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Hall Of Fame Awaits, But Which Goran Will Be Inducted?

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Goran Ivansievic was late for his match. Fifteen minutes late! Searching the far extremities of Melbourne Park looking for a non-descript outside court, the annoyed Croatian stopped and asked himself, “What are you doing man? Why? What do you need? Stop.” 

The former World No. 2 had to enter qualifying at the 2001 Australian Open after injury sent his FedEx ATP Ranking plummeting outside the Top 100. Ivanisevic lost his first-round qualifying match against Czech Petr Luxa, whose career-high was World No. 150. The Croatian was down in the moment, but he remembers a friend saying, “Do not stop. This is not the way you stop. You’re not going to be happy.”

Six months later, Ivanisevic triumphed in his fourth Wimbledon final. From his lowest low, the Croatian soared to his highest high. And on Saturday, just more than 20 years later, he will become the first player from his country to earn induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

“I had a lot of ups and downs, doubts when you just want to quit and say, ‘Why are you doing this?’ [It is the feeling of being] on the top and then hitting the bottom,” Ivanisevic told “These battles, people just see the nice, beautiful side when you win trophies, but it’s a constant battle, a constant fight. That makes sports beautiful.”

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Ivanisevic celebrates his 2001 Wimbledon triumph. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images
For a time, it appeared Ivanisevic would become synonymous with falling short at The Championships. The Croatian had won 21 ATP Tour titles and climbed to World No. 2 in 1994, both incredible accomplishments. But Wimbledon was his white whale, the hole in his resume that was becoming increasingly difficult to fill.

Ivanisevic fell short in the final three times, losing against Andre Agassi once (1992) and Pete Sampras twice (1994, 1998). He battled into a fifth set in two of those championship clashes, only to succumb in the decider. By 2001, reaching the winners’ circle at Wimbledon was a longshot. A shoulder injury had tamed his greatest weapon — his serve — and for a three-time finalist, Ivanisevic’s grass-court season was sub-par entering The Championships.

The lefty lost against World No. 194 Cristiano Caratti at Queen’s Club and the next week, he fell in the second round against Lleyton Hewitt in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Ivanisevic admitted that he “played terrible tennis” entering the grass-court major. Something needed to change, and that led to Ivanisevic’s satirical creation. He revealed to the media during the tournament that there were three Gorans: Good Goran, Bad Goran and Emergency Goran, who interacted with each other during matches.

“I don’t know what happened there [during that tournament]. It’s still a mystery, it’s unbelievable,” Ivanisevic said. “In the middle of the first week I felt good, I felt special, I felt something. To release myself from the pressure, I created two more Gorans. People started to laugh and then I said, ‘Why not?’ They helped me during the matches. I had little talks with myself, with the other two Gorans.

“In the end it became an unbelievable story. [There were] three Gorans and after 20 years they still ask me, which Goran is here? Only one. One is enough. Those three Gorans made it happen. I probably needed three Gorans to win Wimbledon. With one Goran I could not win it, so I needed to create something special.”

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Ivanisevic’s road to the title was full of spikes. Among his opponents were three former World No. 1s — Carlos Moya, Marat Safin, Patrick Rafter — and a future World No. 1 — Andy Roddick — and somehow, in an epic Monday final, the World No. 125 defeated Rafter 9-7 in a classic fifth set to become the lowest-ranked Wimbledon men’s singles champion in history.

“Probably never ever is a wild card going to win Wimbledon. Never ever are we going to have an atmosphere like that at Wimbledon because of the roof now. It’s amazing,” Ivanisevic said. “I received millions of messages. I received millions of questions for interviews. I said, ‘Guys, I won Wimbledon 20 years ago!’ I’m always amazed and surprised how much this Wimbledon, even if it’s been 20 years, changed people’s lives, changed my life. It changed everything and because of that I am here today. It is special.”

Ivanisevic was past his physical prime. But mentally, he was able to summon a fortnight of magic in London.

“I should maybe get a degree in psychology, because I helped myself to overcome and to calm [myself] and do something different. That’s also kind of unbelievable,” Ivanisevic said. “It’s not only about tennis, it’s not only about hitting forehands and backhands.”

That triumph is a big part of why Ivanisevic earned induction into the International Hall of Fame. When the 49-year-old walked into the museum in Newport for the first time on Friday morning, he was taken back by the company he is joining.

