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ATP Beijing: Djokovic beats Murray and will play against Berdych in the final

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TENNIS ATP BEIJING – Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 to extend his winning streak at the China Open to 23 consecutive matches. He will be looking to lift the Trophy in the Chinese capital for the fifth time after 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He will be chasing his fifth title of the year after Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Wimbledon. The Serb will take on Tomas Berdych who cruised past Martin Klizan in the second seminal. Diego Sampaolo

 

Djokovic his collected his sixth win in his past seven head-to-head matches against Murray. It was the third win this year just one month after beating the Scotsman in a hard-fought quarter final match at the US Open.

Djokovic played better in the key moments of the second set when he saved four of the five break points he faced.

Djokovic converted on four of his five break point chances.

The first set went on serve until 4-3 for Djokovic. In the nine-minute eight game Murray saved the first two break points before Djokovic converted it at the third attempt before taking the first set on the second set point after 43 minutes.

Murray dropped his serve early in the second set to love. Djokovic easily won the next game. Murray broke the losing streak of five consecutive games winning the third game for 1-2. Murray earned two break points but he failed to convert them. In the fifth game he saved a break point at 1-3 30-40.

In the sixth game Djokovic committed three unforced errors and faced two break points. He saved the first two with an ace and a service winner but Murray broke back on the third break point with a backhand return to draw level to 3-3 but Djokovic got the break again in the ninth game for 5-4. The Serb reeled off 12 of the last 13 points to clinch the second set to love after one hour and 36 minutes.

Djokovic won 72 percent of second service points and hit 19 winners to 21 unforced errors compared to 7 winners to 22 unforced errors for Murray.

“I was not just prepared emotionally to go back and compete after Wimbledon and a very exhausting summer after what happened in my professional and private life. I am glad that i ma back that I am back to the form that I would like to be in”, said Djokovic.

In his sixth final of the year Djokovic will face Tomas Berdych who beat Martin Klizan in straight sets with 6-4 6-1. Klizan, who upset Rafa Nadal in the quarter final yesterday, kept pace with Berdych until the eighth game when the Czech player reeled off eight of the last nine game to pull away to 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 21 minutes. In the first set five games went to deuce. Klizan saved three break points in the second game and one in the eighth game. Berdych saved the only break point he faced in the match in the seventh game. The first set was decided in the tenth game when Berdych saved three game points before getting the crucial break.

In the second set Berdych reeled off five consecutive games from 1-1 dropping just three points on his serve. Berdych committed a double fault on the first match point but he closed out the match with a service winner.

Berdych hit 24 winners to 17 unforced errors.

Berdych is currently ranked seventh just 25 points ahead of Raonic in a very close ATP Race to London

Djokovic won 15 of his 17 head-to-head matches against Berdych. The Czech player took his last win over Djokovic in the quarter finals in Rome last year. Berdych will be bidding to win his second China Open title three years after his triumph against Marin Cilic. This year he won one title in Rotterdam against Cilic and reached the final in Dubai and Oeiras

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Christian Garin extends his winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Santiago de Chile

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Chile’s Christian Garin beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2 0-6 7-6 (7-4) in the quarter final in Santiago de Chile after two hours to extend his winning streak to 10 consecutive matches including six three-set matches. Garin, who won two titles this year in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro, will take on Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild in the quarter final.

 

Garin converted on six of his seven break points. The Chilean started the opening set with three consecutive breaks and closed it out with a hold at love thanks to an ace in the eighth game.

Davidovich Fokina broke three times to take a bagel in the second set. Garin fended off two break points at 2-3 and earned a break at 15 in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Garin wasted two match points at 5-4 as he was serving at 5-4. Alejandro Fokina broke back with a drop shot to draw level to 5-5. Garin got another break in the 11th game after a double fault from Davidoch Fokina. The Spanish Next Gen player broke back in the 12th game to set up a tie-break. Garin clinched the breaker 7-4 with a forehand winner.

“This is a very important tournament for me. I hope I can play here every year. I want to compete well here after winning in the past two tournaments. I have won several matches. I have a lot of confidence. I feel the responsibility of always winning and much more in Chile. The crowd’s support helped me a lot. After the second set I started to feel pain in my back. I wasn’t feeling good, but the people’s support was important. It was nice to see the crowd helping me when I came down”,said Garin.

Thiago Seyboth Wild edged Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Seyboth Wild never faced a break point and converted one of his six break points to clinch the win in straight sets. Londero saved all three break points in the opening set, including two set points at 5-6 to set up a tie-break. The Argentine earned a set point with a service winner.

