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ATP Shanghai: Ferrer stops Murray. Federer and Djokovic into the quarter finals




TENNIS ATP SHANGHAI – David Ferrer fought back from a set down to overcome Andy Murray with 2-6 6-1 6-2 in the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Master to boost his chances to qualify for the ATP Finals in London. Roger Federer beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-2. Novak Djokovic was forced by Mikhail Kukushkin to the third set before prevailing with 6-3 4-6 6-4. Diego Sampaolo


Murray, who beat Ferrer in the Shanghai final in 2011, got off to a good start in the first set where he broke serve in the opening set and dropped just four points on serve. The Dunblane player got a double break to seal the first set in 36 minutes. However the match changed completely in the second and the third sets. Ferrer got a break lead in the second set to cruise to a 6-1 win in the second set to force the match to the decider. The Spanish player cruised to a 5-2 lead with a double break to seal the win. Murray won just three of his 18 points on the second serve in the second and the third sets.

Murray still leads 7-6 in his head-to-head matches against Ferrer, although the Spaniard broke a two-match losing streak.

Ferrer overtakes Murray in the ATP Race to London in ninth place with 3715 points ahead of the Scotsman who is ranked 10th wit 3655 points. Ferrer is just 35 points behind Number 8 Milos Raonic who is currently eighth with 3750 points. Murray’s hopes to qualify for the ATP Finals in London are now slim, although he has not lost all his chances. If Murray had beaten Ferrer, he would have moved to within of the eighth place

“I needed to play my best tennis. This match was very important for both players. Today was a good victory”, said Ferrer

“He barely missed a ball for a set and a half. I couldn’t find a way around him. He just played great tennis, especially the last set and a half. At the beginning of the second set I still had a couple of opportunities, but after that I have got to give it to him. He played fantastically well and deserved to win”, said Murray

Ferrer will face Novak Djokovic who had to fight hard to battle past Mikhail Kukushkin in three sets with 6-3 4-6 6-4 to extend his winning streak on Chinese soil to 27 match wins in a row, including the five titles in Beijing and the two trophies won at the Shanghai Rolex Master in 2012 and 2013.

Djokovic broke serve in the eighth game of the opening set to take a 5-3 lead and held serve to 15 in the final game to wrap it up after 31 minutes.

Kukushkin played aggressively from the baseline and won the first three games of the second set to take a 3-0 lead in the second set before pulling away to 5-2. Djokovic fended off a set point at 2-5 30-40 before breaking serve for 4-5. The Kazakh player hit a forehand winner to convert on his third set point to force the match to the decider. Kukushkin broke the losing streak of 13 consecutive sets won by Djokovic in their previous head-to-head matches.

In the fifth game of the third set Kukushkin saved two break points before Djokovic converted on his third chance to take a 3-2 lead. Djokovic won 81 percent of his first service points in the third set.

Djokovic leads 12-5 in his previous head-to-head matches against Ferrer and has not lost against the Valencia native since the 2011 ATP Finals.

“I congratulate him for fighting. I am really glad to come out as the winner and stay mentally strong. I won because I fought my way through”, said Djokovic

Roger Federer eased past Roberto Bautista Agut with 6-4 6-2 one day after surviving “the great escape” in the second round match against Leonardo Mayer where he had to save five match points. In comparison to yesterday’s match, the third round match against Bautista Agut looked like a routine win for Federer. The Swiss legend wasted five break point chances before converting on his sixth opportunity to 15 in the 10th game to convert on his first set point with 6-4 after 42 minutes.

In the second set Federer cruised to a 3-0 lead before saving the only break point chance he faced at 4-2. Federer cruised to 5-2 before sealing the win as Bautista Agut hit his backhand return into the net. In the quarter finals Federer will face Frenchman Julien Benneteau who advanced to the quarter final with his 6-3 6-4 win over Jack Sock. Federer leads 5-2 in his head-to-head matches against Benneteau who won their last hard-court match in Rotterdam in 2013 with 6-3 7-5. Benneteau also qualified for the doubles semifinals teaming up with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The French team beat Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 3-6 6-3 10-7.

Tomas Berdych beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter finals where he will face Frenchman Giles Simon who continued his good period of form winning in straight sets over Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri with 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes.

Berdych could overtake US Open champion Marin Cilic at Number 6 in the ATP Race to London if he beats Simon tomorrow. The Czech player, runner.up in Beijing, is just 45 points behind Cilic who lost in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Master against Karlovic last Monday

Berdych, who reached the semifinal in Shanghai in 2012 converted on his second break point chance in the sixth game of the first set to take a 4-2 lead. Berdych did not face a single break point chance in the whole match and closed out with 6-3 6-4.

