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French Open: Ferrer through to the Round of 16

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TENNIS FRENCH OPEN – David Ferrer is through to the Round of 16 at the French Open for the 6th time in his career with straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3. Last year’s finalist has now made it to the second week of 16 consecutive majors. Cordell Hackshaw

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David Ferrer (5) is through to the Round of 16 at the French Open for the 6th time in his career with straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi (32) 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3. Last year’s finalist has now made it to the second week of 16 consecutive majors. Ferrer spoke of this achievement “I do my best to be consistent, to be among the best. Now I have reached the round of 16[,] I feel good. And I think this is an asset in a tennis career, to be this consistent.” There was not much to separate the two opponents, Ferrer and Seppi. The main difference in the match was the fact that Ferrer simply played the big points better.

Ferrer knew the danger of underestimating a player of Seppi’s caliber and so he raced out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set. It looked as though Seppi was going to claw his way into the match as he saved three set points on his serve to avoid losing it 1-6. Down 2-5, he saved another two set points and had break point to get one of the breaks back. However, poor decisions on those big points by the Italian, allowed Ferrer back into the points and gain the advantage. The Spaniard was not going to let a 6th set point go to waste. With an inside out forehand volley into the open court, he took the set 6-2.

In the 2nd set, Seppi was with Ferrer every set of the way. Every time he was broken, he broke back. Just when it looked like he was going to lose the 2nd set down 4-5. He broke Ferrer to get back on serve and force the matter to be decided in the tiebreaker. Ferrer gave his own assessment of this point in the match, “Well, I was up 4015, and then I don’t know what happened. All of a sudden I was perhaps down a little. I was perhaps not aggressive enough with my forehand at that moment. This is when he started dominating the game, and then he played a lot better than before…and therefore, I lost my serve. This is because I was not paying enough attention to the game at that moment.” However, it was here again that Ferrer showed his experience and ability to play the big points well. He dominated in the breaker taking it 7-2 and the 2 sets to love advantage.

Again in the 3rd set, Seppi kept things close until the 8th game when he was serving to get to 4-4. Ferrer raised the level of his game and earned the crucial break which allowed him to serve for the match at 5-4. Ferrer wisely gave himself three match points as he needed two of them to close out the match 6-2 7-6 6-3. Ferrer will face Kevin Anderson (19) of South Africa for a place in the quarterfinals. Anderson made it to the Round 16 when Ivo Karlovic retired from the match with an injury after dropping the 1st set 3-6.

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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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