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David Goffin beats Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the third semifinal of his career in Montpellier

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Second seed David Goffin beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-4 after 87 minutes to advance to his third career semifinal at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

 

Goffin is a match away from reaching the 14th final of his career. The Belgian player reached the semifinal at the Antalya Open last January. 

Goffin earned an early break to 30 in the opening game and saved a break point in the sixth game to hold his serve. The Belgian player held his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4. 

Sonego got his first break in the second game of the second set at deuce with a crosscourt forehand, but Goffin broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Goffin went up a double break at 30 in the seventh game, as Sonego hit his forehand into the net. Sonego saved a match point with a forehand down the line before holding serve with a drop-shot to claw his way back to 4-5. Sonego saved a second match point in the 10th game, as Goffin sent his crosscourt forehand out. Goffin sealed the win on his third match point with a forehand to reach his second semifinal in 2021. 

Goffin set up a semifinal against Egor Gerasimov, who beat the Belgian player 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at the 2020 Open 13 in Marseille in their only previous head-to-head match. 

Egor Gerasimov came back from one set down to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 4-6 6-4 7-5. Davidovich Fokina saved three break points to hold his serve in the second game. The young Spanish player converted his third break point at deuce in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. 

Both players traded breaks in the second and third games of the second set. Gerasimov got his second break at love in the sixth game and saved two break points in the seventh game to hold serve after four deuces for 5-2. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the ninth game at deuce from 40-15 down to claw his back to 4-5. Gerasimov converted his third break point to win the second set 6-4. 

Davidovich Fokina broke serve at 30 to take a 2-1 lead in the third set, but Gerasimov broke straight back to draw level to draw level to 2-2. Davidovich Fokina saved a break point to hold serve after two deuces but Gerasimov converted his second break point at deuce in the 12th game to close out the third set 7-5. 

German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk eased past Dennis Novak 6-4 6-1 with breaks of serve. Novak saved two break points in the fifth and seventh games, but Gojowczyk converted his third break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Gojowczyk served out the first set on the fifth deuce after saving a break point. Gojowczyk went up a 4-0 lead with a double break in the third set. Novak held his first service game on the second deuce after saving two break points. Gojowczyk earned his third break at deuce from 15-40 down to close out the second set 6-1.

Gojowczyk set up a semifinal against Roberto Bautista Agut beat Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 12 minutes. There won’t be any French players in the semifinal in Montpellier. This tournament was won by eight players in the first ten editions. 

Humbert earned an early break in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Bautista Agut broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Bautista Agut reeled off three consecutive games from 3-3 with two breaks to win the first set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut clinched the second set 6-3 with a break at love in the fourth game. 

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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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