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Matteo Berrettini sets up Ultimate Tennis Showdown final against Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Matteo Berrettini edged out Richard Gasquet 24-8 12-14 16-12 10-13 2-1 in the sudden death to become the first player to reach the final at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown.

 

Berrettini came into the semifinal with a 5-3 record at this tournament and made his return to Southern France after playing in Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel.

Berrettini hit a series of serves from his forehand side and rallied from 0-2 down by winning six consecutive points to take a 6-2 lead. Berrettini hit his winner x3 card, as he was leading 12-6, and won three consecutive points with a forehand volley and with a forehand winner. The Italian player cruised through the first quarter and hit a backhand pass to take it 24-8.

Berrettini stole Gasquet’s serve to take a 9-5 lead. Gasquet used the x3 winner card and hit an ace and a regular point to draw level to 9-9 with four minutes to go.

Gasquet earned a point on Berrettini’s serve and won his next serves to take a 12-10 lead. Berrettini used used his winner x3 card but won just two points from it. Gasquet clinched the second quarter 14-12 after a missed backhand from Berrettini.

At the start of the third quarter Berrettini used his x3 winner card at 5-5 and found two aces to take a six-point lead. Berrettini pulled away to win the third quarter 16-12.

Berrettini hit two more aces in the fourth quarter. Gasquet fought hard and hit two backhand winners as he was leading 8-6. Berrettini could not use his x3 winner card. Gasquet won the next two points and used his steal serve card to seal the fourth quarter 13-11 forcing the match to the sudden death.

Gasquet won the first point on Berrettini’s serve, but Berrettini saved a match point with a big forehand to draw level to 1-1. Berrettini hit a volley on the match point to clinch a tight win.

“I played really good. I was serving really well and was able to win the card counts 3 twice, so I guess that enabled me to win the game”, said Berrettini.

Berrettini set up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat David Goffin 15-11 13-11 13-12 in the other semifinal. Goffin came into the match with a 5-4 record compared to Tsitsipas’8-1 record.

Goffin used his -1 serve card, but Tsitsipas won both points, but Tsitsipas reeled off five of the next six points to take the lead. Goffin used his winnerx3 card at 7-9 and won two consecutive points to draw level to 9-9. Tsitsipas won both points on Goffin’s serve at 12 to clinch the first quarter 15-11.

Tsitsipas won six consecutive points from 2-3 to take a 8-3 lead. Goffin clawed his way back to 11-12, but Tsitsipas held on to win the second quarter 13-11.

Tsitsipas took a 8-5 lead in the third quarter. Goffin hit a backhand pass and hit an ace to draw level to 8-8 before taking a 12-11 lead with just 30 seconds to go. Tsitsipas forced Goffin into the corner with a forehand on the deciding point to to win the third quarter 13-12.

“I knew it’s not going to be as easy as Saturday. David worked really hard to be in the semifinals so he won’t let it go easy”, said Tsitsipas.

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‘My Body Is Not Use To Playing At 2am’ – Kristyna Pliskova Stuns Sakkari In Late-Night Palermo Duel

The Czech player has caused the biggest upset of the draw so far.

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Kristyna Pliskova has started her return to professional tennis following the five-month break by recording one of the biggest wins over her career at the Palermo Open.

 

The Czech tennis player held her nerve to knockout world No.20 and third seed Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4, in a late-night encounter. The first day of the WTA event saw a series of matches go the full distance, leading to Pliskova’s opening match taking place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Despite the later than expected encounter, a sleepy Pliskova still managed to come out on top to record only her seventh win over a top 20 player and second this year. She also beat Aryna Sabalenka at the Shenzhen Open in January. During her latest match, the Czech stood firmly behind her serve as she won 80% of her first service points and saved all three break points she faced. Overall, she won 69 points in the match compared to Sakarri’s 60.

