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TENNIS ATP500 ROTTERDAM – Top-seed Andy Murray cruised past Nicholas Mahut with 6-3 6-2 in his debut at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Grigor Dimitrov was upset by Gilles Muller in straight sets with 2-6 6-7. Stan Wawrinka beat local player Huta Jesse Galung in three sets with 6-3 3-6 6-3. Diego Sampaolo

 

Andy Murray made a winning debut to his Rotterdam campaign with a 6-3 6-2 win over Nicholas Mahut in his first match since his defeat against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.

Murray and Mahut drew level to 2-2 in the first set before the Scotsman cruised through reeling off nine of the next ten games to race to a 6-3 5-0 lead. Murray got a early break to win the first set. Murray, who won the Rotterdam title in 2009, faced the only trouble while he was serving for the match at 5-0. Mahut got the only break to win his first game of the second set as Murray committed a double fault on the break point. Mahut confirmed the break for 2-5 but Murray held his next service game to seal the win after one hour and 33 minutes. Murray hit 36 winners to 16 unforced errors and converted on four of his nine break points. He saved five of the six break points he faced.

The Scotsman will take on Vasek Pospisil in the second round.

“I am pleased with my high level. It was a match between two players with different game types”, said Murray.

This year’s Australian Open semifinalist Stan Wawrinka saved eight of the 10 break points he faced but he had to fight hard to battle past Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung (World Number 248) in three sets with 6-3 3-6 6-3. The Lausanne player clinched the first set but he dropped serve twice in the second set. Wawrinka fought back taking the break in the fourth game at 2-1 with a forehand passing shot and converted on his sixth match point to seal the win with 6-3 to set up a second-round match against Guillermo Garcia Lopez who beat Denis Istomin 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. They recently met at the Australian Open where Wawrinka took the win in four sets.

The winner of the match between Wawrinka and Garcia Lopez will face a quarter final clash against Gilles Muller who upset Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 7-6 (10-8) after a hard-fought tie-break in the second set. Muller continues his good period of form after reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open

Italian Andreas Seppi fought back from losing the first set at the tie-break to beat Dutchman Robin Haase 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-3 in two hours and fourteen minutes. Seppi beat Haase for the second time one week after winning their previous head-to-head match in Zagreb. Seppi, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and the final in Zagreb last week, clinched the seventh win in eight matches which came down to the decisive set this year. After losing a close tie-break with 5-7 the Sudtyrol player took control of the match in the second and the third set in which he hit 39 winners and won 16 out of 19 points at the net. Seppi converted on six of his eleven break point chances.

Seppi set up the second round match against Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych

Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky is the first player to reach the quarter final after cruising past Austrian rising star Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-3 in 62 minutes. Stakhovsky did not drop his serve in the whole match and had to face six break point chances in the second game of the second set which Thiem failed to convert. Thiem dropped his serve on the first break point and could not recover the break. In the last game of the match Thiem trailed 15-40 at 3-5. He saved four match points but Stakhovsky sealed the win after Thiem made a double fault.

Gael Monfils hit nine aces got through to the quarter finals after his 7-5 7-6 (7-5) win over Roberto Bautista Agut. The Frenchman will take on either Berdych or Seppi.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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