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Diego Schwartzman cruises past Marco Cecchinato to reach the quarter final at the Cordoba Open




Last year’s Rome Masters 1000 finalist Diego Schwartzman beat 2018 Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato 6-2 6-2 with five breaks to reach the quarter final at the Cordoba Open. 


Cecchinato saved a break point in the first game, but Schwartzman earned a double break in the third and fifth game to race out to a 5-1 lead. Cecchinato held his serve in the seventh game and earned two break-back points but Schwartzman held his serve at deuce to serve out the first set 6-2. 

Schwartzman started the second set with a break at deuce and built up a 6-2 3-0 with a double break. Cecchinato pulled back one break point on his fourth chance in the fourth game. Schwartzman broke serve for the third time in the fifth game and served out the second set 6-2 in a hard-fought eighth game after three deuces. 

Schwartzman has extended his win-loss record to 3-1 in his four head-to-head matches against Cecchinato. Cecchinato beat Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 in the 2019 Buenos Aires final, but Schwartzman won their previous two matches in three sets in the Madrid Mutua Open and at the Canadian Open in 2019. 

“He beat me really easily in Buenos Aires in 2019 and really killed me that match. Coming back and playing with 500 people in the stadium was a really good start for me. I played good, aggressive tennis”, said Schwartzman. 

Schwartzman set up a quarter final against Albert Ramos Vinolas, who came back from one set down to beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 2 hours and 59 minutes. Ramos Vinolas converted his three break points. Etcheverry broke twice in the second and eighth games  to win the opening set 6-2. Ramos Vinolas got a break in the third game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead. Etchevarry broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Etchevarry raced out to a 5-1 lead with a double mini-break, but Ramos Vinolas reeled off six consecutive points to win the tie-break 7-5. Ramos Vinolas got the break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Etcheverry broke back in the ninth game and held serve at love to draw level to 5-5. Ramos Vinolas sealed the third set 7-5 on his first match point at deuce in the 12th game. 

Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolo battled past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-2 after 2 hours and 19 minutes to reach his first ATP Tour quarter final. Both players traded breaks three times en route to the tie-break. Kecmanovic rallied from 2-3 down to win the tie-break 7-3 after winning four consecutive points. The second set went on serve until the 12th game when Cerundolo got the break to take the second set 7-5. The Argentine qualifier broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to win the decider 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, who beat Roberto Carballaes Baena 6-3 6-4 in 86 minutes. Cerundolo, the brother of ATP Tour player Francisco Cerundolo, had not played a tou-level match before this week’s Cordoba Open. Monteiro earned the first break in the second game and held his serve to win the opening set 6-3. The Brazilian player got two of the three consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-4.

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Jannik Sinner takes the positives from his defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas




Jannik Sinner has taken the positives from his straight-set defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter final at the Australian Open. The Italian 20-year-old star believes that the experience will help him to continue improving. 


“It’s a positive tournament. I think that what I have to improve is tennis in general. I have to serve better. I have to serve better, I have to do everything more, especially when you play against the top guys. My goal is to play many matches like this, important matches against the best guys in the world, and then we see and then I grow. I think it was good. I played matches, and I had a good experience. Let’s see what I can do here next year. I think I can go back with a positive mindset, knowing that I have to improve many things. There is a lot of work”, said Sinner. 

Sinner praised Tsisipas, who has extended his win-loss record to 3-1 in the four head-to-head matches against his Italian opponent. 

“I think he played better than me than me today. He served better. He moved the ball better than me. He was moving better than me. It’s tough to play against him when he plays like that. I could not generate the power that I would have wanted. I was trying to move him, but I was maybe a little bit too far back because he played incredible today. I didn’t have many chances. Especially he was serving well, so returning his serves was not easy. My return serves were not so good, especially when he had second serves, or I played very short or I missed. This is why he didn’t play so many second serves. I tried to step a little bit closer, tried to open the court, but today it was tough. I know what what I have to improve many things. This was a lesson for me”, said Sinner. 

Sinner, who was making his third appearance at the Australian Open, dropped just one set en route to his second Grand Slam quarter final two years after losing to Rafael Nadal in this stage at Roland Garros in 2020. 

“In the past few months I have matured as a player in many aspects, but above alla s a person. This is the most important aspect. 

Sinner has become the fifth Italian male player to advance to the last eight in Melbourne after Matteo Berrettini, who beat Gael Monfils in five sets reaching the semifinal the previous day. Berrettini has reached at least the quarter finals at all four Grand Slam tournaments. With a win over Rafael Nadal in the semifinal of the Australian Open, Berrrettini would become joint second Italian player for most Grand Slam semifinals in history alongside Adriano Panatta, who won Roland Garros in 1976. Sinner reached a career-high world number 10 last November. When Berrettini was that age, he had never been inside the top 500. 

