Daniil Medvedev, 2019 US Open

Third time lucky for Daniil Medvedev: in his third final in as many weeks, he defeated David Goffin to capture the biggest title of his career so far. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal, but this time he did not miss the opportunity to win his second trophy of the year, after Sofia in February.

“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, these weeks were amazing and the best in my life. But of course I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?
I don’t have to ask myself these questions because I won the final. It’s been the best weeks in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy.”

He now leads the ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year (3 more than Nadal), 31 of them being on hard courts. He also makes his entry to the top 5, the first Russian to do so since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

And what will he do now?

“I need some days off. I’ve been playing tennis for so long in a row. I just need to stay in the bed for a few days watching the TV 24 hours a day. Hopefully I can regroup and get to the U.S. Open fresh.”

David Goffin who was bidding to become the first Belgian to claim a Masters 1000 event returns to the top 15. Roberto Bautista Agut, after 14 years on tour, makes his top 10 debut, while his opponent in the quarterfinals, Richard Gasquet jumps 22 places to 34. Andrey Rublev, who defeated Roger Federer in about an hour in the 4th round, is back to the top 50 (47).

France vs Spain Davis Cup semifinal recap

One year after the semi-final against Serbia, deprived of Djokovic, France hosts Spain … deprived of Nadal, injured. Nadal’s absence changes everything and the tie loses a lot of its interest. The French are now the clear favorites to reach the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row, the third time in five years. A feat that hides the catastrophic results of the French players in Grand Slams this year and somehow confirms the supporters of the Davis Cup reform.

Un an après la demie-finale contre la Serbie privée de Djokovic, la France reçoit l’Espagne … privée de Nadal, blessé au genou. Le numéro un mondial absent, cette rencontre perd beaucoup de son intérêt et les Français sont hyper favoris pour atteindre la finale pour la 2ème année consécutive, la 3ème fois en 5 ans. Un exploit qui masque les résultats catastrophiques des Français en Grand Chelem cette année et conforte les partisans de la réforme de la Coupe Davis.
Le fan club officiel de l’équipe de France a troqué samedi le maillot bleu pour un maillot noir, en signe de deuil et d’opposition au nouveau format. Qu’en pensez-vous? Etes vous pour ou contre ce changement?

Here’s the recap of my Davis Cup weekend:

Benoit Paire Roland Garros 2016 outfit

Lacoste unveiled its players outfits for the upcoming Roland Garros. As always, really classy and elegant. Here are a few pictures.

Recent Madrid runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova:

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Martin Klizan, Rotterdam 2016

What a rollercoaster week for Martin Klizan! On Friday, he saved five match points against Roberto Bautista Agut before outlasting him 6-7 7-6 6-0 to spot a place in the semifinals. Bautista Agut had won 13 of his last 14 matches, winning in Auckland (d. Sock) and Sofia (d. Troicki).
On Saturday he saved three more before completing a 6-7 7-6 6-2 comeback against wild card Nicolas Mahut.
And on Sunday, he rallied from a set down to defeat fifth seed Gaël Monfils 6-7 6-3 6-1 and win the biggest title of his career so far, his fourth trophy after St. Petersburg 2012, Munich 2014 and Casablanca 2015. 

“Every day I was just fighting. Most of the time I had three-hour matches every day, so the only thing I could do was fight. In the end I saved so many match points. I still cannot believe it.”

Stan Wawrinka was the defending champion, but did not enter the tournament. Number one seed Richard Gasquet withdrew due to a groin injury.

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Playing only for the second time as a pair, Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil captured the doubles crown, defeating Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya 7-6 6-4.

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Tomas Berdyc, Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the fourth time in six years, but how tough it was! He had to battle deep to get past 24th-seed Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3.

He’ll next face Roger Federer who dispatched David Goffin in three sets: 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016

Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open 2016
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