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Matteo Berrettini upsets Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in Stuttgart

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Matteo Berrettini stunned Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 setting a Round of 16 clash against Karen Khachanov at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on grass.

 

The first set went on serve until the sixth game, when Berrettini earned two break points at 15-40. The Italian player broke serve to take a 4-2 lead, when Kyrgios made a double fault, and held his final service game at love to seal the first set 6-3.

Berrettini earned his only break of serve in the ninth game at 30 with a forehand pass and served out the match at love in the tenth game.

“I am happy. It is always difficult to play against Kyrgios, because you don’t know what to expect. I focused on my service games.

This year’s Rio de Janeiro and Lyon finalist Felix Auger Aliassime broke serve once in each set (in the 12th game of the first set and in the eighth game of the second set) to beat Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-3.

Jan-Lennard Struff beat Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-4 after 86 minutes scoring his second win over the Canadian player in as many tournaments. Two weeks ago the German beat the 20-year-old North American player 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-4.

Gael Monfils battled past Steve Johnson 7-5 5-7 7-6 (8-6). Johnson got the first break at 30 in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Monfils converted his third break-back point chance in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 12th game when Monfils earned a break to seal the opening set 7-5.

Johnson went up a break in the seventh game at deuce to take a 4-3 lead. Monfils broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Johnson broke for the second time at love and served out the second set at love.

Johnson converted his third break point in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Monfils rallied from 30-40 down to break back for 3-3. In the tie-break Monfils saved a match point at 5-6 and won the final three points to win the tie-break 8-6.

Last year’s finalist Milos Raonic came back from one set down to beat Australian Next Gen player Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4). Popyrin fended off three set points from 3-6 to win the tie-break of the first set. Raonic needed one break in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4.

Popyrin broke in the second game of the third set to take a 2-0 lead. Raonic converted his third break-back point chance at deuce in the third game. Both players went on serve with no break points setting up a tie-break, where Raonic took the 7-4 edge.

Germany’s Dustin Brown edged past John Millman 6-4 7-6 (7-3) after 72 minutes setting up a second round match against top seed Alexander Zverev.

 

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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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