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Jannik Sinner beats Marc Andrea Hustler to advance to the quarter final in Sofia

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Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals and Roland Garros Jannik Sinner beat Swiss lucky loser Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in a hard-fought match at the Sofia Open with a break in each set (at 4-3 in the firset set and at 3-3 in the second set).  

 

Huesler, who reached the semifinal in Kitzbuhel starting from the qualifying round, saved a break point in the second game of the opening set. Sinner fended off two break points in the fourth game before converting his second break point in the eighth game to open up a 5-3 lead after a double fault from Huesler. Sinner served out the first set on his first set point with an ace. 

The second set went on serve until the seventh game, where Sinner earned a set point with a backhand and a forehand down the line on return. Huesler saved it as Sinner made a volley error. Sinner got a break for 5-3 after a double break from Huesler and served out the win on his first match point. 

Sinner has reached his fourth quarter final of the season. The Italian player advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros becoming the youngest major quarter finalist since Bernard Tomic at 2011 Wimbledon. 

Sinner set up a quarter final against Australia’s Alex De Minaur in a re-match of last year’s Next Gen Finals title match in Milan. 

“I felt very well on the court. I have enough energy and it was a problem for me to play two match on consecutive days. I am ready for tomorrow. Huesler is a good player and it was difficult to play against him in these conditions. He relies on his strong serve and it’s difficult to find rhythm against him. De Minaur is a solid player. He moves very fast. I still have to prepare how to play against him. The basic plan is always the same, try to make him move, playing deep. We clashed last year at the Next Gen Finals in Milan last year. It will be the most difficult match since the start of the tournament. I enjoy playing indoors especially at the end of the year”, said Sinner. 

De Minaur saved six of the break points in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over Aslan Karatsev. De Minaur won the first set 6-4 with his only break in the first game. Both players traded breaks twice in the second set en route to the tie-break. De Minaur rallied from 3-5 down in the second set and saved two set points at 4-5 15-40. 

“I am obviously very happy with the win today against a tough opponent. It was an incredibly tricky match and I am very happy I was able to get the win and have a good, positive start to the Sofia Open”, said De Minaur. 

De Minaur got five mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-5. De Minaur reached the final in Antwerp last month. 

World number 76 Salvatore Caruso became the second Italian player to reach the quarter final after his 6-4 6-4 win over world number 21 Felix Auger Aliassime. 

Caruso saved a break point in the sixth game, as Auger Aliassime made a double fault. The Italian player got the first break at 30 in the seventh game after another double fault from Auger Aliassime. Caruso held his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4. 

Caruso saved five break points from 30-40 down in the fourth game of the second set before breaking serve at 15 to take a 3-2 lead after two double faults from Auger Aliassime. The Canadian player saved a double break point at 2-4. Caruso served out the second set 6-4, as Auger Aliassime made a backhand error on his first match point. 

Caruso set up a quarter final match against Richard Gasquet, who beat Jonas Forejtek 6-4 6-2. Gasquet converted on his third break point in the third game of the first set. The Frenchman broke twice in the third and seventh games at deuce and served out the win on his second match point. 

Australia’s John Millman edged Gilles Simon 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-2. Millman came back from 2-4 down in the opening set and did not convert two match points at 6-5 in the second set. 

Simon earned the first break of the match in the fifth game. Millman converted his fifth break-back point in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Millman closed out the first set 7-5 with his second break in the 12th game. 

Millman went up a set and a break in the second game at deuce to take a 2-0 lead. Simon won three consecutive games with a break-back to take a 4-2 lead. Millman broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. The tie-break started with five mini-breaks. Simon got four mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-4. 

Millman got a double break in the first and fifth games to take a 5-1 lead. Simon saved two match points in the seventh game, as he he was serving to stay in the match, but Millman served out the third set 6-2 on his third match point. 

“I feel tired now. I have played with Gilles before and hit with him a lot. He is so physical and hard to hit winners against. You know you are going to be in a bit of a war against him. Gilles uses pace so well and you need to be patient. He fends off people overplaying and he is so good at closing the court up”, said Millman. 

Adrian Mannarino beat Egor Gerasimov 6-4 7-6 (8-6). Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Mannarino converted his second break point in the fifth game to win the second set 6-4. The second set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Mannarino got the first mini-break on the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Gerasimov broke back on the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Mannarino won three points to win the tie-break 8-6 on the second match point. 

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Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori claim the doubles title in Cagliari

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An all-Italian doubles team formed by Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori claimed the doubles title at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari with a 6-3 6-4 win over Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni n 75 minutes. 

 

Sonego and Vavassori got the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Bolelli and Molteni broke straight back in the fifth game for 2-3, but Sonego and Vavassori claimed their second break to win the first set 6-3. Both teams traded breaks in the second and third games of the second set. They held their service games in the next five games before Sonego and Vavassori sealed the second set with their decisive break in the ninth game. 

