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Dominic Thiem beats Gilles Simon to set up a third round match against Borna Coric in Paris Bercy

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Dominic Thiem beat Gilles Simon 6-4 6-2 after 1 hour and 24 minutes to reach the third round at the Rolex Masters at the Accorhotel Arena in Paris Bercy. The Austrian player has scored his 51st win of the season. He now leads 8-2 in his 10 head-to-head matches against the French player.

 

Thiem converted five of his six break points, won 77 % of his first serve points and hit 20 winners to 24 unforced errors. Simon produced nine winners and 19 unforced errors.

Thiem earned an early break in the opening game with a volley winner at the net and went up a double break in the third game to open up a 4-0 lead. Simon, who forced Roger Federer to the third set in last week’s quarter final in Basel, pulled one break back, as Thiem was serving for the first set. Thiem fired four winners in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4.

In the second set Thiem broke three times in a row to race out to a 5-0 lead. Simon got one break back for 1-5, as Thiem was serving for the match. Thiem served it out wiith a service winner on his second match point. The Austrian player is currently ranked in the ATP Race to London and is bidding to qualify for the third consecutive year.

“I knew I had to start well, because he was playing good tennis yesterday. I sorted out well at the end. It would be very nice to qualify for the ATP Finals for the third consecutive year and a great effort for the season. I am in pole position and I hope to achieve this goal at the end. I put a lot of pressure to my opponent”, said Thiem in the post-match interview.

“It was a difficult match especially at the end. He played well without any faults. Every time there was 30-all, He made the right decisions every time. I could not play the match I wanted”, said Simon.

In tomorrow’s third round Thiem will face Borna Coric, who beat Danil Medvedev 6-4 6-4. The Croatina player has improve his head-to-head record against Medvedev to 4-1. Coric earned one break in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. The Croatian player converted his second break point in the first game of the second set before saving a break point to hold his serve at deuce in the sixth game for 4-2. He won his next two service games easily to seal the win.

Kevin Anderson edged past this year’s Hamburg and Beijing winner Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 15 minutes to score his 45th win of the season. Anderson has improved his head-to-head record against Basilashvili to 2-0 after beating the Georgian player 6-4 6-3 in Miami last March.

There were just six break points and just one break of serve in a close match. Anderson hit 31 winners to 30 unforced errors.

The South African player got the only break of the match in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead and served out for the first set in the next game. Anderson saved three break points to hold his serve at the second deuce in the sixth game for 3-3. Both players went on serve in the next games until the tie-break, where Basilashvili took the 7-3 edge. Basilashvili saved two breaks points to hold his serve in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 setting up a second tie-break. Anderson sealed the 7-3 win.

Tunisian lucky loser Malek beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 24 minutes.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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