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Bianca Andreescu – I’m Close To Where I Was In 2019″

After another three set triumph at the Miami Open on Tuesday night the Canadian spoke about the win and coming back on tour.

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Bianca Andreescu’s tennis career so far has been a major success but it has also had it down moments. 2019 was probably the best year of her career winning Indian Wells, Rogers Cup in front of a crazy packed house in her own backyard and finishing it off with a win at the US Open.

 

She took the time to reflect on her comeback from major injury and the pandemic in 2020 which was a year where she barely struck a ball.

“It’s always satisfying getting that three-setter especially after losing the first set to me. What I was super happy about that match was how even when I’m down I know I can find a way most of the time comeback and do really well and I keep proving that to myself. It’s really nice to get that under my belt, I felt super pumped the whole match considering everything that’s been happening I’m super happy.”

Andreescu is someone who is very emotional and at times is very prone to expressing those emotions in public but mostly diverting it at her players box and her coaching staff.

“In the heat of the moment I tend to show my emotions a bit more but that’s just me, I’m not trying to change that, I don’t want to control that because that’s just how I am”

The Canadian agreed with a reporter who asked her if her latest win was the best one since her comeback from injury.

“I agree, I felt super pumped in the match and after the match, I was constantly smiling. I’m just super happy because I feel like I’m really back, I’m a step closer to feeling as good as I was in 2019 and I want to keep rolling like that and feeling really good out there and clutching tough moments.”

She was also asked if she had any doubts about coming back and what she did to get through during 2020 when she was recovering from her injury.

” I was dealing with a lot the past couple months, even 2020, It wasn’t that good of a year for me in many ways and I was super down on myself. What really got me through that were my family and my friends and to me that was the most important thing having my family and my friends by my side. They really showed me the way how this sport is meant for me and how I have a bigger purpose in life and and Ill be able to achieve that by playing this sport. That just gives me motivation to continue and to have the same passion and love for the game and it’s showing. At the begining of the year not so much but now it’s showing and I’m trusting the process and it’s really turning out well for me”.

The Toronto native elaborated on the process and what it took to get her to where she is today.

” There are a couple of things but I believe that one of them is to inspire and to help others and through Tennis, I think I can do a lot of that”.

She capped it off by answering if she was back to way she was in 2019 solving matches, changing tactics to get good results.

” That’s kinda how It felt because I didn’t put pressure on myself and that’s what I did coming into 2021 because I haven’t played in so long and it like “oh I’m still top 10 so people are going to expect a lot from me but I feel this tournament I’m going with the flow and just having fun out there and it’s really showing and I want to continue like that because that’s when I play my best tennis”

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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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