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Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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Federer set to return in Doha this week

The eagerly awaited return of Roger Federer, who hasn’t played a competitive match since his 2020 Australian Open semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic due to a right knee injury, is scheduled for this week’s Qatar Exxonmobil Open in Doha, Qatar

I know it’s on the rare side for a 40-year-old to come back after a year out, The important thing is I’m pain free and injury free Roger Federer

In the interim, the Swiss world number 5, has undergone two surgical procedures and more latterly, been getting himself fit enough to deal with the rigours of the tennis tour.

The Swiss icon said retirement was never really an option during his battle with injury, insisting on the eve of the event that the pain was “completely under control” and acknowledged that it was unusual for a player of his age to return after injury.

“I know it’s on the rare side for a 40-year-old to come back after a year out,” he said at a media briefing in the Qatari capital Doha.
“The important thing is I’m pain free and injury free.

“I’m very happy to be back playing a tournament — I never thought it was going to take this long.”

On his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who this week overtakes his record of 310 weeks as world number one in men’s tennis, Federer said “it’s a great debate to have”.

“I think what Novak and Rafa have done of late is extraordinary – they’re not 25 either,” he said with a smile.

“Novak did it in Australia, Rafa did it at The French — they seem at their peak which is great for tennis and for the debate.

“My concern is my own health, my own game (more) than the record.

“The guys are unreal, I hope they keep on going and can do everything they possibly want — you want to leave the game with no regrets, and in that respect we all sleep very well at night.”

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam title winner, said that while “expectations are really low” for his campaign in Qatar, he hoped to surprise himself.

“Obviously I’m confident otherwise I wouldn’t put myself in this situation,” he said ahead of his first fixture which will be on either Tuesday or Wednesday against either Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or Britain’s Dan Evans with the Rotterdam semi-finalist Borna Coric of Croatia or Aussie John Millman potentially his quarter-final opponents.

“In a vision I see myself with the trophy,” he added laughing.

And Goran Ivanisevic believes that could be the case as he shouldn’t be underrated, a view he expressed when interviewed by Tennis Majors.

“I have played against Federer and I have coached against Federer. One thing I have learned is that you should never write him off, so I won’t do it now,” he said.

“He is always dangerous, particularly at Wimbledon and to a lesser extent at the US Open. If he is playing, that means that he is ready and when he is ready, he is an extremely difficult opponent to have.”

Fitness of course will be the key as trainer Pierre Paganini recently told Tages-Anzeiger that he would only have decided to return to the Tour knowing he can play well but admits it could be a long road ahead for the star.

“It’s a bit early to answer this question,” he replied when asked about Federer’s title chances.

“The opponents are strong, tennis is getting stronger. And he made one decisive contribution to it. So it is almost his fault that it is so.
“He trains practically normally. If you could see him, you would say: he is not injured, everything is fine.”

Andy Murray can relate to Federer’s current situation and backs him to the full to play “top-level tennis” on his return reckoning there are some similarities between himself and his old foe.

“I just want to get out and compete and just enjoy doing what I am doing,” Murray said, as per the Metro. “I imagine Roger would be the same.
“I am sure he has been training hard and is excited to get back out there and compete.

“I am sure in time, providing that his body is good, that he will play top-level tennis again because he is that good.

“Even if there is a slight drop-off physically for him, I would back his skill against most players. I am sure he will be fine.”

All eyes will be focused on him when a lot of the questions should be answered.






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