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McEnroe On Team World's Win: 'We Kept Battling'

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

McEnroe On Team World’s Win: ‘We Kept Battling’

Team World reacts to its first Laver Cup title

Team World arrived in London this week having lost the previous four editions of the Laver Cup. However, John McEnroe’s side showed quality and grit to turn the tables and triumph 13-8 against Team Europe on Sunday in a victory that left the American captain delighted.

“The difference [this year] was that we kept battling,” McEnroe said in Sunday’s press conference. “The format is a format that things can change in a hurry. Jack [Sock] has been awesome for us. You could see how close it was, the doubles.

“Felix, I’ve got to say, stepped up big time. Thank you so much for that. That was awesome. But there was a great team spirit. So we were battling from the beginning. I think we felt that it is the ‘Big Four’, but obviously the circumstances are a little different than they could have been 10 years ago, five years ago. So we knew we had a shot at it, but it was an uphill battle. Thank god World won.”

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Team World entered the final day of the three-day event trailing 4-8. However, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime did double duty to move his side ahead, before Frances Tiafoe defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to seal victory.

Auger-Aliassime joined forces with Jack Sock to defeat Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray, before he overcame Novak Djokovic in singles. The 22-year-old was proud of his performance and how the team stepped up.

“Of course I’m happy with the way I played,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Happy with my performance. Right now I’m just happy for the team, really happy to celebrate with these guys.

“It’s been an amazing weekend. We were down yesterday night, but we came today with a big belief, and Jack and I got the job done in doubles. It was an important one. I was just trying to step up to the challenge. I will try to use that as confidence for the future.”

The event was Roger Federer’s final on Tour. The 103-time tour-level titlist competed for the last time on Friday night when he joined forces with Rafael Nadal against Frances Tiafoe and Sock.

The World No. 19 Tiafoe, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open earlier this month, was grateful to have played against Federer in the Swiss star’s final match and admitted he will be missed on Tour.

“I will say thank you [to Federer] for having me in this amazing event,” Tiafoe said. “What he’s done for the game, also say thank you for what he did for the game. He’s a class act. Happy to know him, happy to call him friend, happy to call him a colleague, and best wishes in his second act.”

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Borg: 'It Was Very Special To Have This Team'

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

Borg: ‘It Was Very Special To Have This Team’

Team Europe reacts to Laver Cup defeat

Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg revealed that he was proud of his squad’s efforts this week at the Laver Cup despite losing against Team World in London. John McEnroe’s side battled back on Sunday to defeat Team Europe 13-8 in Roger Federer’s final tour-level event at The O2.

“For me, it was very special to have this team, this great team,” Borg said during Sunday’s press conference. “Of course right now we are a little disappointed because we lost, but the tennis has been great, good matches, close matches. But to have the ‘Big Four’, and they are different from the younger generation, the players here, it’s been fantastic. Roger here, one of the greats, retiring from tennis, stepped away, and we are all a little bit sad about that.

“But we had a good time. Of course we wanted to win. I mean, that’s why we are here. It’s a great event. Players like it. We were here to try to defend our title but we didn’t. They had a good three days. This time they were better than us. But we will definitely be back.”

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The curtain came down on Federer’s career on Friday night, when he teamed with Rafael Nadal to play his last tour-level match on a historic occasion. Despite the send-off, the Swiss star, who won 103 tour-level titles, was disappointed Team Europe was unable to capture its fifth Laver Cup title.

“Of course I am disappointed,” Federer said. “I was on the team and my hands hurt from clapping. I wish the result was different. I told Andy [Murray] in the locker room that I don’t like losing, it’s not fun.”

Team Europe showed great camaraderie throughout the weekend, from their bench celebrations to coaching each other and getting the fans into the matches. Federer was grateful to have ended his 24-year career this way alongside fellow ‘Big Four’ members Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

“Being on court on Friday, having such a good moment,” Federer said. “Being surrounded by my biggest rivals. Novak, Andy and Rafa was truly unique. I can’t thank them enough for being there and staying there with me.”

