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ATP Rome: Federer misses a match point before returning to the twins





TENNIS ATP Rome – Jeremy Chardy took an upset win over Roger Federer in three sets with 1-6 6-3 7-6(6) in tough blustery conditions. Chardy saved a match point at 6-5 in the tie-break of the decisive set. Andy Murray opened his Rome campaign with a convincing 6-2 7-5 win over Marcel Granollers in a second round match held in tricky windy conditions. Diego Sampaolo

Interviews, results, order of play, draws of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome

Federer, who reached the final last year, could lose the fourth place in the Ranking if David Ferrer gets through to the semifinal.

Federer met Chardy for the second time in their careers. Earlier this year Federer beat Chardy in three sets in Brisbane.

Federer played his first match since the birth of twins Leo and Lenny last week.

Federer was in full control of the match in the first set where he broke serve twice to win the opener with 6-1 in just 20 minutes.

Chardy turned around the match and broke serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead en route to clinching the second set with 6-3. Federer earned two break back chances at 2-4 15-40 but Chardy saved them to go up 5-2 before forcing the match to the third set.

Federer bounced back from 2-4 down to force the decider to the third set. The World Number 4 held a match point at 6-5 after Chardy committed a double fault. Chardy saved a match point by hitting a cross court forehand pass to draw level to 6-6. Chardy converted his first match point to take the tie-break with 8-6 as Federer hit a service return long.

The Frenchman won his first match against a top-10 player since he beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round at the 2013 Australian Open

Federer committed 43 unforced errors (20 in the second set) to Chardy’s.

Rome remains an elusive tournament for Federer who lost three finals in 2003 losing to Felix Mantilla and twice to Rafael Nadal in 2006 (in a memorable five-set match) and 2013.

Chardy, who has a 16-11 record this year, will take on Ivan Dodig who beat Lukas Rosol in straight sets with 6-1 6-2.

Murray vs Granollers 6-2 7-5

Andy Murray opened his Rome campaign with a convincing 6-2 7-5 win over Marcel Granollers in a second round match held in tricky windy conditions.

Murray and Granollers met for the second time at the Foro Italico twelve months ago when the Scotsman was forced to withdraw at the same stage of the tournament after the first set due to back injury.

This time it was a different story for Murray who dealt better with the blustery conditions. In the first set he won 90 percent of his first serve points and made just nine unforced errors. The Dunblane star won four games in a row from 2-2 in the opener to clinch it with 6-2

Murray dropped serve in the opening game of the second set but he won a 36-shot rally at 30-all in the second game to draw level to 1-1. The Scotsman won 15 points in a row on serve before getting a crucial break in the 12th game to close out the match with 7-5

Murray, who will turn 27 on Thursday, will take on Jurgen Melzer who overcame Croatian Marin Cilic in three sets with 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3.

Murray is still searching a new coach after splittimg from Ivan Lendl last March less than two weeks before the start of the Roland Garros.

It was very windy, also the sun was coming round so that was in your eyes and so was the dust from the court. It was very touugh to get any real depth on the ball and when I had the wind with me, I gave the ball extra spin to control it. It was extremely blustery”, said Murray.


Vasek Pospisil survives scare at Citi Open

The Canadian battled back from a set down in what was a tricky opening encounter.




Vasek Pospisil was pushed to limits by qualifier Emilio Gomez in his opening match at the Citi Open.

The Canadian required three sets to beat the Ecuadorian qualifier 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after two hours and 11 minutes of play. He hit a total of 10 aces en route to the second round.


” It’s always good to get through a tough one and I felt dialed in during the second set,” said Pospisil. “I was a little bit distracted during the first set but I am glad to get match play and getting the win is important so I am happy I got it done”.

The first three games of the opener went on serve and at 2-1 the Canadian had three chances to take an early break but the world number 165 saved all three and held serve. At 3-3, Pospisil played a poor service game and Gomez took full advantage by breaking him at love. That one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the first set.

The Canadian was determined to stay alive in the second and broke the Ecuadorian early to take a 2-0 lead and managed to turn it into a double break for a commanding 4-0 lead. Gomez got one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the world number 61 would serve out the second set to force a decider.

The third set started with three breaks of serve but it was the Canadian that was finally able to hold serve and consolidate a break. That break was enough for him to serve out the match and complete the comeback.

Pospisil will next face the young American Sebastien Korda in the third round who is the 12th seed this week in the American capital.

” It’s going to be a tough one because he is playing some great tennis this year and he is an up and comer and a great player,” he said of Korda. “I will have to play really well to win that one because he is a dangerous player so I will have to serve well and return well”.

