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Diego Schwartman keeps his ATP Finals hopes alive with straight-set win over Richard Gasquet in Paris Bercy

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This year’s Rome Masters 1000 finalist and Roland Garros semifinalist Diego Schwartzman beat Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-3 after 84 minutes booking his spot in the third round. 

 

In the opening set Schwartzman broke serve in the second game to build up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet converted his third break point in the seventh game and held serve at love to draw level to 4-4. Schwartzman closed out the first set 7-5 with a break in the 12th game. 

Schwartzman earned an early break in the second game at deuce to open up a 3-0 lead and never looked back holding his next service games to close out the second set 6-3. 

Schwartzman will secure the final qualifying spot for the Nitto ATP Finals in London, if he reaches the semifinal in Paris Bercy. 

“I am feeling great, because I have the chance in my hands. I am trying to do my best, and I am feeling really good this week. After Rome, I got a lot of confidence and I have been playing very good tennis. I want to be in London, and I hope to be there”, said Schwartzman. 

Schwartzman will face Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who beat Benjamin Bonzi 6-4 6-4. The Spanish player earned the first break in the third game to take a 3-1 lead after coming back from 30-40 down. Bonzi broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Davidovich Fokina got his second break in the seventh game to clinch the opening set 6-4. 

Bonzi opened up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the second set. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Bonzi held serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead, but Davidovich won the final three games with a decisive break in the ninth game to close out the second set 6-4. 

Danil Medvedev advanced to the third round at the Paris Rolex Masters, when his opponent Kevin Anderson retired from the match wit a right leg , as he was trailing 5-2 in the tie-break of the first set. Anderson beat Medvedev 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in the quarter finals at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

Anderson saved two break points in the third game and three more chances in the fifth game at deuce. Medvedev fended off a break point to hold serve at deuce in the eighth game. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medvedev got a mini-break on the fifth point to take a 5-2 lead before Anderson called it a day. The South African player had already withdrawn from the Vienna semifinal against Andrey Rublev last week. 

Medvedev set up a third round match against Alex De Minaur, who beat last week’s Vienna finalist Lorenzo Sonego 6-3 7-5 after 1 hour and 27 minutes. 

De Minaur broke serve at 15 in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, as Sonego made three unforced errors. Sonego made a double fault, as he was serving at 3-5 40-30. De Minaur earned a break point with a return winner and converted his chance to close out the first set 6-3, as Sonego made a backhand error. 

Sonego saved saved two break points in the sixth game and held serve with an ace at deuce to draw level to draw level to 3-3. De Minaur sealed the win with a break at love in the 12th game. 

Milos Raonic hit 11 aces and dropped just four of his first service points in a 6-4 6-4 win over Pierre Hugues Herbert with a break in the fifth game in each set. Raonic, who lost the 2014 Paris Bercy final against Novak Djokovic, will face world number 91 Marcos Giron from the USA, who beat Matteo Berrettini.  

Alexander Zverev broke twice in each set to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-2. Zverev has extended his winning streak to nine consecutive matches, including two back-to-back titles in Cologne. 

Zverev will take on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3. Nishioka saved three break points to hold serve at deuce in the second game. 

Mannarino saved a break point in the third game and two break points in the seventh games before breaking serve at love in the eighth game to clinch the first set 6-3. 

Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games to draw level to 3-3 and held their service games en route to the tie-break. Nishioka went up a 3-0 lead in the tie-break. Mannarino got back on serve to draw level for 2-3. Nishioka got his third mini-break to take a 5-3 lead. Mannarino broke back for 4-5, but Nishioka earned two set points at 6-4. The Japanese player converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Mannarino broke serve in the sixth game and sealed the third set 6-3 on his second match point. 

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Italy leads 2-0 against Romania in Billie Jean King Cup Play-off

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Italy leads 2-0 over Romania in the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Play-off against Romania in Cluj-Napoca.

 

World number 111 Elisabetta Cocciaretto beat debutant Irina Bara 6-1 6-4 to give Italy a 1-0 lead in the first tie. Cocciaretto cruised through to a 6-1 lead. Bara bounced back by taking a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Cocciaretto won six of the next seven games to claim a straight-set win. 

Italy took a 2-0 lead after last year’s Roland Garros quarter finalist Martina Trevisan battled past Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-5) after 3 hours and 7 minutes after saving two match points. The third set featured 10 breaks in 12 12 games. Trevisan won four consecutive games from 2-2 with two breaks to win the first set 6-2. 

Buzarnescu went up a double break to take a 3-0 lead and never looked back to claim the second set 6-2. 

