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Ryan Harrison progresses in Australian Open Qualifying, but six other seeds fall




Harrison is looking to make the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time since losing in the first round of 2014 to Gael Monfils ( Image via http://www.apiainternational.com.au)

American Ryan Harrison may not have won a match in qualifying at the Australian Open in 2015, but the nineteenth seed will have the chance to qualify in 2016 after making the final round. He defeated Denys Molchanov 6-3, 6-1. Despite Harrison’s success, a number of seeds fell out of contention on Friday.


The biggest surprise was the loss of fourth seed Alejandro Falla. Falla, who came close to beating Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2010, lost to Niels Desein 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. The Colombian was only the highest seed to fall as five others joined him. Jan-Lennard Struff (5) had the misfortune to be drawn against wily veteran Radek Stapanek in the second-round, and the Czech defeated the tall German 6-4, 6-4. Go Soeda (8) followed, as the Japanese took his leave following a defeat to Alexander Kudryavtsev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Radu Albot (10) completed the loss of five top ten seeds, as he lost to James McGee of Ireland 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The losses of seeds did not stop at the top ten however. Konstantin Kravchuk (18) found Yan Bai too difficult to defeat, as the Chinese scored a massive win against the Russian, winning 2-6, 6-4, 8-6 in two hours and eleven minutes. Thomas Fabbiano (26) of Italy was another victim of a Chinese shock, as Di Wu won through instead 6-1, 6-4.

Despite Ryan Harrison’s progression, the United States did see some disappointment, after seeing all their players progress from Thursday’s Men’s Qualifiying Second Round, two departed today. The biggest shock was the loss of young talent Frances Tiafoe, who was surprised by German Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-2. Tatsumo Ito (13) also ended the hopes of Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-2.

Other results:

Daniel Brands (30) defs. Maxime Janvier 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (11) defs. Jordi Samper-Montana 6-3, 6-2.

Saketh Myneni defs. Lorenzo Giustino 6-1, 7-6.

Alejandro Gonzalez (24) defs. Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Adrian Menendez-Maceiras defs. Oliver Anderson 6-4, 6-2.

Mirza Basic (22) defs. Marius Copil 6-3, 7-6.

Aleksandr Nedovyesov defs. Aldin Setkic 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Marco Trungelliti defs. Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-4.

Pierre-Hugues Herbet defs. Marco Chiudinelli 7-6, 6-4.







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Lorenzo Sonego continues his winning streak with a victory over Barnabe Zapata Miralles in Sofia




Lorenzo Sonego beat Barnabe Zapata Miralles 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 19 minutes to reach the second round at the Sofia Open. Sonego won 86% of his first serve points. 


Sonego broke serve in the second game at 30, but he missed a double break point in the third game. The Italian player dropped just three points in his next three service games to close out the first set 6-3.  

Sonego broke serve in the ninth game at love, as Zapata Miralles made a double fault. He made a double fault and a forehand error at 5-4, but he won four consecutive points to close out the second set on his first match point. 

Last week Sonego won his title in Metz without dropping a set. 

Sonego will face Danish Next Gen player Holger Rune in the second round. 

“I am really happy because today I was really aggressive on court. I played so well. I did my best thing today. I am really happy for that. Zapata is a big wall. He served really well, but I started so good today, with good variation. The key was my performance on serve, and to be aggressive on serve”, said Sonego. 

Lorenzo Musetti battled past Alexander Lazarov 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 after 2 hours and 42 minutes. 

The first set went on serve with no break points. Lazarov earned his mini-break at 4-2 to win the tie-break 7-5. Musetti saved two break points at 4-4. The Italian player wasted a set point at 5-4 on Lazarov’s serve and dropped his serve in the next game. Lazarov earned his chance to close out the match at 6-5, but he was broken at 30. Musetti went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Lazarov  won four consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead. Lazarov had the chance to close the match, but he dropped two points on serve.  Musetti sealed the tie-break on his fourth set point. 

Musetti earned two breaks and held his next service games to win the third set 6-2. 

Ilya Ivashka upset Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 52 minutes to reach the quarter finals. Ivashka saved all seven break points he faced. Dimitrov saved two match points in the second set forcing the match to the tie-break. Ivashka earned two mini-breaks to take a 7-3 lead. 

Ivashka will face either Sonego or Rune in the quarter final. 

“It was a very tough match and I am very happy that I got the victory at the end. It is very hard to play against Grigor, especially at his home”, said Ivashka.  

Fernando Vedasco edged past Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 to set up a second round match against Alexander Vukic. 

Jan Lennard Struff came back from a set down to beat Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-3 6-2. 

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.




Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 


The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv




Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 


The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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