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Christian Garin reaches the Chile Open quarter finals

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Christian Garin cruised past qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-2 6-2 in an all-Chilean match after 68 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Chile Open in Santiago de Chile for the second consecutive year. The local player dropped 15 points in 8 service games and saved two break points. Garin broke serve twice in each set. 

 

Garin held at love with an ace in the second game and earned a break in the next game to open up a 3-0 lead. The top seed earned a break in the seventh game to open up a 5-2 lead and served out the first set 6-2 with a service winner in the eighth game. 

Garin started the second set with an early break in the first game, as Tabilo made a backhand error. Garin held his next three service games to build up a 4-2 lead. Garin earned another break and fended off two break points in the eighth game before converting his second match point. 

“It wasn’t easy. I was very nervous. I am very happy to be playing at home, playing like this. It’s not easy to play against someone from your country. I am very happy to be in the next round”, said Garin. 

Garin set up a quarter final against Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas, who beat Federico Coria 6-4 7-6 (7-2). 

Roberto Carballes Baena cruised past this year’s Cordoba Open Juan Manuel Cerundolo 6-2 6-0 after 1 hour and 23 minutes to reach his first ATP Tour quarter final since Gstaad 2019. 

Carballaes Baena saved all break points he faced and earned five break points. The Spaniard broke serve at love in the second game and fended off break points in the third game to open up a 3-0 lead. 

Carballaes Baena saved a break point at 4-2 before closing out the first set 6-2 with a break in the eighth game. He broke three times and sealed the win with a backhand winner at 5-0. Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan beat Pablo Andujar 6-1 7-6 (9-7) after 1 hour and 33 minutes. Galan earned a double break to win the first set 6-1 and saved a set point to win the second set’s tie-break 9-7 reaching the first ATP quarter-final since Houston 2019.

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Eight Quick Facts About Novak Djokovic’s French Open Win

After triumphing in Paris for the second time in his career, the Serbian has rewritten the tennis history books once again.

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Novak Djokovic is once again the French Open champion after fighting back and outlasting a bitterly disappointed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

 

The latest milestone achieved by the Serbian has moved him closer to his ultimate goal of breaking the all-time record for most major titles won by a player on the ATP Tour. Although he has also achieved a series of other accomplishments following his latest triumph in Paris. Below is a summary of how Djokovic’s most recent win will fit into history.

  1. Djokovic has now won 19 Grand Slam titles in his career, which is the second highest in the history of men’s tennis. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are currently on 20. It is possible that he can overtake his two rivals this year if he wins both Wimbledon and the US Open.
  2. He has become the first man in the Open Era to have won every Grand Slam title multiple times. The only other players to achieve this milestone are Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.
  3. Djokovic has also become the third man in history to have won both the French Open and Australian Open within the same season multiple times. Following in the footsteps of Emerson and Laver.
  4. He is the third oldest player to have won Roland Garros after Nadal (34 years, 130 days) and Andres Gimeno (34 years, 306 days).
  5. It is the sixth time in his career he has come back from two sets down to win a match. His win-loss record in best-of-five matches now stands at 35-10.
  6. He has become only the eighth man in the Open Era to have won multiple French Open titles. Nadal holds the record with 13 trophies.
  7. He has become the first man in history to have won a seventh major title after turning 30. Since reaching the milestone age, he has won the Australian Open three times (2019-2021), Wimbledon twice (2018-2019), US Open once (2018) and French Open once (2021).
  8. When the rankings are updated on Monday, Djokovic will lead with 12313 points which is 1800 more than second place Daniil Medvedev.

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Marin Cilic wins his first title since Queen’s 2018

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Marin Cilic claimed the 19th ATP Tour title of his career and his first since Queen’s 2018 with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 win over Felix Auger Aliassime  after 1 hour and 50 minutes in the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. 

 

Cilic won 100% of his first-serve points in three of his five matches and did not drop a set this week. 

The Croatian star is not 3-3 in grass court finals and 19-14 in his overall title matches. 

Both Cilic and Auger Aliassime saved three break points in their first service games. Cilic converted his ninth break point to take a 6-5 lead in the 11th game. Cilic was not able to serve out the first set, but he cruised through the tie-break 7-2, when Auger Aliassime hit a forehand long. 

The second set went on serve in the first seven games. Auger Aliassime won 64% of his first-service points, while Cilic claimed 90% of his second serve points. Cilic earned the only break of the second set in the eighth game to seal the second set 6-3. 

Cilic will play at Queen’s next week. 

“It was a very important win. I played two semifinals and did not win a title since 2018, also on grass at Queen’s. Winning here brings out joy for me, good confidence and a good feeling. Experience plays a big part, especially on grass. The conditions can be difficult, the court plays quite quick. I felt this was a good chance for me to give it my all, keep my intensity. Even though  some games were up and others down, that was a big part of my victory today”, said Cilic. 

Auger Aliassime has dropped to 0-8 in his eight ATP Tour Finals. “Today I am not facing a final. I am facing Marin Cilic. It is two different things. There has been times when I have not played my best then I felt I was not playing well, but this time around, I felt like it was close, but overall I think he was a better player overall”, said Auger Aliassime. 

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Felix Auger Aliassime sets up Stuttgart final against Marin Cilic

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Felix Auger Aliassime beat Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 in 80 minutes to advance to the eighth ATP Tour Final of his career at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart without dropping a set this week. 

 

Auger Aliassime did not face a break point and hit seven aces. The Canadian Next Gen converted his first break point in the ninth game to claim the first set 6-4. 

The 20-year-old Canadian rising star won 89% of his first service points before earning a break point at 6-5 to seal the win. He lost to Matteo Berrettini in the 2019 final in Stuttgart. 

Auger Aliassime will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who won the first set 6-3 before Jurij  Rodionov, before the Austrian wild card was forced to withdraw from the match at 0-1 due to an injury problem at the start of the second set. 

“I am feeling really good and very excited to be in the final after quite a period that I didn’t reach a final. I think this was very positive week. I have played good tennis, served very well. Considering it is a shorter season, with one week less. It was great to play this week. Losing to Roger Federer gave me more time to prepare for the week. I have not enjoyed being at a tournament so much in a long period of time, because it is the first time my son, my wife and I are together at one tournament. The set up in Stuttgart is really nice. There is a lot of grass and open space aroung the hotel for my sonto play and it is so much fun having them around”, said Cilic. Cilic leads 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Auger Aliassime. They will play their first match on grass. 

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