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ATP 500 Rotterdam: Wawrinka captures his ninth title

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TENNIS ATP 500 ROTTERDAM – Stan Wawrinka fought back from a set down to battle past defending champion Tomas Berdych with 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and clinched his first Rotterdam title at the ABN AMRO Tennis Championships. Diego Sampaolo

 

Stan the Man” won his ninth career title and his second trophy of the year after Chennai after a two-hour battle against Tomas Berdych who was bidding to become the fifth player to take two back-to-back Rotterdam titles after Arthur Ashe in 1975 and 1976, Stefan Edberg in 1987 and 1988, Nicholas Escudé in 2001 and 2002 and Robin Soderling in 2011 and 2012. The Lausanne star extended his winning record to six consecutive matches against Berdych.

Wawrinka fended off a break point at 30-40 in the fifth game of the first set when Berdych mis-timed a cross-court forehand. Berdych converted his third break point in the seventh game to take the 4-3 lead as Wawrinka hit a forehand long. Berdych served for the set at 5-4 but Wawrinka saved the set point at 40-30 with his forehand. The Swiss failed to convert a break point chance in the tenth game and Berdych sealed the first set in 39 minutes.

The second set went on serve until the eighth game when Wawrinka fended off one break point at 3-4 30-40 at 3-4 15-40 with an ace before producing a forehand winner on the next point. Wawrinka sealed the second set in the next game on the second set point with his forehand forcing the match to the third set.

Wawrinka broke serve to 30 in the opening game of the decider and took control of the match when he pulled away to 4-1 with a second break of serve thanks to two backhands. Berdych managed to break back in the next game for 2-4 keeping his hopes alive. Berdych saved one match point at 3-5 but minutes later Wawrinka closed out on the second match point to take his first indoor title.

Wawrinka is the fourth Swiss player to win the title in Rotterdam after Heinz Gunthardt in 1980, Jacob Hlasek in 1989 and Roger Federer in 2005 and 2012.

With the Rotterdam title Wawrinka will move up to World Number 7 in the ATP Ranking overtaking Berdych.

It’s my first ATP 500 title and winning indoors is something special. It’s always amazing to win a trophy. It’s the best feeling”, said Wawrinka

Berdych was disappointed after failing to win two consecutive titles in Rotterdam. “I am disappointed with the way the match finished. I had my chances at the beginning of the second set. I was in control at the beginning of the second set and I didn’t make them. That cost me the match”, said Berdych

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Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Australian Open campaign with a straight-set win over Salvatore Caruso

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Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped just five games in his 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after 1 hour and 43 minutes.

 

Tsitsipas earned three consecutive breaks to cruise to a bagel win in the opening set. Caruso saved the first break point and held his first service game to draw level to 1-1, but she Tsitsipas converted his third break point chance at deuce to open up a 3-1 lead. The Greek player earned his second break at love in the eighth game.

Tsitsipas went up a break at love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Caruso saved three match points in the eighth game at 2-5 to prolong the match, but Tsitsipas served out the win at 30 with an ace down middle the court in the ninth game after 1 hour and 45 minutes setting up a second round match against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or Marcos Giron.

“Today I tried to stay calm. That was something that I had really in the back of my head, trying to stay calm, be aggressive on and off the court. I would describe the match the match as very stable. Throughout the match I was very focused. I was in the zone, and I am very happy with my first set. It was almost perfect. I don’t remember the last time that I won a set 6-0. It was a good quality tennis. Let’s not forget the people here. The people that bring the energy. I will give it to them”, said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.

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Matteo Berrettini cruises past wild card Andrew Harris to advance to the Australian Open second round

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Number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini cruised past Australian wild card Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

 

Berrettini converted five of his nine break points and hit 38 winners. The Italian player won the opening set 6-3 with a break in the second game at deuce and the second set with three consecutive breaks.

Berrettini came back from 0-40 down by winning five consecutive points in the sixth game of the third set to earn the break at deuce for 4-2 when Harris hit a forehand into the net. Berrettini sealed the win with a big forehand on the match point after 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Berrettini will take on either US Tennys Sandgren or Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.

“It’s always tough because I played my last official match in November. I figured out how to play my best tennis, so I am really happy with my performance. Like always, I am going round by round. I am happy that I am healthy and playing well”, said Berrettini.

Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannick Sinner was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 4-4, before the match was suspended due to rain. The Italian rising star converted four of his eight break points. Sinner went down a break in the seventh game to trail 3-5 in the opening set, but he broke back in the 10th game before winning the tie-break 7-2. Sinner broke twice to win the second set 6-2. Sinner went up a break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Purcell broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4.   Sinner, who is making his first appearance at Melbourne Park, holds a 15-30 lead at 4-4 in the third set.

Sam Querrey stunned Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who eased past Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Guido Pella edged Australian wild card John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face France’s Gregoire Barrere, who came back from one set down to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

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Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit

The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.

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Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.

 

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.

“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.

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Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.

In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.

“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.

Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.

 

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