British tennis player Andy Murray will not appear at the second ATP Tour tournament in Cologne. The former first player in the world, who dropped out in the first round at the first event at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne last week, withdrew due to hip problems. It is not clear whether he will play somewhere else this year.
Roberto Bautista, the thirteenth player in the world rankings, also withdrew from the second consecutive tournament in Cologne. The Spaniard, who made it to the semifinals last week, has elbow problems.
The first Cologne tournament was won by Alexander Zverev from the position of the highest-seeded domestic favorite, who defeated the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final. He can add another title this week, again he will be the number one tournament.
Great debut for Cristian Benavente! The midfielder who previously defended the Peruvian Selection scored on his debut with the Royal Antwerp after entering in minute 76 of the second half.
The duel ended in favor of the Peruvian since they won 1-3 in visiting conditions over Zulte-Waregem by date 9 of the Jupiter League. A very important fact is that the steering wheel did not add minutes since March 1 of this year.
In this way, Cristian Benavente He hopes to recover the level he reached at Sporting Charleroi, the club where he played during the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons after his unproductive spell at Pyramids FC (12 games in Egypt) and Nantes ( 13 matches in France). El Chaval aims again to be considered by the teacher Ricardo Gareca in the Red-White.
As it is recalled, ‘El Chaval’ was called up for the first time in the senior team in 2013. He was in two qualifying processes where he stood out more with ‘El Tigre’ Gareca.
In addition to this, he participated in the Copa América Centenario in the United States, being one of the most regular of the white and red squad.
The 25-year-old Serb thus maintained 100% success in the final matches. He also won the premiere title in clay last year in Rio de Janeiro.
He repaid Cecchinat, who started a wild card in Forte Village, defeated from the only previous match on the ATP circuit. Two years ago in Umag, the Italian succeeded smoothly in two sets, today, especially in the second set, both players fought for their serve in marathon games.
Djere lost his service twice, but changed three breakballs himself. For the first time, he could have finished the match in the tenth game, but he did not change the first match. He succeeded two games later on the fourth attempt.
Zverev has the twelfth title
German tennis player Alexander Zverev won the home tournament in Cologne. The first player in the final confirmed the role of the biggest favorite and after winning 6: 3, 6: 3 over Félix Auger-Aliassim from Canada, he won the twelfth title.
The 23-year-old finalist of this year’s US Open defeated a Canadian three years younger in a third match. The Montreal native did not turn the final participation into winning the premier title even on the sixth attempt. He succumbed to Zverev in an hour and 21 minutes.
German Alexander Zverev after the triumph in the final in Cologne.
The seventh world ranking player at home in Germany succeeded for the third time after two triumphs in Munich in 2017 and 2018. The fourth title can be won next week, when the directly following ATP tournament will take place in Cologne. Zverev will again be the highest player on it.
This time, Čorič did not make it to the finals in St. Petersburg
Croatian tennis player Borna Čorič failed in the finals of the tournament in St. Petersburg for the second time. This year, too, he was defeated in the duel for the title by a domestic tennis player, this time the trophy was won by Andrej Rubljov, who won 7: 6, 6: 4 and thus increased his hopes for the premiere promotion to the Champions Tournament.
Rubljov won his fourth title this year in St. Petersburg
The third seed Rubljov also defeated Čorič in the fourth mutual match and won his fourth title this season. He succeeded in St. Petersburg after winning in Doha, Adelaide and Hamburg. In total, he expanded his collection to six trophies.
The tenth player in the world rankings, Rublyov, is in eighth place in the ranking of the season. So far, six players have made it to the top eight in the November Champions Tournament in London. Roger Federer, who is in fourth place, has already finished the season.
Krejčíková and Martincová qualified
Tennis players Barbora Krejčíková and Tereza Martincová passed the qualification to the main competition of the WTA tournament in Ostrava and in the first round they will face each other. Marie Bouzková, on the other hand, failed, although she was the second player to fight for promotion.
The eight-finalist Roland Garros Krejčíková defeated the Swiss Jil Teichmann 6: 3, 6: 2 in the final qualifying round, Martincová managed the same result with Paula Badosaová from Spain. Bouzkova failed in a three-hundred-match match with Russia’s Darja Kasatkin.
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“I didn’t start well, but the longer we played, the better I played and my opponent had nothing to surprise me with,” Krejčíková evaluated the win over Teichmann for the Tenisový svět and Radiožurnál server. She admitted that she plays better as a player of the world’s hundreds. “I’m already there, I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream and I’m playing more relaxed, I’m not so tight,” said the 85th singles player from Monday.
Like Krejčíková, Martincová also used the wild card to qualify. “I’m incredibly happy that I managed it. Normally I wouldn’t get into the qualifier if I didn’t have a free card. I’m glad when I got the chance to play that I took advantage of it,” Martincová said.
