Rafa Nadal won over compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in the ATP Acapulco tournament on February 26.
In the first match since the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Nadal played not really as well as expected, before the opponent has never won him in all three meetings before.
In the entire 90-minute match, the owner of 19 Grand Slam lost two serves, one game per set, including the first game of the match. Despite losing more than half the points in return games, Nadal also won five games to block the ball. He scored a total of 26 winner points, and made 23 self-defeating errors.
Andujar took the lead first, taking advantage of the first-seeded faulty hand to lead 2-0 with a winner along the line. However, after a slow foreplay, Nadal caught up with the tempo of the game to restore order. The number two player in the world wins two games of defending in a row after two shots from a compatriot’s opponent.
Andujar tried to save three set-points while being 2-5, but ultimately could not save the situation. Nadal closed the first set victory with a perfect delivery game.
In the second set, the 33-year-old dominated the game by losing only one serve and winning three more games to close the ball and close the match. It was also the 16th victory in Nadal’s 18 matches in this tournament.
The opponent in the upcoming second round of the Spanish player is Miomir Kecmanovic, the winner of young Australian talent Alex de Minaur with the score 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The champions of ATP Acapluco 2005 and 2013 are raising hopes of regaining the number one world lost to Djokovic, because the gap between the two is only 325 points. If Nadal wins the championship this weekend, Djokovic will have to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships to keep the top of the ATP scoreboard.
After a painful defeat of 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 3-6 against rival Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open men’s singles semifinals last month and just won Rafael Nadal after 3 sets in a friendly match Charity Fund in Cape Town (South Africa), Roger Federer has had trauma surgery and long-term leave.
Federer will pay special attention to Dominic Thiem. The 26-year-old Austrian surprised at the Australian Open recently when he defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in Australian Open quarterfinals. In the final of the first Grand Slam this year, Thiem also caused defending champion Djokovic to undergo five extremely hard set to win him to the 8th coronation at Melbourne Park.
Recently at the Rio Open, the tournament that I had won in 2017, Thiem was determined to raise the championship cup to take over the position of the 3rd male tennis player in the world that Federer holds. However, he stopped in the quarterfinals and could not take the throne of Federer immediately.
Ahead of the Rio Open this year on February, the gap on the ATP chart between him and Federer is only 85 points. Commenting on the great opportunity to take the 3rd place in the world from Federer, Thiem said: “Of course, I’m happy that I’m in a high position in my career, but I really want to get the NoI.1. Although knowing it’s a challenge, but it’s also a nice goal for me to realize in the coming weeks. ”
Austrian tennis king even emphasized improving the position with the desire to surpass Federer so that for the first time to reach the top 3 of the ATP rankings is not his top goal in the near future. Instead, he wants to win his first Grand Slam title after losing all three to the finals at Roland Garros (2018, 2019) and the Australian Open (2020) under Nadal and Djokovic. Instead, I want to continue my performance like I played at the Australian Open. After that, something will be happened to my rankings. “
Although Federer cannot be overthrown, it will come soon in the coming weeks with Thiem due to the injury “Express Train” and long-term breaks. Achieving this goal, the Austrian is able to give his all to the first Grand Slam title of his career.
Rafael Nadal met Federico Delbonis, while Daniil Medvedev faced Pedro Martinez in the second round of the Australian Open, on January 23.
Nadal won all three of his previous matches with Delbonis. The Spanish player has not lost a set to his Argentinian opponent, and has never let the opponent win more than three games in each set. At the most recent encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nadal won easily 6-2, 6-1.
Delbonis is also left-handed and won Novak Djokovic a set at ATP Miami last year. In the first round of the Australian Open, the world’s No. 76 player beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. But Nadal has not lost in the last 13 times against the left-handed players. The Spaniard has never failed in the second round of the Australian Open.
Nadal, earlier, started his journey in the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien. The world’s number one player will meet Delbonis expected at 16:30 today.