Other results

It was a busy day one at the Citi Open being held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC with some thrilling matches. Kei Nishikori beat Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 and Marcus Giron pulled a three-set comeback against Ilya Marchenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

In the battle of the Belorussians, Ilya Ivashka beat Egor Gerasimov in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Jenson Brooksby avenged a loss to the South African Kevin Anderson by beating him in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

Andreas Seppi needed three sets to dispatch Yasutka Uchiyama of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Ricardas Berankis beat the American qualifier Mitchell Kreuger in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, and Daniel Elahi Galan beat another American Tommy Paul in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Finally, in the last match of the day an American favourite, Jack Sock advanced to round two after his Japanese opponent Yoshito Nishioka was forced to retire due to injury during their match.

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John Isner Wins 16th ATP Title In Atlanta

The 6ft 10 American got revenge on his American opponent for the loss he suffered last week in Los Cabos.




John Isner has continued his love affair with the Atlanta Open by ousting Brandon Nakashima to win the tournament for a record sixth time.


The sixth seed beat the American teenager 7-6, 7-5 in one hour and 57 minutes. Firing a total of 21 aces and winning 81% of his first-serve points en route to the victory.

“I think if you count the last two weeks playing singles and doubles I played 12 matches in about 10 or 11 days so I have played a lot which is exactly what I need,” Isner said following his win. “Hopefully I can take this and go forward and build some momentum for tournaments ahead.’
This tournament has meant everything to my career it’s amazing”. He added.

The first set was extremely tight and neither player gave an inch in their respective service games. The opener was decided by a tiebreaker which Isner is accustomed to. Whilst the first set was tight, the tiebreaker was an even tighter affair Isner squeezing out a 10-8 win to take the first set 7-6.

Again the second set was competitive and again neither player got an edge on their return game. It was only at 5-4 that the Dallas, Texas native found himself at triple match point but the world number 115 saved all three.

Nakashima would save a fourth before holding serve and at 6-5, the world number 35 earned a fifth match point. That’s where he closed out the match and sealed the win and the title.

After the match, Isner was asked about his history of playing numerous tiebreakers throughout his career.

” I play a lot of those and it’s a situation I am comfortable in since I have been on tour forever,” he explained. “Honestly I think today (Sunday) I was just a little bit luckier and that’s what It really came down to. It’s amazing to be out here again playing on a Sunday and it was awesome”.

Isner confirmed that he will not be making the trip to Washington, DC for the Citi Open and instead he will take a week off after playing back-to-back tournaments in Los Cabos and Atlanta. He is next scheduled to be in Toronto for the National Bank Open.

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Casper Ruud Set For Career-High Ranking After Clay Court Hat-Trick

The young Norweigan player is closing in on his top-10 debut following his surge in success on the Tour.





As some of his peers battle it out in Tokyo at the Olympic Games, Norway’s Casper Ruud has become a dominant force on the European clay.


The 22-year-old battled his way to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Pedro Martinez in the final of Kitzbuhel on Saturday to claim his 12th win in a row on the Tour. It is the third consecutive week where Ruud has won a title after also triumphing at the Nordea Open and Swiss Open Gstaad. The surge in success has made him the first man to have won three ATP titles within as many weeks since Andy Murray did so back in 2011.

“I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud told “I was very nervous at the end, I knew what I was playing for. Three in a row is something special. What a day to play the final, rain on and off all day.
“I’m just very excited and happy that these three weeks are over, and that I won all of them.”

All three tournaments Ruud has won are ATP 250 events but only once did he play a top 50 player. That was Benoit Paire whom he defeated 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, in the quarter-finals at Gstaad. In Kitzbuhel, he defeated Mario Vilella Martínez (No.167), Mikael Ymer (No.99), Arthur Rinderknech (No.91), and Martinez (No.97).

During his clash with Martinez, the match was interrupted by the rain and it didn’t end until 11:30 PM local time.

“It was tough… we know that the weather was a bit shaky so I was prepared [for the delay],” Ruud said. “It was a bit long there in the end. We came back, only played three games, and then we had to stop again. It was a bit annoying, but we had to keep the focus and try your best. It’s the same for the opponent.”

Ruud has now won four ATP titles this season after also triumphing at the Geneva Open back in May. Since the start of the 2020 season, he has won 45 matches on the clay and has defeated three top 10 players – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini.

The Norweigan is now set to rise to a career-ranking high of 12th when the standings are updated on Monday. He will also go up to eighth place in the ATP Race to Turin.

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