Five Czech tennis players got directly into the main competition. The second seed is Karolína Plíšková, who has a free draw in the opening round. Karolína Muchová, Barbora Strýcová and Kristýna Plíšková and Kateřina Siniaková, who were awarded the draw by the American Cori Gauff from the qualification, will also present herself on the free card. Petra Kvitová apologized for her exhaustion and Markéta Vondroušová dropped out because she had a positive test for coronavirus.
The $ 528,500 tournament is a substitute for the Chinese venue of Zhengzhou. Due to the measures against covid-19, the Ostrava hall will be played without spectators. The highest player is the world number five Elina Svitolinová from Ukraine.
Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov did not reach the winning end of a well-played semifinal in St. Petersburg with home team Andrei Rublyov. Despite winning in the first set, the match eventually lost 6: 4, 3: 6 and 4: 6. He vented his frustration on one of the fans.
“Denise, you can’t shout at fans like that here. Leave it to me, I’ll deal with it, “he appealed to Shapoval’s angry referee.
Rubljov increased his chances of advancing to the London Champions Tournament, where his compatriot Daniil Medvedev also fought his way through, by advancing to the finals, in which he will challenge Born Čorič.
He Peru vs. Brazil continues to generate controversy, despite the passage of time. This time, Carlos Zambrano, one of those expelled from that party, spoke about what happened that dark night of Tuesday, October 13, in the National Stadium, venue where the second day of Qualifying Qatar 2022.
The ‘León’ was withdrawn from the match with 10 minutes remaining and, although his departure was what he played for the action he committed, it is questioned that Julio Bascuñán did not have the same rigor for the players led by Tite.
Now, already cold, but feeling the same anger, Carlos Zambrano granted an interview for The Chinese band and commented – among other things – what he was saying Bascuñán to the Peruvian players when they claimed a fault.
“When we went to complain to the referee he kept us completely silent. He conditioned us not to speak or else he took out a card; on the other hand, against the Brazilians, he did not say anything to them. All the calls for attention were for us,” he said. Zambrano.
In addition, he added: “Each time it caused us more impotence and more impotence. ‘Even if it is look at the play again’, (he told the referee). He did everything” sh, shut up. “Jefferson (Farfán), Renato (Tapia) “We all laughed because it was inevitable. No matter how much we said something to him, the referee charged all the divided games in favor of Brazil.”
(Source: América Televisión)
Carlos Zambrano calls Neymar a “clown”
“Honestly he is a great player, one of the best players in the world, but for me he is a clown. With all due respect, he is aware of everything he did. He is a great player, but he was looking for the smallest. He threw himself like four or five times in the area to see if they charged him a penalty and in the end they charged him two, “said Zambrano.
He ran nonstop, stuck, the racket was almost as big as he was, but that didn’t stop little Rafael. It happened in the Manacor Tennis Club (Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands). I was just three years old when Toni Nadal He threw his first balls so that he would answer them as best he could. He was not bad at it, he hit almost every one thrown at him by his uncle, his mentor, his advisor, the man to whom the little one even attributed power over the rain. In a nutshell, the person who has made Rafa the best athlete in the history of Spain and one of the largest in the tennis.
Everyone who knew Rafael as a child warned of his characteristics, it was not normal to see a little boy with so much talent and concentration capacity, as if he were a professional adult. With that frown that characterizes him.
Toni recalled that since he saw him throw his first rackets “I knew he had something special”; the funny thing is that in those days, Rafa only played football in the same club Manacor. He spent hours practicing with his father Sebastián.
But when Toni put him in contact with the racket for the first time, the boy had a special magnetism with it and then he began to combine the football with the tennis.
Time wanted Rafa to opt for him tennis, influenced by his Toni. He was already six years old and, from that moment on, his uncle – with a reputation for being a tough coach – (“you always have to make it difficult for children to learn”) set himself the goal of making his nephew the best player in the world.
At ten years old things looked so good that Toni Nadal He left his job as a coach to dedicate himself exclusively to teaching and accompanying the boy everywhere, who was beginning to make small trips around Spain to participate in fingerling (youth) tournaments.
From a young age he began to win competitions. Left the football At 13 years old. His story in the tennis it is that of early success; It started for fun, and at six and seven years old its progression was already noticeable. With 11 he was champion of Spain; with 12, from Europe; repeated with 13; with 14, the unofficial world championship; with 15 he won the first ATP match and at 16 he was the youngest on the professional circuit; with 17 he played the Davis Cup; At 18 he won his first major tournaments and at 19, Roland Garros.
At the age of 19, he had already done what many will not achieve in their entire lives: to be number 2 in the world.
Coach Toni Colom met Rafa at the Balearic sports school. The boy and his uncle, also Toni, went there to practice three times a week. They chose the site because there Rafa could face the best children older than him from the Balearic Islands. He was 12 years old and played with opponents of 16.