“The conditions were really tough,” wtatennis.com quoted Pliskova as saying. “Before the match, I was also sleeping a little bit! We stayed so late here, I think it’s tough for [Sakkari] as well.”
“The body is not used to playing at 2:00 a.m.,”
she added.

Pliskova broke Sakkari twice in the match by doing so at the start of each set. The triumph avenges her loss to the Greek in their previous meeting that took place at the 2017 Wimbledon championships. On that occasion Sakkari fought back from a set down to win.

Former Wimbledon girls champion Pliskova is seeking her first WTA title in almost four years this week in Palermo. Her next opponent will be Italian veteran Sara Errani, who required almost three hours to oust Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, in a roller-coaster encounter.

“[Errani is] at home here, so for sure the people will cheer for her,” Pliskova commented on her next test. “She had quite a tough match, I saw. It’s very different from today, but I will try to hold my serve and hopefully I will also break her!”

Pliskova is currently ranked 69th in the WTA rankings.

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Fabio Fognini is planning to return in Kitzbuhel

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Fabio Fognini is currently training in Puglia to prepare his return to the ATP Tour in Kitzbuhel next September after undergoing ankle surgery two months ago. His coach Corrado Barazzutti confirmed that Fognini will not play in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament and at the US Open. 

 

Fabio knows what he has to do to recover from the injury and is working very hard. He trains every day from 10 to 14.30. I am happy with his committment and his hard work”, said Barazzutti, who is also the Italian Davis Cup captain. 

“I think that Fabio will be ready in two weeks. We will work for four weeks in Rome to prepare for Kitzbuhel, which will mark his come-back. If everything goes to plan, Fabio will play there. We are confident because his preparation is going well well”. 

Fognini is spending his time with his wife Flavia Pennetta and his children Federico and Farah. “I think that spending with his family will be very positive for Fabio. They give him the strength to overcome the recovery from injury. Living with injuries is normal for all athletes, but it is not very easy. He is now more relaxed”, concluded Barazzutti

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REPORT: Madrid Open To Be Axed Amid COVID-19 Concerns In Latest Setback For Tennis

Hopes of Spain holding their top tennis event in 2020 are over.

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The world of tennis is set to suffer another severe blow with multiple media sources confirming that organisers of Spain’s most prestigious tennis tournament will officially cancel their event on Tuesday. 

 

The Mutua Madrid Open will be removed from the 2020 calendar following a meeting involving tournament owner Iron Tiriac. Recently doubts have been cast on the event after local health officials called for it to be suspended due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Although the final decision was up to Tiriac and his team. It had been due to take place between September 12 to 20, following the conclusion of the US Open. 

“We have to be realistic now, we have to accept that health is always the priority. We must not endanger anyone, neither the fans, nor the players, nor the staff, all those who come to Madrid in September,” tournament director Feliciano Lopez told L’Equipe over the weekend. 

Spain has seen their rate of COVID-19 cases rapidly rise since the country ended its lockdown. According to El Pais, the number of cases recorded within 24 hours is eight times the amount compared to 40 days ago. Rising from 334 (June 20) to 2,789 (between July 29 and 30). On Friday July 31st there were 3092 new cases in the country in what is a post-lockdown record.

Held at the Caja Magica, the Madrid Open is a key event for both men and women. It is currently classed as a Masters 1000 for the men and as a Premier Mandatory for the women. Last year each of the singles champions took home €1,202,520 in prize money. It was originally set to be played in May but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The demise of Madrid this year is another setback for what is becoming a rapidly thinning 2020 tennis calendar. Within the past two weeks China has confirmed that they will not be hosting any tournaments this year, Japan’s scrapped it’s premier women’s event and the Italian Open has been advised to not allow any fans to their event this year. 

As a result of the latest development, only two WTA clay-court events will take place after the US Open leading up to Roland Garros. They are both set to get underway on September 21st in Rome and Strasbourg. As for the men, Rome will be their only point of call. 

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