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Tomas Berdych eases past Thomas Fabbiano to set up a quarter final against Nick Kyrgios in Dubai

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Number 3 seed Tomas Berdych eased past Italian Thomas Fabbiano 6-2 6-2 in 74 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tnnis Championships. Berdych fired eight aces and converted five of 10 break points.

 

Berdych got a double break to clinch the first set 6-2. The Czech went up a set and a break at the start of the second set but Fabbiano broke straight back in the second game and held his serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. In the fifth game Berdych broke serve on his third opportunity to take a 3-2 lead. Fabbiano saved two break points in a very long seventh game but Berdych converted his third opportunity to go up 5-2 before serving out for the match in the next game after 1 hour and 14 minutes.

Berdych reached the Dubai final twice and the semifinals in four of the last five years. He holds a 22-4 win-loss record in this tournament.

Berdych will face Nick Kyrgios who swept aside Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2 to take his seventh consecutive win. It will be their third head-to-head match  between Berdych and Kyrgios. The Czech player beat Kyrgios at last January’s Australian Open, while the young Aussie took the re-match in the semifinals in Marseille last week.

“Nick is playing really good, with a lot of confidence. He is full of fireworks on the court, in a good way. He is playing really aggressive- He is going for a lot of shots, risking a lot. His match is on a much higher level than usual. He is doing well. So for me it’s going to be a big challenge. Definitely I have a lot to give him back for last week and just really need to refocus myself, try to raise the game and play some good tennis again”, said Berdych.

Kyrgios said of his quarter final match against Berdych. “He beat me at the Australian Open. I beat him last week in Marseille. The conditions here are completely different, so it should suit him. His serve is big. It is going to be a good match. I am looking forward to it. He is a great player. Today’s match was a major improvement from Tuesday. I think I adapted well to the conditions. I got a much better session in beforehand, got a good rest and was really prepared”, said Kyrgios.

Stan Wawrinka beat Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor 7-5 6-1. Skugor scored the fourth win of his career on the ATP Tour. The first set went on serve until the 11th game when Wawrinka got his first break of the match at 5-5 with his backhand passing shot.

Wawrinka won 8 of his next 9 games to secure his spot in the quarter finals. The Lausanne star hit his return winner to break serve in the second game of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead. The 2015 Roland Garros champion got a double break but needed five match points to seal the win. Wawrinka saved a break point in the fifth game of the first set with an ace and another in the second game with a forehand winner. Wawrinka made 36 unforced errors. Wawrinka will face Phillip Kohlschreiber who beat Borna Coric 6-2 7-6

Roberto Bautista Agut swept aside 19-year-old Hyeon Chung 6-0 6-1 in a one-sided match. Bautista Agut, who won two titles in Auckland and Sofia, converted five of his seven break point chances and won 64 points on return.

Bautista Agut got his first break in the opening game and his serve in the next game. He faced the only problems in the second and in the third games which went to deuce. In the second game Chung earned three game points but could not hold his serve. Bautista faced a break.back point in the third game but he saved it to open up a 3-0 lead. Bautista got a double break to 15 to cruise to 4-0 and held his serve to love in the fifth game. Bautista Agut earned two set points and closed out the first set on his second set point in just 28 minutes.

Bautista Agut converted the first of his three break point chances in the second game to win his eighth consecutive game. Chung, winner of the ATP Most Improved Player Award in 2015, got his first game on the scoreboard when he held his serve in the fourth game for 1-3 but Bautista Agut got his double break in the sixth game to cruise to 5-1. Bautista served out on his first match point after just 54 minutes  Bautista Agut has reached the quarter finals for the fifth time this season.

“It’s good to win like this, playing well and doing everything you practise for and you get the result but I have to be humble and know that to win like this is impossible. You have to work a lot and play two hours for every win. For sure, I am happy because I won fast today but I know it’s going to be tougher and tougher”, said Bautista Agut

Bautista Agut will face world number 57 Marcos Baghdatis, who breezed aside Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-2 in 66 minutes. Baghdatis broke serve in the ninth game to clinch the first set before getting a double break to cruise to a 3-0 lead in the second set. The Cypriot fended off the five break points he faced.

Number 6 seed Feliciano Lopez beat Lukas Rosol 6-3 7-6. The Spanish player needed just a break to clinch the first set 6-3. Lopez got a late break in the second set before earning a chance to serve for the match at 6-5. Rosol managed to break back to force the second set to the tie-break. Lopez came from behind in the breaker to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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