Tennis News

From around the world

Norrie Nullifies Opelka Power To Claim Delray Title

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Norrie Nullifies Opelka Power To Claim Delray Title

Brit drops just one set on way to ATP 250 title

When it came to the moments that mattered most, Cameron Norrie’s return game came to the party in the final of the Delray Beach Open by

The World No. 13 stayed patient to win tie-breaks in both sets against the big-serving of Reilly Opelka and capture a third ATP Tour title with a 7-6(1), 7-6(4) victory on Sunday.

Norrie opened 2022 with four straight losses but found his feet with a quarter-final run in Rotterdam before performing strongly this week to reach the final in Delray Beach. The 2021 BNP Paribas Open champion only dropped one set on his way to the title as he moved to a positive 6-5 match record for the season with his win over World No. 20 Opelka.

“I thought I played a very clean match,” said Norrie after the win. “I didn’t face a break point so that was great. I was happy with the way I played and obviously with the result.

“The tie-breaks I played extremely aggressively, the second one especially, I managed to put a couple of balls away and I was reading the play great. [I’m] super happy to get the win and beat a guy like Reilly, who is confident and playing well and won [the Dallas title] last week.”


  • TV Schedule
  • Watch Live On Tennis TV
  • Follow Live Scores On ATP Tour App

Norrie came out confidently and regularly found a way to make inroads on the Opelka serve, but the World No. 13 was still unable to convert any of the four break point opportunities he carved out in an engrossing first set.

The Brit persevered and eventually got his reward. Opelka had won six out of six tie-breaks during his title run in Dallas and another four this week in Delray Beach, but Norrie’s returning excelled under pressure and he took it 7/1 to seal the first set.

Opelka then received treatment for a sore elbow but that didn’t seem to hinder his biggest weapon, the American ending the match with 25 aces to bring his tournament total to 81. He limited his opponent to just one break point in the second set but was unable to conjure one of his own against Norrie’s serve in the match.

The second-set tie-break was a tenser affair than the first, Norrie staying calm behind a backhand volley to secure the first mini-break of the tie-break and bring up match point at 6/4. Opelka then fired a forehand long to make Norrie the first British winner at Delray Beach after one hour, 52 minutes.

Opelka was positive about his performance despite Sunday’s defeat. “It was a nice two weeks,” said the American after the match. “I played a lot of matches here, a lot of long three-set matches, so my body is definitely feeling it.”

He also felt all-round improvements were responsible for his rise to a career-high ATP Ranking of 19. “Just going through everything [helps],” said Opelka. “Gaining more experience, more knowledge, getting stronger and fitter. It’s hard to pick one thing, there are so many little details that make a big difference. I think it’s just overall growth.”

With the win, Norrie takes a 2-1 lead over Opelka in the pair’s ATP Head2Head series. The World No. 13 attributes the form that has brought him to the brink of the Top 10 to a change of mind set. “I’m able to dictate the play from the beginning of the point,” he said after the match. “I’m definitely more aggressive than I was when I [first] came on tour.

“I had a tendency to be too passive in the bigger moments and I’ve changed that a little bit. I’ve been the one being the protagonist, the one executing the short balls and moving the other guy.”

Source link

Arevalo/Rojer Ride Wave To Delray Title

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Arevalo/Rojer Ride Wave To Delray Title

El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing backs up Dallas win

Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer completed a perfect fortnight in the United States as they claimed victory at the Delray Beach Open by on Sunday.

The top-seeded pairing held their nerve to defeat Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-4 and extend their winning streak to seven matches and earn consecutive ATP Tour titles.

Arevalo and Rojer partnered up for the first time at Delray Beach in 2021, losing out in the first round on that occasion. They did not play together again until the Melbourne Summer Set in January this year, but the newly cemented partnership has enjoyed immediate success and picked up its first title together at the Dallas Open without dropping a set.


  • TV Schedule
  • Watch Live On Tennis TV
  • Follow Live Scores On ATP Tour App

The top seeds looked on course for another comfortable victory in Delray Beach after dominating the first set and establishing a 4-2 lead in the second. One of Arevalo and Rojer’s few disappointments this year was a first-round loss to Nedovyesov and Qureshi in Sydney, however, and the Kazakh-Pakistani pairing proved a tricky prospect again.

