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Ram/Salisbury Power Into Montreal SFs

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Ram/Salisbury Power Into Montreal SFs

Haase/Koolhof prevail on Friday

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury continued their top form on Friday at the Coupe Rogers, prevailing in a tight 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7 encounter with Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin to reach the semi-finals in Montreal. For the first time since 1969, all four semi-final teams at this event are unseeded.

Ram/Salisbury won 83 per cent of their first-serve points en route to advancing in one hour and 49 minutes. They’ll play Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos for a place in Sunday’s final.

Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof continued their dream run by advancing in a wild 6-7(8), 7-6(5), 10-5 clash with seventh seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. A victory would have given the Bryan brothers 1,100 tour-level doubles wins. Bob achieved that feat individually after their second-round match on Thursday, joining Mike as the only players to reach that milestone in doubles.

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Haase/Koolhof couldn’t take advantage of three set points in the first-set tie-break, but regrouped strongly by taking the last five points of the Match Tie-break. The Dutch pair upset top seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round.

Next up for Haase/Koolhof are Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov, who received a walkover against Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka.

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Rogers Cup: Naomi Osaka back on top of world rankings after Karolina Pliskova loses

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Naomi Osaka will return to the top of the women’s tennis world rankings after Karolina Pliskova lost in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Pliskova, number one for eight weeks in 2017, needed to win the tournament to regain top spot but lost 6-0 2-6 6-4 to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Ashleigh Barty replaced Osaka at the top in June, but the Australian’s run ended with her loss in round two.

Osaka plays 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams on Saturday.

Their quarter-final will be their first meeting since last year’s US Open final when Williams argued with the umpire late in the match and Osaka was awarded a game as a penalty on her way to winning a first Grand Slam title.

Andreescu, 19, is currently 22nd in the rankings and will play Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals after the American defeated Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

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Daniil Medvedev: The Perplexing, Unorthodox Artist Who Just Keeps Winning

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Daniil Medvedev: The Perplexing, Unorthodox Artist Who Just Keeps Winning

Russian trying to reach first ATP Masters 1000 final

Coaching Russian Daniil Medvedev, who dropped only four games on Friday against Dominic Thiem to reach the Coupe Rogers semi-finals in Montreal, can be similar to managing an artist, says Gilles Cervara, his coach for the past five years. You don’t always understand what he’s doing or why he’s doing it, but sometimes, you just have to let him be.

Take, for instance, Medvedev’s third-round match last year at Wimbledon. The Russian fell behind two sets to love against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Medvedev was trying to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, so in this pivotal moment, he decided to try something he had never before attempted. Before he served, Medvedev stepped far to his right and far to his left, standing where doubles players often serve, closer to the alley than to the T.

“He was returning everything. So I thought I needed to change something, to change the rhythm,” Medvedev told “I decided to do these crazy serves.”

Cervara remembers thinking at the time, “No, no, no.”

But the unconventional tactic worked. Medvedev evened the match and forced a fifth set, although he eventually fell in five.

You could argue it was smart of Medvedev to mix it up, to try something new rather than continuing what wasn’t working. But few would recommend introducing new shots in the third round of a Grand Slam.

Cervara? Whether it be Medvedev’s serving, his unorthodox backhand or his unusual off-court diet, the coach has made peace with whatever his pupil does.

Sometimes you just don’t understand them. They see, they feel stuff that you don’t even understand,” Cervara told “You have to understand that they can see or feel this, and you have to trust them also. And with him, that’s what I feel.”

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No matter how Medvedev has arrived at the results, it’s hard to argue with his success. He’s tied with Stefanos Tsitsipas for fourth on the ATP Tour in wins this year with 37, behind only Rafael Nadal (39 through the Coupe Rogers quarter-finals) and Roger Federer (38).

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The 23-year-old Russian has won four ATP Tour titles in the past 20 months, including his biggest to date last October in Tokyo, when he beat Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov and Kei Nishikori for the ATP 500 title.  And Medvedev cracked the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time last month.

“I’m just going to continue thinking, ‘OK, now I need to reach Top 5 or even higher’,” Medvedev said.

To reach the Top 10 and two ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals this season (Monte-Carlo), he has had to change much about his tennis. At the end of 2017, then No. 65 in the ATP Rankings, Medvedev committed himself to taking his career more seriously.

He trained harder – 100 per cent at all times – and built a team around him that includes a mental coach and a physio. Medvedev also pledged to take better care of his body, going out less often and cutting back on sweets, including his favourite panna cotta, a creamy Italian delicacy.

