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• Video: Dmitry Tursunov is getting a lot of attention for his humorous critique of Rafael Nadal, but what about his tennis? How about this 38-shot rally to save match point against Grigor Dimitrov in Rotterdam? (Tursunov went on to lose.)
• It sounds like Nadal is good to go for next week’s inaugural Rio Open.
• Venus Williams lost to Petra Kvitova 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7) in the second round of the Qatar Open, but she believes it’s just a matter of time until these tight matches go her way.
“I realise I have to pay my dues,” Venus added, meaning that she cannot expect immediately to re-acquire an ability to win tight matches after a lengthy period away from big competitive situations.
“You know, I have to keep getting in these positions. I haven’t played as much as my opponents, so I have to stay out there and kind of get comfortable in those positions and just kind of go at it with the right mentality.
“I didn’t necessarily go after it the way I should have (against Kvitova) but as long as I keep getting in the right positions, I’ll convert,” she concluded.