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Felix Hunting Second Career Title In Los Cabos

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Felix Hunting Second Career Title In Los Cabos

As he sets his sights on a second career title this week when he makes his tournament debut in Los Cabos, World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime says that he is better prepared this year to contend for trophies.

The Canadian transitions into the summer hard court swing at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Mexico, where, as the second seed behind World No.1 Danill Medvedev, the 21-year-old will be satisfied with nothing less than the title.

Auger-Aliassime came into the season with an 0-8 record in Tour-level finals but exorcised his championship-match demons when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 to win the ABN AMRO Open.

The Canadian credits his breakthrough title to a fresh mindset coming into the season, one that he is confident will continue to bring him success in the years ahead.

“Everytime I lost one of those finals, it was tough mentally but I thought this year I’m going to be a different player…That means I’m going to try to play a better match and when I get into those finals, I’m going to try to play better tennis,” Auger-Aliassime said.

In addition to the fresh perspective, Felix said that previous losses in finals only motivated him to push harder to reach new heights. “I really felt like I was able to put all those negative things to the side, really focus on the positive, be optimistic, and approach a match with a lot of confidence.”

In January, he broke into the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time and the following month collected his maiden title in the Netherlands. “It was a big relief for me and my team.”

Now, Canada’s top-ranked player is hungry for more success. “My goals are now even higher.” He will open up his Los Cabos debut against either John Millman or wild card and home-favourite, Alex Hernandez.

Celebrating his 22nd birthday next week in Montreal, a title in Mexico would be an early birthday present before heading to his home tournament.

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Sinner Surges Into Race Contention

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Sinner Surges Into Race Contention

Italian climbs to 13th after claiming Umag crown

Jannik Sinner’s victory at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag on Sunday did more than earn him a sixth ATP Tour trophy. The win also helped him surge into contention in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin.

Sinner climbed three places to 13th in the Race, putting him within 705 points of eighth-placed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Eight men will qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held at the Pala Alpitour from 13-20 November.

The 20-year-old competed in last year’s season finale as an alternate after fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini withdrew due to injury. Sinner will now have an opportunity to earn even more points in the coming month, with ATP Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati as well as the US Open.


There was no movement among the Top 12 players in the Race on Monday. However, several players competing this week will have an opportunity to secure or improve their standing as the qualification battle heats up.

Daniil Medvedev is currently sixth in the Race with 2,575 points. The 26-year-old, who is trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the fourth consecutive year, can climb past Alexander Zverev and into fifth by making the final at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos.

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The second seed at the ATP 250 event is Auger-Aliassime, who is eighth in the Race with 2,385 points. The Canadian is trying to earn his spot at the season finale for the first time, and he will look to add to his 325-point lead over ninth-placed Taylor Fritz, who is competing at the Citi Open this week in Washington.

The top seed in the United States’ capital is Andrey Rublev, who is seventh in the Race. The 24-year-old holds just a 30-point lead over Auger-Aliassime as he seeks his third qualification for the year-end championships.

Rafael Nadal leads the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin with 5,620 points and his fellow Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz, is second with 4,270 points. They are scheduled to return to compete next week at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Montreal.

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Stricker Boosts Milan Hopes With Second Challenger Title Of 2022

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Stricker Boosts Milan Hopes With Second Challenger Title Of 2022

Swiss teenager Dominic Stricker strengthened his claim for a position at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals by winning his second ATP Challenger Tour title of the year on Sunday. The 19-year-old rallied from a set down to defeat former World No. 10 Ernests Gulbis 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 at the inaugural Finaport Zug Open.

In collecting his third career ATP Challenger Tour title, Stricker moves up to ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan. For the first time, he will also crack the Top 150 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as he climbs to a career-high 126.

The left-hander becomes the youngest player to win a Challenger title on both clay and hard in 2022 and joins Italy’s Luca Nardi as the only teenagers with multiple Challenger titles this season.

