Djokovic’s No. 1 jump, ‘very big problem’ for Auger-Aliassime and the WTA mentality monster



Every Monday, I gets you started on everything you missed in the last seven days of tennis, and looks at who is heading up, who needs a win, and who is in the best shape ahead of the next grand slam.

Felix flattering to deceive

Felix Auger-Aliassime hit another bump in the road at Indian Wells when he was dumped out of the tournament by world No. 47 Boutique of the Sand Shell.

Auger-Aliassime could hardly have arrived in California in better shape. He had finally broken his singles title duck, won his ninth final after eight draws in a row, and struck out Stefanos Tsitsipas to win at the Rotterdam Open. He followed up with another strong week in Marseille, albeit one that ended with the ninth final defeat of his career to Andrey Rublev.

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Nevertheless, he won eight games in a row, beating two top-10 players, world No. 13 Cameron Norrie and a resurrected Andy Murray. There were plenty of reasons to be happy.

But a three-hour battle with Dutch No. 1 Van de Zandschulp ended in defeat, causing the Canadian to wonder why his serve had left him: he landed only 54 percent of his first serve and produced eight double faults.

“[It’s] a very big problem, ”said Auger-Aliassime. “During the week I have struggled to find my track on the serve in practice. It got better and saw today again …

“You can tell yourself in the beginning [need to] get used to the conditions of the court. You’re a little nervous. But when you’re out there for three hours, I have to be better. I need to find a way to earn better at some point. I made a few games, but not enough.

“I have to find out, especially here, why I can not earn as I earn all year round in Australia and other tournaments. I just have to see how I do better here. ”

Them to look at

  • Novak Djokovic will move back to the top of the rankings next week if Daniel Medvedev will not advance to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells.
  • Carlos Alcaraz is set to move to a career-high of No. 18 next Monday, a position that only gets better for each match he wins this week
  • American in shape Tommy Paul shocked Alexander Zverev, whose place No. 3 will be threatenedand will go at least as high as No. 37 next Monday, a high for him

Top 20

(Ranking will not reflect Indian Wells results until after tournament ends)

  1. Daniel Medvedev
  2. Novak Djokovic
  3. Alexander Zverev
  4. Rafael Nadal
  5. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  6. Matteo Berrettini
  7. Andrey Rublev
  8. Casper Ruud
  9. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  10. Jannik Sinner
  11. Hubert Hurkacz
  12. Cameron Norrie
  13. Denis Shapovalov
  14. Diego Schwartzman
  15. Roberto Bautista Agut
  16. Pablo Carreno Busta
  17. Reilly Opelka
  18. Nikoloz Basilashvili
  19. Carlos Alcaraz
  20. Taylor Fritz

Fernandez is a match-point monster

Just because you are match point up against Leylah Fernandezdo not assume that you are about to win the match.

That’s the lesson Amanda Anisimova learned the hard way Saturday night in a dramatic second-round match against the Canadian.

Anisimova broke through in 2019 when she reached the semifinals of the French Open at the age of 17 after beating defending champion Simona Halep.

But her father Konstantin, who was also her coach, died suddenly later that year, a tragedy that Anisimova has said put her significantly back on and off the field.

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However, she is back in the top 50 now and looked to be the player three years ago when she took the first set against Fernandez in Indian Wells, hitting big blows from baseline with in-form US Open finalist unable to respond.

But when it came to the decisive moment, Anisimova could not close the match as she blew four match points, three on her own serve, before losing the tie-break 7-0 and then going off the field in a set and retiring from the fight. match.

“Unfortunately, I have been quite ill the last few days and woke up yesterday and felt very ill,” Anisimova later explained on Twitter.

“I would try to push myself through the match and continue playing the tournament. I could not continue the fight anymore because I felt I was putting my health at risk at the time.

“It’s disappointing for me to end this week this way, but that’s just the way it is sometimes. I will try to get better next time. I look forward to getting back on track soon. And please keep your negative comments to yourself. ”

Regardless of Anisimova’s illness, Fernandez put her under enormous pressure at the worst possible moments, making awkward returns and ensuring that the American would win the points instead of waiting for her opponent to lose them.

In her final outing – the final in Monterrey – she saved five match points before beating Camila Osorio to claim her second consecutive title at the venue. Is Fernandez tennis his own mentality monster? Maybe she’s just that.

Them to look at

  • Iga Swiatek‘s progress to the last 16 in Indian Wells has already assured her to overtake Aryna Sabalenka and becomes world No. 3 for the first time and she will go to No. 2 with a deep run
  • Twice grand slam champion Simona Halep is on the verge of returning to the top 20 at the age of 30 after finishing 2021 at its lowest position in nine years
  • Harriet Dart becomes British No. 2 next week when she enters the top 100 for the first time after beating Elina Svitolina and Kaia Kanepi in consecutive Indian Wells matches

Top 20

(Ranking will not reflect Indian Wells results until after tournament ends)

  1. Ashleigh Barty
  2. Barbora Krejcikova
  3. Aryna Sabalenka
  4. Iga Swiatek
  5. Anett Kontaveit
  6. Maria Sakkari
  7. Paula Badosa
  8. Karolina Pliskova
  9. Garbine Muguruza
  10. Our Jabeur
  11. Danielle Collins
  12. Jelena Ostapenko
  13. Emma Raducanu
  14. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  15. Victoria Azarenka
  16. Angelique Kerber
  17. Coco Gauff
  18. Elina Svitolina
  19. Jessica Pegula
  20. Elena Rybakina

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