Category: Tennis

Santiago To Host ATP Tournament In 2020

The ATP today announced that the February 2020 Latin American swing will feature an ATP 250 tournament in Santiago, Chile, replacing the event previously held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 2012-2019. It will be the first time that Chile has hosted an ATP Tour tournament since 2014 in Vina Del Mar (2001-2009, 2012-14), with Santiago hosting a tour-level event between 1993-2000, 2010-11. Event organisers, SACS, which has run three ATP Challenger Tour events in Chile, will work in partnership with Octagon, owners of the tournament sanction. You May Also Like: ATP Announces 2020 ATP Tour Calendar “The ATP gave us the go ahead to develop the tournament in Santiago, which is very exciting,” said Catalina Fillol, who has been appointed Tournament Director. “Chile deserves top-notch sporting events and we have been focused on recovering this official event for a long time, which has been absent in our country, and we trust that we will have the support of the sponsors to put on a first-class event, in a family atmosphere and with healthy competition as it has always been. “Chile today has great players, great fans, and a long history of events dating back to our first ATP Challenger Tour, which allows us to look optimistically at the challenge that lies ahead.” The 2020 ATP Tour calendar will also feature five other Latin American events: the Cordoba Open, the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, the Rio Open presented by Claro and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco – all held in the month of February – plus the Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex in Los Cabos in July.

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Nadal Beats Khachanov In Davis Cup Finals

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal helped Spain pull even against Russia on Tuesday at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid before countrymen Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez teamed up to clinch the Group B round-robin win in the decisive doubles match. Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6(7), while Granollers and Lopez defeated recent Rolex Paris Masters runners-up Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6(5). Nadal improved to 25-1 in Davis Cup matches by winning his 25th consecutive Davis Cup match. He lost the first Davis Cup match he played in 2004 against Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic. Most Davis Cup Singles Match Wins By A Spaniard Earlier Tuesday, Russian Andrey Rublev held off World No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(0). Canada started 2-0 to become the first team to guarantee their place in the quarter-finals. The Canadians beat Italy on Monday in Group F and, thanks to singles wins from Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov, downed the U.S.A. on Tuesday. You May Also Like: Shapovalov Edges Berrettini, Secures Opening Davis Cup Finals Win For Canada Pospisil improved to 2-0 this week with a 7-6(5), 7-6(7) win against Reilly Opelka, and Shapovalov edged Taylor Fritz 7-6(6), 6-3. In Group A, Nitto ATP Finals doubles champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut clinched a 2-1 win for France 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 against Japan’s Ben McLachlan/Yasutaka Uchiyama. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2, 6-1, and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-2 to setup the deciding doubles match. Australia beat Colombia in Group D as 2019 ATP Tour titlists Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur both won in straight sets. Kyrgios beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 6-4, and De Minaur swept Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 6-3. Argentina swept Chile 3-0 behind a 6-4, 6-3 Guido Pella win against Nicolas Jarry, a 6-2, 6-2 Diego Schwartzman victory against Cristian Garin and a 6-3, 7-5 doubles victory for Maximo Gonzalez/Leonardo...

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Shapovalov Edges Berrettini, Secures Opening Davis Cup Finals Win For Canada

#NextGenATP Denis Shapovalov clinched an opening-day victory for Canada on Monday at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. The 20-year-old left-hander, who reached the Rolex Paris Masters final earlier this month (l. to Djokovic), edged Nitto ATP Finals qualifier Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(5) to put Canada up 2-0 and guarantee them the win against Italy in Group F. Canada’s Vasek Pospisil beat Fabio Fognini, No. 12 in the ATP Rankings, 7-6(5), 7-5 earlier Monday. “I’m really happy to get the win and against such an amazing player as Matteo,” Shapovalov told DavisCupFinals.com. “He’s had such an unbelievable season, and he’s playing some great tennis. It’s amazing to win the match, especially like this, in three tie-break sets.” You May Also Like: Shapovalov On His Surge: ‘I Knew It Was Just A Question Of Time’ Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov went unbeaten in singles and doubles action to give Russia a 3-0 win against Croatia in Group B. Rublev dismissed Borna Gojo 6-3, 6-3, and Khachanov beat Borna Coric 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4. Khachanov had been 0-2 against Coric in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. In doubles, Khachanov/Rublev teamed up to beat Ivan Dodig/Nikola Mektic 7-6(3), 6-4. In Group D, Steve Darcis and David Goffin both won in singles to secure an opening 2-1 win for Belgium against Colombia. Darcis beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2, and Goffin beat Daniel Elahi Galan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah, year-end No. 1 team in the ATP Doubles Rankings, put Colombia on the board with a 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) victory against Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen. In the revamped Davis Cup Finals, the six group winners qualify for the quarter-finals, along with the two runners-up with the best records.