It was a gruelling week for the budding Swiss star, who came back from a set down in the first round against Jozef Kovalik. With rain halting play on Friday, Stricker was forced to play his quarter-final and semi-final on Saturday. On Sunday, in front of a packed crowd in Switzerland, the 2020 Roland Garros boys’ champion captured his first Challenger title on clay after another comeback from a set down.

Gulbis, 33, who reached the Cherbourg Challenger semi-finals in February, was looking for his first Challenger title since Pau in February 2020.

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Italian qualifier Raul Brancaccio won seven matches in eight days to lift the San Benedetto Tennis Cup on home soil in Italy. The 25-year-old needed just one hour and 13 minutes to defeat compatriot Andrea Vavassori 6-1, 6-1 to claim his maiden ATP Challenger title.

Brancaccio also dropped just two games in his first two main-draw matches against Francesco Maestrelli and Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida.

Brancaccio is the 10th different Italian champion of 2022 and follows in the footsteps of countrymen Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini, who both are past champions in San Benedetto. The Italian rises to a career-high 204 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez did not drop a set all week at the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger presented by M Builds to acquire his fourth Challenger title and second of the year. During Sunday’s championship match, the 30-year-old saved 11 of 12 break points faced en route to a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory over home hope Alexis Galarneau.

Gomez, son of 1990 Roland Garros champion Andres Gomez, is the first player from Ecuador to win multiple titles in a season since Giovanni Lapentti in 2008. His latest title in Canada draws him closer to the Top 100 for the first time as he reaches a career-high 121 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Former World No. 14 Kyle Edmund played his first singles match in almost two years when he advanced through qualifying to reach the second round.

In the 31st edition of the Open Castilla y Leon, Frenchman Hugo Grenier dropped just one set all week to collect his second Challenger title and first of 2022. In the all-French final, Grenier defeated Constant Lestienne 7-5, 6-3 to end Lestienne’s recent hot streak, during which he won 14 of 15 matches.

In the semi-finals, Grenier rallied from a set down to defeat fifth seed and former World No. 25 Ugo Humbert 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2.

This past month, Grenier made his Grand Slam singles main draw debut as a lucky loser at Wimbledon. The 26-year-old went on to win his first-round match in five sets against Marc-Andrea Huesler before falling to eventual quarter-finalist Cristian Garin in the second round. Grenier’s title in Segovia, Spain moves him to a career-high 120 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

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Alcaraz Rises To No.4, Mover Of Week

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Alcaraz Rises To No.4, Mover Of Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 1 August 2022

Carlos Alcaraz’s run to the championship match at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag lifts the 19-year-old to a career-high No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Despite falling just short in his title defence with defeat to Jannik Sinner in a heavyweight #NextGenATP final in Croatia, the Spaniard’s upward trajectory shows little sign of slowing. looks at the movers of the week, as of Monday, 1 August.

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No. 4 Carlos Alcaraz, +1 (Career High)
Playing as the defending champion at an ATP Tour event for the first time, Alcaraz again impressed at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag in defeating Norbert Gombos, Facundo Bagnis and Giulio Zeppieri to reach a Tour-leading sixth final of 2022. It was Sinner who prevailed in the first Top 10 championship match in tournament history at the clay-court ATP 250 event, but Alcaraz’s efforts see him rise one spot to a career-high No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Read Umag Final Report & Watch Highlights.

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No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut, +2
Roberto Bautista Agut’s charge to his 11th tour-level title at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel lifts the Spaniard two spots to No. 18 in the Pepprstone ATP Rankings. The 34-year-old’s run included hard-fought wins against Jiri Lehecka and countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas before he eased to the title with victory against #NextGenATP Austrian Filip Misolic — a wild card playing in the championship match in his first tour-level main draw appearance. Read Kitzbühel Final Report & Watch Highlights.

