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Rafael Nadal Overcomes Nervy Start And Rain Delays To Down Evans In Montreal

Rafael Nadal overcame some nerves and rain delays to make the third round in Montreal.

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Rafael Nadal overcame a nervy start and a few rain delays to beat Dan Evans 7-6(6) 6-4 in Montreal. 

 

After going down an early break, Nadal recovered and advanced into the third round with a straight sets win over Dan Evans.

Despite having two set points in the first set, the Brit eventually fell to the defending champion in a rain-delayed match.

Next up for Nadal is Guido Pella after the Argentinian edged out Radu Albot 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) in just under two and a half hours.

It was a nervy start from the top seed as Evans came out firing, forcing the errors from the Spaniard for an early break.

Some good slices and net play saw the Brit play immensely well in the early goings as he looked to get the biggest win of his career today.

However a rain delay managed to disrupt his momentum and Nadal pounced just like the great champion that he is, using his forehand to dominate the long exchanges.

The world number 53 still wasn’t fazed by the world number two despite conceding the break as he showed his character to save two set points before another rain delay.

Once the players came back 40 minutes later, a first set tiebreak would be played as Nadal couldn’t find a way of breaking down the stubborn Brit.

After saving two set points, Evans had set points of his own in the tiebreak as he was on the verge of sealing the perfect set.

But Nadal, who isn’t one for giving up, reeled off four points in a row to steal the opening set as the Montreal crowd was fired up again.

Although he wasn’t playing his best, the defending champion was proving to be clinical as a break at the start of the second sealed a 2-0 lead.

But once again the rain managed to intervene, this time stopping Nadal’s progress as this time a much longer wait was in store for the two players.

After the latest testing of patience, Nadal responded well with a couple of solid holds as his first serve was undeniably causing Evans problems.

There was one last ditch attempt to salvage the match from the Brit who broke in the sixth game but he ended up falling short as the top seed won three of the last four games to take the match.

A valiant effort from the Qualifier but it is Nadal who shook off early rust to progress to the third round, where he will now play Guido Pella.

The Argentinian has won 31 matches in 2019, so the Spaniard will have to be at his best if he wants to make the last eight in Montreal.

 

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Marin Cilic rallies from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka in Marseille

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Marin Cilic came back from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 at the Open 13 in Marseille to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face Denis Shapovalov. Cilic tied 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Shapovalov.

 

Ivashka won the opening set with his only break in the sixth game. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set and saved break points in the sixth and seventh games at deuce. Cilic earned three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break and converted his third chance to win the tie-break 7-5. Cilic earned a double break in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Ivashka pulled one break back on his second chance to close the gap to 3-5. Cilic sealed the win on his first chance.

Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia came back from one set down to fifth seed Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-4 7-5 to reach the second round Khachanov earned his only break in the opening game at deuce to win the first set 6-4. Bedene converted his third break point chance at deuce to win the second set 6-4. Bedene earned the only break in the 12th game to win the third set 7-5. Bedene beat Khachanov for the first time in his career.

Gilles Simon beat his compatriot Harold Mayot 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Simon earned his second break point chance to win the first set 6-4. Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games and held their serve en route to the tie-break. Simon earned two early mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

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Jannik Sinner beats Norbert Gombos to set up second round clash against Danil Medvedev in Marseille

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion and world number 68 Jannik Sinner beat Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Sinner went down 1-4 in the tie-break of the second set. The Italian player saved all six break points he faced and did not face any break points in the 2-hour and nine-minute match.

Last week Sinner scored his first top 10 win against David Goffin in Rotterdam to reach his maiden ATP 500 quarter final.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Sinner earned three consecutive set points with a backhand lob and sealed the opening set 6-4 with a break at love.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set with an ace. He saved another break point with an ace. Gombos earned two two more break points, but Sinner saved them with a forehand and and an ace. Sinner saved two break points to force to set up a tie-break. Gombos went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Sinner came back by winning six of the next seven games to win the tie-break 7-5.

Sinner set up a second round match against 2019 US Open finalist Danil Medvedev, who reached the quarter finals on his tournament debut in 2017.

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz cruised past France’s Antoine Hoang 6-4 6-1 in just 64 minutes. Hurkacz dropped just points on his first serve to set up a second round match against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Mikael Ymer overcomes Richard Gasquet to advance to the second round in Marseille

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Swedish 21-year-old Next Gen player Mikael Ymer edged past Richard Gasquet 6-3 3-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 22 minutes to reach the second round at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Ymer fended off 7 of the 10  break points he faced and broke serve in the third match point in a marathon third game setting up a second round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Ymer raced out to a 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks. Gasquet pulled back one break in the seventh game to close the gap to 2-5, but Ymer served out the first set in the ninth game with an ace.

Ymer saved three break points in the sixth game, but Gasquet earned the break on his third chance in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3.

Ymer got an early break in the second game of the third set to open up a 3-0 lead. Gasquet broke back in the ninth game and held serve to draw level to 5-5. Ymer converted his third break point at deuce to seal the third set 7-5 in the 12th game.

Benoit Paire beat Gregoire Barrere 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the all-French match. Paire earned his only break of the match in the third game of the opening set. He saved two break points in the fourth game of the second set. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break, where Paire cruised through to a 7-1 win.

Ilya Ivashka overcame Alexei Popyrin 6-1 3-6 6-4. Ivashka broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Popyrin earned one break in the fourth game to clinch the second set 6-3. Popyrin got an early break at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Ivashka sealed the win with a break.

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