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Nick Kyrgios overcomes Danil Medvedev in Rome

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Nick Kyrgios hit 41 winners to beat number 12 seed Danil Medvedev 6-3 4-6 6-3 after 1 hour and 33 minutes at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome securing his spot in the second round where he will face Norwegian Next Gen player Casper Ruud.

 

Kyrgios dropped just 18 points on serve and saved three of the four break points to score his 10th of the season.

Kyrgios broke serve in the fourth game and hit held serve in the ninth game to clinch the opening set 6-3 in 31 minutes. Medvedev received on court treatment for a lower back injury after the opening set.

Medvedev converted his second break point chance to take a 5-3 lead in the second set forcing the match to the third set.

Kyrgios earned a break in the second game of the third set after three errors from Medvedev to build up a 3-0 lead. The Australian player hit a second serve ace to rally from 15-40 down to save two break points for 5-2 in the seventh game and served out the win on his first match point with four aces.

Medvedev has scored the second best record for most match wins on the ATP Tour with 25 victories.

“It was a lot of fun. Today I knew it ws going to be tough. Medvedev is an unbelievable player. He has had a great year. Last year he played really well. I knew today was going to be very tough because I have not played much on clay. I just tried to serve really well. I tried to dictate as much as I could. A lot of drop shots. I was trying to throw him off  his game because I knew he loves rhythm. He is a great player”, said Kyrgios.

David Goffin came back from losing the first set to edge Stan Wawrinka 4-6 6-0 6-2 after 1 hour and 55 minutes setting up a second round match against Juan Martin Del Potro. Goffin saved six of the eight break points he faced and converted six of his ten chances.

Wawrinka got the first break in the eighth game and sealed the first set with another break at 5-4 after a double fault from Goffin.

Goffin dropped 12 points in the second set and reeled off 12 of the last 14 games to take a bagel win with three consecutive breaks forcing the match to the third set. Wawrinka held his serve in the first game, but Goffin broke twice in the third and fifth games to clinch the third set 6-2. The Belgian player closed out the match in the eighth game after a forehand error from Wawrinka.

“It was a tough one. It was not not easy in the first set because he was serving very well. I was under pressure in my service games. I knew that just a small mistake and I could lose the first set. It was not easy”, said Goffin.

Diego Schwartzman cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 12 minutes to clinch his 24th Masters 1000 win. Nishioka earned the first break in the first game, but Schwartzman reeled off 11 of the next 12 games to build up a 6-1 5-1 lead. Nishioka got one break back in the seventh game, but Schwartzman closed out the match with a hold of serve in the tenth game.

US qualifier Taylor Fritz broke once in each set from nine opportunities to beat Guido Pella 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Fritz got his first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead in the fourth game, but he missed two set points in the eighth game before sealing the first set with an ace in the ninth game. Fritz went up a set and a break in the third game after a forehand error from Pella and closed out the match with a hold of serve in the 10th game.

Jeremy Chardy won the all-French clash against Richard Gasquet 6-1 4-6 6-3 in the match that was postponed last night due to rain. Moldova’s Radu Albot cruised past Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2.

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

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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

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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.

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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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