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Albert Ramos-Vinolas Stuns Andy Murray To Reach First Quarterfinal in Monte Carlo

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Albert Ramos-Vinolas produced a huge upset in Monte Carlo in the third round, knocking out the world number one Andy Murray 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to secure the biggest win of his career.

 

The Spaniard, enjoying a career-high ranking of 24 this week, struggled in the first set, not holding serve once as Murray made every return of serve into play. Neither player played particularly well in the early exchanges, with the Brit winning just 47% of points behind his first serve, but he was able to get over the line. It was a complete contrast for the Spaniard in set number two, he never looked like dropping serve and only made four unforced errors, frustrating the top seed as he levelled at one set all. Leading 4-0 in the final set it looked as though the world number one was going to survive, but Ramos-Vinolas refused to give in and despite some setbacks closed out the match to reach the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo for the first time.

Having been broken in the first game of the match against Gilles Muller yesterday, the Brit was eager to make a better start this morning on Court Rainier III. In what was the players first meeting, getting the first hold proved to be a tough task for the world number one as Ramos-Vinolas moved into a 15-30 advantage. Murray outlasted his opponent in a 24 shot rally to move to 30-30 before squandering a couple of game points as both players traded brutal groundstrokes from the back of the court. The top seed was able to hold on the third opportunity to take the first game.

His opponent’s opening service game was a marathon, lasting just under 11 minutes. A sublime drop shot from the Brit followed by a forehand error from Ramos-Vinolas brought up a break point for Murray, but a backhand down the line winner following a poor drop shot helped the Spaniard save that chance. A daring forehand from from the world number 24 caught the back of the line to save a second break point before the 29-year-old squandered a game point of his own. Ramos-Vinolas battled hard to save two more break points but was not to deny the former semifinalist here on a fifth occasion as he ripped a backhand winner to move 2-0 in front.

What followed in the next few games were four successive breaks of serve. First Ramos-Vinolas hit back after some poor errors from the world number one, closing with an inside out forehand down the line winner. Murray then responded and capitalised on his first chance to break with a backhand winner, but then played a terrible service game to go down 0-40. His opponent squandered one opportunity but did not miss the next, finishing with a cross court forehand winner. After suffering that disappointment the Brit bounced back and was far more aggressive with his court positioning and ball striking, breaking the Spaniard once again to stay in front.

After finally managing to hold serve for the first time since the opening game, that was the chance to breakaway which Murray needed as he broke Ramos-Vinolas yet again, closing with a backhand cross court, his 18th winner of the match so far, to seal the opening set 6-2 after 48 minutes.

Murray recovered from 0-30 down in his opening service game of the second set to hold but could not prevent the Spaniard from getting his first hold of his own in the match before breaking the Brit’s serve in the next game, seeing Ramos-Vinolas take control for the first time in the match.

Things got even better for the world number 24 after a double fault from Murray put the Brit in all kinds of trouble on serve down two more break points. Ramos-Vinolas only needed the one as he moved further ahead, moving into a 5-2 lead. The Spaniard was unable to take his first set point when serving for it, but after a defensive lob from the world number one went wide Ramos-Vinolas deservedly sealed the second set 6-2 to force a decider.

In the final set the world number one raised his level and capitalised on a lull in his opponent’s play, securing an immediate break after the Spaniard went wide with a forehand cross court. Murray quickly established a 3-0 advantage and the scoreline pressure proved telling on Ramos-Vinolas, as three unforced errors saw the world number 24 fall 0-40 down. A second double fault in the game proved incredibly costly for the 29-year-old as he fell even further behind.

It looked as though the world number one had the match in the bag at this stage, but Murray’s concentration dropped as he fell 0-40 down on serve. The Brit saved two of the three break points, but could not prevent the Spaniard from getting a game back. Ramos-Vinolas then staved off three break points on his own serve to escape with a hold before breaking once again to close the gap to just one game behind.

Ramos-Vinolas held to love to level at four games all and came mightily close to earning the right to serve for the match. The Spaniard did brilliantly to bring up three break points at 0-40, but Murray demonstrated why he is world number one, resisting everything which the world number 24 threw at him, taking five points in a row to move 5-4 in front. A 40-0 lead on serve then evaporated for Ramos-Vinolas and it looked to be curtains, but the 29-year-old stood firm and eventually converted on his fifth game point to level the scores once again.

