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Aegon Open Nottingham: Day Three Roundup

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Aegon Open Nottingham

It was another great day of action at the Aegon Open in Nottingham as the first half of the second round matches got underway, giving all the unseeded women a chance to shine in the limelight on the grass courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. It was also a busy day in the men’s draw, with three seeds in action and a British qualifier. Here is a complete roundup of all the singles results on day three.

 

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Ashleigh Barty booked her place in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row after dismantling qualifier Jana Fett in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. The unseeded Australian was dominant on serve and had the power to outlast her Croatian opponent from the baseline from early on in the match. After the match started with two service holds each Barty only lost one more game over the course of the match as she strolled to yet another win here.

Tsvetana Pironkova is also enjoying life back on the grass as she booked her place in the last eight with a strong win over Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2. The former Wimbledon semifinalist recovered from an early break down after a shaky start but was able to work her opponent around the court to finish the set strongly. Pironkova grew stronger in the second set and threatened to take it 6-0, but Nara held on to at least force her opponent to finish off the match on her own serve, a task which the Bulgarian completed.

Qualifier Kristie Ahn scored a big win over world number 77 Magda Linette 6-3, 6-1. The world number 131 needed just one hour and five minutes to secure victory, saving all three break points she faced en route.

Donna Vekic also continued her run here after the 20-year-old defeated Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-4, firing down nine aces on her way to reaching the last eight.

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Third seed Dudi Sela made a very fast start in the opening match on Centre Court in his straight sets victory over Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4. The Israeli raced into a 5-0 lead in the beaming sunshine at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The Lithuanian fought back by winning three games in a row but could not prevent dropping the opening set. It was Berankis who made the better start in the second set, securing a break in the fourth game on his way to moving into a 4-1 lead after saving a break back point. The Lithuanian had a chance to extend his lead but missed the opportunity and was punished for not capitalising on game points in the seventh game as Sela broke back with a backhand cross court passing shot winner. With the momentum now fully with the third seed, he took full advantage, breaking his opponent’s serve once again and closed out the match on serve to seal a quarterfinal berth.

There was also British success today as Lloyd Glasspool continued his remarkable run in Nottingham. Having come through qualifying and a tough first round encounter against fifth seed Go Soeda, he was today a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Australian Marc Polmans. The Brit raced into a 4-0lead and broke the Australian in the eighth game once again to take the set 6-2. In the second set Glasspool made the pivotal breakthrough in the eighth game and closed out the match to reach the last eight in Nottingham once again.

The other two second round matches today saw Sergiy Stakhovsky remain impressive on the grass, upsetting the eighth seed Ilya Marchenko 6-4, 7-6(9) and fourth seed Thomas Fabbiano got the better of Yuki Bhambri also in straight sets 7-6(8), 6-0.

Looking Ahead To Day Four

Day four will be another packed day of action in Nottingham as the Centre Court crowd get to enjoy watching the top seed Johanna Konta take on Yanina Wickmayer. Fourth seed Alison Riske and fifth seed Lucie Safarova will also be in action. On the men’s side Reilly Opelka opens the day’s play against second seed Marius Copil and Britain’s Brydan Klein going up against Sam Groth will be the final match of the day.

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Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli beat Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares to reach the quarter final in the Australian Open doubles tournament

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This year’s Sydney Tennis Classic finalists Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini knocked out Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 to reach the quarter finals in the quarter finals at the Australian Open. 

 

The Italian doubles team, who won the Australian Open doubles title in 2015, wasted three break points in the 10-minute opening game. Murray and Soares earned two breaks in the second and sixth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Bolelli and Fognini saved three break points and pulled back one of the two breaks in the seventh game for 2-5, but Murray and Soares closed out the first set 6-3 on their sixth set point.   

Both players went on serve in the second set en route to the tie-break. Fognini and Bolelli saved a match point before closing out the tie-break on their second set point with a backhand winner. 

Bolelli and Fognini saved a break point in the second game of the third set before breaking twice in the seventh and ninth games to seal the win. The Italian team backed up their second-round win over second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. 

The Italians set up a quarter final match against last year’s Australian Open finalists Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. 

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis overcame Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the third round. The Aussie team had beaten Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 on Kia Arena. 

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis earned their first break in the ninth game to take the first set 6-4. Behar and Escobar broke in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kokkinaks and Kyrgios broke straight back in the seventh game before holding serve to draw level to 4-4. Behar and Escobar sealed the second set 6-4 with their second break in the 10th game.

The home team broke in the fifth game and sealed the third set on the first match point. 

