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Stefanos Tsitsipas Ends Bautista Agut Run To Seal Maiden Grand Slam Semi-Final

Stefanos Tsitsipas is into his first grand slam semi-final after a four set win over Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Stefanos Tsitspas is into his first grand slam semi-final after beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2) at the Australian Open. 

 

The Greek sensation backed up his win against Roger Federer with a tough three hour win against the Spaniard to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

After recovering from 4-2 down in the first three sets, Tsitsipas held his nerve in the tiebreak to seal a dream come true.

In the semi-finals he will play the winner of Frances Tiafoe against 2009 champion Rafael Nadal who play later on.

Ahead of the match Tsitsipas was coming off the back of one of the biggest wins of his career after beating Roger Federer in four sets in the fourth round.

Meanwhile the Spaniard had an epic run of his own as he beat Andy Murray, John Millman, Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic to get to the last eight. Not only was that a loaded draw to get through but he won three of those matches in five sets.

If Tsitsipas wasn’t wary of the Bautista Agut threat already he was after the first game after the Spaniard showed his clinical side to his game to break on his first break point.

A common theme throughout the match would be the world number 24 establishing a 4-2 lead as Tsitsipas was trying to manage the match as much as he could.

However some backhand magic in the opening set saw the world number 15 break twice in three return games to seal the opening advantage in 51 minutes.

The second set was more controlled from Bautista Agut as the heat started to take its toll on both players. As the Spaniard worked the angles with his forehand, he began to be more brave and go for the high percentage points.

It was easy to see why the Doha champion had such an impressive start to the season with aggressive play such as that. The 20 year old had no response as Bautista Agut levelled the match at one set all.

There was a lot of grimacing and physical exhaustion from Tsitsipas as he once again trailed 4-2 and a break down as he was trying to shorten the points as much as possible.

As his character was being tested he responded well as he started to work the angles more and make Bautista Agut work for every point.

A string of four games in a row, which ended in a magnificent stretch forehand sealed the set and a remarkable 2 sets to 1 lead.

A moment of controversy then followed after Tsitsipas received a coaching violation which seemed to be once again of the fault of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou or possibly his dad.

Nethertheless both men regained their composure as both men held fairly comfortably. The 20 year old had match point in the 12th game before the Spaniard saved it with a stunning forehand down the line as a tiebreak was forced.

Eventually though Tsitsipas held his nerve to reach his first grand slam semi-final of his career in a four set battle. After the match the Greek said it was a dream come true, “I need some time to answer. It all feels like a fairy tale almost,” He explained.

“I’m just living the dream. Living what I’ve been working hard for. I feel a bit emotional but not too much because I worked really hard to get here. It is real and it just happened.”

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Plaudits should go to Bautista Agut after beating the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Marin Cilic to start the season he falls just short of a grand slam semi-final.

However its Tsitsipas’ moment as he looks forward to Thursday where he will play Frances Tiafoe or Rafael Nadal for a place in his grand slam final.

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Andrey Rublev wins Rotterdam dispatching Marton Fucsovics in straight sets

The Russian and world number 8 won the title in Rotterdam beating his Hungarian opponent in straight sets.

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Andrey Rublev is the 2021 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament champion after beating Marton Fucsovics in Sunday’s final 7-6 (4),6-4. He was clinical from the word play not giving an inch in a match that was pretty tight.

 

The triumph has extended the unbeaten run of the 23-year-old in ATP 500 tournaments to 20 matches. To put that into perspective, only Roger Federer and Andy Murray has achieved more consecutive wins in that tournament category. In his latest match Rublev won 75% of his first service points and 63% of his second.

Marton was playing with a lot of confidence, having come through qualifying,” said Rublev.
“He played an extraordinary tournament. It was a tricky final for me as I was favourite. But in a final, that doesn’t matter.”

Initially it was Fucsovics who got off to a very fast start as it seemed nerves were playing a factor in the early on going for the Russian and he was facing three breakpoints in the opening service game of the match.

Thanks in large part to his big serve the number four seed was able to save those break points and hold his opening service game. From there the nerves had gone and tennis fans were witnessing the Rublev they had watched all week with his powerful serve and ground strokes.

The following game the Russian earned two breakpoints of his very own but it was the world number 59 who would save them this time with his forehand. There wasn’t another breakpoint until 6-5 when Rublev earned a set point but it was Fucsovics again coming up big to save it and force a tiebreak.

In that breaker Rublev would bring his game up an extra level and broke on the opening point with his ferocious forehand up the line. After jumping out to a 3-1 lead the world Fucsovics wasn’t going to throw in the towel and managed to win two straight points with some solid groudstrokes to tie the breaker at 3-3.

It was then Rublev’s turn to respond and he won three points off the trot with three stunning winners that were unreturnable and would take the first set when the Hungarian sent a return long.

The momentum clearly with the Russian from winning the first set and in the first game of the second set earned an early breakpoint and would break playing another amazing rally and finishing the net with a volley winner.

