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Marton Fucsovics Fights Back To Down Vasek Pospisil in Dubai

The Hungarian needed three sets to dispatch the Canadian.

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Marton Fucsovics is into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Open after beating Vasek Pospisil in three sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Fucsovics, who recently reached the final of the Rotterdam Open, hit 30 winners in the match while his Canadian opponent produced 15 unforced errors. He is making his third appearance in Dubai with his best run being to the quarter-finals back in 2019.

 

” I was just focusing on the next point, trying to come back in the second set,” the world No44 said following his win. “He (Pospisil) had a 4-1 lead, break up and I was just focusing on trying to win the next point, put as many balls as possible in the court. I tried to serve well.
I didn’t play my best tennis today I’m a little bit tired after a lot of matches but I’m happy to win,” he added.

Pospisil started the match really strong and at 2-1 off three straight unforced errors from the world number 44 he would break as the Hungarian would hit a fourth consecutive error to give the first break of the match.

At 4-2, the Budapest resident tried to get back into the set, and of a slow service game from the Freeport, Bahamas resident had six chances to break but failed to convert in a crucial service game. The world number 65 would serve out the set to take it 6-2.

The beginning of the second set was identical to the first with the first break points of the set coming at 2-1 but it would take three for the Canadian to break once more and jump out to a 3-1 lead.

At 4-2 once again Fucsovics was determined to stay in the match and rattled off three break points. Managing to break back winning a long intense rally to go back on serve at 4-3.

At 5-5 the wear and tear was starting to show on the Canadian and he looked gassed and played a poor service game. That’s where the world number 44 pounced and broke to take a 6-5 lead and served out the second set to send the match to a decider.

With the momentum clearly with the Fucsovics, he was motivated to finish the match strongly and get the win. For the third consecutive time Pospisil had the first break point of the set at 2-1 but the world number 44 managed to save it to hold serve.

At 4-4 Fucsovics had three chances to break and it took until the third attempt to break to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the match. He would serve it out to book a spot in the next round where he will face Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday.

After the match in an on court interview he was asked if he was feeling any ill effects from making it all the way to the final in Rotterdam and then pulling out early in Doha.

“No I was resting for two days so I’m fit and healthy but as I said I’m on the road now for three weeks and I’m getting tired a bit. I want to be fresh for tomorrow, Pablo ( Carreno Busta) is a top 10 player, has unbelievable from the baseline and is a very solid player. For sure there will be long rallies, hopefully I can serve well and hopefully I can have a good sleep tonight.”

Day 1 results

It was a busy day in Dubai at the open with eight first round matches and one second round match. Jeremy Chardy pulled off the first upset of the tournament beating Aussie number nine seed Alex De Minaur 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Emil Ruusuvuori, a qualifier from Finland, beat another Aussie Jordan Thompson 6-3, 7-6. Richard Gasquet defeated Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-4,6-2, to record his 550th win on the Tour. Lloyd Harris set up a round two clash with the number one seed Dominic Thiem after beating Christopher O’ Connell in three sets 6-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Other results

Aljaz Bedene SLO beat Yuki Bhambri IND 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Bernabe Zapata Miralles ESP beat John Millman AUS 6-4, 6-4
Jan Lennard Struff GER beat Mikhail Kukushkin KAZ 6-3, 6-2
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina ESP beat Radu Albot MOD 6-4,6-4

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Nadal survives three-set marathon with Shapovalov in Rome

Rafael Nadal saved match points to edge out Denis Shapovalov in Rome.

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The King of Clay needed three sets and over three hours to claim the win and avoid an upset.

 

Rafael Nadal needed three hours and 27 minutes to beat the Canadian Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 at the Italian Open in Rome hitting 29 winners while his counterpart hit 46 unforced errors in the loss.

To everyone’s surprise it was the world number 14 who came out with the faster start earning two breakpoints in the first service game of the match with a stunning forehand winner.

He would break to take an early 1-0 lead and continued to have momentum earning another break and the Spaniard found himself staring at 3-0 defecit.

At 4-1 the world number three would get one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto native would break one more time at 5-3 on his fourth breakpoint of the game to take the first set.

Once again we saw some really strong play from the Canadian in the beginning of the second set we saw history repeat itself when the world number 14 held serve and get the early break this time with his powerful forehand.

Nadal was fighting to stay in the set and the match and managed to earn a breakpoint but it was quickly saved with a big ace from Shapovalov. The very next game the Canadian had a chance to get another break but this time the Spaniard would deny him the opportunity.

After the world number three held serve he went on the attack looking to go back on serve and after three chances would get the break back. He would end up winning five games in a row and would take the second set to send it to a decider.

The third set remained on serve until 2-1 when the Canadian had a chance to break and he would take to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The break didn’t hold as Nadal came storming back the very next game breaking the world number 14 to love and equaling the set at 3-3.

The set and the match would ultimately be decided by a tiebreaker and in that breaker is when the Spaniard would take over winning it 7-3 to book his spot in the quarterfinals.

He will next face either Alexander Zverev or Kei Nishikori on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

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Novak Djokovic Moving Into A ‘Good Trajectory’ After Reaching Rome Quarter-Finals

Novak Djokovic admitted that he is on a good trajectory after reaching the last eight in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has said that he is on a ‘good trajectory’ after moving into the Rome Quarter-Finals.

 

The world number one moved into the last eight in the Italian capital with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Despite being broken in the first game, Djokovic rallied back to break on five occasions as he cruised past the Erratic Spaniard.

After 1 hour and 11 minutes, Djokovic’s overall game was too much for Davidovich Fokina as the Serb progressed to his 15th quarter-final in Rome.

After the match in his on-court interview the top seed admitted he is on a good trajectory as he builds momentum towards Roland Garros, “I thought I played well,” Djokovic told the ATP website.

“He started well and broke my serve in the first game. I made some errors, but I managed to break back right away and establish the control and consistency on the court. I think from the back of the court I was just a bit more solid than him.

“He made some unforced errors and double faults in key moments, which obviously helped me get that necessary break forward. I thought I played better, at least 20 or 30 per cent better, than I did against Fritz a few days ago. I am on a good trajectory and hopefully tomorrow will be even better.”

The real test for Djokovic will come tomorrow when he faces top 10 opposition in the last eight.

It will either be Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas or Madrid finalist and home favourite Matteo Berrettini next up for the world number one.

Djokovic was well aware of the form either of his possible opponents are in heading into tomorrow’s showdown, “My next match will be against a Top 10 player, so it is going to be a battle,” Djokovic explained.

“Both of these guys are in great form. Tsitsipas won Monte-Carlo and Berrettini is just coming off the final in Madrid. I am obviously going to do my best to win that match, whoever I play against.”

In the other result in Rome today, Reilly Opelka reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6(6) 6-4 win over Aslan Karatsev.

The American hit 18 aces as he will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime or Federico Delbonis on Friday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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