The third seeds broke back and went on to force a Match Tie-break, but the El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing reasserted their control and sealed victory in one hour, 50 minutes. Arevalo and Rojer ended the match having won 75 per cent (33/44) of points behind their first serves, restricting their opponents to just two break points.

The Delray Beach title is the 31st of Dutchman Rojer’s career, while his partner Arevalo now has four.

Source link

Djokovic On If Medvedev Takes World No. 1: 'I'll Be The First One To Congratulate Him'

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Djokovic On If Medvedev Takes World No. 1: ‘I’ll Be The First One To Congratulate Him’

Serbian begins his season Monday against Musetti

If Novak Djokovic relinquishes the No. 1 ATP Ranking to Daniil Medvedev on 28 February, the Serbian will be happy for his rival.

“It’s in his hands. He deserves to be No. 1,” Djokovic said Sunday before his season debut at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. “Eventually it’s going to happen. If it happens this week, I’ll be the first one to congratulate him.”

The World No. 1 will begin his 361st week atop men’s tennis’ mountain on Monday. If Medvedev lifts the Acapulco trophy, he will ascend to No. 1 the week of 28 February (Learn all scenarios here). 

For his part, Djokovic is solely focussing on what he can control in Dubai, where he owns a 41-6 record.

“The only scenario that I have in my head is to win every match that I play here,” Djokovic said.

You May Also Like:

How Medvedev Can Claim World No. 1 From Djokovic This Month

The 34-year-old first played the tournament in 2007 and has never failed to reach the quarter-finals. Djokovic is a five-time Dubai titlist, most recently triumphing in 2020, when he earned consecutive Top 10 wins against Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas to emerge victorious.

“It’s great to be here. I’ve had some wonderful results in this tournament. It’s been a while since I played for the first time in [the] Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships,” Djokovic said. “[I have] many wonderful memories on and off the court.”

It is a star-studded ATP 500, with all eight seeds inside the world’s Top 20. Marseille champion Andrey Rublev is the second seed and Rotterdam winner Felix Auger-Aliassime is seeded third.

There are also plenty of tough unseeded players in the draw, including former World No. 1 Andy Murray, former World No. 3 Marin Cilic and former World No. 8 Karen Khachanov, who could potentially play Djokovic in the second round if they both make it that far.

“It’s always a very solid, very hard draw and field. Every match you get to play is really on a Grand Slam, ATP Masters 1000 level. It is a 500 category, but it feels that it’s stronger than that definitely with the field of players,” Djokovic said. “I’m excited. I haven’t played a match since Davis Cup in Spain last December. Can’t wait to start an official match tomorrow night.”

<a href=''>Novak Djokovic</a>
Photo Credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images
On Monday evening, Djokovic will play 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals competitor Lorenzo Musetti. It will be the Serbian’s first match of the season.

“Of course, [my] first match is going to be very important to kind of start off the campaign in this year’s tournament in a positive way,” Djokovic said. “I have a young, very talented, tricky opponent in Lorenzo Musetti, who has had a big win over [Hubert] Hurkacz a few weeks ago in Rotterdam.”

Djokovic’s only previous ATP Head2Head clash against Musetti came in the fourth round at Roland Garros last year. The Italian took a two-set lead before the eventual champion stormed back to force a decider. At 0-4 in the fifth set, Musetti retired.

“We played a tough five-setter obviously in Roland Garros. Clay, different conditions. He likes the more bouncy conditions,” Djokovic said. “I think that this court is playing very quick, actually the quickest I ever experienced the surface here in Dubai. It was always fast, but a lot of players that I talked to have been saying the same thing — it’s very, very fast.

“Obviously if you serve well, it’s a big advantage. I’m hoping that I can get the good start of the match, hopefully nice atmosphere on the stadium. I’m definitely motivated and inspired to play my best tennis. We’ll take one day at a time and see how far I can [go].”

Source link

Rublev Clinches Marseille Double

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Rublev Clinches Marseille Double

Molchanov/Rublev were competing in their first tour-level event as a team

Russia’s Andrey Rublev completed a Open 13 Provence double on Sunday as he lifted the doubles trophy with Ukrainian Denys Molchanov, just hours after winning the singles title in Marseille.

The unseeded pair raised their level to rally from a set down, downing second seeds Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 to end their debut week as a team in style.

