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Dominic Thiem Powers Past Nadal To Reach Second Barcelona Final

Dominic Thiem is into his second Barcelona final after powering past Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona semi-finals.



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Dominic Thiem beat Rafael Nadal for the fourth successive year on a clay court after powering past him 6-4 6-4 to reach the Barcelona final.Ā 


It was an impressive performance from the Austrian, who beat the 11-time champion in straight sets to reach his second Barcelona final.

As a result Nadal lost his first ever semi-final in Barcelona and it will be the first time he enters Madrid without a title to his name since 2004.

In the final Thiem will play Daniil Medvedev, who edged past Kei Nishikori 6-4 3-6 7-5 to reach his first ever clay-court final.

The start of the match saw both men feel their way into the contest as the third seed was playing some of the best tennis of his career in Barcelona this week.

But the first break of the match came from some uncharacteristic Nadal errors. A poor serving display saw the Spaniard miss four of his opening five 2nd serves as a fourth double fault sealed the early break for Thiem.

There was still a lot of work to do for the world number five though and he continued to pound his punishing backhand on Nadal.

It wasn’t just the backhand which was creating problems for Nadal as the forehand proved to be equally as powerful, creating opportunities for a double break. Although the gritty world number two remained firm and kept it to the break.

A masterful serving performance sealed the opening set for an efficient Thiem, 6-4.

The second set was a bit better for the king of clay but his footwork and the timing of the forehand continued to haunt Nadal.

A miscued backhand saw the Barcelona crowd silent as Thiem once again broke in the fifth game as he was in control and continued to be the better player.

Variety. Consistency. Risk-taking. It was all there for the Austrian as he mixed up his returning and serving, even using a serve and volley on the odd occasion.

There was nearly hope for Nadal after creating his first break points of the match in the last game after some hesitancy from Thiem.

But the Austrian kept composed, showed some gutsy play and sealed the match to beat Nadal for the fourth year in a row on clay.

After the match Thiem spoke of his emotions after beating Nadal again, “Iā€™m always super proud if I beat him because heā€™s the best player ever on this surface and itā€™s always very special to beat him here on clay. We always had great matches today and also today it was very good. I was more lucky today and I got the win.”

The loss means that Nadal will enter the tournament in Madrid having not won a tournament for the first time since 2004 and it’s his first ever loss at the semi-finals in Barcelona.

Although he remains the favourite for Roland Garros, it is cause for concern for Nadal as he looks to improve his game ahead of the second slam of the year.

As for Thiem, he will play Daniil Medvedev in his second Barcelona final after the Russian edged Nishikori in a titanic battle.

The Russian’s win means it’s his 25th win of the 2019 season and his first ever final on a clay-court as we are set for a cracking final tomorrow.


Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg



German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.


Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this yearā€™s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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Nicolas Jarry Breaks New Ground To Win The Swedish Open

The 23-year-old has become the latest player to win their first ATP title in 2019.



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Chilean fifth seed Nicolas Jarry has won his first ATP title at the Swedish Open after prevailing in straight sets on Sunday.


The world No.64 held his nerve to edge his way past Argentinaā€™s Juan Inacio Londero 7-6(3), 6-4. Playing in only his third ATP final, Jarry dropped serve once as he blasted 10 aces and won 76% of the points behind his first serve. Becoming the first person his country to win the tournament since Luis Ayala back in 1960.

ā€œIā€™m very happy to be able to have this (the title). I know it is not very easy to get the first one in anything that you do. Iā€™m really happy.ā€ Jarry said during the trophy presentation.
ā€œI want to say thank you to my team. I have a big team back home and we are very united. This is for all of them and all of my family who has been there since I was born.ā€

Jarry achieved his career milestone without dropping a set during the entire tournament. Earlier in the week he also scored wins over Jeremy Chardy and Frederico Delbonis. Londero was the only seeded player he faced in Sweden this year. Overall, he was broken eight times in six matches played.

The 23-year-old isnā€™t the first member of his family to win a title on the menā€™s tour. His grandfather is Jaime Fillol, who is a former top 20 player that reached the quarter-finals of the 1975 US Open. During his career, Fillol claimed eight trophies and was the former president of the ATP.

“He is one of the best Chilean tennis players. He taught me the sport since I was little,ā€ Jarry told earlier this week. ā€œHe took me to great tournaments. I remember Wimbledon when I was 12 and I remember going to the US Open a couple of times. There used to be an ATP [tournament] in Santiago, so I was always involved in the tennis.ā€

The new Swedish Open champion is the second player from Chile to win a title in 2019. Christian Garin claimed his maiden title back in April at the US Menā€™s Clay Court Championships in Houston. He then went on to win the Munich Open, which is also a clay-court event.

Jarry exits Sweden with 250 ranking points and ā‚¬90,390 in prize money earnings. He will next travel to Germany to play in the Hamburg Open.

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Entry Lists For Hamburg, Atlanta, Gstaad LIVE



The ATP summer tour continues with the tournaments of Hamburg and Gstaad in Europe and Atlanta in USA.Ā 


The Hamburg European Open is an ATP 500 event (former Masters) played on the red clay courts of the Rothenbaum Tennis Center. In this year’s field, Dominic Thiem will be the first seed, followed by Alexander Zverev, who received a Wild-Card, Fabio Fognini and the defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili. Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire and Philipp Kohlschreiber will compete as well.

