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Jessica Pegula upsets Elina Svitolina to reach Aussie Open Quarterfinals

The Buffalo, NY native is through to her first grand slam quarterfinal after earning her first top 10 win.

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Jessica Pegula is through to her first ever grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open after beating the world number 5 Elina Svitolina in a tough three set battle 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The American hit 31 winners in the match while Svitolina hit 40 unforced errors.

 

A quick start for the American

Both players did a good job holding serve to open the match and at 2-2 it was the American earning the first break points of the match but the world number 5 did a good job saving them with her forehand to hold serve.

The Buffalo native had two more breakpoints at at 3-3 and would break as Svitolina would serve an untimely double fault for the first break of serve of the match.

She would serve out the first set to take it 6-4 and was one set away from pulling off another stunning upset.

Svitolina comes back

The American kept the momentum going into the beginning of the second set and had another early chances to break and at the second time of asking Pegula would break with a great pointing finishing with an amazing volley winner at the net to take an early 1-0 lead.

The Ukrainian responded right away in the next game earning a breakpoint and the break didn’t last long as she broke winning an amazing rally to go back on serve at 1-1.

After holding serve the world number 5 went on the offensive and earned more breakpoints off another unforced error and would go on to break to take a 3-1 lead.

The world number 5 had chances to increase her lead when Pegula served a double fault to give her three breakpoints. She would save all three playing some outstanding tennis.

She would serve out the set to take it 6-3 and force a third and deciding set against the American.

Pegula takes the decider

Both players held serve for the first three games of the final set and at 2-1 the American had two chances to break and would break to take a 3-1 lead as she played an aggressive point finishing the point at the net with another solid volley winner.

At 4-2 the world number 5 had two more breakpoints and would ultimately break when the Buffalo native served a double fault to go back on serve. Pegula went back to work and responded immediately as she earned four more breakpoints on the Ukrainian serve and it took until the fourth that she was able to convert as Svitolina forehand went long to grab once again a 5-3 lead and serve for the match.

She would serve out the match in style as her serve was much too powerful in the final game of the match to seal her first win vs a top 10 opponent and a spot in the top 50 players in the world.

“I can’t get more confident – it is my best result yet,” Pegula said afterwards during her press conference.
“I was a little tentative in the beginning of the second, and was able to play a couple of good games at the end of the second to get the momentum into the third. I definitely felt like I was sliding off the rails a little bit.”

In the quarter-finals she will either play another American in Jennifer Brady or the Croatian Donna Vekic.

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Aljaz Bedene rallies from one set down to beat Jannik Sinner in Montpellier

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Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene came back from one set down to beat 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to reach the second round at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Sinner was hindered by a back injury in the final stages of the match. 

 

Bedene entered the match with a 2-1 lead in his head-to-head matches against Sinner, but the Italian 19-year-old player won their most recent clash at the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne en route to the second title of his career.  

Sinner earned his only break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 and held his next service games to close out the opening set 6-3 with a forehand down the line. 

Sinner went down 0-40 in the fourth game of the second set on serve, but he saved three consecutive break points. Bedene converted his fourth break point at deuce, as Sinner made an error at the net. Sinner forced the next game to deuce, but Bedene held his serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Bedene closed out the second set 6-2 with his double break at 15.

Sinner saved a break point and held serve after two deuces in the second game. The Italian player wasted two break points in the third and fifth games. 

Sinner earned an erly mini-break, but Bedene got back on serve immediately. Bedene opened up a 4-2 lead with two more mini-breaks in the tie-break before Sinner received a medical time-out to a lower back injury. Bedene earned two more mini-breaks to close out the match after 2 hours and 39 minutes. 

Bedene becomes the first player outside the top 10 to defeat Sinner indoors in a year. Sinner entered the match on a 10-match indoor winning streak against players outside the top 10, which dated back to the quarter final defeat against Pablo Carreno Busta in Rotterdam. 

“In the first set Sinner was the better player. Afterwards, I became more aggressive and was making less mistakes. I think that decided it. On the important points I was there. I didn’t lose my focus”, said Bedene. 

Bedene set up a second round match against Egor Gerasimov, who beat Andy Murray 7-6 (10-8) 6-1on Tuesday evening. 

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina converted six of his fifteen break points to overcome Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-2 setting up a second round match against Hubert Hurkacz. 

French qualifier Gregoire Barrere broke twice in each set and won 65 % of his second service points to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-4. 

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Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel to reach the quarter final at the Singapore Open

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Former US Open champion and world number 3 Marin Cilic won 82% of his first-serve points and and fended off three of the four break points he faced to claim a 7-5 6-4 win over Taro Daniel after 1 hour and 40 minutes at the Singapore Tennis Open. 

 

Cilic converted his second break point at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Daniel broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cilic earned his second break in the 11th game and served out the first set at love in the 10th game. Cilic earned the only break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4. 

Cilic set up a quarter final match against South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon, who came back from one set down to beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6 6-3 6-4. 

Fourth seed Alexander Bublik fired 10 aces to beat Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek 6-3 6-2. Bublik will take on Yoshihito Nishioka, who won 62 % of hsi second serve points to claim a 6-4 6-2 win over Maxime Cressy. 

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin overcame Adrian Andreev 6-1 5-7 6-3. Popyrin earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Andreev sealed the second set 7-5 with his only break in the 12th game. Poppyrin broke twice in the fifth and ninth games to close out the third set 6-3.  

Italy’s Roberto Marcora broke once in each set to upset former top 10 player Ernest Gulbis 7-5 6-4 setting up a second round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Matthew Ebden edged Yuki Bhambri 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to secure his spot in the second round where he will face second round match against second seed John Millman.

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Lorenzo Sonego beats Sebastian Korda to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Lorenzo Sonego cruised past US Next Gen player Sebastian Korda 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the quarter final for the eighth time in his career on the ATP Tour. Sonego will face either David Goffin or Benjamin Bonzi. 

 

Sonego did not convert a break point at 2-1 in the opening set. Korda earned two break points in the fifth game, but Sonego saved them at deuce. The Italian player broke serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead and held his next service games to claim the first set 6-3.

The second set went on serve the first four games before Sonego earned a break with a forehand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead. The 2020 Vienna finalist came back from 0-30 down to hold his serve before breaking for the second time in the seventh game at 15 to race out a 5-2 lead. Sonego served out the win on his first match point in the eighth game to reach his first ATP Tour quarter finals this year.

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