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Rafael Nadal Drops First Set Of Roland Garros But Advances To Second Week

Rafael Nadal survived a scare against David Goffin to reach the second week in Paris.




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Rafael Nadal dropped his first set of Roland Garros but advanced to the fourth round with a 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over David Goffin. 


After cruising through the first two sets, Nadal was made to work for the win as Goffin played some aggressive tennis in the last two sets.

But the 11 time champion survived the Belgian’s late surge to reach the second week yet again as he bids for more history.

On Sunday, he will face Juan Ignacio Londero who battled past Corentin Moutet in five sets.

It was a dominant first two sets from the world number two as he bullied Goffin around the court and made use of the hot conditions.

The forehand was working more effectively than any other shot as the Belgian couldn’t cope with Nadal’s pace and spin in the opening stages.

Four breaks of serve was enough for the Spaniard to seal a two sets to love lead as Goffin couldn’t mount any offence and was struggling just to win games.

However in the third set Goffin started to relax a little bit and play his game as the crowd started to cheer him on as he worked the angle.

After saving three break points early on, Goffin also served much better as he looked to strike early in the rally and shorten the points.

A more aggressive style of play in the third set and a stunning forehand secured the break needed to spark this match into life.

As he started to play better, Nadal failed to deliver his shots with the same precision in slightly cooler conditions as Goffin played a much cleaner set.

The crowd were now pumped and excited as a hold to 30 saw Nadal lose his first set of the tournament as the Belgian forced a fourth set.

If he didn’t have enough confidence, Goffin continued his momentum at the start of the fourth as he started to plant his forehands with accuracy and power.

However the unseeded Belgian didn’t have enough him to last the full match and like many before him, he fell to 11 time champion.

A break in the fourth game and a tight hold at the end secured a match as Nadal looked relieved to deny the late surge from the 27th seed.

Next up in Nadal’s bid for a 12th title is Juan Ignacio Londero as the Spaniard looks to continue his strong level of dominance into week two.


Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag




Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 


Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.




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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.


The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.




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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.


Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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