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French Open 2014: Federer averts possible danger to get to the 4th Round

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TENNIS FRENCH OPEN 2014 – The fans of Roger Federer must have been in a right panic with his state of play against Dmitry Tursunov, a man has never beaten him in all of their four previous meetings. Federer looked rather passive throughout much of the match, particularly on break points and randomly dropped a set. Nonetheless, the Swiss moved on to the Round of 16 in 4 sets 7-5(7) 6-7 6-2 6-4. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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The fans of Roger Federer (4) must have been in a right panic with his state of play against Dmitry Tursunov (31), a man has never beaten him in all of their four previous meetings. Federer looked rather passive throughout much of the match, particularly on break points and randomly dropped a set. Nonetheless, the Swiss moved on to the Round of 16 in 4 sets 7-5 (7)6-7 6-2 6-4. He would have much to consider if he hopes to get pass an in-form Ernests Gulbis (17) or even contend for the title against the likes of Novak Djokovic (2) and Rafael Nadal (1) in later rounds. “I’m pleased to be through. Like expected, it was not a straightforward, easy match where I knew that Dmitry is going to try different things, play aggressive, serve well at times and then take big cuts at the ball…So I’m pleased I found a way and played it sort of solid and tough toward the very end,” Federer said after the match.

The match started out rather even as both players were trying to find their range in the heavy conditions. Federer had two break points in the 6th game but could not convert as did Tursunov in the 7th game. Matters remained on serve until the 12th game when Tursunov was serving to force the set into tiebreaker. His lack of concentration saw him down triple break points and Federer taking one of them for the set 7-5 after 41 minutes. In the 2nd set, players held serve until deep in the set when at 6-5 Federer earned triple set points but this time around he did not convert and the set was decided by a tiebreaker. Federer raced out to a 4-1 but yield the advantage after careless errors. Tursunov knew opportunities like this were rare and soon capitalized. He took the 2nd set 7-6(7).

Federer sensing the urgency of the matter took charge of the 3rd set very early on as he broke Tursunov in the opening game and got ahead 2-0 before Tursunov was able to get on the scoreboard. Down 1-2, Tursunov asked for the trainer to deal with a sudden groin injury which affected his movements for the rest of the match. He left the court for a few minutes for treatment. Upon resumption of play, Federer continued his campaign to seize control of the match as he broke Tursunov again and closed out the set 6-2. Federer saw more break opportunities in the 4th set and he converted one to go up 5-3 after he held serve. Tursunov could do little else but keep the score line respectable as Federer closed out the match 7-5 6-7 6-2 6-4.

Federer assessed his own performance thus far in the tournament: “After three rounds, I have got all the information. Today it was a tough match, had to defend well because he was a very aggressive player…but I’ve got my bearings now, my landmarks on court.” Both Federer and Tursunov spoke about Federer’s next match against Gulbis. Federer noted, “He has a great serve, and he’s very enterprising of the second serve….He has a great game, and he can do lots of great things, thanks to his game…He can be very good against the best players. He’s confident. He’s brimming with confidence, and I’m delighted to play against him.” Tursunov added, “Gulbis definitely is a person that has enough weapons to injure  not to injure, but to trouble Roger.” It would be a lot of trouble for Federer if Gulbis continues to serve the way he did against Radek Stepanek and Federer’s low break point conversion rate persists into that match. He was 4/21 for this match and this will not do against the likes of future opponents from here on in.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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