He’s had to limit snacking on his other favourite desserts as well. “Skittles, teddy bears, gummy bears. They’re really not good for health and for muscles, but I love them,” Medvedev said.

He used to devour them during the week, even hours before a match. Now, however, Medvedev abstains from sweets until the end of a tournament or when he’s not playing.

“Otherwise you’d probably see me jumping out of the balcony,” he said. “Because as soon as a tournament is finished, I’m happy about one thing, I can take a frickin’ dessert!”

Other parts of his game, however, have remained the same during his ascent. The Russian continues to surprise with his wide serve, even deploying it during his Winston-Salem Open title run – his third of 2018 – last August and against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year.

A few circumstances can make him want to stand by the doubles alley. “If you feel like you cannot serve an ace to a guy who returns everything or just to change the rhythm sometimes, or if you are tight, it can be a good serve because it has a little margin,” he said.

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The tactic has become so successful, Cervara said, they even practise it. “It’s a real weapon so when he tries to do it he needs to feel confident on it,” he said. “Of course, it’s strange also for the returner… So why not to practise it if it can be a useful serve?”

The 6’6” Medvedev also hits one of the flattest backhands in tennis, a shot he naturally has had since he was a child. Sometimes Cervara will spot Medvedev hitting a backhand with his right elbow pointing to the sky and he’ll think, “’This ball is straight into the fence,’” but, again, his pupil surprises: “It’s in the court, and it’s a winner.”

The two are working on adding more topspin to the shot, but unconventional – something different – has its advantages. The pancake-flat shot can reach its strongest potency on hard courts, where Medvedev has posted his best results. The Russian has won 66 per cent (81/123) of his matches and all four of his titles on the surface. He’s trying to make his first Masters 1000 final on Saturday against countryman Karen Khachanov.

Medvedev admits his game is unorthodox, but in a good way. “I think it’s really unconventional, and that’s my strength also, because it’s one part of the story if your game is unconventional, and you’re not good at it. And since I manage to put the balls in the court, it’s a strong thing,” he said.

Eventually, he and Cervara will improve his backhand. But some hard to understand parts about Medvedev will remain, like how he can never find his coach when they’ve agreed to eat together in a tournament cafeteria.

Cervara will buy his food and find a table for them. Minutes later, he’ll see Medvedev sitting somewhere else, only a few tables away but oblivious to his coach’s location.

Sometimes Cervara will snap a photo of Medvedev and send it to him, other times he won’t say anything. The coach will eat his lunch alone and shake his head. By now, he knows better.

Sometimes,” Cervara said, “you don’t understand him, you’re just like, ‘Wow’.”

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KK K.O's Zverev: Khachanov Ousts 2017 Champ In Montreal

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

KK K.O’s Zverev: Khachanov Ousts 2017 Champ In Montreal

Russian is into his third ATP Masters 1000 semi-final

Entering the Coupe Rogers, Karen Khachanov had not reached the semi-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament since lifting his maiden title at this level at last year’s Rolex Paris Masters. But the Russian snapped that streak on Friday in Montreal, ousting reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3 to make the last four.

There will be an all-Russian semi-final in Canada, as Khachanov will face friend and countryman Daniil Medvedev, who eliminated second seed Dominic Thiem earlier in the day. The two 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifiers have split their two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.

This will be Khachanov’s third Masters 1000 semi-final, with his first coming last year in Toronto, where he fell against eventual champion Rafael Nadal.The 23-year-old began the week in 29th place in the ATP Race To London, but his strong performance will send him inside the Top 20, with room for growth depending how he finishes the weekend.

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Zverev, the 2017 Montreal champ, was able to get away with going through the service yips on Thursday against Nikoloz Basilashvili, when he survived 14 double faults. But several early double faults plagued the 22-year-old as Khachanov broke immediately, frustrating the third seed.

And after a better start to the second set, holding in his first two service games, the double fault bug revisited Zverev at 2-3, when he pushed his seventh of the day (he’d tally eight) into the net to give Khachanov a break to love. Credit also goes to the Russian, who showed no apprehension in going after his groundstrokes throughout the match, especially on the forehand side.

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There was a brief rain delay as Khachanov was nearing victory, serving at 6-3, 4-2, 15/0. But the players did not leave the court during the short shower, and the Russian did not let slip his momentum.

