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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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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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