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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini claim wins in the opening day at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged Benoit Paire 24-5 22-6 13-14 15-10 in his first match at the 2020 Ultimate Tennis Showdown organized by Patrick Mouratoglou and Alex Popyrin, who launched this innovative tournament at his Academy in Southern France with the goal to attract new fans at a time, in which the ATP Tour is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tsitisipas cruised through to a two-set lead before Paire bounced back by winning the third quarter. Tsitsipas pulled away to claim the win.

“The first two quarters were phenomenal. I got off to a very good start. In the third set he found his serve, his shots were deeper and he started missing less. Things got tense in the third quarter. I had a lot of fun”, said Tsitsipas.

World number 8 and last year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini fought back from 7-11 in the fourth quarter to claim a 14-10 12-13 22-5 13-12 win. Berrettini won the first quarter 14-10, but Brown drew level to one set apiece by winning the second set 13-12 with a brilliant forehand. Berrettini cruised through to a 22-5 win in the third set. Brown took a 11-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Berrettini won four consecutive points to draw level to 11-11. Brown took a 12-11 lead after a double fault from Berrettini with 20 seconds to go. Berrettini hit a smash to take a 13-12 win after Brown tried to lob a tweener over his head.

“It was tough, physically, mentally, everything. Dustin always plays fast but with 15 points between points, the UTS cards and everything, it was really tough”, said Berrettini.

Richard Gasquet won the first two points of sudden death to claim a 13-11 12-14 12-11 10-15 victory over David Goffin. Gasquet took a tight first set with one-handed backhands. Goffin clinched the second set 14-12. Gasquet claimed the third quarter when Goffin made a double fault on the deciding point. Goffin won the fourth quarter 15-10, before Gasquet claimed the first two points of sudden death to clinch the win. In the sudden point Gasquet hit a forehand pass to win the opening point and sealed the second point on Goffin’s serve when the Belgian player hit a forehand into the net.

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin beat Elliot Benchetrit 13-9 9-12 15-12 14-12 to claim the first ever win in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. Popyrin took a 8-2 lead in the third set. Benchetrit fought back to 12-11, but he made a double fault to lose the second set. Popyrin clinched the third set 15-12 before pulling away to win the fourth set 14-12.

Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez clinched a sudden-death win over Lucas Pouille by the scoreline of 17-14 13-12 9-13 11-12.

 

Lopez took a 7-1 lead in the second set before Pouille came back to take the quarter to a deciding point. Lopez hit a serve and volley to win the second set 13-12.

 

Lopez led 9-7 in the third quarter but Pouille came back by winning six consecutive points to clinch the third quarter 13-9.

 

Pouille fended off a match point to win the fourth quarter on a deciding point forcing the match to the sudden death. Lopez won the opening point on his serve, when Pouille netted a return. Lopez hit a backhand return onto the baseline to claim the win. Lopez was a late replacement for injured Felix Auger Aliassime.

 

The revolutionary format of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown consists of four quarters of ten minutes each and just 15 points.

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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