No Rafa? No Problem. Spain Claims Australia ATP Cup Win

Roberto Bautista Agut adjusted well to his role as Spain’s temporary No. 1 singles player on Tuesday, as he clinched Spain’s first victory at the 2021 ATP Cup with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback victory against Alex de Minaur.

The World No. 13 was originally scheduled to face John Millman in the No. 2 singles match, but was promoted to the No. 1 singles position when Rafael Nadal announced he would miss the tie due to a stiff lower back. Following Pablo Carreno Busta’s 6-2, 6-4 win against Millman, Bautista Agut created 17 break points and broke De Minaur on five occasions to move Spain to 1-0 in Group B after two hours and 21 minutes.

“Everybody knows that to have Rafa on the team is a pleasure. It’s a privilege to be in the team with him. We can learn a lot of things staying around him. He has … Read the rest

Newest Soccer Fixtures & Results

Even just a few weeks in the past it appeared outlandish that the key soccer leagues in Europe may return to action anytime quickly. The playing of video games is up – Verizon reported that US home peak-hour utilization was up 75{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} within the first week of quarantine – but tellingly gaming as a spectator sport is also via the roof. Twitch, one the world’s biggest streaming platforms for avid gamers, is estimated to have grown its viewers by as much as a 3rd in March alone. With more keep-at-home mandates being issued all over the world and the leisure business discovering new ways to migrate their choices to livestreaming platforms, we expect to see these numbers rise,” says Doron Nir, the chief executive of StreamElements. In Argentina they’re looking for a quick resolution to try to get the new Superliga Argentina season underway. Matias Lammens, the Minister for Tourism … Read the rest

Korda Cruises To Second Challenger Title In Quimper

Sebastian Korda is making it look too easy.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old American punctuated his Top 100 breakthrough with a second ATP Challenger Tour title in Quimper, France. Dialed in from the first ball, Korda blitzed Slovakia’s Filip Horansky 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 50 minutes to seal his victory at the Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale.

Projected to enter the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday, it was a week the Florida native will never forget. He not only becomes the youngest American to win multiple Challenger titles since 2017, but will also be the youngest from his country to crack the Top 100 since an 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe five years ago.

“I always knew I had the game to do this,” said Korda. “It’s just been about getting my body right and really having some good people around me that push me … Read the rest

Korda, Zuk Complete QF Field In Quimper; Play Kicks Off In Antalya

These are the wins that Sebastian Korda will remember for a long time.

For the second time this week, the #NextGenATP American survived a deciding-set marathon to advance at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Quimper, France. Two wins, both against French opponents and both of the comeback variety have Korda on the precipice of cracking the Top 100 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Seeded second at a Challenger tournament for the first time in his young career, the 20-year-old is adapting to the pressure of being the player to beat. Two days after saving a match point against qualifier Tristan Lamasine, Korda rallied from a set down to oust Mathias Bourgue 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes.

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The World No. 103 has claimed 11 of his last 12 matches and is riding the momentum from a season-opening … Read the rest

#NextGenATP Nakashima Carries Hot Streak Into Quimper Semis

When Brandon Nakashima is this dialed in, there is no stopping the #NextGenATP American.

Nakashima booked his spot in the semi-finals at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Quimper, France, on Friday, ousting home hope Constant Lestienne 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 39 minutes. Broken just once all week at the Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale, the 19-year-old is picking up where he left off to conclude his breakthrough 2020 campaign.

Nakashima stormed back from a second-set deficit to dispatch Lestienne, reeling off four straight games when the Frenchman served to force a decider. Having also earned convincing wins over Maxime Janvier and Federico Gaio earlier in the week, the California native is just one victory from reaching his second Challenger final.

It has been a ruthless run of late for Nakashima, who owns nine wins from his last 10 matches at the Challenger level. Also the champion in Orlando … Read the rest

Shampoo A Pre-condition For Tsitsipas Grooming Deal

Stefanos Tsitsipas is full of surprises. Two weeks ago, we learned in a Twitter Q & A he hosted with fans that one of his turn-offs is shampoo. A fan who describes himself as an “irredeemable fan of boy bands” asked the Greek to “drop” his hair care routine.