Two ATP 250 events will take place in Atlanta and Gstaad. The BB&T Atlanta Open in Georgia (USA) has been played on hard courts since 2010, when Mardy Fish captured the first edition’s title. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been the only non-American winner, in 2016. Five-time former champion John Isner leads the entry list; Alex De Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Pierre-Hugues Herbert have committed to play as well.

The Swiss Open Gstaad, held in the red clay courts of the Roy Emerson Arena, has one of the most beautiful views in the tour, inside the Swiss Alps. Roberto Bautista-Agut, Fernando Verdasco and Dusan Lajovic will be among the favourites, while the defending champion Matteo Berrettini will not play due to injury.

NEWS: Grigor Dimitrov has accepted a Wild-Card into Atlanta.


ATP 500 Hamburg (GER, Red Clay), entry list:
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Djere, Laslo (SRB)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
Cecchinato, Marco (ITA)
Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Cuevas, Pablo (URU)
Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)
Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)
Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER)
Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)
Klizan, Martin (SVK)
Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Londero, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Jarry, Nicolas (CHI)
Haase, Robin (NED)
Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
SE Caruso, Salvatore (ITA)
WC Zverev, Alexander (GER)
WC Zverev, Mischa (GER)
1.Ā Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
2.Ā Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
3.Ā Dellien, Hugo (BOL)


ATP 500 Hamburg, qualifying:
Dellien, Hugo (BOL)
Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
OUTĀ Maden, Yannick (GER)
Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
OUTĀ Coppejans, Kimmer (GER)
OUT Molleker, Rudolf (GER)
OUT Brown, Dustin (GER)
OUT Otte, Oscar (GER)
INĀ Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
INĀ Domingues, Joao (POR)
OUTĀ Marterer, Maximilian (GER)
INĀ Berlocq, Carlos (ARG)
INĀ Vatutin, Alexey (RUS)
INĀ Nagal, Sumit (IND)
OUTĀ Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
OUTĀ Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
1.Ā Arnaboldi, Andrea (ITA)
2.Ā Miedler, Lucas (AUT)



ATP 250 Atlanta (USA, Hard), entry list:
Isner, John (USA)
OUTĀ Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
OUTĀ Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Albot, Radu (MDA)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
OUTĀ Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
OUTĀ Millman, John (AUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Copil, Marius (ROU)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Kudla, Denis (USA)
WC Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
INĀ Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUTĀ Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
OUTĀ Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
INĀ Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
INĀ Klahn, Bradley (USA)
INĀ Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
INĀ Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
INĀ Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
OUTĀ Schnur, Brayden (CAN)


ATP 250 Atlanta, qualifying:
OUTĀ Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUTĀ Klahn, Bradley (USA)
OUTĀ Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
OUTĀ Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUTĀ Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
OUTĀ Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Majchrzak, Kamil (POL)
Andreozzi, Guido (ARG)
Jung, Jason (TPE)
Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)
Kwon, Sun-Woo (KOR)
Harrison, Ryan (USA)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
OUTĀ Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
INĀ Paul, Tommy (USA)
OUTĀ Stakhovsky, Sergiy (UKR)
INĀ Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
INĀ Bolt, Alex (AUS)
INĀ Mmoh, Michael (USA)
INĀ (Alternate)
INĀ (Alternate)
INĀ (Alternate)

OUTĀ Giron, Marcos (USA)
OUTĀ Halys, Quentin (FRA)
1.Ā Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
2.Ā Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
3.Ā Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
4.Ā Young, Donald (USA)
5.Ā Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)



ATP 250 Gstaad (SUI, Red Clay), entry list:
Bautista-Agut, Roberto (ESP)
OUTĀ Pella, Guido (ARG)
OUTĀ Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
Lajovic, Dusan (ITA)
Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
Sousa, Joao (POR)
Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
Munar, Jaume (ESP)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
Darcis, Steve (BEL) PR
Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER)
Istomin, Denis (UZB)
Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)
Jaziri, Malek (TUN)
Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
WC Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
INĀ Fabbiano, Thomas (ITA)
INĀ Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
INĀ Daniel, Taro (JPN)
INĀ Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)


ATP 250 Gstaad, qualifying:
Novak, Dennis (AUT)
OUTĀ Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUTĀ Bachinger, Matthias (GER)
OUTĀ Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
Hanfmann, Yannick (GER) PR
Baldi, Filippo (ITA)
OUTĀ Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
Trungelliti, Marco (ARG)
Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
OUTĀ Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
Napolitano, Stefano (ITA)
Arguello, Facundo (ARG)
Galan, Daniel-Elahi (COL)
Galovic, Viktor (CRO)
OUTĀ Vatutin, Alexey (RUS)
OUTĀ Nagal, Sumit (IND)
OUTĀ Marcora, Roberto (ITA)
INĀ Benchetrit, Elliot (FRA)
INĀ Arnaboldi, Andrea (ITA)
OUTĀ Masur, Daniel (GER)
OUTĀ Weintraub, Amir (ISR)
OUTĀ Kamke, Tobias (GER)
OUTĀ Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
INĀ Moroni, Gian Marco (ITA)
INĀ Robert, Stephane (FRA)
INĀ (Alternate)

1.Ā Escobar, Gonzalo (ECU)
2.Ā Pavlasek, Adam (CZE)

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