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  • Khachanov/Rublev Get Off To Winning Start In Rotterdam Doubles
    el día 1 marzo, 2021 a las 12:20 pm

    Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev won the first match of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Monday by beating Dusan Lajovic and Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 3-6, 10-2. The Russians, who won the first five games of the match, will next play fourth seeds Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer or Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in the second round. Khachanov will challenge 2015 champion and eighth seed Wawrinka in the singles first round. Wawrinka leads 2-1 in their ATP Head2Head, but Khachanov won their last match at the 2019 Rogers Cup 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-2. Fourth seed Rublev begins his campaign against American qualifier Marcos Giron, while Lajovic has been drawn to face top seed Daniil Medvedev.

  • Popyrin Returns To Top 100, Mover Of Week
    el día 1 marzo, 2021 a las 9:31 am

    No. 82 Alexei Popyrin, +32 (Career High) The Australian jumped 32 places to a career-high No. 82 in the FedEx ATP Rankings after he captured his first ATP Tour title at the Singapore Tennis Open. The 21-year-old beat former World No. 3 Marin Cilic in the semi-finals and Alexander Bublik in the final. No. 85 Federico Coria, +10 (Career High) The Argentinean, who is the younger brother of former World No. 3 Guillermo Coria, reached his first ATP Tour semi-final at the Cordoba Open (l. to Cerundolo) and moves to a career-high No. 85. View FedEx ATP Rankings  Other Notable Top 100 Movers No. 14 David Goffin, +1 No. 41 Marin Cilic, +3 No. 43 Alexander Bublik, +3 No. 51 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, +5 (Career High) No. 74 Yoshihito Nishioka, +5 No. 76 Egor Gerasimov, +7

  • Djokovic Ties Federer On 310 Weeks At No. 1 In FedEx ATP Rankings
    el día 1 marzo, 2021 a las 6:03 am

    Novak Djokovic has today equalled Roger Federer’s all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The Serbian has now held the top spot for 310 weeks over five different stints. ALL-TIME WEEKS AT NO. 1 No. 1 Player Total Weeks Longest Streak 1=) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 310 122 weeks 1=) Roger Federer (SUI) 310 237 weeks 3) Pete Sampras (USA) 286 102 weeks 4) Ivan Lendl (CZE) 270 157 weeks 5) Jimmy Connors (USA) 268 160 weeks Djokovic first rose to No. 1 aged 24 years and 43 days on 4 July 2011, and spent a personal-best 122 consecutive weeks at the summit of the FedEx ATP Rankings between 7 July 2014 and 6 November 2016. By lifting his ninth Australian Open crown (d. Medvedev) eight days ago, Djokovic guaranteed that he would surpass Federer’s weeks at No. 1 record on 8 March. The Serbian’s success at Melbourne Park has underpinned his record run as World No. 1. The 34-year-old Djokovic has compiled a 387-53 win-loss record as World No. 1, including a 117-30 mark against Top 10 opponents and a 39-13 record in tour-level finals. DJOKOVIC AT NO. 1 – Take a closer look at Djokovic’s match wins, Top 10 and finals records during his five stints at No. 1. Stints At No. 1 W-L Record vs. Top 10 Finals Record 4 July 2011-8 July 2012 63-12 (.840) 18-9 (.667) 4-4 5 November 2012-6 October 2013 62-9 (.873) 18-6 (.750) 5-2 7 July 2014-6 November 2016 167-17 (.908) 60-9 (.870) 21-5 5 November 2018-3 November 2019 58-10 (.792) 13-4 (.857) 5-2 3 February 2020-present* 37-5 (.881) 8-1 (.888) 4-0 Totals 387-53 (.880) 117-30 (.796) 39-13 *The FedEx ATP Rankings were frozen between 23 March 2020 and 23 August 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic Djokovic is one of 26 players in the history of the FedEx ATP Rankings to hold the top spot (since 23 August 1973). He finished 2020 as year-end No. 1 for the sixth time (also 2011-12, ’14-15 and ’18), tying the record of Pete Sampras (1993-98).

  • First-Time Winner Spotlight: Juan Manuel Cerundolo
    el día 1 marzo, 2021 a las 3:12 am

