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Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem Advance to French Open Final

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Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have both advanced to the French Open final.

Nadal defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to improve to 11-0 in French Open semifinal matches while Thiem ousted Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 on Friday.

“He’s an amazing player,” Nadal said of Thiem, according to ESPN. “He’s a player with big power. He’s playing with big confidence. … I know I have to play at my best. I know I have to improve a little bit.”

“He’s a big favorite against everybody,” Thiem said of Nadal. “Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan.”

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Lleyton Hewitt Not Backing Off Davis Cup Criticism

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Austalia captain Lleyton Hewitt is not going to back off his criticism of the new-look Davis Cup, standing by his belief that the format should have never been changed in the first place.

“I still feel the same way,” Hewitt said (h/t ESPN).

“In terms of the Davis Cup and how we all knew it … two of the biggest differences and what the competition was all about was home and away ties and matches played over five sets.

“You couldn’t do that in any kind of form in our great game and if you look at the pinnacle of our game, which are the Grand Slams, they are played over five sets.

“But this is a new format and as I said at the start of the year, our boys get to wear the green and gold and play for their country.

“It doesn’t matter if we are playing marbles out there, we’re going to lay everything on the line and do what we can to represent our country and make everyone back home proud.

“In terms of that, nothing changes and we have to go out there and do our best.”

The 18-team, world cup-style Davis Cup event officially kicks off in Madrid on Monday, and the winners from each of the six groups will move on to the quarter-finals on Thursday, along with the two best runners-up.

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Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev Advance to Third Round of Shanghai Masters

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Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev both reached the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

The second seeded Federer defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 7-6 (5), and didn’t face a break point, as he continues his quest for a third Shanghai Masters championship.

“I focused and had good energy, because sometimes, you know, when you travel around the globe, you’re missing a bit of energy,” Federer said (h/t ESPN). “Those first few games or matches can be sometimes a bit tricky.

“I think [my] serve was solid. I was hitting my spots and really was never in trouble there.”

Federer and Ramos-Vinolas have history, as the two faced off during the 2015 Shanghai Masters with Ramos-Vinolas pulling the upset victory in a match that still sits with Federer nearly four years later.

“All the time,” Federer said. “The truth, yeah, I was thinking about it. Watched highlights. Remember how it felt. I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match.”

Russian Daniil Medvedev was also victorious as he beat British Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-1 in 54 minutes.

“I’m really happy with my performance, really happy with the score and am really looking forward to the next round,” Medvedev said. “It was my first match here in Shanghai after having a few weeks off, so I was a little bit stressed about how my level would be.

“I managed to get out of there in less than an hour.”

The win continues an impressive streak for Medvedev, who has reached the final of the last five tournaments he’s played in.


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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Shanghai Masters

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Two-time Shanghai Masters finalist Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s tournament due to a left-hand injury, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN).

Nadal was a finalist in the tournament back in 2009, and again in 2017, and was hoping to extend an impressive 11-match winning streak.

Recently, Nadal pulled out of his final match at the Laver Cup two weeks ago due to a left wrist injury.

Nadal was won 28 of his past 29 matches, including his fourth US Open title and 12th Frank Open Championship.

Nadal has also captured Masters 1000 crowns in both Montreal and in Rome.

Nadal’s next scheduled tournament is the Paris Masters, which take place on October 26th.

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