Giles Simon, who beat Stan Wawrinka in the second round yesterday, got a double break in the first set for 4-1 and 5-2. Jaziri earned two break point chances in the first game of the second set but Simon saved them. The Frenchman broke serve in the sixth game of the second set to pull away to 4-2 and closed the match on his serve.

Mikhail Youzhny recovered from a set down to battle past Juan Monaco with 5-7 6-3 6-2 to clinch the third of their four head-to-head matches. The Russian player will play his first Master 1000 quarter final since Miami 2010.

Feliciano Lopez, who upset Rafa Nadal yesterday, defeated John Isner 6-3 6-4

These are the quarter finals at the Shanghai Rolex Master:

Novak Djokovic vs David Ferrer

Roger Federer vs Julien Benneteau

Tomas Berdych vs Giles Simon

Mikhail Youzhny vs Feliciano Lopez


ATP Montreal: Ruud Thrashes Auger-Aliassime To Reach Semis, Mixed Results For Brits

Casper Ruud eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime to set up a semi-final meeting with Hubert Hurkacz in Montreal.




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Casper Ruud only dropped three games against Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the semi-finals in Montreal.


The Norwegian is into the semi-finals in Canada after a dominant performance over home favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Ruud dominated from the start of the match as he produced a sublime performance only committing nine unforced errors throughout the match to reach the last four.

Ruud has had a good season on hard courts this season and is looking to make his second consecutive hard court Masters 1000 final after reaching the final in Miami.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted he got a bit lucky but is happy to be in the last four in Canada, “It was one of those days where everything goes in one favour and luckily it was in my favour,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“With a player like Felix, you need to rely on some margins going your way. I didn’t expect them to all go on my side. It was a bit of a difficult start. I got broken but then was able to turn everything around. I hit my spots, made the shots I needed to and make him hit a lot of balls. That was the game plan and it worked well.

“The last hard-court tournament I played in was in Miami where I reached the final. I wanted to make a deep run here. I didn’t think it was too likely, being the first hard-court tournament back, but I have been playing great from the first point in the first match.”

Ruud will look to claim his first Masters 1000 title this week and rise to four in the world in the ATP rankings.

Next for Ruud is the only Masters 1000 champion left in the draw in the form of Hubert Hurkacz.

Hurkacz defeated the in-form Nick Kyrgios 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in Canada.

The eighth seed produced some big-serving and bold decision making as he reached his first semi-final since winning the Halle title.

Heading into their match, Ruud leads the head-to-head 1-0 where the Norwegian was victorious at Roland Garros this year.

Mixed results for British hopefuls

Meanwhile it was a mixed night for British players as Dan Evans reached his second career Masters 1000 semi-final while Jack Draper exited the tournament in the last eight.

Evans defeated Tommy Paul 1-6 6-3 6-4 to reach a landmark moment in his career in Montreal.

After his win Evans described the win as ‘extra special’ as he looks forward to a semi-final meeting with Pablo Carreno Busta, “The crowd, that’s what they buy their tickets for. That’s live sport,” Evans told the ATP website.

“You never know what’s going to happen. It was an amazing match, amazing atmosphere. I played on the court before. In the day it was amazing, but at night, there’s something about playing sport at night, it’s extra special.”

Evans will now play Carreno Busta in the last four after the Spaniard defeated British qualifier Jack Draper 7-6(4) 6-1.

Draper defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the week but was no match for the resilient Spaniard.

Saturday’s semi-final will be the first meeting between Evans and Carreno Busta.

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Canada Daily Preview: Semifinal Saturday Features Ruud/Hurkacz and Pegula/Halep




Simona Halep on Friday in Toronto (

The singles and doubles semifinals will be played on Saturday in Canada.  In Montreal, a new men’s singles champion will be crowned, and Hubi Hurkacz is the only semifinalist to have previously won a Masters 1000 event (Miami, 2021).  Hurkacz is also in the doubles semifinals, so it will be a busy day for Hubi.  In singles, he faces a finalist from this year in Miami, Casper Ruud.


In Toronto, Simona Halep is the only former champion remaining, and is two wins away from her third title at this event.  On Saturday, she plays Jessica Pegula, who is into the semifinals in Canada for the second straight year.  Like Hurkacz, Pegula is also in the doubles semifinals.  She’s teaming with Coco Gauff, who will become the new doubles No.1 if they win the title.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Saturday’s play gets underway at 12:00pm local time in Montreal and 1:00pm in Toronto.

