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ATP Masters Rome: Dimitrov to meet Fognini again 2nd round



TENNIS – Grigor Dimitrov, quarter finalist in Monte-Carlo and Madrid and semifinalist last year in Rome, converted on one of his six break point opportunities and did not face any break points in his 6-3 7-6 (7-4) win over Jerzy Janowicz after one hour and 32 minutes. Dimitrov hit 11 unforced errors to Janowic’s 31. Di Diego Sampaolo


Dimitrov will renew his rivalry against Fabio Fognini in another re-match of the second round matches in Monte-Carlo and Madrid. The Italian star overcame US Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-0) 6-3.

Fognini, who never reached the third round in his nine appearances in Rome, saved a break point at 3-4 and managed to hold his serve to draw level to 5-5. The first set went on serve until the tie-break where Fognini dominated with 7-0.

The second serve went on serve until the eighth game when Fognini finally got the crucial break for 5-3 before. He committed a double fault but earned the match point and a few minutes later he closed out with 6-3.

Dominic Thiem edged past Simone Bolelli 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Both players went on serve without facing any break point chances until the tie-break where Thiem opened up a 4-1 lead before closing out with 7-3 after one hour. The second set went on serve until 2-2 when Thiem earned the first break points before breaking serve to take a 4-2 lead.

The young Austrian served for the match at 5-4 but Bolelli broke back for 5-5, Bolelli won the 11th game for 6-5 but Thiem forced the match to the tie-break where he won with 7-5

Thiem fended off six of his seven break point chances he faced.

Giles Simon rallied from a set down to edge past Jack Sock 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Sock went up a break in the second set but Simon drew level to force the set to the tie-break where he raced out to a 4-0 lead after Sock committed a double fault. Simon got the break in the final stages of the decider before closing out the match to love in the ninth game. Sock faced problems with his serve and committed 48 unforced errors.

Richard Gasquet, recent winner in Estoril, beat Italian Tomas Fabbiano 6-1 7-6 (7-0). Fabbiano, who beat Andrey Rublev in the qualifying round, went down a break until 4-5 in the second set. Fabbiano managed to break when Gasquet was serving for the match. Gasquet won seven consecutive points before clinching the win at the tie-break with 7-0. Gasquet will face David Ferrer in the second round.

Pablo Cuevas, runner-up to Roger Federer in Istanbul, beat Paolo Lorenzo 6-3 6-2. Cuevas broke serve once in the first set where he wo 81 percent of his first serve points before cruising to 4-0 in the second set en route to winning the second set with 6-2.

US John Isner hit 13 aces to beat Joao Sousa 7-5 6-3. Isner saved the only break point he faced.

Phillip Kohlschschreiber did not face any break points in his 6-4 6-1 win over Donald Young.


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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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