Seyboth Wild fended off the set point with an ace. Londero did not convert a second set point at 7-7 after a forehand error. Thiago Seyboth sealed the tie-break with a backhand down the line winner. The Brazilian player earned a break in the third game of the second set with a forehand down the line winner and lost six points in five service games and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game.

Seyboth Wild reached the second round in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month

Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. The Brazilian player saved all three break points chances and broke three times to reach his second quarter final of the season after Buenos Aires.

Monteiro will face Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas, who beat lucky loser Juan Pablo Varillas 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes. The Spanish player rallied from 3-5 down in the first set and fended off a set point at 4-5 to clinch the tie-break of the opening set 7-3.

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Novak Djokovic saves three match points to reach the final in Dubai

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This year’s Australian Open champion and four-time Dubai winner Novak Djokovic came back from losing the first set to beat Gael Monfils 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-1 after 2 hours and 35 minutes at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in tomorrow’s final.

 

Monfils wasted a chance of defeating Djokovic for the first time in 16 head-to-head matches, when he did not convert three match points at 6-3 in the tie-break of the second set.

Djokovic dropped his serve three times in the first and second set and went down a set and a break in the second set.

Monfils dropped six points on his serve and broke Djokovic twice to win the first set 6-2. Djokovic saved a break point in the first game of the opening set before dropping his serve in a marathon third game, when he hit his backhand long. Monfils hit a service winner to open up a 3-1 lead. The Frenchman earned another break in the seventh game after a drop shot error from Djokovic. Monfils sealed the opening set 6-2 with a service winner in the eighth game after 45 minutes.

Monfils went up a set and a break in the third game of the second set at love after a loose forehand from Djokovic. Monfils earned a break with a forehand crosscourt winner. Djokovic broke straight back to draw level to 3-3 in the sixth game after Monfils netted a forehand. Djokovic held serve with an ace for 4-3. Monfils won his service game in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Djokovic held his third consecutive service game to take a 5-4 lead, but he wasted a set point in the next game with a loose forehand.

Djokovic earned five set points in the second set, but Monfils saved them to set up a tie-break. Monfils forced an error from Djokovic to take a 4-2 lead and hit a backhand down the line winner in the eighth game. Monfils brought up three match points with a forehand winner, but Djokovic saved them to draw level to 6-6.

Monfils fended off a set point at 6-7 with a service winner. Djokovic earned a mini-break, but he made a forehand error in the next point. Djokovic earned his eighth set point at 8-8 and converted it, as Monfils made his sixth double fault.

Djokovic earned two consecutive breaks in the third and fifth games and closed out the match with his third break at 5-1 in the seventh game with a forehand winner to complete the come-back setting up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“It’s anybody game really. Stefanos has won eight matches in a row now from last week in France winning the Marseille title, now playing more or less every single day, which is quite impressive. It’s not easy. I hope I can recover. I hope I can be atm y best be at my best because I need to start better than I have tonight. Hopefully I can get a title. Today I just wasn’t taking my chances when I was having rallies on those first five set points. That kind of turned around from 3-6 in the tie-break. From that moment onwards I felt I was going through the ball better”, said Djokovic.  

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches the final in Dubai for the second consecutive year

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniel Evans 6-2 6-3 in 1 hour and 21 minutes in the semifinal of the Dubai Duty Free Championships to reach the final at this tournament for the second consecutive year. Tsitsipas will play his second consecutive final one week after lifting the Open 13 Trophy in Marseille.

 

Tsitsipas converted on four of his ten break points and did not face a break point. The Greek player has dropped just one of the 17 sets he has played since arriving in Marseille last week.

Tsitsipas earned his first break with a backhand winner in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead and consolidated it with a hold at love. Tsitsipas converted his second break point in a three-deuce seventh game after a forehand error from Evans before claiming the first set in the eighth game with an ace after 34 minutes.

Evans saved four break points at the start of the second set. Tsitsipas earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead and backed it up with a service winner for 3-1.

Tsitsipas held serve for 5-3 before closing out the second set with his fourth break in the ninth game.

Tsitsipas finished runner-up to Roger Federer in the final of last year’s edition of the Dubai tournament. Tomorrow the Athens native player will face either Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils.

“I just managed to stay solid throughout the whole match. I didn’t have massive breakdowns and just played a quality of tennis which I enjoyed. I am really impressed by the quality of my game today and I really hope to bring the same and probably better in the next round”, said Tsitsipas.

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