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Tim Smyczek scores huge win against Quentin Halys in US Open Qualifying, Mahut progresses

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Smyczek moved past his recent poor form to score an impressive win against the 16th seed Quentin Halys (Zimbio.com)

It’s been a tough season for Tim Smyczek. The American started 2016 ranked No.140 but has seen his ranking slip outside the Top 200 for the first time since 2012 as a result of struggles on the tour of late.

 

Smyczek has gone some way to putting those struggles behind him though by scoring an impressive win over 16th seed Quentin Halys in US Open Qualifying. The American broke twice in a 7-6, 6-4 win.

Smyczek will play compatriot Raymond Sarmiento after he defeated Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-3, 6-2. The 25 year-old is playing in US Open Qualifying for the first time and the win will likely help him move to a career high ranking somewhere just inside the Top 300.

In other matches Darian King picked up a welcome win, defeating Daniel Nguyen 6-2, 6-1. King has struggled for form of late, with his ranking dropping to No.168. King will soon have to defend 100 ATP points as he is the defending champion of the upcoming Tiburon Challenger.

Ramkumar Ramanathan has ended Paul-Henri Mathieu’s Grand Slam career. The Frenchman is due to retire at the end of the season, with this US Open set to be his last Slam tournament. Ramanathan won 6-4, 6-4. Mitchell Krueger edged Canada’s Brayden Schnur for a place in the second round of qualifying. 12th seed Filip Krajinovic followed Krueger’s example by coming from behind to defeat Lukas Rosol 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

17th seed Egor Gerasimov had a comfortable match to reach the second round. He defeated the more clay-minded Argentine Federico Coria 6-3, 6-4. 14th seed Nicolas Mahut did well to negotiate a potential shock against Soon Woo Kwon. The veteran Frenchman won 6-3, 6-4. 31st seeded American Michael Mmoh failed to make much of his wildcard last year. He started his qualifying event this year well with a 6-3, 6-2 win over former Top 100 Dutchman Igor Sijsling.

John-Patrick Smith defeated a wildcard American entrant Jeffrey John Wolf 6-4, 6-1. 15th seed Lukas Lacko, 20th seed Nicolas Jarry, and 21st seed Peter Polansky were all also straight set winners. Matteo Berrettini, playing his first Grand Slam qualifying event as a seed, also won  by defeating Marcelo Arevalo 6-2, 7-6. Greek talent Stefanos Tsitsipas shrugged off the loss of the first set to drop just two more games against Di Wu, winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

 

 

 

 

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.

 

 

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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.

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Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.

 

The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.

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Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg

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Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.

 

Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.

 

 

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