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Federer, Djokovic & Co. Hit London For Laver Cup Photo Shoot

  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Federer, Djokovic & Co. Hit London For Laver Cup Photo Shoot

Stars pose in front of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge

The stars of the 2022 Laver Cup dressed up on Wednesday evening to take part in the events official group photo, gathering by the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London before play begins Friday at The O2.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray were among the players who boarded a boat on the River Thames before posing by the UK landmarks ahead of the tournament.

Federer and Murray shared a joke before travelling to the Tower of London.


The event, which sees Team Europe face Team World in a combination of singles and doubles matches, was founded by Federer in 2017 and named after Rod Laver. The Australian, who won 11 major titles joined the teams for the shoot, pictured below on the boat as it passed The O2.

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Casper Ruud, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Djokovic, Murray, Federer and alternate Matteo Berrettini will represent Team Europe at The O2, with captain Bjorn Borg leading the side.

Captain John McEnroe will be aiming to guide Team World to its first victory against Team Europe. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Diego Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur, Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and alternate Tommy Paul make up his squad.

Before the serious business commences in London on Friday, the players and captains shared jokes and played games as they took in the London scenery.

Borg, Captain of Team Europe, Enqvist, Vice-Captain of Team Europe and Ruud of Team Europe took a selfie by the River Thames.

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Djokovic and McEnroe cracked a joke before departing for the Tower of London.


Sock, De Minaur, Schwartzman and Murray played a game of cornhole to pass the time.

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Murray and McEnroe caught up ahead of the start of the Laver Cup.


Tiafoe and De Minaur struck a pose in front of Tower Bridge.

Tiafoe/De Minaur

Photo Credits: Julian Finney/Cameron Smith/Getty Images for Laver Cup

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Thiem Continues To Round Into Form, Defeats Gasquet In Metz

  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Thiem Continues To Round Into Form, Defeats Gasquet In Metz

Austrian will next play second seed Hurkacz

Dominic Thiem is showing signs of a resurgence as he continues his comeback from a right wrist injury. The Austrian won a battle of former Top 10 players against Richard Gasquet on Wednesday at the Moselle Open.

Former World No. 3 Thiem clawed past the former World No. 7 6-3, 7-6(3) to reach the second round in Metz. After advancing to the final of an ATP Challenger Tour event last week in Rennes, the 29-year-old has now won five of his past six matches at all levels.

“It was a very difficult challenge as always when you play against Richard. Also lately [he’s] played well,” Thiem said in his on-court interview. “He came here in good shape, so it’s a very good sign for me, I’m very happy about it.

“After five tough matches in Rennes, to pick it up here with slightly different conditions [has been good], so I’m very happy with my first match back here.”

The No. 182 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings converted four of the eight break points he earned. He also rallied from a break down in the second set to triumph after one hour and 47 minutes and set a second-round showdown against second seed Hubert Hurkacz.

Sebastian Korda also advanced on Wednesday in Metz, courtesy of a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory against #NextGenATP Italian and No. 3 seed Lorenzo Musetti. Korda, a finalist at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals last year (l. to Carlos Alcaraz), took the opening set without facing a break point and then recovered from a 0-2 hole in the second.

From 4/5 in the tie-break, Korda won four of the final five points to become the first man to advance to the quarter-finals in the singles draw. He will face either Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego of French wild card Gilles Simon next.

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Wawrinka Sinks Sousa, Will Meet Medvedev In Metz

  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Wawrinka Sinks Sousa, Will Meet Medvedev In Metz

Former World No. 3 came through qualifying at ATP 250 event

After a season of hard knocks, Stan Wawrinka is building momentum at the Moselle Open in Metz.

The former World No. 3 prevailed 7-6(1), 6-2 against Joao Sousa on Wednesday in the first round at the indoor hard-court event, backing up his two qualifying wins that earned him a main-draw spot in north-eastern France. Wawrinka has struggled to find his best level since returning to Tour in April after missing 13 months due to a foot injury, but the 16-time tour-level titlist gave frequent reminders of his ability with a series of trademark clean backhand winners to overpower World No. 55 Sousa.

