Tennis news roundup including Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek
Tennis News ‘Second Service’: Novak Djokovic feels ‘confident and motivated in Astana’, with Iga Swiatek set to ‘find a new level’ in Ostarava
Looking back on the big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Novak Djokovic is feeling confident after his strong start in Astana with Iga Swiatek set to find a new level in Ostrava, more more…
For starters, Novak Djokovic believes he produced his best level of tennis when he got off to a stunning start in Astana.
It was another powerful display from the former world no.
” From beginning to end, [it was] a great performance,” Djokovic said. “Playing in a new tournament, different conditions, the first game is never easy.
“Obviously you’re looking to see how you’re going to adapt, but I did it perfectly, really, I played the best I can. I just put it to work and used every opportunity that came my way.
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In other tennis news, Iga Swiatek said she had to reach “another level” to make her way in her Ostrava opener against Ajla Tomljanovic.
She was made to work hard by Tomljanovic, although the Aussie eventually had to retire with a knee injury with the score 7-5, 2-2 in favor of Swiatek.
However, despite how the match ended, Swiatek feels she had to really up her game to survive, and that’s a very good thing.
“We played in Toronto and I saw at the US Open how well Ajla played, it seems like she’s really on a roll and playing better and better,” said Iga Swiatek.
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Moreover, Rafael Nadal will continue to play tennis as long as he feels he can win titles, according to his uncle Toni.
This year, Rafael Nadal has claimed he fears the French Open will be his last tournament as he struggles with a foot problem, although he appears to have gotten over it at least for now.
“I think as long as he feels he has a chance to win, he will continue,” Toni Nadal told Dario AS de Rafa.
“When he sees he has no options, if he goes to a tournament and he has no chance of winning, I don’t think he will play. In the end, he won too much to go to bed badly.
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