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Thiem Returns To Career-High, Mover Of The Week

No. 4 (Career-High) Dominic Thiem, +1In his first three appearances at the Nitto ATP Finals, Dominic Thiem won just one match apiece, and was unable to advance to the semi-finals. But the Austrian star got off to a fast start this year, defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches, before defeating defending champion Alexander Zverev in straight sets to make his first championship match at the season finale. The 26-year-old, who also won his first ATP Masters 1000 title this year at the BNP Paribas Open, will finish the season at a career-high year-end World No. 4. No. 78 (Career-High) Jannik Sinner, +18?The day after the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals, a 17-year-old Jannik Sinner was No. 762 in the ATP Rankings. One year later, the Italian teen is up to a career-high World No. 78. Sinner won his third ATP Challenger Tour title on Sunday — also his third of the season — in Ortisei to become the second-youngest player to capture three Challenger trophies in a season. The only player who accomplished the feat at a younger age than the Next Gen ATP Finals champion is Richard Gasquet, who did it at 17. You May Also Like: Sinner’s Encore: Jannik Soars To Ortisei Crown No. 95 Ivo Karlovic, +11?Ivo Karlovic reached the final at the Houston ATP Challenger Tour event to climb 11 spots, propelling him into the Top 100, where he is projected to finish the season. This will be the 16th time in 17 years that the Croat has completed a year inside the Top 100. Karlovic finished year-end No. 101 in 2018, which means he was one spot away from accomplishing the feat for 17 consecutive seasons. Karlovic, now 40, first did it when he was 24. Other Notable Movers?No. 68 Tennys Sandgren, +2?No. 87 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, +2No. 93 Damir Dzumhur, +4?No. 100 James Duckworth, +11

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Duckworth, Giron & Ruusuvuori Highlight Dramatic Challenger Sunday

A LOOK BACKKPIT Challenger (Pune, India): Quick, name the player with the most match wins and titles this year. No one enjoyed more success on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2019 than James Duckworth. One year after Jordan Thompson led the tour in victories and trophies, it was his countryman who achieved the feat to conclude the season. Duckworth rallied from a set down on Sunday to earn his 49th match win and fourth title of the year, overcoming Jay Clarke 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Pune. After undergoing a litany of surgeries in recent years, the Aussie is finally back inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 2017. The win, which puts him at No. 100, also gives him direct entry into the 2020 Australian Open. “I’m thrilled to win the event,” said Duckworth. “It has been a lot of hard work for me. I have been out of tennis since the latter part of 2017 and have gone through five major operations. This is for my family who have supported me. I’m glad to get back to the Top 100 as it guarantees entry into bigger events.” Oracle Challenger Series – Houston (Houston, Texas, USA): Marcos Giron turned in one of the biggest comebacks of the season, capturing the title in Houston on Sunday. The California native saved six match points, rallying from 1/6 down in a deciding tie-break to overcome Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(9). Facing that big of a deficit against the Croatian’s mammoth serve is a daunting prospect for any player. But Giron was up to the test, scoring a pair of mini-breaks against the net-charging Karlovic, before eventually crossing the finish line after two hours and two minutes. The 26-year-old concluded his campaign exactly how it started, having opened the 2019 season with a maiden title in Orlando. He will finish just shy of the Top 100, jumping 21 spots to No. 102 in the ATP Rankings. Meanwhile, Karlovic became the first player aged 40 & older to reach a Challenger final, ensuring his...

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