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Ugo Humbert upset last year’s US Open finalist Danil Medvedev 6-4 6-3 to reach the second round at the Hamburg European Open. The young Frenchman converted three of the five break points to score the 14th win in 22 matches this year. 

The first set went on serve in the first six games before Medvedev earned the first break to take a 4-3 lead. Humbert broke straight back to draw leve to draw level to 4-4. Humbert broke for the second time in the 10th game to win the first set 6-4. 

Medvedev saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Humbert fended off two break points and held his serve in the fifth game. Both players went on serve until the eighth game when Humbert earned his only break to win the second set 6-3. 

Humbert will face Jiri Vesely, who beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-5 6-2. 

Roberto Bautista Agut beat defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-3 to score his 15th win in 20 matches this year. Bautista Agut, who became a father on 15th September, reaches the second round in Hamburg for the third time in his career after 2013 and 2015. 

Bautista Agut earned the first break of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Basilashvili converted his second break-back point in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Bautista Agut won the final two games of the second set with a break in the 10th game to win the first set 6-4. 

Basilashvili earned an early break in the first game of the second set. Bautista Agut broke straight back on his third chance to draw level to 1-1. Bautista Agut converted his second break point in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Basilashvili fended off three break points in the sixth game for 2-4. Bautista Agut held his final two service games at 30 to win the second set 6-3. Bautista Agut leads 3-1 in his head-to-head matches against Basilashvili. The fourth seed set up a match against Rome Masters 1000 quarter finalist Dominik Koepfer, who edged past Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-1. 

“It was very tiring last week. I am very proud of my family and very happy to have a new baby in our lives and it was a really nice experience to live with my life. We are really proud of the kid”, said Bautista Agut. 

Former Hamburg champion Fabio Fognini came back from one set down to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-1 7-5 in 2 hours and 22 minutes. Fognini, who is on come-back trail after undergoing surgery on his ankle, set up a match against last week’s Rome semifinalist Casper Ruud and Benoit Paire. 

Fognini held three break points in the fourth game of the first set, but he did not convert them. Kohlschreiber got his first break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Fognini did not convert two break-back points in the eighth game. Kohlschreiber served out at love in the tenth game to win the first set 6-4. 

Fognini broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the second set 6-1 forcing the match to the decider. 

Fognini went up a break on his fourth chance at deuce to take a 2-1 lead. Kohlschreiber broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Fognini broke for the second time at deuce to take a 4-3 lead. Kohlschreiber broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Fognini broke in the 11th game and served out the third set at 15. 

Karen Khachanov edged Jan Lennart Struff 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 44 minutes after converting five of his nine break points. The Russian player will take on either Dusan Lajovic or Adrian Mannarino. Khachanov got his first break at love in the third game and held serve in the next game to take a 3-1 lead. Struff broke back to draw level to 4-4. Both players held serve in the next four games en route to the tie-break, where Khachanov prevailed 7-5. Struff won the second set 6-4 with a break in the seventh game. Struff broke twice in the first three games to race out to a 3-0 lead. Khachanov pulled one break back in the fourth game and held serve to claw his way back to 2-3. The Russian player pulled the second break back to draw level to 4-4. Struff broke serve in the ninth game to earn his chance to serve for the match at 5-4, but Khachanov broke straight back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Khachanov sealed the win with a break at love in the 12th game.   

Felix Auger Aliassime beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 7-6 (7-2) in 1 hour and 48 minutes. The Canadian player broke serve in the fourth game at 30 to take a 3-1 lead. Sonego was not able to earn a break point and faced three break points. Auger Aliassime converted his second chance to seal the first set 6-2. 

Sonego faced two break points in the second game, but he won four consecutive points to hold his serve. Auger Aliassime faced two break points in the fifth game, but he fended them off with his serve. The Canadian player came two points away from winning the match in the 10th game, but he faced two break points in the 11th game. He saved them with his serve to send the set to the tie-break. Auger Aliassime took a 6-2 lead and closed out the tie-break on his first match point.   