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Scouting Report: Djokovic Headlines In Tel Aviv, Ruud In Seoul & Sinner In Sofia

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

Scouting Report: Djokovic Headlines In Tel Aviv, Ruud In Seoul & Sinner In Sofia

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

A host of top names head to Seoul, Sofia and Tel Aviv this week on the ATP Tour as a trio of ATP 250 hard-court events host the action from 26 September to 2 October.

World No. 2 Casper Ruud competes at the Eugene Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, where he is looking to back up his run to the US Open final with a strong showing on the outdoor courts in the South Korean capital.

Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic head indoors as the top seeds at the Sofia Open and Tel Aviv Watergen Open, respectively. Grigor Dimitrov will also seek to impress his home fans in Sofia, while Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem join Djokovic in the Tel Aviv draw. looks at five things to watch at each event.

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1) Ruud Top Seed: Casper Ruud has achieved many things in 2022, but lifting a tour-level trophy on hard courts is not one of them. The Norwegian’s three titles this season have all come on clay, but the World No. 2 will be feeling confident as he arrives in Seoul. He reached the final of the US Open in New York in his most recent individual tour-level event.

2) Can Norrie, Fritz Boost Turin Hopes?: Second seed Cameron Norrie and third seed Taylor Fritz look to back up their impressive 2022 hard-court form this week in Seoul during an important week for their Nitto ATP Finals qualification hopes.

Norrie won the title in Delray Beach and has also reached finals on hard courts in Acapulco and Los Cabos this year, but he remains outside the qualification spots for the season-ending showpiece. The Briton is 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, while Indian Wells champion Fritz is in 10th. Can either player make their move this week in South Korea?

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3) ATP Tour Returns To Seoul: The ATP Tour returns to the South Korean capital for the first time since 1996 with this week’s outdoor hard-court tournament at the Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Centre. World No. 74 Soonwoo Kwon leads the home charge, with the 24-year-old taking on fellow South Korean Yunseong Chung in his opening match.

4) Tseng Chases Milan Spot: One of the brightest prospects in Asian tennis, #NextGenATP 21-year-old Chun-Hsin Tseng from Chinese Taipei, sits in eighth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan as he bids to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals for the first time. Tseng will hope to bolster his chances with a strong start in Seoul against San Diego semi-finalist Christopher O’Connell.

5) Chung Partners Kwon On Return: This week’s event in Seoul will see the return of a former Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals winner after an extended injury layoff.

Hyeon Chung, champion in Milan in 2017 and a semi-finalist at the 2018 Australian Open, will team with fellow South Korean Kwon on the doubles court in front of their home fans. The former World No. 19 Chung has not played a competitive match since October 2020 due to injury.


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1) Sinner Seeks Sofia Hat-trick: Top seed Sinner arrives in Bulgaria seeking his third straight crown at the ATP 250 indoor hard-court event. Sinner did not drop a set en route to the title last year, and the Italian will hope for a similarly strong set of performances as he looks to make a charge towards the qualification spots for the Nitto ATP Finals. The 21-year-old Sinner, who is 43-13 for the 2022 season, is currently 14th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

2) Dimitrov To Delight Home Fans? Like Sinner, home favourite Dimitrov is yet to experience defeat in Sofia, where he captured the title on his sole appearance in 2017.

The former World No. 3 has struggled for consistency this season since reaching the semi-finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April, but he has won three of his eight tour-level titles on indoor hard courts, including the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals. Can his passionate home support carry him to further success this week?

3) #NextGenATP Rising: A trio of impressive #NextGenATP stars — Lorenzo Musetti, Holger Rune and Jack Draper — are seeded in Bulgaria. All three can consolidate their respective positions of third, fourth and fifth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan with a strong showing in Sofia, where Rune and Draper are making their tournament debuts.

