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Federer, Murray and Kerber win big on grass

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TENNIS – Roger Federer claimed his 8th Gerry Weber Open title in 10 finals at one of his favourite tournament in Halle with a 7-6(1) 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi. Diego Sampaolo

 

Seppi, who beat Federer for the first time in his career at the Australian Open last January, did not convert three break points in the first set. He earned two set points which Federer saved with two consecutive aces. In the tiebreaker, Federer took control of the breaker winning 7-1 points and taking a 1 set lead.

Seppi’s inability to convert on break points continued into the 2nd set missed another break point chance at the start of the second set as he hit her return into the net. Federer brought up his first break point chances at 4-3 in the but Seppi saved them to draw level. Federer got his only break of the match at his fifth break point opportunity for 5-4 to then serve out the match. He clinched his 8th title at the Gerry Weber Open and 15th title from 20 finals on grass (seven at Wimbledon and eight in Halle). This is Federer’s fourth title for the year after Brisbane, Dubai and Istanbul. Federer is the third player to win at least eight titles at a single tournament after Rafa Nadal, who won the Roland Garros nine times and Montecarlo and Barcelona eight times and Guillermo Vilas, who won eight titles in Buenos Aires

“Of course it’s a special moment for me to win here for the 8th time before Wimbledon. This week has been great when I look at the whole thing. I don’t think I was broken in the last four matches I played. It gives me confidence in the crucial moments to know my game was right there”, said Federer

Murray wins his 34th title at the Queen’s

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Andy Murray clinched his 34th career title in 50 finals with a 6-3 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club. The Dunblane star equalled John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as four-time Queen’s champion. He had already won this tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2013

Murray completed his win over Vikr Troicki with 6-3 7-6 (4) in the semifinal which was interrupted by rain on Saturday. He had a two-hour break before the start of the final against Kevin Anderson. Murray broke serve once in each set and did not face a break point in the final against Anderson who was broken just once in the tournament.

Murray brought up a break point chance with a backhand winner in the fourth game and converted the chance as Anderson his hit his volley into the net. He sealed the win in the first set with a sliced backhand. He earned a break point chance in the fifth game of the second set at 2-2 with a forehand return and converted it with a drop shot. He hit a lob and a backhand winner before closing out the match when Anderson fired wide on a service return

Murray clinched his third title of the year after Munich and Madrid on clay.

“I served really well and then thankfully, when the chances came I managed to come up with some instisnctive shots. I played better as the week went on and hopefully I can continue that into Wimbledon. It’s been a really good start but it’s a long way to go before Wimbledon even starts,” said Murray

Murray will be bidding to repeat his Queen’s – Wimbledon double achieved in 2013.

“It’s great preparation obviously but it has only happened six times where someone has won the Queen’s and gone one to win Wimbledon,” said Murray

Kerber fought back from a set down to edge Pliskova in Birmingham WTA final

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Angelique Kerber fought back from a set down to edge Karolina Pliskova with 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4) at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham

Kerber broke serve early in the first set but she did not convert on four set points. Pliskova clinched the first-set tie-break. The young Czech player broke serve early in the second set. Kerber turned around the match breaking twice in the second set. The German got another break in the third set but Plsiskova fought back saving break points. Pliskova broke back

Kerber rallied from 5-6 down in the decisive set to hold her serve before getting a mini-break on the ninth point. The German won the next two points from 5-4 to clinch a hard-fought tie-break with 7-4. Kerber hit 34 winners to 14 unforced errors. Pliskova hit more than 50 winners but made 42 unforced errors.

“It was an amazing match and perfect for a final. It will give great confidence in my preparation for Wimbledon”, said Kerber.

Pliskova played a great tournament and had nothing to regret. “I was happy with the way I played because i did everything I could”, said Pliskova

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Fabio Fognini beats Guido Pella in straight sets to reach the fourth round in Melbourne

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Fabio Fognini beat Guido Pella 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Italian star converted five of his six break points to close out the match after 2 hours and nine minutes.