In the morning, the biggest obstacle in Nadal’s semifinals will be played. Daniil Medvedev, after a tough first round match with Frances Tiafoe, only had to face Pedro Martinez in the second round.
Martinez, the world’s 168 player, surprised Dominik Koepfer after three sets in the first round. The 22-year-old has never previously won at the ATP Tour. Medvedev has just experienced 2019 successfully, with many wins (59) and many times to the most final (9) on the Tour.
Never reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, but Medvedev’s performance has improved year by year. The Russian player was eliminated in the first round of 2017, going to the second round of 2018 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of 2019.
Also in this bracket, fifth seed Dominic Thiem will meet host Alex Bolt today. Seventh seed Alexander Zverev confronts Egor Gerasimov, Stan Wawrinka encounters Andreas Seppi while “test horse” Nick Kyrgios encounters Gilles Simon.
The final match that weighed in on Wimbledon’s history with a time of 4 hours 57 minutes between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer was officially conquered with a superstar victory from Serbia. Djokovic has shown his agility and acumen as well as his competitive spirit in the Tie-Breaks series, which makes Tennis fans extremely satisfied.
Djokovic’s opponent, Roger Federer, is no less competitive with the chasing score for nearly 5 hours, both of them have a lot of chances to win with 7-6, 1-6 respectively. , 7-6, 4-6 and 13-12. But Novak Djokovic did a better job of leading the score with a 3-2 score in the match, convincing and winning the 16th Grand Slam trophy.
Immediately after the match, Novak Djokovic shared: “This is probably the most brainstorming game I have ever participated in, before I had a most physically losing match with Nadal in the final of the Australian Open tournament. It took nearly 6 hours. But today’s match is probably the match that gives me the most mental pressure and it’s on a different level. This final match was one of the matches I used many hind legs to hold the most. I always had to be in defensive position during the match, Federer, he was completely in the initiative. I tried my best to fight and be flexible to find goals. All three tie-breaks to win are very important, this can be considered my best match. ”
He added, “The most difficult moment will help you become strong, re-acknowledge yourself and also be an opportunity to better understand yourself.”
At the age of 32, Nokvak Djokovic excelled in winning five Wimbledon trophies in his career. If you look back at Novak’s entire career, perhaps 2011 was the most important milestone in Novak Djokovic’s career when he won the Wimbledon for the first time that same year and he won many great achievements and rise to number one in the world.
Novak Djokovic also has a massive fortune in owning 16 Grand Slam awards including: 7 Australian Open, 1 Roland-Garros (Open Solution), 5 Wimbledon and 3 US Open.
For the first time since 2008, two players will meet on the pitch at the third Grand Slam in the year after all have won victories in the quarterfinals.
On July 10, Roger Federer had a Wimbledon quarterfinal match with Kei Nishikori. The quick play style of the Swiss player has met with resilient resistance from Japanese “Samurai”.
Unexpectedly came in the first game of the match when Federer lost the break quite easily. The 37-year-old struggles to keep the next delivery games. Nishikori plays hard and wins 6-4 in the first set.
Taking the bitter fruit in the first set, Federer competed more aggressively in the later set. His play on the net started to work. “Express train” wins the 6-1 gap in set 2. In the next 2 sets, Nishikori is not easy to surrender, causing many difficulties for Federer. However, the player who possesses 20 Grand Slam titles has shown the skill and experience to win with the score 6-4.
Winning against the front of Nishikori, Roger Federer for the 13th time reached the Wimbledon semi-finals and won the 100-match winner. He became the first player in history to win 100 matches in a Grand Slam tournament. Legendary Jimmy Connors ranked No. 2 when there were 98 wins at the US Open.
Federer’s opponent at the semi-final is none other than Rafael Nadal. No. 3 seed had a 3-0 victory (7-5, 6-2 and 6-2) in front of a nearly 2m tall American tennis player Sam Querrey. Although let the opponent launch to 22 serve the ball to score directly, Nadal still knows how to exploit weaknesses to get an advantage.
