ATP 500 Rotterdam: Danil Medvedev beats Jeremy Chardy, as Damir Dzumhur stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas - UBITENNIS
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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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Ugo Humbert stuns Borna Coric to advance to the quarter final in Marseille

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French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert upset world number 12 Borna Coric 6-3 6-3 at the Open 13 in Marseille scoring the biggest win of his career.

Humbert broke three times in the third game of the first set and twice in the third and ninth games of the the second set to reach his first ATP quarter final.

Humbert, who won the Challenger title in Cherbourg, converted three of his eight break points. The young French player held his serve in the first game before earning three break points in the second game, but Coric saved them.

The Frenchman got the first break in the fourth game with a volley winner and fended off a break point in the next game. The Frenchman saved a break point, as he was serving for the first set at 5-3 and sealed the first set with a good serve.

In the second set Humbert broke serve in the third set and sealed the second set with another break, when Coric made a backhand error.

Humbert will face German qualifier Matthias Bachinger, who beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 in 77 minutes. Bachinger saved eight of the nine break points and broke three times.

David Goffin beat Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 after 63 minutes to reach his first quarter final since Cinicinnati last year.

“My level was good, very positive. The atmosphere was great, and it’s always easier when you are not the favourite. This was the first time I played a player ranked that high. I was able to stay calm and play well”,said Humbert.

 

Goffin won five consecutive points in the sixth game to break serve after a backhand error from Paire. Goffin got another break in the eighth game to close out the first set after another error from Paire.

Paire broke serve in the third game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead. Goffin broke back in the sixth game at love to draw level to 3-3.

Goffin converted his sixth break point in the eighth game and held serve at love in the eighth game with a service winner at 5-3 to close out the match securing his spot in the quarter finals, where he will face Gilles Simon.

Andrey Rublev edged Matteo Berrettini 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 31 minutes to avenge his last year’s defeat against the Italian player in Gstaad. Rublev, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round, broke serve in the second game and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-3.

Rublev broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Berrettini broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Rublev won the tie-break 7-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final, where he will face Mikhail Kukushkin, who beat Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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Following Career-Best Win, Félix Auger-Aliassime Achieves Another Milestone In Rio

The former US Open boy’s champion is a win away from reaching the semi-finals of a ATP Tour event for the first time in his career.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime’s week at the Rio Open keeps getting better and better.

The 18-year-old Canadian began his campaign at the tournament on Tuesday with a shock straight sets win over second seed Fabio Fognini. The Italian veteran, who is currently ranked 16th in the world, is Auger-Aliassime’s biggest win in terms of ranking. Furthermore, that sole victory has ensured that the Canadian will break into the top 100 next week for the first time in his career.

Continuing his momentum at the tournament, Auger-Aliassime followed up on his first round triumph by defeating Chile’s Christian Garin 7-5, 6-4, in the second round. Hitting 27 winners to 31 unforced errors. Auger-Aliassime will now play in only his second quarter-final on the ATP Tour and his first in a 500 event.

“It’s been good, I didn’t know what to expect when I got here, hadn’t won many matches this year. I knew I was playing well from the practices. I thought I had the chance to have tournaments like these. I came in, believed in my game and it’s paying off now. I was able to stay strong physically and mentally at these conditions,” tournament website rioopen.com quoted the Next Gen star as saying.

Wildcard Auger-Aliassime has been tipped as a future star in the sport since his teenage years. At the age of 14 he qualified for the main draw of a Challenger event for the first time. He is a former US Open boys champion and is one of the youngest players of all time at win a Challenger title at the age of 16 years and 10 months. In total, the Canadian currently has four Challenger titles to his name.

Awaiting Auger-Aliassime in the next round will be another rising star on the men’s tour. Spain’s Jaume Munar prevailed in a marathon clash against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie. The Spaniard required almost three-and-a-half hours to defeat Norrie 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(4).

“It’s probably the toughest game I’ll have to play so far this week. Munar has been playing good, having good results. He already beat me two times on clay last year so I’m expecting a tough match. But I believe in myself and I know I have what it takes to beat a guy like him”, Auger-Aliassime said about his upcoming opponent.

In their head-to-head, Auger-Aliassime is yet to defeat Munar after losing to him twice last year.

Following a series of shocks, there are only one seeded player remaining in the Rio Open draw. That is fifth seed Joao Sousa, who will play his second round match on Thursday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets in Marseille

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Hungary’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 after just 59 minutes in a match between two Next Gen players at the Open 13 in Marseille to score his first win in his third appearance in the French tournament

Tsitsipas had already beaten Hurkacz at last November’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The Greek star, who reached the Australian Open semifinal last January, converted his second break point chance in the 10th game to close out the first set 6-4. He earned back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games to seal the second set 6-2, when Hurkacz fired his forehand into the tramline.

“It was a good match. I enjoyed it. I am moving on. It is nice to start so well. It was a no-trouble match. Everything went smooth. Breaks happened when they had to happen. It was a solid match”, said Tsitsipas.

Mikhail Kukushkin upset Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in 82 minutes. The Kazakh player earned his break in the seventh game for 4-3 en route to winning the first set 6-4. Kukushkin saved two break in the fourth game of the second set, which went on serve with no breaks until the tie-break. Kukushkin won the first four points to win the tie-break 7-4.

Gilles Simon rallied from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 4-6 6-4 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter final where he will face either David Goffin or Benoit Paire. Gojowczyk sealed the first set 6-4 with his only break in the 10th game. Simon converted his second break chance in the third game to win the second set 6-4. Simon broke twice at love in in the first and fifth games to win the decisive set 6-2.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Ernests Gulbis 6-3 7-6 (7-3). German qualifier Matthias Bachinger fought back from one set down to beat Steve Darcis 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and three minutes.

 

 

 

 

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