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Fabio Fognini starts his Rome campaign with a straight set win over Jo-Wiifried Tsonga



This year’s Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 24 minutes to advance to the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome.


Fognini earned the first break in the fourth game with a down-line backhand. Tsonga earned two break-back points in the next game, but Fognini saved them with his serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Tsonga fended off three set points in the eighth game. In the ninth game Fognini saved a break point with a backhand error from Tsonga and closed out the opening set 6-3 on his sixth set point.

Fognini got an early break at the start of the second set with a forehand passing shot on the break point. The world number 12 player went up a double break to race out to a 4-1 lead. Tsonga pulled one of the two breaks back in the seventh game for 3-4. Fognini held on his service games to close out the second set 6-4 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face either Radu Albot or Benoit Paire.

“To play the first round against Jo. It was a realy tough match, because he was injured. He had surgery on the knee. He tried to recover his best performance, but at the same time I knew that it could be really dangerous. I am happy because especially for me here, it’s always tough to play. I am happy with my performance, happy to be again and I am happy to be again in the second second round in Rome”,said Fognini.

Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 35 minutes ending his losing streak that lasted since Miami. Shapovalov avenged his defeat agaainst Carreno Busta, who beat the Canadian player at the 2017 US Open.

Shapovalov converted just one of his twelve break points and never faced a break point.

Carreno Busta fended off two break points in the second game before Shapovalov eraned his only break with a forehand crosscourt winner in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. Shapovalov sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner in the ninth game.

Shapovalov earned eighth break point chances, but Carreno Busta saved them. Both players held on their service games setting up a tie-break. Shapovalov fought back from 4-5 down by winning three points to clinch the second set. The Canadian Nex Gen player closed out the match after a backhand error from Carreno Busta at 6-5.

Marco Cecchinato fought back from one set down to beat Alex De Minaur 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 12 minutes booking his spot in the second round where he will face world number 56 Phillip Kohlschreiber. Both players traded breaks in the second and third games. De Minaur got his second break in the seventh game and saved a total of four break points in the eighth and tenth games to close out the first set 6-4.De Minaur went up am early break, but Cecchinato broke straight back in the second game.

The Italian player got his second break in the sixth game to seal the second set 6-3. After a trade of breaks in the first and second game Cecchinato broke twice to open up a 4-1 lead. He held on his service games to cruise to winning the decider 6-1

Karen Khachanov battled past Lorenzo Sonego 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 after 2 hours and 25 minutes to score his ninth win this season. Khachanov broke twice in the second and sixth game and saved a break point in the ninth game, while he was serving for the match.

Albert Ramos Vinolas converted all his four break points in his 6-3 6-1 win over Gael Monfils securing his spot in the second round where he will face either Diego Schwartzman or Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.


Alexander Zverev edged past Hugo Dellien to reach the semifinal in Geneva



World number 5 and 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev battled past Bolivian player Hugo Dellien 7-5 3-6 6-3 to reach the semifinal at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. Zverev is still seeking his first title of the year.


Dellien earned the first break in the second game to take a 3-0 lead. Zverev converted his fourth break-back chance in the fifth game and held his serve to draw level to 3-3. Zverev saved a set point at 3-5 at 3-5, while Dellien was serving at 40-30.

Dellien needed one break in the fourth game to win the second set 6-3. Zverev held serve in the third game at the seventh deuce after seven deuces to take a 2-1 lead. The German player got the decisive break in the fourth game and held his serve at love to build up a 4-1 lead. Zverev never looked back to win the third set 6-3.

“I played very aggressive in the important moments. I was very aggressive also in break points down, This is finally something I was looking for in the last few weeks. I think today I showed it”, said Zverev.

Radu Albot came back from 2-4 down to beat Damir Dzumhur 6-3 7-5. Albot went up a double break in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead. Dzumhur pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4, but Albot broke for the third time on her third break point chance to win the first set 6-3.

