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The countdown to the 2021 ATP Finals in Turin has begun. The best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams will take part in the eigh-day tournament to be held from 14 to 21 November 2021 at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. 

 

The Turin tournament was officially presented to the Italian media in a press conference held at the headquarter of Intesa San Paolo, the Host Partner of the ATP Finals, in Turin. The press conference was attended by ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi, Italian Tennis Federation President Angelo Binaghi and Turin Major Chiara Appendino, who is a keen tennis fan. 

With less than one year to go, the press conference marked the launch of a coordinated national and international communication campaign by the City of Turin, Piedmont Region, Turin Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Turin, the ATP and the Italian Tennis Federation. The ticket sale has just start. Spectators and tourists will be able to follow matches and experience throughout the city. Ticketing promotion will be focused on attracting younger generations and schools closer to tennis.

“I started working as ATP President last year and I was behing the scenes as a Board Member of the ATP, when the cities presented their bid to host this event. Turin showed passion enthusiasm and this made the difference. Italy has hosted the Internazionali BNL d’Italia for many years and has shown that this country is able to host high-quality events. We want to attract a lot of fans in the next years. We started this year with the pandemic, but I am optimistic that we will overcome this crisis and the ATP Finals will be a very successful event. Italian players are reaching a very good level and it’s a very important factor for the future success of the ATP Finals“, said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

Launching the countdown to the tournament is an exciting milestone, and we look forward to five years of close collaboration with all event partners, to build upon the growth of our season finale. We are very ambitious. We have set a very high standard in 12 years when London hosted the ATP Finals from 2009 to 2020. The event attracted more than 3 million spectators in 12 years. I am confident that Turin, Piedmont and Italy will make a great job. As a former player my dream was to qualify for the ATP Finals, but I have never managed to fulfil this goal, but I am happy that I will take part at this tournament as ATP President. As Italian, I am happy that Italy will host the Finals. The tournament has been hosted in cities around the world. I am very proud. We will do a great job.

We thank our sponsors Nitto, Emirates, FedEx, Rolex and Dunlop. Without their support it would not be possible to host this tournament. We have one billion of fans in five continents. We have to do a lot of work, but this tournament is a great opportunity to promote our sport. We hope to improve the distribution of this event through the media and show a high-level tournament to our fans. The Finals are the most important tournament for the ATP, as this tournament crowns the best player of the season. We hope that we will be back to normal and return to our traditional ATP Race to Turin, that includes only the results from 1 January 2021. We are confident that we will have a normal calendar and host the clay tournaments in their traditional dates”.

It has been two years since Turin bid to host the Nitto ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025 after prevailing over forty foreign cities. 

“We would not have done it without the passion and drive of the region, in particular the Mayor of Turin Chiara Apendino, and without the support of the Government, the Piedmont Region and our brand partners. The ATP Finals are the most important indoor tournament in the world. To win the bid to host the ATP Finals was like climbing the Mount Everest. The success of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia was the recognition of years of work and we continued to set higher goals. We have built a great team with the Italian Government, the Italian region, the City of Turin and our sponsors and our goal is to host a great edition in 2021. Our goal is to make 15000 spectators true tennis fans. We also want to show our recognition to the local partners, who have shown their support”, said Angelo Binaghi. 

Turin is aiming its long tradition in hosting big sport events that started in 2006 with the Winter Olympic Games. 

“I feel emotional. When we presented our bid, we had only a very small chance to win it, but we have never given up and we continued working hard as a team. Without the support of our local parners, we would have never managed to win the bid. We will welcome the best players in the world and we want to stage a great event. Turin has a long tradition of sport, and thanks to an extraordinary team effort, we are delighted to bring the Nitto ATP Finals to our city. We look to the next five years with determination, confident in the knowledge the event that will have a positive economic impact to our territory and strenthen the image of Turin all over the world”, said Chiara Appendino.

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Matteo Berrettini reaches his second Masters 1000 semifinal

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Matteo Berrettini has reached the second Masters 1000 semifinal of his career with his 5-7 6-3 6-0 win over Cristian Garin at the Madrid Mutua Open at the Caja Magica. 

 

Berrettini fought back from 3-6 1-3 down by winning 11 consecutive games to take the win in the third set. 

Garin earned an immediate break in the first game, but Berrettini broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Garin won seven consecutive points from 5-5 15-30 to claim the first set 7-5 with a break in the 11th game thanks to a backhand passing shot. 

Garin went up a 3-1 lead in the second set with a break in the third game. Berrettini broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3 with a forehand winner on the break point. 