“There is so much history, so many unbelievable names, trophies, people who created this sport, who changed this sport, who made this sport. Now I’m part of it,” Ivanisevic said. “I still don’t get that in my head at this moment, but it’s going to click in. It’s like I did something good in these 42 years since I started [my life in tennis]. It’s an unbelievable honour to be here.”

As happy as he is with his trophies, Ivanisevic is also proud of the benchmark he set for Croatian tennis players. The lefty paved the path for the likes of Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, who have been followed by Marin Cilic and Borna Coric among others. Ivanisevic coached Cilic to his 2014 US Open victory.

“They all followed me. It was unbelievable. I had my idols and then I became an idol of a lot of tennis players, which is unbelievable,” Ivanisevic said. “That makes me happy and proud that I contributed something for tennis.”

Today, Ivanisevic is one of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s coaches. Last Sunday, the lefty sat in the Serbian’s box as he lifted a record-tying 20th Grand Slam trophy. But he will forever be remembered for his accomplishments — and performances — on the court.

“I think the [fans are] always going to remember me as Goran, an interesting tennis player. I could have been better, I could have been worse. They say I could have won more Grand Slams. Yeah, I agree. But I could have also not won [Wimbledon] and not been here,” Ivanisevic said. “But I think they’re going to remember that I was never boring and there was always something happening. Even I didn’t know what would happen.”

That remains the case ahead of Saturday’s induction ceremony, for which Ivanisevic admitted he will “probably be very nervous”. But through the soaring highs and devastating lows, the Croatian can now say that his legacy is set in stone in Newport.

“I’ve already changed my speech seven million times. But whatever speech [I give], there are a lot of people I’m going to thank. Because of them, I am here now,” Ivanisevic said. “After 20 years, if they still remember my final at Wimbledon, they’re always going to remember the three Gorans, one Goran, two Gorans. But they are going to remember the Goran who changed lives, who made them happy, who made them cry and really entertained them.”

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Djokovic, Medvedev, Tsitsipas Lead Revised Olympics' List

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Eight of the Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin feature in a revised entry list for this month’s Tokyo Olympics. The list includes Serbian star Novak Djokovic, who will continue his historic pursuit of a golden Grand Slam after the 34-year-old claimed the first three majors of the year.

Athens native Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 2 in the Race, will hope to bring glory to Greece on his Olympic debut. Daniil Medvedev, who has won 10 tour-level titles on hard-court, the surface on which the Games are being played on, is also making his debut.

Other ATP stars including two-time Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, Germany’s Alexander Zverev, and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman will also be in action. Australia’s Alex de Minaur has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.

The full men’s and women’s entry list is below:

MEN’S SINGLES: Diego Schwartzman, Facundo Bagnis, Federico Coria, Francisco Cerundolo (ITF)
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Nadia Podoroska (ITF)
MEN’S DOUBLES: Andres Molteni/Horacio Zeballos, Facundo Bagnis/Diego Schwartzman

MEN’S SINGLES: John Millman, James Duckworth
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Ashleigh Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic, Samantha Stosur (ITF)
MEN’S DOUBLES: John Peers, John Millman/Luke Saville
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Ashleigh Barty/Storm Sanders, Ellen Perez/Samantha Stosur

MEN’S DOUBLES: Oliver Marach/Philipp Oswald

MEN’S SINGLES: Egor Gerasimov, Ilya Ivashka
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Victoria Azarenka/Aryna Sabalenka

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Elise Mertens, Alison Van Uytvanck
MEN’S DOUBLES: Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Elise Mertens/Alison Van Uytvanck

MEN’S SINGLES: Thiago Monteiro, Joao Menezes (ITF)
MEN’S DOUBLES: Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares

MEN’S SINGLES: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Vasek Pospisil
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Leylah Fernandez
MEN’S DOUBLES: Felix Auger-Aliassime/Vasek Pospisil
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman

MEN’S SINGLES: Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera (ITF)


WOMEN’S SINGLES: Zheng Saisai, Wang Qiang (ITF)
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Xu Yifan /Yang Zhaoxuan, Duan Yingying /Zheng Saisai

WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Chan Hao-Ching, Letisha Chan

MEN’S SINGLES: Daniel Elahi Galan
MEN’S DOUBLES: Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Maria Camila Osario Serrano