No. 21 Alex de Minaur, +9
Some trademark battling performances from Alex de Minaur at the Atlanta Open saw the Australian clinch his sixth ATP Tour crown in Georgia, a feat that propels him nine spots up the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to No. 21. De Minaur rallied from a set down against Adrian Mannarino and Ilya Ivashka en route to the final, where he was a straight-sets winner against Jenson Brooksby to recapture a title that he also won in 2019. Read Atlanta Final Report & Watch Highlights.

No. 37 Jenson Brooksby, +6
Brooksby jumps back into the Top 40 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings with his run to the final in Atlanta, where the 21-year-old took out a trio of top-quality fellow Americans in Mackenzie McDonald, John Isner and Frances Tiafoe. Brooksby’s clash with De Minaur was his third tour-level final and his second of 2022, but the World No. 37 is still chasing his maiden ATP Tour crown.

No. 137 Filip Misolic, +68
Misolic had not played an ATP Tour main draw match before last week. The #NextGenATP Austrian showed little inexperience in storming to the final at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel, however, a run that included a dramatic rain-affected semi-final win against Yannick Hanfmann across two days. Misolic’s exploits lift him 68 spots to a career-high No. 137 In the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

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Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 27 Frances Tiafoe, +2
No. 34 Tommy Paul, +2
No. 43 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, +9
No. 49 Ilya Ivashka, +4
No. 67 Adrian Mannarino, +11
No. 70 Dusan Lajovic, +10
No. 80 Roberto Carballes Baena, +6
No. 90 Constant Lestienne, +15 (Career High)
No. 97 Juan Pablo Varillas, +12 (Career High)

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Medvedev On Battle For No. 1: 'For Sure I'm Watching A Little Bit'

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Medvedev On Battle For No. 1: ‘For Sure I’m Watching A Little Bit’

Medvedev discusses his return to action in Los Cabos

Daniil Medvedev returns to action this week at the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos, where the tournament debutant knows he needs to hit the ground running.

Medvedev is the No. 1 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but he is under pressure for top spot. Entering the week, he leads World No. 2 Alexander Zverev by just 775 points. The 26-year-old will also be defending 1,000 points next week in Canada at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.

“For sure I’m watching [the battle for No. 1] a little bit,” Medvedev told “Depends also the moment because I know at the end of the year, unless I try to win every tournament that is left, it’s probably going to be Rafa [Nadal] for [year-end No. 1]. But at the same time, I can keep it for quite a long time I feel like if I play good here in the [North American hard-court swing].”

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This will be Medvedev’s 11th week at World No. 1, and he is currently in the midst of his second stint atop men’s tennis’ mountain. But Medvedev is currently sixth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin, which means five players have earned more points than him this season and could threaten for World No. 1 as the year continues.

Although Medvedev is aware of the situation, he does not follow closely enough to know exactly how many points he must win each week to maintain his place. The four-time ATP Masters 1000 champion is more focussed on the matches in front of him.

“I know that the most important is to try to win tournaments, try to win those points,” Medvedev said. “Then you can keep [World No. 1].”

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The top seed in Los Cabos will be competing for the first time since the Mallorca Championships in June. What will be the key for him to quickly regain rhythm?

“Tough to say. It’s always different, but for sure winning matches is the most important,” said Medvedev, who will open his tournament against wild card Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez or a qualifier. “Every opponent can be tough so the more matches you win, the more confidence you gain, the more you start feeling your game better, what you have to do better, so that’s what I’m going to try to do here in Los Cabos.”

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Kokkinakis & Kyrgios Do Double Duty For Atlanta Doubles Title

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Kokkinakis & Kyrgios Do Double Duty For Atlanta Doubles Title

Champions defeat Kubler and Peers in all-Australian final

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios did double duty in doubles Sunday to win the Atlanta Open.

The Australians, who are known as the “Special Ks”, won their semi-final and final in the span of seven hours to emerge victorious at the ATP 250. After battling past Americans Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock earlier in the day, they defeated fellow Aussies Jason Kubler and John Peers 7-6(4), 7-5 to lift the trophy.