Colom told the specialized website Punto de Break that he remembers laughing, because what he saw in the little boy was simply not normal; see the power and character that he put into each game, a special intensity that he maintains until now and that has allowed him to win 20 titles Grand Slam, 13 of them in Roland Garros, among other titles.
“The memory I have of this 12-year-old boy is that he hit the balls with an intensity that the rest did not; there were children who did not play the same. It had an intensity higher than the others. “
Miguel Navarro, one of the coaches of tennis most reputed in SpainHe also remembers it: “Toni (Nadal) was always there to speak clearly to Rafael and to tighten the rope if necessary and it was the case.”
It was the 90’s when Navarro saw him for the first time, he even accompanied him on his first trip outside of Mallorca. It was in Madrid to dispute the Spanish Alevín Championship (youth) in Madrid. Rafa was eliminated in the quarterfinals. The following year he won the tournament:
“He was a special player, he was a monster. I remember that in a Children’s National he played the first game with the wrong weight in the racket string, which made it difficult for him to score points. The guy was fighting, he won the first set suffering and then the second he took it 6-2. Another child would have given up, but he was a beast. “
For Toni Nadal his nephew is Rafael. For the champion, his uncle is Natali. The relationship between them is so close that, possibly, not even they can understand life without the presence of the other next to them. However, Toni took a step aside in 2017 and left it. Now train him Carlos Moya.
In an interview with La Vanguardia, Toni Nadal He said: “Rafael grew up believing that I was a phenomenon, because I told him every story… One day I told him that if the game that we would play that afternoon went bad, it would make it rain and we would leave it for another time.
He was playing an opponent four years older than him and even though he started 5-0, Rafael started hitting him back and called it. And it started to rain. I made him leave the track, which was very slippery and under a porch he said: ‘Hey Natali, you can stop the rain! I think I can beat this guy. ‘ He said the same thing to me during a break at the end of Wimbledon, in 2008, when he beat Roger Federer: ‘Now is not the time to make it rain.
Another anecdote: “In 2006 we reached the final of Montecarlo. He always chatted with Rafael before going out on the track; He asked me how I saw the game. Again it was against Federer. I told him bad enough: he has better drive that you, his backhand too, the volley is much better and when I went to talk about the serve he ordered me to stop. ‘What a moral you give me!’ I replied that I could fool him but that in two hours Federer would not fool him and it was better to know what we were up against. What did Rafael have better? Perhaps the illusion and knowing how to run. So I tell him: ‘Get excited and start running like when you were a child. On another occasion, in the US OpenRafael was continually complaining about the balls, they bounced little, everything was going wrong. I told him: ‘The best thing is that you lose and we go home, because you can’t play with these balls.’ And the uncle listened to me, he lost (laughs). From there he flew to Beijing, where he had another tournament, in which he played with the same balls, and beat the world number three. My goal has been not to cheat Rafael more than necessary ”.
Rafa remembers his very happy childhood: “I was very shy when I was a child. I started the tour very early at 16, and I was very shy. Well, he wasn’t shy playing the court. That’s the most important thing, right? You can be (shy) in life, but obviously when you go to court, when you compete you can’t be shy. In the end it is obvious if you are shy playing, you will probably be in trouble, “he recalled for the ATP.
That day he recognized that his unfulfilled dream is to have been a soccer player and Real Madrid; his example was his uncle Miquel Ángel Nadal, former Barcelona player, among other clubs.
The most that Rafa arrived was to enroll in the Inter Manacor, a club of the Third Balearic Regional in which he played during his childhood in the juvenile category. At Manacor he will always be remembered as a fearsome forward and the club came to reserve the 9 for him.
“I think Rafa would have been a fantastic soccer player. It’s amazing, thank goodness he didn’t pursue that career. I trained your uncle –Miguel Angel Nadal– in the Barcelona And I know that Rafa also plays football very well, with his physicality and mentality, he could have been very good, but it is good that he was not a footballer, to be who he has become in the world of tennis”, Commented José Mourinho to the ATP.
The government of Spain announced that it will deliver to Rafael Nadal the Grand Cross of the Order of Sports Merit, the highest decoration, after his victory in the last edition of Roland Garros, the 13th of his career and the one that has allowed him to equal Roger Federer as the player with the most tournaments in the Grand Slam in history (20).
Always concerned about childhood, he created his foundation. Whenever he is required for some kind of help or act, he goes without question. Familiar, homely, and always accompanied by Xisca. He is also faithful to his sponsors who bet on him from the beginning and that although he receives offers that double his income every day, he does not even listen to them.
Rafa has always said that he will leave the tennis when the pain can (since 2005 plays with chronic pain in the foot). The day after winning a week ago in Paris arrived home from Manacor, put on shorts and stopped by his academy of tennis.
