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Chennai and Brisbane qualifying Round up – Anderson claims another American shock

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Gulbis is still struggling after a horrible 2015 (Image by thenational.ae)

Chennai Qualifying:

Somdev Devvarman managed to turn a match around against James Ward 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Ward had come out of the blocks hot, as he lost just four points on serve in the opening set. Devvarman posted underwhelming numbers on both counts as he was broken twice without reply. The Indian, formerly ranked as high as No. 62 did then manage to turn things around in tight second and third sets. Devverman was able to break Ward twice in each, and limited Ward to just one recovery in each for the win.

There was no such luck for the other home players left in the draw. Saketh Myneni was beaten in straight sets by third seed Thomas Fabbiano 6-4, 6-2, and N. Siriam Balaji went down it two tight tie-break sets to Ante Pavic, 7-6, 7-6. Josef Kovalik was able to spring another mini upset as he beat fourth seed Alexander Kudryavtsev 3-6, 7-6, 6-1. Kudryavtsev found himself just two points from victory in the second set tie-break, but Kovalik levelled, and Kudryavtsev then capitulated, winning just one game in the final set.

Brisbane Qualifying:

It was once again an unhappy day for American players in Brisbane, as Tim Smyczek and Jared Donaldson joined earlier departee Dennis Novikov in bowing out before reaching the main draw. Donaldson as the sixth seed put up a strong battle against the experienced Ivan Dodig, but ultimately losing 6-3, 3-6,6-4. Donaldson improved upon his first meeting with Dodig, where he had lost 6-3, 6-2 in Wimbledon qualifying last year. Ernests Gulbis was also a victim, the top seed being defeated by Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, 6-3, 6-4. Tobias Kamke won back-to-back matches as he beat Jurgen Zopp 6-3, 6-2 but the biggest story of the day once again belonged to a certain teenage Australian

Oliver Anderson had recovered from the loss of the first set to beat Dennis Novikov yesterday, and he did the same again as he recovered to beat Tim Smyczek 6-7, 7-6, 6-2. It will be the first time that Anderson will play in the main draw of an ATP event.

The four winners of each qualifying event will now be inserted into the main draws of their respective events. The qualifying event for Doha is yet to be completed though Kyle Edmund, Dustin Brown and surprisingly Aslan Karatsev were all winners and will feature in the main draw there.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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