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12.08.2020 - 02:06 Uhr
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Novak Djokovic will be doing double duty at the Western & Southern Open. Djokovic and partner Filip Krajinovic are among the initial entries into the ATP Masters 1000 event’s doubles draw, as announced by the tournament Tuesday. The Serbians have competed together four times, tallying a 3-4 record. At last year’s Rolex Shanghai Masters, they upset 2019 Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.Defending champions Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek will try to retain their title, with 2019 year-end No. 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah and Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo, who have competed in the Nitto ATP Finals together three times, also chasing the trophy.Other notable teams set to play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the tournament is being held due to COVID-19, are reigning Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury, Karen Khachanov/Andrey Rublev and Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov. Nicolas Mahut and Jan-Lennard Struff, who have been across the net from each other in two ATP Tour doubles finals, will team up for the first time.Six teams will join the field through on-site entries, while the tournament will award three wild cards to complete the 32-team draw.

06.08.2020 - 17:14 Uhr
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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
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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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Novak Djokovic will put his unbeaten (18-0) streak in 2020 on the line as he returns to New York this month for the Western & Southern Open and US Open. The latter event will also be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center due to COVID-19.”I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” Djokovic said in a statement on Thursday. "I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis. I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.”Djokovic prevailed at the 2018 Western & Southern Open (d. Federer) and finished runner-up on five other occasions. He’s also won the US Open three times and holds a 72-11 career record in New York."During my career, I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center," Djokovic said. "I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and [the] people of New York. Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so [that] I am ready to adapt to new conditions."The No. 1 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings enjoyed a perfect start to this year by leading Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title (d. Spain), lifting his eighth trophy at the Australian Open (d. Thiem) and winning his fifth crown in Dubai (d. Tsitsipas).

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