With his victory, Rublev has become just the third player to sweep both the singles and doubles titles in the tournament’s 30-year history. Swede Thomas Enqvist clinched both crowns in 1997, while Frenchman Michael Llorda accomplished the fete in 2010. Rublev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the singles final.

You May Also Like:

Rublev Downs Felix, Captures Marseille Crown

Molchanov and Rublev won decisive Match Tie-breaks in all four of their clashes at the ATP 250 event, triumphing after one hour and 31 minutes in the final as they sealed victory on their third match point.

Molchanov was competing in his second tour-level final, having lost in the Gstaad championship match in 2018 (w/Zelenay). Rublev has now earned three ATP Tour doubles titles, also triumphing in Moscow in 2015 (w/Tursunov) and Doha last season (w/Karatsev).

Klaasen, 39, and McLachlan, 29, were aiming to win their third tour-level crown together, after enjoying title runs in Cologne in 2020 and Washington last year.

Source link

Scouting Report: Djokovic & Medvedev Lead Dubai & Acapulco Fields; Garin In Action In Santiago

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Scouting Report: Djokovic & Medvedev Lead Dubai & Acapulco Fields; Garin In Action In Santiago

An executive summary of what every fan should know about the coming week

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect Carlos Alcaraz and Reilly Opelka’s withdrawals from the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC.

Another busy week on the ATP Tour will see action take place in Acapulco, Dubai and Santiago.

Novak Djokovic returns to action as the top seed at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, while Daniil Medvedev leads the field at Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco, with both of those events classed as ATP 500s. Reigning champion Cristian Garin returns to home soil at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open, an ATP 250 clay-court event held in Santiago.

With plenty to look out for, looks at five things to watch at each event.

View Draws: Acapulco | Dubai | Santiago

1) Medvedev Leads The Field: Medvedev came within one set of capturing his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, falling to Rafael Nadal in a five-set classic. The Russian returns to court for the first time since at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, where he will make his debut. The World No. 2 will open against Benoit Paire.

It is a critical week for Medvedev, who controls his destiny in the battle for the No. 1 ATP Ranking with Djokovic. If the Russian lifts the trophy in Acapulco, he will become the third Russian to accomplish the feat by climbing to the top spot on 28 February. Learn all the No. 1 scenarios here.

2) Defending Champion Zverev: Alexander Zverev has fond memories in Acapulco, having triumphed in Mexico last year. The German, who did not drop a set en route to the title, reached the final in Montpellier earlier this month. The World No. 3 will face American Jenson Brooksby in a promising first-round match.

At last year’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Zverev needed three sets to dispatch the American. This will be their second ATP Head2Head clash.

3) Rafa Is Back: Rafael Nadal reminded everyone what he is capable of at the Australian Open in January as he soared to his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne. Fully rested, the Spaniard is back in action at a tournament he has enjoyed success at in the past, lifting the trophy in Acapulco in 2005, 2013 and 2020.

The 35-year-old, who owns a 20-2 record in Acapulco, takes on lucky loser Denis Kudla in his opening match.

4) Berrettini & Tsitsipas Aiming To Go Deep: Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas will both be targeting their first title of the season in Mexico. Berrettini is making his debut and will begin against Tommy Paul, while Tsitsipas will be aiming to go one step further than last year, when he lost in the final. The Greek, who advanced to the championship match in Rotterdam earlier this month, faces Laslo Djere in the first round.

5) New Venue: The action in Acapulco will take place at the Arena GNP Seguros this year, a new venue that holds six courts and stadium seating of more than 10,000. The tournament site has increased by eight hectares after construction took place over the past two years.


  • TV Schedule
  • Watch Live On Tennis TV
  • Follow Live Scores On ATP Tour App

1) Djokovic Returns: World No. 1 Djokovic will compete for the first time this season when he takes to court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Serbian, who has lifted the trophy at the ATP 500 event five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), opens against #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti.

It is a key week in his battle for top spot in the ATP Rankings with Medvedev. If the Russian wins the Acapulco title, he will climb to World No. 1. But Djokovic can put the pressure on Medvedev with a deep run in Dubai. Learn all the No. 1 scenarios here.

2) Canadian Threat: Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov have enjoyed strong starts to the season, helping guide Canada to the ATP Cup title in Sydney, before Auger-Aliassime lifted his maiden tour-level title in Rotterdam.