Dzumhur went up an early break in the first game of the second set. Albot broke back in the eight game to draw level to 4-4 and sealed the win with his second break in the 10th game.

Albot will take on Nicolas Jarry, who dropped just four of his first service points to defeat Taro Daniel 6-1 7-5.



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Nikoloz Basilashvili sets up Lyon semifinal against Felix Auger Aliassime



Four-time ATP Tour finalist Nikoloz Basilashvili secured his spot in the semifinal where he will face Felix Auger Aliassime in Lyon


Basilashvili came back from an early break down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-4 in the quarter final of the Parc Auvergne Rhone Alpes Lyon.

Tsonga got an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead, but Basilashvili recovered from the early start by breaking serve twice in the third and seventh games to take a 4-3 lead. The Georgian player held his final two service games at 30 to close out the opening set 6-4.

Basilashvili needed only a break in the third game of the second set to clinch the second set 6-4 to reach his first semifinal since winning the China Open in 2018.

Basilashvili set up a semifinal clash against this year’s Rio de Janeiro finalist and Miami Open champion Felix Auger Aliassime, who edged Steve Johnson 6-4 2-6 6-4. Auger Aliassime got a break of serve in the third game to clinch the opening set 6-4. Johnson bounced back by breaking twice in the second and eighth game to claim the second set 6-2. Auger Aliassime went up a double break in the third and fifth games to build up a 5-2 lead, but Johnson pulled one break back in the eighth game, when the 18-year-old player was serving for the match. Auger Aliassime served out for the match 6-4 in the 10th game.

Benoit Paire battled past Denis Shapovalov 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour and 55 minutes. Paire broke serve twice in the fifth and ninth games to seal the opening set 6-3. Shapovalov claimed his only break in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. Paire saved a total of three break points in the first and third games. Both players held on their service games en route to the tie-break. Paire reeled off the final three points from 4-4 to claim the tie-break 7-4.

Taylor Fritz fought back from one set down to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-4 after two hours and five minutes. Bautista Agut fended off one set point at 5-6 to take the tie-break of the opening set. Fritz fought back to open up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game to claim the second set 6-4. The US player earned the decisive break in he ninth game to secure his spot in his first semifinal since the 2018 Chengdu Open.



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Tomas Berdych to Miss French Open For The First Time Since 2003

It will be the third grand slam the former top 10 player has missed within the past 12 months.



Tomas Berdych (photo by chryslène caillaud)

Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych will not play any clay court tournaments in 2019 after withdrawing from the upcoming French Open.


The 33-year-old has been absent from the tour since his first round loss to Feliciano Lopez in Indian Wells. Berdych has been hampered by issues within his back in recent weeks. He has been hoping to be fit in time for Roland Garros, but made a decision to withdraw from the event on Wednesday.

“I am not 100% ready to play the way I want and need to be competitive on the courts I love so much,” Berdych wrote on social media.
“I came to Paris and I had to take a tough decision and want another few days to fully recover and be ready for the grass season.”
“I love this tournament so much but I have to make sure not to further injure myself,” he added.

The Czech had played at the tournament every year since making his debut back in 2004. However, the French Open is his worst performing grand slam in terms of wins. So far in his career, Berdych has won 25 out of 40 matches played at the French Open. His stand out performance occurred in 2010 when he reached the semi-finals before losing to Sweden’s Robin Soderling.

It is not the first time back issues have forced Berdych out of action. In 2017 he was advised by doctors to end his season early due to persistent ‘back pain.’ He was also forced to skip both Wimbledon and the US Open due to the same problem.

Berdych, who last won a title at the 2016 Shenzhen Open, has played six tournaments so far this year. His best result occurred in January with a run to the final of the Qatar Open. He also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and was a semi-finalist in Montpellier.

As a result of his absence, Berdych is currently ranked 100th in the world rankings. He will be replaced in the French Open draw by a lucky loser.

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