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Casper Ruud, Thiago Seyboth Wild, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Renzo Olivo reach the semifinal in Santiago de Chile

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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.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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