Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rotterdam 2019

A few weeks ago he defeated Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, and later advanced to the semifinals where he was ousted by Rafael Nadal:

Australian Open Tennis 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Roger Federer

Australian Open Tennis 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Roger Federer

Australian Open Tennis 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Roger Federer

But today Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to world number 56 Damir Dzumhur – who had not won a match this year – in the first round of the Rotterdam tournament. Dzumhur will meet Mikhail Kukushkin for a place in the quarter-finals against Gael Monfils. The Frenchman booked his place in the last eight with a 3-set win over Andreas Seppi.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rotterdam 2019

In the other matches today, recent Sofia Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who turned 23 on Monday, defeated Jérémy Chardy, while Stan Wawrinka secured his place in the quarterfinals with a straight set win over Milos Raonic.

Daniil Medvedev, Rotterdam 2019

Stan Wawrinka, Rotterdam 2019

Photo credit: Andrew Robertson, Marianne Bevis

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Daniil Medvedev, winner of the Sofia Open 2019

“I want to win. Every tournament I play I want to win. I’m happy with my performance and happy with my game right now.”

Runner-up in Brisbane, winner in Sofia, Daniil Medvedev is one of the player to follow. He defeated Robin Haase, Martin Klizan, Gael Monfils and Marton Fucsovics en route to the Sofia title, his fourth overall, all won on hard courts. For sure, he’s not the best-known NextGen player, but he’s in constant progress and about to break into the Top 10.

Marton Fucsovics advanced to his second ATP Tour final by beating Andreas Seppi, Yannick Maden, and Matteo Berrettini – he benefited from Bautista Agut’s forfeit in the quarter-finals. Fucsovics triumphed in Geneva last year to become the first male Hungarian player to win an ATP title since Balazs Taroczy in 1982.

Mirza Basic was the defending champion,  but lost to Martin Klizan in the first round. Number one seed Karen Khachanov lost to Matteo Berrettini in the second round. Number two seed and recent Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten in straight sets in the quarter-finals by a resurgent Gael Monfils.

Daniil Medvedev

Márton Fucsovics

Daniil Medvedev

Nikola Mektic and Jurgen Melzer defeated Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat to win their first team title. It was only their third tournament as a duo.

Nikola Mektić, Jürgen Melzer, Christopher Rungkat and Cheng-Peng Hsieh

Nikola Mektić and Jürgen Melzer

Thanks to Yulian Todorov for the pictures.

Roger Federer, Laver Cup 2018


The third edition of the Laver Cup will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 20 to 22 September 2019. Here’s all you need to know to buy tickets to this Europe vs rest of the World team competition.

The competition

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The competition pits 6 European players against 6 players from the rest of the world. Tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe serve as captain, Thomas Enqvist and Patrick McEnroe as vice captains.
The event is played over 3 days: each day 4 matches are played, 3 singles and a doubles. Each win is worth one point on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Matches are played in the best of 3 sets, with a 10-point match tiebreaker in the third.
The winning team must reach 13 points. In case of a tie, a doubles match is played as a regular set to determine the winner.

Created by Roger Federer‘s management company TEAM8, former Brazilian player Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia, the Laver Cup is intended to be the Ryder Cup of tennis. But keep in mind, it is just – contrary to what Federer wants you to believe – a star-studded exhibition, with no sporting interest; a way to make easy money for the players, the occasion to watch the biggest stars of the game for the spectators.

The tickets

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Multi-session tickets

A multi-session ticket will give you access to all five sessions (over three days) at the Laver Cup: Friday: day and night sessions, Saturday: day and night sessions and Sunday: day session. The price of a multi-session ticket starts at CHF 250 (€220). Multi-session tickets go on sale on February 8, 2019 at 10am (CET) online via Ticketcorner or by phone at +41 0900 800 800.

The Laver Cup Insider Pre-Sale will occur on February 5 from 10am to 11:59pm CET. If you registered on the Laver Cup website, you will receive an email the morning of the pre-sale with a link to purchase tickets and a pre-sale code.