This year’s Kitzbuhel Yannick Hanfmann won 91 % of his first serve points to upset Gael Monfils 6-4 6-3 in 74 minutes with a break in the 10th game of the first set and another in the sixth game. The German player set up a second round match against Chile’s Christian Garin, who eased past Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-3. Garin is aiming to win his third clay title after Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro. 

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Alexander Zverev beats Alejandro Tabilo to reach the third final of his career in Rome

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Akexander Zverev came back from one set down to beat Alejandro Tabilo 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 reaching the third final of his career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome and his first Masters 1000 final since 2022. 

Zverev reached his 11th career Masters 1000 final, equalling his compatriot Boris Becker for most Masters 1000 final appearances by a German man since the series started in 1990.

Tabilo earned a double break point with a forehand drop shot winner. The Chilean player forced an error with a topspin forehand into the corner to earn his first break in the fourth game for 3-1 after just 13 minutes. Tabilo saved two break points to consolidate the break for 4-1. Tabilo held three break points and hit a forehand return winner to break at love for 5-1. The Toronto-born Chilean player closed out the first set with drop-shot winners. He won 10 of the last 12 points of the first set. 

Zverev won his first service game of the second set to stop his losing streak. The German player held serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. 

Zverev double fault to face a break point. He saved it with a big serve and held serve for 4-3 in the seventh game. This year’s Auckland champion Tabilo held serve at love to force the second set to the tie-break. 

Tabilo earned the mini-break after Zverev made his fifth double fault at the start of the tie-break. Zverev pulled back on serve on the third point as Tabilo netted a backhand. Zverev went up a mini-break to take a 4-3 lead after one of the longest rallies of the match. Zverev converted his second set point to force the match the third set. 

Zverev earned three break points in the third game of the decider with a crosscourt backhand. Tabilo saved the first two break points, but Zverev converted his third break point to take a 2-1 lead, as Tabilo made a double fault. 

Zverev backed up the break with an ace to open up a 3-1 lead. Zverev earned a second break in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead and closed out the win with his 10th ace of the match after 2 hours and 17 minutes. 

Zverev will face either Tommy Paul or Nicholas Jarry in the final. The Olympic champion will rise to world number 4 if he wins the Rome Masters 1000 title. 

Tabilo upset Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3 last Sunday and backed up this win with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (12-10) win over Karen Khachanov in the fourth round. 

“I did not play well, but he was the reason why I did not play well. He came out hitting the ball extremely hard. A lot of dropshots. He was playing extremely aggressive. He did not let me play. I have to give credit to him for not allowing me to play my game”, said Zverev. 

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Taylor Fritz overcomes Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter finals in Rome

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Taylor Fritz overcame a tough battle to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-7 (11-13) 6-1 reaching the quarter final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

Fritz has become the first US player to reach quarter finals at three different clay court tournaments in Monte-Carlo in 2022 and 2023, Madrid 2024 and Rome 2024. 

Fritz broke serve in the third game and saved two break points to hold serve for 3-1. The US player fended off five break points before breaking serve in the seventh game to close out the first set 6-2. 

Dimitrov earned a set point at 5-4 on Fritz’s serve, but the US player fended it off. 

Fritz hit a smash to save a second break point. The Delray Beach champion and Munich finalist fought all 11 break points he faced in the match. 

Dimitrov hit a forehand down the line to earn an early mini-break in the tie-break and took a 2-0 lead. Fritz pulled the mini-break back for 2-3, when Dimitrov missed a forehand. Dimitrov earned a second mini-break with a drop-volley winner to take a 4-2 lead. Dimitrov went up a 6-3 lead to earn three set points. Fritz fired a wide serve to save a third set point. Fritz fended off a fourth set point with a drop-shot. Fritz saved the fifth set point to draw level to 6-6, as Dimitrov made a double fault. Dimitrov hit another drop volley to earn his seventh set point, but Fritz saved it. Dimitrov saved a match point at 8-7 on a second serve. 

Dimitrov earned a seventh set point, but he hit a forehand pass wide to drop to 9-9. Fritz faced an eighth set point at 10-9 with his first double fault, but he saved it to draw level to 10-10, as Dimitrov hit his slice into the net. Fritz saved a ninth set point with a backhand down the line to draw level to 11-11. Dimitrov converted his 10th set point with a forehand down the line to close out the 19-minute tie-break. Dimitrov forced the match to the decider after 2 hours and nine minutes. Fritz dropped his first set at this tournament. 

