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Chung Receives 'Most Improved' Award

  • Posted: Jan 07, 2016

Chung Receives 'Most Improved' Award

Young star receives prestigious ATP award

South Korea’s Hyeon Chung was Thursday honoured as the Most Improved Player of 2015 in the ATP World Tour Awards Presented by Moët & Chandon. The 19 year old received his award during a centre-court presentation at the Brisbane International, where he reached the second round.

Chung climbed more than 120 places from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the year, winning four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2015. He also reached the Shenzhen quarter-finals and is currently at a career-high of No. 51.

“I’m very proud of this award,” Chung said. “It meant more to me as a professional athlete to be recognised by my fellow players. Getting the award was a surprise for sure. I didn’t begin the year with a specific rankings goal in mind. But I had some good opportunities, like getting a wild card in Miami, and qualifying for some other ATP tournaments. They were all great experiences and I’ll continue to try to keep jumping up the rankings.”

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Upset Propels Pouille

  • Posted: Jan 07, 2016

Upset Propels Pouille

78th-ranked Frenchman into quarters with 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 upset of No. 6 seed Goffin

Lucas Pouille may be young, but the 21-year-old Frenchman played with veteran poise on Thursday at the Brisbane International, upsetting No. 6 seed David Goffin 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Pouille, the youngest of 10 Frenchmen in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, raced out to a 3-0 lead in the topsy-turvy opening set. But Goffin would level the score at 4-all, save a set point serving at 4-5 and force a tie-break. But Pouille held on to take the stanza.

Goffin wasn’t finished just yet. With Pouille serving to stay in the second set at 4-5, the Belgian Davis Cup hero scored a timely break of his own to even things at a set apiece.

But Pouille took control with a service break in the seventh game of the deciding set, and later added his third break to close it out in just over two hours.

This was their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. Pouille, who out-aced his opponent 13-9 and saved nine of 11 break points, now awaits the winner of the Milos Raonic vs. Ivan Dodig match-up.

Doubles Dispatch: Inglot/Lindstedt Into Brisbane Semis

With the last remaining spot in the Brisbane semi-finals on the line, No. 4 seeds Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt downed the all-Aussie duo of Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith 7-6(0), 6-2 in one hour and five minutes.

It was the all-Aussie duo of Reid/Smith that jumped out to a 2-0 first-set lead, but Inglot/Lindstedt stormed back to victory. They will next face No. 2 seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

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Broady knocked out of ASB Classic

  • Posted: Jan 07, 2016

British number three Naomi Broady was beaten in the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic by American Sloane Stephens.

Broady had two chances to win the first set but lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in Auckland.

The world number 122 led 6-5 in the opener, but fifth seed Stephens held her serve to force a tie-break and saved a set point before taking it 8-6.

Broady, who won a controversial match to reach the last eight, broke to lead 2-1 in the next set, but Stephens won five of the next six games to progress.

“It was a tough one, Naomi’s a great player,” said Stephens. “She has had such a great week here.”

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Djokovic Cruises Into Doha QFs

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Djokovic Cruises Into Doha QFs

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal compete in Doha

Novak Djokovic cruised into the Qatar ExxonMobil Open quarter-finals on Wednesday when the World No. 1 beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes. Djokovic, who also reached the last eight in 2015, extended his winning streak to 19 matches against left-handed opponents. He is bidding to capture his 60th tour-level title this week.

Djokovic goes onto face eighth seed Leonardo Mayer, who dropped just two of his first service points (26 of 28) in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar. Djokovic beat Mayer in straight sets at the 2014 Australian Open.

Seventh seed Jeremy Chardy struck 12 aces and lost just five of his service points in beating fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4. He now plays Illya Marchenko, who beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-2.

Second seed Rafael Nadal takes on Robin Haase later today.