Sinner has a bigger respect for his friend Berrettini on and off the court. 

“I enjoy watching Matteo’s matches. I admire him as a player and as a person. We are good friends I wish him all the best for the next matches. During the ATP Cup we practiced on the court and I now know him better. I have learnt a lot from training with him. Matteo is a very good guy. We get along well. Our rivalry is helping us to push beyond our limits”, said Sinner.

Sinner will return to the court to play at the Rotterdam ATP 500 indoor-court tournament. 

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis secure the semifinal spot in the Australian Open doubles tournament




Australian wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios knocked out sixth seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus 7-5 3-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 15 minutes to advance to the semifinals in the doubles tournament on Kia Arena at the Australian Open in Melbourne. 


Kokkinakis and Kyrgios hit 25 aces and won 86% of their first service points. 

Kokkinakis and Kirgyos, who won the Wimbledon Junior title in the doubles together, earned the only break in the 11th game to claim the first set 7-5. The Aussies fired 13 aces and won 91% of his first serve points. 

Puetz and Venus broke Kyrgios in the second game at deuce in the second game and saved four break points to hold serve at deuce for 3-0. The early break was enough for Puetz and Venus to seal the second set. 

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis broke Puetz to love to open up a 3-1 lead. The home team fended off a break point in the seventh game to move ahead 5-2 and closed out the third set 6-3 with a double break in the ninth game.

The Aussie doubles team have never won a doubles Grand Slam title, but have won a singles ATP title each with different players. Kyrgios won the 2018 ATP Tour title with Jack Sock, while Kokkinakis claimed the Brisbane International with Jordan Thompson in 2017. 

“We are stoked with the win. We came big in the big points”, said Kokkinakis. 

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios recorded their third consecutive win against a seeded team to reach their first Grand Slam semifinal. 

“It’s been incredible. Another tough win. I think that’s probably the toghest pair that we have played. They brought some serious tennis today and it wasn’t easy”, said Kyrgios. 

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis set up a semifinal clash against Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, who took down John Peers and Filip Polasek 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in 1 hour and 49 minutes. Granollers and Zeballos fended off a set point on serve at 5-6 30-40 in the first set, before breaking twice in the second set to close out the match. The Argentine and Spanish team have won six titles as a team, including four Masters 1000 tournaments in Montreal 2019, Rome 2020, Madrid and Cincinnati in 2021. 

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“It was crazy” – Kaia Kanepi Ousts Australian Open Second Seed Aryna Sabalenka In An Epic

The Estonian is through to the last eight at Melbourne Park for the first time in her career.




World number 115 Kaia Kanepi produced one of the shocks of the tournament to send Aryna Sabalenka crashing out.


The 36-year-old Estonian saw three match points come and go but prevailed in the super tie-break to seal it; 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (10-7).

Through to the quarter finals for the first time in her career, she will face Poland’s Iga Świątek. The 2020 French Open champion saw off Sorana Cîrstea in three sets.


The first set saw power tennis from both players out on Margaret Court Arena. 

Kanepi held serve right up till 5-5, when Sabalenka turned the screw.

The Belarussian was pushed to deuce on her own service game but did enough to edge ahead.

She then applied enough pressure, opening up three break-points and only needing one, took the first set 7-5.

But the veteran Estonian roared back in the second set, nailing a huge break of serve to go 1-0 ahead.

Kanepi secured the double break, soon steaming ahead at 4-0 and eventually pocketed the set 6-2.

The 23-year-old from Minsk was beginning to look jaded in the deciding set, as Kanepi took an immediate break of serve.

She soon went 4-2 ahead but Sabalenka fought back for 4-4, as the set went back on serve.

Kanepi got the decisive break to move 5-4 ahead and serve for the match.

Nerves got to the Estonian, however, as Sabalenka saved four match points.

Three times at deuce, and on her third break point, Sabalenka levelled the set for 5-5.

Both players held serve, under enormous pressure, to send the match to a super tie-break.

Kanepi surged into a 5-2 lead but Sabalenka played clutch to level at 5-5.

It was soon 7-7, but the pressure got to Sabalenka, and Kanepi won three straight points to win the biggest match of her career.


Kanepi said she was shocked to have won. “Actually, I thought I was going to lose it after the match points I had on my serve.”

“It was really difficult to come back. I don’t know how I managed to do it.

“I was really tight. My hand was shaking when I started serving. I didn’t make any first serves in, and that added to the pressure. It was crazy.”

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