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Challenger Tour: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez pulls out, Michael Venus takes full advantage in Irving

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Michael Venus took out Marco Cecchinato in Irving on Wednesday (Image via Zimbio.com)

The Irving Challenger suffered a blow on Wednesday when top seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez pulled out of the event. Lucky loser Michael Venus took full advantage, as the New Zealander defeated Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to move into the second round.

 

Venus had lost to Jason Jung in the final round of qualifying, but defeated the young Italian in three sets. He will now face teenage American Jared Donaldson in the second round.

Another lucky loser Giovanni Lapentti ousted Jung, as the Ecuadorian manage to recover from the loss of the first set to progress 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Defending champion Aljaz Beden recorded a straightforward win against Rogerio Dutra Silva, 6-3, 6-2. American wildcard Francis Tiafoe defeated veteran German Benjamin Becker in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Tiafoe had given a great account of himself in Indian Wells, defeating Taylor Fritz before going down in three to David Goffin.

There was not such good fortune for a seeded American though, as Denis Kudla succumbed to German Mischa Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Kudla is in poor form, having recorded just one win in his last four tournaments.

Ivan Dodig made light work of Jozef Kovalik, winning 6-2, 6-2, and third seed Lukas Rosol beat Jakob Sude 6-2, 7-6. Eighth seed Illya Marchenko toughed out a close encounter with Philipp Petzschner, defeating the German veteran in a match lasting ten minutes short of three hours, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.

Evgeny Donskoy defeated fifth seed Inigo Cervantes 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, and Diego Schwartzmann was the beneficiary of a retirement from Michael Berrer. Schwartzmann had been leading 6-2, 2-1.

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New York Open Saturday Recap: Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi Advance to Sunday’s Final

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The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Home of the New York Open

The Brit and the Italian both comfortably prevailed in their semifinal matches, and will play for the championship Sunday afternoon inside Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

 

Kyle Edmund never trailed in Saturday’s first semifinal against fellow seed and ATP Next Gen upstart Miomir Kecmanovic.  In the second game of the first set, Kecmanovic was serving at 40-0, but then lost the next five points to drop serve, which included two double faults. Miomir’s next service game at 0-3 went to deuce, when Edmund promptly crushed two forehand return winners to gain a double break. Edmund would take the first set 6-1.

Kyle’s forehand was on fire in this match, with his backhand showing some noticeable improvements as well.  However, as the second set progressed, Kecmanovic started ripping his own forehand and backhand with much more authority. But at 4-4, Miomir lost control of his groundstrokes, resulting in a break at love. Edmund would then hit multiple aces in the final game, closing out the match 6-1, 6-4. Kyle won an impressive 79% of first serve points in the match.

Regarding the tighter second set, Edmund stated, “You play top players in the world, you expect a fight back.”

“I had to weather that storm a bit, he was gaining more confidence,” Kyle said.

In the second semifinal, Andreas Seppi also allowed his opponent just five games, eliminating qualifier Jason Jung by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Just like the first semifinal, Seppi broke his opponent in his first service game, and never looked back. Jung understandably started off a bit tight in his first-ever ATP semifinal, and never settled into the match. Seppi will now vie for his first title since 2012.

The singles championship match will take place Sunday at 4:00pm local time. Edmund leads their head-to-head 4-1, with a 4-0 edge on hard courts. Their last meeting was just last month in Auckland, where Kyle won 6-3, 7-6(4).

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Casper Ruud comes back from the verge of defeat to reach the final in Buenos Aires

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Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat home favourite Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6 7-5 6-1 to reach the final in Buenos Aires. Ruud was three points from defeat, but he reeled off 10 of the last 11 games to win the match.

 

Londero broke Ruud for the first time at 1-1 in the opening set with a forehand and hit a forehand winner on set point. The Argentine drew an error from Ruud at 2-2 to break serve. Londero was broken at serve with three forehand errors, as he was serving for the match at 5-4. Ruud broke serve at love two games later, as Ruud drew level to 5-5 with a backhand return winner.

Ruud will play against Portuguese lucky loser Pedro Sousa, who reached the final after Diego Schwartman pulled out of the match due to a left leg injury.

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Andrea Petkovic Demands More Action From Tennis In Fight Against Racism

Andrea Petkovic has urged tennis authorities to make a stronger stance against racism.

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Andrea Petkovic has demanded that more action needs to be taken if Tennis wants to tackle racism successfully. 

 

The German who is currently injured and is a part-time host for ZDF Sport has spoken about the need for tennis to take stronger action against Racism.

Speaking of her own experiences and background, Petkovic has urged the need for tennis to speak out on these issues more regularly, “We, in particular, as athletes who play abroad, get to know foreign cultures,” Petkovic said in an interview with Sueddeutsche.

“We are seen as role models and we should position ourselves against racism again and again. I myself am the daughter of a migrant family who came to Germany from the former Yugoslavia and was warmly welcomed here. Germany made this success possible for me, without the support of the German Tennis Association I would never have made it this far. 

“It makes me sad to see how things are developing, that the voices are getting louder from the right. However, a large majority in Germany are still resisting it.”

As her tennis career soon reaches its climax, Petkovic is starting to speak out on more sporting issues therefore putting pressure on tennis authorities to listen on these issues from a different perspective.

At the moment the German just had knee surgery, ruling her out of Indian Wells, and the 32 year-old admits her schedule will be lighter as the years go by, “I definitely want to play this year and maybe add the Australian Open 2021 to it. There won’t be that many tournaments. I listen to my body.”

The world number 80 will look to be fit for the WTA tournament in Stuttgart, which starts on the 20th of April.

 

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