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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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Barbora Krejcikova reaches both singles and doubles final at Roland Garros

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Barbora Krejcikova has qualified for the singles and doubles finals at Roland Garros this weekend, as she and Katerina Siniakova claimed a 6-1 6-2 win over Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera. 

 

Krejcikova has the chance to become the first player to win both the women’s singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce claimed both tournaments in 2000. Serena Williams is the most recently player to win both the singles and doubles titles at any Grand Slam tournament, at Wimbledon 2016.

The Czech team will take on Bethanie Mattek Sands froand last year’s Roland Garros singles champion Iga Swiatek, who beat Irina Camelia Begu and Nadia Podoroska 6-3 6-4. Swiatek reached the quarter final this year in the singles tournament. Krejcikova and Siniakova have qualified for both Grand Slam women’s doubles finals this season. They lost to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka at the 2021 Australian Open last February. 

Krejcikova and Siniakova are bidding to win their second Roland Garros women’s doubles title. 

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Felix Auger Aliassime and Marin Cilic reach the semifinals in Stuttgart

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Felix Auger Aliassime needed two tie-breaks in his 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (10-8) win over Frenchman Ugo Humbert to move into the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. 

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert three match points in the tie-break of the second set and had to fend off a set point before winning three consecutive points to secure his spot in the quarter finals. 

Auger Aliassime set up a semifinal clash against US qualifier Sam Querrey, who saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set in his 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over Swiss wild-card Dominic Stephan Sricker. 

Marin Cilic edged past Denis Shapovalov 7-5 7-6 ((7-3). The Croatian star beat Rudolf Molleker and Nikoloz Basilashvili without dropping a set this week. 

Shapovalov was playing for the second time on Friday after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 in a second-match delayed from Thursday because of rain. 

Cilic set up a semifinal clash against Austria’s Juri Rodionov, who came back from one set down to beat Alex De Minaur 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4). 

“I felt I was applying a little more pressure during that first set and I capitalised on the on the couple of break points, which was definitely big. I also had the two match points at the end of the second set, did not convert them, but played a really good tie-break. You always have to expect tough battles against top guys like Denis Shapovalov and it was like that today”, said Cilic.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut save three match points to reach the doubles final at Roland Garros

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut saved three match points in their 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 win over Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the semifinals of the Roland Garros doubles tournament. 

 

Herbert and Mahut are playing for the sixth time at Roland Garros together. They have claimed all four Grand Slam titles as a team and have a chance to win their second Roland Garros titles. 

Cabal and Farah held three match points when Herbert and Mahut and Herbert were serving at 3-5 in the second set. The Frenchmen broke serve in the next game, when Cabal and Farah were serving for a spot in the final. 

Herbert and Mahut will face Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev in the final. Bublik and Goubev came back from one set down to beat Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez 1-6 6-4 6-4. 

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