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Alex De Minaur cruises into the quarter finals in Antalya

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Australian 21-year-old rising star Alex De Minaur cruised past Adrian Andreev 6-3 6-1 to reach the quarter finals at the Antalya Open. 

 

De Minaur broke serve six times to clinch his second straight-sets win of the tournament after 70 minutes after beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3 6-1.

Andreev converted his third break point at deuce in the opening game, but De Minaur broke straight back in the second game to 1-1. De Minaur saved two break points in the fifth game before breaking in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Andreev broke straight back in the seventh game for 3-4. De Minaur got his third break at 30 and served out on his first set point. 

De Minaur went up a double break to take a 4-1 lead in the second set. The young Aussie player saved a break point in the sixth point. As Andreev was serving to stay in the match, De Minaur sealed the win with on his fourth match point. 

The Australian player of Spanish origin will be looking to win his fourth ATP Tour title after his three triumphs in Sydney, Atlanta and Zhuhai in 2019. He also finished runner-up in five more finals in Sydney and Washington in 2018, Basel in 2019 (losing to Roger Federer), Antwerp in 2020. 

De Minaur set up sixth seed and two-time Hamburg champion Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia, who beat Altug Celikbilek 7-6 (7-1) 6-4. 

Former top 10 and 2017 ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin claimed a 6-0 6-2 win over Spain’s Nicola Kuhn with five breaks of serve. 

Italy’s Stefano Travaglia beat Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 after 1 hour and 45 minutes. Ruusuvuori went up an early break in the second game to take a 3-0 lead. Travaglia broke back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. The Italian player got a mini-break on the fourth game and earned two set points at 6-4. The world number 75 missed his first chance but he got his second mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5. Travaglia broke serve to 30 in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 and dropped just three points in his final two service games to win the second set 6-3. 

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Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini reach the quarter finals in Madrid

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Alexander Zverev beats Dan Evans 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter final at the Madrid Mutua Open. Matteo Berrettini moved into the quarter final with straight-set win over Federico Delbonis

 

Evans earned an early break to take a 1-0 lead. Zverev broke twice in the second and fourth games to open up a 4-1 lead and closed out the first set 6-3 with an ace. 

Evans saved the only break point of the second set at 4-4. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Zverev got three mini-breaks to win the breaker 7-3. 

Matteo Berrettini has reached the third Masters 1000 quarter final of his career with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. 

The first set went on serve until the eighth game, when Delbonis saved the only break point. Delbonis went up a 4-1 lead, but Berrettini fought back by winning six consecutive games to take the first set 7-4. 

Berrettini went up an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but Delbonis broke straight back to draw level to 2-2, when Berrettini made two forehand unforced errors. The next games went on serve until the 10th game, when Berrettini earned the break to win the second set 6-4. 

Berrettini will face a quarter final against Christian Garin, who upset Danil Medvedev. Berrettini ties 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Garin. Garin beat Berrettini in the 2019 BMW Open final in Munich. Berrettini avenged this defeat against his South American player in Shanghai later that year. 

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Casper Ruud stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas to take the biggest win of his career

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Casper Ruud scored his first win over a top five player, beating this year’s Monte-Carlo champion and Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 after 1 hour and 34 minutes without facing a break point. 

 

The Norwegian player has reached his third consecutive clay-court Masters 1000 quarter final following the semifinals in Rome in 2020 and in Monte-Carlo last month. 

The first set went on serve with no break points. Ruud won the tie-break 7-4 with two mini-breaks before earning the only break in the seventh game to close out the second set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo and lost the Barcelona final after holding a championship point against Rafael Nadal. 

“Stefanos is one of the best players this year on the Tour, one of the ones who has the most matches. He has won his first Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo. He was very close to getting the title there, as well, but the conditiions are a bit different here than other clay courts with there, as well, but the conditions are a bit different here than other clay courts with the fast shots, the ball travelling faster through the air because of the altitude. You get a lot of free points with the serve that you don’t usually get on the clay courts. I think that also today went a bit in my advantage. I felt like he was doing some mistakes that he doesn’t always do. I was just trying t take care of the chance that I got”, said Ruud.Ruud set up a quarter final against Alexander Bublik, who beat Aslan Karatsev 6-4 6-3. Ruud beat Bublik in their only previous head-to-head match against Bublik in three sets in St. Petersburg.

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Ash Barty Eases Into Madrid Final

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Number 1 seed Ashleigh Barty beat Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3 to reach her fourth final of the 2021 season at the Madrid Mutua Open after winning three titles at the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami and Stuttgart.

 

The first set went on serve in the first nine games. Barty earned two break points in the 10th game with a lob and loose forehands from Badosa. Badosa saved two set points with winners, but Barty converted her third chance after a double fault from Badosa to close out the first set 6-4. 

After an early trade of breaks, Barty earned her second break after a double fault from Badosa in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Aussie star saved three break points in the fifth game and held serve for 4-1 with a dropshot. Barty dropped just two more points on serve to close out the second set 6-3. 

Barty has extended her red clay winning streak to 16 consecutive matches and her win-loss record to 25-3 this season. 

Barty has clinched her 16th consecutive win on red clay. The Australian player avenged her recent defeat against Badosa in the quarter finals in Charleston. 

“It was important for me to get that early break back in the second set and keep my nose in front, almost force her to come up with something that was going to be a really high level to be at a high level to be able to get back into the match. I have learnt a lot about clay, without a doubt. I promise you, I am still counting down to the grass court season. It’s one of the my favourite times of the year. I think the memories and the learnings now that we are getting from the red clay has been really cool, to be able to challenge myself in different ways”, said Barty.

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