Roger Federer has called for the identities of players involved in match-fixing to be revealed as allegations of corruption sweep through the sport.
A match-fixing scandal overshadowed day one of the Australian Open on Monday after a joint investigation undertaken by BuzzFeed News and the BBC alleged tennis authorities failed to act upon repeated warnings regarding corruption involving a number of players on the professional circuit.
No names have yet been mentioned but 17-time grand slam champion Federer would like to see an end to the speculation.
"I would like to hear the name. I would love to hear names. Then at least it's concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it," Federer told reporters after his 6-2 6-1 6-2 first-round victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
"Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam? It's so all over the place. It's nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.
"Like I said, it's super serious and it's super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it. Not about people being approached, but just people doing it in general.
"I just think there's no place at all for these kind of behaviours and things in our sport. I have no sympathy for those people."
Asked if tennis authorities could do more to prevent fixing, Federer said: "You can always do more. It's like I can always train more. There's always more you can do.
"So a story like this is only going to increase the pressure. Hopefully there's more funding to it. That's about it.
"Same as doping. You have to be super aggressive in both areas, no doubt about it."
Federer added: "Since we have the Integrity Unit, it puts more pressure on them that a story like this broke again.
"It's just really important that all the governing bodies and all the people involved take it very seriously, that the players know about it. There's more pressure on these people now maybe because of this story, which is a good thing."
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NEW YORK — Juan Martin del Potro's stay at the U.S. Open really should be over. Nearly was.
The 2009 champion at Flushing Meadows had a fever and thought about quitting while dropping the opening two sets with little resistance against No. 6-seeded Dominic Thiem in the fourth round Monday. Then he trailed by a big margin in the fourth set, even facing two match points.
Still, buoyed by a boisterous Grandstand crowd chanting “Ole!” and his nickname, “delPo,” he never gave in or gave up. Eventually, del Potro worked his way all the way back on the strength of powerful serves and thunderous forehands to edge Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 and set up a quarterfinal showdown against Roger Federer.
“I took all that energy to change in a good way and think about (fighting) and not (retiring),” the 24th-seeded Argentine said. “Unbelievable atmosphere.”
Del Potro long has been popular, but became even more so since returning from three operations on his left wrist that kept him out of Grand Slam action for two years and sent his ranking out of the top 100.
“He was gone for so long that it's just really nice to see him back playing these kind of matches,” Federer said. “That's what he came back for, to get crowd support the way he got it.”
Thiem also aided del Potro by playing his worst tennis when he was closest to victory in the fourth set, which he led 5-2. Thiem served for the match at 5-3, but got broken. Leading 6-5, he managed to get within a point of winning at 15-40 on del Potro's serve, but a pair of aces at 127 mph and 121 mph erased those two chances. The ensuing tiebreaker was dominated by del Potro, who closed it with a booming cross-court forehand winner on the run.
In the fifth set, del Potro closed things on his second match point, when Thiem double-faulted. How close was this? Thiem actually won more points, 141-139.
When it was over, del Potro raised both arms overhead and threw his head back , enjoying the fans’ adulation, then crossed himself. He joked that he thought he should get a trophy just for winning this one.
It was by far the day's most enthralling match, with spectators’ roars heard all the way across the grounds at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Federer was beating No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
The only bit of intrigue came after the second set, when Federer went off the court for a medical timeout. He said afterward it was so he could get a massage after feeling a muscle tightening at the top of the back of his left leg.
His back had been bothering Federer before the U.S. Open and restricted his practice time, something he blamed for problems while getting pushed to five sets in each of the first two rounds last week. But the lopsided win against Kohlschreiber — who never held a break point — was Federer's second in a row in straight sets.
Federer improved to 12-0 against Kohlschreiber; his record against del Potro is 16-5. But del Potro won their meeting in the 2009 final in New York in five sets for his only Grand Slam title, ending Federer's streak of five straight U.S. Open championships — and he hasn't won the trophy since.
“I felt like that I left that match with a lot of regrets,” Federer said.
The other matchup on that half of the men's bracket will be No. 1 Rafael Nadal against 19-year-old Andrey Rublev, the youngest quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since Andy Roddick was 19 in 2001.
Nadal got to the round of eight in New York for the first time since his 2013 title, overwhelming 64th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1.
“Every victory, every set that you win, is more confidence,” Nadal said. “That what's I am doing.”
Now Nadal gets to play a fifth consecutive unseeded foe in Rublev, who took out No. 9 David Goffin 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
There are four Americans in the women's quarterfinals in New York for the first time in 15 years after No. 15 Madison Keys grabbed the last four games to top No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-4 in Monday's last match.
No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat Lucie Safarova 6-4, 7-6 (2) earlier Monday, while Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens advanced Sunday.
Vandeweghe's quarterfinal opponent is No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up, who beat 91st-ranked American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0.
Keys now faces Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4 to become the first qualifier in 36 years to reach the U.S. Open women's quarterfinals.
The 32-year-old Estonian is ranked 418th after missing much of the past two years with problems in the soles of both feet and a virus known as a precursor to mononucleosis.
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Roger Federer was not concerned after losing to 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.
After withdrawing from last week’s Madrid Open with lower back pain, Federer was just glad he was able to play two matches on the clay in Rome.
“It doesn’t matter how I played. (What is) important is that I didn’t have any setbacks and I was able to step on the tennis court and that I tried what I could with what I had,” said Federer, who defeated German teenager Alexander Zverev in straight sets on Wednesday.
“I knew I wasn’t good enough for any result here, so that’s why I hope you don’t read into it so much and I don’t,” Federer said. “This is like, ‘Who cares about the results here?’ It matters what comes now in the next couple of months.”