4) Carreno Busta Eyes More Hard-Court Success:  Second seed Pablo Carreno Busta returns to competitive action for the first time since reaching the fourth round of the US Open. The Spaniard lifted his maiden ATP Masters 1000 trophy on the hard-courts of Montreal in August, and Carreno Busta will hope some big performances in Sofia can keep him in touching distance of Nitto ATP Finals qualification. The 31-year-old is currently 12th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

5) Bolelli/Fognini Top Seeds: Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini headline the doubles draw in the Bulgarian capital, where the 10th-placed pair in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings is chasing its third tour-level title of the season. Second seeds Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez have gone one better than that so far in 2022, lifting three ATP Tour trophies since first teaming in April.

1) Djokovic Returns To Action: Novak Djokovic will compete in Israel, where the 88-time tour-level titlist is the top seed. Djokovic is chasing his third tour-level crown of the year following triumphs in Rome and at Wimbledon. His run to his 21st Grand Slam crown in London means the Serbian only needs to finish in the Top 20 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin in order to qualify for November’s Nitto ATP Finals. Djokovic currently is in 15th.

2) Schwartzman & Cilic Seek First Title Of Year: Diego Schwartzman and Marin Cilic are both bidding for their first tour-level trophies of 2022 in Tel Aviv. Both stars have delivered high-class performances this season. Schwartzman reached finals on clay in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in February while Cilic was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros. Can either player transport that clay-court form to the similarly slow indoor hard courts?

3) Thiem To Take Next Step?: Dominic Thiem has shown flashes of his best form in recent weeks. The Austrian reached the final of an ATP Challenger Tour event in Rennes and notched his 10th tour-level victory of the season against Richard Gasquet in Metz before falling to Hubert Hurkacz.

The 17-time tour-level titlist has struggled to return to winning ways since missing nine months with a wrist injury, but wild card Thiem will hope to add to his recent spate of wins with a fast start in his Tel Aviv campaign.

4) Trip To Tel Aviv: As with Seoul, Tel Aviv hosts an ATP Tour event for the first time since 1996 this week, when the Tel Aviv International Convention Center will host the ATP 250 indoor hard-court event. The Israeli city was the venue of Jimmy Connors’ final career singles title in 1989, while Aaron Krickstein still holds the ATP record for the youngest winner of a Tour event with his 1983 Tel Aviv triumph.

5) Krawietz/Mies Chase Turin Spot: Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies head to Tel Aviv in pursuit of their third ATP Tour crown of the 2022 season. The second seeds can boost their Nitto ATP Finals qualification hopes with a good result in Israel. Krawietz and Mies are 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings, but they will face stiff competition from a field that includes top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop, while Djokovic teams with home favourite Jonathan Erlich.

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Federer's Farewell: Ljubicic & Luthi Share Their Favourite Roger Memories

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

Federer’s Farewell: Ljubicic & Luthi Share Their Favourite Roger Memories

In this ‘My Point’, Federer’s coaches write for about the newly retired legend

Roger Federer played the final match of his legendary career at the Laver Cup alongside Rafael Nadal. His two coaches, Ivan Ljubicic and Severin Luthi, were in the crowd at The O2 supporting their charge one last time.

Ljubicic and Luthi both wrote for about working with Federer, the friendship they shared and their favourite memories.

Ivan Ljubicic
I first met Roger when we were both playing Futures tournaments, making our start on the circuit. I was 17 and he was 15. Roger was a talented, emotional kid.

But we actually got to know each other a bit later, in the early 2000s. We both won our first ATP Tour title in 2001, when he took a trophy in Milan before and I did the same in Lyon later in the year. We were already sharing jokes about that back then.

Speaking of jokes, I only have funny memories of Roger — there are not many serious ones! Roger privately is a very goofy and funny guy. We’ve had a lot of fun.

Sometimes it is hard to travel around the world without my family most of the time. But with him, it was never difficult. I never felt like I was working. There were always good times. With his spirit, he always made sure that we enjoyed our time with him.

You could also sometimes see funny things with Roger in public. He likes to scare people and jump out of nowhere as a joke. There is never a dull moment with him. Life with Roger is never boring!

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In the locker room Roger is very well liked and is always very nice to everybody. He has understood, especially later in his career, the magnitude of what he represented to a lot of young players when he would meet them for the first time. He would make sure that everybody was very comfortable around him.

