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This week in tennis: Dimitrov’s hot start, rising stars shine

Feb 13, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic
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The 2017 season is rolling now! With hot shots on the court and so many storylines to follow off the court, here is the summary of this past week in tennis.

Grigor’s hot start

Grigor Dimitrov went on a hot streak to begin the 2017 season. Dimitrov has not looked back on his sluggish 2016 season at all and is on a fast track back into the Top 10 at this rate.

The Bulgarian returned home to Sofia last week to play his first tournament since the Australian Open, where he made the semifinals and lost in five sets to Rafa Nadal. The outcome: he is now 14-1 on the season and has captured 2 titles. The early results mirror Milos Raonic’s incredible start to 2016 where he too won the Brisbane title and made the semis in Melbourne before losing in five sets to Andy Murray.

Is a Grand Slam final in the cards for Dimitrov this year? With his positive attitude and consistency, we’ll have to wait and see…

 

Canadians advance in Fed Cup

O Canada! ??

If you needed more reassurance of Canada’s bright tennis future, look no further than Mexico where the young guns pulled off a massive Fed Cup win to put Canada back in World Group playoffs. Without the experience of Bouchard, Abanda, Wozniak, and Dabrowski, the younger generation of Canadians were able to cruise through the weekend and defeat Chile in the finals of the Americas Zone Group I event. Their next opponent will be drawn February 14 and will be played in April.

For more on Canada’s win, click here.

 

Zverev zooming up the rankings

Alexander Zverev won his second career title this week in Montpellier, France.

The 19-year-old German won St. Petersburg in 2016 and added the Open Sud de France to his collection this past week after defeating Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the final 7-6(4), 6-3. Last year, Zverev defeated Stan Wawrinka to claim the title in Russia, making him the youngest ATP title holder since 2008. The victory propelled the teenager into the Top 20 for the first time. He currently sits at a career-high ranking of No. 18.

In retrospect – the next 19-year-old is Francis Tiafoe, ranked No. 91.

It was double-trouble for Germans in France. After his singles victory, Alexander and his older brother Mischa captured the doubles crown. It was the second time in 2017 that the brothers played together and the first time on the ATP Tour (previously a 5-set loss in Davis Cup to Belgian pair Bemelmans/De Loore). The Germans defeated the second seeded pair of Daniel Nestor and Fabrice Martin 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7.

To sum up the Zverev’s in 2017: Mischa defeated World No. 1 Andy Murray at the Australian Open, Alexander won his second singles title while rising to a career high ranking, and they share a doubles title. A lot to celebrate for that family. ?

 

Fed Cup

Belinda Bencic has been dealing with numerous injuries as of late and an early exit from the Australian Open has caused her to slip out of the Top 100 (?). The Swiss teen was called to play Fed Cup this past weekend and, despite losing her first match against best friend Kristina Mladenovic, the youngster was able to pull through and send Switzerland to the semifinals. Talk about some Monday Motivation and encouragement to never give up! Further proof that rankings don’t mean anything when you play for your country, right?

Speaking of Fed Cup, you may or may not have missed the unfortunate mistake from Hawaii as USA played Germany. An anthem mix-up shook tennis viewers all around the world before the tie began and left the German players stunned. Formal apologies were quickly given by the USTA to the German team, fans and federation. Andrea Petkovic later released a statement on the matter.

Roughly translated: It all happened right before my match. We were stunned and did not know how to react. They approached me right after I lost my match. It was a clear mistake and we were given apologies by the Americans. It’s the worst thing that has happened to me in Fed Cup.

 

Masha gives back!

As tennis fans await Maria Sharapova’s return to the tennis court in April, she’s making a huge mark off the court. Keeping home close to heart, Maria’s always supported charities in Russia and used her platform to give the less fortunate a voice. Most recently, Maria’s candy line, Sugarpova, donated proceeds of their sales to orphanages in Russia. ?

 

Champions Corner ?

Montpellier – Alexander Zverev & Alexander Zverev/Mischa Zverev (ATP)

Sofia – Grigor Dimitrov & Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (ATP)

Quito – Victor Estrella Burgos & James Cerretani/Philipp Oswald (ATP)

Next week (February 12-19): Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Memphis, Doha.