The world number one’s intensity dropped in the 11th game and resulted in the Brit facing two break points yet again. This time Murray could not escape, going long with a forehand to hand the chance to Ramos-Vinolas to serve for the match. The Spaniard got a little tight when 30-0 became 30-30 before a match point passed the 15th seed by, but the 29-year-old held his nerve to secure the biggest win of his career.

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David Goffin Out Of Wimbledon Following Halle Accident

It has been reported that the unfortunate injury he suffered is ‘more serious’ than a sprain.

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David Goffin has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon after suffering an ankle injury during the Noventi Open earlier this week.

 

The former top 10 player was taking on Corentin Moutet in Halle where he slipped on the grass and subsequently hurt his right ankle. Forcing the Belgian to retire from the match at the start of the third set. Providing an update on Goffin’s health, agent Martin Roux said he is unsure how long he will be absent from the Tour for.

“Yes, David has officially withdrawn from Wimbledon following his ankle injury in Halle. For the moment we do not know more about the exact duration of unavailability, ” Roux told lesoir.be. “He is of course disappointed to miss a Grand Slam tournament, especially since he had recovered well on grass before his injury. “

Elaborating further, Roux confirmed Goffin’s injury is ‘more serious’ than a sprain and tests are ongoing to assess the extent of the damage which has been caused to the ankle. It is not the first time he has suffered a freak accident on the court. During the 2018 Rotterdam Open he hurt his eye after a tennis ball rebounded into his face, forcing him to pull out of Marseille and Indian Wells that year.

“David told me that it was more serious than a minor sprain, after exams in Belgium.”Roux added. “The ankle has not yet deflated (stopped swelling). David realizes that ice and bandages won’t be enough to play. The ligaments must be affected in one way or another. The idea is to do new exams at the end of the week in order to then have a healing protocol, especially since after Wimbledon the Olympic Games will arrive quickly. These are now his next goals. “

The 30-year-old has achieved a win-loss record of 14-13 so far in 2021 and won his fifth ATP title in Montpellier. He has also reached the semi-finals in Antalya and quarter-finals in Monte Carlo. However, recently Goffin has struggled on the Tour with Halle being the fifth tournament in a row where he has failed to win back-to-back matches.

Goffin is currently ranked 13th in the world.

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Dominic Thiem Follows Nadal In Olympic Games Snub

The world No.5 says his decision is related to his performance on the Tour so far this season.

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Dominic Thiem training at the 2021 Lyon Open (photographer Sammy Dancyger - Owned by Sport Plus Conseil - GM Sports Consulting)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the Olympic Games in order to focus on his title defence at the US Open later this year.

 

The 27-year-old issued a statement on Thursday saying he was ‘not ready’ to play in Tokyo following what has been a roller-coaster start to the season. Thiem enters Wimbledon with a win-loss record of 9-8 and recently lost in the first round of the French Open. His best results so far this year were reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.

“Hi everybody, I have some sad news to share with you all. After talking with my team and analysing the situation I have taken the very difficult decision to withdraw from competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” the 27-year-old Austrian wrote on Twitter.
“For me, like all athletes, taking part in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honour and that makes this decision even tougher.
“However, 2021 did not start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
“My goal is to work hard the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and keep training and hopefully defend my US Open title.”

Thiem, who also skipped the 2016 Olympics, had previously said that his views on the multi-sport event have changed over recent time. During one interview with Tennis Deutschland he said it would be a ‘dream’ to play at the Olympics and he would ‘definitely play’ at the event if he had the chance to. Thiem is coached on the Tour by Nicolas Massu who won a gold medal back in 2004.

The world No.5 says he hopes to be able to play at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris where the tennis tournament will be held at Roland Garros. The same venue as the French Open.

On the same day as Thiem’s announcement on Thursday, Rafael Nadal was another player to confirm he would not be travelling to Tokyo, as well as Wimbledon, in order to recover from the clay season. The Spaniard said he wants to take a break from the Tour in order to preserve his body and prolong his career on the Tour.