Shapovalov reached the semi-finals in Dubai last year and begins his 2022 tournament against Marton Fucsovics as he looks to set the wheels in motion for another deep run. In their only previous clash, the Hungarian triumphed in four sets at the 2020 Australian Open. Auger-Aliassime is making his Dubai debut and will face Doha finalist Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.

3) Can Rublev Maintain Strong Form? Andrey Rublev arrives in Dubai off the back of a run to the title in Marseille. The Russian, who also reached the last four in Rotterdam earlier this month, advanced to the Dubai semi-finals in 2021. The second seed plays Briton Daniel Evans in his opening match.

4) Hurkacz & Sinner Aiming For First Title In 2022: Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner both enjoyed standout 2021 seasons, winning seven tour-level titles between them. They are both still searching for their first crowns in 2022 and will hope to triumph in Dubai. Fourth seed Sinner starts against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, while Hurkacz takes on Montpellier champion Alexander Bublik.

5) Mektic/Pavic Top Seeds In Doubles: Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic will continue their bid for their first title of the season as the top seeds in Dubai. American-British tandem Rajeev Ram and Joe Sailsbury are the second seeds, with John Peers and Filip Polasek seeded third. Tim Puetz and Michael Venus are the fourth seeds.

You May Also Like:

The Tour – A Day In The Life With Mektic & Pavic

1) Garin Strong In Santiago: Chile’s Cristian Garin will compete on home soil at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open aiming to regain his top form. The 25-year-old captured the title in Santiago in 2021, defeating Facundo Bagnis in the final. So far this year, Garin’s best result came at the Australian Open, where he advanced to the third round. The top seed, who owns a 5-1 record at this event, will begin his campaign at the ATP 250 clay-court tournament against Chilean wild card Alejandro Tabilo or a qualifier.

2) Tabilo On The Move: If Tabilo reaches the second round, it will set a blockbuster clash for the home fans. The home favourite has steadily climbed over the past several months and is approaching a Top 100 breakthrough. Currently at a career-high No. 111 in the ATP Rankings, the lefty advanced to his first ATP Tour final in Cordoba. He started his season by representing his country at the ATP Cup and qualifying for the main draw at the Australian Open, where he lost against Alcaraz in the first round.

3) Spanish Standouts: In a strong field, Spaniards Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Pedro Martinez and Jaume Munar are aiming for a deep run. Ramos-Vinolas clinched his fourth tour-level title in Cordoba in February and is a former semi-finalist in Santiago (2020). The second seed will face Juan Manuel Cerundolo or Carlos Taberner in his first match.

Fourth seed Martinez is making his debut at the clay-court tournament and could play Munar in his first match if the World No. 89 defeats Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros. Munar has never been beyond the first round in Chile in his two previous appearances. Martinez has won a match in all five of his tournaments this year.

4) Milan Competitors Chase A Title: Three competitors from the 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals will try to triumph in Santiago: Cerundolo, Sebastian Baez and Holger Rune. Cerundolo claimed his first ATP Tour title last year in Cordoba last year, while Baez and Rune are trying to earn glory at this level for the first time.

5) Brazilians Pursue Second Doubles Title: Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves claimed their first ATP Tour doubles title together last year in Cordoba. This week, they will chase their second tour-level trophy as the top seeds in Santiago. The second seeds are Pedro Martinez and Andrea Vavassori. Another team to watch is Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry. Gonzalez has earned 11 tour-level doubles crowns, including three last year alongside Simone Bolelli.

Source link

Rublev Downs Felix, Captures Marseille Crown

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Rublev Downs Felix, Captures Marseille Crown

Russian has now won nine tour-level titles

Andrey Rublev returned to the winners’ circle on Sunday, overcoming Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6(4) in the Open 13 Provence final to lift his first ATP Tour trophy since March 2021.

The Russian, who defeated three Frenchmen in Marseille to reach the championship match at the ATP 250 event, has now captured nine tour-level crowns, improving his record in finals on indoor hard courts to 5-0.

All the battles I have had with Felix since the first time back in 2018 have had drama,” Rublev said in his on-court interview. “All have had at least one set that went 7-6 and now he is one of the greatest players. Especially this season, he is on top now. It was a pleasure to share a court with him and have an amazing final like this.”