MEN’S SINGLES: Marin Cilic
MEN’S DOUBLES: Nikola Mektic /Mate Pavic, Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Darija Jurak/Donna Vekic

MEN’S SINGLES: Tomas Machac (ITF)
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Barbora Krejcikova, Marketa Vondrousova
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, Karolina Pliskova/Marketa Vondrousova

MEN’S SINGLES: Mohamed Safwat (ITF)

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Anett Kontaveit

MEN’S SINGLES: Gael Monfils, Ugo Humbert, Jeremy Chardy, Gilles Simon
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Fiona Ferro, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia
MEN’S DOUBLES: Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Jeremy Chardy/Gael Monfils
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet/Fiona Ferro

MEN’S SINGLES: Nikoloz Basilashvili

MEN’S SINGLES: Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lennard Struff, Dominik Koepfer, Philipp Kohlschreiber
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Laura Siegemund, Mona Barthel (ITF)
MEN’S DOUBLES: Jan-Lennard Struff/Alexander Zverev, Kevin Krawietz/Tim Puetz
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Anna-Lena Friedsam/Laura Siegemund

MEN’S SINGLES: Andy Murray (ITF)
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Heather Watson
MEN’S DOUBLES: Andy Murray/Joe Salisbury, Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski

MEN’S SINGLES: Stefanos Tsitsipas
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Maria Sakkari

MEN’S SINGLES: Marton Fucsovics
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Timea Babos/Reka Luca Jani

WOMEN’S DOUBLES Sania Mirza/Ankita Raina

MEN’S SINGLES: Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Sonego, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Musetti
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Camila Giorgi, Jasmine Paolini
MEN’S DOUBLES: Matteo Berrettini/Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Musetti/Lorenzo Sonego

MEN’S SINGLES: Yoshihito Nishioka, Kei Nishikori, Taro Daniel, Yuichi Sugita
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Naomi Osaka, Misaki Doi, Nao Hibino
MEN’S DOUBLES: Ben McLachlan/Kei Nishikori (Host)
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara (Host), Nao Hibino/Makoto Ninomiya

MEN’S SINGLES: Alexander Bublik, Mikhail Kukushkin
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Elena Rybakina, Yulia Putintseva, Yaroslava Shvedova
MEN’S DOUBLES: Alexander Bublik/Andrey Golubev
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Elena Rybakina/Yaroslava Shvedova

MEN’S SINGLES: Soonwoo Kwon

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Jelena Ostapenko, Anastasija Sevastova
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Jelena Ostapenko/Anastasija Sevastova

MEN’S DOUBLES: Wesley Koolhof/Jean-Julien Rojer
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Kiki Bertens/Demi Schuurs

MEN’S DOUBLES: Marcus Daniell/Michael Venus

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Veronica Cepede Royg (ITF)

MEN’S SINGLES: Hubert Hurkacz, Kamil Majchrzak
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Iga Swiatek, Magda Linette
MEN’S DOUBLES: Hubert Hurkacz/Lukasz Kubot
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Magda Linette/Alicja Rosolska

MEN’S SINGLES: Pedro Sousa, Joao Sousa
MEN’S DOUBLES: Joao Sousa/Pedro Sousa

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Mihaela Buzarnescu (ITF)
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Monica Niculescu/Raluca Olaru

MEN’S SINGLES: Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Veronika Kudermetova, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Elena Vesnina
MEN’S DOUBLES: Aslan Karatsev/Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov/Andrey Rublev
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Veronika Kudermetova/Elena Vesnina

MEN’S SINGLES: Novak Djokovic, Miomir Kecmanovic
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Nina Stojanovic, Ivana Jorovic
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Aleksandra Krunic/Nina Stojanovic

MEN’S SINGLES: Norbert Gombos
MEN’S DOUBLES: Lukas Klein/Filip Polasek

MEN’S SINGLES: Pablo Carreno Busta, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Pablo Andujar, Roberto Carballes Baena
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Garbine Muguruza, Paula Badosa, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Carla Suarez Navarro
MEN’S DOUBLES: Pablo Carreno Busta/Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Pablo Andujar/Roberto Carballes Baena
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro, Paula Badosa/Sara Sorribes Tormo

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Rebecca Peterson

WOMEN’S SINGLES: Belinda Bencic, Viktorija Golubic
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Belinda Bencic/Viktorija Golubic


