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ATP Challenger Tour Finals: Pella and Cervantes through after two days, Dustov and Cecchinato out

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Guido Pella has been business-like through his first two matches, and looks set for the semi-finals

Guido Pella and Inigo Cervantes are both through to the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals in Sao Paulo, after both won their second straight matches.

 

Pella defeated home wildcard Guilherme Clezar, who was a finalist in last year’s event, 6-3, 6-4. Pella is one of the most decorated Challenger players on the tour this season with four titles, all of which came on clay. He won his second match of the year against the Brazilian to advance. Marco Cecchinato was disappointed to lose his second straight match, as he lost to Radu Albot of Moldova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Picks in Bold The defeat means that Cecchinato is now out of the event, and the Italian will be facing Guido Pella as much for pride as anything else. Pella is almost certain of finishing top of the group, requiring only a set to finish first. The position that is yet to be decided is the other qualifier. it will be decided by the winner of Radu Albot and Guilherme Clezar. Clezar has an excellent record in Sao Paulo that belies his ranking, though Albot played Pella close in the first round-robin fixture.

Group B also has a confirmed semi-finalist in the shape of Spaniard Inigo Cervantes. He defeated top seed Paolo Lorenzi in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 for his second win to confirm his participation in the latter stages. At the other end Farrukh Dustov is now out after two matches, following  7-6, 6-1 defeat to Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. It ensures that Munoz-De La Nava has the chance to join his compatriot Inigo Cervantes in the semi-finals provided he can beat top seed Lorenzi on the final day of group play.

Being top after two days, Pella and Cervantes and are now likely to avoid one another, as the two in-form players. There is the potential for the first and second seeds to meet in the semi-finals if Lorenzi beats Munoz-De La Nava. Guilherme Clezar still has the opportunity to defend the heavy ranking points he earned at this event last year.

 

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Barbora Krejcikova reaches both singles and doubles final at Roland Garros

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Barbora Krejcikova has qualified for the singles and doubles finals at Roland Garros this weekend, as she and Katerina Siniakova claimed a 6-1 6-2 win over Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera. 

 

Krejcikova has the chance to become the first player to win both the women’s singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce claimed both tournaments in 2000. Serena Williams is the most recently player to win both the singles and doubles titles at any Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon 2016.

The Czech team will take on Bethanie Mattek Sands froand last year’s Roland Garros singles champion Iga Swiatek, who beat Irina Camelia Begu and Nadia Podoroska 6-3 6-4. Swiatek reached the quarter final this year in the singles tournament. Krejcikova and Siniakova have qualified for both Grand Slam women’s doubles finals this season. They lost to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka at the 2021 Australian Open last February. 

Krejcikova and Siniakova are bidding to win their second Roland Garros women’s doubles title. 

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Felix Auger Aliassime and Marin Cilic reach the semifinals in Stuttgart

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Felix Auger Aliassime needed two tie-breaks in his 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8) win over Frenchman Ugo Humbert to move into the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. 

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert three match points in the tie-break of the second set and had to fend off a set point before winning three consecutive points to secure his spot in the quarter finals. 

Auger Aliassime set up a semifinal clash against US qualifier Sam Querrey, who saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set in his 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over Swiss wild-card Dominic Stephan Sricker. 

Marin Cilic edged past Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-6 ((7-3). The Croatian star beat Rudolf Molleker and Nikoloz Basilashvili without dropping a set this week. 

Shapovalov was playing for the second time on Friday after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 in a second-match delayed from Thursday because of rain. 

Cilic set up a semifinal clash against Austria’s Juri Rodionov, who came back from one set down to beat Alex De Minaur 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4). 

“I felt I was applying a little more pressure during that first set and I capitalised on the on the couple of break points, which was definitely big. I also had the two match points at the end of the second set, did not convert them, but played a really good tie-break. You always have to expect tough battles against top guys like Denis Shapovalov and it was like that today”, said Cilic.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut save three match points to reach the doubles final at Roland Garros

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut saved three match points in their 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 win over Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the semifinals of the Roland Garros doubles tournament. 

 

Herbert and Mahut are playing for the sixth time at Roland Garros together. They have claimed all four Grand Slam titles as a team and have a chance to win their second Roland Garros titles. 

Cabal and Farah held three match points when Herbert and Mahut and Herbert were serving at 3-5 in the second set. The Frenchmen broke serve in the next game, when Cabal and Farah were serving for a spot in the final. 

Herbert and Mahut will face Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev in the final. Bublik and Goubev came back from one set down to beat Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez 1-6 6-4 6-4. 

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