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Christian Garin Outlasts Felix Auger Aliassime in Monte Carlo

Cristian Garin moves into the second round after a straight sets win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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The Chilean is through to the second round after beating his Canadian opponent in straight sets.

 

Christian Garin the number 16 seed only needed two sets played over two days 7-6 (4) 6-1 to beat the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime that was delayed yesterday due to rain. The number 16 seed hit 16 winners in the victory while the Montreal native hit 45 unforced errors.

“I didn’t expect to play Felix ( Auger Aliassime) in the first round, he’s a great player with a great future so I’m very happy with the way that I played today so I hope to keep improving, most of the tournaments I played this year were on clay so I hope I can improve my game of tennis”.

The match started on Monday around 5pm local time after most of the day was delayed due to pouring rain and super wet conditions. They finally took to the court and in the opening game the world number 21 who had announced his new coaching partnership with Toni Nadal needed 10 minutes to hold his serve.

The next game the Chilean was struggling as well on serve and double faulted on breakpoint to give the early break. The very next game the number 16 seed had a chance to get the break back but it was denied with one of the Canadian aces.

The world number 21 would consolidate the break and hold serve and we stayed on serve until 4-2 when it started to rain a little harder. The players spent about 5-10 minutes waiting before the match was suspended.

The players were sent back to the locker room and a couple hours later the tournament confirmed they would have to come back on Tuesday finish the match.

The players returned on Tuesday afternoon around 1:30pm local time to a sunny day and better conditions. The Chilean got off to a better start earning a breakpoint in the first game back but the Canadian would save it with a forehand winner and hold serve.

The very next game with the number 16 seed serving to stay in the set he would face two set points but save them both and eventually hold serve. He then went looking for the break and got it sending the match back on serve at 5-4.

At 6-5 the Monte Carlo resident had two more set points but couldn’t convert and the first set would be decided by a tiebreaker. In that breaker the number 16 seed would jump out to a 4-0 lead before the Canadian produced a mini-comeback before the Chilean sealed the tiebreak 7-3.

The momentum was clearly with the Chilean and after holding the opening service game of the second set would have three chances to break and he took the third one to get the first break.

It stayed on serve until 4-1 when the number 16 seed had two more chances to go up a double break and he would just that and serve out the match. He will next face John Milman of Australia who yesterday had to chance to beat the Frenchman John Milman 6-3, 6-3.

In a on court interview after the match he spoke about his next matchup.

“He’s a very solid player, I saw his match earlier today, he played really well, of course he is a dangerous player, every player here plays amazing so I’m very happy so I need to recover”

In other matches today Lucas Pouille of France beat Guido Pella of Argentina 6-3, 6-4, Marco Cecchinato of Italy beat Dominik Koepfer the qualifier from Germany 6-4, 6-3, Another qualifier from Argentina Federico Delbonis beat the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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