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Russia leads over Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup Group II in Moscow

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Russia leads 2-0 over Italy in the Fed Cup Group II at the CSKA Moscow Indoor complex.

 

Anastasia Potavova came back from losing the first set to edge Martina Trevisan 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the opening match, before Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova battled past Jasmine Paolini 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).

In the opening match Trevisan built up a 6-2 2-0 lead and looked in control of the match, but Potapova reeled off the next five games to take a 5-2 lead. Trevisan broke back in the eighth game of the second set, but Potapova closed it out with a backhand winner. Potapova held serve in the first game at deuce and got three breaks of serve to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the decider.

“I must thank this wonderful crowd for their support. The task for me was to put my first serve in and I finally got it going in the third game of the second set”, said Potapova.  

In the second match Trevisan broke serve in the seventh game with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 5-2 lead. Pavlyuchenkova broke back before winning the tie-break 7-5.

 

Paolini earned an early break to open up a 3-1 lead at the start of the second set. Pavlyuchenkova broke back with a backhand drop volley. Both players traded breaks. Pavlyuchenkova held serve for 6-5, as Paolini sent a forehand long. Paolini held serve at love to set up a second tie-brek. Paolini clawed her way back to 4-5 in the tie-break, but Pavlyuchenkova won the final two points to win the tie-break 7-4.

 

“Both matches were super tough. The Fed Cup is a specific tournament, as players rankings often don’t reflect what’s happening on the court”, said Russian captain Igor Andreev.

 

 

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

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Rafa Nadal - Roma 2019 (foto via Twitter, @InteBNLdItalia)

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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