Laureus Awards: Rafael Nadal named World Sportsman of the Year for the second time

(Jürgen Fritz, 07.05.2021) He is the greatest clay court player of all time and has long been a living sports legend. Now, at the age of 34, Rafael Nadal has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second time, ten years after his first honour. He had already been nominated for the sixth time (for his achievements in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020) and has now received this award for the second time. Congratulations, Rafa, what an honour!

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The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking on 26 April 2021

(Jürgen Fritz, 26.04.2021) In recent months, the ATP Ranking has repeatedly come in for criticism. The points system, which has been heavily modified due to the long pandemic break in play from March to August 2020, is said to be distorting, illogical, unfair and hardly understandable. JFB therefore developed a different scoring system that only takes into account results from the last 52 weeks, is less tendentious, more appropriate and quite simple to understand.

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Karatsev beats Djokovic in Serbia Open semi-final in 3:25 hour battle

(Jürgen Fritz, 25.04.2021) It was one of the best matches of the season. Aslan Karatsev defeated Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Serbia Open in Belgrade last night in his home country – the tournament is organised by Novak’s brother – in the longest three-set match of the year after 3:25 hours 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Karatsev fended off 23 break points and achieved the „biggest victory of my career“.

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Karatsev schlägt Djokovic im Halbfinale der Serbia Open in 3:25 Stunden-Schlacht

(Jürgen Fritz, 25.04.2021) Es war eines der besten Spiele dieser Saison. Aslan Karatsev ringt gestern Abend im Halbfinale der Serbia Open in Belgrad Novak Djokovic in dessen Heimat – das Turnier wird von Novaks Bruder veranstaltet – im längsten Dreisatz-Match des Jahres nach 3:25 Stunden mit 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 nieder. Dabei wehrt Karatsev 23 Breakbälle ab und erringt den „größten Sieg meiner Karriere“.

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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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