Khachanov showed a slight sign of nerves as he tried to serve out the match at 5-3, chopping a forehand volley wide and then striking a forehand into the net to give Zverev two break points. But the Russian sharpened up his game at 15/40, winning four consecutive points to close out his win after one hour and 14 minutes, pumping his right fist in the air while sporting a wide smile towards his camp.

In June, Khachanov became the first Russian man in the Top 10 since Mikhail Youzhny on 7 February 2011. And when Medvedev cracked the elite group on 15 July, they became the first pair of Russians to sit inside the Top 10 at the same time since Youzhny and Nikolay Davydenko on 11 October 2010.

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Murray to play first singles match since career-saving operation

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Andy Murray will make a return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters next week – seven months after fearing he might have to retire.

Britain’s former world number one has been playing doubles since June as he regains fitness after hip surgery.

Murray, 32, broke down in tears at the Australian Open in January, believing the resurfacing operation he had later that month could end his career.

Now the Scot is pain-free and feels the time is right to return to singles.

Murray’s last singles match was a five-set loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne.

Before the match the three-time Grand Slam champion said he planned to retire after this year’s Wimbledon and feared the Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.

But he returned to the doubles court in June after a career-saving operation with renowned hip surgeon Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, whose previous patients have included the Queen Mother.

Murray said the resurfacing of his hip, where the femur head is smoothed down and covered with a metal cap, was “life-changing” and took away the pain which dogged him for a number of years.

He has played five doubles tournaments since his return to competitive action, winning Queen’s alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in a dream comeback.

Joining Murray in a star-studded draw at the Masters 1,000 event in Cincinnati are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Serbia’s world number one Djokovic and Swiss great Federer return to action for the first time since their historic Wimbledon final, while Nadal will be back in action for the second week running after starting his North American hard-court campaign at this week’s Rogers Cup.


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At Wimbledon, Murray began to get fed up of answering questions about when he would return to the singles court – insisting he did not know himself when his new metal hip would be ready to cope with the added workload.

Patience has been Murray’s mantra since his competitive return in the doubles, refusing to commit to a singles event – and therefore not putting himself under the pressure of a timeframe – until he felt completely comfortable.

Hitting the weights in the gym to build up his strength was the focus post-Wimbledon before he headed over to the North American hard courts with a dual purpose: improve match sharpness by playing doubles in Washington and Montreal, and upping the workload on the singles court in public practice sessions.

Those solo outings, he says with a smile, did not leave him “completely embarrassed” as they might have done earlier in his comeback bid.

So, after further practices in Cincinnati with fellow Britons Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans this week, he is confident a return now will not be a mistake as he looks to prolong a glittering career which he felt might have already been over.

The next question is: will he play singles at the US Open? Murray has consistently said he would not want his first tournament back to be over five sets in New York. Playing over three in Cincinnati appears to leave the door ajar for a potential follow-up appearance at Flushing Meadows.

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Nadal claims record win to move into Montreal quarter-finals

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Rafael Nadal moved one step closer to defending his Rogers Cup title with a straight-set victory over Argentina’s Guido Pella in Montreal.

The Spanish top seed, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, won 6-3 6-4 in windy conditions to set up a quarter-final meeting with Italian Fabio Fognini.

Victory was Nadal’s 379th ATP Masters 1000 win, giving him the all-time lead having tied with Roger Federer.

Nadal, 33, has already won a record 34 Masters 1000 titles.

“It was a tough day in terms of wind but we are used to playing like this and when we play on outdoor courts, that’s part of the game. Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind,” Nadal said.

“At the same time, it is beautiful to play under tough conditions because then the player who has different options to play has better chances to survive these kind of days.”

Seventh seed Fognini, 32, beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2 7-5 and his last-eight tie against Nadal will be their 16th meeting, with the Spaniard having won 11.

“He’s having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best,” Nadal said. “I need to be playing well.”

Meanwhile, second seed Dominic Thiem will play Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals after beating Marin Cilic 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who won the Rogers Cup in 2017, beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-5) and will take on Russian Karen Khachanov next after he dispatched Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets.

In the other quarter-final, Gael Monfils will play Roberto Bautista Agut after they defeated Hubert Hurkacz and Richard Gasquet respectively in straight sets.

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Preview & Schedule: Nadal & Fognini Renew Their Rivalry In Montreal

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Preview & Schedule: Nadal & Fognini Renew Their Rivalry In Montreal

Thiem takes on Medvedev in Friday action

The last time that Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini faced off against each other, the Italian scored one of the biggest upsets of this season at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Nadal will look for revenge in Montreal when they meet again on Friday in the Coupe Rogers quarter-finals.