Single tickets

A limited number of single session tickets will go on sale online via Ticketcorner on Friday, May 3 at 10:00am CET. Prices range from CHF 25 (€22) to CHF 285 (€250) per ticket.
Single session tickets are only sold in pairs and are limited to one pair per customer.

If you registered on the website, you’ll have access to the Pre-Sale occuring on Thursday, May 2 from 10am to 11:59pm CET. You will receive an email with a link minutes before the pre-sale begins.

Hospitality packages

Hospitality packages are also available starting at CHF 2,600 (€2,300). More details on the official website.

Travel packages

The Laver Cup partnered with Steve Furgal’s International Tennis Tours and Faberg Tour Experience to propose Travel packages including multi-session tickets, hotel, dinners… More details on their website.

A few more things to know:
– there is a 6 ticket limit per purchaser
– there are no discounts for children
– wheelchair seats are only available for purchase via the Ticketcorner ticket hotline, +41 0900 800 800
– all tickets for Laver Cup 2019 will be in the form of a ‘Fan Ticket’. Customers will not have the option to print at home.

Photo credit: Christian Cresante

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Kei Nishikori, Brisbane 2019

Finally a trophy for Kei Nishikori! After nine consecutive defeats in finals, the Japanese defeated NextGen player Daniil Medvedev to claim his 12th career title, his first since February 2016 in Memphis.

“I was trying in every final and every tournament… I played a great match against Dimitrov and today’s match was another good tennis [match]. I’m sure Daniil is going to be [in the] Top 10 soon.”

Daniil Medvedev is definitely a player to watch: he won his first ATP title in Sydney last year (d. De Minaur) before wins in Winston-Salem (d. Johnson) and Tokyo (d. Nishikori). In 2018, Medvedev led the ATP Tour with 38 hard-court victories (38-15). As Nishikori stated it, he could reach the top 10 quickly.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Kei Nishikori def. Daniil Medvedev

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Photo credit: Andrew Robertson

Novak Djokovic, Laver Cup 2018

The inaugural Laver Cup was held at the O2 arena in Prague, in September last year, with Team Europe, led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, defeating Team World 15-9. The second edition of the Laver Cup took place in Chicago last weekend, and Team Europe ruled again with a 13-8 victory.

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The event is played over 3 days: each day 4 matches are played, 3 singles and a doubles. Each win is worth one point on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Matches are played in the best of 3 sets, with a 10-point match tiebreaker in the third. The winning team must reach 13 points. In case of a tie, a doubles match is played as a regular set to determine the winner.

On day 1, Team Europe won the 3 singles, while Federer and Djokovic lost in doubles against the pair of Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.

Grigor Dimitrov  Frances Tiafoe 6–1 6–4   1–0
 Kyle Edmund  Jack Sock 6–4 5–7 [10–6]   2–0
 David Goffin  Diego Schwartzman 6–4 4–6 [11–9]   3–0
 Novak Djokovic /  Roger Federer  Kevin Anderson /  Jack Sock 7–6 3–6 [6–10]   3–1

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On day 2, Team Europe led by 7 to 1 after Zverev’s win over Isner and Federer tennis lesson to Kyrgios. But Team World rallied back to 5-7 after Kevin Anderson’s surprising win over Novak Djokovic and Kyrgios and Sock doubles victory over Dimitrov and Goffin.

Alexander Zverev  John Isner 3-6 7–6 [10–7]   5–1
 Roger Federer Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2   7–1
Novak Djokovic Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [6–10]   7–3
 Grigor Dimitrov /  David Goffin  Nick Kyrgios /  Jack Sock 3-6 4-6   7–5

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Team World led for the first time of the weekend after another doubles victory in day 3’s opening match! But Federer put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points to defeated Isner. And finally it all came down to Zverev, who dropped the first set before leveling at one set all and winning a thrilling match tiebreaker against Anderson. 13-8, Team Europe retains the title!
Next year’s competition will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 20-22 September.

Roger Federer / Alexander Zverev  John Isner / Jack Sock 6–4 6–7 [9–11]   7–8
 Roger Federer John Isner 6–7 7–6 [10–7]   10–8
Alexander Zverev Kevin Anderson 6–7 7-5 [10-7]   13–8

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Photo credit: Christian Cresante