The Olympic tennis event will take place between July 24th – August 1st. Andy Murray is the defending champion in the men’s tournament.

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Updated Entry Lists For Eastbourne, Mallorca

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Two ATP 250 events will be played on grass before Wimbledon, with a new tournament taking place in Mallorca (Spain).

 

The third week of the shortened grass-court season will see two ATP 250 events being played in Eastbourne (Great Britain) and Mallorca (Spain) from the 20th to the 26th of June. Eastbourne has been hosting a grass-court tournament since 2009, when it took the place of Nottingham in the ATP Tour’s calendar, while the Mallorca Championships is a new event.

World’s number one Novak Djokovic plans to play doubles in Mallorca, while Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev have received a Wild-Card in the singles draw. The defending champion Taylor Fritz has withdrawn from Eastbourne due to injury.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn from Eastbourne; he has been replaced by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


ATP 250 Eastbourne (GBR, Grass), entry list:
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
OUT Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Paire, Benoit (FRA)
OUT Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)

Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Millman, John (AUS)
Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
OUT Cilic, Marin (CRO)
Djere, Laslo (SRB)
OUT (SE)
OUT (SE)

WC Broady, Liam (GBR)
WC Clarke, Jay (GBR)
WC Ward, James (GBR)
Alternates:
IN Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
IN Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
IN Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
IN Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
IN Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
IN Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
IN Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)

IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
OUT Giron, Marcos (USA)
Alt.1 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Alt.2 Pouille, Lucas (FRA)
Alt.3 Mager, Gianluca (ITA)


ATP 250 Eastbourne (GBR, Grass), qualifying:
OUT Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
Duckworth, James (AUS)
Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)
Kuzmanov, Dimitar (BUL)
ALT Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
OUT Mahut, Nicolas (FRA)
OUT Viola, Matteo (ITA)
OUT Klein, Lukas (SVK)

OUT Zverev, Mischa (GER)
IN Purcell, Max (AUS)
IN Harrison, Christian (USA)
IN Miedler, Lucas (AUT)

OUT Aragone, JC (USA)
IN Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA)
OUT Stricker, Dominic Stephan (SUI)
IN Jianu, Filip Cristian (ROU)

OUT Tirante, Thiago Agustin (ARG)
OUT Mejia, Nicolas (COL)
OUT Pecotic, Matija (CRO)
OUT Sanchez Izquierdo, Nikolas (ESP)

IN Chappell, Nick (USA)
OUT Safranek, Vaclav (CZE)
OUT Mansouri, Skander (TUN)
OUT Cobolli, Flavio (ITA)
OUT Leshem, Edan (ISR)
Alt.1 Saville, Luke (AUS)
Alt.2 Hidalgo, Diego (ECU)
Alt.3 Vanni, Luca (ITA)



ATP 250 Mallorca (ESP, Grass):
Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
OUT Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
OUT Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)

Pella, Guido (ARG)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
Simon, Gilles (FRA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT (SE)
OUT (SE)
WC Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
WC Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
WC Bautista Agut, Roberto (ESP)
Alternates:
IN Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
IN Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
IN Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
IN Munar, Jaume (ESP)

IN Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
Alt.1 Giron, Marcos (USA)
Alt.2 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Alt.3 Pouille, Lucas (FRA)


ATP 250 Mallorca (ESP, Grass), qualifying:
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Mager, Gianluca (ITA)

Cuevas, Pablo (URU)
Albot, Radu (MDA)
Pouille, Lucas (FRA)
OUT Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
OUT Hanfmann, Yannick (GER)
Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
Sousa, Joao (POR)
Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
Istomin, Denis (UZB)
Bachinger, Matthias (GER)
Kuhn, Nicola (ESP)
(WC)
(WC)
Alternates:
IN Viola, Matteo (ITA)
IN Watanuki, Yosuke (JPN)
IN Klein, Lukas (SVK)
OUT Zverev, Mischa (GER)
OUT Carabelli, Camilo Ugo (ARG)
IN Ortega-Olmedo, Roberto (ESP)
OUT Miedler, Lucas (AUT)
OUT Blancaneaux, Geoffrey (FRA)
Alt.1 Mukund, Sasi Kumar (IND)
Alt.2 Vavassori, Andrea (ITA)

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