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Argentines edge closer to ending a 13-year drought at their home event

The chances of the 13-year drought since an Argentine won the Argentine Open in Buenos Aires have increased dramatically with two ‘Argentinos’ featuring in the last four, thankfully on opposite sides of the draw.

It’s Tauson v Badosa and Golubic v Ferro in Lyon semis

There were mixed fortunes for the two Claras at the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Friday, when Tauson extended her winning streak to 9, booking a place in her first WTA semi-final with a straight-sets defeat of Camila Giorgi, while Burel bowed out in 3 sets to...

Kvitova beats Pegula to book Muguruza final

Petra Kvitova is into her 3rd Qatar Total Open final in the last 4 years after making it past the in-form Jessica Pegula on Friday, and will play Garbiñe Muguruza for the trophy on Saturday, who secured her spot when Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of the back...

Tstsipas scrambles through to Rotterdam semis.

It was another gruelling day for the title favourite as he added over two-and-half-hours to his tally on court this week.

Paire disgraces himself

The behaviour of Benoit Paire, the abrasive Frenchman, dominated proceedings on the fourth day of the Argentine Open after tanking the final game against local player Francisco Cerundolo, and spitting on the court for which he was docked a point.

Golubic guns down Garcia, Burel bagels Sasnovich

A Swiss qualifier, Viktorija Golubic, stunned 3rd-seeded Caroline Garcia from France, 6-1 6-2, to reach the quarter-finals of the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Thursday, while Greet Minnen upset the No 8 seed Arantxa Rus and Clara Burel beat Aliaksandra...

Azarenka fights past pain and Svitolina, as Pegula shocks Pliskova

Two-time Qatar Total Open champion Victoria Azarenka, hampered by a back problem, produced a remarkable performance to defeat top seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday, setting up a semi-final meeting with Garbiñe Muguruza, who outmatched Maria Sakkari in her quarter-final.

Tsitsipas takes over favourite’s mantle

With the top seed eliminated, the Greek God, Stefanos Tsitsipas, the second seed at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, is nowfavourite to collect the ultimate prize in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Krajicek responds to critcism

Richard Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion who currently is the Tournament Director of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, an event he also won in 1995, felt that he should respond to the criticisms recently aired by Alexander Zverev following his disappointing...

Nagal pulls off a great win

The second seed at the Argentina Open, Cristian Garin, a Chilean who, with local hero Diego Schwartzman is the second most successful current player in South America. He has won all four of his ATP titles on clay but on this occasion found himself sacrificed on the...
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Wimbledon | Djokovic, Federer and Nadal to vie for title

Rafa Nadal, still smarting at being demoted from second to third seed for this year’s Championships at least managed to avoid being in the top half of the draw which features the top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

It means that the Spaniard is likely to face the second seeded Roger Federer in the semi-final which would be their first meeting at Wimbledon in 11 years when they played their epic final.

Expectations that it won’t be one of the Big Three lifting the golden cup on finals day are low with Federer one of the favourites to collect his ninth title on Centre Court, despite being 37 years of age. Djokovic meanwhile is chasing his fifth and Nadal his third.

The possible men’s quarter-finals are, in the the half, Djokovic against Stefanos Tsitsipas (7) and last year’s finalist, Kevin Anderson (4) facing Alexander Zverev (6)  and, in the bottom half, Federer meeting Kei Nishikori (8) and Nadal taking on the Austrian he defeated for the French title three weeks ago, Dominic Thiem.

Nadal opens against qualifier Yuichi Sugita of Japan while Federer takes on Lloyd Harris a 22-year-old South African making his Wimbledon debut.

Djokovic will get things going on Centre Court on Monday against Philipp Kohlshcreiber, a seasoned opponent who made the last eight at Wimbledon in 2012 and recently defeated him on a hard court at Indian Wells, California.

Other intriguing first round matches pitch Thiem against 2017 semi-finalist Sam Querrey, the12th seeded Fabio Fognini against 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe; the exciting teenager and No. 19th  seed Felix Auger-Aliassime against Vasek Pospisil in an all-Canadian clash; and Nick Kyrgios against Jordan Thompson in an all-Australian confrontation. Should Kyrgios win that he could well face Nadal in round two. He beat the Spaniard in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2014.

In fact Nadal has the toughest draw of the three, for following his possible second round meeting with Kyrgios, he could well face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Denis Shapovalov in the third round and Marin Cilic in the round of 16 before that rematch with fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the last eight.

Last year he reached the semi-finals but prior to that his best results in the previous six years was the fourth round.

On the British front, eyes will be focused on the Hull teenager Paul Jubb, the first Brit to win the prestigious College championships in the States but he has drawn the experienced Joao Sousa of Portugal. Jubb features in the bottom half and in the same quarter as Dan Evans and James Ward who open their respective challenges against Federico Delbonis of Argentina and Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 18th seed from Georgia.

In the bottom quarter Cameron Norrie faces Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan who lost in the Eastbourne qualifying event to Jubb.

Meanwhile Kyle Edmund, the British No1 seeded 30, finds himself in Djokovic’s quarter of the draw. His first opponent is the talented Spaniard Jaume Munar and if he gets past him, another Spaniard the veteran Fernando Verdasco could well await and then Tsitsipas in the third round.

 

 






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