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Djokovic, Federer Headline Day 1 At US Open

  • Posted: Aug 25, 2019

Djokovic, Federer Headline Day 1 At US Open

Medvedev, Nishikori also feature on Monday

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time champion Roger Federer open their campaigns at the US Open on Monday, as the final Grand Slam event of the season begins in Flushing Meadows.

Defending champion Djokovic will be aiming to earn his 70th victory at the hard-court Grand Slam (69-10), where he has lifted the trophy on three occasions. Last year, the Serbian defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the championship match to add to titles in 2011 and 2015 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Djokovic is bidding to become the first man since Roger Federer in 2008 to win back-to-back titles at this event. The 32-year-old will meet Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain for the first time in the opening round, where he will be aiming to extend his unbeaten record in first-round clashes at the US Open to 14 matches.

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Federer arrives in New York searching for his first title at the event since 2008. The third seed will meet Sumit Nagal under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, as he aims to secure his 40th victory of the season (39-6). A win for Federer would set up his 100th match at the event. The Swiss currently holds an 85-13 record at the hard-court Grand Slam event.

Daniil Medvedev also features in Day 1 action. The fifth-seeded Russian will be aiming to build on a stellar run on the hard courts of North America, which included three final appearances in as many weeks. After runner-up finishes at the Citi Open (l. to Kyrgios) and the Coupe Rogers (l. to Nadal), Medvedev defeated David Goffin to claim his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open and with it a place in the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings. The Russian will meet Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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Former champion Stan Wawrinka will face #NextGenATP talent Jannik Sinner in the opening night session match on Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 2016 winner, who became the oldest champion at the event since Ken Rosewall in 1970, will hope to improve his 12-1 record in first-round clashes at this event. Seventh seed and 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori also begins his title bid against Marco Trungelliti on Grandstand.

Other notable matches include 11th seed Fabio Fognini’s clash with New York Open champion Reilly Opelka, Eastbourne champion Taylor Fritz will face Queen’s Club winner Feliciano Lopez and Winston-Salem Open titlist Hubert Hurkacz will be hoping to continue his run of form against Jeremy Chardy of France.


Arthur Ashe Stadium start 12:00
WTA Match
[1] Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Carballes Baena

Not Before 19:00
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[3] Roger Federer vs Sumit Nagal

Louis Armstrong Stadium start 11:00
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[5] Daniil Medvedev v Prajnesh Gunneswaran
WTA Match

Not Before 19:00
[23] Stan Wawrinka vs Jannik Sinner
WTA Match

Grandstand start 11:00
[7] Kei Nishikori vs Marco Trungelliti
WTA Match
Sam Querrey vs Juan Ignacio Londero
WTA Match

Court 17 start 11:00
WTA Match
[11] Fabio Fognini vs Reilly Opelka
WTA Match

Not Before 17:00
[26] Taylor Fritz vs Feliciano Lopez

Court 5 start 11:00
Two WTA Matches
Zachary Svajda vs Paolo Lorenzi
[21] Milos Raonic vs Nicolas Jarry

Court 10 start 11:00
WTA Match
Adrian Mannarino vs Daniel Evans
Gregoire Barrere vs Cameron Norrie
WTA Match

Court 13 start 11:00
Tomas Berdych vs Jenson Brooksby
Soonwoo Kwon vs Hugo Dellien
Two WTA Matches

Court 4 start 11:00
Two WTA Matches
[15] David Goffin vs Corentin Moutet
Yoshihito Nishioka vs Marcos Giron

Court 6 start 11:00
[17] Nikoloz Basilashvili v Marton Fucsovics
Two WTA Matches
[19] Guido Pella vs Pablo Carreno Busta

Court 7 start 11:00
[31] Cristian Garin vs Christopher Eubanks
WTA Match
[12] Borna Coric vs Evgeny Donskoy
WTA Match

Court 8 start 11:00
WTA Match
Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs Alex de Minaur
Dominik Koepfer vs Jaume Munar

Court 9 start 11:00
Two WTA Matches
[25] Lucas Pouille vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Ricardas Berankis vs Jiri Vesely

