BY GIOVANNI VIANELLO
It was a case of so near, but so far for Germany’s Dustin Brown and Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund at the Miami Open.
Brown’s Miami bid was ended by America’s Donald Young 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Meanwhile, Edmund went out 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, to Jared Donaldson.
During the Young-Brown encounter, the first set was quite balanced with only one break of serve (in the advantage of Young) with the score being 3-2 for the American. The set was hugely oriented by serve, mainly due to Brown’s attitude of making risky returns which often go out and his lethal serve, even if the German often commits double faults.
The second set sees Young losing focus after just two games, and not regaining his composure until the end of the set, which ends 6-1 for Brown. Suffering the second set hammering, Young halted the proceedings to receive a medical time out on his back.
In the decider, though, Young recovered and secured an early lead of a break with the match ending 6-3 1-6 6-2 in his favour.
The match was a big contrast of game-play style, with Brown playing very risky shots (he also played a volley-tweener once), whilst Young showed his usual consistency. Young’s reward is a showdown against Lucas Pouille in the second round.
It was an even worse Miami experience for next generation star Edmund, who lead his match 6-2, 5-3. What looked like an easy match for the Βritish NextGen Kyle Edmund turned out into a roller-coaster match which was won by Donaldson.
In the first set, Edmund eased past Donaldson thanks to his serve and forehand, breaking him twice, in the second and in the eighth game.
Then the British player secured another break of serve in the second, and kept the advantage until 5-3, when he served for the match. At this point, the Brit went down 15-40 and then lost the serve. The match began to be a thriller with each player started to play at his best, but Donaldson was displaying a better defense in the match. The set finished in the tie-break, which was won by Donaldson by 7-4.
The third set saw the Briton going down in mood and in performance, getting broken twice, with the second one occurring in the eighth and deciding game. Before that, Edmund had had an opportunity to recover the match, when trailing 2-4 but being up 0-30 on Donaldson’s serve.
The match mainly saw a battle of serving and forehand, and in the end it was Donaldson, who prevailed thanks to his better mental attitude and his better defense.pko,pklm,kkk
John Isner upsets Andrey Rublev to reach quarterfinals in Madrid
John Isner is into the Madrid quarter-finals after a last set tiebreak win over Andrey Rublev.
The American once again needed three sets and two tiebreakers to earn a top 10 scalp.
John Isner booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open by upsetting the number six seed Andrey Rublev 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in two hours and five minutes hitting 43 winners and 29 aces in the win.
“I’ve always served well, the conditions for the server are fantastic, physically I was heavy-legged today, I finished late last night, the good thing is I finished a bit earlier today and I should be ready to go tomorrow, I’m going to need all of my legs tomorrow against Dominic (Thiem) and I’m looking forward to it for sure”.
The first set was pretty routine and we didn’t see a single break of serve the entire set as the first set would be decided by a tiebreaker. That’s where the American ran away with it jumping out to a 4-0 lead playing some great tennis and he would take it 7-4 to win the first set 7-6.
The Russian was keen to get back in the match in the second set and earned the first two breakpoints of the match at 1-1 and broke to take an early 2-1 lead. That break was all the number six seed needed to serve out the second set taking it 6-3 and setting up a deciding third set.
The number six seed once again had the first break opportunity of the third set but it was immediately saved with the big booming serve from the Greensboro, North Carolina native. That was the only breakpoint of the set and once again the match would be decided by a tiebreaker.
This one was much more closer and we didn’t see a break of serve until 4-3 when the American returned the Russian serve with a powerful forehand to take a 5-3 lead.
He would go on to serve it out to win the match and set up a quarterfinal encounter with the Austrian Domenic Them and he spoke about the matchup in his post-match press conference.
“He’s fresh, he’s won two matches and I think he is the second-best clay courter right now so it’s going to be a very tough task for me tomorrow especially on this court because he hits the ball so big and pretty fast and he does so many things well and I am going to have to play extremely well if I want any chance to beat him”
Theim currently holds a 2-1 lead in the head to head and their most recent meeting was back in 2017 in Laver Cup on an indoor hardcourt when the Austrian won in three sets.
Christian Garin reaches his second career Masters 1000 quarter final in Madrid
Chile’s Christian Garin has reached his second Masters 1000 quarter final with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 win over world number 3 Danil Medvedev at the Madrid Mutua Open.
Garin earned an early break after a loose service game from Medvedev at 1-1. The second set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Medvedev cruised through to a 7-3 win with two mini-breaks. Garin broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the third set 6-1.
Garin will face either this year’s Serbian Open champion Matteo Berrettini or Federico Delbonis. The Chilean player is tied at 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Berrettini and won his only previous match against Delbonis en route to last year’s title at the Rio Open. Garin won all his five titles on clay in Houston and Munich in 2019, Rio de Janeiro and Cordoba in 2020 and Santiago de Chile in 2021.
Jannik Sinner Vows To ‘Come Back Stronger’ After Madrid Misfortune
The 19-year-old believes his latest loss will help him grow as a player.
Italian rising star Jannik Sinner has revealed that he was suffering from an allergy during his latest match at the Madrid Open but has insisted it wasn’t the reason for his loss.
The world No.18 crashed out of the tournament in straight sets on Wednesday to Australia’s Alexi Popyrin. A player ranked 57 places lower than him who has reached the third round of a Masters tournament for only the second time in his career. The Italian struggled behind his second serve where he won just 41% of the points. A frustrating outcome for Sinner who led the match 5-3 before losing 6-7(5), 2-6.
“I suffer from allergy and here there is a lot of pollen, I also play with contact lenses and everything. This bothered me a lot,” said Sinner who was coughing throughout the match.
“I suffered more because there was more sun and in that field (court) he entered easily, but I did not lose for this (reason). He played better than me.”
The 19-year-old has recently broken into the world’s top 20 following what has been a solid start to the season. At the Miami Open he became only the fourth teenager in history to reach the final after Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On the clay he recently reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Despite his disappointment in Madrid, Sinner is hoping that it will help him become an even better playing in the coming weeks heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam which he reached the quarter-finals at on his debut last year.
“This defeat helps me to grow, now I go to the court to work to be at the top for the next match. I’ll come back stronger than before,” he stated.
Sinner will be hoping to get back on track next week when plays his home tournament at the Italian Open. He made his Rome debut back in 2019 where he defeated Steve Johnson in the first round before going out. A year later he reached the third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets.
As for Popyrin, he will face a showdown against top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday.
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