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Serbia cruises to a 3-0 win over Japan in Madrid

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Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic clinched two singles wins in the second tie of the Davis Cup at the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Krajinovic beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2 6-4 in 70 minutes in the first match to score his seventh Davis Cup win. Krajinovic never faced a break point and converted three of nine break points.

Krajinovic broke at love in the third game after a loose forehand from Sugita to open up a 4-1 lead and sealed the opening set with a serve and volley. The Serbian player earned another break in the third game of the second set. Sugita saved four break points in the fifth game, but Krajinovic closed out the set with a hold at 5-4.

“It was a lot of pressure as we know that we had to lead Japan 1-0, but I played a good match. I had a lot of opportunities to break in the second set”,said Krajinovic.

In the second match Djokovic cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1 6-2 after 70 minutes to give Serbia a 2-0 lead. Djokovic got an early break in the second game, when Nishioka made a forehand error. Nishioka got the break back after a forehand error from Djokovic.

Djokovic converted his fifth break point with a forehand crosscourt winner and got another break at 4-1 before closing out the first set with a hold of serve.

Djokovic got another break in a marathon third game of the second set on his fifth break point, as Nishioka hit a forehand wide. The 2019 Wimbledon champion got another break with a lucky cord at 4-2 and closed out the second set with a service winner in the eighth game.

“We always knew it was a big possibility that it might come to France and Serbia, with all respect to Japan. We did our jobs in singles. Hopefully we can do our job in doubles, as every match counts. It was a nervy start. It took time to get used to playing on the court, to get used to the conditions and the ligths, but I was pleased. Nishioka is a tricky player. I have never faced him before, but he has got some of the quickest legs on the tour”,said Djokovic.

 Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki beat Yasutaka Uchiyama and Brian McLachlan 7-6 7-6 to give Serbia a 3-0 win. Tipsarevic played his farewell match.

“The emotions are still not here yet. I am still thinking there is a long way to go before I start feeling the emotions that this is my last competitions. We have a strong team with  a good captain, so I really hope there are many more matches to come before I finally say goodbye”, said Tipsarevic. 

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Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.

 

Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo

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The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.

 

The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.

 

“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   

 

 

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