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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios leads latest outpouring of disrespect towards top players

• ‘I probably don’t show them respect – they’re just good at tennis’
• Daniil Medvedev says he always wanted Roger Federer to lose

Nick Kyrgios says he is happy to keep his feud with Novak Djokovic ticking over at Wimbledon next month – while Daniil Medvedev, another of the sport’s young rebels, uttered the ultimate heresy on Monday when he revealed he always wanted Roger Federer to lose.

For the first time since 2013, when the Latvian loose cannon Ernests Gulbis accused Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray of being “boring”, there is insurrection in the air and boredom seems the underlying cause of the latest unrest.

Related: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:28:17 GMT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Marin Cilic begins Queen’s Club title defence with win

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Marin Cilic begins Queen’s Club title defence with win

MEDIA CREDITS: (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP) – marin-cilic

LONDON — Marin Cilic began defence of his title at the Queen’s Club grass-court event with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Christian Garin in the first round on Monday.

Cilic, a Wimbledon finalist in 2017, raced through the first set in just 20 minutes before encountering more resistance from his Chilean opponent.

Cilic is the fifth seed at the main warm-up tournament for Wimbledon, which begins July 1.

Kevin Andersen, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final, was given a tough test by Britain’s Cameron Norrie before winning 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Also advancing to the second round was fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who dispatched Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 10 minutes.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:27:33 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Garcia outlasts Vekic to win Nottingham Open

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Garcia outlasts Vekic to win Nottingham Open

MEDIA CREDITS: Tim Goode/PA via AP – Tennis-WTA-Garcia-celebrates-win

NOTTINGHAM, England — Caroline Garcia of France defeated former champion Donna Vekic 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) to win her first title of the year at the Nottingham Open on Sunday.

Top-seeded Garcia, who finished her 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 semifinal victory over American Jennifer Brady earlier Sunday, recovered after losing the first set to outlast the 2017 winner over more than 2 1/2 hours.

It was the 28th-ranked Garcia’s seventh career title and her second on grass after her win in Mallorca in 2016.

Both players hit seven aces and Vekic converted all four of her break points, with Garcia going 2-for-2 on break points.

The rain finally held off after ravaging much of the rest of the tournament. The opening two days were completely washed out before organizers decided to switch the first and second round matches indoors, while Vekic’s quarterfinal against Kristina Mladenovic started on grass but had to be completed indoors on Friday.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:58:33 EDT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s

• ‘The reason you do it is because it is fun’
• Admits that after earlier surgery he wanted to retire

Andy Murray made it eloquently clear on the eve of his third comeback that his expectations have shifted from an all-out quest for victory – the hunger that broke his body – to enjoying tennis for the simple pleasure of hitting a ball.

Four months after a second operation on his troublesome hip, the former world No 1 (now 215) returns in the Fever-Tree Championships here in doubles on Wednesday with Feliciano López against the best combination in the game, Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah.

Related: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

Related: Andy Murray has the talent to make comeback, says Juan Martín del Potro

Related: Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:45:57 GMT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Felix Auger-Aliassime comes up short in Stuttgart final

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Felix Auger-Aliassime comes up short in Stuttgart final

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STUTTGART, Germany — Montreal teen Felix Auger-Aliassime is still looking for his first ATP Tour title after a 6-4, 7-6 (11) loss to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Mercedes Cup on Sunday.

Auger-Aliassime had his chances in the marathon second-set tiebreaker, but Berrettini fended off five set points before toughing out the win.

It was Auger-Aliassime’s first tournament since returning a left abductor problem forced him to miss the French Open.

It was also the first ATP tournament on grass for Auger-Aliassime, who was seeded seventh in Stuttgart. The 21st-ranked rising star previously reached championship matches in Rio de Janeiro in February and the Lyon Open in May — both on clay.

Auger-Aliassime skipped last year’s ATP grass season to play in Challenger Tour events on clay.

Berrettini won all 50 of his service games during the week in Stuttgart. He did not face a break point against Auger-Aliassime.

The Italian won his third ATP title and his first on grass.

Auger-Aliassime progressed to the final when Milos Raonic on Thornhill, Ont., withdrew ahead of their semifinal due to back problems.

Also Sunday, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and India’s Rohan Bopanna were defeated 7-5, 6-3 in the men’s doubles final by Australia’s John Peers and Bruno Soares of Brazil.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:17:38 EDT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Kevin Anderson: ‘One tennis player coming out might open the gates for others’

The world No 8 on his fierce campaigning streak, how he was shaped by apartheid – and tennis’s long road to equality

“I try not to get too political,” Kevin Anderson says as he winds down at the end of a rainy day at the National Tennis Centre. “But coming from South Africa, where apartheid was a huge problem and there was lots of inequality, has shaped me in terms of how I view certain issues. You need people to speak up.”

Anderson, who will continue his comeback at Queen’s Club this week after missing the French Open with an elbow injury, comes alive when discussing matters away from the court. The world No 8 loves what he does for a living but it does not define him. Although Anderson has fond memories of his run at Wimbledon last year when he reached the final after beating Roger Federer from two sets down in the last eight and taking six hours and 36 minutes to overcome John Isner in the second-longest match in grand slam history, he knows there is a world outside tennis.

Related: Andy Murray has the talent to make comeback, says Juan Martín del Potro

Related: Andy Murray to make Queen’s doubles comeback against world’s best

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Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:32:09 GMT

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