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2020 US Open Winner Dominic Thiem Beats Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem, who just won the 2020 US Open beat Rafael Nadal in the ATP Finals in London. The Austrian tennis player had defeated Nadal in a high-quality match with 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4). The year is looking great for Thiem since he is the first man to move into the last four of the ATP Finals event.

Thiem Wins the US Open 2020

The world-renowned tennis player has been continuously knocked down in Grand Slam finals by fellow iconic tennis players. But, time and time again, Dominic Thiem never gave up hope and persisted. His efforts finally paid off when he won the US Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. He became the first man after 71 years to also win this title after losing the first two sets of the final. 

In an interview, he stated:

“I hope that it doesn’t change my life because my life cannot depend on success. That would be wrong. But I hope it definitely changes my career. I achieved the biggest goal so far that I set for myself and I hope that it lets me play more free and even better tennis in the next big tournaments coming up.”

With his win against Alexander Zverev, Tim Henman, the former fourth-ranked tennis player in the world believes that Thiem has established himself in the sport and have become a favourite in any tournament. He said, “Dominic Thiem is now established as the third-best in the world.’

Beating Rafael Nadal

Thiem was able to beat Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets. He grabbed his win on his fifth match point. 

“I think it was a great match from the first to the last point and actually I was pretty lucky to get the first set. I was, I think, 2-5 down in the tiebreak and against Rafa it’s nice to win the first set obviously but still he’s there 100% from the first to the last point.”

Thiem further stated, “I knew I had a slight advantage when I won the first set but still I had to stay focused. It’s like I said the other day – I think all 8 players are in a great shape both physically and mentally so we’re going to see a lot of close matches, lots of close tiebreaks like today and as always the one who is a little bit luckier, the one who has the slightly better day is going to win and I’m happy that I got it today.”

What Rafael Nadal Says of the Match

On his part, Rafael Nadal credited Thiem and also stated that it was an equal match.

“Both of us played at a very high level. He deserved to win because he played a little bit better at some key moments. I am much more confident now with the level of tennis that I am playing than a couple of days ago.”

Although the pandemic has affected many sports events, it seems like players like Thiem are not letting it stop them from achieving their goals. Thiem described his match with Nadal as one of the best of his career. He won the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker.

Next year, the ATP Finals is set to take place in Turin, Italy after being held for 12 years in London. For the first time, electronic line calling will be used for the tournament. Players won’t also be able to challenge whether a ball was in or out. However, for other disputed situations, they can request for a video review.

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Male Tennis Players in the U.S. Open 2020: Djokovic Gets Disqualified

One of the most promising tennis tournaments that both local bookmakers and international bookmakers have been excited about is the U.S. Open. Many prominent tennis players are participating. Although two of the Big Three, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, won’t be participating, tennis fans and punters still have Novak Djokovic, or so they thought.

Shocking Disqualification of Djokovic

To many people’s shock and dismay, Djokovic, the world No. 1 male tennis player and a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was eliminated from the tennis tournament. It was because he hit a line judge in the neck with a ball. He had struck it toward the back of the court in frustration.   

The line judge, Laura Clark, “was clearly hurt and Novak was angry, he hit the ball recklessly, angrily back and taking everything into consideration, there was no discretion involved,” as stated by the U.S. Open referee Soeren Friemel.

Djokovic’s actions then fell under the Grand Slam rule book’s definitions of “unsportsmanlike conduct” and “ball abuse.” In this regard, the officials had two options in the rules that they could use to punish Djokovic. It was either to warn him or to default him. They chose the latter. 

“In accordance with the Grand Slam rule book, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the U.S. Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 U.S. Open,” said in a statement by the United States Tennis Association.

Djokovic Accepts the Decision

Although at the start Djokovic had asked Friemel why he could not just take a point penalty instead of being defaulted, later on, Djokovic accepted the referee’s decision. It came as quite a shock to him since he had not received a warning during the match. But the rules do allow officials the option of proceeding straight to default.  

“Of course, it was very hard for me to accept right after it happened. For a couple of days, I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing,” the Serbian tennis player had said at a news conference.

He continued, “I felt very good about myself, my game. It was totally unexpected and very unintended but, when you hit the ball like that, you have a chance to hit somebody that is on the court. I accepted it and I had to move on. Of course, I didn’t forget about it, I don’t think I’ll ever forget about it.”

Because of his disqualification, it ended his 29-match winning streak, and sadly his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title. He only comes third amongst the famous male tennis players, Roger Federer, who has 20 and Rafael Nadal who has 19.

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How Tennis Has Changed Over the Years

If you are wondering how tennis has evolved the years, the most straightforward idea is: with wide variations in tennis, no one player is dominating the sport.

Sure, tennis fans indulge in the prowess and experts of the super trio, namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. However, this is how concentrated the sport is. On the one hand, we got the three, and on the other hand, we got Serena Williams (as if saying women’s tennis is a pretty diffused territory.

How tennis has changed 

A lot of things have happened since tennis became a pro sport in 1968.

If there’s one word to describe modern tennis, that would be power. 

For one, tennis players are using racquets made from graphite composites and carbon fibres. The racquets are lighter but equally durable like wooden racquets. 

The strings, whether they are synthetic or power strings, tend to be looser and generating more spin. As such, a tennis player can hit the ball harder to make it land deep into the court. 

Forehands were Eastern grip before compared to their Western grip counterpart that is mostly used today. Even tennis schools are teaching open-stance forehands. Safe slice serves were also inexistent today than the pre-Open era. 

Tennis courts are totally different today as well. Plays are faster, reinforcing the need for speed. One has to be professional about training, for example, since consistency is also crucial in dominating the charts and records.

The style of play has also changed. It was no longer the serve-and-volley type of game that we saw before. Instead, tennis has become a baseline power game. Tennis has become a more physical sport that tests endurance and agility on the court, among others.

Tennis scoring is also radically different nowadays. A tie-breaker was introduced to quicken the pacing of the match. The players are also entitled to challenge specific calls like those in the lines. A hawkeye instant replay can be used to back either the decision or the call. 

When not playing tennis, the activities are still about the sport though. This is particularly true for diet and fitness regime. It takes a village now to tend to the needs of a tennis player. And that includes a nutritionist or dietician and trainer – both physical and mental, in addition to the actual coach. 

The last one was made possible by this change: prize money. And we are talking about huge prize winnings—hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is expected considering that the first US Open gave away $100,000 in winnings. By 2019, it was $57.2 million.

Athlete endorsements have been an additional source of income too. Federer and Djokovic once earned $25 million each in sponsorship deals in just one year.

Prizes and endorsement earnings also changed the attitude of tennis players for the best, but some for the worst. Knowing, compassionate players launched their own foundations and poured over their earnings to various causes. 

Tennis players are competitive today, nevertheless, because of both financial and non-financial rewards of playing tennis.

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How tennis has changed over the years? Can you name other changes not mentioned in the article?