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Indian Wells, USA, Qualifying

04.08.2021 - 21:34 Uhr
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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.
  

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Indian Wells, USA, Qualifying

25.09.2021 - 22:22 Uhr
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Top seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni overcame Ricardas Berankis and Artem Sitak 6-4, 6-0 on Saturday at the Astana Open to reach the final in Nur-Sultan.The Argentine-Mexican tandem saved all four break points they faced and won 75 per cent (15/20) of their second-serve points to advance in 65 minutes. Gonzalez and Molteni triumphed in Szczecin last week at an ATP Challenger Tour event after first teaming at the US Open.[FOLLOW ACTION]They will face Andrei Vasilevski and Jonathan Erlich in the championship match after the unseeded team edged past Benjamin Bonzi and Romain Arneodo 7-6(7), 7-6(5). Vasilevski and Erlich saved one set point at 6/7 in the first-set tie-break, before advancing after one hour and 59 minutes.MetzIn Metz, Pole Hubert Hurkacz continued his bid to win both the singles and doubles titles as he teamed with countryman Jan Zielinski at the Moselle Open to defeat Henri Kontinen and Ben McLachlan 6-4, 6-4 in 62 minutes.Hurkacz and Zielinski will face Hugo Nys and Arthur Rinderknech in Sunday’s final, after the unseeded pair upset second seeds Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 6-3, 7-6(3) on Friday.

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26.09.2021 - 05:18 Uhr
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Roger Federer, who is recovering from August right knee surgery, made a late decision to attend this year’s Laver Cup. The Swiss legend is happy that he did.“The reception I’ve received, everybody is so upbeat that I’m here. They wish me all the best and they don’t even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend,” Federer said in an interview for the event with former World No. 1 Jim Courier. “I’ve seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it’s been wonderful. I’m really happy I made the trip.”"I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."A must-watch @rogerfederer update. #LaverCup pic.twitter.com/1skKeZtCnf— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 26, 2021The 20-time major champion admitted that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was “really unhappy” with his performance in reaching the quarter-finals, Federer opted to go through with it.“I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step,” Federer said. “I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I’ve got to be back on the tennis court. But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year. “I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. “I took the time and, I don’t know, I’m just really in a good place. I’m really happy.”Federer has received several thunderous ovations inside Boston’s TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former World No. 1 played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup.“I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players,” Federer said. “That’s what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that’s going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year.”

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