Casper Ruud beat Federico Delbonis 7-5 7-5 to advance to the semifinals at the ATP 250 Tournament in Santiago de Chile.
Both players went on serve until the 12th game when Ruud converted his third break point chance at deuce to win the first set 7-5.
Ruud earned the first break in the fourth game of the second set. Delbonis broke straight back in the fifth game. Both players traded breaks in the ninth and tenth games to draw level to 5-5. Ruud earned the decisive break in the 12th game at deuce to seal the second set 7-5.
Ruud has become the first Norwegian player in history to win an ATP title in Buenos Aires two weeks ago.
“It was obviously tough. It was a very close match. I was ready for it before going out there. Delbonis is a very good player and especially a very good clay-court player. I really wanted to win this time”, said Ruud.
The 21-year-old Norwegian player set up a semifinal against Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas, who beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-4 6-4. Ramos Vinolas fended off two of the three break points he faced. Ramos Vinolas broke once in the fifth game to win the first set 6-4. The Spaniard went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Monteiro broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Ramos Vinolas earned the decisive break in the seventh game and held his next two service games to close out the second set 6-4.
“It’s different to play three lefties in a row. It’s not something you get to do every tournament. It’s a little bit different, a new experience. I think it’s okay. In my career I have had some problems playing against left-handed players, but I am getting better and better every time I play them”,said Ruud.
Brazil’s 19-year-old player Thiago Seyboth Wild won the first set 7-6 (7-1) before Christian Garin was forced to withdraw from the match due to a left leg injury. Before the quarter final match Garin had won two tournaments in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro and extended his winning streak to ten consecutive matches.
Seyboth Wild set up a semifinal against world number 297 Renzo Olivo from Argentina, who came back from one set down to beat Hugo Dellien 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 2 hours and 50 minutes. Olivo saved two match points in the tie-break of the third set against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the second round. Dellien earned the first break in the second game. Olivo broke straight back in the third game and held his serve at deuce to draw level to 2-2. Olivo came back from 15-40 down to break serve at deuce in the sixth game and held his next two service games to win the first set 3-6. Both players traded breaks twice in the first four games of the second set. Olivo rallied from 2-5 down by winning five consecutive points to win the tie-break 7-5. The third set went on serve in the first seven games. Both players traded breaks in the eighth and ninth games. Olivo won the final three games with a break in the 11th game at deuce to close out the third set 7-5.
Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo
World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo.
Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina.
Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown.
Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead.
Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2.
Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4.
Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.
“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit.
Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo
Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117 Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2.
Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5.
Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2.
Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets.
Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco.
Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point.
Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games.
Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance.
“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi.
Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open.
The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai.
Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006.
“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit.
Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia
ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital.
The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October).
“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi.
During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.
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