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Karen Khachanov beats Filip Krajinovic to advance to the second round in Paris Bercy

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Karen Khachanov fended off one set point in the opening set to beat last year’s finalist Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-2 reaching the second round at the Paris Bercy Masters 1000 tournament at the Accorhotel Arena.

 

Krajnovic got an immediate break at 30 in the opening game of the first set. Khachanov saved two break points to hold his serve in the fifth game for 2-3.

Khachanov rallied from 3-5 down and broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 after fending off one set point at 4-5, as Krajnovic was serving at 40-30. The 22-year-old Russian player got his second break on his fourth opportunity in the 12th game to clinch the first set 7-5.

The second set went on serve in the first five games before Khachanov came back from 15-40 down to break serve for 4-2. The Russian player went up the double break to seal the second set 6-2.

Krajinovic became the lowest ranked player to reach a Masters 1000 tournament  final in 14 years in 2017.

Khachanov will face Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who recently won his first ATP title in Antwerp.

Roberto Bautista Agut beat Steve Johnson 6-4 7-6 (7-2). The first set went on serve in the first six games before the Spanish player converted his third break point to take a 4-3 lead. Bautista Agut held his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

Johnson saved two break points to hold his serve in the first game at deuce. Bautista Agut rallied from 15-40 down to break serve at deuce in the third game for 2-1. Johnson broke back at 30 to draw level to 2-2. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a tie-break. Bautista Agut cruised through to winning the tie-break 7-2 setting up a second round match against Grigor Dimitrov.

This year’s Antalya title Damir Dzumhur, who beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-4 7-6 7-5) setting up a second round match against this year’s Stockolm champion and Toronto Masters 1000 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Joao Sousa beat this year’s Roland Garros champion Marco Cecchinato 7-5 6-3 setting up a second round match against this year’s Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic.

The first set went on serve in the first ten games where both Cecchinato and Sousa saved one break point after coming back from 30-40 down. Cecchinato faced two break points but he saved them to hold his serve after four deuces. Cecchinato earned a set point at 5-4 on his return after Sousa made four forehand unforced errors. The Portuguese player saved it to draw level to 5-5 before earning the first break of the match to close out the first set 7-5 after 45 minutes.

Cecchinato faced a break point in the first game of the second set and held his serve after six deuces. At 3-3 Sousa earned his first break with two forehand returns. The Portuguese player sealed the second set 6-3 with a double break at 30 in the ninth game.

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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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