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Dominic Thiem edges Benoit Paire in four sets to reach the fourth round in the Australian Open

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Thiem is the first Austrian since Jurgen Melzer to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open (Zimbio.com)

Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open after he edged mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire 61 46 64 64 early on Saturday.

 

Thiem had dropped a set in each of his two rounds against Jan-Lennard Struff and Jordan Thompson respectively, and continued the trend in his match with the Frenchman.

Thiem came out and started strongly, breaking Paire in his first service game, and then holding for a three-love lead. Paire at least got on the board, but Thiem added a second break for a one-sided first set.

Paire rarely plays a match against a big player without finding at least some form, and so it proved it the second, the Frenchman improving to take care of matters on his own serve, and then break late in the set to level the scores.

However, Thiem’s backhand kicked into gear in the third all it took was for the Frenchman to go absent in one service game, and the Austrian led by two-sets-to-one. Thiem broke in the first game of the fourth, when Paire played an ill-advised drop shot into the net. Paire showed some mettle though, rattling off the next three games, looking to force a fifth and deciding set. Thiem’s retrieved the break, but immediately handed it back yet again, with a poor smash off of a relatively short defensive shot from Paire contributing to a poor game from the Austrian.

Paire just could not keep his consistency either though, and Thiem was once again back on serve. It was the Austrian who then broke again, to serve for the match. He helped Paire back into the game at deuce, but eventually sealed the win when Paire could only push a service return into the tramlines.

Thiem betters his result from last year, where he went out in third round. For Paire, he earns eighty points because he had lost in the first round last year.

Thiem will face David Goffin in the fourth round after the Belgian sealed a little piece of history. The eleventh seed defeated the 6’11 Ivo Karlovic 63 62 64, giving a master-class in how to break a big-server regularly. The win was rather easier than Goffin’s five-set marathon in the first round against American qualifier Reilly Opelka, who is also 6’11. Goffin becomes the first player to defeat both these players in the same grand slam tournament.

Though Karlovic had won his second round in straight sets, he had played a first round match against Horacio Zeballos that had lasted more than five hours, and it could easily have had an effect on the thirty-eight year-old twentieth seed. Reaching the third round represents a good effort for the big-serving veteran.

Goffin owns a narrow head-to-head lead against Thiem, leading 4-3, including a four-set win against the Austrian in the Australian Open last year in the third round. Thiem levelled the head-to-head in grand slam tournaments by winning at Roland Garros, also in four, en route to his first grand slam semi-final.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches his seventh quarter final of the season in Barcelona

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Last week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-3 in 84 minutes to secure his spot in the quarter finals at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Tsitsipas has extended his win-loss record to 24-5 in the 2021 ATP Tour season.

 

The first set went on serve with no break points until the 12th game, when De Minaur made his seventh unforced error of the set to give Tsitsipas two set points. De Minaur saved a set point with a drop shot winner. Tsitsipas hit a forehand to get the first break of match on the next point to seal  the first set 7-5.

De Minaur converted his third break point in the first game of the second set and held his serve to take a 2-0 lead. Tsitsipas won five of the next six games with two breaks of serve in the fourth and eighth game to clinch the second set 6-3. 

The young Greek star has reached at least the quarter finals at all seven tournaments he has played in 2021. 

Tsitsipas set up a quarter final against Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-3. Tsitsipas leads 3-2 in his five head-to-head matches against Auger Aliassime and beat his younger Canadian rival 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the Acapulco quarter final. 

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Andrey Rublev sets up quarter final clash against Jannik Sinner in Barcelona

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Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Andrey Rublev battled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 after 2 hours and 27 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

 

Rublev opened up a 4-1 lead with a break in the fourth game of the opening set. Ramos Vinolas broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Rublev claimed the first set 6-4 with his second break in the 10th game. 

Ramos Vinolas saved two break points to hold serve after six deuces for 3-3. The next games went on serve en route to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-4 with two mini-breaks. 

Rublev went up a 4-2 lead with a break in the fifth game of the third set, but Ramos Vinolas recovered once again by breaking back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Rublev converted his second break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Ramos Vinolas was not able to convert four break points at 4-5 and Rublev closed out the third set with a forehand winner. 

“Nothing has changed. I didn’t learn my lessons. The most important thing is that I managed to win today. When you are not doing something correctly, but you are still winning matches, it gives you confidence. Albert was playing much better than me early in the third set, but you never know which way it will go”, said Rublev.  

Rublev set up a quarter final against Jannik Sinner, who edged past Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (11-9) 6-2 after 1 hor and 52 minutes. Rublev met Sinner only once in the Vienna Round of 16 last year, but the Italian was forced to withdraw from the match withdrew from the match due to a right foot injury.  

Bautista Agut earned his first break in the third game, but Sinner broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Sinner saved a break point in the fifth game to hold serve fo 3-2 at deuce. The world number 19 broke serve in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead, but he wasted a set point in the ninth game. Bautista Agut broke back to draw level to 5-5. Both players held their next service games en route to the tie-break. 

Sinner saved three set points at 5-6, 7-8 and 8-9 in the tie-break of the first set before winning the tie-break 11-9 on his third set point. 

Sinner earned an early break in the first game and saved a break-back point to open up a 2-0 lead. The Italian player saved three break points to hold his serve in a very long fourth game. The 2019 Sofia Open and Great Ocean Road Open champion went up a double break to take a 5-2 lead. Sinner has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 against Bautista Agut. Earlier this year the Italian Next Gen player beat his Spanish rival in three sets in the Dubai Round of 16 and in the Miami semifinal.

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Ash Barty Insists No Queue Jumping Involved As She Gets Covid-19 Vaccine

The world No.1 says she is pleased to have a ‘small layer of protection.’

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Ash Barty has confirmed that she was one of the players to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during a Tour event in Charleston.

 

The tournament and Plantation Pharmacy, a local drugstore, formed an agreement which offered all players a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccination to players participating in two events. The Volvo Open and 2021 MUSC Health Women’s Open which took place at the same venue the week after.

Barty confirmed for the first time earlier this week that she and her coach Craig Tyzzer took up the offer. Speaking to reporters from the Stuttgart Open, the former French Open champion stated that she ‘didn’t jump any queues’ to get the vaccine. Joining the likes of Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka who have also had their doses earlier in the year.

“We were looking at different avenues to try and get vaccinated without jumping the queue in Australia to see what our options were, and we weren’t able to get much of an answer before we left in March,” said Barty.
“We were able to get the vaccine, as were a lot of other players, through the Tour and that they had organised through a certain pharmacy that had extras, and that was important to me knowing that those who were the most vulnerable were able to get it first.”

The 24-year-old missed most of the season last year due to travelling concerns related to the pandemic. In total she missed nearly 11 months of the Tour before returning to action in Melbourne in February. Since then, Barty has won the Yarra Valley Classic and Miami Open.

“It was nice to know that we have got that small layer of protection,” she added.
“We still do the right things and abide by all the rules and the guidelines set in place by the Tour but knowing that we had that little bit of extra protection puts us at ease a bit more.”

This week the Australian is seeking her first trophy on the clay since her triumph in Roland Garros back in 2019. The top seed in Stuttgart, she kicked-off her campaign on Wednesday with a 6-0, 7-5, win over former champion Laura Siegemund. She will play either Jelena Ostapenko or Karolina Pliskova in the next round.

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