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Bianca Andreescu Survives Another Three-Setter To Reach Miami Semis

The Canadian needed almost three hours to book her spot in the final four.

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Bianca Andreescu (image via twitter.com.tennis)

Bianca Andreescu is into the semifinals of the Miami Open after beating the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in just under three hours.

The eighth seed hit 42 winners while her opponent produced 21 unforced errors during their marathon clash at the Hard Rock Stadium. It is only the second time Andreescu has played in the tournament after 2019.

 

“Man that girl can really run” she said in her on-court interview after the match, ” after the first set I was honestly so tired but we both fought really hard, she’s an incredible fighter, I have no idea how I pushed through but I fought as hard as I could and I’m super happy with how I pulled out but she played amazing tennis”

Andreescu was the third Canadian Sorribes Tormo has played in the last couple weeks after beating Eugenie Bouchard in the final in Guadalajara and losing to Leylah Annie Fernandez in the semi final in Monterrey.

The Spaniard was quicker out of the gate and she pounced on her Canadian opponent earning two break points in the opening service game of the match and breaking to take an early 1-0 lead.

After holding serve to consolidate the break she would earn two more breakpoints as the Canadian was struggling to get into the match and would break again to go up 3-0.

The number eight seed finally woke up and earned her first breakpoint of the match winning a long intense rally and finishing the point with a forehand winner.

It would take four cracks at it with the Spaniard doing a good job saving them before the Toronto native got herself into the match breaking to get one of the breaks back.

She would hold serve to make it 3-2 before pushing to try and go back on serve but the Spaniard continued to fight and battle and held serve. The match was turning into a huge fight with long rallies and two players going at it.

At 4-3 the Canadian would earn two more breakpoints and would break the Spaniard once again with a powerful forehand to go back on serve at 4-4. That break of serve seemed to rattle her and she struggled to hold serve and that’s when the number eight seed went for the lead and that’s what she got.

Andreescu would serve out the set in what looked like a major comeback and was one set away from the semis tomorrow.

Losing the first didn’t deter the Spaniard who in a repeat of the beginning of the first set would break again with a stunning forehand passing shot to once again take a 1-0 lead.

This time the lead didn’t last that long and the world number eight responded immediately getting the break right back. She would get broken the very next game and the set followed a similar pattern where both players couldn’t hold serve and traded breaks back and forth.

It was Tomo who would finally hold serve to make it 5-3 and would break once more the following game sensing fatigue from her Canadian opponent winning the second set and sending it into a third set.

The third set stayed on serve until 2-2 when the number eight seed would earn three chances to break. It was on the third chance when she got she would break to take a 3-2 lead.

The next game was a very tough one for the Canadian as she found herself facing three breakpoints but rallied to save all three and hold serve. She would increase her lead the following game breaking to take a 5-2 lead.

When serving for the match her opponent wasn’t giving in and continued to play her game from the baseline with long rallies and won four straight points to make it 5-3.

The number eight seed would respond the very next game winning four points in a row as well and sealing the set, the match, and the win with her trusty forehand winner.

“I never played her before and it’s really hard to tell how a player plays online rather than actually playing them so I think I got caught off guard just a little bit,” said Andreescu.
I thought her ball would be a bit more heavy and deep and you really have to generate your own power. I felt like I was going for too much at the start but then I figured it out and I changed my game plan basically and I adjusted. The match was super up and down and it kept going like that and for me the main thing today was fighting harder than her and I know she is an incredible fighter so that was the main goal and I did that.”

She will now face Maria Sakkari who pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career beating Naomi Osaka and the Canadian finished the press conference by giving her thoughts on the match.

” I watched a little bit of that match, she played really well, she was dominating from the start and Naomi wasn’t quite there but she’s coming off a great win, I’m also coming off a big win too,” she said.
I’m sure she is very confident and I’ve watched her play many times so I kinda know what to expect but obviously it’s different once I step out there and I’m going to have to adjust with what I know now and what I am going to see on the court but I know it’s going to be a battle and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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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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