WOMEN’S SINGLES: Elina Svitolina, Dayana Yastremska
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Elina Svitolina/Dayana Yastremska, Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiia Kichenok

MEN’S SINGLES: Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Tennys Sandgren, Marcos Giron
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Jennifer Brady, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Alison Riske
MEN’S DOUBLES: Rajeev Ram/Frances Tiafoe, Austin Krajicek/Tennys Sandgren
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Coco Gauff/Nicole Melichar, Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Jessica Pegula

MEN’S SINGLES: Denis Istomin (ITF)

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#NextGenATP Brooksby Powers Into First ATP SF In Newport

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

#NextGenATP Jenson Brooksby played like a veteran to take down Peter Gojowczyk 6-0, 6-3 and reach his first ATP Tour semi-final at the Hall of Fame Open.

The American, who had never played a tour-level match on grass courts before arriving in Newport, raced through the first set and recovered from an early break in the second to seal the victory in just 62 minutes.

“I’m especially happy with a good first set to start it out,” Brooksby said in an on-court interview. “In the second set I could have done some things better, and I’m thinking about that still now, but I’m just happy to get through. Props to him though on a good match, and I’m going to get ready for tomorrow.”

The 20-year-old was contesting his fourth tour-level event, but came in with his confidence high after amassing a 21-2 record at the ATP Challenger Tour level this year. He has lifted three trophies, at Potchefstroom-2, Orlando-1 and Tallahassee, so far in 2021. 

“It’s been a good year, and I just want to keep pushing forward,” Brooksby said. “I definitely have a lot of confidence going into these next few matches.”


Brooksby shook off two break points against Gojowczyk as he powered through the opening set, winning it to love in 23 minutes. He had to hit the reset button after going down 0-2, with the German breaking to love to start the second set. Brooksby won six of the next seven games and sealed the victory with his third ace of the match to move into the semi-finals.

He will next face seventh seed Jordan Thompson, who needed two sets to see off American Maxime Cressy 6-3, 7-6(6). All three of Thompson’s semi-final appearances have come on grass, including a runner-up finish in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Mannarino) and a last four appearance in Antalya in 2019.

Cressy, who was into his first tour-level quarter-final in Newport, saved two match points at 5-4 in a tightly contested second set and held set point at 5-6. But the Aussie held firm to reach his first tour-level semi-final of the season after an hour and 51 minutes.

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Federer Memorabilia Raises $4.7 Million For Charity

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Roger Federer might not have been able to travel to the Tokyo Olympics due to injury, but he has scored an ace for charity after raising $4.7 million (£3.4 million) in a two-phased auction.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from around the world,” Federer said in a statement.

The 39-year-old donated a sizable collection of personal items for auction at Christie’s to raise money for his Roger Federer Foundation. A live auction in London on 23 June, with lots focusing on memorabilia from his 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, raised nearly $1.8 million (£1.3 million).

The subsequent online auction, which took place from 23 June to 14 July, featured 300 lots from a variety of tournaments spanning his entire career – from the gear he used as a 19-year-old in his first Olympic appearance at the 2000 Games in Sydney, to the famous RF cardigan he wore before the 2012 Wimbledon final.

The combined proceeds from both phases of the action – which far exceeded the Swiss’ £1-million ($1.3 million) goal – will go to the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports educational projects in southern Africa and his native Switzerland.

“We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day we could do something meaningful with them,” Federer said. “[We are] humbled to see that the decision we made will make a profound difference to so many children.”

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Karlovic On Ivanisevic: 'He's A True Legend All Over The World'

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Most of today’s players were adolescents when Goran Ivanisevic crafted a storybook run to the Wimbledon title in 2001. #NextGenATP superstar Jannik Sinner was not even born. But if there is one current competitor who understands the Croatian’s impact on tennis, it is Ivo Karlovic.

“I always looked up to him,” Karlovic told “In Croatia, he was a star.”

The 42-year-old first met Ivanisevic at a Davis Cup tie when he was 16. “It was cool. He was a super funny guy and young and wild, so it was fun,” Karlovic remembered. From an early age, he had watched his country’s hero flourish.

Ivanisevic made his first big breakthrough at 17, when he advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals as a qualifier. For Croatia, a country with little tennis history, that was big news.

“After that a lot of kids tried to imitate him with his strokes: his forehand, backhand and serve,” Karlovic said. “He was the idol for a lot of kids back then.”

