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ATP Tour: Kohlschreiber wins Dusseldorf. Gulbis wins Nice

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TENNIS ATP TOUR – Philipp Kohlschreiber won the Dusseldorf Open, his fifth career title. He defeated Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic 6-2 7-6(4) in 1h 14m. Ernests Gulbis won his sixth career title today at the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur, defeating Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-1 7-6(5) in 1h 41m. Joshua Bosco

 

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After winning two matches yesterday (his quarter-final match was moved from Thursday to Friday due to bad weather), today Philipp Kohlschreiber went on to win the Dusseldorf Open, his fifth career title. He defeated Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic 6-2 7-6(4) in 1h 14m.

After saving a couple of break points in the second game of the match, Kohlschreiber went on to break the Croatian twice to take an unassailable 5-1 lead and then close the set at the first opportunity winning it 6-2 in just 27 minutes. In the second set the receiver won only 4 points in the first six games of service; the German then broke Karlovic to go 4-3 up only to be broken back in the following game. In the tiebreak that followed Kohlschreiber immediately broke Karlovic and never looked back, winning the match 6-2 7-6.

Both players will now travel to Paris for the French Open. Kohlschreiber, who is the No.28 seed, will play Spaniard Pere Riba in the first round while Karlovic is up against No.11 seed Grigor Dimitrov: but after today’s performance (due to some back problems) it remains to be seen if the Croatian will be a match for the talented Bulgarian.

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World No.19 Ernests Gulbis won his sixth career title today at the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur, defeating Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-1 7-6(5) in 1h 41m. It is the Latvian’s second title of 2014 after the Open de Marseille won back in February.

Gulbis started the match strongly, winning five games in a row from 1-1 to take the first set 6-1 in 26 minutes. The second set, however, was a completely different story: after the first six games went with serve, both players had to fend off break points in their fourth service games. They both managed to hold and take the set to a tiebreak, which Gulbis won 7-5 to take the match 6-1 7-6 and maintain a perfect 6 wins out of 6 finals played on the ATP World Tour.

At the French Open, No.18 seed Gulbis is set to face Lukas Kubot in the first round, while World No.45 Delbonis will play against Dusan Lajovic: whoever comes out victorious from this match will reach the second round of a Grand Slam for the second time in their career.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Australian Open campaign with a straight-set win over Salvatore Caruso

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Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped just five games in his 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after 1 hour and 43 minutes.

 

Tsitsipas earned three consecutive breaks to cruise to a bagel win in the opening set. Caruso saved the first break point and held his first service game to draw level to 1-1, but she Tsitsipas converted his third break point chance at deuce to open up a 3-1 lead. The Greek player earned his second break at love in the eighth game.

Tsitsipas went up a break at love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Caruso saved three match points in the eighth game at 2-5 to prolong the match, but Tsitsipas served out the win at 30 with an ace down middle the court in the ninth game after 1 hour and 45 minutes setting up a second round match against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or Marcos Giron.

“Today I tried to stay calm. That was something that I had really in the back of my head, trying to stay calm, be aggressive on and off the court. I would describe the match the match as very stable. Throughout the match I was very focused. I was in the zone, and I am very happy with my first set. It was almost perfect. I don’t remember the last time that I won a set 6-0. It was a good quality tennis. Let’s not forget the people here. The people that bring the energy. I will give it to them”, said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.

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Matteo Berrettini cruises past wild card Andrew Harris to advance to the Australian Open second round

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Number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini cruised past Australian wild card Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Berrettini converted five of his nine break points and hit 38 winners. The Italian player won the opening set 6-3 with a break in the second game at deuce and the second set with three consecutive breaks.

Berrettini came back from 0-40 down by winning five consecutive points in the sixth game of the third set to earn the break at deuce for 4-2 when Harris hit a forehand into the net. Berrettini sealed the win with a big forehand on the match point after 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Berrettini will take on either US Tennys Sandgren or Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.

“It’s always tough because I played my last official match in November. I figured out how to play my best tennis, so I am really happy with my performance. Like always, I am going round by round. I am happy that I am healthy and playing well”, said Berrettini.

Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannick Sinner was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 4-4, before the match was suspended due to rain. The Italian rising star converted four of his eight break points. Sinner went down a break in the seventh game to trail 3-5 in the opening set, but he broke back in the 10th game before winning the tie-break 7-2. Sinner broke twice to win the second set 6-2. Sinner went up a break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Purcell broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4.   Sinner, who is making his first appearance at Melbourne Park, holds a 15-30 lead at 4-4 in the third set.

Sam Querrey stunned Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who eased past Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Guido Pella edged Australian wild card John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face France’s Gregoire Barrere, who came back from one set down to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

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Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit

The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.

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Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.

 

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.

“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.

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Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.

In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.

“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.

Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.

 

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