After a four-minute bathroom break Fritz converted his fourth break point to open up a 2-0 lead in the third set. Fritz won 12 of the 13 break points on his serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Dimitrov faced a two break points in the sixth game. Fritz broke for the second time in the sixth game with a forehand to race out to a 5-1 lead. Fritz sealed the win with his 13th ace on his first match point. 

After losing in the first round at the Miami Open, Fritz reached the final in Munich and the semifinal in Madrid, where he avenged a 2023 Roland Garros loss against Francisco Cerundolo in the quarter final. 

“I feel like normally in those situations. I would be a lot more uptight and nervy, but honestly I felt pretty calm. I think it was tough because the sun was moving the whole match, and right in the tie-break is the first time it was bad for me on that side, so I threw in the double fault. I had a really good opportunity on a second serve return, and he hit it into my body and a bit slower than the other ones. I just caught it a bit early trying to get out the way of it. It’s easy to go back and dwell on that the whole third set, but I did a really good job at just putting it behind me and not thinking about that second serve return”, said Fritz. 

Fritz set up a quarter final match against Alexander Zverev, who beat Nuno Borges 6-2 7-5. Zverev has reached at least the fourth round at all Masters 1000 tournaments this year. 

Zverev earned an early break, but Borges broke back to draw level to 2-2. Zverev won four consecutive games to close out the first set 6-2. Zverev earned the decisive break in the 11th game to seal the win in 86 minutes. Zverev hit 25 winners to Borges’ eight and his 82% of points on his first serve. Zverev has improved his seasonal record to 25 wins to 9 defeats. The German player reached three semifinals at Los Angeles, Miami and Los Cabos.  

Zverev leads 4-3 in his seven head-to head matches against Fritz, but the US player won two of their last three matches. Zverev and Fritz have never faced off on clay. 

“We were lined up potentially last week to play in the quarter finals, but it will be fun. We will see what happens. We have played each other a good amount and known each other a long time, said Fritz.

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Danil Medvedev battles past Hamad Medjedovic to reach the fourth round in Rome

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Defending champion Danil Medvedev battled past 2023 Next Gen Finals champion Hamad Medjedovic 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 50 minutes on Centre Court to reach the Round of 16 at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

Medvedev is the highest ranked player left in the men’s draw since Novak Djokovic lost against Alejandro Tabilo on Sunday. Medjedovic beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina without dropping a set to reach the third round of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. He faced a top 10 player for the first time in his career. 

Medvedev broke serve in the first game and held on his serve to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set. Medjedovic broke serve at 15 in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Medvedev converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Medjedovic broke straight back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 en route to the tie-break. Medvedev went up a mini-break three times, but Medjedovic pulled back on serve each time. Medvedev sealed the tie-break with a fourth mini-break. 

Medjedovic broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

Medvedev broke in the fourth game of the third set to open up a 4-1 lead. Medjedovic broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Medvedev broke for the second time in the 12th game to close out the third set 7-5. 

Medvedev won his first title on clay in Rome last year. He is seeking to defend a tour-level title for the first time in his career. 

Medvedev has now reached the Round of 16 at all five Masters 1000 tournaments this season. 

“I felt like I started the match well and then in a way it was going downhill. My serve was not there, my shots were not aggressive enough when I needed to. Because many times I would like to play the rhythm I played, but I would like from time to time to surprise my opponent with some good shots. Today I was not able to do it. At one moment in the match I thought what I was doing would not be enough to win the match, so I am happy that even by playing not my best I could win. Tomorrow I am going to try to find my best tennis”, said Medvedev. 

Medvedev set up a fourth round match against Tommy Paul, who beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-4. 

Sebastian Baez came back from one set down to beat Holger Rune 2-6 6-2 6-3. Baez has reached the fourth round of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. 

The Argentine player has scored his third top 10 win after beating Cristian Garin in Cordoba and Andrey Rublev in Bastad in 2022. 

Baez set up a Fourth round match against Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. 

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