Sonego and Vavassori, who both come from Turin, had beaten Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer in the Cagliari first round. They have become the first Italian doubles team to clinch an ATP title on Italian soil since Giorgio Galimberti and Daniele Bracciali in February 2005 in Milan. 

Sonego will bid to become the first player to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament since Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s in London in 2019. 

The last Italian player to score a double title was Matteo Berrettini, who won the singles and the doubles tournament with Daniele Bracciali in Gstaad 2018. For the first time at least three Italian players have contested an ATP Tour doubles title since Casablanca 1998 when Andrea Gaudenzi and Diego Nargiso beat Cristian Brandi and Filippo Messori.

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Pablo Carreno sets up all-Spanish final against Jaume Munar in Marbella

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Last year’s US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta battled past his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in an all-Spanish semifinal to secure his spot in the Any Tech 365 Andalucia Open in Marbella. 

 

Carreno Busta has improved his head-to-to-head record against Ramos Vinolas to 3-1. 

Carreno Busta raced out to a 5-0 lead with a double break to win a one-sided first set 6-1. Ramos Vinolas won just one point from ten on his second serve. 

Ramos Vinolas bounced back by winning the second set 6-3 with just one break in the fourth game. For the 12th time in his last 13 matches, Ramos Vinolas sent them into the third set. 

Ramos Vinolas went up a break in the third game and was just two points from victory as he served for the match at 5-4. Carreno Busta broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 after a double fault and a forehand error from Ramos Vinolas. 

Carreno Busta converted his third match point to seal the third set after 2 hours and 11 minutes securing his spot into the eighth final of his career. 

“It was so close. I don’t know what happened in the second set. At the beginning of the match, I was very focused on my game and my aggressive. After that, Albert started to push back more I started to lose my level a little bit. I just kept fighting all the time, and I want to thank everyone in the crowd for their support. This is what we missed last year, the crowd. It’s very important to play these close matches with a crowd like that”, said Carreno Busta.

Carreno Busta set up an all-Spanish final against Jaume Munar, who beat Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Alcaraz got an early break in the second game of the opening set, but Munar broke straight back and saved a break point to hold serve at deuce for 2-2. Alcaraz earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead, but Munar won seven of the next nine points with two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-4. 

Munar converted his fourth break point in the second game after five deuces to take a 2-0 lead. Alcaraz broke back at love in the third game and held serve at deuce to draw level to 2-2. After four consecutive on serve Munar went up a break at love in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Alcaraz broke straight back at love for 4-5. Munar sealed the second set 6-4 with a break in the 10th game.

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Lorenzo Sonego reaches his third career final in Cagliari

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Lorenzo Sonego battled past Taylor Fritz 6-4 5-7 6-1 after 2 hours and 39 minutes to advance to the final of the Sardegna Open in Cagliari. 

 

Sonego is one match away from becoming the first Italian player to clinch an ATP Tour clay-court title on home soil. Former world number 25 and current Italian Davis Cup captain Filippo Volandri was the last Italian player to win an ATP Tour on Italian soil, when he beat Nicolas Lapentti in Palermo 2006. 

Sonego converted his sixth break point with three powerful forehands in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Fritz broke back in the eighth game with a deep forehand to draw level to 4-4, but Sonego earned an immediate break to love. 

Sonego reeled off five consecutive games from 4-4 to build up a 6-4 3-0 lead with a break in the ninth game of the first set at love and two breaks in the first and third games of the second set. Fritz pulled back both times to draw level to 3-3. The US player earned his third break in the 12th game to claim the second set after 64 minutes when Sonego hit a backhand into the net. 

Sonego started the third set with an early break in the first game with a drop shot. The Turin-native player went up a double break with three consecutive forehands to take a 3-0 lead. The 2019 Antalya champion raced out to a 5-0 lead with his third break. Fritz pulled one break back in the sixth game for 1-5 but Sonego sealed the third set 6-1 with his fourth break to secure his spot in his third career final and his first title match on clay. Last year he upset Novak Djokovic in the semifinal before finishing runner-up to Andrey Rublev in the final at the Erste Open in Vienna. Yesterday Sonego came back from one set down to beat Yannik Hanfmann 3-6 7-6 6-3 in the quarter finals. 

Sonego will take on Laslo Djere, who cruised past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 6-0. Djere broke twice in the third and seventh games and got three consecutive breaks in the third set.

Djere dropped just one set against Lorenzo Musetti this week. He becomes the second Italian player after Andreas Seppi to reach finals on all surfaces after winning his first title on grass in Antalya 2019 and reaching the Vienna 2020 final on indoor hard-court last year. Sonego has also qualified for the doubles final alongside Andrea Vavassori against Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni.

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