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The latest test results show that Andy Murray’s injury seems to be worse than expected, which forced him to add the Miami Open to the list of tournaments that he will miss.
At the end of the 2019 season, Andy Murray showed optimism after defeating Stan Wawrinka in the European Open final in Antwerp. It was his first single title since hip surgery.
The 32-year-old continued with England for the Davis Cup but could only play one game because of a groin injury. That forced former Wimbledon and US Open champions to miss the ATP Cup and the Australian Open earlier this year.
Andy Murray could not come back 4 months later because the injury was more complicated than expected.
After that, Murray planned for his comeback further. Withdrew from Montpellier and Rotterdam but the Miami Open is still the tournament in the schedule. The Masters tournament in the US in March was the place to witness many beautiful memories of tennis players born in 1987 with 2 championships in 2009 and 2013 and 2 times in second (2012 and 2015). Today, however, the Daily Mail released reports that Andy Murray had ignored that plan.
Specifically, it is likely that the English tennis player will miss the clay season due to more complicated injuries than expected plus the physical requirements of the pitch. That means the Miami Open held in late March is also on the missed list of the reigning Olympic champion. According to the UK-based newspaper, Murray can only return when the season starts.
Although Andy Murray’s representative did not give any official feedback on the information, the Daily Mail confirmed that the English tennis player is trying to keep up before ATP events in Nottingham, Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon. The former world’s No. 1 is expected to kick off with the Surbiton Challenger tournament on June 1.
The success of Novak Djokovic is necessary for the competition of tennis, but many people do not want that to happen.
A tennis fan said so to Independent journalist Alex Pattle, after Djokovic beat Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020 last week. Another, after admitting Djokovic as his favorite player, said he believed Federer would still be the greatest player of all time, and wanted that reflected in the number of Grand Slams at the end of his career. Not just them, the majority of tennis fans in the world want that to happen.
Boris Becker, the former world number one who once led Djokovic, revealed that “Nole” was always disappointed that he was left in the race to win the hearts of fans, compared to Federer and Nadal. Before the 2019 Wimbledon final against Federer, Djokovic even felt insecure outside the field – something different from his stubbornness and resilience inside the pitch
When Djokovic won his fifth championship at the All England Club, after saving two match-points and beating Federer in Wimbledon’s first super tie-break series, disappointment spread across most tennis clubs, sports bars or Family living rooms around the world.
They don’t care about the fact that Djokovic is the all-round tennis player and the best tennis player in the past decade. For many fans, if not Federer or Nadal, that person is not to be applauded.
Even in the Australian Open, where Djokovic is the most beloved of the four Grand Slams, the admiration for him is not as great as the fear that he will surpass Federer’s 20 Grand Slams. Possessing a record seven-time championship, but when confronted with Federer in the semi-finals, Djokovic was still under great pressure when the audience mostly cheered for “Express Train”.
Federer is the most favorite tennis player of all time, that is the truth. Suggesting to the crowd that Djokovic deserves the same popularity, after all his efforts, is futile. Federer is considered the ambassador of this sport, with the standard of elegance and beautiful style as in textbooks.
The top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, will compete in the Australian Open semi-finals on January 30, 2020.
It will be the 50th encounter between two contemporary legends of men’s tennis with a 26-23 confrontation advantage belonging to Djokovic. In the Australian Open alone, “Nole” won three and only lost once to Federer. Those three Djokovic victories all took place in the semi-finals, in 2008, 2011 and 2016. Serbian tennis players have never lost in the semi-finals and finals in Melbourne Park.
However, the second seed also proved particularly wary of veteran opponents. He said: “Roger is still Roger. Everyone knows that he always plays at a high level on any pitch. Roger is excited in such great competitions, before the big competitors in the semi-finals or in general. Grand Slam “.
Today, when stepping into the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic understands that he will have to push himself to the highest realm in order to fight his rival Federer.
No one knows how to beat the “Express Train” on the Melbourne Park stage better than Djokovic, but the player who holds the record for most league titles with seven titles also knows the threat from the other side of the net well. Federer was the one who extinguished Djokovic’s hope of ending the 2019 season with the world’s number one, beating Nole in the ATP Finals last year.
Before reuniting with Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, the 38-year-old had a spectacular escape in the quarterfinals. Federer then saved seven match-points in the victory over Tennys Sandgren.