“It’s always difficult to play against him. We played a few times in the past, always a tough match, but I’m really, really happy,” said Wawrinka after securing his fourth tour-level main-draw win of 2022. “It’s the first time I won three matches in the same tournament for more than two years, so it’s great.

“I’m getting confidence from winning a few matches, so I’m feeling a bit more relaxed, the way I’m moving. I think the level was good from me and I’m happy with the win.”

Wawrinka also produced a high-class serving performance against Sousa, saving all three break points he faced in the 95-minute encounter and winning 83 per cent (29/35) of points behind his first serve. He will hope to find that rhythm again in his fourth ATP Head2Head meeting against top seed Medvedev. Wawrinka has won only one of the pair’s previous meetings but it was the most recent, at the 2020 Australian Open.

“It’s the biggest test,” said Wawrinka of his match against Medvedev. “He’s [near] the top of the rankings, always a tough opponent to play… It’s going to be really difficult, but I’m happy to test myself against him tomorrow.”

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Federer: 'It Has Been A Great Journey'

  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Federer: ‘It Has Been A Great Journey’

Swiss will play final tour-level event at Laver Cup this week

Roger Federer revealed that he was proud and grateful for his legendary career on Wednesday at the Laver Cup in London, where he reflected on his record-breaking accomplishments ahead of his final tour-level event.

The 41-year-old announced his retirement last week after 25 years on Tour, a decision that left him feeling bittersweet.

“You always want to play forever. I love being out on court, I love playing against the guys and I love travelling. I never really felt like it was that hard for me to do, of winning, learn from losing, it was all perfect,” Federer said in his press conference. “I love my career from every angle. That’s the bitter part [of retiring]. The sweet part was that I know everybody has to do it at one point. Everybody has to leave the game. It’s been a great, great journey. For that, I’m really grateful.”

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In a historic career, the Swiss star spent a record 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings from 2 February 2004 to 17 August 2008, while he lifted 103 tour-level titles, including 20 Grand Slam crowns.

“I’m definitely very proud and very happy where I sit,” Federer said when analysing his place in the history books. “One of my big moments of course was winning my 15th Slam at Wimbledon when Pete [Sampras] was sitting there. Anything after that was a bonus. That was the record and then of course it was other records along the way… I’m very happy that I was able to win another five Slams from 15 on. For me it was incredible. Then I [won] over 100 titles and all that stuff has been fantastic.”

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Photo Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup
Having made his tour-level debut in Gstaad in 1998, Federer has been a dominant force in the sport for over two decades. Alongside the numbers, the 28-time ATP Masters 1000 champion admitted he was proud of his longevity at the top of the game.

“I was famous for being quite erratic at the beginning of my career. If you remember, I was famous for being not so consistent. To then become one of the most consistent players ever is quite a shock to me, as well,” Federer said. “That has been a great accomplishment for me personally. People can judge if they think that’s the case too, but for me, that is something I have really enjoyed and that I have been able to stay at the top for so long and compete for any tournament I would enter and really go out there and say, ‘I hope I can win the tournament’, for 15-plus years.

“I think looking back that has a special meaning to me because I always looked to the Michael Schumachers, Tiger Woods, all the other guys that stayed for so long at the top that I didn’t understand how they did it. Next thing you know, you’re part of that group, and it’s been a great feeling.”

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Photo Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup

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Federer last competed on Tour at Wimbledon in 2021, where he advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to Hubert Hurkacz in what was his final singles match. The 28-time ATP Masters 1000 champion admitted that he was aiming to compete again next season, but his knee injury proved too challenging to recover from.

“There was a certain process that started at the beginning of the summer where you try to go to the next level in training and I could feel it was getting difficult,” Federer said. “So at that point I knew any hiccup, any setback, for that matter, was going to be the one potentially…I think tennis is a tough sport to bounce back into, because you have to be able to play long matches, five matches in a row every week, different continents, different surfaces.

