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France and Romania draw level to 1-1 in Fed Cup World Group semifinal

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France and Romania tied 1-1 after the first two singles matches of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal on indoor clay at the Kindarena in Rouen

 

Last year’s Roland Garros champion Simona Halep beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-1 in the opening match. Caroline Garcia saw off Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-3 to draw France level to 1-1 at the end of day one.

Simona Halep reeled off nine of the last 10 games from 3-3 and converted 5 of her 17 break points to seal a commanding straight set win over Mladenovic. The French player fended off three break points from 0-40 in her first two service games before Halep broke serve to 15 in in the fifth game. Mladenovic broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Halep broke twice in a row in the seventh and ninth games to clinch the opening set 6-3.

Mladenovic saved three break points at deuce to hold serve for 1-1, but Halep got two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to winning the second set 6-1.

“It was really difficult to start the match because of the emotions. It was really tough to start the tie. I am really happy with the way I played in the second set. It was much better. It’s difficult to play against Kristina because she cuts the rhythm. I could not find my rhythm. In the end I felt much better. I can say I was dominating”, said Halep.

Caroline Garcia dominated the second match breaking serve five times against Mihaela Buzarnescu. The French player got the first break in the second game of the opening set and consolidated it with a hold of serve to build up a 3-0 lead. Buzarnescu broke straight back at love in the seventh game for 3-4, but Garcia broke for the second time before sealing the opening set with a hold of serve. Both players traded break in the first two games of the second set and held their service games until the sixth game. Garcia won the final three games with a double break to close out the second set 6-3.

 

 

 

 

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome Quarters Due To Right Leg Injury

Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with a right leg injury after playing two matches yesterday.

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Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury. 

 

The 20-time grand slam champion spent a combined three hours and 51 minutes on court yesterday after wins over Joao Sousa and Borna Coric.

It was the Coric match in particular that was though as he saved two match points to edge the Croatian 9-7 in the last set tiebreak.

However we now know that has taken its toll on the 37 year-old, who has had to pull out of his anticipated quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury.

Despite the withdrawal, Federer takes four good clay-court wins heading into Roland Garros, an event he will play for the first time since 2015.

As a result of the third seed’s withdrawal, Stefanos Tsitsipas now gets a walkover into the semi-finals where he will play either Fernando Verdasco or Rafael Nadal.

Of course Tsitsipas managed to beat Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals last week, as he looks to continue his momentum towards the French Open.

The other quarter-finals see Diego Schwartzman take on Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin Del Potro.

 

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