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ATP Madrid: Dolgopolov beats Fognini. Ferrer wins three set battle with Ramos

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TENNIS ATP Madrid – Alexander Dolgopolov edged Fabio Fognini in three sets in two hours and five minutes in a spectacular match between two unpredictable players on the Arantxa Sanchez Court. David Ferrer battled past his fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos in three sets. It was the third win for Ferrer against Ramos and the second this year. Diego Sampaolo

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Alexander Dolgopolov edged Fabio Fognini in three sets with 7-5 4-6 6-3 in two hours and five minutes in a spectacular match between two unpredictable players on the Arantxa Sanchez Court. With his win at the Caja Magica Dolgopolov won all his fifth head-to-head match against the Italian World Number 15. In this year’s previous two matches Dolgopolov beat Fognini in Rio de Janeiro and Indian Wells

In the first set Dolgopolov rallied from 0-40 but Fognini managed to convert his fourth break point chance and held his serve to love in the next game. In the eighth game Fognini dropped his serve on the second break point chance. The Italian top player drew level to 5-5 but at 5-6 40-0 he dropped five consecutive points to lose the first set.

The second set featured three consecutive breaks from 3-3. Fognini broke serve twice in the seventh and in the ninth game to clinch the second set to force the match to the third set.

At the start of the third set Fognini earned a break point chance but Dolgopolov saved it with a volley forehand and a drop-shot. Fognini saved a break point chance in the fourth game but Dolgopolov managed to break serve a couple of games later to take a 3-1 lead. Dolgopolov held serve to close out on the first match point. Fognini lost for the fifth time in the first round in the Spanish capital.

Dolgopolov was solid on serve. He hit seven aces and won 84 % of his first serve points.

I have had a few tough weeks. I am happy that I could come back , have a good match and get a victory. Fabio plays very well on clay. It was a tough match and I am happy to be tough”, said Dolgopolov.

Dolgopolov set up a second round match against Ernests Gulbis who overcame Pole Jerzy Janowicz in three sets with 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-2.

The second day at the Caja Magica featured a lot of hard-fought matches which came down to the wire in the third set especially the two-hour and 31-minute marathon match between Nicolas Almagro and Andrey Golubev. Almagro, who beat Rafa Nadal in the Barcelona quarter final two weeks ago and reached the semifinal in Madrid in 2010, converted his 11th match point to take a 6-3 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 victory. Almagro will face 2008 Madrid champion Andy Murray in the second round.

David Ferrer battled past his fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos in three sets with 7-6 5-7 6-3. It was the third win for Ferrer against Ramos and the second this year after his 6-1 6-2 in Buenos Aires on clay. Ramos kept up with Ferrer in the first set forcing the tie-break in the first set. Ferrer rallied from 2- 6 down by winning six consecutive points to win the tie-break. Ramos won the second set to force the match to the decider. Ferrer converted five of his 12 break point chances to seal the win after a near three-hour battle. He will face either John Isner or Marinko Matosevic.

Roberto Bautista won the other Spanish derby with Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco won the first set 6-2 but Bautista Agut prevailed in the tie-break of the second set to force the match to the third set. Agut dominated the third set with a easy 6-1 to take his first win in two matches against Verdasco,

Igor Sijsling fought back from a set down to edge Tommy Haas in three sets with 3-6 6-1 6-4. Kevin Anderson also rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Radek Stepanek in three sets with 3-6 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes. Anderson will take on Tomas Berdych in the second round

Being down a break in the second set was tough, I really needed to get myself going. It wasn’t easy nut I was really pleased with the way I managed to turn around the match”, said Anderson

Kei Nishikori eased past Guillermo Garcia Lopez to take a 6-3 6-1 win setting up a third round match against Milos Raonic who easily beat Jeremy Chardy with a double 6-3 6-3.

Juan Monaco defeated Jurgen Melzer in straight sets with 6-4 6-3 to set up a second round match against World Number 1 and Madrid defending champion Rafa Nadal

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.

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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.

 

The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins First Ever Roland Garros Match In Five Sets

Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his first ever victory at Roland Garros.

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The Canadian found himself down two sets to none but fought back to pull off the comeback in a thrilling five set victory.

 

Felix Auger Aliassime is into the second round of the French Open for the first time in his career after battling back to beat the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in five sets 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes.

The Montreal native finished the match serving 14 aces and hitting 52 winners in a match that featured a lot of long rallies from behind the baseline.

“It was a dream for me to play here, it was an honor and my first time on Phillipe Chatrier and my first win at Roland Garros and I had to work hard to get it and credit my opponent he played very well today.”

The Peruvian started the match by breaking the number nine seed right out of the gate and at 3-1 managed to turn that break into a double break as he served out the first set with ease.

The first two games of the second went on serve but again the world number 122 seemed to play better as the Canadian looked stunned, searching for answers.

The Lima native once again took an early lead to take a 3-1 lead and again that seemed like enough for the Peruvian as he served out the second set and was one set away from an improbable upset.

The third set is where the Canadian started to turn things around and his groundstrokes seemed to have more precision. At 2-1 it was the Montreal native who got the first break of serve.

After consolidating the break the world number nine was hungry for more and turned that break into a double break and it looked like the match was turning in his favour.

The Canadian served out the third set to send it to a fourth looking to send it to a decider.

The Montreal native rode the momentum from winning the third into the fourth set where after holding the opening service game got the early break once again taking a 2-0 lead.

At 5-3 with the Peruvian looking to stay in the set, Auger Aliassime managed to get another break to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.

The fifth set stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Canadian had four chances to break and at the fourth time of asking he was able to break and serve out the match to complete the comeback.

After the match in his on court interview he was asked about the adjustments he made in the third set to turn the match around and pull off the win.

“I tried to give myself some more space and a little more time, my opponent at the beginning was playing very quick, aggressive, and flat so I tried a couple things and I also served better and after that it was easier.”

The Canadian will next face either Aslan Karatsev or Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the next round.

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