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Nadal crumbles, Murray suffers, Wawrinka on a roll

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TENNIS – Rafael Nadal’s loss was surely the biggest surprise of the day, if not the biggest of the week so far as he fell by the hands of Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov. Andy Murray struggled against Jiri Vesely, while Wawrinka seemed to be well ready as he crushed past Andreas Seppi. Giulio Gasparin

 

Rafael Nadal’s loss was surely the biggest surprise of the day, if not the biggest of the week so far as he fell by the hands of Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov. Andy Murray struggled against Jiri Vesely, while Wawrinka seemed to be well ready as he crushed past Andreas Seppi.

Dolgopolov’s win over the world number one surely comes as a surprise, but probably not as much if a few details were taken into consideration before this match.

Nadal struggled quite a lot to overcome his first hurdle of the tournament and it was clear that the game produce against Stepanek would have not been enough against the Ukrainian.
The 28th seed had lots to think about though, as he almost saw the win slipping away from his hands. He was comfortably leading in the deciding third set by 5-2, when he suddenly felt the pressure and the comeback of Nadal.

Once the match went down to a final tiebreak it seemed like everything was going in favour of the top seed, but Dolgopolov managed to regroup just when no one would expect him to and by recovering from  4-2 behind, he could close 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) in 2h21.

The Ukrainian will now face the 13th seed, Fabio Fognini, who pulled out one of his famous shows to edge past another crowd-entertainer, Gael Monfils, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

In his match, the Italian seemed to comfortable lead, when suddenly he suffered the French comeback and suddenly he found himself forced to a third set.

Once there he failed to capitalize a break lead and went on falling a break behind just in time to give Monfils a chance to serve for the match. Fognini found the cool when it most counted though, broke back and won the next two games too for.

Andy Murray, who is still on his way to a full comeback after the back problems, will face Canadian Milos Raonic in the next round, after finding a way out in a match where Vesely, former junior number one, was leading of a set and a break, both in the second and third set. 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 was the final result in favour of the Brit.
Australian Open winner Wawrinka keeps his impressive season going as he crushed with ease Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2. He will now face a-hot-form Kevin Anderson, who edged past Evgeny Donskoy in three sets.

The last two matches of the day produces the ever-going match up of the veterans as Roger Federer and Tommy Haas are set to face each other for the 16th time.

Haas needed to beat Kei Nishikori 7-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round, while Federer needed to tiebreaks to defeated Dmitry Tursunov.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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