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Novak Djokovic confirmed his status as the world number one by beating eight-time champion Roger Federer in another high quality five set epic men’s Wimbledon final 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 12-12 (7-3) yesterday. Federer’s performance belied his age again and it’s fair to say he would have beaten any other active ATP player in the final, except one of his nemesis Djokovic, who recorded his third Wimbledon final win in a row against Federer.

Djokovic played the big points of the match the best, he really had to fight hard and scrap at times when the match could have easily gone Federer’s way, but that Djokovic fighting spirit came good again in the fifth set new format tie break at twelve all.

Moving on to this week’s action and it’s a busy week with no less than three ATP Tour tournaments taking place in Europe and the USA. The European clay court swing recommences with two clay court events in Europe at Umag, Croatia and Bastad, Sweden and there’s the final grass court tournament of the season over in Newport, USA.

I will analyse and preview Umag first and the Croatian holiday destination on the coast has attracted a talented and experienced group of clay court stars, with the likes of top ten star and former Umag Champion Fognini, world number fourteen Coric, defending champion Cecchinato and three experienced, talented Serbian’s Djere, Lajovic and Krajinovic. European players have the best record over the last decade winning nine titles during this period.

The top-two seeds don’t have a great record at Umag over the last decade and the top-seed has won one of the last ten titles (last Davydenko 2009) and they were never a losing finalist during this period, which does not bode well for Fognini’s chances this week. The second seed won two of the last ten titles (last 2012 Cilic) and they were a losing finalist once during this period (last Robredo 2014), which does not bode well for Coric’s chances this week.

Seeded players overall have a strong record at Umag, and a player seeded no higher than five won eight of the last ten titles (last Cecchinato 2018) and a player seeded no higher than five was a losing finalist six times over the last decade (last 2017 Lorenzi). Unseeded players have performed reasonably well at Umag over the last decade winning two of the last ten titles (last Rublev 2017) and an unseeded player was a losing finalist four times during this period (last Pella 2018).

Moving on to the other European clay court tournament being played this week at Bastad and it’s attracted a decent field this year with a good mix of proven veterans and talented up and coming clay courters like top seed and Houston and Munich 2019 champion Garin, second seed and four-time ATP Tour clay court tournament champion Verdasco, 2014 Bastad winner and third seed Cuevas and fourth seed and three-time ATP Tour clay court tournament champion Gasquet to name a few. European players have the best record at Bastad winning eight of the last ten titles.

The top seed does not have a great record at Bastad winning two of the last ten titles (last 2012 Ferrer) and they were a losing finalist once during this period (Soderling 2010), which does not bode well for Garin’s chances this week. The second seed has won one of the last ten titles (Soderling 2009) and they were a losing finalist three times during this period (last Robredo 2015).

Seeded players overall have a strong record over the last decade and a player seeded no higher than eight won seven of the last ten titles (last Cecchinato 2018) and a player seeded no higher than eight was a losing finalist in eight of the last ten finals (last Gasquet 2018). Unseeded players have a reasonable record at Bastad winning three of the last ten titles (last Paire 2015) and they were a losing finalist twice during this period (last Dolgopolov 2017).

The remaining ATP Tournament this week is the final grass court tournament of the season in Newport in the USA and the event has attracted an experienced competitive field. It includes the likes of defending champion Johnson from the US, three-time Newport champion Isner from the US, grass court expert Mannarino and the in-form Aussie Thompson to name a few. Not surprisingly, American players who are comfortable on grass have experienced the most success over the last decade at Newport, winning seven of the last ten titles and the last two.

The top two seeds have an average record at Newport over the last decade. The top seed has won three of the last ten titles (last Isner 2017) and they were never a losing finalist during this period. The second seed has won one of the last ten titles (last Karlovic 2016) and they were a losing finalist twice during this period (last Karlovic 2015).

Seeded players overall have a strong record at Newport and a player seeded no higher than five won seven of the last ten titles (last Johnson 2018) and a player seeded no higher than six was a losing finalist seven times during this period (last Muller 2016) Unseeded players have also experienced success at Newport over the last decade, winning three of the last ten titles (last Ram 2015) and they were a losing finalist three times during this period (last Ramanathan 2018).


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