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Second seed Bernard Tomic shocked by Rajeev Ram, Top seed Kevin Anderson retires in Delray Beach

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Kevin Anderson’s injury-ridden start to the year continued with a retirement loss to Austin Krajicek (Image via Zimbio.com)

It was a good day for Americans in Delray Beach, as two of the home contingent accounted for the top two seeds. Austin Krajicek won when Kevin Anderson retired after the top seed had lost the first set on a tie-break, and second seed Bernard Tomic was beaten by Rajeev Ram 7-6, 6-1. 

When the draw was announced, Austin Krajicek was likely cursing his luck that he had been placed in the same bracket as Kevin Anderson. Yet Krajicek, who fell out of the Top 100 this week, earned his luck, winning a place in the second round when Anderson retired 6-7 down. It marks a bad start to the year for South African, after he had enjoyed the best year of his career in 2015. He was forced to retire from the Australian Open with a knee injury, but it was a shoulder injury that curtailed his chances at this event. Anderson had led 3-0 before Krajicek levelled with Anderson’ service notably struggling, and the top seed decided enough was enough after losing the tie-break.

Bernard Tomic had no such excuses against Rajeev Ram however, as the American scored a huge shock over the Australian second seed. Ram is best known for his exploits on grass, having won the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport twice. A number of his points responsible for his Top 100 ranking are as a result of having won the second of his two titles in 2015. Yet he proved his worth on the hard-courts as he edged a tie-break. Tomic then lost his composure, as Ram raced away with the second set, breaking twice and losing just two points on serve. Tomic’s season is off to a slow start. After a reasonable run at the Australian Open, Tomic lost early on the South American clay, before heading north for this event.

Steve Johnson was another home winner, as the sixth seed put his defeat to Taylor Fritz swiftly behind him. Johnson banished the ghosts of that two tie-break loss, edging a thrilling decider ten-eight after he and John Millman had split the opening two sets. The final score was 6-3, 5-7, 7-6.

Dennis Novikov ensured that the Americans did not remain perfect in the daytime matches however, as he lost 6-2, 6-2 to fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito. Finally Damir Dzumhur gained revenge for his defeat in Memphis last week, as he beat Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-2.

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Marin Cilic overcomes Damir Dzumhur at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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Marin Cilic edged past Damir Dzumhur 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 after 1 hour and 51 minutes to reach the second round at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Cilic won two consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015. 

 

Cilic came back from losing the tie-break of the first set by winning 12 of the last 13 games. He will face either Tommy Paul or Winston Salem finalist Mikael Ymer.

The opening set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Dzumhur earned three set points at 6-3 with two mini-breaks and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-4. Cilic broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the second set. The 2014 US Open champion saved a break point in the third game before breaking at deuce in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Cilic closed out the third set with a double break at love in the sixth game. 

The Croatian player has extended his winning record to 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Dzumhur. 

Cilic won his 19th career ATP title in Stuttgart against Felix Auger Aliassime and reached two semifinals in Singapore and Estoril.  

“It always feels great to be here. It is always a pleasure and it is great to see a nice crowd here. I know that Damir always enjoys these conditions where the court is a bit slower and the ball stays a bit slower, so I was having a little bit of difficulty on his serve in the first set”, said Cilic. 

John Millman also rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 after two hours and 35 minutes. Millman will play against either Alexander Bublik or Ukrainian qualifier Ilya Marchenko. 

Millman went up a 5-2 lead with a double break. Bonzi pulled both breaks back to draw level to draw level to 5-5. Bonzi earned two mini-breaks to take a 4-2 lead. Millman pulled back on serve to draw level to 5-5, but Bonzi earned his third mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5.

Bonzi went up a set and a break to take a 4-3 lead, but Millman won the final three games with two breaks to claim the second set 6-4. Millman raced out to a 4-0 lead with two breaks. Bonzi got one break back in the fifth game for 1-4. Millman won his final service games to close out the third set 6-3. 

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Andrey Rublev defends his title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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Andrey Rublev will defend his title on home soil at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The Russian star will be looking to win his second title this season following his triumph in Rotterdam last March. Rublev claimed five ATP titles in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg, Vienna and St. Petersburg. 

 

The Moscow Kremlin Cup line-up also features Karen Khachanov, winner in 2018 and Olympic silver medallist last July, Marin Cilic, who won two titles in the Russian capital in 2014 and 2015, and 2017 champion Damir Dzumhur. 

Aslan Karatsev will play in the main draw on home soil for the first time without having to qualifying round. Karatsev won his first title in Dubai and reached the final in Belgrade losing to Matteo Berrettini this year. Karatsev reached the doubles final at Indian Wells last week teaming up with Rublev. 

The other name to watch is Alexander Bublik from Kazahstan, who reached to a career-high of world number 34 this year. Bublik reached two ATP Finals this year in Antalya and Singapore. The Kazakh player reached the quarter final in the Russian tournament as a qualifier in 2016 and 2017. 

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Jannik Sinner leads the line-up in Antwerp

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Jannik Sinner leads the line-up as the the top-seed at the European Open in Antwerp. Sinner won two ATP 250 titles in Melbourne and Sofia and his first ATP 500 in Washington. The 2019 Next Gen Finals champion is still looking to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Sinner is currently tenth in the ATP Race to Turin behind ninth placed Hubert Hurkacz, who currently holds the last qualifying spot.  Hurkacz beats his friend Sinner in the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami. Sinner will face either Next Gen rising star Lorenzo Musetti or Gianluca Mager in an all-Italian second round clash. 

 

The Antwerp line-up also Alex De Minaur, Diego Schwartzman and wild card Andy Murray. De Minaur reached the final in Antwerp in 2020 and will be looking to win his third title this year following Eastbourne on grass and Antalya on hard court. 

Schwartzman, who reached two finals in a row in Antwerp in 2016 and 2017, reached two consecutive quarter finals in San Diego and Indian Wells. The Argentine player won the Buenos Aires title in 2021 and reached three finals in Cordoba, Rome and Cologne in 2020. 

Murray will return to Antwerp, where he made a successful come-back by winning the title in the 2019 edition beating Stan Wawrinka in the final. The two-time Olympic champion reached the third round at Indian Wells after beating Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz. Murray is one of the three wild cards alongside Richard Gasquet and Belgium’s world number 523 Zizou Bergs, who upset Albert Ramos Vinolas before losing to Karen Khachanov in the third set in last year’s edition of the Antwerp tournament. 

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