While I became Roger’s coach in 2016, I first knew him as an opponent. I competed against him 16 times during my professional career and for me the most impressive thing was that he did not play two of those matches the same way tactically. He would always bring something new to the court and make sure that you didn’t have any reference to learn from.

The problem with facing him is that he would play a match one way and show up next time and do something completely different. He was definitely the only player I ever faced who could play that way, and no matter what he did, it was at a very, very high quality. For me, this was very problematic because when you lose to somebody you say, ‘Okay, I’ll learn something from this time and get ready for the next one’, but with him it was just not possible.

When I started to coach Roger, I realised the way he is thinking about tennis is just different than anybody else. I think that was the biggest difference, that he had this big, big bag of tactics that he would pull out whenever he felt he needed it.

When you watch his matches, Roger was a very elegant and powerful player. He made it look very easy. You think that it’s all talent, but he was an incredibly hard worker.

I never said anything to him or asked him to do something to which he would say, ‘No, let’s cut something out or let’s do less.’ If anything, he would be the one who wanted to do more. Visually, his game looks easy. But behind his elegance and style there was a lot of hard work.

I will never forget the 2017 Australian Open, when he came back from injury to win his 18th Grand Slam title. For me it was the first Slam that I won as a player or as a coach. It was a very, very big moment. You could feel the emotions and the pressure.

Roger had not won a major since 2012. He never said it to me, but I felt like he approached me to coach him because he wanted something to change. Honestly, I always thought that he was doing things right and that it was just a coincidence that he had not won more majors during that time. To me, in some situations he was just unlucky.

But as a player, I don’t remember ever going through the emotions I did in Melbourne in 2017. When you compete, you have things on your racquet and the emotions are different. But when you are sitting there in the box, you can’t really do anything but shout. Sometimes it’s harder emotionally to sit and watch than play. That was a huge moment for me personally, but also for us as a team.

Roger enjoyed a remarkable career and we had a lot of fun in the process. We played 16 times against each other and have shared many memories on the same team. The time I got to be part of it is something that will always be special.

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Federer celebrates his 2018 Australian Open title with his team. Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

I first met Roger at the Swiss Junior Championships when I was 16 and he was 11. I remember there was a guy with a one-handed backhand and I thought, ‘Why is he playing a one-handed backhand?’ He was so small and thin.

A couple of years later, he came to the National Tennis Centre. I just remember a guy smiling in the restaurant and I had no idea why he was smiling. He had [a mark] on his face because I think he had fallen off a bike the week before. I thought, ‘Who is this guy?’

That was Roger. Little did I know he would become such an important part of my life.

Roger got better and better every time I saw him, and I was surprised. I would think, ‘How did that happen so quickly?’ Every six months he would get so much better.

I became the Swiss Davis Cup captain in 2005 and a couple of years later I began travelling with Roger as well. I learned quickly he was able to do anything on the court. For me, the most impressive part is that he was really playing the game. He was never working it. Even though there was a lot of work behind this, it looked so easy on court.

Sometimes for people it is tough to understand how much work he had to put into his game. It’s just fun to see him play.

We practised a lot with younger players. Obviously those guys were maybe nervous and very serious because they wanted to do a good job. Very often I thought about how amazing it was that it looked like he was the 15-year-old and the other guy was the 30-year-old. He always found a way to enjoy playing.

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You could have done the most normal exercise, the most boring one, and Roger always found a way to enjoy it. Either he would imitate other players or make a different noise for every shot he hit. Roger just found a way to make it fun for himself and that was always very impressive. It showed me how much he enjoyed playing and still enjoys the sport.

Roger also always wanted to learn. He accomplished so much, but knew it was important to keep your feet on the ground. You should never think you know everything and he always liked to hear something from the outside. Many people ask me, ‘What are you going to tell a guy like Roger?’ I can tell you, these guys, they still want to know things every day. They always want to keep progressing.

For me, that is also something that makes the game more interesting for a guy like Roger. If he was always going to do the same things, he would have gotten bored sometimes. I think us as coaches, we always tried to implement new things, Maybe it was not completely different, but you wanted to do something a little bit different every day. That made it more interesting and he stayed awake like this. Otherwise it would have just been repetitive.