“Never shampoo, only conditioner,” replied the World No. 6, who will spearhead Greece at next week’s ATP Cup in Melbourne.

The fan called it a “smart choice”. But others were scratching their shampooed heads. Was he serious? Let’s not forget that last year Tsitsipas convinced Naomi Osaka that he used Greek olive oil, wasabi, vinegar and mayonnaise in his hair. That was a gag, but perhaps it’s common in Greece to skip the shampoo and go straight to the conditioner? Is a strict conditioner-only diet the secret sauce to … Read the rest

Machac On Next Gen ATP Finals: ‘It Would Be Perfect If I Could Qualify’

While the 2021 ATP Tour season may still be in its opening stages, many of the top 21-and-under talents already have their sights set on where they want to finish the year. One such player is 20-year-old Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic, who is eager to end his 2021 campaign at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

”It would be perfect if I could qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals, but it is far away at the moment,” Machac told ATPTour.com. “I will do my best to qualify there.”

Machac has started the year in promising form. Earlier this month, the Czech qualified for the Australian Open main draw without dropping a set in Doha. Across three matches, Machac lost just 14 games to confirm his spot at the opening major championship of the year for the first time.

“The qualifying was very good. I was playing … Read the rest

Clutch Korda: #NextGenATP American Saves 1 MP, Battles Back In Quimper

Some wins are more satisfying than others. For Sebastian Korda, this was certainly one of them.

The #NextGenATP American fought past home hope Tristan Lamasine to advance at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Quimper, France, on Tuesday. Seeded second this week at the Open Quimper Bretagne Occidentale, Korda saved a match point and stormed back from 1/5 down in the deciding tie-break to prevail 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(7).

Sitting just outside the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, the World No. 103 is a man on a mission this week. Korda is competing in his first tournament since reaching his first ATP Tour final at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (l. to Hurkacz) two weeks ago. He has now won 10 of his last 11 matches, also including a title run at the ATP Challenger Tour stop in Eckental, Germany, to conclude his breakout 2020 campaign.

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World's Top 4 Players In Action On Day 1 Of ATP Cup

The match schedule for the 2021 ATP Cup, the 12-country event being played at Melbourne Park from 2-6 February, was released Monday. The tournament dates have been pushed back 24 hours to allow quarantined players the best possible preparation and training opportunities.

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev will all begin their 2021 campaigns on Day 1 of the event. In the day session, defending champion Serbia will open its bid for a second straight title against Canada on Rod Laver Arena and Austria will face Italy on John Cain Arena.

At last year’s event, Serbia overcame Canada 3-0 in the knockout stages. The tie produced one of the most memorable matches of the event, when Djokovic outlasted Denis Shapovalov in a final-set tie-break. They are set for a rematch as their country’s No. 1 singles players.

In the evening session, 2020 finalist … Read the rest

Arthur's Ascent: Rinderknech Kicks Off 2021 With Istanbul Title

New season, same story for Arthur Rinderknech.

One year ago, the Frenchman opened his 2020 campaign with a piece of silverware wrapped in his arms. This week, Rinderknech kicked off his 2021 ATP Challenger Tour season in similar fashion.

The 25-year-old wasted no time in finding the winning formula in Istanbul, reeling off seven wins in eight days as a qualifier to lift the trophy. With the Turkish metropolis blanketed in snow, Rinderknech turned up the heat on the indoor hard courts of the TED Sports Club. He rallied past countryman Benjamin Bonzi in Sunday’s championship, taking the title 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(3) in two hours and 17 minutes.

“It feels great to win the first Challenger of the year and even more when it’s a 125-level tournament,” said Rinderknech. “I’m happy about the way I handled things this week and went through seven matches in eight days.”

Rinderknech’s triumph moves … Read the rest