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Johanna Konta Seals 300th Singles Career Match Win Following Victory At The Aegon Open Nottingham

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Johanna Konta seals her 300th win.

Johanna Konta sealed her 300th singles career match win and booked her place in the next round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham following the unfortunate retirement of her opponent Tara Moore due to a left foot injury.

The top seed was leading 6-2, 2-0 before the incident occurred and despite continuing and finishing that game Moore called time on the match. Konta was in control throughout and was not required to play at her best level, with her compatriot struggling on serve, hitting 10 double faults and only managing to make 50% of her first serves in. Breaks in the third and the seventh game of the first set and two breaks in the second left the world number eight in prime position to secure victory before Moore was forced to retire.

This was the Brits fourth meeting, but their first for four years and their first on the main WTA Tour. Konta won their last match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in a 75k event in Barnstaple. The British number one also won the other two meetings in straight sets in 2011 at 25k events in Clermont-Ferrand and Wrexham.

Both players held serve to start the all-British encounter, but it was the top seed who made the early breakthrough on a third opportunity following a double fault and forehand error from the wildcard Moore.
The fifth game was a hard fought battle during which despite serving two more double faults to add to her five for the match so far, the world number 213 was able to save three more break points and keep her first set hopes alive.

Double faults continued to plague Moore on serve as she found herself down break point again. Konta went long with a backhand return to squander that chance but capitalised on the second after her compatriot’s slice backhand found the bottom of the net.

Konta’s level dipped in the following game to give her opponent a 0-30 advantage and a first chance to pull one of the breaks back. An unreturned serve followed by a roar of come on from the top seed brought her back to deuce and the world number eight was able to push on and close out the opening set 6-2.

Things went from bad to worse for the British wildcard at the start of the second set as she was broken on serve immediately before a comfortable hold from the top seed put Konta 2-0 up. The third game was another lengthy battle, with Moore giving her all to stay in touch with the top seed she recovered from 0-40 to move to game point before appearing to suffer from an injury to her left foot. The Brit, who reached the quarterfinals here last year, continued to fight, but after failing to secure the hold yet another double fault left her facing a fourth break point. The world number 213 hung on after hitting an excellent forehand winner up the line but could not convert on game point. Konta, albeit rather fortunately, sealed a double break and a 3-0 lead after a net cord dropped over the net out of reach of a struggling Moore.

In the next game, unfortunately for Moore she decided that she could not carry on and there was a warm embrace between the two Brits at the net. Not the manner in which Konta will have wanted to notch up her 300th career match win but she has reached the milestone nonetheless and advances to the next round here in Nottingham.

Johanna Konta vs Tara Moore (Photo: Joshua Coase)

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Novak Djokovic saved four set points in the opening set to edge Tallon Griekspoor 7-5 6-1 in 1 hour and 17 minutes reaching the semifinals at the Gonet Geneva Open. 

Djokovic celebrated his 37th birthday on Wednesday by winning his 1100 match on the ATP Tour. 

Griekspoor saved an early break point on Djokovic’s serve in the ninth game of the first set. Djokovic fended off four set points, as he was serving at 4-5 0-40. The top-seed held serve with an ace and a first serve.  Djokovic broke serve in the 11th game with two deuce points to take a 6-5 lead. Djokovic held serve to love to seal  the first set. 

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Djokovic set up a semifinal match against Tomas Machac, who beat US rising star Alex Michelsen 6-3 7-6 (7-2). 

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“I thought the first set could have gone his way easily because he was a better player for most of the first set. We could have been having a completely different direction of the match if he converted those set points. I was lucky to find some really good serves and from that moment onwards really played some good solid tennis. I was lucky to find some really good serves and from that moment onwards I really played some good tennis. The way I played the second set was really good. I want to thank everybody again for the support and presence today on a colde day”, said Djokovic. 

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Novak Djokovic beat unseeded player Yannik Hanfmann 6-3 6-3 on his 37th birthday to reach the quarter finals at the Geneva Open. Djokovic became just the third player in the Open Era to win 1100 tour-level matches. 

“That really touched me. I am really happy to win on this special day. The key was the birthday. The birthday probably would not be the same if I did not win the match, but it’s nice to be here for the first time at this tournament, with my family coming here to support as well”, said Djokovic. 

Djokovic earned three break points in the sixth game. The world number 1 player missed consecutive break points, but he converted his third chance with a forehand to take a 4-2 lead. 

Djokovic fended off two break points consolidating the break with a hold for 5-2. The Serbian player hit a forehand drop-shot winner to earn a set point. Hanfmann hit a drop-shot winner to force the game to deuce. Hanfmann earned a break point with a crosscourt winner. Djokovic saved it before earning another break point when Hanfman hit a backhand into the net. 

Djokovic sent a forehand down the line wide to face the fourth break point of the game and the sixth overall. Djokovic hit a backhand winner down the line to force the game to the deuce. Djokovic wasted a set point and had to fend off four break points before the match was interrupted by rain. 

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Hanfmann converted his 10th break point to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set. The German player held serve at love to open up a 3-0 lead. Djokovic broke back for 2-3 when Hanfmann sailed a drive. 

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Shelton saved three break points at 4-3 in a marathon eighth game, but Cobolli converted his converted his fourth chance with a well-angled pass to draw level to 4-4. Cobolli rallied from 0-30 down to earn a set point. Shelton saved it with a big serve and held a long service game to force a tie-break. Cobolli earned three mini-breaks and dropped just one point to win the tie-break 7-1. 

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