Something people might not realise is just how caring Roger is. In 2009 he lost a match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Montreal after leading 5-1 in the third set. I was a bit disappointed after the match and then we were in the car. Roger was like, ‘Are you okay and everything?’ I said, ‘Yeah’. I was just disappointed and I always asked myself what I could have done better or different even though I knew it was 98 per cent up to him.

Roger told me, ‘I think sometimes you’re more disappointed when I lose a match than I am.’ That was probably true!

Until Roger made his decision to retire there was always hope, so we always tried to stay positive. That is something he was better at than anyone. I think Roger is really the world champion in being positive.

When he knew he would have to get surgery in 2016, he was so positive from the moment he made the decision. Roger told us, ‘When I’m back, I will be in better shape than ever. Now I have time for my family.’ I was like, ‘Yeah okay, but now you need to get surgery!’ He knew what was coming, but he had such a good attitude about it.

There were a few good moments last year when he was able to play again, but obviously it was more difficult because you have to be careful, you always need to know how much you could practise and often it was too much. Then you had to slow down again.

But I think a huge difference between Roger and a lot of players is that he also has had a life outside of the tennis court. It was very hard and he was disappointed when things were not going well, but then once he was away from the tennis or he was with his family, he also had another life. That made it so good for him, because he never felt he was missing something.

This period was tough, but I think Roger handled it unbelievably well. Like always.

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Tiafoe Captures Laver Cup For Team World

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

Tiafoe Captures Laver Cup For Team World

Team World defeats Team Europe 13-8

Frances Tiafoe clinched the Laver Cup title for Team World on Sunday, saving four match points to edge Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-6, 7-6(11), 10-8 and give his side a 13-8 victory.

John McEnroe’s side entered the final day of the three-day event in London trailing four-time champions Team Europe 4-8. However, with each win worth three points on Sunday, Team World turned the tables in style to win the Laver Cup for the first time.

“I don’t want to talk too much because I want the party to begin very soon. But I want to thank my players,” McEnroe said during the trophy ceremony. “They brought the energy, belief and intensity. I want to especially thank my brother Patrick, my righthand mind.”

In front of an electric crowd at The O2, Tiafoe saved four match points in the second-set tie-break as he produced moments of magic at the crucial times to triumph after one hour and 48 minutes.

The American’s victory sparked scenes of celebration on the bench, with his teammates running onto court to embrace the World No. 19, who collapsed to the floor in delight.

“It is an unbelievable feeling,” Tiafoe said in his on-court interview. “Our captain Jonny Mac was tired of losing…saying we needed to get it done this year on his fifth try. All week leading up I kept saying this was our year. The guys showed up. Felix beat Novak, Jack and Felix also played unbelievable doubles. We all did it together, it wasn’t just me. I showed a lot of heart to get this done. This is big. We are going to celebrate big tonight.”

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Earlier, Felix Auger-Aliassime moved Team World to within one win with of capturing the trophy, when he upset Team Europe’s Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(3).

The Canadian hit his spots on serve throughout the one-hour, 35-minute clash, while he opened his shoulders outmanouvre the former World No. 1 and earn his first victory against Djokovic.

“I’ve been close a few times and in recent times to win against these great champions, so it feels great to get the win,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview. “Especially in front of the fans in this arena and for Team World.”

In the first match of the day, Auger-Aliassime and Sock edged Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.

In an entertaining battle at the O2 in London, the Canadian and American held their nerve when it mattered, finding first serves and deep returns in the Match Tie-break to secure their victory after one hour and 37 minutes.

Sock has now won four points for his side, having teamed with Tiafoe to defeat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Swiss star’s final tour-level match on Friday night.

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Silky Sonego Charges To Metz Title

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

Silky Sonego Charges To Metz Title

Italian lifts third ATP Tour trophy in France, his first on hard courts

Lorenzo Sonego’s perfect week at the Moselle Open is complete.

