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Internazionali d'Italia: Three Serbs in the semifinals

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TENNIS Internazionali d’Italia – Novak Djokovic battled through David Ferrer in three hard-fought sets with 7-5 4-6 6-3 to reach the semifinal at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in the Foro Italico in Rome. Also Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic have reached the semifinals in the women’s competition. Diego Sampaolo

Interviews, results, order of play, draws of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome

The first set went on serve until the sixth game with Ferrer going down 0-40 on serve. He saved a break point but he dropped serve for 2-4 as he hit a forehand out. In the next game Ferrer took a 40-0 lead on Djokovic’s serve but the Serb rallied to win the next three games to build up a 5-2 lead.

Ferrer fought back holding serve in the next game for 3-5. Ferrer broke serve from 15-30 after Djokovic made three forehand errors and held serve in the tenth game to draw level to 5-5.

Djokovic rallied from 15-30 in the 11th game to hold serve for 6-5. Ferrer served to stay in the match.

Djokovic managed to break serve again to convert the second set point to close out the first set with 7-5 in the 12th game.

The second set went on serve until 3-3 when Ferrer turned around the match raising the game in the second set where he was able to break serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. He went up 15-40 with a service return winner and got the break with a down-the line backhand passing shot. Ferrer saved two break points and held for 5-3 before serving out the set with a service winner.

Djokovic won four consecutive points to break serve in the fourth game for 3-1 with a down-the line backhand winner but Ferrer broke back in the following game with a backhand service return. Ferrer held serve in the next game to draw level to 3-all. Djokovic got another break in the eighth game for 5-3 with a cross-court forehand winner and wrapped up a fantastic match on his second match point following a 38-shot rally (the longest of the match) after committing a double fault on his first match point

It was the most physical match I have had on clay this year. I am playing with no pain. As long as it stays like this, I will be happy”, said Djokovic

Djokovic is bidding to win his third title in Rome after 2008 and 2011 and his 19th Master 1000 win. The Serb will face Canadian young player Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semifinal. They met only once last year in the Davis Cup on clay in 2013.

WTA Internazionali d’Italia: Ivanovic and Jankovic reach the semifinals

Two Serbian players Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic book their berths in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Ivanovic, who broke her seven-match losing streak against Maria Sharapova in the third round, rallied from 2-4 against Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the first set by reeling four games in a row to wrap up the first set

Suarez Navarro got a double break to storm to 3-0 in the second set en route to winning the second set 6-3. Ivanovic rallied from 3-4 down on serve reeling off three games in a row. The Serb saved a break point in the last game to wrap up the match with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 win after a hard-fought match.

Ivanovic hit 48 winners to 34 unforced errors to clinch her 30th win of the season. She could return to the top-10 if she wins the title in Rome

It was a very hard match from the beginning and I expected it because she is a very good player on clay”, said Ivanovic.

Ivanovic will face Serena Williams in a blockbuster semifinal. Williams leads 4-1 in their head-to-head matches, although the Serb won their last clash in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open.

Williams beat Chinese player Zhang Shuai 6-1 6-3 in one hour and nine minutes after dominating the first set in which she won the first five games of the match

In the other semifinal Sara Errani who edged World Number 2 Li Na in three sets, will face Jelena Jankovic The Serb recovered from a 2-4 deficit in the second set against Pole Agniezska Radwanska by reeling off four consecutive games to clinch the win with 6-4 6-4. Jankovic won her first match against Radwanska since their first match at the 2008 Roland Garros.

Errani and Jankovic tie 1-1 i their two head-to-head matches.

Errani will have the crowd on her side but I have already experienced that this week against Pennetta, so I know what to expect”, said Jankovic

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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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