerbio, Italy. And in Asia, the Japanese city of Yokkaichi will host a Challenger for the first time. Seeded fourth, Hyeon Chung looks to go back-to-back.

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Challenger Q&A: Sinner, 17, Joins Elite Company With Lexington Title

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Challenger Q&A: Sinner, 17, Joins Elite Company With Lexington Title

Jannik Sinner sits down with broadcaster Mike Cation after claiming his second ATP Challenger Tour title in Lexington

The youth movement in Italy is well underway. Last month, we profiled 17-year-olds Giulio Zeppieri and Lorenzo Musetti. Today, it’s Jannik Sinner’s turn to step into the spotlight.

The 17-year-old is quietly climbing the ATP Race To Milan standings this year, rising to 12th with his latest breakthrough on Sunday. Sinner added a second Challenger title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Alex Bolt at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships. His triumph in Lexington marked his first since February, when he lifted his maiden trophy on home soil in Bergamo.

The teen is making his presence known in 2019 and etching his name in the history books in the process. He became the 11th player aged 17 & under to win multiple titles on the circuit. He is also the third do to so in the last five years, joining Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Sinner is the youngest player in the Top 200 of the ATP Rankings, rising 59 spots to a career-high No. 135. With his 18th birthday less than two weeks away, he is already making a serious push to crack the Top 100.

Most Titles Aged 17 & Under

5 Richard Gasquet
3 Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Felix Auger-Aliassime

Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Taylor Fritz, Bernard Tomic, Kent Carlsson, Horst Skoff, Jannik Sinner

Sunday’s final was a rematch of a classic encounter at Wimbledon qualifying last month, which saw Bolt advance 2-6, 7-5, 12-10 after a marathon third set. There was plenty of drama once again, as the Aussie denied a pair of match points at 5-3 in the third set, before Sinner found the finish line two games later.

The #NextGenATP star spoke with broadcaster Mike Cation following Sunday’s final…

You’ve had two marathon matches against Alex. The first at Wimbledon had a different outcome. How did you change the result today?
For me, it was not easy to play him again. I thought I played very well at Wimbledon and I lost. I also played quite good here today and I won, so maybe I was mentally stronger this time. That’s the reason I won today. At the end, I was serving 5-3 up and had two match points. It was not easy to get it done, but I think I did a very good job.

There aren’t too many 17-year-olds with two Challenger titles. Rafa, Novak, Delpo. Some of the best in the world. What does it mean to get your second already before your 18th birthday?
I’m not thinking too much about these kinds of things. We are just trying improve my game every week. That’s the first goal. Of course, if you win it’s better. If you’re winning two Challengers, that means you’re playing very good tennis. I think I’ve done a great job with that.

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This is great preparation for US Open qualifying. How are you going to make sure your body is ready and in the best shape for the Open?
I am going to play Aptos and then take one week off. Maybe I will go to Cincinnati, but just to practise. If not, we’ll go directly to New York to rest for a few days before practising again.

Is your foot ok? You were limping a bit yesterday.
It is better and we’ve done a good recovery. The match against Duckhee Lee in the quarter-finals was very tough physically. But in the end, I’m feeling fine.

Your serve percentage was up and down all week long. At around 50 per cent for the tournament. Have you been working on that? It’s something that you seem to be doing in practice the last two weeks.
Yes, we are focusing on the serve mostly. That’s the point I have to improve more than anything. Of course, young players have to improve everything, including the forehand and backhand, but in my case it’s the serve. I’m tall so I think I can serve better. There are matches that are better and some that are worse, but this is tennis.

You have to play again in two days. A first round against Maverick Banes in Aptos. Are you going to be able to celebrate at all while heading out to California?
Maybe tomorrow I’ll take the day off. A nice dinner and some mini golf tonight [laughs]. I enjoy these kinds of things. I’ll just try to switch off now and I hope I can play good in Aptos.

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10 Things To Watch In Montreal

  • Posted: Aug 05, 2019

10 Things To Watch In Montreal

Nadal, Thiem, Zverev and Tsitsipas round out the top four seeds

Rafael Nadal will look to win back-to-back Canadian ATP Masters 1000 titles this week in Montreal as the all-time Masters 1000 titles leader (34) headlines the field in Canada. Here are 10 things to watch in Montreal:

1. Sixth Of 2019: The Coupe Rogers in Montreal is the sixth ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season, and for the first time since 2003 there have been five different Masters 1000 champions going into the Canadian Masters 1000 event.

2. Former Champions: Four-time champion Rafael Nadal (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), Alexander Zverev (2017), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2014) are the former winners in the draw.

3. 40th Anniversary: This is the 40th edition of a professional tournament being held at the renovated former home of the Montreal Expos, Jarry Park Stadium. In 1980, Martina Navratilova defeated Greer Stevens in the final of the first Montreal tournament. This was a different event from the Canadian Open. There have been 13 different men’s winners in Montreal (since 1981) with Lendl leading the way with five titles, followed by Novak Djokovic (2), Andy Murray (2) and Nadal (2).

4. Reigning Champion: Nadal is the No. 1 seed for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall at the Coupe Rogers. He has a 34-8 overall record and his four titles are the most in an Masters 1000 hard-court tournament. As the top seed in the draw, Nadal has a 15-2 record (2005 – Won, 2010 – SF, 2017 – 3R, 2018 – Won).

5. Thiem Looks For First Win: No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem is looking for his first Coupe Rogers win (0-5). Thiem won his third ATP Tour title of the season and his first career on home soil on Saturday in Kitzbuhel.

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6. Felix Makes Home Debut: Canadian No. 2 Felix Auger-Aliassime is making his main draw debut in his hometown tournament. A year ago, the #NextGenATP star was ranked No. 133 when he won his main draw debut in Toronto. The youngest player in the Top 100 ATP Rankings turns 19 on Thursday.

7. Canadian Top 100 Milestone: This is the first time in tournament history four Canadians are in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, led by No. 19 Milos Raonic, who reached the final in 2013.

8. Masters 1000 Wins Leaderboard: Roger Federer has the most Masters 1000 wins (378) and Nadal is in second place with 377. Nadal has the most Masters 1000 titles (34), one better than Djokovic.

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9. Monfils Eyes 100th Win: No. 16 seed Gael Monfils has a 99-76 career record in Masters 1000 tournaments. He is trying to become the 18th active player to win 100 Masters 1000 matches.

10. Strong Doubles Draw: Eight of the Top 10 teams in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings are in Montreal, led by the No. 1 duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the seventh seeds, are four-time champions.

Three-time singles winner Andy Murray is playing doubles at the Coupe Rogers for the first time since 2015. He is teaming with Feliciano Lopez for the second time (Queen’s Club champions). Murray was a doubles finalist in Montreal in 2013 (w/Colin Fleming).

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