“He’s having a great season, one of the best of his career, if not the best. He’s playing at very high standards,” said Nadal. “We are in the quarter-finals of an [ATP] Masters 1000. All opponents are tough. For me, tomorrow is an opportunity to go on court against one of the best players and try to play a good match. Let’s see if I am able to.”

Top seed and defending champion Nadal leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 11-4 and has won six of their past eight matches. But when seventh seed Fognini defeats the Spaniard, he makes it count. In their only previous meeting in North America at the 2005 US Open, Fognini came back from two sets down to prevail in a five-set, third-round thriller that remains Nadal’s earliest exit in New York in the past 14 years.

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Fognini’s banner season includes his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo (d. Lajovic) and, at age 32, becoming the oldest player since 1973 to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time. The Italian is through to the quarter-finals in Canada for the first time in 10 trips and has done so without dropping a set, but will need to be at his best if he hopes to pull off another upset against the World No. 2.

Nadal has remained consistently consistent this year, reaching at least the semi-finals in eight of the nine events he played before Montreal. But one of the few things Nadal hasn’t done before is successfully defend a hard-court title. He’s shown signs of rust in his first tournament since Wimbledon, but always finds a way to raise his level at the business end of big events.

Second-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem takes on eighth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in Saturday’s semi-finals. Thiem leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0, including a comprehensive win this April in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell final. Thiem is no longer a stranger to hard-court success after winning his maiden Masters 1000 crown this year at the BNP Paribas Open (d. Federer), but Medvedev is also in top form after finishing runner-up last week at the Citi Open (l. to Kyrgios).

“He’s having a great season,” said Thiem. “First time in the Top 10 [of the ATP Rankings]. I think he’s one of the guys with the most wins, playing unbelievable, solid tennis every week. It’s going to be a very tough match.”

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Third-seeded German Alexander Zverev looks to continue his love affair with Montreal when he takes on sixth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov. The 2017 champion (d. Federer) leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Khachanov 2-1, but Khachanov won their most recent clash at last year’s Rolex Paris Masters. Zverev seeks his first win over a Top 10 player this year, while Khachanov aims for his first semi-final of the season.

The night session concludes with a battle of veterans when No. 10 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain squares off with No. 16 seed Gael Monfils of France. Monfils leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-1, but the Spaniard won their latest meeting two years ago in Montreal. Bautista Agut is in the form of his life, having reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final last month at Wimbledon, and will put himself in contention to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings on Monday if he can defeat the Frenchman.

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, 9 August 2019

Court Central start 12:00 noon
[8] Daniil Medvedev vs [2] Dominic Thiem
NB 2:00 pm
[3] Alexander Zverev vs [6] Karen Khachanov
NB 6:30 pm
[1] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Fabio Fognini
[16] Gael Monfils vs [10] Roberto Bautista Agut

Banque Nationale start 12:00 noon
Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury vs Jeremy Chardy / Fabrice Martin
[7] Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan vs Robin Haase / Wesley Koolhof
Rohan Bopanna / Denis Shapovalov vs Benoit Paire / Stan Wawrinka

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Felix On Montreal: 'Pressure Was Enormous'

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Felix On Montreal: ‘Pressure Was Enormous’

19-year-old talks about playing at his home ATP Masters 1000 event

Felix Auger-Aliassime could hardly have dreamed up a better atmosphere for his 19th birthday. The teenager was playing on Court Central at his hometown ATP Masters 1000 tournament, the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, with fans shouting, “Let’s go, Fe-lix!”

“I never heard a stadium yell like this, sound like this, an atmosphere like this. It was incredible. At the changeover at 6-all, I could see the people there. I was raising my fist, and I felt energy coming up my legs. It was the first time I ever felt that. It was incredible,” he said.

The #NextGenATP Canadian led by a set and a break against World No. 8 Karen Khachanov and had the finish line within sight, which was the problem. The 19-year-old peered ahead just a little bit and never recovered as Khachanov came back to advance 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-3 and make the quarter-finals.

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When there’s a lot on the line, when you see the finish line, the nerves get to you. That’s part of my journey,” said Auger-Aliassime, who was trying to reach his second Masters 1000 quarter-final (Miami 2019). “It just means that I still have things to improve to win these types of matches and to deal better with these types of moments.”

Both players struggled with the wind and their nerves, but it was the 23-year-old Khachanov who found a way to settle down. Auger-Aliassime particularly struggled with his serve, hitting 12 double faults to 10 aces.