Berrettini earned his second break to take a 5-3 lead, when Garin made three unforced errors. The Italian player served out 6-3 at love with an ace.

Berrettini broke serve in the first game and saved two break-back points in the second game to hold serve for 2-0. Berrettini earned his double break in the third game, as Garin made two consecutive unforced errors at 40-40. Berrettini held serve at duece to race out to a 4-0 lead. Garin missed four game points in the fifth game before dropping serve to trail 0-5, when he committed a double fault and an unforced error. Berrettini served out the third set at love with his 14th ace after 2 hours and 6 minutes to secure his spot in his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Shanghai 2019.    

“I am really proud that I came back from not an easy place mentally after my injury. I really worked hard. There were days. There were days where I wasn’t really feeling into practice because I felt like kind of there was a lot of work to be done. Sometimes I was feeling kind of unlucky that I got injured again. It was just tough, but I came back stronger in Belgrade. For here, I proved to myself that I am strong inside”, said Berrettini. 

Berrettini will take on Casper Ruud in the semifinals. They will battle for a spot into their first Masters 1000 final. Ruud beat Berrettini in the quarter final in Rome last year. 

“I think he is a great player, especially on clay. He has been playing really good, really solid so far this season. We always had tough matches. Last year in Rome it was a really tough match. Still if I think about it, it hurts. I am really looking forward to get my revenge, not in a bad way, but just in a way that’s in a sport way”, said Berrettini. 

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Casper Ruud reaches his third consecutive clay Masters 1000 semifinal

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Casper Ruud beat Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-1 to reach his third career Masters 1000 semifinal at the Madrid Mutua Open after advancing to this stage in Rome in 2020 and Monte-Carlo in 2021. 

 

Ruud backed up his win in the third round against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday with a straight set win over Bublik. Ruud won 8 of the final nine games and hit 19 winners to seal the win in 69 minutes. Ruud hit nine forehand winners to just two unforced forehand errors.

Ruud broke Bublik in the 11th game on his fourth set point to take the first set 7-5, as Bublik was serving at 5-6. The Norwegian player broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the second set 6-1 in 69 minutes. 

The son of former Norwegian player Christian Ruud has not broken yet and faced his first break point this week against Bublik. 

Ruud becomes the seventh unseeded ATP player to advance to the semifinals in Madrid. He will face either Matteo Berrettini or Christian Garin in the semifinal. 

 “It’s a great feeling. It’s my third Masters 1000 semifinal and my third in a row on clay. I am just playing the tennis of my life for the moment and I am enjoying it. I have just had an unbelievable motivation to play the European clay swing and when we didn’t get to play it last year, I was very sad. I think I have just double motivation compared to last year”, said Ruud.

Ruud will move up to at least world number 16 in the ATP Ranking next week. 

“I did a lot of good work when we had the corona break last year. I trained really hard on the weekdays and took the weekends off. I think that worked well. When we started well, I felt good again. I think I am a much better player mentally, physically and playing-wise as well. I am hitting the ball and playing the heavy clay-court game that I like to play”, said Ruud. 

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Aryna Sabalenka beats Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova to set up a re-match of the Stuttgart final against Ashleigh Barty

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Aryna Sabalenka has reached her third final of the season with a 6-2 6-3 win over six-time Grand Slam quarter finalist Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinal of the Madrid Mutua Open. 

 

Sabalenka earned her first break to take a 3-1 lead. She hi a series of forehands in the final game to close out the first set 6-2. 

Sabalenka raced out to a 4-0 lead with a double break. Pavlyuchenkova earned her first break points, but Sabalenka held serve for 5-0. Pavlyuchenkova pulled one break in the seventh game and held serve to claw her way back to 3-5. Sabalenka hit two backhands to earn her first match point and sealed the win with her fourth ace .  

Sabalenka has extended her win-loss record to 23-6 (including 9-1) this year. She has won the opening tournament of the season and lost the Stuttgart Porsche Grand Prix final to Ashleigh Barty. 

Barty and Sabalenka will meet again in the Madrid Mutua Open this week in the re-match of the Stuttgart final

The Belarusian player has not dropped a set this week. The Belarusian player won 73 % of her second service points and converted four of her break points against Pavlyuchenkova, who had won their only previous head-to-head match in Toronto in 2019. 

“I think my game has improved a lot on the clay court. For sure, it’s given me some confidence, but there are still so many things to work on. I am just really with my level here in Madrid. I think from the side it looks like everything is going my way. Some games I did not feel my serve. Some games something wasn’t working. It’s always part of the process, but I am really happy that from the side, it looks like everything is going my way”,said Sabalenka. 

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