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De Minaur On Return To Form: 'It's Just A Matter Of Time'

Alex de Minaur got used to playing through pain. Early this season, the #NextGenATP Aussie was suffering from a groin injury that nagged at him, but did not deter him. Flying high off a run to the championship match of the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals and his maiden ATP Tour title in Sydney earlier this year, De Minaur climbed as high as No. 24 in the ATP Rankings at just 20 years old. But the pain got worse. At the BNP Paribas Open, De Minaur was on anti-inflammatory medication, and he “could still barely move out there on court”. The 6’ right-hander’s game relies heavily on his supreme movement, yet he was struggling with a key part of his body that allows him to do so. After winning the first set 6-1, the Aussie lost in the first round at Indian Wells against World No. 217 Marcos Giron. “That was when I was like, ‘I’ve got to stop’,” De Minaur, the third seed at this week’s BB&T Atlanta Open, told ATPTour.com. De Minaur re...
ATP - 22.07.2019 14:41

Isner Clinches Fourth Newport Title

John Isner lived up to his top seed status on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Open, becoming the first player to win four titles in Newport with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Kazakh Alexander Bublik. The American won his first ATP Tour title of the year on the back of landing 79 per cent of his first serves. He converted all three of his break points en route to the 76-minute victory. Most importantly, Isner is still at full strength. Newport is his second tournament back from a broken left foot, which he sustained in April during his Miami Open presented by Itau final against Roger Federer. Isner's foot withstood three-set battles in three of his four matches this week, which saw him spend nearly eight hours on court. Despite the loss, Bublik can be pleased at reaching his first ATP Tour final. He has primarily competed on the ATP Challenger Tour and picked up four Challenger titles in the past year. Bublik is guaranteed to reach a career-high ATP Ranking when the newest stand...
ATP - 21.07.2019 21:05

Granollers/Stakhovsky Clinch Newport Doubles Crown

Marcel Granollers and Sergiy Stakhovsky completed a wild week at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport by taking the doubles title on Sunday over Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-7(10), 6-4, 13-11. “Marcel wanted to play with me here, but I wasn’t sure because I was supposed to play [singles] qualifying in Atlanta [this weekend]," said Stakhovsky. "I still wanted to play well, so I had to commit. I ended up having to skip Atlanta, but we won the doubles here, so it was nice.” Granollers/Stakhovsky, who teamed up for the first time this week, were unable to convert on four set points in the opening set. They fought back to force a Match Tie-break and prevailed on their fourth championship point after one hour and 59 minutes. The Spanish-Ukrainian pairing saved three match points in their semi-final victory over third seeds Marcus Daniell and Leander Paes. Their triumph gave Stakhovsky his fourth ATP Tour doubles title and first in eight years (2011 Dubai). He...
ATP - 22.07.2019 00:22