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Fabio Fognini moves into the Round of 16 with straight-set win over Alex De Minaur In Melbourne

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World number 17 Fabio Fognini moved into the Australian Open Round of 16 for the fourth time in his career with a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win over Australia’s Alex De Minaur after 2 hours and 8 minutes on Margaret Court in Melbourne. 

 

Fognini underwent ankle surgery during the ATP Tour circuit shutdown, but he bounced back at the start of the 2021 season helping Italy reach the ATP Cup final last week. 

Neither player was able to earn a break point in the first seven games of the opening set. Fognini won four consecutive points on De Minaur’s serve to get the first break in the eighth game to open up a 5-3 lead. De Minaur broke straight back to love in the ninth game for 4-5. Fognini sealed the first set 6-4 with his second  break in the 10th game. 

De Minaur earned an early break point at the start of the second set, but Fognini saved it to hold his serve for 1-0. Fognini converted his second break point in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead and served out the set at 15 in the ninth game, as De Minaur made a forehand error. 

Fognini started the third set with an immediate break at love after a double fault from De Minaur. The Aussie player dropped his serve for the second time with another double fault to trail 1-4. Fognini served for the match at 5-2, but he was not able to convert two match points before De Minaur pulled one break back after a forehand error from Fognini. 

Fognini earned another chance to serve out for the win and converted his third match point to seal the third set 6-4 after rallying from 15-30 down in the 10th game.    

Fognini equals Andreas Seppi’s record for most fourth-round appearances at the Australian Open. 

“I played a really solid match. I get a bit tired at the end of the match, but I think it is normal. I need these kind of matches. I am really happy with this match tonight. I was not expecting to be playing like this. I am feeling good. Tennis is back, so I am really happy. I was knowing since the beginning it was a really tough match. Tonight it was better for me to play without a crowd. He is Aistralian. It was tough. He is really young. I am almost 34, so for sure he is a really good player, already top 20. He has everything to  improve. He is a really good guy. For sure he is going to be on top”, said Fognini. 

Fognini set up a fourth round match against Rafael Nadal, who beat Cameron Norrie from Great Britain 7-5 6-2 7-5. Nadal leads 12-4 in his head-to-head matches against Fognini, but the Italian player beat his Spanish rival once at Grand Slam level, when he came vack from two sets down at the 2015 US Open. 

With the exit of De Minaur there are no Australian players left in this year’s edition of the “Happy Slam”. 

“It is not the result I wanted going in. Fabio played at a very high level throughout the whole match and he was too good for me. He was not giving a lot and I felt like we were going to try and expose his movement a little bit, but he was hitting some pretty good-end range shots. I could not be too passive on the rallies because he was stepping in and dictating from from the get-go”, said De Minaur. 

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Simona Halep cruises through to the second round with a straight-set win over Anastasia Potapova in Moscow

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Simona Halep cruised through to the second round at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow with a 6-1 6-4 win over Anastasia Potapova after 90 minutes. 

 

Halep has extended her winning record against Potapova after beating her Russian rival in their only previous head-to-head match at the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne last winter. The Romanian star is making her first appearance since she won the title in 2013.

Four of the first six six games went to deuce. Halep went up an early break to take a 2-0 lead. Potapova broke straight back, but Halep earned two breaks at deuce to take a 5-1 lead before serving out the set at love. 

Four of the first six games of the second set went against serve. Halep converted the first of her two break points to take a 5-4 lead. As Halep was serving for the match at 5-4, Potapova earned three break points.

Halep saved them, before converting her second match point to secure her spot in the second round, where she will face world number 32 Veronika Kudemertova. Halep beat Kudemertova 6-1 6-3 in the third round at this year’s Australian Open. Kudemertova came back from one set down to beat Oksana Selekmetheva 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 after 2 hous and 20 minutes. 

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Andy Murray battles past Frances Tiafoe in a marathon match in Antwerp

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Andy Murray battled past Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon match after 3 hours and 45 minutes to advance to the second rund at the European Open in Antwerp. 

 

Murray came back from a set down in the first set before prevailing in the tie-break. 

