Stan Wawrinka beats Lucas Pouille to get through to the second round in Monte-Carlo - UBITENNIS
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Stan Wawrinka beats Lucas Pouille to get through to the second round in Monte-Carlo



Former Monte-Carlo champion Stan Wawrinka beat Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 15 minutes to get through to the second round at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.


Wawrinka scored the 146th win of his career at Masters 1000. In his first match on the ATP Tour against the Frenchman Wawrinka came back 3-5 down in the first set by winning seven consecutive games.

Pouille got his first break in the third game with a forehand winner. He dropped just three points on serve in his first service games to build up a 5-3 lead. Wawrinka broke serve at love in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. The Swiss player earned another break in the 12th gme to wrap up the first set 7-5.

The 2014 Monte-Carlo champion went up a set and a break in the second game to build up a 3-0 lead and saved three break points in the fifth game He did not convert on his two match points at 5-2, but he sealed the second set on his third opportunity with a forehand volley winner in the ninth game.

“The beginning was a bit tough. I was a bit slow. I was nervous and I was looking a little bit for the conditions. He took advantage, he broke me directly and then I started to stay a little bit better. I started to know a bit more what I had to do. I broke back. He did one mistake and I dido ne good point and then suddenly the match turned. H efelt under pressure. I started to play a bit better, more aggressive and I am happy with the win”, said Wawrinka in the post match interview.

In the second round Wawrinka will face either 2018 Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato or Damir Dzumhur.

Borna Coric battled past Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 5-7 7-5 in a rain-delayed match after 2 hours and 52 minutes. Coric broke serve four times and saved four of the seven break points he faced. Coric earned a break at 2-2 when Hurkacz made a forehand error. Coric hit a smash winner, as he was serving for the first set at 5-4.

Hurkacz earned a break in the sixth game, but he dropped his serve at 5-3 after a forehand error, when he was serving for the set. Coric sent a backhand long to drop his serve in the 12th game. Coric broke serve at the start of the third set before the match was interrupted by rain for two hours.

After a short rain delay at the end of the third set Coric dropped his serve in the ninth game of the third set to trail 4-5, when he netted a forehand. Coric broke serve for 6-5, when Hurkacz made a forehand error. The Croatian player served out on his second match point with a hold at 15. The Croatian player will face either Spain’s Jaume Munar or Monaco’s Lucas Catarina.

Grigor Dimitrov beat Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 7-5 6-4 after 1 hour and 53 minutes to score his 83rd match win at Masters 1000 level. Dimitrov saved six of his eight break points and converted four of his eighteen break point chances.

Berrettini got an early break in the opening game, but Dmitrov broke back at 2-1. The Bulgarian player did not convert four break points in the eighth game. Berrettini saved a set point at 4-5, but Dimitrov broke serve in the 12th game with a double fault from Berrettini after 65 minutes to close out the first set 7-5.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the second set. Dimitrov fended off a break point at 4-4 with a forehand volley winner, before breaking Berrettini in the 10th game to close out the match.


Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev reach the second round in Hamburg



Dominic Thiem beat 2016 finalist Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 40 minutes in the first round of the Hamburg European Open to score his 24th win of the season and the 250th win of his career.


Thiem beat Cuevas for the fifth time in his seventh head-to-head clash against Cuevas and for the third time this year after his previous wins in Buenos Aires and at Roland Garros.

Thiem broke serve in the second game of the opening set after a lucky net cord return and hit a service winner in the ninth game to seal the first set 6-3. Both players traded breaks at the start of the start of the second set. Cuevas fended off a break point chance in the fifth game. Both players stayed neck and neck in the next game setting up a second set.

Thiem earned a mini-break at 2-1 after two mini-breaks from Cuevas. The Austrian player got a double mini-break with a backhand down the line winner on the ninth point. He closed out the match with a service winner on the next point.

“I wish that the grass court season would have been longer. I love this surface, but it was only one match unfortunately. I hope that I can do it better next year. I am back on clay for two weeks and the last two weeks of the year, so I will try to enjoy the mas much as possible”, said Thiem.

Last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev made a winning start to his campaign in his home tournament with a 6-4 6-2 victory over last week’s Bastad winner Nicolas Jarry in 71 minutes. Zverev converted four of his six break point chances and saved four of the five chances he faced. Zverev broke serve in the third game to build up a 5-2 lead, when Jarry netted a backhand.

Zverev did not convert three set points, as he was serving for the set. He dropped five consecutive points before serving out the set at 5-4. Both players went on serve in the first four games before Zverev broke at 15 in the fifth game, when Jarry netted a backhand. The German player held serve at love before earning a break to build up a 5-2 after a forehand error from Jarry. The Chilean player earned two break points in the eighth game, as Zverev was serving for the win. Zverev saved them before sealing the second set 6-2 with an ace.

Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-3 after 67 minutes. This year’s Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini came back from one set down to beat Julian Lenz 6-4 6-4 setting up a match against Rudolf Molleker. Former Hamburg finalist Richard Gasquet beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 6-2 7-6 (7-3) setting up a match against his compatriot Jeremy Chardy. Federico Delbonis saved three match points to beat Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.










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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 year’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 Argentina’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.

“I’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. I’m really happy.” Jarry said during the trophy presentation.
“I 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.”

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 isn’t the first member of his family to win a title on the men’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,” Jarry told earlier this week. “He 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.”

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 Men’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 €90,390 in prize money earnings. He will next travel to Germany to play in the Hamburg Open.

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