“Mentally you need to know you have to be able to get all the way back there, and it’s hard. Then maybe the hardest part after that one point, of course you’re sad in the very moment when you realise, okay, ‘This is the end’. I sort of ignored it for a little bit almost, because I went on vacation and just said, ‘Okay, this is it’. This moment came shortly after I was at Wimbledon where I still truly actually believed there was going to be a chance for me to come back the next year. At what capacity, I didn’t know, but I thought it might be possible.”

Federer will compete for Team Europe against Team World in doubles on Friday in what will be his final tour-level match. Having faced long-time rival Rafael Nadal 40 times, the Swiss star admitted ending his career alongside the Spaniard on court would be fitting if they do decide to join forces for the clash.

“It could be quite a unique situation if it were to happen,” Federer said when asked about teaming with Nadal. “For as long as we battled together to having always this respect for one another, the families, our coaching teams, we always got along really well. For us as well to go through a career that we both have had and to come out on the other side and being able to have a nice relationship I think is maybe a great message as well to not just tennis but sports and maybe even beyond. For that reason I think it would be great. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but I think it could be obviously a special moment.”

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With the Laver Cup taking place at the O2 in London, it gives Federer a final chance to play in a city where he has tasted so much success. The 41-year-old lifted a record eight Wimbledon trophies in the UK capital, while he triumphed at the Nitto ATP Finals twice when the event was held in London.

The 20-time major champion is excited by the prospect of ending his career in London and is grateful to have the opportunity to retire at an event surrounded by other stars.

“I’m happy to do it here in London. This city has been special to me,” Federer said. “Maybe the most special place with Wimbledon down the road and here at the O2. I just thought it was very fitting. I have always enjoyed the crowds here as well.

“Having Bjorn Borg on the bench with me for my final game resonated also in a big way with me. Having all the other guys around just felt like I was not going to be lonely announcing my retirement.”

Team Europe will be looking to capture a fifth consecutive title against Team World in the three-day event, held from Friday through Sunday.

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Nakashima Makes Winning Start In Native San Diego

  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Nakashima Makes Winning Start In Native San Diego

Kudla, Krueger, Daniel also advance

Playing at the San Diego Open the second time, hometown favourite Brandon Nakashima won an all-American #NextGenATP battle on Tuesday night at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Nakashima earned a 7-5, 7-6(5) win against 19-year-old wild card Zachary Svajda, his good friend who hails from the nearby town of La Jolla. Nakashima saved three set points at 4-5 in the second set and failed to serve out the match at 6-5, but battled back from 3/5 in the tie-break to escape in straight sets.

“It was a very tough match, right from the beginning,” said the 21-year-old American, who surrendered a break advantage three times in the one-hour, 54-minute contest. “Zach is so talented out there, striking the ball really well. We’re good friends off the court. We practise a lot together here in San Diego, so I knew it was going to be a tough match here today.”

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The World No. 69 was victorious in his first competitive match since a US Open third-round loss to Jannik Sinner, in which he won the opening set before bowing out in four. After breaking into the Top 50 of the Pepperstone ATP Rakings in July, Nakashima could rise as high as No. 44 by claiming his first ATP Tour title this week.

He reached the second round in his San Diego debut one year ago, claiming a comeback, three-set win against Fabio Fognini before defeat against Andrey Rublev at the ATP 250.

The American is seeking to improve upon his seventh-place position in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan. He reached the semi-finals in the 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals before a five-set loss to countryman Sebastian Korda.

Americans Denis Kudla and Mitchell Krueger also advanced in straight sets on Tuesday. Kudla defeated Spanish wild card Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 to open the evening session while Krueger downed countryman and fellow qualifier Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 6-4 to start the day’s play.

Japan’s Taro Daniel denied the United States a clean sweep of Tuesday’s four singles matches with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against qualifier Emilio Nava.

In doubles action, Marc-Andrea Huesler and Hunter Reese notched a 6-4, 6-4 win against Jonathan Eysseric and Artem Sitak on the stadium court, while the Brazilian team of Marcelo Demoliner and Marcelo Melo beat Max Schnur and John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 6-1 in the Grandstand.

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