Hubert Hurkacz (8) vs. Casper Ruud (4) – Not Before 3:00pm on Court Central in Montreal

Hurkacz ended the winning streak of Nick Kyrgios on Friday, taking him out in three sets for the second time this season.  But Ruud was even more impressive on Friday, bouncing back from a marathon victory on Thursday over Roberto Bautista Agut to overwhelm Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, dropping only three games.  Predominantly known as a clay court player, Casper is also establishing himself as a considerable threat on hard courts.  That’s especially true in North America, where Ruud has claimed 16 of his last 19 matches.  But Hubi’s success on this surface remains superior, as does his serving prowess.  While Ruud prevailed in their only previous encounter, just a few months ago at Roland Garros, Hurkacz is the favorite on a hard court.

Jessica Pegula (7) vs. Simona Halep (15) – 1:00pm on Centre Court in Toronto

Halep has been dominant through four rounds this week, advancing without the loss of a set.  Simona has quietly put together a strong record of 36-10 this season, though she’s yet to achieve a big result, with only one title at the 250 level at the start of the year.  Pegula only dropped one set this week, to defending champion Camila Giorgi.  And similar to Halep, she’s accumulated a solid record this year (29-14) without winning a title.  This will be the first career meeting between these two players.  Considering Halep is now 25-6 lifetime at this event, and the way in which she has easily prevailed all week, her superior movement and defense should be enough to reach her fourth final in Canada.

Other Notable Matches on Saturday:

Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Dan Evans – Carreno Busta has played superbly this week, eliminating the likes of Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini without losing a set to this stage.  Dan Evans has survived two grueling three-setters in as many days.  This is their first career meeting.

Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Karolina Pliskova (14) – Haddad Maia has earned three big wins across the last three days over Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, and Leylah Fernandez.  Pliskova is looking to reach the Canada final for the second straight year.  They have split two previous encounters, both on hard courts.

Saturday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Canada Daily Preview: Quarterfinal Friday in Montreal and Toronto




Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday in Montreal (

Canadian No.1 Felix Auger-Aliassime has thrilled crowds in his home country on back-to-back days in Montreal.  On Friday, he faces Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud, who outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut on Thursday in a marathon match that went well over three hours.  Other ATP action in Montreal includes Washington champion Nick Kyrgios taking on Halle champ Hubi Hurkacz in a rematch from the Halle semifinals.


Coco Gauff has survived two extremely dramatic affairs in as many days, ousting both Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka in third-set tiebreaks.  In the quarterfinals, she plays a two-time champion of this event, Simona Halep.  Toronto’s matches on Friday also feature Jessica Pegula and Karolina Pliskova, both of whom reached the semifinals or better of this tournament a year ago.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Friday’s play gets underway at 12:00pm local time in Montreal and 1:00pm in Toronto.

Coco Gauff (10) vs. Simona Halep (15) – 1:00pm on Centre Court in Toronto

Between Wednesday and Thursday, Gauff spent exactly six hours on court during the heat of the early afternoon, in two physically and emotionally taxing matches.  By contrast, Halep spent less than half that time on court across those two days, and is yet to drop a set this week.  And their three previous encounters have all been straight-set victories for Simona.  She prevailed on grass three years ago at Wimbledon, on a hard court this year at Indian Wells, and on clay this year in Madrid.  And considering Halep will be the far fresher player on Friday, there’s not much evidence to suggest a different result in her fourth meeting with Coco.

Casper Ruud (4) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (6) – Not Before 2:00pm on Court Central in Montreal

What will Ruud have left after a three-set match that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours?  Auger-Aliassime had a much easier time on Thursday, avenging a loss from less than a week ago in the Los Cabos semifinals over Cam Norrie.  Casper and Felix have split four previous meetings at all levels: two at Challenger events, and two at Masters 1000 events such as this.  Three years ago in Miami on a hard court, Auger-Aliassime won in three sets.  Last year in Madrid on clay, Ruud prevailed in straights.  Accordingly, a hard court would seem to favor Felix, especially considering his superior serving abilities.  Most of Casper’s big results have come on clay, though he did reach the final of Miami earlier this year.  I expected the Canadian to play nervously at this event, as Auger-Aliassime was only 3-3 lifetime here ahead of this week, and had lost four of his last six matches since June.  But Felix has embraced the spotlight of playing in front of a packed Canadian stadium, and should be favored over a depleted Ruud on Friday.

Other Notable Matches on Friday:

Nick Kyrgios vs. Hubert Hurkacz (8) – Between singles and doubles, Kyrgios is 13-0 over the last 10 days.  Hurkacz saved a match point on Thursday, eventually defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a third-set tiebreak.  Earlier this year in Halle when he played Nick, Hubi also prevailed in a third-set tiebreak.

Karolina Pliskova (14) vs. Qinwen Zheng – Both players were victorious after tough three-setters on Thursday: Pliskova over Maria Sakkari and Qinwen over Bianca Andreescu.  This is their first career meeting.

Friday’s full Order of Play is here.

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