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Ernests Gulbis overcomes John Isner in Vienna

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Ernests Gulbis overcame a second-set loss to edge past John Isner with 6-4 4-6 6-4 in two hours and three minutes to qualify for his third quarter final of the year at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Latvian player, who lost his previous five matches before this tournament, fired 23 aces to Isner’s 16 and fended off six of seven break points

 

Gulbis broke serve in the seventh game as Isner made a series of errors. Including a costly double fault. Gulbis held his service games en route to winning the first with 6-4. The second set went on serve until the 10th game when Isner broke serve to win the second set. Gulbis broke serve early in the decider and held his service games en route to winning the match with 6-4 in the third set.

Jo Wilfred Tsonga, runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Master 1000 final and arrived to Vienna only on Tuesday, fought back from dropping the second set to overcome Tommy Haas with 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-4. Tsonga hit 15 aces and won 37 percent of his first serve points. The player from Le Mans will face either Lukas Rosol or Jpanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita. Tsonga, who has moved up to World Number 9 in the ATP Ranking, is fighting against David Ferrer for the eighth berth for the ATP Finals in London

The two players traded breaks and spectacular rallies in the first set. Haas won the tie-break with 7-3 forcing the match to the third set. Tsonga got one break in the seventh game to win the third set with 6.4

Haas, who won in Vienna in 2001 and 2013, is coming back after a shoulder injury, fired 41 winners, 14 aces and made 32 unforced errors.

“The shoulder needs to get better. There are a lot of thoughts going through my brain but it is heading in the right direction. I need to get more fit in the off-season and put some muscle on the shoulder”, said Haas.

Number 2 Kevin Anderson, who moved up to the top 10 in the ATP Ranking after reaching the quarter finals in Shanghai, hit 19 aces to defeat Andreas Haider Maurer 6-4 7-5 in a match. Anderson won the first set with 6-4 before the second set went on serve until the 11th game before closing out with 7.5.

Mr Ace Ivo Karlovic fired 10 aces to beat Sergiy Stakhovskiy 6-4 7-5. The match featured just three break points (one in the first set and one in the second set) and very few games went to deuce. Karlovic prevailed with a break for each set.

Eighth seed Fabio Fognini beat Paul Henry Mathieu 6-4 3-6 6-4 to reach the second round. Fognini faced a break point at the start of the match but held his service games. He got the break in the fifth game en route to clinching the first set with 6-4. The Italian broke serve at the start of the second set but Mathieu broke back to draw level. The second set continued on serve until the 8th game when Mathieu broke serve. Mathieu served for the set. Fognini forced the game to deuce in the attempt to break back but Mathieu held his serve to win the second set with 6-3. Fognini had to save break points at the start of the third set, while Mathieu did not have problems to hold his serve. The Frenchman broke serve in the fifth game but Fognini broke straight back. Fognini broke again in the 8th game before serving out for the match for 6-3.

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei

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Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.

 

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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