    There are Cinderella stories, and then there is Juan Manuel Cerundolo. The 19-year-old qualifier from Argentina completed a dream week at the Cordoba Open, going from having never contested an ATP Tour main draw match to lifting his maiden trophy on home soil. He sealed the victory with a statement 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final and will rise to No. 181 in the FedEx ATP Rankings on Monday. caught up with Cerundolo after his victory to talk about his week in Cordoba and the path he has taken to his unforgettable ATP debut. Congratulations on an incredible week. What does it mean to you to win your first ATP Tour title in your debut and do it in Argentina? I honestly can’t believe it. It’s been an unforgettable experience, I will never forget this moment. I’m super happy and even more because it’s in Argentina, in my home with all my friends and family cheering me on. It was such a unique experience. I will never forget it.  Prior to this week, you’d never played an ATP main draw match before. At what point in the week did you start to believe you could win the title? I honestly never thought that or imagined it. I think it happened step by step, little by little. I won my first match in qualifying, then the second. First my objective was to get through the qualies, then I wanted to win one round. Then I started to think about the match against [Miomir] Kecmanovic, then I beat him. I was just thinking match by match, I never in my life imagined that I could win the tournament. So maybe that was the key, because I never felt anxious. From playing in the main draw with your older brother Francisco Cerundolo, to winning your first title – what moment stands out the most from this week? Both of us playing together here was just incredible. And now I’m seeing the posts he’s been making about me [on social media] and what he thinks, it makes me so happy. He’s been a big point of reference for me, and it’s great that we can share these experiences because we can use it to help each other.  Your father Alejandro Cerundolo is a big name in Argentine tennis, your brother plays as well. How much of a role does family have in your career and what is it like to share these moments in Cordoba with them? Family is so fundamental. Without a family to support you and help you, or friends to support and help you, it’s almost impossible to do it all alone. It’s so important, they’ve always supported me and cheered from the stands for me ever since I was small. These are the things that can’t really be explained, but I just thank them for always being present in my life and in my tennis career.  You entered this tournament at No. 335 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, and you’ll leave here ranked No. 181. How does a result like this change your career’s trajectory? Have you started to look ahead? Honestly, I have been thinking about it a little bit. I will be able to compete in the main draws of [ATP Challenger Tour] tournaments and maybe play qualies at ATP tournaments and Grand Slams, which is what makes me the happiest. Before this, I wasn’t even thinking of what ranking I would need or how many points, because the number wasn’t even close. I wasn’t even looking at the Top 100. Whenever I thought about my ranking [goals], I was aiming for Top 200 because I was just that far away. Now, I just have to keep playing and make the most of it. On the court, tennis fans are getting to know your lefty forehand and counterpunching. How would you describe yourself on and off the court? On the court I’m definitely a more defensive counter-puncher. I like to use the opponent’s pace against them, and when I can attack with the forehand I use it to dictate the points.  Off of the court, I think I’m a calm guy. I do have my attitude and my personality, I can be a little bit of a loner. My favourite things are playing Playstation and watching Netflix, I’m not the most ‘social’ guy. But it’s always great to relax with your friends and take a break from tennis, because it’s not good to always be on your own.  Who were your football or tennis idols growing up? Who are your favourite players to follow now?  I honestly love football, and even more because I play FIFA on Playstation. It’s definitely a vice for me! As far as idols, Lionel Messi and Neymar are the two current players that I like the most. And also Cristiano Ronaldo, his mentality and how much of a champion he is just drives me crazy.  This is a milestone moment in your career. How will you celebrate this victory? All my friends are here right now, so I just want to go out for dinner with them… But on the other hand, I have to make sure I recover physically because I have to play again on Tuesday [in Buenos Aires]. So it’s celebrate, then recuperate. 

  • Scouting Report: 10 Things To Watch In Rotterdam & Buenos Aires
    el día 1 marzo, 2021 a las 2:02 am

    There will be plenty of mouthwatering action on tap with two ATP Tour events this week, led by the first ATP 500 tournament of the year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev headlines the field, hoping to add his name to the prestigious event’s legendary honour roll. In South America, the second leg of the “Golden Swing” will head to Buenos Aires for the Argentina Open. Top seed Diego Schwartzman will hit the clay courts of the ‘Cathedral of Argentine Tennis’ as he continues his quest to lift his first ATP Tour trophy on home soil. Draws: Rotterdam | Buenos Aires FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN ROTTERDAM 1) Medvedev’s Road To No. 2: After reaching his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, top seed Medvedev arrives in Rotterdam looking for his first individual title of the year (Russia won the ATP Cup). A maiden trophy at the ATP 500 event would just be the icing on the cake: Medvedev needs to reach the final to rise to a career-high No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. If the Russian accomplishes the feat, he will become the first player outside the Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — to hold a top two spot since Lleyton Hewitt was World No. 2 the week of 18 July 2005. 2) Top-Shelf Talent: Four of the Top 10 and eight of the Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings will compete in Rotterdam. World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 7 Alexander Zverev and No. 8 Andrey Rublev round out the top four seeds. 3) Unseeded & Looming Large: The draw handed 2015 champion and Stan Wawrinka one of the toughest first-round tests in the form of unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters champion. Former World No. 1 and 2009 Rotterdam winner Andy Murray is also in the mix after receiving a wild card, and could face Rublev in the second round. 4) Goffin Coming In Hot: Sixth seed David Goffin storms into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with momentum after winning the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Sunday. The Belgian had not previously won a title since Tokyo in 2017. Goffin, who reached the final of this event in 2017, will play big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round. 5) Double The Action: The top-ranked doubles team in the world, Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, leads the way in a strong doubles field that also features Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic as the No. 2 seeds. Familiar singles names join doubles heavyweights in an entertaining draw as Stefanos Tsitsipas pairs up with younger brother Petros Tsitsipas, and Russians Rublev and Khachanov compete together.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka85) FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN BUENOS AIRES 1) Native Son: Diego Schwartzman was born and still resides in Buenos Aires. He is hoping his city can inspire him to lift his first ATP Tour trophy on home soil. Schwartzman has won two of his three career titles on clay, the surface where he also reached the biggest final of his career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia last year. 2) Home Hopes: Schwartzman is joined by seven countrymen in the main draw, all looking to become first Argentine to win in Buenos Aires since David Nalbandian in 2008. Other Argentine champions include Guillermo Coria (2004), Gaston Gaudio (2005) and Juan Monaco (2007). 3) The Dream Continues: Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo enjoyed a dream week at the Cordoba Open, where he won the title on his ATP Tour debut. The #NextGenATP lefty is in the Buenos Aires draw as a special exempt. He will play fellow Argentine lefty Federico Delbonis in the first round. 4) Garin Gets Going: Chile’s Cristian Garin is the No. 2 seed and he’s looking to jumpstart his season at the Argentina Open. Garin had to miss the Australian Open due to a wrist injury, and will be contesting his second match of the year when he begins his campaign. With Schwartzman also in the draw, Buenos Aires will see both of South America’s top-ranked singles players hit the court this week. 5) Doubles In Buenos Aires: Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor are the top seeds at this ATP 250 event. Singles star Benoit Paire and Monaco’s Romain Arneodo, who reached the Cordoba final, will try to go one step further in Buenos Aires.

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