20.04.2021 - 04:05 Uhr
Denis Shapovalov is beginning his clay-court season this week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. According to the Canadian, fans will get to see a slight change in his game during this swing.“I’ve improved standing further back on the returns on the clay court, on the red dirt, just to give myself more time and start the point going a bit heavier, deeper and just moving into the court after that,” Shapovalov said. “I feel like it’s definitely benefitted my clay-court game.”The 22-year-old added that he does back up “significantly further” for his return on clay compared to his positioning on hard courts, estimating a three-step difference.“It just gives me time for the ball to come down so I can hit it back up heavy and work myself into the point,” Shapovalov said. “I also feel on clay there are a lot of tough bounces and on the serve. If there’s a little bit of a [tough] bounce, then it’s pretty impossible when you’re standing close. But if you’re far back, you can still react to it.”Shapovalov is a shotmaker, capable of hitting winners off both wings from anywhere on the court. But the lefty admitted that it’s not always as simple as taking one big swing on clay because of how much the surface slows down the pace of the action.“I think it just takes time [to adjust to it]. It’s longer points, longer rallies and you really have to get used to the sliding and feeling the surface,” Shapovalov said. “That in itself takes longer to get used to. Usually points are pretty short, but going onto the clay, you’re expecting long points.”[WATCH LIVE 1]The seventh seed has enjoyed success on clay before. Just seven months ago, he reached an ATP Masters 1000 semi-final on the surface in Rome. This will be Shapovalov’s second appearance in Barcelona, and he will begin his run at the ATP 500 against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, against whom he holds a 3-0 ATP Head2Head advantage.“It’s definitely just one of those tournaments that I wanted to get in on to get used to the clay,” Shapovalov said. “It’s the first tournament on the surface this year, so I’m just trying to get my feet wet on it.”



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06.05.2021 - 20:13 Uhr

Rafael Nadal will attempt to win 10 or more titles at a single tour-level event for the fourth time in his career at next week’s Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.The nine-time champion, who has already reached double digits at Roland Garros (13), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (12) and the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (11), will return to Rome with his sights set on a 10th title run at the Foro Italico. Nadal owns a record 63 victories at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament and will be seeking his first trophy in Rome since 2019, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in a three-set championship match.Djokovic headlines this year’s draw as not only the World No. 1, but also the defending champion. The Serbian captured his fifth Rome title and a record 36th Masters 1000 crown last year with a straight-sets final victory against Diego Schwartzman.Djokovic and Nadal lead a packed field in the Italian capital, which also includes World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, two-time Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem and reigning Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.Here's all you need to know about the Rome tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.Established: 1968Tournament Dates: 9-16 May 2021Tournament Director: Sergio PalmieriDraw Ceremony: Saturday 8 May.Are You In? Subscribe To Get Tournament Updates In Your InboxSchedule * Qualifying: 8-9 May, 10:00am* Main draw: Sunday 9 May - Sunday 16 May * Start times: Sunday - Sunday 11:00am and 7:30pm* Doubles final: TBC* Singles final: Sunday 16 MayHow To WatchWatch Live On Tennis TVTV ScheduleVenue: Foro ItalicoSurface: Clay Prize Money: €2,082,960 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,563,710)View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money BreakdownHonour RollMost Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (9)Oldest Champion: Novak Djokovic, 33, in 2020Youngest Champion: Bjorn Borg, 17, in 1974Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Ivan Lendl in 1986, 1988; No. 1 Jim Courier in 1992; No. 1 Pete Sampras in 1994; No. 1 Rafael Nadal in 2009; No. 1 Novak Djokovic in 2015, 2020Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 47 Felix Mantilla in 2003Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (63)2020 FinalsSingles: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d [8] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-5, 6-3 Read & WatchDoubles: [4] Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d Jeremy Chardy (FRA) / Fabrice Martin (FRA) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 Read More SocialHashtag: #IBI21Facebook: @InternazionaliBNLdItalia Twitter: @InteBNLdItaliaInstagram: @InternazionaliBNLdItaliaDid You Know?The Foro Italico is also home to the Stadio Olimpico, which hosted the athletics events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. The stadium is the current home of Serie A football teams A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio.

28.04.2021 - 21:25 Uhr

Third seed Ugo Humbert was tested in his Millenium Estoril Open debut on Thursday, but he overcame Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to book his spot in the quarter-finals.The Frenchman is into his third tour-level quarter-final of the year, and his first away from French soil after reaching the semi-finals in Marseille (l. Herbert) and Montpellier (l. Bautista Agut). He will next face eighth seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for the first time.“The conditions are really nice here, but it was a bit windy today so it was tough to play against [Cecchinato] for my first match. But it’s a nice victory,” Humbert said. “I think I [have been] improving my game a lot since last year. I had some good victories over Fognini and Medvedev in Hamburg, and I’m trying to enjoy a lot. I’m very happy.”[WATCH LIVE 1]Humbert converted three of his nine break opportunities, and held firm in the third set to stave off a comeback from Cecchinato. With Humbert barrelling toward the finish line after taking a 3-0 lead, the Italian reeled off three straight games of his own to level the score. But Humbert found a way to close out the match after an hour and 51 minutes, and improved to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head against Cecchinato.Also in action, eighth seed Davidovich Fokina raced into the quarter-finals after taking down Jeremy Chardy in 56 minutes, 6-1, 6-2.Originally scheduled for Estadio Millennium, the pair’s match was moved to Court Cascais after heavy rainfall interrupted play earlier in the day. Davidovich Fokina was quick to adapt to the change in court – and heavier, windy conditions – and took a 3-0 lead in both sets against Chardy.Davidovich Fokina saved five of the six break points faced to keep the pressure on Chardy. He also honed in on the Frenchman’s second serve, allowing Chardy to win only 25 per cent of points (4/16) behind his second delivery.Davidovich Fokina’s victory is a repeat of his 2019 second-round clash against Chardy in Estoril with an identical scoreline. Back then, the Spaniard owned no tour-level wins going into his second ATP main draw as a qualifier, but still found a way to stun Chardy 6-1, 6-2 en route to the semi-finals. Now, the 21-year-old sits at a career-high No. 48 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

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