19.06.2021 - 17:21 Uhr
Top seed Daniil Medvedev will begin the Mallorca Championships against either Lloyd Harris or Corentin Moutet after the Russian received a first-round bye at the new ATP 250 grass-court event.The 25-year-old, who is currently No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, could face fifth seed Dane Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals with the Dane opening against Frenchman Gilles Simon. Medvedev has won 10 ATP Tour titles but none of them have come on grass. The Russian reached the semi-finals at the cinch Championships (l. to Simon) in 2019 and has a 28-15 career record on the surface. Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta is also in the top half of the draw, with the home favourite playing Jiri Vesely or Salvatore Caruso in the second round. He is seeded to meet Medvedev in the semi-finals of the 28-player draw.In the bottom half, second-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem could play Jan Lennard Struff in the second round. The German, who recently beat Medvedev at the NOVENTI OPEN, begins against Adrian Mannarino.Thiem is playing his first grass-court event since Wimbledon in 2019 here in Spain and may play eighth seed Karan Khachanov in the quarter-finals, with the Russian opening against a qualifier.Third seed Roberto Bautista Agut will be flying the home flag for Spain alongside Carreno Busta and will face Stefano Travaglia or Guido Pella in the second round. The 33-year-old enjoyed a run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2019 (l. to Djokovic) and is a potential last four opponent for Thiem.Elsewhere, seventh-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert will look to continue his strong grass-court form against Miomir Kecmanovic while Feliciano Lopez, who has won four of his seven ATP Tour titles on grass, meeting a qualifier.



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#NextGenATP stars Sebastian Korda, Carlos Alcaraz and Lorenzo Musetti headline the qualifying field for the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Korda will be competing in qualifying at this event for the third time. The American advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 main draw at last year's Western & Southern Open, which was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic.At the time, Korda was No. 225 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Now, he is World No. 47, just one spot off his career-high FedEx ATP Ranking. The Floridian won his first ATP Tour title in Parma in May.Alcaraz is another in-form #NextGenATP player. The Spaniard just lifted his first tour-level trophy last week in Umag. This will be the 18-year-old's first appearance in Cincinnati.Musetti will also make his Cincinnati debut. The Italian, who pushed Novak Djokovic to a fifth set in the fourth round at Roland Garros, enjoyed impressive hard-court results earlier this year. The 19-year-old advanced to the Acapulco semi-finals and the third round in Miami.Other players in the qualifying field include Americans Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe, 2019 semi-finalist Richard Gasquet and big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff.

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04.08.2021 - 21:34 Uhr

Alexander Bublik is one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour, from his shotmaking ability to his underarm serves. Although fans might remember the Kazakhstani’s trickery most, he has more aces than anyone so far with 576 entering this week’s Citi Open.“It’s a cool stat. Leading in aces after almost eight months is great,” Bublik said. “It means I can serve. It means I can hit dingers.”Before the ninth seed begins his run in Washington, ATPTour.com caught up with Bublik about what his life is like on Tour, his favourite vacation spots, and why he tries to focus on anything but tennis once off the court.What are two essential non-tennis items you always pack for trips?It’s my wedding ring and my watch. I buy and sell. I bought my first [watch] in 2017. Since then I’ve had many. I’m a big watch enthusiast. I love watches, I love buying them and selling them. I love all these kinds of things. At the moment I have maybe four or five watches, but I’ve had many more. Do you enjoy travelling the world or consider it just something that needs to be done to be a pro tennis player? If you do enjoy it, what do you enjoy about travelling?I don’t like travelling at all to be honest with you. I’m not a big fan of packing, flying and changing time zones, but I treat it like a part of work. I don’t like it. I was happy to stay home for six months. I was very happy, it was really good for me. I would stay another six months at home if that would be necessary. For me travelling is just a part of my job to make a living.How do you try to overcome jetlag and acclimate to the local time zone?It’s not tough for me. I do well for the time zones, but I just don’t like travelling. I would be happy to travel from my home to the Alps and back with the car, five or six hours. I’m not a guy who would go to the Maldives, a 15-hour-trip to lay under the sun for 15 days.In that case, where is your favourite vacation destination?The French Alps, Swiss Alps, ski resorts. Something that is not mainstream and you don’t see hundreds of tennis players and athletes there. Something that is a bit interesting to walk around, see nature.I go to the mountains, I enjoy nature. Of course there is a great hotel, but [I like] walking around. I can’t ski or snowboard unfortunately, but I love nature. It’s great to recharge, put away your phone. I think for me the best places are these cold resorts with skiing or in the Swiss Alps.Watch Bublik Tour The Newport Grounds:What is your favourite tournament city to visit and why?The ATP hosts the tournaments in very good locations, so usually it’s always in good cities. There are some cities I don’t like [because of] the weather or conditions or other things, but overall 95 per cent of tournaments held by the ATP are held in great spots. We have great hotels [too].As a tennis player, maintaining your body is of the utmost importance, so how do you take care of it during long trips?Sleep well, and a couple of glasses of wine never hurt. I try not to stick to the tennis player thing, always taking care of yourself, taking care of your body, taking care of your tennis. When you travel, you should try to be a normal person and do whatever a normal person would do on a 14-hour flight.Are there any routines or activities you do to create a sense of ‘home on the road’ to feel more comfortable?I travel with my wife, my coach — who is my good friend — and a fitness trainer and we try not to talk about tennis. We try not to think about tennis at all when we are outside the tennis courts. Just live a normal life. I don’t treat myself as a tennis player when I am outside. I probably should in order to perform better as they say. But for me, the most important thing is to feel happy and feel comfortable on the Tour. I try to put aside the tennis life when I am away from the tennis courts.