For sure I’m facing difficulties on my second serve. I have to face it. It’s like you. You face difficulties in your work. I face difficulties in mine. What do you do? You go back to work, and you try to do better next time,” Auger-Aliassime said.

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The teenager had never before faced an environment or a tournament like the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. He played in the Canadian Masters 1000 event in 2016 in Toronto, losing in the first round of qualifying, and last year in Toronto, falling in the second round.

It’s good that I broke the ice, so to speak. But now it’s over. I can say the pressure was enormous. I can’t hide that. Everybody talks about it. It’s a big tournament for me. At the end I want to play well, I don’t want to be disappointed. There’s a lot of pressure,” Auger-Aliassime said.

But I learned a lot this week. I learned how to know myself better. I think it’s good for the rest of the season and for the following years. I had a good week here.

It went beyond any expectations I had. What I received was incredible. I’m young but I never felt that before. I really want to thank everybody. It was very touching. It was incredible. I’ll remember that for all my life.”

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Nadal Passes Federer On Masters 1000 Wins Leaderboard

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Nadal Passes Federer On Masters 1000 Wins Leaderboard

Spaniard improves to 4-0 against Argentina’s Pella

For a guy who doesn’t like to play in the wind, Rafael Nadal sure made a good impersonation of someone who prefers a gust here and there during his record-breaking performance on Thursday.

The World No. 2 steamrolled ahead in Montreal, beating Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 to win his 379th ATP Masters 1000 match, breaking a tie with Roger Federer for the all-time lead.

Nadal, the all-time ATP Masters 1000 titles leader (34), was on top of the Argentine from the start, breaking in the second game and nailing 1-2 punches Pella couldn’t handle.

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When the rallies did extend, Nadal had those mostly under control as well, delivering a crowd-pleasing skyhook overhead midway through a rally in the opening set. The Spaniard faltered in the sixth game of the second set, suffering his lone break of serve, but broke back immediately to regain the advantage.

The top seed improved to 36-8 at the Canadian Masters 1000 event and will next meet Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5. Nadal leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Fognini 11-4, although Fognini beat him in straight sets earlier this year at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

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The Spaniard is playing in only his second tournament since winning his 12th Roland Garros title in June, but he’s yet to drop a set this week through two matches, beating Brit Daniel Evans in his opener. Nadal commented on playing in windy conditions while defending his Paris title two months ago.

When it’s too windy in academy, I go to the indoors… Of course being from an island, we have wind, yes. But if you ask me if I prefer to play with wind or without, I prefer to play without,” Nadal said. “Another thing is normally I adapt myself well to windy conditions.”

He has been adapting to any conditions and any tournament of late, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals last month (l. to Federer). Nadal is trying to defend a hard-court title for the first time in his career and become the first player this season to win two Masters 1000 titles (Rome).

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Bob Bryan Earns 1100 Doubles Wins

  • Posted: Aug 09, 2019

Bob Bryan Earns 1100 Doubles Wins

Bryan brothers prevail on Thursday in Montreal

Bob Bryan added another milestone moment to his legendary career on Thursday at the Coupe Rogers. Teaming with Mike Bryan, he joined his brother as the only players to win 1100 tour-level doubles matches by reaching the quarter-finals in Montreal over Austin Krajicek and Michael Venus 7-5, 7-6(6).

Bob is second on the all-time doubles match win list and one of only six players to pick up 750 tour-level doubles victories. Since turning pro in 1998, he’s won 118 ATP Tour doubles titles with Mike, including 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and seven mixed doubles titles.


Career Doubles Match Record
1) Mike Bryan (USA)
2) Bob Bryan (USA)
3) Daniel Nestor (CAN)
4) Todd Woodbridge (AUS)
5) Max Mirnyi (BLR)
6) Leander Paes (IND)

The sixth-seeded Bryan brothers won 81 per cent of their first-serve points against Krajicek/Venus en route to prevailing in one hour and 33 minutes. Next up for the five-time champions in Canada are Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof.

Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka rallied from 2/5 in the Match Tie-break to take out Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. Awaiting them in the last eight are Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Kyle Edmund and Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-4.

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury needed eight match points to complete their 6-3, 7-6(6) upset over fifth-seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. Ram/Salisbury will now face Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin for a place in the semi-finals.

The lone quarter-final of the day saw Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos defeat Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-4. Granollers/Zeballos await the winner between Ram/Salisbury and Chardy/Martin.

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