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Alcaraz Set For Turin Debut, Meets Zverev

  • Posted: Nov 12, 2023

Alcaraz Set For Turin Debut, Meets Zverev

Medvedev & Rublev face off in evening session

Carlos Alcaraz will make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals on Monday in Turin, where he will face two-time champion Alexander Zvevev in his opening Red Group match in the afternoon session. In the evening, long-time friends and rivals Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev face off.

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[2] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) vs. [7] Alexander Zverev (GER)

After missing last year’s event due to injury, Alcaraz will make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals on Monday. The 20-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed a standout year, highlighted by his Wimbledon title. Alcaraz has not won a trophy in the six events he has played since Wimbledon but is hoping to re-find his best level at the Pala Alpitour this week as he chases his seventh trophy of the year.

“I’m expecting the Carlos from early this year, despite the results I’ve had in recent tournaments. The defeat in Paris, which was quite painful, made me realise that I have to work harder,” he said of the match he lost in the recent ATP Masters 1000 against Roman Safiullin. “And that’s what I’ve done. You always have to look for the positive in things. I’ve had several days to train to come here in optimum form. I’ve worked hard, on both fitness and tennis. I feel really good.”

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Alcaraz’s clash with Zverev will be the pair’s third of the year, with the Spaniard triumphing in straight sets in Madrid and at the US Open. Alcaraz threw in a number of serve/volley plays in New York and was an impressive 28 of 35 overall in net approaches. He may look to do the same in Turin.

Zverev has beaten the World No. 2 on three occasions and will try to use his powerful serve to trouble Alcaraz on the fast indoor courts. The German, who is a two-time champion at the event (2018, 21), missed the chance to qualify for last year’s tournament due to an ankle injury he suffered in the middle of his Roland Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Zverev has bounced back in 2023 by winning two trophies and is currently No. 7 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Locked at 3-3 with Alcaraz in their Lexus ATP Head2Head series, Zverev knows how to defeat the 20-year-old.

“[You have] to be at your best,” Zverev said. “The times that I have beaten him, I was playing my absolute best tennis. If you are not quite there, if you are a little slow-ish, if you are not hitting the ball as well as you can, you don’t have any chance.”

[3] Daniil Medvedev vs. [5] Andrey Rublev

In the evening, Medvedev takes a 6-2 Lexus ATP Head2Head record into his Red-Group clash against Rublev. The World No. 3, who has defeated Rublev twice this season (Dubai, US Open), has performed impressively at the Nitto ATP Finals in the past. He won the title in 2020 and reached the title match in 2021.

However, 12 months ago the 27-year-old failed to win a match in Turin, losing all three matches in third-set tie-breaks. He hopes to fare better this week, starting against Rublev.

“It’s very tough,” Medvedev said of the challenges the tournament presents. “From the first match you play against a Top 10 player, which never happens on Tour, other than here. You have to play your best from the first match if you want to try to win the whole thing.

“I think he improved a lot this year,” Medvedev added when discussing Rublev. “He won a Masters 1000. The match I played against him at the US Open and the match I saw against Novak at Wimbledon, I think he improves step by step even more. Every match against him is tougher and tougher. I am going to have to fight my best, run a lot, and try to get him.”

Medvedev has won a career-best 64 matches this year, lifting five titles, including Masters 1000 crowns in Miami and Rome. Rublev is a two-time champion on Tour in 2023, highlighted by his maiden Masters 1000 crown in Monte-Carlo. The World No. 5 reached the semi-finals at the year-end event in 2022 but is cautiously managing expectations this year.

“It was a great moment to be in the semi-finals at one of the best tournaments of tennis,” Rublev reflected almost a year later. “To be part of it was special. I remember when I won, the emotions were crazy.

“It’s not going to happen often. Of course I will do everything to be able to feel this emotion again. But we’ll see. There are all the best players. Everyone wants to win and everyone is playing unreal.”

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Defending Champs Ram/Salisbury Start Campaign

Defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury begin their campaign against Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden in Red Group. The American-British pair has won three trophies in 2023, including the US Open, Ram and Sailsbury’s third in a row.

In the afternoon session, Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski play Australian Open winners Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler. Koolhof and Skupski advanced to the semi-finals on debut together in Turin in 2022.

