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Marco Cecchinato comes back from bagel loss in the first set to beat Stan Wawrinka in Monte-Carlo

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Last year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato came back from losing the first set by a bagel to beat 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka 0-6 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes. Cecchinato had to break serve at 0-6 4-5 to stay in the match.

 

Marco Cecchinato lost the first eight games, but he produced a remarkable come-back by converting all his three break points.

Stan Wawrinka earned three break points in the opening game and converted his second chance. The Swiss player consolidated the break with a hold at 30 to take a 2-0 lead and got two more breaks to take a bagel win after 20 minutes.

Wawrinka went up a set and a break in the first game of the second set to win his seventh consecutive game after three unforced errors from Cecchinato. He hit a half-volley to consolidate his break to build up a 6-0 2-0. Cecchinato got his first game on the scoreboard by holding his serve in the third game for 1-2.

The 26-year-old Italian player broke back on his first chance in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 and held his serve at love for 6-5. The Italian player earned two set points on return and converted his first chance to close out the second set 7-5.

Cecchinato saved two break points before holding his serve on his sixth game point in the opening game of the decisive set. He fended off two more set points in the third game to hold his serve for 2-1 before earning two break points in the sixth game after a double fault from Wawrinka. Cecchinato converted his break point chance after another double fault from the Swiss player. Cecchinato consolidated the break by holding his serve at deuce earning his chance to serve for the match. He served out the win on his first match point.

“It was an incredible match. It is unbelievable how I turned it around after a difficult start. When I went down 0-2 I started serving better. He was playing very well and I had a lot of emotions. It was very special to play in front of my fans, who gave me a lot of support”,said Cecchinato.

Cecchinato has reached the third round in Monte-Carlo for the first time in his career. The Palermo-native player will take on Argentina’s Guido Pella, who beat Marin Cilic in the second round. Cecchinato beat Pella 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in last year’s ATP 250 final in Umag.

Borna Coric battles past Jaume Munar

Borna Coric saved one match point to Jaume Munar 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in the longest match of the day. Both players went on serve in the first six games before Coric converted his second break point chance to take a 4-3 lead. Munar broke straight back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Coric saved three set points to hold his serve after four deuces in the 10th game. Munar reeled off four consecutive points to win the tie-break 7-3 after 70 minutes.

Munar converted his second break point chance in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Coric broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Coric saved three break points to hold serve in the 11th game at deuce. Munar won his service game after saving two set points setting up a tie-break. Coric saved a match point at 5-6 in the tie-break with a backhand down the line and won four of the final five points to clinch the tie-break.

Coric came back from 15-40 down to get an early break in the first game of the decider. The Croatian player went up a double break in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead. Munar pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Coric saved two break points in the eighth game, but he squandered two match points on return in the next game before closing out the match in the 10th game with a comfortable hold of serve. Coric will face either Kei Nishikori or Pierre Hugues Herbert.

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John Isner upsets Andrey Rublev to reach quarterfinals in Madrid

John Isner is into the Madrid quarter-finals after a last set tiebreak win over Andrey Rublev.

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The American once again needed three sets and two tiebreakers to earn a top 10 scalp.

 

John Isner booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open by upsetting the number six seed Andrey Rublev 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in two hours and five minutes hitting 43 winners and 29 aces in the win.

“I’ve always served well, the conditions for the server are fantastic, physically I was heavy-legged today, I finished late last night, the good thing is I finished a bit earlier today and I should be ready to go tomorrow, I’m going to need all of my legs tomorrow against Dominic (Thiem) and I’m looking forward to it for sure”.

The first set was pretty routine and we didn’t see a single break of serve the entire set as the first set would be decided by a tiebreaker. That’s where the American ran away with it jumping out to a 4-0 lead playing some great tennis and he would take it 7-4 to win the first set 7-6.

The Russian was keen to get back in the match in the second set and earned the first two breakpoints of the match at 1-1 and broke to take an early 2-1 lead. That break was all the number six seed needed to serve out the second set taking it 6-3 and setting up a deciding third set.

The number six seed once again had the first break opportunity of the third set but it was immediately saved with the big booming serve from the Greensboro, North Carolina native. That was the only breakpoint of the set and once again the match would be decided by a tiebreaker.

This one was much more closer and we didn’t see a break of serve until 4-3 when the American returned the Russian serve with a powerful forehand to take a 5-3 lead.

He would go on to serve it out to win the match and set up a quarterfinal encounter with the Austrian Domenic Them and he spoke about the matchup in his post-match press conference.

“He’s fresh, he’s won two matches and I think he is the second-best clay courter right now so it’s going to be a very tough task for me tomorrow especially on this court because he hits the ball so big and pretty fast and he does so many things well and I am going to have to play extremely well if I want any chance to beat him”

Theim currently holds a 2-1 lead in the head to head and their most recent meeting was back in 2017 in Laver Cup on an indoor hardcourt when the Austrian won in three sets.

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Christian Garin reaches his second career Masters 1000 quarter final in Madrid

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Chile’s Christian Garin has reached his second Masters 1000 quarter final with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 win over world number 3 Danil Medvedev at the Madrid Mutua Open. 

 

Garin earned an early break after a loose service game from Medvedev at 1-1. The second set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Medvedev cruised through to a 7-3 win with two mini-breaks. Garin broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the third set 6-1. 

Garin will face either this year’s Serbian Open champion Matteo Berrettini or Federico Delbonis. The Chilean player is tied at 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Berrettini and won his only previous match against Delbonis en route to last year’s title at the Rio Open. Garin won all his five titles on clay in Houston and Munich in 2019, Rio de Janeiro and Cordoba in 2020 and Santiago de Chile in 2021.

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Jannik Sinner Vows To ‘Come Back Stronger’ After Madrid Misfortune

The 19-year-old believes his latest loss will help him grow as a player.

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Italian rising star Jannik Sinner has revealed that he was suffering from an allergy during his latest match at the Madrid Open but has insisted it wasn’t the reason for his loss.

 

The world No.18 crashed out of the tournament in straight sets on Wednesday to Australia’s Alexi Popyrin. A player ranked 57 places lower than him who has reached the third round of a Masters tournament for only the second time in his career. The Italian struggled behind his second serve where he won just 41% of the points. A frustrating outcome for Sinner who led the match 5-3 before losing 6-7(5), 2-6.

“I suffer from allergy and here there is a lot of pollen, I also play with contact lenses and everything. This bothered me a lot,” said Sinner who was coughing throughout the match.
I suffered more because there was more sun and in that field (court) he entered easily, but I did not lose for this (reason). He played better than me.”

The 19-year-old has recently broken into the world’s top 20 following what has been a solid start to the season. At the Miami Open he became only the fourth teenager in history to reach the final after Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On the clay he recently reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Despite his disappointment in Madrid, Sinner is hoping that it will help him become an even better playing in the coming weeks heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam which he reached the quarter-finals at on his debut last year.

“This defeat helps me to grow, now I go to the court to work to be at the top for the next match. I’ll come back stronger than before,” he stated.

Sinner will be hoping to get back on track next week when plays his home tournament at the Italian Open. He made his Rome debut back in 2019 where he defeated Steve Johnson in the first round before going out. A year later he reached the third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets.

As for Popyrin, he will face a showdown against top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday.

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