The third set started with four consecutive breaks. Both players held their serve in the fifth and sixth games. Trevisan saved missed two match points at 4-5 15-40 to hold serve. Buzarnescu did not close out the match after serving after serving at 6-5. Both players traded breaks in the next two service games to send the match to the tie-break, which featured six mini-breaks in the first ten points. Trevisan won the final two points from 5-5 to take a thrilling tie-break 7-5.

“I fought for every ball, even if I did not feel very well in the latter stages of the match. This fighting spirit brought me the victory”, said Trevisan. 

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Andrey Rublev reaches his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal after three-set win over Rafael Nadal in Monte-Carlo

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Andrey Rublev battled past Rafael Nadal 6-2 4-6 6-2 on Court Rainier III after 2 hours and 32 minutes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to move into his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal. Rublev beat Nadal for the first time in his career. 

 

Rublev played his second hard-fought match one day after beating Roberto Bautista Agut in almost three hours. 

Rublev equalled the biggest result of his career on clay and reached his second consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal after Miami.

“I don’t know what to say. I cannot imagine being in the situation of Rafa, knowing that you are the best player on clay and you have the pressure every time. I think it must be incredibly tough every time. I am in shock with the way he is playing under the pressure and that is why he is a legend”, said Rublev. 

Rublev saved eight of the twelve break points and earned seven break points. The Russian player got three breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 lead. 

Rublev started the match with an immediate break in the first game, as Nadal made a double fault. Nadal broke back at love in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Rublev converted his third break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Nadal netted a forehand to drop serve, as he was serving at 2-4. Rublev served out the first set 6-2 after 38 minutes, as Nadal sprayed a forehand. 

Rublev went up a set and a break in the first game, as Nadal sent a backhand wide. The 2021 Rotterdam winner saved a break point in the fourth game for 3-1 and earned three break points in the fifth game. Nadal fended them off for 2-3. Rublev saved four break points to open up a 4-2 lead. 

Nadal saved a break point with a forehand winner in the seventh game. The Spaniard broke back to draw level to 4-4 and held serve at 30 in the ninth game to open up a 5-4 forcing Rublev to serve to stay in the set. Nadal claimed his second consecutive break to seal the second set 6-4  after 74 minutes forcing the match to the third set. 

Rublev got a break in the first game before wasting two game points. Nadal broke straight back, as Rublev netted a forehand. Rublev broke serve for the sixth time in the third game to take a 2-1 lead and consolidated the break with a forehand down the line winner to open up a 3-1 lead. Rublev broke at 15 to race out to a 4-1 lead with a forehand winner and held serve with an unreturned serve in the seventh game. Rublev served out the match at 5-2 setting up a semifinal against Casper Ruud. 

“Casper is playing really well. I have known him for a long time. He is an amaziong player player and every match against him was dramatic. We had really great rallies and a really great level of tennis. It is going to be super tough. He is in great shape. He finished today much earlier than me. We will see what is going to happen tomorrow. I will try to recover as best as I can and to do my best tomorrow”, said Rublev. 

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Casper Ruud advances to his second Masters 1000 semifinal

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Casper Ruud beat defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 to reach the second Masters 1000 semifinal of his career. 

 

Fognini saved a break point in the second game to hold serve at deuce in the second game. Ruud fended off four break points in the fifth game and held his next two service games. Fognini dropped his serve at 4-5 to lose the first set after wasting a 40-15. 

Ruud went up an early break at love in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Fognini had to save three break points in the fourth game before breaking serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. 

Ruud rallied from 15-40 down on Fognini’s serve to break serve at deuce in the eighth game earning his chance to serve out the match. The Scandinavian player sealed his win on his first match point in the 10th game after a net cord error from Fognini. 

Last September Ruud beat another Italian star Matteo Berrettini to reach the Masers 1000 semifinal in Rome. He became the highest-ranked player and the first ATP Tour champion from Norway by winning the 2020 Buenos Aires title, surpassing his father Christian Ruud, who peaked at number 39 after reaching the 1995 Bastad final. He advanced to Grand Slam fourth round for the first time at the 2021 Australian Open. 

“It was a tough match today. It has been a great week for me so far. I have beaten good players and today was a very big challenge. Fabio is the defending champion here and he plays very tricky. He can hit winners from anywhere and you really need to be ready for anything to come at you. I was happy with the way I was able to stay steady and make him play an extra ball here and there to force an error out of his play. It’s a nice feeling to be in the semifinals”, said Ruud. 

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