Oh Canada! Felix Completes Canadian History At US Open

History has been made at this year’s US Open with three Canadian players reaching the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time. After Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil advanced to the fourth round with thrilling five-set victories, No. 15 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime completed the Canadian hat trick with a dominant performance on Saturday.

Some players struggle to maintain momentum after a big win and suffer a letdown in their next match, but Auger-Aliassime is not one of them. Two days after defeating 2012 champion Andy Murray under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 15 seed picked up where he left off in dismantling fellow #NextGenATP player Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-0, 6-4. Auger-Aliassime advanced to the second week of a major championship for the first time and improved to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head series with Moutet.

“That’s not his usual level. The third set was … Read the rest

Wayne Ferreira: Why I’m Trying To Make Frances Bored

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve been enjoying the US Open! My name is Wayne Ferreira. I once competed on the ATP Tour and now I coach Frances Tiafoe. I wanted to give you a look into how things have been working with Frances, what we’ve been focussing on and what it’s like here in New York.

First thing’s first. If Frances is running, training or playing tennis, there’s no phone. He can do all of that stuff on his own time. When it’s business hours he has to work. When it’s off hours he can do what he wants. Frances is getting better with it.

We’ve been trying really hard on something that’s a big problem for him and that’s his ability to stay focussed and keep his attention on the task at hand long enough. We’re trying to do things that allow him to concentrate for longer periods of time … Read the rest

The Suite Life: How Krajinovic & Tipsarevic Have Made Themselves A US Open Home

One of the perks of being a seeded player at the US Open is getting a private suite inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Filip Krajinovic and his team have taken that luxury to new heights.

“The players are coming and asking, ‘What’s going on here?’” Krajinovic said. “They see that we have a good time.”

Krajinovic and his team, including coach Janko Tipsarevic, have made themselves at home in their suite. The first thing Tipsarevic did was order a speaker for what he calls their “apartment”. A few days later, he bought artificial flowers. A few days after that, the former World No. 8 ordered even more flowers. Then the Serbian purchased a red carpet for the entrance to their suite.

“Novak saw this and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you give me some flowers? Your suite looks awesome,’” Tipsarevic said of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, their suite neighbour. “So I … Read the rest

Djokovic Solves Edmund Equation, Remains Unbeaten In 2020

After losing his first tie-break of the year in the opening set, Novak Djokovic raised his game on Tuesday at the US Open to improve to 25-0 this year.

The World No. 1 struck 51 winners to overcome Kyle Edmund 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and extend his unbeaten start to the year. Djokovic has now won 28 consecutive matches, dating back to November 2019.

“It was anybody’s game really for a set and a half,” said Djokovic. “I made some breaks and then obviously after winning the second set I felt more comfortable. I was returning better, I started to read his serve better and I was pleased with my serve. Overall, it was a very good test and I am happy to get through.”

The World No. 1 has trailed by a set in three of his four most recent matches, but has consistently produced his best level in … Read the rest

Djokovic & Nadal Send Support To Suarez Navarro After Cancer Diagnosis

Carla Suarez Navarro has befriended plenty of ATP players in her 17 years on Tour and many of them, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, quickly rallied around her after she revealed on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The 31-year-old Spaniard shared the news in a video on her Twitter page. Suarez Navarro said she will undergo six months of chemotherapy and is prepared for the long road ahead.

”Patience and self-belief guided me through my career,” she wrote. “Not the easiest rival to deal with. I’ll need my true best.”

Djokovic responded … Read the rest

Zverev Rises To Anderson Challenge In New York

Alexander Zverev has contested numerous five-set battles in the opening rounds of Grand Slam events, but the World No. 7 avoided such an opening to his US Open campaign with an impressive win on Monday.

The fifth seed faced a serious challenge against 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson on Arthur Ashe Stadium and he rose to the occasion, recording a 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 victory after three hours and seven minutes. It was Zverev’s first victory since the resumption of the ATP Tour, having lost his opening match at the Western & Southern Open to former World No. 1 Andy Murray.

”I am actually quite happy with a first round like that,” said Zverev. “Kevin is not someone you usually play in a first round. This is a fourth round, quarter-final, semi-final match normally against him. I am extremely happy to be through.”

Zverev is one of the leading contenders to … Read the rest

Thiem: ‘Things Can Change Very Quickly’

Dominic Thiem’s return to the ATP Tour may not have gone to plan at the Western & Southern Open, but the World No. 3 is well aware of how quickly fortunes can change in tennis.

This year’s Australian Open finalist managed to win just three games in his return match against Filip Krajinovic and will enter the US Open seeking his first victory since the Rio Open presented by Claro in February.

“I know about my strength. I know things can change very quickly. I hope that I do better at the US Open,” said Thiem. “Of course, it’s a little bit weird to stay at the same courts, stay at the same place for another tournament, but I hope that I learned the right things from this match from [the Western & Southern Open] and do it better from Tuesday on.”

Thiem’s loss to Krajinovic was a disappointing result … Read the rest

Watch Highlights: Alcaraz Reaches First Final In Trieste

It all comes down to this. Carlos Alcaraz will compete for his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title on Sunday, in Trieste, Italy.

The 17-year-old Spaniard is continuing to make a name for himself on the clay of Trieste, streaking to the championship match from qualifying. A high-octane 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win over fellow teen Lorenzo Musetti gave him his sixth victory in eight days.

Alcaraz, who crashed onto the scene in February with a breakthrough ATP Tour debut in Rio de Janeiro, is one of the fastest-rising teens in professional tennis. The Juan Carlos Ferrero pupil is projected to rise more than 50 spots this week to crack the Top 300 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Watch Trieste Final On Sunday (10am CET)

With a full arsenal of weapons from the baseline, as well as a lethal drop shot and impressive agility, Alcaraz is already taking the Challenger circuit by … Read the rest

Raonic Makes Masters 1000 Final Return

Milos Raonic advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 final in four and a half years on Friday with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The unseeded Canadian won 90 per cent of first-serve points (35/39) to reach his fourth Masters 1000 championship match (0-3) after one hour and 37 minutes. Raonic is through to his first final at the level since his runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.

“It would be incredible [to win an ATP Masters 1000 title]. Just generally as part of my career, it’s not just the past six months coming back [and] playing. Just with everything else, I want to go to heights I haven’t achieved yet and this is a part of it,” said Raonic. “This is what I’ve worked hard for with very clear, specific goals and I hope that I can get … Read the rest

Guga On No. 1: 'Highlight Of My Career By Far'

In the latest profile on the 26 players to rise to No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, ATPTour.com looks back on the career of Gustavo Kuerten. View Full List.

First week at No. 1: 4 December 2000
Total weeks at No. 1: 43
Year-End No. 1: 2000

At World No. 1
By lifting his fifth trophy of 2000 at the Tennis Masters Cup [now named the Nitto ATP Finals] in Lisbon, Gustavo Kuerten overtook Marat Safin to become World No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time on 4 December. The Brazilian, who almost retired from the event with severe thigh spasms and back pain, recorded back-to-back wins against Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi to lift the trophy and secure the year-end World No. 1 position. Across three stints between December 2000 and November 2001, Kuerten held the top position for a total of 43 … Read the rest