“The way Kokkinakis is playing right now, he is obviously very confident after the last month, which is amazing to see. I feel like we are locked in, it’s probably the best doubles we have played together. Another win at the Australian Open, you are not going to take that for granted. I definitely think that we have got a good shot at winning this”, said Kyrgios. 

US Open semifinalists John Peers and Filip Polasek cruised past Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-1 6-2. Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos won 85% of their first serve points in their 7-5 7-5 win over Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez with a break in each set.

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Madison Keys reaches the quarter finals at the Australian Open for the third time

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Madison Keys cruised into the third quarter final of her career at the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-1 win over last year’s Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa after 69 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. 

 

Keys advanced to her eighth career quarter final at Grand Slam level, the first at the Australian Open since 2018 and the first Grand Slam quarter final since the 2019 French Open. 

Keys, who had just recorded 3 of her 19 previous wins over top 10 players at Grand Slam level, dropped just five points on serve and hit 16 winners to 8 unforced errors in the opening set. 

Keys converted her second break point and held her service game to open up a 3-0 lead. Badosa fended off a total of five break points in the fourth and sixth games of the first set. Keys held her final three service games easily to close the first set 6-3. 

Both players traded breaks in two multi-deuce games before Keys won the next five games with three breaks of serve to close out the second set 6-1. 

Keys has extended her record this year to ten wins in her eleven matches played in 2022.  

“I am really happy with how I played today. I think I served a lot better than I did in the last match. I think I returned well. I had a lot of opportunities to try to move forward. I think just my mindset really let me play play that good tennis. That’s really what I have been trying to focus on, just giving myself the opportunity to allow myself to play tennis like I did today. I think it obviously gets harder just because you get tighter and it’s bigger moments. Even in the finals in Adelaide, I started incredibly nervous and I felt that. Just acknowledging it, accepting it, not trying to fight it and pretend that it’s not happening has been probably the best thing that I have done”, said Keys. 

Keys set up a quarter final against last year’s Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova, who beat two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-2. Keys praised Krejcikova during the post match interview. 

“I think Barbora is making tennis look easy. It seems like no matter what people are doing. She quickly figures it out and has another game plan to quickly implement. I think the other thing about her is that she is also an incredible doubles player. She moves forward so naturally that I feel like if you give her the opportunity, she is just on top of you all of a sudden, then she is at the net. Obviously, it’s not easy to pass her.  An incredibly difficult match-up”, said Keys. 

Keys said that she has changed her approach to tennis and this has helped her to come back this year. The US player won the Adelaide 2 title beating Alison Riske in the final.  

“My biggest mindset change is just trying to enjoy tennis, take some of that internal pressure that I was putting on myself. It was freezing me. I felt like I could not play at all. Just taking that away and putting tennis into perspective: that it’s a sport, something that when I was little, I enjoyed doing and loved doing it. I was letting it become this dark cloud over me. Just trying to push all of that away and leave that  behind last year and start fresh this year”.  

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Marin Cilic takes down Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open

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Marin Cilic upset world number 6 Andrey Rublev 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 37 minutes to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

Cilic went into the match with just one win in his previous 15 matches against top 10 players and had lost his previous four head-to-head matches against Rublev. 

The Croatian player recorded just his second top 10 win since 2018. That year he reached his first final at the Australian Open finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. 

Cilic earned the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Rublev pulled back on serve in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Cilic earned his second break in the 12th game. 

The second set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Cilic got two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Rublev pulled one break back for 3-5, but Cilc fired down a powerful serve to earn a set point and sealed the tie-break 7-3. 

Rublev saved three break points to hold serve in the first game of the third set. Cilic broke serve in the third game and held serve to take a 3-1 lead. Rublev came back by winning five consecutive game with two breaks in the sixth and eighth games to take the third set 6-3. 

Cilic earned a break point in the fourth game of the fourth set, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. The Croatian player converted it to open up a 3-1 lead and held serve with his 20th ace. 

Cilic brought up two match points in the ninth game with a slice and sealed the win with an ace down the middle. 

Cilic was strong on serve and fired 24 aces, as he won 85% of his first serve points. 

“It’s incredible. I enjoyed every single second of the match. Andrey is an incredible match. We have played several times in the past and it is always difficult. I had so much fun and I played great tennis. The conditions in the evening were a bit cooler and allowed me to go more for my shots and I was really lining up a lot of them, especially the returns, it was really going well for me today. I am feeling excited, I am playing amazing and I am just looking forward to the next match, which gets tougher and tougher with the opponents, but I will try to give it my best”, said Cilic.

Cilic has improved his head-to-head record to 2-4 against Rublev and will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Daniel Evans 6-4 6-1 6-1.

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