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Sao Paolo: Almagro takes out Robredo in battle of clay-court specialists

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TENNIS SAO PAOLO – Nicolas Almagro won the battle between former champions of this event against Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-6 in one of only three matches played on Wednesday. Bruno Bergareche Sans

 

Only three singles matches took place today in the Brasil Open 2015 in Sao Paulo. First on Quadra Central was fourth seed Leonardo Mayer who took on plucky clay-courter Albert Ramos. The Argentine was playing in his first tournament since the Australian Open, where he lost in the second round to Viktor Troicki, and was therefore making his debut on clay in 2015 just a stone’s throw from his home country. Ramos was also playing his first tennis since Melbourne, and it took both players a while to adapt to the conditions. In the end, Mayer (incidentally the top ranked Latin American player in the world at number 30) outlasted Ramos to seal his first every win over the left handed Spanish player. Next up for Mayer in the quarter finals is the winner of Joao Souza v Martin Klizan.

The second match taking place on the main court was an all South American clash between fifth seed Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and lucky loser from Argentina Facundo Bagnis (replacing Feliciano Lopez who pulled out with a thigh injury). The match didn’t take long though as Bagnis retired when he was 5-1 down in the first set. The Argentine had won his first match on the ATP tour since Roland Garros when he defeated defending champion Federico Delbonis in the first round but unfortunately had to withdraw because of an injury to his shoulder. After this short outing on court, Cuevas now takes on Nicolas Almagro.

Almagro, precisely, was the last player to jump on Quadra Central to take on compatriot Tommy Robredo in a blockbuster second round match in the Brasil Open. This was the seventh meeting between both Spaniards, with Almagro heading into the clash with a 5-1 head-to-head lead, but Robredo claiming their most recent encounter in the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2013 in five sets. Almagro, now ranked 82 after half a year out with a foot injury, is slowly on the road to recovery after picking up his first win of the season in the first round against Blaz Rola and took on an opponent who has also suffered with injury in this start to the season; the seasoned veteran had to withdraw in his first round tie with Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the Australian Open and was playing in his only other match of 2015 today against Almagro. In the end three-time defending champion edged 2009 champion Robredo thanks to his powerful play, blasting 10 aces and saving 5/6 break points en route to a 6/3 7/6 win.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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