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Five Americans come through qualifying in Indian Wells, Michael Berrer defeats Andrey Rublev



 Noah Rubin will feature in the main draw after some strong performances in qualifying

The final round of qualifying at Indian Wells tuned into a good day for Americans, as five Americans progressed to the main draw. There was however disappointment for young Russian Andrey Rublev, who misses out after defeat.


The top section saw the top seed Yuichi Sugita surprised by the in-form Renzo Olivo (17), who won 6-4, 6-2. Second seed Austin Krajicek also failed to escape qualifying, as he was defeated by Frenchman Vincent Millot 6-3, 6-4.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert was the highest seed (3) to progress, as he defeated Mischa Zverev (14) 6-3, 7-6  in a battle of big servers. Michael Berrer (4) may have been seeded higher than Andrey Rublev (14) but the Russian may have been the favourite, having just taken his first Challenger title last week. Berrer eased past him 6-3, 6-2.

(5) Tim Smyczek again pulled off a Houdini act, as he recovered from the loss of the first set against Tommy Paul (24), winning a third set that featured five breaks of serve 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Smyczek had won a tight first round match against Michael Mmoh.

(18) Ryan Harrison took full advantage of Jason Jung’s excellent win against John-Patrick Smith in the earlier round, defeating Jung 6-4, 7-6 to make the main draw.

A pair of surprise names in Peter Polansky and Marcelo Arevalo featured in the next section, with the Canadian Polansky winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

(20) Jozef Kovalik defeated Giovanni Lapentti 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to feature in the main draw of Indian Wells for the first time.

(21) Marco Trungelliti has mirrored the achievements of compatriot Renzo Olivo at many events this year, most notably the Australian Open, and he will also feature in the main draw after he edged French veteran Edouard Roger-Vasselin (9) 7-6, 6-4.

(19) Alexander Sarkissian edged fellow American Mitchell Krueger 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, before (11) Bjorn Fratangelo beat veteran Czech star Radek Stepanek (15) 6-3, 6-2.

(23) Noah Rubin completed the bracket with a 6-3, 7-5 win against (12) Dennis Novikov.

The winners will now be entered into the main draw, with the losers waiting to see if they may be awarded lucky loser positions.

Qualifiers opponents in main draw.

(Q) Bjorn Fratangelo vs Teymuraz Gabashvili

(Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs (Q) Jozef Kovalik

(Q) Michael Berrer vs Juan Monaco

(Q) Vincent Millot vs (WC) Mackenzie McDonald

(Q) Peter Polansky vs Fernando Verdasco

John Millman vs (Q) Alexander Sarkissian

Nicolas Mahut vs (Q) Renzo Olivo

(Q) Ryan Harrison vs Dusan Lajovic

Andrey Kuznetsov vs (Q) Marco Trungelliti

(Q) Tim Smyczek vs (WC) Juan Martin Del Potro

Rajeev Ram vs (Q) Noah Rubin


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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day 1: Rain Causes Havoc, But Djokovic And Federer Still Shine looks back on all the highs and lows that took place at Melbourne Park on Monday.



Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on all the action that took place on the first day of the 2020 Australian Open. Including two very different wins for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Federer raced into the second round with a straightforward win over Steve Johnson. Meanwhile, Djokovic dropped a set against Jan-Lennard Struff on route to the next stage. Due to the poor weather only 32 out of the scheduled 64 matches could be played on the opening day of the grand slam tournament.


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Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit

The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.



Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.


The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.

“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.

Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.

In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.

“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.

Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.


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Frustrated Denis Shapovalov Exits Australian Open After Heated Clash With Umpire

The Next Gen star lost his cool on the opening day of the grand slam tournament.



Canadian No.1 Denis Shapovalov has blasted the umpire for issuing him with a ‘terrible call’ during his shock loss to Marton Fucosovics at the Australian Open on Monday.


The 20-year-old slumped to a 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-1, 7-6(3), defeat to his Hungarian rival in what is his first ever first round loss in three appearances at the tournament. Shapovalov, who is the 13th seed in this year’s draw, struggled to find his range throughout the match. He has now lost in the first round of three out of the last four grand slam tournaments.

“I definitely had a lot of chances. Up a break in the fourth set and getting tight. Then, having a break point and shanking a forehand.” Shapovalov reflected during his press conference.
“I’m not trying to take anything away from him. I think he played an excellent match, played really well in the fifth set tie break. But obviously not all of me was there today.”

The lacklustre performance saw the rising star hit 62 unforced errors and win just 39% of his second service points. Shapovalov also found difficulty in dismantling his opponent’s serve, who saved six out of the seven break points he faced.

During the clash, Shapovalov engaged in a confrontation with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein. It started during the early stages of the third set when he received a code violation for hitting his racket onto the ground out of frustration. Something the world No.13 argued against by saying ‘it’s my racket, I can do whatever I want with it’ and pointing out that it didn’t break.

“The rule that I know is that if I break the racket you can code me, but you can’t code me for slamming it,” he told reporters.
“I’m not doing anything, it didn’t impact anyone and yeah, the racket was still intact.
“He gave me the warning because I did it two or three times and I think it’s not the way it works. He said I kept doing it so he was going to code me, which is a terrible decision.”

In the official rule book it doesn’t state that a piece of playing equipment has to be broken before a player is issued with a code violation, which may also subsequently lead to a fine. Leaving a frustrated Shapovalov with little ground for his argument.

“Players shall not violently or with anger hit, kick or throw a racket or other equipment within the precincts of the tournament site.” The rule states.

The Next Gen star had an opportunity to take the match into a decider after leading the fourth set by 4-2. However, he was unable to hold onto the lead with Fucsovics fighting back once more before prevailing in the tiebreaker. Gifting the Hungarian only his second win over a top 20 player in his career.

Shapovalov is the first top 20 seed to exit the men’s draw this year. In the second round Fucsovics will play either Jannik Sinner or Max Purcell.

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