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Tipsarevic Prevails In Stockholm Swan Song

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Tipsarevic Prevails In Stockholm Swan Song

Travaglia upsets Opelka on Monday

Janko Tipsarevic is bringing his celebrated 17-year ATP Tour career to a close at the Intrum Stockholm Open. The Serbian announced on Monday that Stockholm will be his final ATP Tour event before he retires in November after the Davis Cup Finals.

But Tipsarevic isn’t content with making this week a mere nostalgia moment. He wrapped up the evening session with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 win over #NextGenATP Frenchman Corentin Moutet. Tipsarevic broke the Frenchman four times and dominated most of the baseline rallies in their 73-minute clash.

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The Serbian has won four ATP Tour titles in his career, reached two US Open quarter-finals (2011-2012) and peaked at No. 8 in the ATP Rankings in 2012. Next up for Tipsarevic is top-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini.

Eighth-seeded Brit Daniel Evans won a hard-fought 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 battle with Aussie Bernard Tomic and awaits the winner of #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud and Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Italian Stefano Travaglia scored the upset of the day with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded American Reilly Opelka. Travaglia will play Japanese Yuichi Sugita or Swede Elias Ymer for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Tsonga Up And Running In Antwerp

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Tsonga Up And Running In Antwerp

Pella prevails on Monday

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got his European Open campaign off to flying start on Monday in Antwerp. In a battle of experience against youth, the sixth seed and 2017 champion defeated Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-4.

Tsonga scored the lone break of each set to advance in one hour and 20 minutes, improving to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Sonego. The 34-year-old has excelled indoors this year, picking up ATP Tour titles in Montpellier (d. Herbert) and Metz (d. Bedene). Tsonga will play fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon or Belgian Steve Darcis in the next round.

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Fifth-seeded Argentine Guido Pella prevailed in a marathon 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(2) match with German Peter Gojowczyk. Pella improved to 3-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Gojowczyk and has won their past two matches. Next up for him is the winner of Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who prevailed here in 2016, and South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

Tuesday’s schedule features Brit Andy Murray making his debut at this event against local favourite Kimmer Coppejans.

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Ruud, Shapovalov Lead Milan Hopefuls As Race Hits Final Two Weeks

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Ruud, Shapovalov Lead Milan Hopefuls As Race Hits Final Two Weeks

ATP Race To Milan ends 28 October

The ATP Race To Milan is coming down to the wire. With two weeks remaining in the Race, which ends 28 October, seven spots are still up for grabs for the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 5-9 November at the Allianz Cloud in Milan.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime joined defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas last week as qualifiers for the 21-and-under event. Greece’s Tsitsipas, however, will not compete in Milan because he has qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November in London.

That means six direct qualification spots still remain for Milan as the final spot is reserved for an Italian wild card.

Aussie Alex de Minaur (1,430 points), Canadian Denis Shapovalov (1,255 points) and American Frances Tiafoe (970 points), in third through fifth place, respectively, are next in line to qualify for the award-winning event. De Minaur is taking this week off, but Shapovalov is the fourth seed at the Intrum Stockholm Open and opens with a bye. At the European Open in Antwerp, Tiafoe will meet German qualifier Yannick Maden in the first round.

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Norway’s Casper Ruud (sixth place, 931 points) will try to bolster his standing in Stockholm as well. The 20-year-old, competing for the first time since last month in Zhuhai, is looking to make his Milan debut. He opens against Serbian Filip Krajinovic.

In seventh place, Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (893 points) will try to make his second ATP Tour final (Antalya) at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The eighth-seeded Kecmanovic faces Russian qualifier Artem Dubrivnyy in the first round.

Eighth-placed Ugo Humbert (778 points) will look to continue his strong play indoors this week in Antwerp. Humbert made the Moselle Open semi-finals in Metz in February (l. to Kukushkin).

The surging Swede Mikael Ymer, in ninth place with 751 points, is playing on home soil in Stockholm and meets Joao Sousa of Portugal in the first round. Behind back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour titles, Ymer has added 225 Race points in the past two weeks.

France’s Corentin Moutet, in 10th place with 569 points, was looking to make up ground on Ymer in Stockholm, but Moutet fell to Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-4 on Monday.

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Dan Evans beats Bernard Tomic at Stockholm Open

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Dan Evans celebrated becoming the British number one with a hard-fought win over Australian Bernard Tomic at the Stockholm Open.

Evans, 29, replaced Kyle Edmund as the nation’s leading men’s player earlier on Monday, 18 months after being unranked following a drugs ban.

He marked becoming the 13th man to achieve the feat with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over former world number 17 Tomic.

Eighth seed Evans faces Norway’s Casper Ruud or Serb Filip Krajinovic next.

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Cuevas/Gonzalez Advance In Antwerp

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Cuevas/Gonzalez Advance In Antwerp

Third seeds Daniell/Oswald prevail in Moscow on Monday

Pablo Cuevas/Maximo Gonzalez kicked off first-round action on Monday at the European Open in Antwerp with a 7-6(5), 7-5 win over Arnaud Bovy/Steve Darcis. Cuevas/Gonzalez saved all four break points and scored the lone break of the match at 5-5 in the second set.