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Go Big Or Go Home, Says Tsitsipas, Who Wants To Stay In Turin

  • Posted: Nov 12, 2023

Go Big Or Go Home, Says Tsitsipas, Who Wants To Stay In Turin

Greek says he will continue to swing big despite an opening loss to Sinner

Don’t expect Stefanos Tsitsipas to retreat into his shell after beginning his 2023 Turin campaign with a straight-sets loss to Jannik Sinner.

As the Greek notes, a key benefit of the tournament’s round-robin format is that it allows players to stay alive even in defeat. Case in point is 2019, when Tsitsipas dropped a round-robin match to Rafael Nadal but went on to claim the title.

“That’s the beauty of Nitto ATP Finals; it’s not over until it’s really over,” the World No. 6 said. “You can always re-bounce and you can always come back. It’s a good format. It allows for great competition and for some good comebacks that we don’t really see in the sport because our tour is based on knockout rounds, a single opportunity in every tournament.”

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With his chances still alive of capturing a second Nitto ATP Finals title, Tsitsipas says that he will play freely and aggressively.

“I enjoy playing in fast surfaces much more now than I did years ago,” he said. “I think my tennis suits fast surfaces way more than it did slower. My shots are big. I can hit big shots.

“I see this tournament for me also as an opportunity for me to grow my game through maybe bigger risks. Why not? It’s a great tournament and I really want to do well here.”

Tsitsipas paid tribute to Sinner’s impressive serving after the Italian dropped just 10 points en route to a 6-4, 6-4 win. “He definitely has improved his serve, and he showed it today on the court,” he said.

“There wasn’t much I could do. I was trying to guess sometimes. He serves really close to the lines, to the corners.

“I’m not the Elastic Girl from the superheroes to be behind these balls. I tried my best, and he played a very good quality match from his side.”

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Sami Khedira Meets Alcaraz & Zverev At Nitto ATP Finals

  • Posted: Nov 12, 2023

Sami Khedira Meets Alcaraz & Zverev At Nitto ATP Finals

Football star played for Juventus

The starpower at the Nitto ATP Finals is in full effect beyond just the tennis court.

Football star Sami Khedira visited the Pala Alpitour on Sunday and met with Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev by the practice court at the tournament’s main venue. Khedira was a central midfielder whose teams included Juventus, which is based in Turin.

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Alcaraz is competing in the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time and leads the Red Group as the second seed. The Spaniard qualified for the season finale last year, but was unable to play due to injury.

Zverev is a two-time Nitto ATP Finals champion appearing for the first time since 2021.

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Top Seeds Dodig/Krajicek Make Fast Start In Turin

  • Posted: Nov 12, 2023

Top Seeds Dodig/Krajicek Make Fast Start In Turin

Pair clinches maiden Nitto ATP Finals match win at fourth attempt

Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek are off the mark at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Competing together in Turin for the second time, the top-seeded duo notched its first match win at the prestigious season finale by downing Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday at the Pala Alpitour.

The opening game of the 2023 Nitto ATP Finals featured a stunning back-and-forth point at 30/30, which included a behind-the-back reaction half-volley from Molteni before Dodig powered a forehand winner. That outcome proved to be a sign of things to come, as Dodig and Krajicek held firm in a series of important moments to clinch a 77-minute victory in Green Group.

“It was very important. I think we played a great match today,” Dodig told “To win 6-4, 6-2 is a great start for us. It’s still the group stage and it’s the first match, but it was very nice to play today in a full stadium. We had a good time, great fun with a good crowd, so great to be back in Turin and great to start with a win.”

The Croatian-American pair won three deciding points in the first set, including in the opening two games of the match, to move ahead inside the Pala Alpitour. They then broke their seventh-seeded opponents Gonzalez and Molteni twice in the second set to avenge their defeat in their only previous Lexus ATP Head2Head meeting with the Argentines in the Cincinnati semi-finals in August.

Currently leading the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings, Dodig and Krajicek are one of five teams competing at the Nitto ATP Finals that could end the year as the Tour’s top team. Sunday’s win was a confidence-boosting start to Dodig and Krajicek’s campaign in Turin, where they lost all three of their group-stage clashes in Match Tie-breaks in 2022.

“Last year we lost three matches in difficult situations,” said Dodig. “This year we’ve come better prepared. Through the year we have played consistently and are the best team, for now. There is more confidence, and it’s all about the big points and how you play them. We’re really happy about today. Those couple of big points, we played well.”

Krajicek is competing at the Nitto ATP Finals for the second time this year. Dodig is making his ninth appearance at the season finale, where he reached the championship match in 2014 alongside Marcelo Melo.

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