The Spanish player took advantage of Querrey’s 2 serve to counter-attack, scoring a score of 78%. Passing Querrey and Nadal for the seventh time into the Wimbledon semi-final, he also helped him become the first player to score at the ATP Finals – the tournament for eight outstanding male players of the year.
Nadal and Federer will have their 40th match against each other in their careers and the fourth in Wimbledon. Federer won two finals in 2006 and 2007, before losing to Nadal in the 2008 final – one of the matches going into the history of world tennis. Nadal is leading Federer 24-15 after 39 meetings, and he won the last match at the French semi-finals over a month ago.
On August 8, Federer will celebrate his 38th birthday. And if he steps on the glorious podium at Center Court on July 14, he will continue to set the record for the oldest player in the history of the championship. Wimbledon calculated in the Open Era (since 1968). The current record also belongs to him, after the Wimbledon championship 2017. Broader in Grand Slam’s history, the record holder of the old Open Age champion is still Ken Rosewall, when he crowned the Australian Open 1972 at the age of 37. That would also be a milestone that Federer was deciding. The mind rushed into the journey to conquer Wimbledon 2019, the tournament will open next Monday (July 1).
“I love this place, because it gives me vibrations. I have beautiful memories. My childhood heroes all won here,” the player is holding a record of 20 Grand Slam minds. The “Every time I come back here, I try to be like them”.
Maybe FedEx is a bit humble, because he went into Wimbledon history as the greatest player in this tournament, but there is the fact that even if he seems to have conquered milestones, it seems to be over. Striving for strength, he can still make others hat by talent and determination. In his last appearance at Wimbledon, he crushed Marin Cilic only after 3 sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. It is also a tournament that Federer has won without losing a set, while his biggest (and younger) rivals like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, or phenomena new as Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev fell out one after another.
That year, Djokovic had to withdraw in the quarterfinals due to elbow injury, while Nadal was eliminated from the fourth round, after the marathon with Gilles Muller, with the final set of 15-13 in favor of the Austrian player. The fact that Federer won that year easily made many people surprised, because he spent five consecutive years without winning Wimbledon since taking down Andy Murray in the final in 2012. Previously, the first six Wimbledon championships Federer’s first came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, when he was at the best age. Challenges for FedEx To be fair, apart from the 2017 championship, Federer’s trips to London in the last few years have not yielded the best results. The most disappointing was in 2013, when Federer was knocked out of shock in the second round, against the lesser opponent Sergyi Stakhovsky. Two seasons later, Federer was second in Wimbledon when losing to Djokovic in the final, and in 2016, he collapsed in front of the player with the heavy serve Milos Raonic at the semi-finals. Last year, Federer guarded the racquet before Kevin Anderson, after losing this 2m03 “pole” with the score 11-13 in the fifth set. “It was a failure that hurt me so much. No one wanted to be a loser after such a game. It was a great motivation for me, because I didn’t want to sit here and justify my defeat.” Federer said after the loss – the loss he had lost several matchpoints in the fourth set, “That’s the worst feeling you have to go through as a player”.
However, that defeat has fallen into the past, and Federer will enter the tournament again this year as a heavyweight candidate, along with a 4-time champion of Novak Djokovic. After seeing the 12th Nadal win Roland Garros, and only two titles to his Grand Slam record, Federer is even more determined in Wimbledon. And he started this tournament with the 10th championship in Halle Open. “Winning 10 times in a tournament is a very special moment in my career,” Federer admitted. He has owned 102 big and small titles in his career, only 7 behind the legendary Jimmy Connors. He is also the oldest ATP Tour winner since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won the championship in Hong Kong in 1977.
“Every time the champion in Halle is then I play well in Wimbledon,” the Swiss legend cheerfully said, “Of course, not a guarantee, but I played at the ATP Tour long enough to understand. how much it means. “
Let’s wait and see, can Federer put his 9th star on his shirt at the All England Club?