Since triumphing in Rotterdam last March, Rublev had lost finals at ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Monte Carlo and Cincinnati and on grass in Halle, an ATP 500 event. However, the second seed ensured he would not suffer the same heartache against Auger-Aliassime.

Rublev demonstrated his impressive mental strength in the championship match. The Russian rallied from a break down in the first set and recovered from failing to serve out the clash at 5-4 in the second set. He then saved a set point on serve at 5-6, 30/40 in the second set to eventually triumph after one hour and 57 minutes.

“I had to increase my level otherwise I would have had no chance against Felix,” Rublev said. “From 5-4 he started to play even better and I was thinking it would go to three sets. But somehow I was able to raise my level and in the end it was tough.”


  • TV Schedule
  • Watch Live On Tennis TV
  • Follow Live Scores On ATP Tour App

With his victory, the World No. 7 has now improved his ATP Head2Head series over the Canadian to 3-1, avenging the semi-final defeat he suffered against Auger-Aliassime in Rotterdam last week.

The 24-year-old will now take to court in the doubles final with Denys Molchanov, aiming to become just the third man in the tournament’s 30-year history to win the singles and doubles titles in the same edition (Thomas Enqvist 1997, Michael Llodra 2010).

In a lively start, Auger-Aliassime raced into a 2-0 lead. However, Rublev quickly found his range, responding immediately to level as he stepped inside the baseline to pin the Canadian deep behind the baseline. The Russian, who fired seven aces in the first set, then raised his level at the end of the first set, breaking to lead 6-5, before holding serve to seal the opener.

The second set was a tight affair with both continuing to go blow-to-blow from the baseline. Auger-Aliassime, however, showed signs he was tiring following his busy recent schedule. Three breaks were exchanged in a row from 2-2, with Rublev earning two.

Yet the Russian was unable to serve out the match at 5-4, with Auger-Aliassime pulling Rublev from corner to corner as he broke back to love. However, the Russian quickly regained his focus, saving a set point on serve at 5-6, 30/40, before he played consistently and aggressively in the tie-break to seal his victory.

Auger-Aliassime was aiming to clinch his second title in as many weeks, having captured his maiden tour-level trophy in Rotterdam last week. The Canadian did not drop a set en route to the final in Marseille, defeating childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No. 49 Ilya Ivashka and Russian Roman Safiullin.

Did You Know?
Rublev battled back from 2-5 in the third set against Richard Gasquet in his first match of the week in Marseille, advancing 7-6(3) in the decider after two hours and 27 minutes.

Source link

Schwartzman Pulls Double Duty To Reach Rio Final

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Schwartzman Pulls Double Duty To Reach Rio Final

Argentine awaits Alcaraz or Fognini

After five-and-a-half hours on court Saturday, Diego Schwartzman is through to his second ATP Tour final in as many weeks. The Argentine backed up a marathon win over Pablo Andujar in the afternoon with a two-hour win over countryman Francisco Cerundolo in the evening to reach the championship match at the Rio Open presented by Claro.

Friday rain meant double duty on Saturday on a hectic day in Rio.

Schwartzman’s semi-final could have gone even longer, but the third seed saved three set points in the opening stanza to pave the way for a much-needed straight-set win. He can look forward to a good night’s sleep after a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Cerundolo on Quadra Guga Kuerten. 

“Unbelievable. The effort I did today with my team, not just me. Also Francisco, both of us, and now Fognini and Alcaraz,” Schwartzman reflected.

“Yesterday we were here all day long. We went to the hotel at 10 p.m. yesterday, coming back in the morning today to play one match, now the other one. I don’t know how I did it, I really don’t understand how I did it, but I did. So I’m very happy and of course playing with this crowd in Brazil, for an Argentinian player it’s unbelievable.”

Down an early break, Schwartzman saved five break points to stay within touching distance at 4-3 in the first. He saved a first set point on serve to get to 5-4, then saved two more on the return to level the set and ultimately force a tie-break.

“I think he had too many chances at the beginning of the match to win the first set,” Schwartzman said post-match. “I think the first set, for both of us, it was very important. 

“At the end [of the set], I was just trying to think, ‘Hey, he didn’t play a final at an ATP 500 tournament, so maybe the nerves are there’… I took the chance. We are here to take the chances, and I did great today.”