Court 11 start 11:00
Thiago Monteiro vs Bradley Klahn
WTA Match
Andreas Seppi vs Grigor Dimitrov
WTA Match

Court 12 start 11:00
Denis Kudla vs Janko Tipsarevic
Two WTA Matches
Jack Sock vs Pablo Cuevas

Court 14 start 11:00
Two WTA Matches
Laslo Djere vs Miomir Kecmanovic
Hubert Hurkacz vs Jeremy Chardy

Court 15 start 11:00
[27] Dusan Lajovic vs Steve Darcis
Two WTA Matches
Elliot Benchetrit vs Damir Dzumhur

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Karolina Pliskova column: 'I believe I can go far at every Grand Slam'

  • Posted: Aug 25, 2019
US Open 2019
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app

Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova is among the favourites to win the women’s singles at the US Open, which starts in New York on Monday.

In her first BBC Sport column, the 2016 finalist talks about having a hit with the legendary John McEnroe, her hopes of finally winning a first Grand Slam, realising Beyonce was watching her play at Flushing Meadows – and which movie you should next watch at the cinema…

As part of my US Open preparations, I spent my first two days of practising in New York at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, where I also got to hit with the legend himself.

I was practising with my coach Conchita Martinez and she asked John if he wanted to hit. He looked quite tired because he had just finished his session, but said he was OK to hit for 15 to 20 minutes.

It was competitive. I played a shot about five metres out and he was running like crazy to get this ball! He is super fit for his age and he still loves tennis.

The competitive edge never disappears. He still has amazing hands – he went to the net a lot and you could see that he really feels the ball on the racquet.

He also gave me advice about coming to the net a little more often. Speaking to great champions like John and Conchi can really help me.

It is always good to have someone who has been there at the top level, somebody who has won the biggest tournaments and knows what they are talking about when we are discussing certain situations.

‘I believe I can go far at every Grand Slam’

Winning a Grand Slam is my dream. Having reached the final in 2016, being here definitely brings back great memories and motivation and I hope to go one step further – but you have to play your best in every match.

I believe there is a chance for me to go far at every Grand Slam, but it really is a step-by-step process focusing on one match at a time and one point at a time.

I’ve shown I have got the game to be successful at the majors, I have had a solid year so far with steady results and three titles, and I have a coach who has experienced these moments, so I will build up on that. But the journey at a Grand Slam is long and very different to the other tournaments because you cannot lose focus over the whole two weeks.

At the US Open, I will not be taking a day off – I need to practise on the days between matches. You can’t afford to take a day off where you’re not thinking about tennis.

I feel great at the moment and come into this event having reached the quarter-finals in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Of course, those two tournaments were still not as good as I was expecting, but I lost to two good players in Bianca Andreescu, who went on to win the Rogers Cup, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is always tough to beat.

I played some good matches in Toronto and Cincinnati and the goal during the North American swing is to get solid preparation for the US Open so going out in two quarter-finals is not something I am super frustrated about.

I also played the Cincinnati doubles with my twin sister, Kristyna, which was fun because we haven’t played for a while and reached the semi-finals.

So I have had some nice moments since I’ve been in North America and I’m ready to start on Monday.

‘Celebrities, Kiss Cam, dancing – it’s more of a show here’

Playing at the US Open is always special for me because of the memories I have of reaching the final.

There are a number of reasons why I think I’ve done well here. First, the hard court is my favourite surface – I move better on it and feel more confident, and that’s why I enjoy it more.

Another factor is the atmosphere at Flushing Meadows, which is very different to the other Grand Slams.

The chance to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium is always fun because it is more like a show here. It is not always only about tennis.

The atmosphere is more relaxed, there is music playing and the fans are all having fun.

Here they have celebrities appearing on the big screen, there is ‘Kiss Cam’ and you see people dancing on the changeovers.

I always like to look around at what’s happening, because sometimes it is better to see different things rather than just thinking about tennis.

One of my favourite memories was seeing Beyonce in the crowd at one of my matches. It made me smile to know a superstar like her was in the same place as me.

A lot of players say they don’t notice what is happening at the changeovers because they are really focused – but I think they do look!