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Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, who triumphed at the Australian Open together at the beginning of the season, are now 12-2 as a team in 2022. They combined for 15 aces in the final and saved all four break points they faced against Kubler and Peers to claim the crown.

It was the first all-Australian doubles final on the ATP Tour since Tood Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde defeated Wayne Arthurs and Sandon Stolle for the Hamburg trophy in 2000.

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Another Australian, Alex de Minaur, claimed the singles title earlier in the evening. The last time Australians swept the singles and doubles crowns at a tour-level event was Bogota in 2014 when Bernard Tomic emerged victorious in singles and Sam Groth and Chris Guccione triumphed in doubles.

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After 3 Surgeries & 21 Months, Edmund Ready For Singles Return

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

After 3 Surgeries & 21 Months, Edmund Ready For Singles Return

It’s a long way from the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon to the qualifying rounds of the ATP Challenger Tour stop in Winnipeg, Canada. But after three knee surgeries and almost two years away from the world of professional tennis, Kyle Edmund is just happy to be back on court, anywhere, anytime.

This week the former World No. 14 Brit will play his first tour-level singles match since October 2020 in Vienna, when he suits up at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

“It’s extremely rewarding to be back,” the 27-year-old said. “There were long periods when I couldn’t see when I would be back. There were times when there was no progression, no improvement. But I was willing to exhaust all avenues to get back. I didn’t pick up a racquet for five or six months. I just wanted to play tennis.”

Edmund eased his way back into tour life by playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon in June. He said that being back around his peers and getting a feel again for the environment of pro tennis was a blessing.

“I needed it, it had been such a long time,” Edmund said of his return at the All England Club. “To get a feel for it again, the match-day preparation and to feel those nerves again.

“Then playing the Challenger… it was just about being back out on the singles court. I didn’t care where I played. It was my first singles match in such a long time. It wasn’t about the results, it was about playing a match and learning where I was at. It was a big tick box. I played three matches in a week and came away with some wins, so that was a bonus. Lots of positives to take away.”

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Kyle Edmund won the 2020 New York Open.

Edmund began to notice pain in his left knee in 2018 but played through it until November 2020 when he decided to go under the knife, never contemplating that would be the first of three surgeries (also March 2021 and May 2022) that would sideline him from singles action for 20 months. “The fact that it took three surgeries showed it was complicated and not something that was easily fixed,” he said.

Edmund’s countryman Andy Murray, who knows a thing or two about comebacks after returning to the ATP Tour with a metal hip, was asked Saturday at the Citi Open about the various physical and mental challenges Edmund would confront.

“I think one of the hardest things is when you’ve been injured for a while is to push yourself hard enough in practice to test your body and to prepare your body to play matches because you don’t want to injure yourself in practice,” Murray said about striking the right balance. “You sort of can go back into match play a little bit undercooked as well because you’ve just not been pushing your body hard enough in the practices.”

Murray also spoke of the need to remain patient and focussed on long-term goals rather than the win-loss count in the early weeks of a comeback. Edmund says that much wisdom can be found in Murray’s words, noting that knowing just how hard to push on the practice court can be difficult.

“You’ve got to be realistic after so much time off. You can’t kill it every day,” said Edmund, who has a protected Pepperstone ATP Ranking of 48.. “But this is the top of the men’s game and you can’t really hold back.

“For me I only wanted to go back to the match court when I felt I could be as ready as I could be. I know my early matches won’t be perfect, but I need to go out and test the waters.”

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Kyle Edmund defeated Gael Monfils in Antwerp in 2018 to claim his first ATP Tour title.

Limited by what he could do physically during his enforced break, Edmund bought himself a camera and spent time photographing everyday life near his home, including trees and birds. He also taught himself basic photo editing to enhance his images.

