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Muller Serves Past Young In Newport

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Published  July 16, 2016

Gilles Muller swept American Donald Young 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport to advance to his second ATP World Tour final of the season and fifth of his career. Muller, of Luxembourg, hit 18 aces and lost only five points on his serve. The 6’4” left-hander was 31/32 on his first serve and 9/13 on his second. He also never faced a break point against Young, who was playing in his first grass-court ATP World Tour semi-final.

Muller, who also reached the final on grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Mahut), will try to win his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday. The 33 year old is 0-4 in finals. He awaits the winner of the other Newport semi-final match, Ivo Karlovic vs. Marcos Baghdatis.


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Ramos-Vinolas, Verdasco Set All-Spanish Final In Bastad

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Published  July 16, 2016

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat countryman David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday for the first time in seven tries and now will play in his second career ATP World Tour final at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad. The third seed will meet another countryman in Sunday’s final: Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco swept Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 6-1. Elias was playing in his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

Ramos-Vinolas had been 0-6 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Ferrer, a two-time champion in Bastad (2007, 2012). But the left-hander broke Ferrer five times to move into the final in an hour and 48 minutes.

“I’m very happy. I beat a great player and one of the best on clay in the last five, six years,” Ramos-Vinolas said.

Ramos-Vinolas, 28, last played in a final in 2012 (Casablanca, l. to Andujar). He’ll also try to reverse his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Verdasco as the 32-year-old leads the series 3-1, including a 2014 win in Bastad.

Verdasco reached his second tour-level final of the season with dominant serving. The left-hander won 75 per cent of his service points. He also landed almost eight of 10 first serves. Verdasco, though, was broken once, the first time he’s lost his serve in Bastad (32/33).

The seven-time ATP World Tour titlist will go for his second crown of the season (also Bucharest, d. Pouille). “It’s a final,” Verdasco said. “A final is never easy.”

Doubles

Spaniards Marcel Granollers and David Marrero prevailed against German Dustin Brown and Aussie Rameez Junaid 7-6(5), 6-4 on Saturday to move into the Bastad final. The Spaniards will face Aussie Marcus Daniell and Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner.


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Cuevas Reflects On Hamburg SF Win

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Published  July 16, 2016

Pablo Cuevas discusses his semi-final win over good friend Renzo Olivo in Hamburg and looks ahead to the final against Martin Klizan. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
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Safin Inducted Into International Tennis Hall Of Fame

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Published  July 16, 2016

Marat Safin was honoured for his long and celebrated career by being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday in Newport. The former World No. 1 accepted the honor in an on-court ceremony during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

“I didn’t understand what I was doing in tennis, who I am and what I achieved, until I arrived here,” said Safin during his acceptance speech. “After these two or three days here, I realised that I didn’t appreciate the sport as much as I could. Now I’m doing it much more. It’s a big honour to be here.”

Safin was introduced by fellow Hall of Fame inductee and former World No. 1 Jimmy Connors, who said he had always admired the Russian for what he brought to the sport.

“He was emotional [and] played with passion. That’s what drew me to him,” said Connors. “When Marat took the court, you wanted to have the best seat in the house. You never know what were you going to get. The tennis, you expected. Everything else was a bonus. And I loved the show.”

Safin thanked a long list of people for his on-court accomplishments, including his sister and former WTA World No. 1 Dinara Safina. But his 10-minute speech was also peppered with the sense of humour that his fans came to know and love during his career.

“I also want to thank the ATP World Tour officials who stopped giving me fines for breaking and throwing racquets,” he joked. “Otherwise I’d be one of the sponsors.”

The Russian also paid homage to several of his peers whom he competed against, reflecting on his 12-year ATP World Tour career with fond memories. 

“I’m a part of the last generation that could enjoy going out together. Gustavo Kuerten, Mark Philippoussis, and Philippoussis paying all the bills for all the nightclubs. What more could you ask for?” laughed Safin “We lived like a family. We traveled like musicians. It was more rock and roll.”


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Cuevas Into Fourth Final Of 2016 In Hamburg

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Published  July 16, 2016

Third seed Pablo Cuevas reached his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season on Saturday as he defeated Renzo Olivo 7-5, 6-3 at the German Tennis Championships 2016 in Hamburg.

The Uruguayan will look to win his third title of the season in Sunday’s final at this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament when he faces either Martin Klizan or Stephane Robert.

The 30-year-old Cuevas won back-to-back clay-court titles in Brazil in February when he lifted the trophies in Rio de Janeiro (d. Pella) and Sao Paulo (d. Carreno-Busta) before reaching his first grass-court final last month in Nottingham (l. to Johnson). He has a 5-2 record in ATP World Tour finals.

Cuevas improved to a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Olivo as he beat the Argentine in one hour and 41 minutes. The right-hander saved the six break points he faced and converted two of nine opportunities on Olivo’s serve.


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