27.11.2019 - 23:39 Uhr
Jan-Lennard Struff enjoyed the best season of his career in 2019, climbing to a career-high No. 33 in the ATP Rankings, reaching two ATP Tour semi-finals and earning five wins against Top 10 opponents.The 29-year-old will hope to carry that momentum into 2020, beginning the new season at the inaugural ATP Cup. Struff is Germany’s No. 2 singles player, and he will hope to help his country advance out of Group F, which also consists of Greece, Canada and Australia. Struff speaks to ATPTour.com about his German idols growing up, what makes competing on a team special, and more.Which countrymen did you watch growing up and what did you admire about them?A lot of players: Tommy Haas, Nicolas Kiefer, really a lot of them. Those are the two biggest names, I would say. I liked the way they played, I liked the style they played.Tommy was an inspiration for me. When I played him in Munich and in Kitzbuhel it was unreal to play him. It was just crazy because he played his last match against me in Kitzbuhel. Obviously I liked his intensity on court and the way he hit the ball. It was just unreal, I really loved that.What are your early memories of playing tennis in your home country?I started playing with my parents, who were both tennis coaches. I really enjoyed playing. When I was a small kid, I always loved to go out and I played soccer, as well.I just loved to do something with my friends, playing the sport and travelling with some guys from my practice group. We just had a fun time, playing club matches in the youth area, under 12, under 14, like four guys. We are very good friends and we were just enjoying the matches and practice sessions together. Of course I watched so many Grand Slams on TV, it was unreal. When I was in school, the Australian Open was on TV. They started at 1 in the morning. I was waking up at 5 or 6 with my mom, watching interesting matches.What do you think will be the most fun part of playing on a team?I love to be part of a team. It’s an honour to play for my country. I’ve always dreamed about that. When I first listened to the national anthem when I was playing [for Germany] I had goosebumps. I was just tight. Everyone is tight playing for their country for the first time. I had an amazing match. It’s unreal.We [spend] most of our time on Tour playing for ourselves. We have a team with our coaches and a physio and a fitness coach, and we kind of play for them as well, for our team. But to play with other players is just a great feeling.... The ATP Cup, the new event, I think will be really good.What makes you excited about it?It’s something new. It’s a new event and it’s in Australia. Australia is good for tennis. [It is] such a nice time always in December going to Australia and playing the Australian Open.I think that this event at the beginning of the year will be a great kick-off, start of the year. Playing a team event is just exciting because you don’t know what it’s going to be like, but I think it’s going to be really great.If you could take one stroke from any one of your countrymen, what would it be?I would take the backhand of Zverev. It’s so consistent. He plays so well from the baseline and his backhand is outrageous.What is the best practical joke a compatriot has played on you?We do some fun things when we’re on a team. In Australia... we went to an escape room together and did some great stuff to make good team-building. We don’t take it too seriously on the team. I think everyone is just sometimes [making] a joke for themselves.What are three things you love most about your country?It’s very tough to pick three, not the weather, though. I really like the stability of the rules system in Germany. I enjoy the people a lot. I like to see my family and I like driving fast cars. That’s one of the big things on the Autobahn! That’s one of the good things we have in Germany. I’m very proud of our country and I think we have good rules.



