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Radu Albot reaches the second round in Singapore

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Moldova’s Radu Albot saved nine of the eleven break points he faced and converted five of his six break points in his 6-2 3-6 6-1 win over John Patrick Smith at the Singapore Open.

 

Albot has won three of his past four matches and reached the third round at the Australian Open. 

Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games. Albot broke twice in a row in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. Smith broke in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. Albot broke twice and saved four break points to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the third set. 

The Moldovan player will take on Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann, who broke three times and fended off all three break points he faced to defeat James Duckworth 6-2 6-4. 

Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama hit nine aces in his 6-4 2-6 6-4 win over Marc Polmans. Uchiyama will face either Soonwoo Kwon or US qualifier Thai-Son Kwiatowski. Uchiyama sealed the first set 6-4 with a break in the 10th game. Polmans broke twice in the first and seventh games to win the second set 6-2 to force the match to the third set. The decider went on serve until the 10th game when Uchiyama got the decisive break to close out the match. 

Turkey’s Altub Celikbilek cruised past Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuki 6-0 6-4 setting up a second round match against Alexander Bublik. 

On Monday Australia’s Alexei Popyrin battled past Christopher Eubanks 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5). 

Taro Daniel battled past Ramkumar Ramanathan in two tie-breaks 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 after 2 hours and 6 minutes. The Japanese player saved both break points and broke once in each of the first and third sets. 

Daniel earned a break in the sixth game to win the first set 6-3. The second set went on serve with no break points. Ramanathan got three mini-breaks to win the second-set tie-break 7-3 forcing the match to the decider. Daniel fended off two break points in the third game and earned a decisive break in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Japanese player held three service games to secure his spot in the second round. 

Adrian Andreev came back from one set down to beat Lloyd Harris 1-6 6-3 6-4 after 2 hours and 19 minutes. The Bulgarian player saved 12 of the 15 break points he faced. 

Yoshihito Nishioka edged past Michael Mmoh 6-2 3-6 6-3 after 1 hour and 58 minutes. The Japanese player converted three of the ten break points. Mmoh rallied from a slow start to win the second set 6-3 with a break. Nishioka broke serve in the sixth game to win the decider 6-3. Maxime Cressy dropped serve to beat Jason Jung 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 after 1 hour and 29 minutes. Both players traded breaks in the first set to send the first set to tie-break, where Cressy prevaild 7-4. The US player broke twice to win the second set 6-2 securing his third third ATP Tour match win.

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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Dominic Thiem battles past Laslo Djere in three sets in Tel Aviv

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Dominic Thiem came back from one set down to beat Laslo Djere 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in 2 hours and 40 minutes reaching the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. 

 

Djere broke serve in the third game to take a 3-1 lead. Thiem broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned his second break in the 11th game to close out the first set 7-5. 

Thiem broke serve at deuce in the sixth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Djere broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4. Djere earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thiem did not face a break point in the third set and converted his fourth break point in the third game to seal the third set 6-4. 

“I did not get off to a great start. I got the break in the second set and I was a bit lucky I could turn the match around. The third set was a real grind. I am vert grateful to everyone who came tonight. It is really nice to play in Israel”, said Thiem.  Roman Safiulin came back from one set down to beat Hugo Grenier 3-6 6-4 6-2 in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Safiulin earned his first ATP Tour win since he beat Mikael Ymer in Belgrade last April.

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