At 4-2 the number four seed had a chance to go up a double break when he had two more breakpoints but the world number 59 came up with two huge serves to save them and eventually hold serve.

Rublev would serve it out to take the set and the match and the title and was very pleased with the win.

” I’m doing everything right, I’m moving in the right direction, I need to keep working the same way to improve the things I need to improve to be able to compete even better”

On the other side of the spectrum Fucsovics spoke on the fact that he started in qualifying and made it all the way to the final.

“I’m very happy, I’m very satisfied with my performance, it wasn’t too bad to play two matches in the qualies, I got used to the court, and I think physically I was fit the whole time all the matches even today, I’m very happy to be in the top 50, to reach the final in the 500, my goal is to win a 500 or win a tournament “

Rublev has now won eight ATP titles in his career.

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Rankings Monopoly Of ‘Big Four’ To End

The will be a brand new world No.2 for the first time in more than a decade!

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Later this month there will be a change to the ranking system which hasn’t occurred in almost 16 years on the Tour.

 

Daniil Medvedev is set to overtake Rafael Nadal and climb into the world No.2 position to become the first player outside of the Big Four to do so since Lleyton Hewitt on July 25th 2005. The Russian has been on the verge of taking the spot away from the Spaniard following his run to the final of the Australian Open last month. He had an opportunity to secure the spot in Rotterdam but suffered a shock loss in the first round.

Confirmation of Medvedev’s rise to the second spot was announced by the ATP on Saturday after Nadal officially withdrew from the Acapulco Open. Meaning that a series of points will drop off.

25-year-old Medvedev has won three out of the past five tournaments he has played in on the Tour. During that period he won 12 out of his 13 matches against a member of the top 10. The only loss was to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne. He is already the highest ranked Russian man since Nikolay Davydenko in 2007.

“There’s some confidence when you win tournaments. I won three in a row, one of them [the ATP Cup] was a team competition, of course,” Medvedev said prior to playing Rotterdam. “When you get the confidence going, in the tight moments you feel like you can always make the winners or put the ball back in the court when you have to and make your opponent miss.”

There is still a way to go for a player outside of the elusive Big Four to top the rankings with Djokovic currently having a lead of more than 2000 points. The last player outside of the quartet to do so was Andy Roddick back in 2004.

Medvedev returns to action next week at the Open 13 in France. Granted a bye in the first round, he will start his campaign against either Egor Gerasimov or Yannick Hanfmann.

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Marton Fucsovics upsets Borna Coric to reach Rotterdam Final

The Hungarian is into his third ATP final after stunning the Croatian with a straight sets win.

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Marton Fucsovics is through to his third ATP final after beating Borna Coric 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 25 minutes at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

 

The 29-year-old Hungarian broke Coric fives time and won 75% of his first service points at the Ahoy Arena to become only the second qualifier in history to reach the title match. The first was France’s Nicolas Esdcude back in 2001. It is also the first time Fucsovics has beaten Coric on the Tour following on his forty attempt.

” I come here every year, it’s not my favourite surface but I can say after this week I love it, I love the atmosphere, I love the people here,” the world No.59 said during his press conference.
It’s a very famous tournament, it has a long history and I haven’t seen any Hungarians on the winners list but hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

Coric, who is ranked 33 places higher, didn’t get off to a good start and Fucsovics made sure to take advantage of it in the first game of the opening set by earning three early breakpoints. He broke by winning an intense rally and finishing the point with a sensational forehand winner down the line that was almost picture perfect. There was a small lapse in his game at 3-2 when he served an off game and the Croat would break to put the set back on serve.

That’s when the world number 59 went into full overload earning two more breakpoints the following game after playing a solid point and finishing with a powerful smash at the net. He would break once more as the world number 26 would send a ball long to regain a 4-3 lead. The underdog would save two breakpoints from the Zagreb native who was starting to find his game playing some outstanding tennis and eventually serve out the first set.

The second set is where the Hungarian dominated and went for the kill. Eager to book his spot in the final against Andrey Rublev on Sunday afternoon. At 1-1 he would earn another breakpoint winning a long intense rally with a stunning forehand winner.

He would break the following point as Coric hit another unforced error and was visibly frustrated as he belted out in Croatian. After holding serve to consolidate the break Fucsovics smelled blood and once again unforced errors were creeping into the Croats game and he would break once again to take a commanding 4-1 lead.

Once again after having no issues holding serve the world number 26 was serving to stay in the match but the day belonged to the Fucsovics as he finished the match in style overpowering his opponent to break for a third time to take set and the match.

When asked what it is going to take to end up victorious on Sunday against one of the best players in the world, the Hungarian hopes he will be cheered on by his country.

” It’s going to be a tough match, I just want to enjoy it, I want to play my best tennis, I hope the people from Hungary will be supporting me “

Fucsovics beat Rublev in a Davis Cup World Group Playoff while Rublev got his revenge three years later at Roland Garros. Although both those meetings were on a outdoor clay court and this will be their first meeting on indoor hard.

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