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ATP 500 Rotterdam: Danil Medvedev beats Jeremy Chardy, as Damir Dzumhur stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Last week’s Sofia Open champion Danil Medvedev beat Jeremy Chardy in straight sets 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 after 1 hour and 34 minutes at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

 

Medvedev dropped six points in the first five games and broke serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Chardy fought back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve in a row in the seventh and ninth games, but Medvedev broke again at 15, as the Frenchman was serving for the set. Medvedev got two mini-breaks to close out the tie-break 7-2 on his first set point, as Chardy hit a backhand lob long.

Medvedev went up a double break in the first and third games at deuce. The Russian player hit four winners at 5-2 to close out a one-sided second set 6-2.

 “It was a tough match with Jeremy serving for the set at 5-4. I went a little bit crazy, having been up, but I managed to fight back and win. I got furious, as I had been 4-1 up, but that emotion helped me to re-focus”,said Medvedev.

Damir Dzumhur upset this year’s Austalian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 1-6 7-5 to clinch his first win of the season after losing his first three matches of the 2019 season. Dzumhur has improved his win-loss record to 3-1 in the four head-to-head matches against Tsitsipas.

Dzumhur faced ten break points and dropped his serve five times.

Dzumhur went up a break twice in the third and seventh games, but Tsitsipas broke straight back to draw level to 4-4. Dzumhur claimed his third break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and fired an ace to close out the first set 6-4.

Tsitsipas bounced back by breaking twice in the second and fourth games to cruise to a 5-0 lead and held serve at love with his fifth ace to win the second set 6-1. Dzumhur broke serve in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Tsitsipas broke back in the seventh game and held his serve to draw level to 4-4. The Greek Next Gen player saved two match points in the 10th game to hold his serve for 5-5, but Dzumhur broke serve at love in the 12th game to close out the match, as Tsitsipas fired his forehand beyond the baseline.

Dzumhur will take on Mikhail Kukushkin for a spot in the quarter finals against 2016 Rotterdam finalist Gael Monfils, who came back from losing the first set in his 4-6 6-1 6-3 win over Andreas Seppi after 1 hour and 37 minutes. Seppi earned two break points at 15-40 in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player saved a break point at 30-40 to hold his serve at deuce in the fourth game. He won his next two service games before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to close out the first set 6-4.

Seppi saved two break points in the second game to hold his serve for 1-1, but Monfils broke him twice in a row to cruise through to 6-1 in a 21-minute second set.

Monfils went up a double break in the third set to open up a 4-1 lead. Seppi saved a match point in the eighth game before breaking back for 3-5. Monfils sealed the win 6-3 with a break on his third match point in the ninth game.

Last week’s Montpellier champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised past Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano 6-1 6-4 in 66 minutes in his first appaearance at the Rotterdam tournament since winning the 2017 final against David Goffin.

 

Tsonga got an early break at deuce in the second game, when Fabbiano netted a backhand, and held his serve in another deuce game for 3-0. The Frenchman saved a break point with an ace and went up a double break with a forehand return winner at deuce en route to winning the first set 6-1. The second set went on serve until 4-4 before Tsonga earned his third break at deuce with a forehand crosscourt winner. The 2008 Australian Open finalist served out the match at love in the 10th game. He secured his spot in the next match, where he will face Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor.

 

Last week’s Marton Fucsovics beat 2016 champion Martin Kiizan 7-6 (7-4) 7-4 in one hour and 39 minutes setting up a second round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili. The first set went on serve with no break points. Fucsovics won four consecutive points from 3-4 down to win the tie-break. Klizan went down 1-3 but he broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Fucsovics broke again in the seventh game to take a 4-3 and held serve in the eighth and tenth games.

 

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev

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Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

 

Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.

 

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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.

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World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

 

The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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