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ATP Rome: Nadal And Thiem Could Cross Paths As Zverev Handed Easy Draw

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Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem look set to cross paths for the second time in two weeks as defending champion, Alexander Zverev is handed a fairly easy draw.

 

The top seeded Spaniard will start his campaign against either Fernando Verdasco or Bosnian Damir Dzumhur. The top seed will have to win Rome if he wants to regain his world number one spot after his quarter-final loss to his Austrian foe in Madrid. Another noticeable round one match in Nadal’s section is 15th seed taking on Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov.

Meanwhile Thiem, who could face Nadal again in Rome has the winner of a blockbuster match between home favourite Fabio Fognini and French entertainer Gael Monfils. The other seed that appears in the Austrian’s section is 12th seed Sam Querrey, who begins his campaign against Peter Gojowczyk.

The second quarter of the draw sees 3rd seed Grigor Dimitrov, who has been handed yet another difficult draw as he will face either Kei Nishikori or Feliciano Lopez in his debut match in Rome. The other seed in the Bulgarian’s section is 13th seed Jack Sock, who takes on a returning David Ferrer in round one.

The other two big seeds in this blockbuster section are 8th seed John Isner and former champion, Novak Djokovic. Isner, who reached the last four here last year will play either Albert Ramos-Vinolas or a qualifier in his first match. Meanwhile Djokovic, who reached the final here last year, will take on Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in his first round contest. The Serbian is in need of some big wins this week or he could see his ranking slip down just before Roland Garros.

In the bottom half of the draw, 7th seed Kevin Anderson will play either Aljaz Bedene or Gilles Muller in his first match. The South African could then face Stan Wawrinka or Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round. Wawrinka, who will play his first match since February will start against Steve Johnson. The likes of Marin Cilic, Diego Schwartzman and Richard Gasquet complete the third section with the latter playing against fellow Frenchman, Benoit Paire.

The final section of the draw sees 2nd seed and defending champion, Alexander Zverev get handed a relatively easy draw as he will face either Matteo Berrettini or a qualifier in his first match. An out of sorts Lucas Pouille or Kyle Edmund could await in the third round for the young German.

Completing the top eight seeds is Juan Martin Del Potro as he could face Borna Coric in his first match in what is set to be a match of epic proportions. The likes of David Goffin and Pablo Cuevas also feature in the Argentinian’s section of the draw.

Here is the full draw, with main draw action beginning on Sunday:

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Marin Cilic rallies from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka in Marseille

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Marin Cilic came back from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 at the Open 13 in Marseille to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face Denis Shapovalov. Cilic tied 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Shapovalov.

 

Ivashka won the opening set with his only break in the sixth game. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set and saved break points in the sixth and seventh games at deuce. Cilic earned three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break and converted his third chance to win the tie-break 7-5. Cilic earned a double break in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Ivashka pulled one break back on his second chance to close the gap to 3-5. Cilic sealed the win on his first chance.

Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia came back from one set down to fifth seed Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-4 7-5 to reach the second round Khachanov earned his only break in the opening game at deuce to win the first set 6-4. Bedene converted his third break point chance at deuce to win the second set 6-4. Bedene earned the only break in the 12th game to win the third set 7-5. Bedene beat Khachanov for the first time in his career.

Gilles Simon beat his compatriot Harold Mayot 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Simon earned his second break point chance to win the first set 6-4. Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games and held their serve en route to the tie-break. Simon earned two early mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

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Jannik Sinner beats Norbert Gombos to set up second round clash against Danil Medvedev in Marseille

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion and world number 68 Jannik Sinner beat Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Sinner went down 1-4 in the tie-break of the second set. The Italian player saved all six break points he faced and did not face any break points in the 2-hour and nine-minute match.

Last week Sinner scored his first top 10 win against David Goffin in Rotterdam to reach his maiden ATP 500 quarter final.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Sinner earned three consecutive set points with a backhand lob and sealed the opening set 6-4 with a break at love.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set with an ace. He saved another break point with an ace. Gombos earned two two more break points, but Sinner saved them with a forehand and and an ace. Sinner saved two break points to force to set up a tie-break. Gombos went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Sinner came back by winning six of the next seven games to win the tie-break 7-5.

Sinner set up a second round match against 2019 US Open finalist Danil Medvedev, who reached the quarter finals on his tournament debut in 2017.

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz cruised past France’s Antoine Hoang 6-4 6-1 in just 64 minutes. Hurkacz dropped just points on his first serve to set up a second round match against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Mikael Ymer overcomes Richard Gasquet to advance to the second round in Marseille

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Swedish 21-year-old Next Gen player Mikael Ymer edged past Richard Gasquet 6-3 3-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 22 minutes to reach the second round at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Ymer fended off 7 of the 10  break points he faced and broke serve in the third match point in a marathon third game setting up a second round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Ymer raced out to a 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks. Gasquet pulled back one break in the seventh game to close the gap to 2-5, but Ymer served out the first set in the ninth game with an ace.

Ymer saved three break points in the sixth game, but Gasquet earned the break on his third chance in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3.

Ymer got an early break in the second game of the third set to open up a 3-0 lead. Gasquet broke back in the ninth game and held serve to draw level to 5-5. Ymer converted his third break point at deuce to seal the third set 7-5 in the 12th game.

Benoit Paire beat Gregoire Barrere 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the all-French match. Paire earned his only break of the match in the third game of the opening set. He saved two break points in the fourth game of the second set. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break, where Paire cruised through to a 7-1 win.

Ilya Ivashka overcame Alexei Popyrin 6-1 3-6 6-4. Ivashka broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Popyrin earned one break in the fourth game to clinch the second set 6-3. Popyrin got an early break at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Ivashka sealed the win with a break.

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