Haase Ousts Defending Champ Rublev In Umag | ATP World Tour

Robin Haase ousted defending champion Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6(6) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag on Friday to reach his second tour-level semi-final of the season. The sixth seed won 81 per cent of first-serve points and saved six of the seven break points he faced to defeat the #NextGenATP Russian, who was competing in his first event since April due to a lower-back stress fracture. Haase, the World No. 38, is pursuing his first ATP World Tour title since the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel six years ago. The…

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Mannarino Johnson Newport 2018 Friday | ATP World Tour

American Steve Johnson moved closer to capturing his fourth title on Friday, defeating Israeli Dudi Sela 6-2, 6-3 in 58 minutes to reach the semi-finals at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. “It feels good,” Johnson said. “You come here to Newport, you come to an event, you expect to at least give yourself a chance at being here at the end of the week. Now we’re here, and I’m just going to keep putting my best foot forward.” In April, Johnson retained his trophy at the Fayez Sarofim…

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Stich Never Dreamt Of Newport Induction, But Etches Name In Tennis History | ATP World Tour

German Michael Stich was walking through the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday for the first time, wearing a constant smile across his face. On Saturday, he will become an inductee, joining an elite group made up of the greatest players in tennis history. As he toured the museum with family and friends, the former World No. 2 came across a young boy, who was also looking through all of the historical artifacts. The boy was playing a trivia game, and didn’t know the answer…

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Djokovic Reveals Mental, Physical Struggles In Open Letter | ATP World Tour

Novak Djokovic has posted an open letter on his official website detailing the mental and physical issues he has had to overcome to win a fourth Wimbledon title at The Championships on Sunday. The Serbian, who returned to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings on Monday with his 13th Grand Slam championships crown, revealed the doubts he had about returning to his peak performance days after suffering a six-month injury layoff last year. “In 2017, the injury of my right elbow was so severe that I was forced to…

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Second Quarter Review: Nadal Continues Reign, Djokovic Back In Business | ATP World Tour

After six months of the 2018 ATP World Tour season, there’s already a plethora of storylines to track. Here are the top five stories of the second quarter. Nadal Proves His No. 1 StatusRafael Nadal swept through the European clay swing once more, dealing with the pressure and weight of expectation so well to compile a 32-2 match record – including the 900th match win of his career – in the second quarter of the year. While his red dirt dominance is nothing new, the Spaniard strengthened his lead at…

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Ramanathan Breaking New Ground With Childhood Icon Alongside | ATP World Tour

When Ramkumar Ramanathan was young, he was like many children from India. He would visit the Chennai Open — now the Tata Open Maharashtra, held in Pune — to watch some of his country’s national heroes, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, for example. It was always a fun experience to watch Paes, who captured the title in Chennai six times. Ramanathan took a picture with Bhupathi at the tournament nearly 20 years ago, a memento he keeps on his phone today. That young boy in Chennai would have never guessed…

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ATP Firsts: Tim Smyczek | ATP World Tour

Just one week ago, Tim Smyczek lost in the first round of an ATP Challenger Tour event in Winnetka Illinois, relinquishing a 6-1, 3-1 lead and failing to convert three match points against Tommy Paul. But how quickly things can change. Now, after defeating Jason Jung at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open, Smyczek is into his first ATP World Tour semi-final. ATPWorldTour.com caught up with the American after the match to provide some insight into more firsts in his career. First pinch-me moment on the ATP World Tour…

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Verdasco, Fognini Advance To Båstad Semi-finals | ATP World Tour

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco is one step away from reaching the SkiStar Swedish Open final for the third time (2013, 2016) after coming through an all-Spanish encounter against Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 6-2 over 85 minutes on Friday. Verdasco broke for a 3-1 lead, then saved three break points in the next game of the first set. He also broke Carreno Busta’s serve in the first and seventh games of the second set for his 20th match win of the season (20-17). “I think I played my best match so…

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First-Time Semi-finalists Seize Their Moments In Newport | ATP World Tour

© ITHF/Kate Whitney Lucey Tim Smyczek will try to make his first ATP World Tour final this week in Newport. ATP Staff American will try to reach his first final  Tim Smyczek, in his 13th year of professional tennis, will play in his first tour-level semi-final at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport. The 30-year-old American beat wild card Jason Jung of Chinese Taipei 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 on Thursday to make the last four at the season’s final grass-court tournament. “Winning a few…

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Why Greed Is Good For #NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud | ATP World Tour

Norway’s Casper Ruud, who beat Spanish legend David Ferrer on Thursday to reach the SkiStar Swedish Open quarter-finals, has learned a lot in the past 17 months, since he made his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the Rio Open presented by Claro in February 2017. He’s learned how to train like Rafael Nadal, how to better take care of his body and how to push himself every week. But more than anything, Ruud has learned that he needs to bring a different mindset to his tennis. He needs to…

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