‘My three cinema trips in a week’

Normally going to the cinema isn’t something I do too regularly, but I went three times in a week recently – two days in a row in Toronto and then another day in Cincinnati.

We were far away from the downtown in Toronto and there was nothing to do, so I suggested going because there are a couple of good films out.

We saw the new Lion King, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw.

Everyone has been talking about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and saying it is an incredible movie because it is a Quentin Tarantino film starring Leonardo di Caprio and Brad Pitt.

But I thought it was too long – about three hours – and not too interesting. So I would recommend Fast And Furious, that was the most fun and my favourite out of the three.

And, of course, I eat lots of popcorn when I go! I always have sweet caramel – and always take the biggest size. And I have a big cola…

When you go to the cinema you never think about the athlete’s diet. It is a must have, so I’m not going to be super healthy there!

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How much can you remember about some of tennis' most dramatic tantrums?

  • Posted: Aug 25, 2019
2019 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 26 August-8 September
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app

Last year’s US Open women’s final was marred by Serena Williams’ outburst at the umpire, when she called him a “liar” and “thief” after he docked her a game.

With Australian Nick Kyrgios being fined $113,000 (£93,254) for five separate incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct earlier this month, players’ on-court behaviour is under the spotlight once again.

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From racquet-smashing to rants, how much can you remember about some of tennis’ most dramatic tantrums?

Keep your cool and try our quiz.

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Is Djokovic Chasing Federer’s Slam Record? You Betcha!

  • Posted: Aug 25, 2019

Is Djokovic Chasing Federer’s Slam Record? You Betcha!

Serbian aiming to lift 17th Grand Slam title

Having won four of the past five Grand Slams, Novak Djokovic’s position on the all-time Grand Slam titles leader board is looking better than ever. And, on the eve of the US Open, the World No. 1 made it clear that he was aiming for the top spot on that list.

Djokovic arrives in Flushing Meadows with his sights set on a 17th Grand Slam crown, which, if achieved, would bring him to within one title of second-placed Rafael Nadal (18) and three shy of all-time leader Roger Federer (20).

”I’m aware of [the debate around the Grand Slam titles leaderboard]. I mean, I’m part of this world. Of course, I can’t completely switch off and eliminate what people are talking about,” said Djokovic.

”It’s flattering, obviously. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a very long way ahead of me. It does also put a certain level of responsibility to me as well, because I am aiming to do that. It’s definitely one of my ambitions and goals. I am 32, so things are a little bit different than they were 10 years ago, but I still feel young inside and outside. I am still very motivated to keep going.”

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Last month, Djokovic saved two championship points to beat Federer 13-12 in the fifth set of an instant-classic Wimbledon final. The victory marked Djokovic’s fifth title run at SW19 and denied Federer a place in the history books as the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era at 37 years, 340 days.

Djokovic’s win against Federer at the All England Club was his third in a Wimbledon final against his great rival (2014, ’15) and will live long in the memory of the Serbian, who shares the top half of the US Open draw with third seed Federer. Djokovic placed this year’s Wimbledon win against the Swiss alongside his 2012 Australian Open final victory against Nadal as one of the greatest matches of his career.

“It’s [in the] top two matches I have ever played… The other match is the one against Nadal in the finals of [the 2012] Australian Open which went for almost six hours,” said Djokovic. “So, those two matches really are very special and take a special place in my career and my mind as well.

“I do still have flashes from the 2012 Australian Open match still that many years after. Of course, I would wish to remember the Wimbledon final against Roger this year for many years to come.”

Due to the fast-paced nature of life on the ATP Tour, there is rarely time to take a moment to reflect on milestone victories. But Djokovic’s recent dominance at the Grand Slam level does provide the Serbian with a strong belief in his abilities and a desire to achieve even greater success in the sport.

”Once I’m done with my career or maybe slowing down the pace with tournaments, I guess I’ll have more time to really reflect on everything and look at those matches… It’s really hard to look back too much,” said Djokovic.

”Of course, you’re looking back and then it awakens certain kind of emotions that, of course, are positive and it allows you to awaken that confidence in you, the belief and the motivation. It inspires you to again keep going and trying to reach more historic results. But at the same time, you have to stay in the present moment.”