After winning the last three points of the tie-break, he carried that momentum into set two, taking an early lead. Cerundolo won consecutive love games to turn 3-1 to 3-3, but Schwartzman again raised his level late as he finished the match with his third and fourth breaks of the evening.

He awaits the winner of the second semi-final between seventh seed Carlos Alcaraz and Fabio Fognini. Against either man, the Argentine expects a “crazy final” against an in-form opponent who will mix aggressive play with “tricky shots, drop shots.”

“I’m in a good position right now,” Schwartzman said. “I already played, I’m in the final, so let’s see who wins, and I’ll try to do my best tomorrow.” 

Source link

AA+ Sportsmanship: Felix Tells Safiullin To Challenge

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

AA+ Sportsmanship: Felix Tells Safiullin To Challenge

Felix Auger-Aliassime won his first ATP Tour title last week in Rotterdam, and will bid for another in Sunday’s Marseille final. But it’s not just success that has earned the Canadian the respect of his peers; it’s the manner in which he has conducted himself.
There was no better illustration of that than in his Saturday semi-final against Roman Safiullin at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

Locked in a tight battle with the Russian, FAA watched a stinging passing shot fly past him down the line midway through the second set. The lasered forehand was called out, but the third seed was not so sure.

You May Also Like:

Felix Keeps Run Rolling, Sets Rublev Final Clash In Marseille

After a brief discussion with the chair umpire, who started to mistakenly announce a challenge from the Canadian, Auger-Aliassime encouraged his opponent to call for a review.

Safiullin obliged and the replay revealed that his pass clipped the line, giving him a 15/0 advantage in the set’s sixth game. The Russian went on to hold in that frame, but Auger-Aliassime advanced with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) victory.

Source link

Medvedev's Path To No. 1 In Acapulco May Run Through Nadal

  • Posted: Feb 20, 2022

Medvedev’s Path To No. 1 In Acapulco May Run Through Nadal

Chile’s Garin top seed in Santiago title defence

Daniil Medvedev controls his own destiny in his bid to overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP Rankings, knowing a title in Acapulco would see him rise to World No. 1.

Now the Russian also knows his potential path to the trophy, following the release of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC draw.

You May Also Like:

How Medvedev Can Claim World No. 1 From Djokovic This Month

Medvedev will open against France’s Benoit Paire in the 32-player draw, with seventh seed Taylor Fritz lurking in his quarter and fourth seed Rafael Nadal a potential semi-final opponent. 

It would be a sixth ATP Head2Head meeting between Medvedev and Nadal, with the Spaniard leading the series 4-1 after his historic five-set comeback in the Australian Open final. Nadal is seeking to continue his perfect start to the 2022 season in Acapulco. The World No. 5 is 10-0 on the year, a trophy at the Melbourne Summer Set preceding his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

Alexander Zverev, the draw’s second seed, opens against American Jenson Brooksby, while third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Laslo Djere. Matteo Berrettini, Cameron Norrie and Pablo Carreno Busta round out the eight seeds in the Mexican ATP 500 event, with Great Britain’s Norrie taking on Carlos Alcaraz in a first-round blockbuster.

Here are all the scenarios in which Medvedev would climb to World No. 1 on 28 February:

  • Medvedev wins the Acapulco title, regardless of Djokovic’s results in Dubai
  • Medvedev reaches the Acapulco final and Djokovic does not win the Dubai title
  • Medvedev reaches the Acapulco semi-finals and Djokovic does not reach the Dubai final
  • Medvedev reaches the Acapulco quarter-finals and Djokovic does not reach the Dubai semi-finals
  • Medvedev reaches the second round in Acapulco and Djokovic does not reach the Dubai semi-finals
  • Medvedev loses in the first round in Acapulco and Djokovic does not reach the Dubai quarter-finals

Defending Champ Garin Leads Santiago Draw
Cristian Garin occupies the top line of the Chile Dove Men+Care Open draw in his native Santiago. The home favourite shares the top half with fourth seed Pedro Martinez, and could face compatriot and tournament wild card Alejandro Tabilo in the second round.

Second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas and third seed Federico Delbonis headline the draw’s bottom half. Chilean wild card Nicolas Jarry is also in the bottom section, giving the host nation at least three men in the draw before any potential qualifiers.

Source link