Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios progress to the third round at Wimbledon
(Tennis news) Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a calendar Slam with a successive four set victory to progress into the third round after defeating Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3. The 22 time Grand Slam winner will take on Lorenzo Sonego in the next match and will look to secure his 308th Grand Slam victory, having already gone ahead of Martina Navratilova and being in fourth place in the all-time list. However, it was far from a perfect performance from the Spaniard with many unforced errors during the match.
In the post match interview, Nadal said “It's important for me to accept that things are not yet perfect, be humble and accept the challenge. Every day is a challenge, all the opponents are difficult - we are playing the best players in the world. I didn't play much on grass in the last three years so every day is an opportunity to improve. I'm through and I'm very happy with that. I need to improve. But the fourth set was much better, a good level of tennis and the serve worked better."
In other results, Nick Kyrgios defeated Queen's Club finalist Filip Krajinovic 6-2 6-3 6-1 in less than 90 minutes. The Australian was at his dominant best, losing just nine points and said that he wanted to prove a point with his performance. The 27 year old will face Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Australia's Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-3 7-5.
In the on-court interview after the match, Kyrgios said “I guess just from a personal performance standpoint, my performance in my first round was just not where I wanted to be. Especially with the way I've been playing and the way I've been training, the hard work I've been doing. I was pretty disappointed in my performance in the first round. Then obviously the media's disrespect and just everything, it was just kind of a reminder to put you all back in your place from the performance today. He made finals at Queen's, top 30 in the world, seeded. It's a gentle reminder."
Yuki comes from behind to win first round at Tata Open Maharashtra
Pune, Jan 31 (Tennis News) India's Yuki Bhambri registered a sensational come-from-behind win over Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia in the men's singles opening round of the Tata Open Maharashtra tennis tournament here on Monday.
The 29-year-old Indian, who started directly in the main draw in South Asia's only ATP 250 meet, secured a 6-7 (10), 6-2, 7-5 win in his opener.
After losing the hard-fought first set, the former junior world number one, who made a comeback in the international circuit recently after a two-year break due to an injury, started the second with 2-0 lead and looked in good touch.
He didn't let the momentum shift before bagging the set easily and levelling the scores.
In the decider, the Delhi-born player converted a break point to take the scores at 3-3 and then added one more set point to keep himself ahead in the game.
Though the 29-year-old Slovakian tried his best to make a comeback into the contest, Bhambri held his nerves and clinched the decider to advance into the second round.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the other Indian who will be in action in the singles main draw later on Monday. He will take on fifth-seed German Daniel Altmaier.
Earlier, France's Quentin Halys sent World No. 82 Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania packing with a stunning 6-1, 6-2 win.
The World No. 141 Halys of France looked quite confident against the higher-ranked opponent as he hardly gave any opportunity to Berankis.
In the other round-of-32 match, former World No. 39 Moldovan Radu Albot faced a tough challenge from Federico Gaio of Italy in the second set but managed to sail through with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory.
Meanwhile, the top-seeded Australian pair of Like Saville and John-Patrick Smith lived up to the expectations as they defeated Stefano Travaglia and Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-1, 6-4 in straight sets.
In the other doubles opening round match, the French duo of Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul outclassed the third-seeded pair of Szymon Walkow and Jan Zielinski 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to move to the quarterfinals.
Also Read : Tata Open Maharashtra 2022 to be broadcasted on Star Sports
News Source : PTI
Rafael Nadal set to make comeback at Melbourne Summer Set
(Tennis news) The first week of the ATP tour has three events happening at the same time as the fans see the top players in all the three. The ATP Cup started 4 days ago, Adelaide International started yesterday and the Melbourne Summer Set is set to start from today. Many players in the draw will be making their comeback after a few weeks gap as Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Benoit Paire and David Goffin will need some Australian support. There are also top ranked players who will be playing as it will help them for the opening Grand Slam of the year which is only 13 days away. Here are the top three players to watch out for in the event.
The Spaniard hasn’t had much success at Melbourne but is coming back after a couple of months. Nadal will be hungry to start the season strong and a title win will fuel his confidence for the 2022 Australian Open. The 20 time Grand Slam winner will play his first match against the winner of Ricardas Berankis and Marcus Giron. Nadal has a run till the final where he can face Goffin, Murray or Dimitrov and the Spaniard last won a hardcourt title two years ago.
The serve machine has improved a lot in the hardcourts as seen in the last season. Opelka will try to set the tone at Melbourne with his first serves and boring back his hardcourt form just from last year. The American will face the winner of two qualifiers in the fourth round and has chances of playing against Kevin Anderson or Paire in the quarterfinals. He last won a title two years ago on this surface and reached his maiden Masters 1000 final last year.
Dimitrov rolled back the times when he played the previous season. The Bulgarian has played well in Australia over the past few years and needs to bring in the energy for some good starts to the season. Dimitrov also has the possibility of facing Murray in his opening match but once that is cleared up then he will only face tough ones in the end. Dimitrov last won a hardcourt title four years ago but last year he showed glimpses at Indian Wells. The world number 28 last played at Paris Masters 2 months ago and now will need to slide in through Melbourne.