On Wednesday, all eight men’s singles round of 16 matches will be played, as the women begin the quarterfinals. Those rounds will not include either the men’s or women’s world No.1’s, or the women’s world No.2. Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Simona Halep were just a few of the many seeds that fell on Tuesday. This tournament has been full of upsets so far, will that continue on Wednesday?
Roger Federer (4) vs. Kyle Edmund (22)
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On paper, this may not appear to be an even matchup. But Kyle Edmund is on a seven-match winning streak in the desert. His ranking dropped as he battled a knee injury over the past several months, but he entered and won the challenger event that takes place in Indian Wells the week before this event. And through two matches in this draw, he’s only dropped eight games in four sets. The problem is just as sharp as he’s been playing, so has Roger Federer. Roger is also on a seven-match win streak, dating back to his title in Dubai two weeks ago. He also hasn’t dropped a set in this tournament, and just crushed Stan Wawrinka last night. This will be their first meeting, and while Federer is of course the favorite, I give Edmund a fighter’s chance. He’s playing with a lot of confidence, is strong from the back of the court, and also moves well. Roger will need to keep his A-game going to avoid this becoming complicated.
Garbine Muguruza (20) vs. Bianca Andreescu
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Normally a seeded player like Muguruza would be thrilled to see a wild card as their quarterfinal opposition, but perhaps not in this case. No one has more WTA wins this year than Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who has been lighting up the tour. She already has 25 match wins this season (counting all levels), and it’s only March 13th. Her 2019 began by making the final in Auckland, with victories over Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Muguruza herself has struggled of late, but pulled off her most impressive win in some time just yesterday over Kiki Bertens, the seventh seed. Is Muguruza ready to contend for another big title? I’m still not fully convinced. She prevailed in the end yesterday, but is still prone to spraying errors in batches. That was also a long match, clocking in at almost two-and-a-half hours, and she does not get a day of rest before this quarterfinal. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the red-hot Canadian teenager continue her surge, and continue the upset trend sweeping through the desert.
Other notable matches on Day 10
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In the other women’s quarterfinal to be played today, Elina Svitolina (6), who needed over three hours just yesterday to overcome Ash Barty, vs. Marketa Vondrousova, who yesterday upset Simona Halep.
Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Filip Krajinovic, who yesterday upset Daniil Medvedev.
John Isner (8) vs. Karen Khachanov, who is 3-0 against the American.
In a battle of young ATP stars who upset top 10 seeds yesterday, Denis Shapovalov (24) vs. Hubert Hurkacz.
Carlos Alcaraz Gets Revenge On Andy Murray To Reach Vienna Last Eight
Carlos Alcaraz is into the Vienna quarter-finals after beating Andy Murray in straight sets.
Carlos Alcaraz got revenge on Andy Murray after beating the former grand slam champion 6-3 6-4 to reach the Vienna Quarter-Finals.
The Spaniard lost to Murray in a three set battle at Indian Wells earlier this month but was victorious in Austria.
Despite being a break up in the second set, the three time grand slam champion couldn’t consistently out-power the aggressive Spaniard.
Alcaraz will now play Nikoloz Basilashvili or Matteo Berrettini in the last eight.
Alcaraz was aggressive from the very first ball as he controlled rallies behind the baseline and punished Murray’s weak second serve.
After being broke in the first game, the Brit got his revenge in the fourth game as he converted in his sixth break point of the game to seal the break back.
However Alcaraz’s firepower was too much and the Spaniard’s consistent firepower was too much for Murray as two hard-fought breaks followed as he sealed the opening set in 65 minutes.
Murray utilised a more attacking style of play in the second set and was rewarded with an early break of serve as he would take a 4-2 lead.
But Alcaraz displayed too much power and accuracy as he reeled off four games in a row to complete his victory and progress into the Vienna quarter-finals.
Alcaraz will now play Basilashvili or Berrettini in the quarter-finals as he looks for a strong finish to a career-best season.
As for Murray that will be the end of his season unless he gets a wildcard into Paris next week or makes the Davis Cup Finals team for Great Britain.
Simona Halep wins the all Romanian battle in Cluj
Simona Halep is into the second round in Cluj after a dominant performance.
The world number 18 and the top seed managed to beat her Romanian counterpart in straight sets.
Simona Halep is through round one of the Transylvania Open, being played at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, after beating a fellow Romanian Elena Gabriella Ruse in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in one hour and 13 minutes.
The number one seed served six aces and won 83% of her first serve points in a match that seemed one-sided and Halep was pulling amazing shots and winners throughout the entire match.
“It’s not easy to face a Romanian in the first round of a Romanian tournament but I was very focused and concentrated on what I have to do and I didn’t really think of who I would play, I just wanted to play my game and I felt great on court today.”
It was actually the world 85 with the first breakpoint of the match in the first game but it was denied when Halep stepped up to the service line and fired an ace to save it.
After holding serve the world number 18 started looking for the early lead and she was able to get it after a poor service game from Ruse and after consolidating the break managed to turn it into a double break.
Halep served out the first set in a mere 29 minutes and it was clear she was the better player today.
She continued to ride the momentum into the second set and at 1-1 earned three more chances to break and broke with a stunning return winner that caught Ruse off guard for the 2-1 lead.
At 4-2, the top seed managed to go up a double break with another amazing passing shot and she served out the match and after the match in her post-match press conference, she spoke about pulling off those amazing shots on breakpoints.
“When I have a chance to do it I always do because I love these kinda shots and today it was a great one so it made me very happy.”
Halep will next face the Russian Varvara Gracheva in the next round after she beat the German Andrea Petkovic in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Anett Kontaveit overpowers Krunic in Cluj-Napoca
Anett Kontaveit took a step towards the WTA Finals with a straight sets win in Cluj today.
The number two seed only needed two sets and 70 minutes to beat her Serbian opponent.
Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the Transylvania Open, being played at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, beating the Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 10 minutes.
The world number 14 served two aces and won 69% of the points on her first serve in a match where she seemed to outhit her opponent using her powerful groundstrokes.
“The match was close and it was only break in the first set and I thought I was playing pretty well and winning a lot of points on my first serve but I actually think she served well and it wasn’t an easy match and the second set got really close”.
The Estonian had the better start to the match holding serve in her opening game and putting pressure on the Serb right away earning two chances to break serve and got the early break to take a 2-0 lead.
That one break was enough for Kontaveitt to serve out the first set and take it 6-3.
The second set was a more competitive affair and it stayed on serve until 2-2 when the Tallinn, Estonia native was able to break the Serb at love to take a 3-2 lead and she was able to consolidate the break.
It stayed on serve until 4-3 when the world number 44 fought back and was able to break the Estonian serve and the set went back on serve. Once again both players did a good job holding serve until 5-5 when Kontaveit got the crucial break of serve and served out the match.
After the match in her post-match press conference, Kontaveit spoke about how she was feeling energy-wise after such a short turnaround time from winning the title in Moscow last week.
” I feel like the energy has dropped a little bit but I did manage to bring some of the energy today and still be active and be aggressive.”
Kontaveit will now face Alison Van Uytvanck in her next match after the Belgian beat Danka Kovinic in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day.
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