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Heading into the US Open as the defending champion for the third time in his career, the Serbian will be attempting to successfully defend his title in New York for the first time. Djokovic has reached the final in seven of his eight most recent appearances at the final Grand Slam of the year and owns a 69-10 record at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“I, personally, have enjoyed lots of success and have been blessed to play well on these courts here at the US Open, especially the Arthur Ashe Stadium,” said Djokovic. “I have not lost too many matches in my career playing night session, and a lot of matches that I get to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium are night sessions. So, I really do enjoy that loud atmosphere that happens in there, which is quite the opposite of, for example, Wimbledon, except the last finals match.

“And I think you just adjust to it. You adapt to it. You accept it. You embrace it. I do embrace it because I think it’s good for our sport to have various different atmospheres on the centre courts of four different Grand Slams.”

With Federer and Nadal also looking to add to their Grand Slam trophy collections and stretch their lead against Djokovic, this coming fortnight could see the Grand Slam leader board dynamic change yet again. For Djokovic, his first mission will be to get past first-round opponent Roberto Carballes Baena. Achieving his ultimate goal will take time, effort and a lot more winning.

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Hurkacz Lifts Maiden Trophy In Winston-Salem

  • Posted: Aug 25, 2019

Hurkacz Lifts Maiden Trophy In Winston-Salem

Pole defeated four seeded opponents en route to the title

Hubert Hurkacz made Polish history at the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday, beating Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to capture his first ATP Tour trophy.

The 22-year-old became the first Pole to capture a tour-level crown since Wojtek Fibak’s WCT Chicago title run in 1982. Hurkacz broke serve on five occasions throughout the two-hour, nine-minute clash to improve his tour-level record to 23-18 in 2019.

The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier becomes the 14th first-time champion on the ATP Tour in 2019 after improving his record against French players this year to 5-1. Players trying to win their first ATP Tour title are 14-17 in championship matches this season (13-11 in 2018).

First-Time ATP Champions In 2019

Player Age Tournament
Alex de Minaur 19 Sydney
Tennys Sandgren 27 Auckland
Juan Ignacio Londero 25 Cordoba
Laslo Djere 23 Rio de Janeiro
Reilly Opelka 21 New York
Radu Albot 28 Delray Beach
Guido Pella 28 Sao Paulo
Cristian Garin 22 Houston
Adrian Mannarino 30 ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Taylor Fritz 21 Eastbourne
Lorenzo Sonego 24 Antalya
Nicolas Jarry 23 Bastad
Dusan Lajovic 29 Umag
Hubert Hurkacz 22 Winston-Salem

Last year, Hurkacz was placed No. 109 in the ATP Rankings. The World No. 41 achieved his career-high No. 40 ATP Ranking on 12 August and is projected to reach a new career-high when the latest standings are released on Monday.

After coming from a set down to defeat Duckhee Lee in his opening match, Hurkacz defeated four consecutive seeded opponents to take the title in North Carolina. The third seed beat 16th seed Feliciano Lopez, 10th seed Frances Tiafoe, second seed Denis Shapovalov and top seed Paire to claim the trophy.

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After trading breaks early in the first set, Hurkacz played with consistency from the baseline and anticipated well to claim consecutive games for a 4-1 advantage. The 6’5” Pole earned three straight service points from 15/30 to take the opener after 35 minutes.

Paire grabbed the crucial break of the second set in the eighth game, moving up the court and capitalising on errors from his opponent to serve for the set. The Frenchman forced a decider with his sixth ace of the set before a slight delay to play due to rain.

Despite the rain, the pattern of the opening two sets was followed in set three as both players broke serve in the opening stages. But it was Hurkacz who played his best tennis in the latter stages of the match, breaking serve to love with deep returns before moving a game away from victory by dictating play with his serve and forehand. The Pole converted his first championship point on serve as Paire fired a cross-court forehand into the net.

Paire was bidding to improve to 3-0 in tour-level championship matches this season. Earlier this year, the 30-year-old triumphed at clay-court events in Marrakech and Lyon.

Hurkacz earns 250 ATP Ranking points and collects $96,505 in prize money. Paire receives 150 ATP Ranking points and $56,000.

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