His new-found hobby was an escape from the mundane rehab regimen, which he admitted did take its toll mentally. “There was nothing to do when you woke up. I didn’t enjoy that side of it,” he said. But the winner of 117 tour-level matches and two titles Antwerp (2018) and New York (2020), drew inspiration from Murray’s own comeback from two hip surgeries.

“When you see what Andy has gone through with his various surgeries and time out you can see how he had to work extremely hard to get back and go through quite a bit of pain. I found with this type of injury you had to have so much self-motivation, because you could just pack it in when you are out for 20 months and three surgeries. If you don’t want it, don’t bother with the hard work. The reward is being back on the court and enjoying it as much as I can.

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“It showed me that I loved the game. If I didn’t love it, it would have been easy to walk away. There were plenty of opportunities to do that.”

Choosing not to play qualifying at ATP Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati, this week’s ATP 500 in Washington will be his biggest event leading into the US Open. (He will also play another Challenger and the Winston-Salem Open.) So what does success look like in coming weeks?

“To come away from the trip feeling that I didn’t have many down days physically,” Edmund said. “I can deal with playing bad tennis, but physically it would be nice to say I played five tournaments in eight weeks, the knee was tested and it responded well. I’d be happy with that.

“Naturally I’d want some results thrown in there, but this stint isn’t too much about results. I can’t get results if I’m not consistently on the tour.”

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Back In The Winners' Circle! De Minaur Defeats Brooksby For Atlanta Title

  • Posted: Aug 01, 2022

Back In The Winners’ Circle! De Minaur Defeats Brooksby For Atlanta Title

Australian secures his first title of the season

Alex de Minaur is back in the winners’ circle in Atlanta.

Three years after triumphing at the Atlanta Open for the first time, the Australian defeated American Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 for the second time. It is the 23-year-old’s first triumph since last June in Eastbourne and his sixth ATP Tour title overall.

“I’d like to thank the crowd,” De Minaur said during the trophy ceremony. “You guys were amazing. I’m not a local, but you guys sure made me feel like one, so really appreciate the support.”

It was not an easy week for De Minaur, who rallied from a set down in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. But the Australian always persevered when under pressure to win his second title at a tour-level event for the first time.

“It was great to get another title under my name. It’s my sixth title. It feels good. Not a lot of people have been able to do that, so I feel great,” De Minaur said. “I feel great about my game. I’ve put a lot of work in, so it’s great to see the hard work being rewarded.”

The championship match provided a clash between two of the ATP Tour’s best defenders, both of whom are known for their flat groundstrokes and gritty play. However, it was De Minaur’s offence that proved critical as he clawed past the home favourite after one hour and 31 minutes.

“I knew coming in it [would be] a very tactical, chess-like match that we were going to both play. I feel like we are both tricky players in that sense and we adapt very well, so [there were] a lot of tactics going both ways and I’m happy I was able to execute my game plan and get the win today,” De Minaur said. “But it was a very tough match. Plenty of times [it could have] gone either way and even though the scoreboard was 3 and 3, it felt very, very tight.”

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De Minaur faced pressure in his second service game, saving two break points by moving forward and punching away crisp forehand volleys. From there, the Australian seemed in control of the match.

Brooksby worked hard to recover from a break down early in the second set, but he was unable to ride that momentum further. De Minaur’s combination of dogged defence and timely offence in windy conditions took the legs out of the home favourite’s game, which allowed the 23-year-old to finish the job. Critically, De Minaur saved four of the five break points he faced while also converting all four chances he earned. 

Brooksby was trying to secure his first ATP Tour title in his third final. In his first two championship matches, the American lost against big servers in Kevin Anderson and Reilly Opelka (2021 Newport and 2022 Dallas).

“I was disappointed with my performance out there today, but you’ve got to be able to think long term and just try to see how consistently I can reproduce my focus and those results,” Brooksby said. “I just need to learn from that one and keep staying in the present.”

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