Friday, September 30, 2022

Halep enters Canadian Open semi-finals at the cost of Coco Gauff

Nick Kyrgios’ hot streak ended this Friday in Montreal.

Romania’s Simona Halep scored a nervous 6-4, 7-6(2) win over Coco Gauff on Friday to reach the Canadian Open semi-finals for the fifth time.

Halep, a two-time champion, looked on her way to the quarter-finals with an easy 4-1 lead from one set to the next.

But Gauff forced a tie-break in the second set and 15th seed Halep took 10th in the tie-break to maintain her dominance over the American.

In four career meetings, including three this year, Gauff has yet to overtake Halep, who now awaits seventh-seeded American Jessica Pegula or Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Harkasz stops Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios’ hot streak ended this Friday in Montreal. After being a prolific finalist at Wimbledon, the Australian had won 15 of his last 16 matches, nine of them consecutive, with singles and doubles titles, after being an impressive finalist at Wimbledon, where only Novak Djokovic was able to beat him. Were.

But he ran into it in an unusual fatigue, for he had not so far been chained to such a prolific period in victory (from June 21-4) and a great version of Hubert Herkás, who shone the day after a terrible time. and saved a match point against Albert Ramos in the Round of 16.

The 25-year-old pole and 10th in the world defeated a more focused version of Kyrgios: 7-6(4), 6-7(5) and 6-1 in a duel that was more of a sharp chess game than a tennis one. to match.

Both played well. In the case of the Aussie, perhaps because fatigue forced him to drop points, and for Harkasz because he has served and hit to enter that type of match.

To give an idea of ​​how this happened, it lasted an hour and 46 minutes and had only four points of more than nine shots, 45 between five and eight and 135 points of four or fewer. Kyrgios did not even wait for the public to remain silent to serve. They were sometimes viewed with a certain disdain, but without disrespect, as they were at their worst.

Now he is another player and will comfortably fight in Cincinnati and above all the US Open. Because he has entered a discipline that he adheres to, even if it bores him: training, matches, physio, eating, sleeping… He explained it by defeating his compatriot de Minaur on Thursday. But gasoline didn’t give him any more, although he said he had extra fuel. If he continues like this, he will not be run out so early in the future.

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Meanwhile, Harkaz is one of the most talented big players (1.96). He has a very good hand to volley near the net and a cold blooded one that doesn’t deter him from his goal, even on the complicated days he’s had against Ramos. Nor before the rivals on whom everything depends in matches like Kyrgios.

He controlled it in Halle just a month ago and has done it again at the Masters 1,000 in Canada. He will face either Casper Roode or Felix Auger-Aliassim in the semi-finals this Saturday.

He is the only quarterfinalist who knows what it’s like to win a tournament in this category (Miami 2021). He is the strongest candidate.

Rudd destroys Auger-Aliasime

Such a striking partial is rarely seen in a match at the highest level in men’s tennis, much less between two top-10 players such as Casper Roode and Felix Auger-Aliassim.

It happened this Friday in Canada’s hometown of Montreal, overwhelmed by the Norwegian, who, after losing the first game with his serve, supported the child, who turned 22 on Thursday, a 10-0 run that surprised him. Chance of winning with done and no. Rudd registered a 6-1, 6-2 win in just one hour and will face Hubert Herkaz in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Auger-Aliassim was not able to move the figures from 0-1 in the first set to 4-1 in the second set on their scoreboard.

The game of Rafa Nadal’s academy student, who came after beating Roberto Bautista in three sets in a very difficult match resolved in three sets and three-and-a-half hours, swung mercilessly in front of the monumental traffic jam of his overwhelmed opponent, who Advised by Toni Nadal, the director of Manakori’s school.

Rudd (23), a finalist at Roland Garros, where he was beaten by academy owner Rafael, is an increasingly mature and consistent player. His improvement on the hard court has been tremendous. He is no longer a pure clay expert, but on cement he defends himself with strength, quality and a lot of patience.

Thus, he did not hesitate with the initial break he gave and from there he built up an impeccable match. When Auger-Aliasim wanted to react late, he closed the doors with two spectacular balloons.

And his road to victory was not curtailed, with nine unforced errors. It is a physical miracle. Towards his opponent, we must recognize his attitude in spite of his beatings. Not a single complaint in such a tough time.

Nadal Trains in Cincinnatic

Rafa Nadal is already in Cincinnati. The Spaniard arrived in Ohio State’s city on Thursday, trained at Central and continues to prepare this Friday for, if all goes well, his 13th participation in the final American Masters 1,000 of the ATP calendar, the final of the season ahead of the Paris Bercy. halt.

Nadal announced on Wednesday that he was traveling to Cincinnati to skip playing in Montreal as a precaution because of discomfort in his abdominal area while serving during a training session in Manacor.

It was illness that forced him to withdraw at Wimbledon before the semi-final, in which he was due to face Nick Kyrgios.

Djokovic may go to US Open

Novak Djokovic is training for the US Open (August 29-September 11) as if he is going to play it. “I’m preparing as if I’m allowed to compete, while I wait to find out if there’s any possibility to travel to the United States. I keep my fingers crossed”, he said on July 30. Shared on your social networks.

Until now, this was a remote possibility, but a new regulation against COVID-9 in the United States, already approved, could change everything.

A gap has been opened through which, if events escalate, the Serb could reach the last Grand Slam of the season, despite the fact that today, his absence has been confirmed for Cincinnati.

Local Brandon Nakashima will enter in place of Knoll, who has disappeared from the entry list in the Masters 1000 but is expected to rise in recent hours to the current number six US major in the rankings.

The new legal context is completely different from yesterday, but it still doesn’t guarantee Djokovic will be able to play.

As announced by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the body that regulates hygiene measures in the country, starting this Friday, the same way against the coronavirus with both vaccinated citizens and those who do not have complete guidelines. will be dealt with.

A radical change in the situation, as expected, remains to be seen whether 17 days before the tournament, it will allow the participation of Djokovic, who, yes, is registered.

To this day, the United States continues to require guidelines for crossing its borders, a requirement that, in the coming weeks, is also intended to be relaxed in line with new internal demands.

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