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Pablo Carreno Busta sets up quarter final against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros




Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta has reached his fourth Grand Slam quarter final and his second in Paris after 2017 after beating German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 6-2 7-5 6-2 in the fourth round after 2 hours and 22 minutes at Roland Garros. 


Carreno Busta has qualified for his second quarter final at Grand Slam level in 2020 after advancing to the US Open semifinal last September. 

Carreno Busta fended off three of the four break points he faced during the match and hit 44 winners to 27 unforced errors. The Spanish player converted 6 of the 18 break points he faced and won 85% of his first serve points. The Spaniard recovered from 2-5 down in the second set by winning nine consecutive games. 

In the opening set Carreno Busta earned his first break in the third game and held serve with a service winner to open up a 2-0 lead. Altmeier wasted three game points at 1-3 and dropped his serve, when he hit his backhand long. 

Carreno Busta fended off a break point chance with a service winner in the sixth game and closed out the first set with a hold at 5-3 after 43 minutes. 

Altmeier earned the first break of the second set with a break at 15 in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead. The German player hit a service winner to race out to a 5-2 lead and served out for the set at 5-3. He saved the first break point with a forehand winner, but Carreno Busta converted his second chance, when Altmeier made an error. 

Carreno Busta drew level to 5-5 after three deuces in the 10th game before earning the break in the 11th game, when Altmeier hit a backhand long. 

Carreno Busta held serve at 30 after an error from Altmeier to win his fifth consecutive games from 2-5  clinching the second set 7-5. 

Seven of eight games in the third set went to deuce. Carreno Busta broke serve in the first game of the third set after Altmeier netted a forehand. The Spanish player hit a backhand winner in the third game to open up a 3-0 lead. Carreno Busta got a double break with a backhand to race out to a 4-1 lead. 

Altmeier fended off three break points in the fifth game to claw his way back to 1-4. Carreno Busta sealed the third set with a hold at 5-2. 

Altmeier was bidding to become the lowest-ranked Roland Garros quarter finalist since Henry Leconte in 1992. 

The Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic in the quarter final on Wednesday. They have already met in a Grand Slam tournament this year at the US Open. Djokovic controversially hit the linesman with the ball and was disqualified. This was the only defeat on the ATP Tour for Djokovic in 2020.   

“I have had stomach problems. I did not feel well. Sometimes you have to win games without being at 100%. They are usually the most important ones. Now I will try to recover as soon as possible. I will try my best against to overpower Novak and move into the semifinals”, said Carreno Busta. 

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Elina Svitolina Splits With Coach After Five Years

The tennis star issued a brief statement saying ‘the time is right’ to go in another direction.




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Elina Svitolina is on the hunt for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Beetles.


The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist issued a statement on Monday confirming that she will no longer be working with her British mentor with them both deciding to go ‘their own ways.’  Beetles, who is the former hitting partner of Ana Ivanovic, spent his first full season with Svitolina back in 2017. He started as an assistant coach before later being promoted. Under his guidance, the Ukrainian rose to a ranking high of three and won 11 Tour titles.

“After 5 years and 11 titles together!! Andy and I both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways. I am very thankful for all his hard work and endless support. I wish him only the best in his future career!’ Svitolina wrote on Twitter. 

The announcement comes a week after Svitolina suffered a shock first round loss at the Tenerife Open to Colombia’s Camila Osorio who went on to reach the final. So far this season she has won 41 out of 61 matches played on the Tour with her best performance occurring at the Chicago Open where she won the title. Svitolina also won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games and reached the quarter-finals of the US Open. 

Svitolina, who married Gael Monfils earlier this year, is currently ranked sixth in the world. She is hoping to finish the season ranked inside the world’s top 10 for the fifth year in a row.

There is currently no information about who may take over as the new coach of the 27-year-old. 

Svitolina’s 2021 results

  • Melbourne 1 – QF
  • Australian Open – R4
  • Doha – QF Dubai – R2
  • Miami – SF
  • Stuttgart – SF
  • Madrid – R1
  • Rome – QF
  • French Open – R3
  • Berlin – R2
  • Eastbourne – R2
  • Wimbledon – R2
  • Tokyo Olympics – Bronze medal
  • Canadian Open – R2
  • Cincinnati – R2
  • Chicargo – Champion
  • US Open – QF
  • Chicargo 2 – QF
  • Indian Wells – R4
  • Tenerife – R1

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Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the line-up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna




Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the line-up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Greek star will play in the Austrian capital for the second time in his career. 


Tsitsipas will face 2017 ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in the first round. The Greek player will be looking to avenge his defeat against his Bulgarian opponent, who took the win in three sets 6-7 6-4 6-4 in their previous head-to-head match at last year’s edition of the Vienna tournament. 

Tsitsipas will be aiming to win his third title this season following his triumphs in Monte-Carlo and Lyon. 

Number 2 seed Alexander Zverev will play in the Erste Bank Open main draw for the second time. This year Zverev won two Masters 1000 titles in Madrid and Cincinnati and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Matteo Berrettini will open his campaign against Alexei Popyrin. The Italian star is the third seed and has a good chance to qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin. This year Berrettini won two titles in Belgrade and Queen’s and reached two finals at the Madrid Masters 1000 and Wimbledon. 

Hubert Hurkacz holds the final qualifying spot for Turin in ninth place with 2955 points, 110 points ahead of Jannik Sinner, who won his fourth title this season in Antwerp following his previous wins in Melbourne, Washington and Sofia. The 20-year-old Italian star also finished runner-up to Hurkacz in his first Masters 1000 final in Miami. 

Sinner has become the first Italian player in history to win four ATP titles in the same season and is the youngest player to win five ATP Tour titles since 19-year-old Novak Djokovic claimed the Estoril trophy in 2007. Sinner will face a tough first round match against Reilly Opelka. 

Sinner dropped just a total of eight games against Lloyd Harris in the semifinal and Diego Schwartzman in the final. 

The line-up also features another Masters 1000 chmpion Cameron Norrie, who won at Indian Wells and is currently ranked 11th in the ATP Race to Turin with 2795 points ahead of this year’s US Open semifinalist Felix Auger Aliassime (2330 points). 

Andy Murray will play in Vienna for the third time in his career as a wild card. Murray won the Austrian tournment twice in 2014 and 2016. He will take on Hurkacz, who won his previous head-to-head matches against the British player in Cincinnati and Metz. Murray beat Frances Tiafoe in a marathon match after 3 hours and 45 minutes in Antwerp last week. 

Kevin Anderson got through to the qualifying round to secure his spot in the main draw. The 2018 Vienna champion will face Alex De Minaur, who won two titles in Antalya and Eastbourne. The top first-round matches are: Diego Schwartzman against Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils against Lorenzo Musetti, Daniel Evans against Carlos Alcaraz. 

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Ann Li clinches her first WTA Tour title in Tenerife




Ann Li clinched her first WTA Tour title with a 6-1 6-4 win over 19-year-old Spanish player Camila Osorio after 1 hour and 10 minutes at the Tenerife Ladies Open.


Li reached her second final after her first title match against Anett Kontaveit at the Grampians Trophy in Melbourne last winter was not played just before the Australian Open. 

Li converted five of her ten break points and hit 15 winners. Osorio earned her first break in the opening game. Li bounced back by winning six consecutive games with three breaks of serve. The 21-year-old US player hit 8 winners to 6 unforced errors. Li broke Osorio at love with a forehand return winner in the first game of the second set. Osorio got the break straight back in the second game. Li earned the decisive break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the win with a forehand overhead for 6-4 in the 10th game.

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