At the Intrum Stockholm Open, fourth seeds Wesley Koolhof/Fabrice Martin scored a tight 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan. They’ll play Dominic Inglot/Austin Krajicek or Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan in the next round.

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Federer to chase elusive Olympic singles title

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Roger Federer has confirmed he intends to play in next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo as he chases an elusive gold medal in the men’s singles.

The Swiss great, who turns 39 during the Games, is one of the sport’s most decorated players but he has never won the Olympic singles title.

Federer won silver at London 2012 after losing to Britain’s Andy Murray.

“At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again,” Federer said.

Federer, who missed Rio 2016 through injury, did win a gold medal at Beijing 2008 in the men’s doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka.

In the singles, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer finished fourth at Sydney 2000, lost in the second round at Athens 2004 and reached the quarter-finals in Beijing.

“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” added Federer, ranked third in the world.

“I carried the flag twice for Switzerland in Athens and Beijing, I’ve got a gold and a silver, and I would love to play again, so I’m very excited.”

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Seppi Saves 2 M.P. To Outlast Garin In Moscow

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Seppi Saves 2 M.P. To Outlast Garin In Moscow

Mannarino defeats Dzumhur on Monday

If the first main-draw match of the 2019 VTB Kremlin Cup is a preview of the week ahead, we are in for a dramatic seven days in Moscow.

Andreas Seppi saved two match points on Monday to overcome fifth seed Cristian Garin 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), converting his sixth match point to end the contest after two hours and 42 minutes. The 2012 champion, who improves to 15-5 at the ATP 250 event, recovered from 3-6, 5-6, 15/40 down to overcome the 23-year-old in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter.

After rallying from 2-4 down in the decider, Seppi could not convert four match points of his own at 6-5. But the Italian held his nerve in the final-set tie-break, winning five of the final six points to advance. Seppi will face Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena or Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol also saved two match points in a thrilling 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-3 victory over Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero. Rosol fought back from 4/6 in the second-set tie-break en route to advancing in two hours and 16 minutes. Next up for the 34-year-old is fourth-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic.

Seventh-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino cruised past 2017 champion Damir Dzumhur of Serbia 7-6(2), 6-0 in the evening session. Mannarino now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-1, which includes a straight-sets victory at last month’s Huajin Securities Zhuhai Championships.

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Biles, Kosgei and Gauff – how the female trio are lighting up sport

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

You can’t have failed to notice a weekend of sporting brilliance – from a stunning sub two-hour marathon to hosts Japan lighting up the Rugby World Cup.

But there were three phenomenal sportswomen right at the heart of the action as well.

With a combined age of just 62, Simone Biles, Brigid Kosgei and Coco Gauff added their names to the history books.

Barack Obama said athlete Kosgei had shown a “remarkable example of humanity’s ability to endure and keep raising the bar”.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Alexandra Raisman said she was “in awe” of gymnast Biles, while tennis legend Billie Jean King congratulated both tennis player Gauff and Biles on Twitter.

BBC Sport takes a look at a trio of stars taking their sports to new heights.

Simone Biles – America’s Golden Girl

On Sunday, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships history, adding two more gold medals to her glittering haul.

The 22-year-old American moved clear of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo with victories in the balance beam and floor in Stuttgart – taking her overall tally to 25 medals, 19 of them gold.

“This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out,” she said after finishing her fifth World Championships with five titles across six events.

The Rio Olympics quadruple gold medallist plans to celebrate when she returns home to Texas, adding “my mom usually likes to throw a worlds party, whether I want one or not”.

Brigid Kosgei – Running into the history books

In 2003, Britain’s Paula Radcliffe set the longest-standing marathon world record for either men or women in the post-war era, running the London Marathon in two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds.

Fast forward to 2019, and Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei eclipsed Radcliffe’s 16-year-old record with a time of 2:14:04 as she retained her title at the Chicago Marathon.

Only 22 runners in the men’s race finished faster than the 25-year-old, whose time would have been a men’s world record in 1964.

Kosgei, who won last year in 2:18:35, admitted: “I am feeling good and happy because I was not expecting to run like this.”

Coco Gauff – From lucky loser to singles champion

Biles wasn’t the only American to make waves this weekend.

Compatriot Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years with victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final.

The 15-year-old – who only qualified for the main draw as a lucky loser after defeat in the final round of qualifying – won 6-3 1-6 6-2 and is set to move inside the world’s top 75, having started the season ranked well outside the top 600.

“It has been an amazing week, I hope to come back here again. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life,” said Atlanta-born Gauff.

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Zverev Rises To Seventh, Leads Nitto ATP Finals Contenders

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Zverev Rises To Seventh, Leads Nitto ATP Finals Contenders looks at the top Movers of the Week in the ATP Race To London, as of Monday, 14 October 2019

No. 7, Alexander Zverev, +1
Zverev reached his first ATP Masters 1000 championship match of 2019 at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. The German recorded wins against Jeremy Chardy, Andrey Rublev, Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini to earn 600 ATP Rankings points and jump one position to seventh in the ATP Race To London. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion is bidding to make his third straight appearance at The O2 in London.

