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Hyeon Chung, Malek Jaziri, Feliciano Lopez and Marcos Baghdatis advance to the second round in Dubai

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South Korean teenager Hyeon Chung got a break in each set to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes to advance to the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. Chung, who is ranked 27 places lower than Seppi in the ATP Ranking, faced just one break point in the whole match at 2-2 in the first set before breaking in the sixth game. Chung built up a 5-2 lead and served out for the first set in the 9th game. In the second set Chung broke serve in the third game and held his service games until the end of the match. Chung earned three break points but Seppi saved them to hold his serve for 3-2. In the 8th game Chung made a double fault to trail 15-30 but won his service game to open up a 5-3 lead before serving out for the match in the 10th game. Chung dropped just 13 points on serve in the whole match and was solid from the baseline.

 

Chung will face either Roberto Bautista Agut or Simone Bolelli in the second round.

World number 121 Malek Jaziri from Tunisia beat 2007 and 2010 Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-1. In the first set Jaziri rallied from a break down to get an immediate break-back. The Tunisian player broke serve in the ninth game before serving out for the first set.

Jaziri got a double break in the third game at 1-1 and in the fifth game to build up a 4-1 lead before wrapping up the match on Youzhny’s serve.

Jaziri will face either World Number 1 Novak Djokovic or Tommy Robredo in the second round.

Sixth-seed Feliciano Lopez overcame a second-set loss to edge Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-1 4-6 6-4 in an all-Spainsh first round match. Feliciano broke serve twice to race out to 5-0 en route to taking a 6-1 win in the first set. Garcia Lopez fought back breaking serve in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4. Feliciano Lopez broke serve once in the first game of the decider and saved a break point in the 8th game to clinch the 400th win of his career and secure his spot in the second round. Feliciano fended off six of the eight break points he faced and fired 16 aces.

Marcos Baghdatis stunned Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 in the final Monday match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Troicki, who won the Sydney title and reached the final in Sofia earlier this year, became the first big name to crash out in this ATP 500 tournament. Troicki broke serve in the fourth game of the first set but the Cypriot fought back to win the first set at the tie-break.

After dominating the tie-break, Baghdatis got the double break in the sixth game as Troicki made a double fault. Baghdatis closed out in the 8th game setting up a second round match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who battled past Lucas Pouille 6-3 5-7 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes.

“I think I started off a bit too aggressively, so I had to slow myself down and I started being a bit more patient. I think I was a bit more patient than him in the tie-break as well and that made the difference”, said Baghdatis.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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