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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.


Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match



Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.


French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid



Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy


Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London



The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.


Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.


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