The Italian downed seventh seed Alexander Bublik 7-6(3), 6-2 in the championship match in Metz on Sunday to claim his first ATP Tour title of 2022. The 27-year-old’s 87-minute victory ensured he will depart France not having dropped a set at the ATP 250 indoor hard-court event.

“I improved my tennis every day, and I’m really happy for this match and this tournament,” said Sonego after the match. “I like the atmosphere here, it was unbelievable today and yesterday and this week. It’s really tough to play against Alexander, because he is an unbelievable player with an amazing serve, good talent, and it is always tough to play him.”

Appearing in his fifth tour-level final, Sonego crucially recovered 0/40 to hold in the fifth game of the match before edging Bublik in a hard-fought opening set by raising his level in the tie-break. The Italian then kept his composure as Bublik produced an array of trick shots in the second set to seal the win and extend his ATP Head2Head series lead against the Kazakh to 4-0.

“This is an emotional moment for me, because I had a tough year,” said Sonego, who is now 23-24 for the 2022 season. “Now I’m going to enjoy this moment.”

Sunday’s final was Sonego’s first on the ATP Tour since Eastbourne in June 2021, but the Italian showed no sign of nerves as he picked up where he left off in Saturday’s semi-final triumph against second seed Hubert Hurkacz. The Italian struck the ball crisply from deep and was once again impressive on serve, winning 82 per cent (36/44) of points behind his first delivery overall.

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Bublik had clinched his maiden ATP Tour trophy on French indoor hard courts in Montpellier in February, but the World No. 44 was unable to cap a dream debut week in Metz with a trophy as he struggled to effectively counter against a confident Sonego.

“Big congrats to Lorenzo. It’s always a pleasure to lose against you, as I told you at the net!” joked Bublik at the trophy presentation. “Thanks to my team, thanks to everyone for supporting me and I was happy to be back in the finals in France.”

As well as Bublik, Sonego also defeated seeded players Aslan Karatsev and Hubert Hurkacz in Metz, where he was making his third appearance. Sonego’s run in north-eastern France has propelled the Italian up 21 spots to No. 44 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

Sonego’s previous Tour titles were won on grass in Antalya in 2019 and clay in Cagliari in 2021. The 27-year-old is the fourth Italian tour-level singles champion of the year, with Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner also lifting trophies in 2022.

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From Foe To Friend: Nys/Zielinski Take Maiden Title In Metz

  • Posted: Sep 25, 2022

From Foe To Friend: Nys/Zielinski Take Maiden Title In Metz

Monegasque-Polish pair lifts trophy in just ninth tour-level event together

On Sunday, Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski took to court to play in the championship match at the Moselle Open for the second consecutive year.

Unlike in 2021, however, this time the pair was on the same side of the net in Metz, and it proved effective, with the tandem downing second seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 7-6(5), 6-4 to claim its maiden ATP Tour title at the indoor hard-court event.

“Really, really happy to win the first title together as a team,” said Nys after the 84-minute championship match win. “Funny story, last year I played the final against Jan and Hubert [Hurkacz], and I lost to them. This year we are back together, one year later, and we won together, so it’s a very nice story.

“First title. We made a final in Winston-Salem, and then the quarter-finals in the US Open. We were playing well. It was a very, very good week. All the matches were a very high level.”

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“Very happy with the win today,” added Zielinski. “We played very good from the beginning of the tournament… So hopefully we can keep it going. It’s our second final together, first win, so 50/50 with the finals, but hopefully there are many more to come. We are very happy with how we played and hopefully we can keep the momentum for Sofia next week.”

The unseeded Nys and Zielinski had saved a match point in the Match Tie-break of their semi-final victory against home favourites Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys, but Sunday’s final was a much more straightforward affair. The duo produced a solid opening-set tie-break to move ahead, before notching the sole break of the second set in the ninth game to secure victory at the ATP 250 tournament.

Nys and Zielinski won 84 per cent (36/43) of points behind first serves en route to securing the win. It was Nys’ fourth tour-level doubles crown and a second for Zielinski, following his triumph alongside Hurkacz a year ago.

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