11.04.2021 - 18:40 Uhr
Second seed Daniil Medvedev should feel comfortable playing at home in Monte-Carlo, right?The Russian lives and trains in the south of France, and works with a French coach, Gilles Cervara. He took questions in English and French ahead of his fourth appearance at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where the 10-time titlist is seeking his first ATP Masters 1000 crown on clay. “[I’m] really happy to be here. I like the tournament. Played good once here,” Medvedev said. “[I] can stay at home, which helps with all the bubbles and everything. [I’m] really lucky to be able to stay at home this week.“It's very unfortunate that we won't have any fans, but now all the club is for us. It's definitely one of the most beautiful tournaments in the world right now.”Unfortunately, that’s where the sense of comfort ends for Medvedev in Monte-Carlo. The Russian is famously averse to the terre battue, a fact that he was not shy about in his pre-tournament press conference.“Honestly, there's nothing I like on clay,” Medvedev said with a wry smile. “There's always bad bounces, you're dirty after playing. I really don't enjoy playing on clay.”That’s not to say Medvedev hasn’t been working hard to improve his game, or that he hasn’t had any big results on the surface.Nothing boosts confidence like defeating Novak Djokovic at a Masters 1000 event, and that’s exactly what Medvedev accomplished in 2019 at this very venue. The Russian surprised even himself with a run to the semi-finals (l. Lajovic), his best result on clay to date.[WATCH LIVE 2]“After what happened two years ago, I know I can play well on this court,” Medvedev said. “Every time I practise on clay, after I play my match, I try to do my best, but it's difficult for me.”Medvedev, who has yet to win a match at Roland-Garros in four appearances, revealed that adapting his game to clay has always been a challenge. For the Russian, a cerebral thinker on the tennis court, it’s just as much of a mental puzzle as it is a tactical one.“Mentally I think for me the most important is going to be to know that some shots that maybe would be winners or which I would win the point on hard courts, it's definitely not the case on clay courts,” he explained. “You need to do maybe three good shots, one of which would be enough on hard courts. That's tough sometimes for me to understand.”Tactically, the Russian’s game also works against him on clay. Whereas on hard courts, Medvedev has made a habit of finding a way to win even on his worst days by falling into his go-to patterns and leaning on his backhand, on clay it’s a different story.“If I play [on clay] like on hard courts, it's not that amazing with my flat strokes,” he explained. “[I’m] working on putting some more spin, some more trajectory… All of this is tough because for nine or 10 months, I'm playing like I'm used to. Then I have to change it for two months, still keeping the things that I do well also. You cannot change [your] game completely.”Second seed Medvedev will be ready to give the clay another chance as he begins his quest for a maiden clay-court Masters 1000 trophy against Filip Krajinovic or Nikoloz Basilashvili. He has landed in 11-time champion Rafael Nadal’s half of the draw. But with no points to defend during the clay swing, if Medvedev can find his footing he could challenge Djokovic for the No.1 spot in the FedEX ATP Rankings.



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21.06.2021 - 19:21 Uhr

Norway's Casper Ruud moved past Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(4) on Monday to reach the second-round at the Mallorca Championships, and record his first grass-court victory of the season.The fifth seed, No. 14 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, broke the Frenchman’s serve twice and won 80 per cent (40/50) of his first-service points to advance at the new ATP 250 grass-court event in Spain. The 22-year-old will play Tennys Sandgren next after the American overcame Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6(3), 7-5.[WATCH LIVE 2]Frenchman Corentin Moutet also advanced as he beat Lloyd Harris 6-4, 6-2 in 88 minutes. The World No. 85 did not face a break point against the South African and will meet top-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in the second round. Italian Stefano Travaglia defeated Guido Pella 7-5, 7-6(4), and Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein overcame World No. 41 Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6(2).

13.06.2021 - 20:24 Uhr

While Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas battled it out on Court Philippe-Chatrier in the Roland Garros final on Sunday, the match trended on twitter. After Tsitsipas won the first two sets, the top seed Djokovic fought back to win 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and claim his second Roland Garros title. Below are some of the tweets from prominent members of the tennis community who were engrossed in the match. OMG... so good from Novak!— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 13, 2021 Easier said then done mate ... https://t.co/5Tu4YLawT4— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) June 13, 2021 This is why the men’s slams should never be changed and they should always be 3 out of 5 sets.— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) June 13, 2021 Never underestimate @DjokerNole just look at his eyeballs…— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) June 13, 2021 20  20  19 ?— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) June 13, 2021 The most complete male tennis player of all time is @DjokerNole— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) June 13, 2021 Unreal. @DjokerNole— Mónica Puig (@MonicaAce93) June 13, 2021 Physically and mentally dominant. Hardest player in history to attack through the court. No holes in his game. No holes physically. Can’t break his mental belief …… Well deserved @DjokerNole— andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 13, 2021 Two career Grand Slams @DjokerNole and 19 all up- congratulations on a memorable week in Paris and all the best for the grass. — Rod Laver (@rodlaver) June 13, 2021 Idemo Nole!!! Merecidísimo campeón. Disfrutalo mucho amigo!  @DjokerNole @rolandgarros— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) June 13, 2021 19  @DjokerNole— Dusan Lajovic (@Dutzee) June 13, 2021 What a thriller!Congratulations to @DjokerNole on winning the @rolandgarros Men’s Singles title.  Cheers to Tsitsipas on an incredible fight. #RolandGarros https://t.co/dn0sjOWezH— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 13, 2021

31.05.2021 - 20:25 Uhr

#NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz notched another career first on Monday when he earned his maiden berth into the second round at Roland Garros.The 18-year-old, who cracked the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time last week, defeated fellow qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). Alcaraz trailed by a break in the fourth set, but he clawed back to triumph after three hours and eight minutes.“I think the mental game is really, really important in these kinds of matches. You have to be focussed and calm all the match, three hours and 10 minutes. It's really important and not easy to do,” Alcaraz said. “I trust a lot in my physical [conditioning], yeah. I could play a really, really good game during the whole match.”The teen sensation has now not just successfully qualified at the season's first two Grand Slams, but he has also won a match in the main draw as well. Alcaraz earned momentum heading into the clay-court major by claiming an ATP Challenger Tour title in Oeiras, Portugal two weeks ago.Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comAlcaraz showed impressive resilience against his countryman, who beat him in a Challenger final last September. Zapata Miralles seemingly had an answer for every Alcaraz surge, but the #NextGenATP star made his stand in the fourth-set tie-break. The World No. 97 hit 41 winners and broke serve eight times to earn a match against big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.“I think it has been a tough match against a great player like Zapata, a really tough player. I think when I won the third set, I think he [was] going a bit down on the beginning of the fourth,” Alcaraz said. “But he [was] still playing really, really well in the fourth. I had to be focussed with his shots. I think I played a really, really good game in the fourth, going down all the set. I think in the tie-break I [went] for the match.”The 28th seed beat 2019 Monte-Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Basilashvili had not won a match at Roland Garros since making the third round in 2017.

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