He played some points with various children and took a walk around the island. Solitary, as he is so often in airports and always looking out to sea. Surely remembering his childhood.
Like Kvitová or Serena Williams (39), the Minsk native does not want to relinquish the position of the next generation without a fight, although seven of the last eight grand slams have been won by players under 23 years of age.
Ranařka Azarenková prefers harder surfaces, so after the defeat in the 2nd round of the clay Roland Garros with Slovenská Schmiedlová, she stayed in France and was preparing for the Ostrava indoor tournament.
“It’s definitely my last event this year,” said one of the favorites, who has a free ticket for the first round. In the second, he will face the winner of the Czech duel between Barbora Krejčíková and Tereza Martincová.
This is not the first time that Azarenková has been in the Czech Republic. Since 2005, she has raced regularly at the Prague Open in Štvanice, where in 2008 she defeated 18-year-old Kvitová and 16-year-old Karolína Plíšková on her way to the finals. Only in the fight for the title did she lose to Russia’s Zvonareva.
In 2012 and 2013, Azarenka was number one in the world for a total of 51 weeks, now she holds the 14th position and is definitely one of the players who have benefited from the ‘coronavirus break’.
She won her 21st career title in Cincinnati right after her and was close to triumphing at the US Open, but did not keep pace against Naomi Osaka in the final.
“I wouldn’t say that my form surprised me in any way. I know what I have and believe in my abilities,” said Azarenková in Ostrava, who has been led by coach Dorian Descloix since February. He was recommended to Belarus by Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach.
“It’s weird because we (with Dorian) had to communicate a lot at a distance due to quarantine and restrictions. I had more responsibility for my performances because of that,” said Azarenka, whose tennis is always a great attraction for spectators. This year, at least through television broadcasts.
“I’m used to the bubble in New York and Paris, so it’s the same here in Ostrava. We all have to deal with it somehow,” Azarenka said.
The controversial arbitration left by Julio Bascuñán generated a wave of memes and parodies in the social networks. As expected, the comedian Carlos Alvarez He also joined in and made a funny sketch about the Chilean referee.
The well-known imitator gave details of what will be seen this Saturday on the screens of Willax TV, starting at 22:00. “He had to defend the Brazilians from the kicks of Carlos Zambrano,” added Carlos Álvarez, laughing.
This last Tuesday, Peru suffered an “armed robbery” after the controversial arbitration by Julio Bascuñán, who tipped the court to Brazil with two dubious penalties and did not get a card from Richarlison due to a slap at Miguel Trauco, who ended up with a cut on the eyebrow.
Given this, the humorist Carlos Alvarez He decided to make a funny parody to calm the tense moment that is still lived in the country, after the arbitration of the Chilean Bascuñán, who was guarded by dozens of police as he left the hotel.
“Thank you that I only took two penalties. Give thanks that I was in a good mood, because if I got up with my left foot I would get a red card from all the players, including the ball boys. I’m talking about the Peruvians, the Brazilians were the victims” he added.
Lastly, “Bascuñán”, who was played by Carlos Álvarez, put more heat to his statements by stating that ceviche and pisco are Chilean. This funny parody will be televised this Saturday, October 17, from 10.00 pm, on the screens of Willax TV.
Carlos Zambrano calls Neymar a “clown”
In dialogue for the program La Banda del Chino, Carlos Zambrano highlighted Neymar’s skills on the field of play, but also assured that he is a “clown” for acting on fouls.
“Honestly, he is a great player, one of the best in the world, but for me he is a real clown,” said the defender of Boca Juniors and the Peruvian team.
For this first double date, Jefferson Farfan it did not come well. The national striker complained of discomfort in his left knee, the same one that was operated on in Barcelona in 2019; however, he put on the shirt and played sense against Paraguay and against Brazil was headline.
Now the thought of Jefferson Farfan is to recover and start working in Videna thinking about the next double date of the Qualifiers, where the Peruvian National Team will have two other complicated rivals: Chile in Santiago and Argentina in Lima. After that, the forward would be thinking about having his left knee checked.
“Jefferson (Farfán) what he wants is for these four games to go through, the two that we have already played and the two that are coming, to be reviewed,” Juan Carlos Oblitas said in an interview he gave to Movistar Deportes.
As is known, the discomfort of his left knee is the same that marginalized him from the Copa América 2019 where in a play with Casemiro he took him out of the game, and where, in addition, he spent a year without playing.
The next game of the national team is against Chile next November 12 in Santiago and the 17 before Argentina in Lima. After that, there will be no more games until March next year, enough time to visit a doctor to have his injured knee evaluated.
The idea that surrounds Jefferson Farfán’s head is to spend enough time with the national team and not overload, at least, until he recovers Paolo Guerrero that is also felt. The 9 has been recently operated on and has no return date yet.