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Laslo Djere upsets Dominic Thiem to score his first win against a top 10 player

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Serbia’s Laslo Djere upset 2017 Rio champion Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3 in 80 minutes in the opening round at the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro scoring the first win of his career against a top 10 player.

 

Djere converted five of his eight break points and dropped his serve twice to score the best win of his career.

Thiem earned an early break at 15 at the start of the match with a deep return, but he dropped serve at love in the next game. Djere broke serve again in the eighth game and closed out the opening set in the next game 6-3 after 43 minutes, when Thiem netted a return.

Djere went up an early break at the start of the second set and broke again in the seventh game to build up a 5-2 lead after a backhand error from Thiem. Thiem pulled one break back, when Djere was serving for the match, but the Serbian player closed out the match with a break at love in the ninth game with a forehand return.

Thiem dropped to a 3-4 win-loss record this season. In his previous appearances at the Rio Open he won the title in 2017 and never lost before the quarter final in 2016 and 2018.

“It was a great day. It was the biggest win in my career, so I am really happy right now. I hit the ball really well. He played a bit worse than normally I think. I had a great day. I hit the ball really well, hitting well from the baseline and then attacking well when it was time for that. This is my favourite surface. I know that I can play great tennis on clay”,said Djere.

Last week’s Buenos Aires champion Marco Cecchinato lost to Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-5 7-6 (7-1) in a match delayed by rain. Bedene got an early break at 1-1, but he dropped serve in the next game with two double faults. Cecchinato took a 5-4 lead, but Bedene won 12 of the next 13 points to win the first set 7-5. Bedene went up a 3-1 lead in the second set after saving a break point. Cecchinato broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 and held his serve at 15, but he was not able to convert a set point at 6-5. Bedene cruised through to 7-1 in the tie-break.

Bedene will face Brazilian player Thiago Monteiro, who beat Portugal’s Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-2.

Canadian Next Gen player Felix Auger Aliassime beat world number 16 Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-3. Auger Aliassime saved an early break point before breaking serve in the sixth game. The 18-year-old Canadian player rallied from 0-40 down to get a second break closing out the first set 6-3. Auger Aliassime went up a set and a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Fognini earned a break point in the seventh game but Auger Aliassine saved it for 5-2. Serving for the match in the eighth game Auger Aliassime faced two break points, but he held his serve at love to close out the second set 6-3 at deuce on his third match point.

“It’s at the top with my most memorable wins. You come here, you play the second seed, obviously you are not favoured. You just believe in your tennis, you believe in your game. You work for these wins”, said Auger Aliassime.

Norway’s Next Gen player Casper Ruud cruised past Carlos Berloq 6-1 6-2 in one hour and 28 minutes. Ruud broke serve at 15 in the second game and saved four break points in the next two service games to build up a 4-1 lead. Ruud broke serve in the seventh game, when Berloq hit forehand long, and closed out the first set at 5-1 with a good serve.

Ruud went up a double break ad held his next service games before firing four winners at 5-2 to close out the match.

Roberto Carballes Baena saved three match points at 3-6 in the tie-break of the third set to take a hard-fought 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (8-6) win after 2 hours and 59 minutes. The Spaniard won the final five points and sealed the tie-break with a service winner at 7-6.

 

 

 

 

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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert seal a hard-fought win in decisive doubles match

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Ten-time Davis Cup champions France beat Japan 2-1 scoring the fifth win in as many Davis Cup matches against the Asian team.

 

French star Jo Wilfried Tsonga reeled off seven games from 4-2 in the first set to beat Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-2 6-1 in 58 minutes in his 12th Davis Cup season.

Tsonga saved two break points and converted four of the five break points. The Frenchman held four service games and broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to take a 6-2 lead.

Tsonga broke twice in the second and fourth games and closed out the match in the seventh game after saving two break points.

“It was very important for our team to start well. I am also happy about my game, what I did today, so I hope it continues like this”, said Tsonga.

 Yoshihito Nishioka claimed 9 of the last 11 games in his 7-5 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in 66 minutes to level the score at 1-1 sending the tie into a decisive doubles match. The Japanese player saved one break point and earned two breaks to seal the win in straight sets.

“I wanted to show to the whole world Japan are still strong. Of course, if Key was here we would be strong, but even when he is not here, we can play. Hopefully next time Kei is here and we can play better”, said Nishioka.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set and stayed neck and neck until the 11th game of the first set when Nishioka got the break at 5-5 to seal the first set. Nishioka broke twice to seal the second set 6-2.

Last week’s ATP Finals doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert fought back from losing the first set to beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchyama 6-7 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set at the tie-break, Herbert and Mahut broke serve in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Herbert and Mahut went up a break in the third set. Uchiyama and Nishioka got the break back in the 10th game, when Herbert and Mahut were serving for the match. Mahut and Herbert got another break at 5-5 and held at 15 to seal the decisive win for France.

“They played at a very high level. We know we have arrived late from London, but the captain had a lot of confidence in our team. We were 1-1, we really had to win to give France the win. There was a lot of intensity in the win but we are really happy today, this was a really difficult tie”, said Mahut.  

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Canada beats Italy 2-1 in the opening day of the Davis Cup in Madrid

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Denis Shapovalov battled past Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought second match of the round-robin Group F at the Davis Cup in Madrid to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Italy

 

Berrettini faced three break points in the third game of the opening set. Shapovalov earned two break points in the ninth game, but Berrettini held on his serve at deuce. Both players held on their service games. In the 10th game Berrettini earned three set points on return, but Shapovalov fended them off. Barrettini saved another break point to set up a tie-break. Shapovalov took a 6-3 lead earning three set points. Berrettini won two consecutive points to claw his way back to 5-6, but Shapovalov sealed the tie-break with a backhand passing shot.

Both players went on seve setting up a second tie-break. Berrettini got an early mini-break, but Shapovalov broke straight back. Berrettini took another mini-break to take a 3-2 when Shapovalov hit a volley into the net and sealed the second set 7-3 on his first set point.

Shapovalov earned a break point in the fifth game of the third set with a forehand winner. Berrettini held on his serve with his 11th ace. Both players went on serve in the next games setting up a third tie-break. Berrettini got the first mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after a double fault from Shapovalov. The young Canadian player broke straight back, when Berrettini made a forehand volley error. Shapovalov sealed the tie-break 7-5, when Berrettini fired his forehand long on his first match point after 2 hours.

“After making semifinals in the Madrid Mutua Open here, and winning the Junior Davis Cup in 2015, I feel like Madrid is a really good city for me. We will see how this week goes, but it’s a good step today”, said Shapovalov.

Fognini and Berrettini won the doubles match over beating Shapovalov and Pospisil 6-2 3-6 6-3. The Italian team got a double break to win the first set 6-2. Shapovalov and Pospisil drew level by winning the second set with a break in the eighth game. Italy saved two break points in the seventh game of the decisive set before breaking serve in the eighth game. Berrettini sealed the win for Italy with an ace.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London

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The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.

 

Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.

 

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