Little did Karlovic know that in 2000, he would step on the doubles court alongside Ivanisevic in two Davis Cup ties. In 2001, they also competed together in an ATP Challenger Tour event.

“I was a little bit nervous, but he’s a really cool guy,” Karlovic said. “He was always trying to make it easier for me.”

That Challenger event was in January 2001. Five months later, Ivanisevic, then No. 125 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, needed a wild card to get into the main draw at Wimbledon, where he had previously made three finals.

“It was an underdog story,” Karlovic said.

But after a thrilling fortnight full of drama, twists and turns — including a three-day semi-final against Tim Henman and a memorable Monday championship match against Patrick Rafter — Ivanisevic finally emerged victorious at The Championships.

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Ivanisevic watches Karlovic play Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2012. Photo: Getty Images
Karlovic, the former World No. 14, remembers Ivanisevic’s kindness throughout the years as much as his triumphs. “Dr. Ivo” has crafted his own strong career, breaking the lefty’s career aces record at the 2015 China Open, after which Ivanisevic texted Karlovic to congratulate him.

“It meant a lot. Every time we speak, I always listen because he’s a true legend. It’s not just in Croatia, but all over the world,” Karlovic said. “Of course it meant a lot to me that he congratulated me on that, because I also know that it was the biggest weapon in his game and it meant a lot to him also. When he congratulated me, it was really nice.”

It is fitting that Karlovic was in Newport this week competing at an ATP 250 in Newport, held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The World No. 210 lost in a tight second-round clash against top seed Alexander Bublik, but he was happy to be on the grounds the same week that Ivanisevic will become the first Croatian to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“Of course everybody in Croatia, everybody in my generation was looking up to him because he was the young star,” Karlovic said. “For such a small country like Croatia, to have somebody in tennis in the Hall of Fame is just incredible.”

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Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Monfils! Gael & Elina Tie The Knot

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Tennis’ favourite couple has tied the knot on Friday, 16 July in Geneva – and in classic G.E.M.S. Life style, Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina are taking to social media to celebrate.

Monfils, former World No. 6 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, and Svitolina, the WTA Tour’s World No. 6, have been an item since 2018. Through their joint G.E.M.S. Life Instagram account – named for the combination of their initials: Gael, Elina, Monfils, Svitolina – they have given fans an inside look into their relationship via viral videos, hilarious TikToks, and more. 

It was there that the couple first shared their big wedding news, after Monfils popped the question back in April.


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Now, the big day has finally arrived, with the couple set to tie the knot in Geneva, where Monfils resides. Though Monfils and Svitolina kept their plans under wraps, the Frenchman couldn’t help but tease fans on Twitter about his “big week ahead.”

On Thursday, Monfils and Svitolina made their big announcement in ultimate G.E.M.S. Life fashion: through a series of coordinated Instagram posts from the future bride and groom. 


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“Last day as my fiance,” Monfils captioned his post, while the Ukrainian player shared her “last post as Miss Svitolina.”

As congratulations have poured in from across the tennis world, Monfils also gave fans a first look at the new Mr. and Mrs. Monfils – albeit in bobble-head form.


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Soon afterward, the real Mr. and Mrs. Monfils made their social media debut, as the Frenchman shared some snaps of their stunning wedding looks, both designed by Virgil Abloh. Monfils wore a custom purple Off-White tuxedo suit on the big day. 


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Krajinovic Upsets Tsitsipas in Hamburg

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Serbian Filip Krajinovic shocked top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 at the Hamburg European Open on Friday to reach the semi-finals and claim a third Top 10 win of his career.

The sixth seed fought back after losing the first five games, claiming nine of the next 11 to advance in two hours and one minute. He won 76 per cent (31/41) of his first-service points against the World No. 4, using the drop shot to great effect to reach his first semi-final of the season.

“He started really well, really aggressively,” Krajinovic said. “I could not find my game, could not find my serve, he was overpowering me. But at the end of the first set, I started to feel better, I was going for my shots. It paid off in the end. I am happy to beat Tsitsipas, he is an amazing player.

“I always play well here, and I hope I keep playing well here. [Laslo] Djere is an amazing player, so it is going to be a tight match next. It is going to be an interesting [match] tomorrow.”

Krajinovic will next face countryman Laslo Djere after the Serbian eased past third-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 6-2. Djere did not face a break point to improve to 4-1 in his ATP Head2Head Series against Basilashvili.