 

Fognini saved two break points in the first set with a forehand and a backhand and held his serve. The Italian star did not convert a break point in a long seventh game. Both players went on serve to set up a tie-break. Fognini did not drop a single point to cruise through to a 7-0 win.

In the second set Fognini earned a crucial break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. He held his serve on the second deuce after saving a break point. The 2019 Monte-Carlo champion sealed the second set with another break with a forehand return winner.

Fognini earned a break lead in the fourth game of the decisive set. Pella broke straight back in the fifth game. Both traded breaks again in the sixth and seventh games. Fognini broke for the third time and converted his second match point with a serve up the T.

He is also the 12th player to come back from two sets down at all four Grand Slam tournaments.

With his five-set victories over Reilly Opelka and Jordan Thompson in the first two matches Fognini made history on Wednesday when the “Come-back king” became the first player to win back-to-back Australian Open matches in final set tie-breaks.

“I am so happy to be in the fourth round again in Australia. Now it’s time to recover. I played a really solid game against a really tough opponent. I am happy with the performance”, said Fognini.

Fognini set up a fourth round match against 2018 Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren, who beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 52 minutes. Sandgren fended off nine break points and converted just 2 of his 14 break point chances. Two years ago Sandgen beat Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem en route to reaching his first quarter final at a Grand Slam event.

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Marin Cilic prevails over Roberto Bautista Agut in five-set thriller in Melbourne

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Marin Cilic overcame Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-3 after 4 hours and 10 minutes to score his first top 10 win since the 2018 US Open, when he beat David Goffin.

 

Cilic fought back from losing the first set at the tie-break, but he bounced back in the second set by breaking serve in the ninth game, when Bautista Agut made a forehand error. Cilic held on his serve to win the second set 6-4 to draw level to 1-1.

Cilic cruised through to a bagel win in the third set. The Croatian player got an early break in the fourth set to open up a 3-1 lead. Bautista Agut broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Cilic did not convert a break point chance at 5-5. Bautista Agut earned the break at 6-5 to force the match to the fifth set.

Cilic broke serve in the opening game of the fifth set with a forehand winner, but he did not convert a break point at 4-2. He broke for the seventh time in the match in Bautista Agut’s next service game to clinch a thrilling win, as Bautista Agut fired a backhand into the net.

Cilic took a re-match against the Spanish player, who won their previous head-to-head clash at the 2019 Australian Open in five sets.

“I had an incredible patch. It was a surreal level. Every ball I was hitting was going in. It was coming off my raquet incredibly well. I knew Roberto would always fight and he pushed me all the way in the fourth set”, said Cilic.

 

 

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Karen Khachanov edges Mikael Ymer in marathon match in Melbourne

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Karen Khachanov battled past Mikael Ymer 6-2 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon match after 4 hours and 14 minutes.

 

Ymer broke serve twice in the second and fourth games of the fourth set to open up a 4-1 lead. Khachanov broke back in the seventh game, but Ymer broke for the third time to take the fourth set 6-3.

Khachanov broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2, but he was broken back in the next game.

Khachanov was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the fifth set before trailing 6-8 in the decisive match tie-break. Khachanov came back by winning four consecutive points to clinch a thrilling win.

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin beat Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 after 2 hours and 4 minutes setting up a third round match against Danil Medvedev. Popyrin broke twice in each of the first and third sets and saved all four break point chances.

Taylor Fritz came back from two sets down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2. Anderson was leading by two sets and 4-2 in the third set, but Fritz broke back before winning the third set at the tie-break. Fritz cruised through the fourth and fifth sets. Fritz will face Dominic Thiem in the third round.

“That was huge for me. He played a really tough five setter just the other day and then obviously coming back. Going back to back five setters is going to be tougher for him than usual. I felt fresh, so I just told myself that I have to keep running”,said Fritz.

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