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Wawrinka Dominates Rublev In Chennai

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Wawrinka Dominates Rublev In Chennai

Three-time champion into quarter-finals

Top seed Stan Wawrinka defeated youngster Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday at the Aircel Chennai Open. The Swiss moved past the 18-year-old Russian wild card in just under one hour to improve to 20-4 in Chennai. He is the two-time defending champion in the Indian metropolis and also took home the 2011 singles title.

The No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings was rock-solid on serve, striking six aces and converting over 80 per cent of points on both first and second deliveries. Wawrinka was equally menacing on the return, breaking Rublev three times on nine opportunities in the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

Next up for Wawrinka is fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who eliminated Croatian qualifier Ante Pavic 7-6(5), 6-1.

The 26-year-old Pavic, ranked No. 449 started strongly against the No. 27 Garcia-Lopez. The 32-year-old Spaniard was pushed to the limit by the underdog before sneaking off with the set in a tie-break after an hour.

Energized by the narrow escape, the 2005 Chennai semi-finalist raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set and closed on win on his first match point. In the quarter-finals, Garcia-Lopez will aim for a fourth win in 10 attempts against Wawrinka.

Also victorious was eighth seed Borna Coric, who eliminated American Austin Krajicek 6-2, 7-5 in 90 minutes. The Croatian broke Krajicek three times (3/10) and saved the lone break point faced to secure his third match win in Chennai and move into the final eight for the first time in India. He is slated to meet fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.

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Edmund reaches Qatar quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

British number three Kyle Edmund beat Spain’s Daniel Munoz de la Nava 5-7 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to reach the last eight of the Qatar Open.

It is a first ATP quarter-final for Edmund, 20, who next plays world number six Tomas Berdych.

Yorkshireman Edmund, ranked 102nd in the world, is projected to better his career-high ranking of 99th when the new standings are released next week.

He is joined in the quarter-finals by world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Serb beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-2, while world number five Rafael Nadal progressed with a 6-3 6-2 win over Robin Haase.

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Nishikori Pulls Double Duty In Brisbane

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Nishikori Pulls Double Duty In Brisbane

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Thiem v Kudla Highlights Brisbane 2016

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Thiem v Kudla Highlights Brisbane 2016

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Thiem Moves On In Brisbane 2016

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Thiem Moves On In Brisbane 2016

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Aussie Duo Upsets Kubot/Matkowski In Brisbane

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2016

Aussie Duo Upsets Kubot/Matkowski In Brisbane

Duckworth/Guccione advance to semi-finals

The unseeded team of James Duckworth and Chris Guccione scored a 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 upset of third-seeded Poles Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski on Wednesday at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. The Aussies converted on their lone break point to complete the upset in 70 minutes.

In the final four, they will face Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, who booked their spot in the Brisbane semi-finals by knocking out last year’s US Open champions and top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 in 70 minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds John Peers and Henri Kontinen were 7-6(2), 6-3 victors over Ivan Dodig and Sam Groth. They will now meet fourth seeds Dominic Inglot and Robert Lindstedt or wild cards Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith.

Inglot and Lindstedt were 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-7 winners over Americans Scott Lipsky and Eric Butorac, while Reid and Smith defeated Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 7-6(1), 6-4.

Rojer/Tecau Dominate In Doha

Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau needed just 43 minutes to overcome Teymuraz Gabashvili and Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-1 in the Doha quarter-finals.

The reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions did not face a break point and broke their opponents five times en route to setting a semi-final match-up against fourth seeds Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya, who downed David Marrero and Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4.

Wild Cards Win In Chennai

The Indian partnership formed by N. Sriram Balaji and Ramkumar Ramanathan delighted the home crowd by defeating fourth seeds Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak 2-6,7-6(5), 10-5 in the first round. The wild cards only won 63 points to their opponents’ 72, but secured the win in 86 minutes after a Match Tie-break.

Third seeds Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin survived Aljaz Bedene and Treat Huey 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. Bedene and Huey took the early lead and saved six of eight break points faced, but succumbed after 79 minutes.

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