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06.08.2020 - 17:14 Uhr

It’s easy to be mesmerised by Daniil Medvedev’s unorthodox groundstrokes.To better wrap your head around what makes the 6’6” Russian so potent from the back of the court, don’t focus on his flailing follow-throughs. Keep your eye on the ball as it travels like a laser beam to the other side of the court, and notice how deep it lands near the baseline. Daniil dines on depth.An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Medvedev’s maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last summer, identifies that he never lost the depth battle in his six matches. Hitting the ball deep in the court is arguably the best thing you can do to force an error in tennis, as your opponent has to either move back to hit the ball in their strike zone or shorten their swing to successfully time the ball on the rise. Quite often, they do neither, and errors abound.Deep Groundstrokes (Percentage Shots Deep Of Service Line)In Medvedev’s opening round 6-2, 7-5 victory over Kyle Edmund, both players hit 85 per cent of their rally balls past the service line. From then on, Medvedev hit the ball deeper than every opponent. Overall, Medvedev hit on average 85 per cent of his shots past the service line, while opponents managed just 79 per cent.Medvedev's Run To 2019 Cincinnati Title Round Opponent Opp. % ShotsPast Service Line Med. % Shots Past Service Line Final David Goffin 83% 88% SF Novak Djokovic 80% 82% QF Andrey Rublev 86% 91% R16 Jan-Lennard Struff 77% 86% R32 Benoit Paire 62% 79% R64 Kyle Edmund 85% 85% - Average 79% 85% Winners & Unforced ErrorsYou would naturally associate hitting more winners with winning more matches, but it’s not always the case. Medvedev failed to hit more winners than his opponent in every match, and only 39 per cent (55/103) of overall winners came off the Russian’s racquet. In four of the six matches, Medvedev’s winners were all in single digits. His opponents were always in double digits, with Paire and Djokovic leading the way with 19 winners each in their respective matches against the Muscovite.Where Medvedev did excel was committing fewer unforced errors. He only committed 41 per cent (103/250) of total unforced errors, and only once, against Djokovic, did he commit more (24-19) than his opponent.Cross-Court & Down-The-LineHawk-Eye ball-tracking technology uncovered that almost two out of three shots for both Medvedev and his opponents were directed cross-court, with the other third struck down-the-line. The Russian hit 63 per cent of his shots on average cross-court and 37 per cent down-the-line, which were the same combined percentages for his opponents.Speed Of ShotWhile Medvedev hit the ball significantly deeper (85% to 79%) past the service line than his opponents, his average groundstroke speed was slightly slower from both wings.Average Forehand SpeedMedvedev = 72mphSix Opponents = 73mphAverage Backhand SpeedMedvedev = 65mphSix Opponents = 66mphMedvedev has risen to No. 5 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and will be looking to defend his Western & Southern Open title in New York later this month. Of all the jewels in his game, depth is a diamond.

29.07.2020 - 20:22 Uhr

Der Weltranglistenerste Novak Djokovic, Deutschlands Top-Spieler Alexander Zverev und auch French-Open-Rekordsieger Rafael Nadal haben ihren Start für die US-Open-Generalprobe zugesagt. Dies teilte die Männer-Tour ATP am Mittwoch mit. Insgesamt sind acht Top-Ten-Spieler beim Western & Southern Open (20. bis 28. August), dem ATP-Restart nach der Coronapause, am Start.Kerber nicht am StartDie dreimalige Grand-Slam-Gewinnerin Angelique Kerber hingegen verzichtet auf die Damenkonkurrenz an identischer Stelle - und damit wohl auch auf ihre Teilnahme beim Grand-Slam-Turnier in New York (ab 31. August).Die Kielerin hatte zuletzt aufgrund der angespannten Coronalage und internationaler Reisebeschränkungen ihre Bedenken kundgetan. Durch ihren Verzicht dürfte klar sein, dass Kerber sich auf die French Open in Paris (ab 27. September) konzentriert.Das eigentlich in Cincinnati beheimatete Masters soll unmittelbar vor den US Open ebenfalls auf der Anlage von Flushing Meadows ausgetragen werden und als Generalprobe auch für das Hygiene- und Schutzkonzept dienen.Der Serbe Djokovic und auch der Weltranglistensiebte Zverev hatten sich im Frühsommer als Kritiker des Konzepts hervorgetan. Die Profis sollen unter erheblichen persönlichen Einschränkungen während der gesamten Zeit abgeschirmt in einer "Blase" leben.Womöglich hat aber die wenig ruhmreiche Rolle des Duos bei der von Djokovic mitorganisierten Adria-Tour im Juni eine Rolle bei der Zusage gespielt. Djokovic infizierte sich ebenso wie weitere Starter mit dem Coronavirus. Die Adria-Tour erfuhr wegen des Nicht-Einhaltens von Abständen und prall gefüllten Tribünen viel Kritik.Nadal überraschend dabeiVom Spanier Nadal (ATP-2.) war eigentlich erwartet worden, dass er sich auf den Gewinn seines 13. French-Open-Titels konzentriert - der 34-Jährige trainierte zuletzt fast ausschließlich auf Sand. Allerdings ist es den Spielern in der derzeitigen Lage erlaubt, sich kurzfristig von Turnieren abzumelden, ohne Repressalien fürchten zu müssen.DAZN gratis testen und Tennis-Highlights live & auf Abruf erleben | ANZEIGE Auch der Österreicher Dominic Thiem (ATP-3.), zweimaliger Finalist in Roland Garros und ebenfalls Teilnehmer der Adria-Tour, wird bei der US-Open-Generalprobe am Start sein. Als zweiter Deutscher hat Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP-34.) gemeldet.Bei den Damen sind fünf Top-Ten-Spielerinnen am Start, darunter die 23-malige Grand-Slam-Gewinnerin Serena Williams (USA/WTA-9.). Die Weltranglistenerste Ashleigh Barty (Australien) verzichtet ebenso wie die zweitplatzierte Rumänin Simona Halep.

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