‘The Colonel’ Mikhail Youzhny Set For A Final Salute In St. Petersburg | ATP World Tour

Mikhail Youzhny’s career might not be defined by a single shot. The Russian never had a forehand like Juan Martin del Potro’s in his repertoire, and his one-handed backhand was never as devastating as Stan Wawrinka’s. But if nothing else, the Russian became synonymous with his victory salute, placing his racquet on his head after winning a match in tribute to his late father. And in a way, that’s fitting. The 36-year-old, nicnkamed ‘The Colonel’, has been a soldier on the ATP World Tour for nearly two decades, cementing his…

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Wawrinka: ‘I’m Playing Really Well’ | ATP World Tour

Stan Wawrinka got his St. Petersburg Open campaign off to a good start on Monday, battling past a tough Slovenian opponent, Aljaz Bedene, against whom he had lost once before. It wasn’t an easy match by any means, as Bedene served for the opening set. And it was another step in the right direction for the former World No. 3, whose form continues to improve after undergoing two left knee surgeries in August 2017. “I think in general I’m playing really well,” Wawrinka said. “I think it’s getting there. I…

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Germany’s Maden Makes The Most of His Metz Moment | ATP World Tour

© A Bantquin – Moselle Open Germany’s Yannick Maden plays in his first tour-level match since July at Wimbledon. ATP Staff Tsonga makes his return on Tuesday against defending champion Gojowczyk Germany’s Yannick Maden took full advantage of his lucky-loser status at the Moselle Open in Metz on Monday. The German beat countryman Mischa Zverev 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to earn his first tour-level win since May at the BMW Open by FWU in Munich. Maden won 76 per cent of his first-serve points and saved seven…

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Stan Marches On In St. Petersburg | ATP World Tour

Two years ago, Stan Wawrinka made the final of the St. Petersburg Open on his debut. On Monday, Wawrinka made a good start toward going one step further in his second appearance at the tournament. Wawrinka defeated Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6(5) to reach the second round at the ATP World Tour 250-level event, setting a tantalising second-round match against No. 4 seed Karen Khachanov. “It was a tough match. I think in general the level was good. For sure, really tough,” Wawrinka said. “I think I fought well. It’s…

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas: ‘It Won’t Get Easier. I’ll Only Get Better’ | ATP World Tour

It was as if we were landing in Hell. Everywhere we looked, we saw fire. About 10 years ago, my family and I were returning from a winter vacation in Paris. We were 30, maybe 40 kilometres away from the airport when everyone on the plane started yelling and staring out the windows. It was dark, so we couldn’t see a lot, but what we did see scared me more than anything ever has: Attica, a region of Athens, was burning. We hadn’t been informed before the flight that the…

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Quito To Switch To Cordoba, Argentina In 2019 | ATP World Tour

The Ecuador Open, held in Quito since 2015, will move to Cordoba, Argentina in 2019, kicking off the Latin American swing in February. It will mark the second ATP World Tour 250 tournament held in Argentina, joining the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. The city of Cordoba, 435 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, has hosted a number of international sporting events, including FIFA World Cup football qualification matches. Octagon will stage the tournament in conjunction with Torneos, a leading sports marketing and media company. “In partnership with Torneos, we look…

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Teen Titan: Moutet Edges Towards Top 100 With Istanbul Title | ATP World Tour

A LOOK BACKAmerican Express Istanbul Challenger (Istanbul, Turkey): The future of French tennis has been on full display in recent months, with surging #NextGenATP stars Corentin Moutet and Ugo Humbert both entering the winners’ circle. On Sunday, Moutet notched his second ATP Challenger Tour title, taking the 31st edition of the storied tournament in Istanbul. The 19-year-old Moutet (No. 105) and 20-year-old Humbert (No. 108) are on the cusp of breaking into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. Humbert has appeared in the final in four straight Challengers since…

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Croatia Halts American Comeback To Reach Third Davis Cup Final | ATP World Tour

CROATIA 3, UNITED STATES 2Venue: Sportski centar Visnjik, Zadar – (Outdoor clay) On Saturday, Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic came within two points of securing a 3-0 victory for Croatia at the Sportski centar Visnjik. But Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison kept the United States’ slim hopes of a first Davis Cup final appearance since 2007 alive with a fifth-set tie-break triumph. Those slim hopes became a distinct reality on Sunday, with heroic performances from Sam Querrey and Next Gen ATP Finals contender Frances Tiafoe. After a late change in…

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