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Dustin Brown upsets Alexander Zverev in Stuttgart

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World number 170 Dustin Brown from Germany stunned world number 5 Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

 

Brown scored his fifth top 10 win and his first since Montpellier 2017, when he beat Marin Cilic. He had to get through the qualifying round to make his first appearance on the ATP Tour since Munich last year.

Brown broke serve in the third game at 30 to take a 2-1 lead, when Zverev made a double fault. Brown saved a break point in the eighth game to open up a 5-3 lead and earned four set points on return in the next game.

Zverev fended them off on his serve at 5-3 but Brown served out the first set at love in the tenth game with four winners after 32 minutes.

Zverev converted his sixth break point in the second game after a forehand error from Brown to race out to a 5-2 lead.

Brown broke back at 15 with a drop shot, but he wasted two break points in the 11th game missing out on a chance to break Zverev at 5-5, when he hit backhand volley into the net. Zverev failed to convert four set points,

Zverev won the final three points to win the tie-break 7-3 after a loose drop shot from Brown.

Brown fended off three break points at 3-3 in the third set before broke serve in the eighth game at 30 with a volley winner. The German player of Jamaican origin served out the win on his first match point in the ninth game.

“It’s a big win. The last few years  have been a bit up and down with injuries, so I am very happy and especially that it happened in three sets was mentally very challenging. I stayed cool and I tried to play deep and I am happy to have won it”, said Brown.

Matteo Berrettini upset last week’s Roland Garros quarter finalist Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 after just 69 minutes one day after beating Nick Kyrgios in just 53 minutes.

Berrettini scored his second top 10 win this year one month after beating Alexander Zverev 7-5 7-5 in Rome.

The Italian player broke serve at 3-3 in the opening set and in the first game of the second set, when Khachanov hit a forehand long. He went up a double break with a forehand volley winner and sealed the win with a service hold thanks to a backhand drop shot winner.

“I played a great match, served really well and did well with my slice. Tomorrow it will be a tough against Denis Kudla, as he played today against Monfils. I will have to do my best”,said Berrettini.

Berrettini set up a quarter final against US Denis Kudla, who battled past Gael Monfils 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 18 minutes. Kudla broke serve five times and hit four aces.

Kudla converted the only break point chance in the 11th game to win the opening set 7-5. The US player went up a set and a break at the start of the second set. Monfils broke straight back in the second game to draw level to 1-1. Kudla broke for the second time in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Monfils broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Both players held on their service games setting up a tie-break. They stayed neck and neck until 2-2 before Monfils won four of the next five games to win the tie-break 7-3.

Kudla and Monfils traded breaks twice in the third set to draw level to 3-3. Kudla earned three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break and converted his first chance to win the third set.

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev

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Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

 

Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.

 

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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.

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World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

 

The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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