Indian Wells, USA, Qualifying

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Indian Wells, USA, Qualifying

25.09.2021 - 22:22 Uhr

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

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— 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.”