Tsitsipas made a fast start, winning the opening 11 points as he raced 3-0 ahead. He struck the ball with great depth, power and consistency as he did not commit an unforced error in the opening four games. The Greek pinned Krajinovic into his backhand corner with his heavy topspin throughout the set with great effect. Crucially, despite falling behind, Krajinovic did rally to close to 3-5 and gained momentum heading into the second set.

Krajinovic then began to play with more confidence as he found his range in the second set, using the drop shot on his backhand with great success throughout. As errors started to come from Tsitsipas’ racquet, a rejuvenated Krajinovic broke early to lead 3-1 and dominated the set with his aggressive play to level.

The World No. 44 then continued to strike the ball well in the deciding set as he fired an array of winners past Tsitsipas in a strong performance. He stepped into the court and dictated on his backhand, breaking again to seal his joint ever biggest win (Thiem 2020 Western & Southern Open).


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Coria Shocks Garin In Bastad

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Argentine Federico Coria sprung a surprise at the Nordea Open on Friday as he fought past second seed Cristian Garin 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach his second tour-level semi-final of the season.

Coria, who enjoyed a run to the semi-finals at the Cordoba Open (l. to Cerundolo) in February, broke Garin six times and won 66 per cent (40/61) of his first-service points to advance in two hours and 33 minutes. Victory over the World No. 18 in Bastad marked Coria’s biggest win of his career.


Garin was seeking to claim a second ATP Tour title of the season, and sixth clay-court tour-level trophy in his career, after he lifted the Chile Dove Men+Care Open title on home soil (d. Bagnis) in Santiago in March.

Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann awaits Coria next, after the World No. 107 defeated qualifier Arthur Rinderknech 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first semi-final of the season. Hanfmann, who has enjoyed runs to the semi-final at Gstaad in 2017 and Kitzbuhel in 2020, won 93 per cent (28/30) of his first-service points to advance in 86 minutes.

Top seed Casper Ruud also moved through after he received a walkover against Henri Laaksonen. He will next play Roberto Carballes Baena after the Spaniard eased past Norbert Gombos 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 38 minutes. The World No. 97 is into his first tour-level semi-final of the season, and third in his career.

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Anderson, Bublik Set For Newport SF Clash

  • Posted: Jul 16, 2021

Eighth seed Kevin Anderson rallied from a set down against the resurgent Jack Sock on Thursday to reach his first semi-final of the year at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport.

Former World No. 5 Anderson fired 20 aces and won 88 per cent (42/48) of his first serve points as he fought his way into a tour-level semi-final for the first time since Vienna last October (ret. vs. Rublev).

“I was up against a really, really good player. Jack has had a couple of tough years, but his level is way above his ranking,” Anderson said. “I really had to dig deep, it was a very physical match and conditions were much warmer today. I thought I did a good job, battling hard and fighting for every point. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a way to come through in the end.”

Sock, who was contesting his first tour-level quarter-final since 2018 in Paris-Bercy, grabbed the first set after saving a set point. Sock and Anderson traded service breaks early on, and they stayed level as the South African applied the scoreline pressure. Sock outlasted Anderson from the baseline at 5-4 to send them into a tie-break, where he claimed the set after Anderson netted a backhand.

Anderson raised his level in the second set, using his booming serve to great effect as he kept the points short and looked for serve-and-volley winners. The eighth seed won five of the first six games to race out to a double break lead. In the third set, he attacked his opponent’s second serve, winning 12 of 14 points behind Sock’s second delivery. After breaking to love at 4-3, Anderson served out the victory in two hours and 35 minutes.


He will next face Alexander Bublik for the first time, after the top seed raced past Jason Jung to win 6-2, 6-4 in 76 minutes. 

Bublik is into his third semi-final of the year after amassing a personal-best 26 wins on the season. The Kazakh player saved the only break point he faced and won 85 per cent (22/26) of first serve points en route to victory, which he sealed with his 14th ace of the match.

“There are a lot of positives: staying confident throughout the entire match, and staying focused against such a tricky opponent. He runs around a lot and plays very solid,” Bublik said. “I tried to keep my nerves together and served well, which definitely helps.” 

Bublik, who reached his first ATP Tour final here in Newport in 2019, is seeking his first tour-level title after starting the year with a run to the championship match in Antalya (l. to De Minaur).

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