Dubai Duty Free Tennis: Defending champ Wawrinka crashes out

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Sent packing: Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka conceded that he was “not good enough” and a bit “slow” in his Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships first round defeat to Damir Dzumhur on Tuesday that saw the Swiss’ title defence come to a crashing halt at the opening hurdle.

The second-seeded Wawrinka is the first Dubai defending champion to stumble out of the first round since Roger Federer lost his opener to Andy Murray in 2008.

The world No3 had been out of action for a month nursing a right knee problem he picked up during the Australian Open, which forced him to withdraw from Rotterdam two weeks ago.

In his first match back, Wawrinka was stunned 7-6 (4), 6-3 by the 77th-ranked Dzumhur, who claimed the third top-10 victory of his career to book a second round against Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

“He was playing good today,” said Wawrinka of the 24-year-old Bosnian.

“(I was) Not good enough. I think I started well, but it was a tough match a little bit between missing something to push a little bit more to be a little bit more active. I think after coming back one month out, I had to recover from the injury.

“In practice it start to be okay the last few days, but today I was missing a little bit something.”

Wawrinka was up 3-0 in the first set before he allowed Dzumhur back into the contest and never recovered.

“Physically I was a little bit slow sometimes, so I couldn’t hit that hard from the baseline to push him back. I think I was a little bit too early in defence,” added Wawrinka.

Dzumhur was making his Dubai debut and playing just his third main draw at an ATP 500 event.

His best tour result so far has been reaching the fourth round at the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami last year.

Giant-killer: Damir Dzumhur.

Giant-killer: Damir Dzumhur.

“Three games in, like, six, seven minutes. He was playing outstanding there,” Dzumhur said of Wawrinka’s strong start.

“Was just hitting every ball. I couldn’t even touch the ball. I didn’t have a chance to do something.

“So I knew that it’s not too much about my game. It’s about his day. If he’s going to play like that, he’s gonna win, I cannot do anything.

“But I was hoping that he’s gonna go down with his level of game, and that’s what happened. I was, after winning the first game, I started to fight, to grind, and I found some way to play, to stay in the game. Playing longer points was giving me more chances.”

Wawrinka is unsure about his next step but admits he has a lot of work to do ahead of the ATP Masters 1000 double-header in the United States of Indian Wells and Miami.

“I need to focus on myself. I need to practice more, to get in better level, to expect to do some good results,” said Wawrinka.

“I’m quite unhappy to lose first round. It’s tough, because I played well last year here. I was happy to be back. I was happy to be back on the ATP Tour after a month.

“I was excited and I wanted to do better this week. But the result is not there, but I think in general it’s positive for my tennis.”

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Kristina Mladenovic: My Fed Cup comments were not about Caroline Garcia

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French world No31 Kristina Mladenovic, who upset No2 seed Karolina Pliskova in the Dubai second round on Tuesday, clarified the comments she made post-Fed Cup earlier this month, which she says were misinterpreted as directed towards her friend and doubles partner Caroline Garcia.

Mladenovic had reportedly slammed a team-mate's lack of commitment to Fed Cup, and French media claimed that these comments were aimed at Garcia, who did not take part in France's 1-4 defeat to Switzerland in Geneva from February 11-12.

In Dubai, however, Mladenovic is playing Garcia in the doubles draw, and the recently-crowned St. Petersburg champion elaborated on her remarks, saying they were about Oceane Dodin, not her doubles partner.

"Just to clarify that thing, I never mentioned her name, and it was not about her. I just answered the question that it was about the missing players in the team, and I was not mentioning Caroline Garcia," said Mladenovic.
"I was comparing - I was just simply comparing Amandine Hesse with Oceane Dodin, who is also an upcoming talented young player, and she never played for Fed Cup. She had one tie with us and never gave her all, and, you know, build something in the team.






"And I was comparing with Amandine that was literally like crying, being in the team. She came with us, being a hitting partner, which I thought was horrible for her. And then she earned her spot being the main fourth player and then ended with playing official match. I could see how pride she has, because for us, in France, it's something big to big patriotic and play for the country.

"So I was definitely not using that strong words towards my partner, because, you know, it's a choice of hers not to play this year. I regret it. I cannot say I agree with that, but in the past, from the beginning, from the beginning of her career, she always played full..."


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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych have been getting set for the Laver Cup in Prague, ahead of the tournament which will take place in September in the city.

Honouring the legendary Rod Laver, the team-format competition, which will see the best six European players take on six stars from the rest of the world, is set for lift off later this year.

And, get this - Bjorn Bjorg will captain Europe while John McEnroe will do the same for the opponents.

Who better than Federer to help promote the event in honour of one of his idols! Check out these ultra cool photos!

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