Tiafoe opened up a 3-1 lead with an early break in the third game and a hold. Murray reduced the deficit to 2-3 before Tiafoe needed a medical time-out to treat a back problem. Murray broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Both players traded breaks in the next two games. Tiafoe wasted a set point. Murray closed out the tie-break with two mini-breaks followed by two consecutive aces.

Both players fended off break points to stay on serve in the second set. Murray saved a set point to hold and forced the second set to to another tie-break. Murray hit a forehand down the centre of the court to open up a 3-1 lead. Tiafoe pulled back on serve after a return into the net from Murray. Tiafoe earned two mini-breaks to take a 4-3 lead. The US player hit a forehand down the line to earn a set point, but Murray saved it to draw level to 6-6. Tiafoe converted his sixth set point with a forehand half-volley to win the 81-minute second set forcing the match to the third set. 

Tiafoe earned a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, but Murray broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. Murray saved two break points to hold for 4-3. Tiafoe held serve to draw level to 5-5 forcing the decider to a third tie-break. Both players earned two mini-breaks in the tie-break before Murray gained a two-point lead, but Tiafoe drew level to 5-5. Murray saved two match points before sealing the win with a backhand dropshot, which Tiafoe could return into the net. 

Murray avenged a defeat against Tiafoe, who beat the Scotsman in the second round at Winston Salem last August. 

Murray will face Diego Schwartzman on Thursday. 

“I think it’s the longest three-set match I have played by quite a distance. I am tired right now, obviously it was an unbelievable battle. Nowadays, obviously my body is old now. I have played a lot of matches on the Tour. I don’t mind playing long matches, but that was taking it to another level. Brilliant match. Amazing atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who came and supported. It’s just so nice. To be back and playing in front of crowd again”, said Murray.  

Murray and Tiafoe played the longest best-of-three set match of 2021, improving the previous record set by Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who played for 3 hours and 38 minutes in the Barcelona final. 

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Jenson Brooksby upsets Reilly Opelka to boost his chance to qualify for the Next Gen Finals in Milan

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US Next Gen rising star Jenson Brooksby continues his chase for a spot in the Next Gen Finals in Milan with a 6-4 6-4 win over Reilly Opelka after 1 hour and 12 minutes. 

 

Brooksby earned his first break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Opelka saved two break points to hold serve at deuce, as he serving to stay in the first set. Brooksby served out the first set in the 10th game before breaking at love in the fourth game to seal the second set 6-4.

Brookby won a set against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round at the US Open and lost the semifinal against Jannik in Washington this year. 

“It’s been a great year. I am happy. I feel like I have been focused, playing well. I will hopefully finish this year strong. He has definitely got one of the best serves on Tour. I thought we had a good game plan. I have been hitting them well and executed pretty well here, so I am happy with that”, said Brooskby. 

Brooksby will face this year’s US Open quarter finalist Botic van de Zandschulp. 

Another US Next Gen player Brandon Nakashima cruised past Alex De Minaur 6-4 6-0. Nakashima converted five of his ten break points. 

De Minaur converted his second break point in the fifth game at deuce to take a 3-2 lead. Nakashima broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Nakashima broke serve on his third chance at deuce to close out the first set 6-4 and earned three more breaks to take a bagel win in the second set. 

Nakashima reached his first two ATP Tour finals in Los Cabos and Atlanta. 

Lorenzo Musetti beat Gianluca Mager 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 8 minutes in the all-Italian first round match. Musetti set up a Next Gen clash against his compatriot Jannik Sinner, who won their only previous clash 6-7 7-6 6-3 in the pre-qualifying round of the Rome Internazionali d’Italia. Mager earned the first break in the third game at deuce to take a 2-1 lead. Musetti pulled back on serve in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, but he dropped his serve in the seventh game to trail 3-4. Musetti broke back in the 10th game to draw level to draw level to 5-5. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Musetti earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Musetti did not convert two break points in the first and third games of the second set. Mager earned a set point in the 10th game, but Musetti saved it to force the set to the tie-break. Musetti earned three match points at 6-3 with his fourth mini-break and converted his first chance with a spectacular serve and volley.  

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