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Pella Wins Final-Set Tie-break In Mallorca

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2023

Pella Wins Final-Set Tie-break In Mallorca

Moutet also advances

Guido Pella earned his first grass-court win since 2019 Wimbledon on Sunday when he battled past Marcos Giron 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) to reach the second round of the Mallorca Championships.

“Of course it was very tough. I know I can play good on grass, but you have to get used to this surface. It’s not like clay or hard courts,” Pella said. “You have to practise, practise and practise, and this is my fourth day I think, so it was very tough.”

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The Argentine lefty trailed by a break in the third set, but rallied to earn a second-round showdown against fourth seed Adrian Mannarino.

In other action, Corentin Moutet eliminated Christopher O’Connell 7-5, 6-4. The Frenchman will play eighth seed Roberto Carballes Baena or Ilya Ivashka. They were tied at one-set apiece before play was suspended for the evening in Mallorca.

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Dodig/Krajicek Keep Match Tie-break Cool For Queen’s Club Crown

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2023

Dodig/Krajicek Keep Match Tie-break Cool For Queen’s Club Crown

Krajicek to reclaim No. 1 in Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings

Surface sweep completed in 2023 for Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.

The Croatian-American duo lifted the trophy at the Cinch Championships on Sunday in London with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-3 triumph against Taylor Fritz and Jiri Lehecka. The second seeds delivered a dominant Match Tie-break display to claim their fourth tour-level title of the season. They have now won tournaments on hard courts, clay and grass in 2023.

“After the clay this was our first tournament, but we really worked hard and played good tennis,” said Dodig. “It’s a little bit easier when you play on the best grass in the world. I just want to congratulate Jiri and Taylor for a great week, and thank [the fans] for coming… It was really amazing and a pleasure to play in front of you.”

Dodig and Krajicek did not drop a point behind their delivery in the Match Tie-break against singles stars Fritz and Lehecka to cap a strong overall serving performance at the Queen’s Club. The pair won 80 per cent (36/45) of points behind its first serve en route to a one-hour, 49-minute triumph.

It was 23-time tour-level champion Dodig’s first grass-court trophy. With his 11th tour-level title, the 33-year-old Krajicek ensured he will return to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Doubles Rankings on Monday, a week after he was usurped by Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski.

“It’s amazing, it’s been a great week in London playing on the best grass court in the world.,” said Krajicek, when asked about his return to World No.1. “It’s my first time at Queen’s Club and it definitely won’t be my last.”

Dodig and Krajicek are now 22-5 for the season, and the first-placed pair in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings. They extended their winning streak to 10 matches after they backed up their maiden major crown as a team at Roland Garros with a title run on the London grass.

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Break Point Episode 9 Recap: Tiafoe's Big Moment Against Nadal

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2023

Break Point Episode 9 Recap: Tiafoe’s Big Moment Against Nadal

Summary of Episode 9, ‘Under Pressure’

Frances Tiafoe is box-office material, and Episode 9 of Break Point proved it.

The American made his long-awaited Netflix debut in the penultimate episode of Season 1 and it did not take long to show why fans around the world have fallen in love with him.

“If you get a chance to change your life, you’ve got to grab it with both hands,” he said.

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Tiafoe’s parents came from Sierra Leone. His mother was a nurse who worked two jobs and his father was a maintenance worker at a tennis facility in College Park, Maryland. Sometimes Tiafoe would stay at the tennis centre and was able to play for free. Nobody in the family could have imagined Frances would end up competing on the biggest stages in the world.

Expert Patrick Mouratoglou said: “He’s one of the most incredible stories in our sport.

“Frances represents better than anyone the American dream.”

Fans were also introduced to Tiafoe’s girlfriend, Ayan Broomfield, whom he began dating when they were 17. They often tell each other, “Let’s change our lives.”

Tiafoe had the opportunity to do just that against all-time great Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the 2022 US Open.

“I’m so pumped up for today,” Tiafoe told his coach Wayne Ferreira during practice ahead of the match. “I’m coming after his motherf***er, bro.”

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In the gym right before the players walked onto the court, Ferreira — who was shown to be the “old-school coach” Tiafoe needs — gave his charge a final piece of advice:

“You can do this,” Ferreira said. “Nothing to lose.”

Tiafoe certainly played that way, sending the raucous New York crowd into a frenzy all evening long en route to the biggest win of his career. “He shocked the entire tennis world,” Broomfield said.

Tiafoe eventually lost to Carlos Alcaraz in a thrilling semi-final, but he won despite the defeat. It was about motivating kids and showing them what is possible.

“I want to keep inspiring people,” he said.

Tiafoe was devastated in the locker room after falling short. But the USTA’s Eric Butorac told him former First Lady Michelle Obama would like to speak to him and they enjoyed a nice moment together.

A player whose run ended victoriously in the episode was World No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

“[She] will do everything in order to be the best. I like that,” Maria Sharapova said. “But when you see a perfect picture of someone, when they show you that they have everything under control, do they really?”

The answer was a resounding yes. 

Break Point gave the viewer insight into the Polish superstar’s mindset. She explained she was never the most popular at school, but did not care. Swiatek prefers to put herself in a bubble ahead of important moments. She was content to spend time in her hotel room putting together a Lego figure. It was the calm before the storm.

“I feel like everybody is chasing me,” she said.

It did not matter. The only thing that came close to stopping her was a distraction in the form of Friends actor Matthew Perry on the big screen (Swiatek is a huge fan of the show). That was the first time she looked at the big screen the entire match.

But it was not able to stop the Pole from claiming another major title.

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