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ATP Beijing: Klizan stuns Nadal



TENNIS ATP BEIJING – Martin Klizan pulled off the major upset of the quarter finals at the China Open in Beijing when he beat Rafael Nadal in three sets with 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3. Andy Murray beat US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-1 6-4 showing that he has returned to his best form. Murray set up a blockbuster semifinal against four-time China Open champion Novak Djokovic who beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-4. Diego Sampaolo


ATP 500 China Open in Beijing

Martin Klizan fought back from a set and a break down to upset Rafa Nadal with 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3 in a match with a lot of turns and twists. Qualifier Klizan went down a break in both the second and the third sets. Nadal, who has come back from a 13-week lay-off due to a wrist injury, has lost his first match against a qualifier since 2004 when Julien Benneteau beat him in Lyon.

Klizan wasted a break lead when he dropped his serve while he was serving for the first set at 5-4 Klizan served for the first set at 5-4. The first set came down to the tie-break where Nadal rallied from 0-2 to win the opening set with 9-7 on the fourth set point.

Nadal looked to be in full control of the match when he broke serve in the third game and came close to taking a double break at 4-2. However Klizan reeled off five consecutive games including two breaks of serve

Nadal saved a break point in the second game of the third set before breaking serve to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth game. However he was broken back to love in the next game. Klizan reeled off 16 points to 2 from the sixth game before clinching the win on the first match point in two hours and 37 minutes with a forehand volley

Nadal hit 21 winners to 37 unforced errors. Klizan produced 33 winners and 30 unforced errors.

This result is impressive considering that in the first match of the qualifying round Klizan rallied from a 4-6 1-5 deficit against Xin Gao before taking the win after saving three match points.

Klizan won for the third time in his career against a top-10 player after beating Jo Wilfred Tsonga at the 2012 US Open and Kei Nishikori in the first round of the 2014 Roland Garros.

“Rafa is a big star. He is a big player. He was a set and a break up. I had nothing to do but I was just fighting. I am so proud of myself that I could win today. I am looking forward to playing the semifinal tomorrow. It’s my first semifinal in a ATP 500 tournament”, said Klizan.

Klizan will take on Tomas Berdych who beat John Isner 6-1 6-4. Berdych won 73 percent of his service points and broke serve three times. Berdych got a double break in the first set en route to taking the first set with 6-2. He got another break early in the second set. At 5-3 the Czech player failed to convert a match-point but he closed out the match on his serve a few minutes later.

Berdych beat Klizan some weeks ago at this year’s US Open in five sets.

Andy Murray cruised past 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in straight sets with 6-1 6-4. Murray played a solid match in which he broke three times en route to winning the opening set with 6-1. In the second set he got another break to clinch the win in one hour and 38 minutes

Murray broke the winning streak of Cilic who had won ten consecutive matches since his US Open triumph.

The Dunblane star got off to a great start in which he earned break point chances in all his service games en route to winning seven games in a row.

Murray faced a tougher challenge in the second set in which he had to fend off break point chances at 1-1 and 3-3. He created three match points when Cilic was serving at 4-5. He clinched the win on the second match point when Cilic hit a volley into the net. It was his 10th win in his 12 head-to-head matches against Cilic. Murray, winner last week in Shenzhen, has moved up one spot to ninth in the ATP Race to London boosting his chances to qualify for the ATP Finals in London.

Murray won 71 percent of his first serve points and capitalized on four of his eleven break point chances.

Murray will now face a re-match against Djokovic who beat the Scotsman in four sets in the quarter final of this year’s US Open. Djokovic lead 13-8 in his previous head-to-head matches against Murray.

Djokovic won his 22nd consecutive match in Beijing against Dimitrov who could not convert on any of the six break point chances in the first set.

Djokovic got a double break in the first set to cruise to a easy 6-2. The Bulgarian player fended off two match points when he was 2-5 before breaking back when Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set. However Dimitrov made a double fault at 15-40 in the 10th game allowing the Serbian player to get another break to seal the win in one hour and 29 minutes.

“It was pretty slow conditions because of the weather. It’s a bit cold today. I think it suited more to my style of the game. I was trying to mix up the pace, give him high balls to the backhand. The second set was up and down but generally it was a good performance”, said Djokovic.


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



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



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



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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