Monte Carlo Masters Preview

(Jürgen Fritz, 11.04.2021) In the 2021 ATP Race, Novak Djokovic is just ahead of Daniil Medvedev in first position, Rublev and Tsitsipas are in third and fourth, Zverev in eighth. Rafael Nadal has played only one tournament this year and is ranked 33nd in the live race, but that could change in the next eight days as the first major clay-court tournament begins today in Monte Carlo.

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Four Spaniards in the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.04.2021) All respect, at the Andalucia Open in Marbella all four Spaniards prevailed in the quarterfinals, including the still 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (133), see picture, who surprisingly beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the world No. 26. This means that there will be an all-Spanish semi-final in Marbella (ATP 250) today. At the Sardegna Open in Cagliari, on the other hand, only one Italian was able to prevail.

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Rafael Nadal on European clay: a look back

(Jürgen Fritz, 09.04.2021) April 2005: 18-year-old Rafael Nadal wins the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the fourth largest clay court tournament in the world, for the first time, beating 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria in the final. A week later, he also wins the fifth largest clay tournament in Barcelona, beating 2003 French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Again two weeks later: Rafa also wins the second biggest clay tournament in the world in Rome, beats …

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Nadal and Thiem not in the Top 25 in the ATP Race, Federer not in the Top 200

(Jürgen Fritz, 06.04.2021) If we look back at the first quarter of 2021, we can see: For five top eight players the new season started quite well, especially for Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, but for three others extremely badly. Rafael Nadal is not in the top 25 in the ATP Race, Dominic Thiem not in the top 35 and Roger Federer not even in the top 200. Instead, we see three big surprises among the top eight.

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Sinner and Hurkacz in the Miami Open final

(Jürgen Fritz, 03.04.2021) The Miami Open 2021 is the tournament of surprises. In the final of the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the fifth largest tournament in the world (96-player main draw), it is not Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem or Rafael Nadal, nor Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev or Andrey Rublev, but two completely different players that hardly anyone would have expected: Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz. How it came to this.

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Seven Europeans in Miami quarter-finals: Deep crisis in US men’s tennis

(Jürgen Fritz, 31.03.2021) The absolute European dominance in world men’s tennis continues once again. In the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year, the Miami Open 2021, the fifth biggest tournament of the year, a staggering seven Europeans are in the quarter-finals and only one US American: 20-year-old Sebastian Korda. Although more than half of the top European players did not start, the score in Miami is 7-1 for Europe against the rest of the world.

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Zverev fliegt in Miami gleich im ersten Match aus dem Turnier

(Jürgen Fritz, 27.03.2021) Er ging als einer der vier Top-Favoriten auf den Turniersieg in die Miami Open 2021, das mit einem 96er Feld fünftgrößte Turnier der Welt. Alexander Zverev wurde an Position 3 gesetzt. Nach seinem beeindruckenden Sieg in Acapulco (D) letzten Samstag durfte man sich Hoffnungen machen, dass der Deutsche auch in Miami (C) weit kommen könnte. Doch weit gefehlt. Gleich in seinem ersten Match gegen die 83 der Welt flog Zverev aus dem Turnier.

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Miami Open 2021: A big chance for these four guys

(Jürgen Fritz, 24.03.2021) The Miami Open 2021, the first Masters 1000 Tournament (C) of the year, starts today. In the absence of Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem, Federer and Berrittini, there is a huge chance for Medvedev and Zverev to win their fourth career C title, and for Tsitsipas and Rublev to win their first. Medvedev, Rublev and Tsitsipas can even overtake Djokovic and take the lead in the ATP Race to Turin. But let’s take a closer look.

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Alexander Zverev wins in Acapulco first higher-ranked tournament since 2018

(Jürgen Fritz, 21.03.2021) Done! Alexander Zverev wins the ATP 500 tournament (D category) in Acapulco, beating world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 in the final after 2:17 hours. This is his first victory in a higher-ranked tournament above the ATP 250 series (E) since November 2018. At the D tournament in Dubai, however, there was a surprise final, quite unlike in Acapulco, where the tournament’s number one and number two faced each other in the final.

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Alexander Zverev gewinnt in Acapulco erstes höherrangiges Turnier seit 2018

(Jürgen Fritz, 21.03.2021) Geschafft! Alexander Zverev gewinnt das ATP 500 Turnier (D-Kategorie) in Acapulco, schlägt dort im Finale den Weltranglistenfünften Stefanos Tsitsipas nach 2:17 Stunden mit 6:4, 7:6. Dies ist sein erster Sieg bei einem höherrangigen Turnier oberhalb der ATP 250-Serie (E) seit November 2018. Beim D-Turnier in Dubai kam es dagegen ganz anders als in Acapulco, wo sich die Eins und die Zwei des Turniers im Endspiel gegenüberstanden, zu einem Überraschungsfinale.

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ATP 500 king Rublev also wins in Rotterdam

(Jürgen Fritz, 08.03.2021) Seventh tournament win since 2020. No other player on the planet has won as many ATP titles since then as Andrey Rublev. The 23-year-old Russian has reached ten singles finals in his career so far, winning eight of them – all of the last seven. After his win in Rotterdam, he rises from 5 to 3 in the ATP Race to Turin. And his match record against top ten players is the fifth best in the last 24 months.

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Medvedev blunders and the Big Four remain untouched since 2005

(Jürgen Fritz, 04.03.2021) Since July 2005, there have only been four players who have made it into the world’s top two: Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic. Daniil Medvedev had the chance this week in Rotterdam to be the first to enter this sphere. All he had to do was reach the final of the C tournament. But the Russian failed in the very first round. So for the time being, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 are only for the big four.

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Medvedev patzt und die Big-Four bleiben seit 2005 unangetastet

(Jürgen Fritz, 04.03.2021) Seit Juli 2005 gibt es nur vier Spieler, die es in die Top-Zwei der Welt schafften: Federer, Nadal, Murray und Djokovic. Daniil Medvedev hatte diese Woche in Rotterdam die Chance, als Erster in diese Sphäre vorzudringen. Er hätte nur das Endspiel des C-Turniers erreichen müssen. Doch der Russe patzte gleich in der ersten Runde. Damit bleibt es vorerst dabei: Die Nr. 1 und 2 der Welt sind nur etwas für die Großen Vier.

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Swiatek siegt in Adelaide

(Jürgen Fritz, 27.02.2021) Die 19-jährige Iga Świątek erringt ihren zweiten Titel auf der WTA-Tour. Im Finale des C-Turniers von Adelaide ließ die an Position 5 Gesetzte der Schweizerin Belinda Bencic, Nr. 12 im WTA-Ranking und in Adelaide an 2 gesetzt, keine Chance, schlug diese glatt mit 6:2, 6:2. In der Weltrangliste rückt die junge Polin, der beste weibliche Teenager der Welt, damit erstmals in die Top-15 vor.

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GOAT: Djokovic moves closer to Federer and Nadal

(Jürgen Fritz, 24.02.2021) With his clear victory in the final of the Australian Open over Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic has reignited the question of who will go down in history as the greatest tennis player of all time (GOAT). The most important criterion here is certainly the number of Grand Slam tournaments won. Djokovic increased his tally to 18, compared to 20 for Federer and Nadal. But there are four other important parameters.

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