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Corentin Moutet upsets Denis Shapovalov in Estoril to reach quarterfinals in a three-set marathon

Corentin Moutet beats Denis Shapovalov in an epic match in Estoril.

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The Frenchman needed two hours and six minutes and three sets to send the number one seed and good friend packing.

 

Corentin Moutet is though to the quarterfinals of the Millenium Open in Estoril beating the Canadian number one seed Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals in a three set marathon battle.

“It was a good match, he’s a great player so I had to play a good level and I managed to do it, it was tough conditions today for both players due to the wind and many other things so it was tough to play but at the end, I managed to get the win so I’m really happy about that”.

It was the Canadian who got off to the fast start in the match holding his opening service game and earning a breakpoint in the very next game but it was the Paris native who would come up big saving it and holding serve.

At 3-2 the Toronto native had three more chances to break but again the Frenchman would deny him the opportunity and the following game would break the Canadian after a poor service game and breaking him at love to take a 4-3 lead.

He would serve out the first set to take it 6-4 and at the beginning of the second set the Canadian pushed once again for the early break and he would get this time as the Frenchman would double fault on breakpoint to give him a 2-0 lead.

Shapovalov faced a breakpoint while holding serve to consolidate the break but he managed to save it playing his aggressive game style. He would go on to take the second set 6-2 on his third set point with a trademark backhand to force a third and deciding set.

The Frenchman battled back in the beginning of the third set and managed to get the early break to take a 1-0 lead but the following game the Canadian would respond by breaking back the very next game on his third breakpoint.

After holding serve the number one seed had a chance to break once again to take a lead and he did just that when the Paris native would double fault again and the Canadian had a 3-1 lead.

The world number 73 managed to have four looks at a chance to break back and he would finally get the breakthrough at the fourth time of asking to go back on serve and after holding serve would break at love to take a 4-3 lead and serve out the match.

After the match he told Ubitennis his thoughts on his good result this week in Estoril.

“I still have to be focused on play tomorrow, I will see tomorrow, there is no result for the moment”.

He will next face the winner of Pierre Hugues Herbert and Albert Ramos Vinolas.

In other action today Christian Garin didn’t even need to play to advance as Richard Gasquet pulled out due to a leg injury, Cameron Norrie needed three sets to beat the Spaniard Pedro Martinez 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

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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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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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