No. 8, Matteo Berrettini, +2
One month after his US Open semi-final run, Berrettini advanced to the last four at a Masters 1000 event for the first time in Shanghai. The 23-year-old did not drop a set en route to the semi-finals, beating Jan-Lennard Struff, Cristian Garin and Top 10 stars Roberto Bautista Agut and Dominic Thiem. Berrettini rises two spots to move into the eighth and final qualification position in the ATP Race To London.

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No. 11, Fabio Fognini, +2
The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters titlist boosted his hopes of a debut appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals. Fognini defeated Sam Querrey, former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Karen Khachanov to reach the last eight in Shanghai. The 32-year-old climbs two places to No. 11 in the ATP Race To London.

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No. 22, Nikoloz Basilashvili, +3
No. 28, Andrey Rublev, +3
No. 34, Hubert Hurkacz, +3

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New British number one Evans now plans to climb world rankings

  • Posted: Oct 14, 2019

Dan Evans will become the British number one for the first time on Monday and he thinks his world ranking of 43 “can get a lot higher”.

Evans, 29, takes over from Kyle Edmund, 18 months after being unranked as he returned from a drugs ban.

The Lawn Tennis Association says 13 men, including Andy Murray and Tim Henman, have been British number one since rankings were introduced in 1973.

“It’s a privilege to be part of those sort of conversations,” said Evans.

In April 2018, Evans returned to the sport from a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine, climbing back to the verge of the world’s top 100 by reaching the second ATP final of his career in February.

After being denied a first title in an agonising defeat by Moldovan Radu Albot at the Delray Beach Open in February, he continued to climb the rankings and reached the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open this year.

That form, coupled with Murray’s injury problems and Edmund’s recent struggles, has seen him rise to become the country’s top male player.

“I don’t look at myself as British number one. I think Andy is British number one, and then there’s me, Cameron [Norrie] and Kyle [Edmund] behind him,” Evans told BBC Sport.

“But obviously it’s great. It means I’m playing good tennis, and I’ve had a good year.”

Evans’ career path resembles the chart of a particularly volatile stock market.

In 2013, he reached the third round of the US Open as a qualifier, and broke into the top 200 for the first time. But less than two years later, he had slumped to 772 in the world.

“I let a lot of people down,” he would later admit.

And then having reached a career best 41 in the world, as well as the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open, Evans tested positive for cocaine. When he returned to the tour in April 2018 he was unranked, but extra motivated.

“When I wasn’t playing I didn’t feel part of what I had felt part of for a long time,” Evans added.

“Rightly or wrongly, you have resentment. It was my own fault – but you resent what you are seeing [others doing].”

He played a lot of golf during his 12-month ban, and left his tennis gear at his parents’ house so he did not have to look at it.

“There were some terrible moments,” he said in April 2018. “I was heartbroken not to be playing tennis.

“There isn’t that much you can do in the day when other people are working. I was living in Cheltenham, away from anybody else, so I was just on my own until 5.30pm or 6pm.”

But now he is the British number one, and just two places shy of his best world ranking.

“I don’t think I’m finished at where I am,” he said. “I think I can get a lot higher.

“I want to be in the later rounds of the Grand Slams, and I always say I think anything can happen once you reach the quarter-finals.

“My goal is to play until my mid-thirties and see where I’m at. If my level is still good enough to win matches week in, week out, I’ll carry on playing.”

Dan Evans factfile
Born 23 May 1990, Birmingham
Turned professional 2006
Best Grand Slam performances Australian Open: 4R (2017); French Open: 1R (2017, 2019); Wimbledon: 3R (2016, 2019); US Open: 3R (2013, 2016, 2019)
ATP Tour titles 0
ATP Tour finals 2 (Sydney 2017, Delray Beach 2019)
Career prize money £1,790,360
2019 prize money £617,555
Highest world ranking 41 – March 2017

Evans’ first match as British number one will be against Australian Bernard Tomic – a player once ranked 17th in the world but hampered by discipline problems – at the Stockholm Open, which starts on Monday.

Evans will then play at the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel, before trying to qualify for the final Masters event of the season in Paris.

He has resumed his partnership with former coach Mark Hilton, initially on a trial basis, and is not defending any ranking points from 2018 over the last few weeks of the season.

If all goes very well, he could even be among the 32 seeds for January’s Australian Open.

He can also expect to play a significant role for Great Britain when the week-long Davis Cup Finals take place in Madrid in November.

Evans is back where his talent suggests he should belong. And, irrespective of how long it lasts, he can reflect on a year in which he has been Britain’s top male player.

That was never a goal when he was a child, and you sense he is most proud of just being an established top 100 player once again, having seen many talented teens fall by the wayside.

“I always thought I was pretty good,” Evans said.

“I thought I had a good chance, and then from 17 through to 23, I didn’t think I really knew how to get to being a professional.

“When you are growing up, you just want to be a tennis player – you don’t really know what it entails to get to the top 100 in the world. I’m not sure in Britain how easy it is to explain to the guys how you have to do it, because none of the coaches who are explaining it have ever done it.

“It’s mentally challenging, and so difficult to get to the top 100.”

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