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

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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.

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket

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The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ HEATING UP

Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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