After putting up a tough fight against Novak Djokovic in the finals of Rolex Paris Masters 2021, Daniil Medvedev would want to make slight adjustments to his game as he struggled with Djokovic’s change in tactic in the final where he introduced serve-and-volley on his serve more often than not.
Despite the defeat, Medvedev made sure to give the Serb a run for his money before bowing out in three sets. The Russian, who is largely considered a baseline defensive player, was hailed by Patrick Mouratoglou as the French coach revealed why it was difficult to hit winners against Medvedev.
“Yes Daniil moves very well but more than that, the way he reads the game and anticipates is what makes it so difficult to hit winners against him”, tweeted Mouratoglou.
Ahead of the Paris Masters, both Djokovic and Medvedev trained together at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Biot, France.
After an entertaining US Open final that witnessed the Serb losing out to Medvedev in straight sets, it was a perfect revenge for the 20-time Grand Slam champion in Paris as he denied the Russian’s hopes of reaching the year-end no.1 ranking even before the championship match.
During the matchup against Djokovic in Paris today, Medvedev was able to dominate the first set as he kept the Serb on his toes and kept hitting winners from the baseline as and when there was a chance.
As the first set was clinched by the Russian, Djokovic took the drivers seat in the second and got himself comfortable on-court. The Serb’s movement was exquisite as he began to play the volley game and ultimately succeeded to win the second set, 6-3.
The deciding set was all about Medvedev holding his serve against a relentless Novak. While both the players managed to hold their serves in the initial few games, it was time for Medvedev to have a bad service game, thanks to Djokovic’s brilliant returns from both the forehand and backhand wings.
The Russian immediately lost yet another service game and gave Djokovic the chance to serve for the Paris Masters crown. Adding a little twist to the tale, Medvedev broke back and the match got interesting again.
However, the reigning US Open champion failed to hold his serve once again and lost the third set and the final to the 20-time major champion, 4-6,6-3,6-3.
The World Tour Finals in Turin is when fans get to see both these players in action again as they promise yet another enthralling matchup to finish an exciting 2021 ATP season.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.