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Casper Ruud a shock casualty in French Open Qualifying, Stakhovsky survives

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Sergiy Stakhovsky rallied after losing the first set to Stefan Kozlov (Zimbio.com)

  • Seeds out Round two: (10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 28,)

He has been touted as the future star of clay tennis. Yet the young Norwegian Casper Ruud suffered a disappointingly early exit in the second round of French Open Qualifying.

 

The teenager was beaten 7-6, 6-4 by Bordeaux Challenger quarter-finalist Maxime Janvier. It is the second time in a row that Ruud has failed to qualify for a grand slam main draw. He was beaten by Reilly Opelka in Australian Open Qualifying.

Opelka was in action today and again the tall American flirted with an exit. He lost the first set and faced match point against former Top 30 player Leonardo Mayer before winning 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. This came after a tight win against Daniel Munoz de la Nava in the first round. He faces Nicolas Jarry after the Chilean defeated Dmitry Popko 6-4, 6-3.

There was though a second round exit for a number of other Americans. Tim Smyczek fought hard against twenty-second seed Guido Andreozzi before succumbing 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. The American had recently recovered from a leg strain.

Stefan Kozlov lost 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to Sergiy Stakhovsky, and Mackenzie McDonald fell to Teymuraz Gabashvili 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. There was some success for Americans as Bjorn Fratangelo edged fellow American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6, and Denis Kudla beat Ricardo Ojeda Lara 6-4, 6-3.

Kudla will face retiring French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu in the final round after the sixteenth seed beat Alejandro Gonzalez 7-5, 6-1.

Top seed Marius Copil had no trouble in easing to the qualifying round, defeating Ilya Ivashka 6-2, 6-2. Copil will face Peter Gojowczyk in a section that went according to seeding.

Daniel Masur followed up his excellent win over Adam Pavlasek with a strong win against in-form Filip Krajinovic. He will face Arthur de Greef.

Taro Daniel against Andrey Rublev promises to be one of the most intriguing matches of the final qualification round. Rublev edged Mirza Basic 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and Daniel eased past Matija Pecotic 6-3, 6-2.

Fifth seed Norbert Gombos remained perfect with another straight sets win. He defeated Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6, 6-3. He faces the unseeded Jozef Kovalik who knocked out twentieth seed Luca Vanni 6-4, 6-4.

The next section sees no seeds take part in the final match as Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Oscar Otte. Tsitsipas continued his strong run with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Gleb Sakharov, and Otte defeated twenty-eighth seed Laslo Djere 7-5, 2-6, 7-6.

Roberto Quiroz will take part in the final round. He defeated American Dennis Novikov who was unable to follow up his excellent win over Henri Laaksonen. Quiroz will face Maxime Hamou who surprised seventeenth seed Blaz Kavcic 7-6, 7-5.

Marco Cecchinato faces Simone Bolelli in an all Italian affair. Cecchinato thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-1, and Bolelli edged twenty-fourth seed Maximillian Marterer 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

Thirteenth seed Guido Pella survived young Aussie Marc Polmans comeback 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. He’ll face Ruud’s conqueror Maxime Janvier.

Stefano Napolitano won a battle of two very in form players by downing Marton Fucsovics 6-1, 6-7, 7-6. He will face Alexander Bublik who beat twenty-fifth seed Peter Polansky 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

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Dominic Thiem signs up to defend his Barcelona title

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Defending champion Dominic Thiem has signed up to play at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in 2020. The 26-year-old Austrian player will make his sixth main draw appearance in Barcelona, where he won the title last year beating Danil Medvedev.

 

Thiem reached the round of 16 as a qualifier in his debut at this event in 2014. One year later Thiem lost in the first round in 2015 and did not play in 2016.

The player from Wiener Neustadt lost the 2017 final to 11-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal. In 2018 Thiem was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter final. In last April’s edition Thiem lifted the title without dropping a set. He beat Nadal in the semifinal before claiming a win over Medvedev in the final.

Thiem tied with Djokovic for ATP Tour-lead with five titles. He won his biggest title at Indian Wells Masters 1000 beating five-time champion Roger Federer and joined his compatriot Thomas Muster as second Austrian player in history to win an ATP Masters 1000 title. Thiem claimed three more titles in Kitzbuhel, Beijing and Vienna and beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to advance to his second consecutive Roland Garros final. Thiem saved two match points against Federer in Madrid Masters 1000 quarter final before losing to Novak Djokovic in semifinal.

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Late Replacement Tomljanovic To Face Maria Sharapova In Abu Dhabi

The order of play for the first day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship have been confirmed.

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There has been a change made to the line-up for next week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship with Ajla Tomljanovic making a last-minute entry.

 

Tomljanovic, who achieved a ranking best of 39th back in April, will be making her debut at the three-day exhibition event. Which will feature a women’s match for the third time in a row. The Australian has been called in to replace French Open semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova, who has been forced to pull out due to injury.

“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship,” Anisimova said in a press release. “I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future.”

The 26-year-old will take on five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova on the opening day of the event. Who hasn’t played on the WTA Tour since her first round loss at the US Open due to a shoulder problem. Sharapova will also be making her debut at the Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre. The two players have never faced each other on the tour.

“I’ve heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the championship, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against Maria.” Said Tomljanovic, who will be the first Australian to play at the event. “It will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season.”

Tomljanovic’s clash with Sharapova is set to be the final match to take place on the opening day of the event. They are only the fourth and fifth woman to ever play in the competition, which has hosted a men’s tournament since 2009. Jelena Ostapenko (2017), Serena Williams (2017 and 2018) and Venus Williams (2018) are the only other WTA players to have taken part.

The full order of play for the opening day has been confirmed by the organisers. Prior to Sharapova’s match, two men’s quarter-finals will take place. ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will play Gael Monfils with the winner booking a clash against Novak Djokovic. Then world No.4 Daniil Medvedev takes on South Korea’s Hyeon Chung. The winner of that match will play Rafael Nadal.

“The 12th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is fast shaping up to be the most exciting in the event’s history. We are looking forward to providing our spectators with a dynamic combination of world-class tennis and family fun in what is an unmissable event,” said John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship takes place between December 19-21.

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking

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Juan Martin Del Potro will play at the Australian Open using the protected ranking. The player from Tandil has not played since suffering from a knee injury at the Queen’s ATP 500 tournament, when he slipped on the grass, but was able to win his first round match against Denis Shapovalov. A scan revealed a knee injury. The Argentine underwent a season-ending knee surgery in Barcelona on 22nd June. As a cosequence Del Potro has dropped to world number 123 in the ATP Ranking during his six-month lay-off from the ATP Tour.

 

The former world number 3 will make his 10th appearance at Melbourne Park. He lost to Roger Federer in the quarter final twice in 2009 and 2012.

During his 2019 season Del Potro reached the quarter final in Delray Beach and wasted two match points against Novak Djokovic in Rome quarter final. He beat Yoshito Nishioka in five sets en route to Roland Garros fourth round before losing to Karen Khachanov.

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