At the first Grand Slam of the year, the 32-year-old continued to prove his class by winning 13 consecutive sets since the third set in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff.
Watching the 20 Grand Slam champion take nine minutes to get medical attention in the three-and-a-half-hour marathon before Sandgren, fans could not help but worry about the risk of a groin injury to Federer.
Yoshihito Nishioka 0-3 Novak Djokovic
On the same day, good news continued to Novak Djokovic. After defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the world’s number two player witnessed the dangerous opponents in the quarterfinals Tsitsipas and Bautista Agut were eliminated in the afternoon. Tsitsipas lost to Milos Raonic 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 and Bautista Agut was eliminated by Marin Cilic with a score of 7-6, 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 3-6.
The victory of Nishioka saw the highest form from the beginning of the tournament of Djokovic. Before the opponent that “Nole” judged to be the best move on the ATP Tour, Djokovic overwhelmed with 16 acees, a 93% win rate, 40 winners and only 23 self-defeating errors.
The Serbian player successfully took advantage of five of the six break-points available to go on after one hour 27 minutes. In the fourth round, Djokovic met Diego Schwartzman – who defeated Dusan Lajovic after three sets in the third round.
No. 6 seed Tsitsipas, despite trying hard, could not become the first player to win Milos Raonic’s game at the tournament. Greek player did not have a break-point in the whole match, before the opponent serves too strong. Raonic’s two “kick serve” kicks also made it difficult for Tsitsipas.
Raonic has 19 ace shots, 55 winner points and is more active than his opponent in the whole match. The Canadian player won two games to catch the ball equally divided among the first two sets, before winning 7-2 in the last tie-break set. Having 32 self-defeating errors compared to Tsitsipas’ 14, Raonic still won after three sets and made it to the fourth round against Marin Cilic.
Cilic won the US Open 2014 but has not maintained its form in the past one year. Therefore, the Croatian player’s victory over the No. 9 seed Bautista Agut is considered a surprise in the third round.
Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to Denis Shapovalov 6-7, 6-7 and Alexander Zverev lost 6-4, 6-7, 2-6 to Alex De Minaur.
Shapovalov’s victory over Tsitsipas helped Canada become the first team to win a team match in the history of the ATP Cup. In the remaining single match, Felix Auger-Aliassime won easily against Michail Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-3. Shapovalov and Aliassime also defeated Pervolarakis – Petros Tsitsipas (younger brother Stefanos Tsitsipas) 6-2, 6-3 to help Canada beat Greece 3-0.
Tsitsipas only faced a break-point in the match, compared to Shapovalov’s four threats. But Shapovalov is more brave in two tie-break series. The Canadian won 8-6 in the first series of brain-weight matches, before scoring four points in a row to win 7-3 in a tie-break series of two.
Another pair of players witnessed the competition of two Next-Gen players, Alexander Zverev and Alex De Minaur. Zverev started well with a 6-4 win in set one, but lost 3-7 in a tie-break set of two. After this set, the German player created an offensive image by smashing the racket as soon as the camera showed him close-up.
Zverev hit the racket after making 7 double errors
Zverev surrendered in a set of three and lost 2-6, contributing to Germany’s 0-3 defeat to Australia. In this pair match, Nick Kyrgios beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6 in the Australian tennis match with up to 20 ace shots. Kyrgios, in turn, raised $2,800 for the victims of the wildfire in his home town.
The biggest surprise on the first day belonged to Bulgaria. Grigor Dimitrov beat Daniel Evans after three sets to help the home team equalize the score with England. Later, Bulgarian player and compatriot Alexandar Lazarov defeated two double experts Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 7-6, 6-7, 11-9. Bulgaria, thanks to that, beat England 2-1.
The second day of the tournament, January 4, promises to be exciting when Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in the afternoon. Djokovic (Serbia) meets Kevin Anderson (South Africa) – the player who lost to him in the Wimbledon final in 2018, and Nadal (Spain) met Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia).
The ATP Cup 2020 has 24 teams participating in, which are divided into six groups to compete in a circle. Team matches will consist of two single matches and one double match. In particular, the two strongest players in each team, based on the ATP hierarchy, will meet in the second men’s singles match. The top six teams and the second best-performing teams will reach the quarter-finals.