With only 10 days before the French Open, however, Federer needs to figure out how to manage the pain.
“Time starts ticking more towards Paris,” said Federer, who also missed 10 weeks this year after surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. “The way I’m playing right now is never going to be enough for any good run in Paris, and then I also wouldn’t play this way. I’m still confident I will be fine somehow.”
In the quarterfinals, Thiem will face sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who beat Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-4.
Seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal ground past Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4, and will next face Novak Djokovic or Thomaz Bellucci, who played late.
Also, Juan Monaco of Argentina upset French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 and lucky loser Lucas Pouille beat ninth-seeded David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.
In the women’s tournament, top-ranked Serena Williams came back from 5-3 down in the opening set and saved a set point in the tiebreak to beat American qualifier Christina McHale 7-6 (7), 6-1.
Williams was sick on Wednesday after trying some of her dog’s food, but said she felt fine on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, it was true,” said Williams, who first shared the news on Snapchat. “I’m not the most serious person off the court. On the court I am, but off the court I don’t have a serious bone in my body.”
Williams’ quarterfinal opponent will be Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Also, Timea Bacsinszky beat eighth-seeded Carla Suarez-Navarro 5-7, 7-5, 6-2; Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Daria Kasatkins 6-1, 6-4; and Misaki Doi of Japan eliminated Johanna Konta of Britain 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Federer went up a break early in the first set but Thiem broke right back and Federer made little impact on the Austrian’s serve the rest of the way, deciding not to run back to the middle of the court after a couple of weak backhand returns — heading straight for his chair instead as Thiem hit easy winners into the open court.
At 22, Thiem is the youngest player in the top 20 rankings, and second to Djokovic in wins on tour this year.
In the second set, Federer attempted his “SABR” — “sneak attack by Roger” — return strategy by rushing forward a couple of times to try to pick up Thiem’s serve near the service line. On one such occasion, Federer got the return back with his frame, setting up an overhead winner.
Federer also attempted to follow his serve to the net more in the second set but eventually gave up the tactic when Thiem started passing him with explosive returns.
“For the first time maybe I could play a match really just playing freely, trying out a few things,” Federer said. “Obviously I was limited because Thiem had completely the upper hand from the baseline so I had to find other ways to win the point. That was interesting in itself.”
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Juan Martin del Potro has maintained his unbeaten record against Roger Federer at the US Open, winning their quarterfinal battle on Wednesday night in four compelling sets.
Del Potro’s 7-5 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4 victory sends him through to a semifinal meeting with Rafael Nadal, who brushed aside Andrey Rublev in Wednesday’s earlier quarterfinal.
The result prevents a meeting between Federer and Nadal, who still to this day have never played at the US Open.
It also puts the Argentine two victories away from his second Grand Slam title after his victory in New York in 2009, which came over Federer in a five-set final – their only other meeting at Flushing Meadows.
Another INCREDIBLE victory for @delpotrojuan as he defeats Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 to reach the #USOpen Semifinals! pic.twitter.com/PSVGcQWICn
Since then, del Potro’s career has been plagued by wrist injuries necessitating multiple surgeries. He’s never been back in a Grand Slam final.
“I think I played my best match of the tournament. I did everything well. I served so good, I hit my forehand as hard as I can and I think we played a great match and I deserved to win in the end,” del Potro said after reaching his first major semifinal since Wimbledon in 2013.
“I think it’s my home court too (laughter). You (the crowd) make me feel happy every time when I play here, and I love your support guys.”
The two men were inseparable in this blockbuster quarterfinal until the 11th game of the first set, when del Potro played a scorching running forehand winner for 30-30 and tightening up Federer’s service game.
The Swiss, perhaps feeling the tension, double faulted to hand del Potro a break point, which the Argentine converted with a forehand passing shot winner to break for a 6-5 lead.
Really interesting to hear Federer say he was almost glad he didn't get through because in this form he didn't feel ready to beat Nadal
With the first set going del Potro’s way, it was Federer’s turn to shine in the second. He held a break point in the second game and although he couldn’t convert he broke at his next opportunity – at love – with a passing shot winner to move ahead 3-1.
He extended his lead to 5-2 with an athletic overhead winner and soon levelled the match at a set apiece.
With the tension rising, so did the nerves. Federer double faulted to drop serve in the second game; del Potro did the same to hand the break back in the seventh game.
The set progressed to a tiebreak, which Federer controlled entirety – except the last point. He blew a 4-2 lead and four set points, unable to capitalise on a del Potro double fault and eventually missing a volley to fall behind two sets to love.
6-4 Federer 2 SP
7-6 Federer 3rd SP
8-7 Federer 4th SP
Del Potro takes the 3rd set TB 10-8. Sure.
“I think I got lucky (in the tiebreak),” said del Potro, who in his previous match recovered to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in five sets.
“I made a double fault at 6-6 and that cannot happen against Federer. But in the end I got lucky, I made good returns, good slices, volleys and in the fourth set I played even better.”
Indeed he did. He broke Federer in the fifth game – during which the Swiss botched an overhead – and then found himself serving for the match at 5-4.
In a tense game, Federer levelled at 30-30 only to wildly miss a volley to hand del Potro a match point.
The world No.28 needed only one, slotting a forehand winner up the line to end the two-hour, 50-minute contest.
“I cannot believe to play another semifinal after all my injuries, after all my surgeries,” del Potro said.
“Especially to play here in New York, it’s great, it’s my favourite tournament, my favourite city to play tennis.”Related Posts
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