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Daniel Evans upsets Novak Djokovic to score the biggest win of his career in Monte-Carlo

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Daniel Evans upset world number 1 and two-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 after 2 hours and 6 minutes to advance to the quarter finals at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

 

Dan Evans scored the biggest win of his career to stop Djokovic’s unbeaten start to the 2021 season. 

Evans had won just four clay-court matches before this week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Djokovic fought back from a double break down, but Evans held his nerve to win the first set 6-4. The World number 33 bounced back from 0-3 down before saving one set point at 4-5 30-40 en route to his fourth top 10 win. Evans ended Djokovic’s perfect 10-0 record this season, that includes his ninth title at the Australian Open. 

Evans got an immediate break at 15 in the first game, as Djokovic netted a backhand. The British player consolidated the break in the second game, as Djokovic made a backhand error. Evans went up a double break with a drop shot to take a 3-0 lead. 

Evans wasted a game point at 3-0 and dropped his serve after a serve and volley from Djokovic. 

Djokovic held at love in the fifth game and earned two break points in the sixth game. Evans saved them and held serve after four deuces to take a 4-2 lead after a 10-minute sixth game. 

Evans wasted a game point at 4-3 and dropped serve after sending a forehand long. Evans broke serve at 15 in the ninth game allowing Evans to convert his third set point at 5-4 after 56 minutes. 

Djokovic held serve after deuce in the first game of the second set and forced Evans’error to break serve in the second game. Djokovic held serve at deuce with a service winner to take a 3-0 lead. Evans pulled one break back in the fifth game with a forehand with a forehand down the line winner to close the gap to 2-3. The British player saved a break point in the eighth game to hold serve after four deuces for 4-4. 

Evans saved a set point in the 10th game before breaking serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead. The Brit sealed the win with a forehand winner at 6-5. 

“It has not sunk it in yet. I could not quite believe the last ball went over the net. It nearly didn’t. I was pleased with how I playing coming into the match. I felt good You can never be confident coming into such a big match like that against Novak. It is clearly a big win and I am delighted that I got through, especially being a break down and having had little difficulties in the first set. It was really pleasing and I am delighted”, said Evans. 

Evans set up a quarter final against David Goffin, who beat Alexander Zverev 6-4 7-6 (9-7) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. 

Goffin earned the only break of the match at 3-3 in the opening set. The Belgian player raced out to a 6-2 in the tie-break of the second set, but Zverev came back by winning consecutive points to take a 7-6 lead. 

Goffin fended off one set point at 6-7 in the tie-break of the second set and sealed the win on his fifth match point.

Zverev was bidding to reach his third quarter final of the 2021 season.

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Novak Djokovic reaches the semifinal in Tel Aviv

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Novak Djokovic beat Canadian lucky loser Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to reach the semifinal at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. 

 

Djokovic has improved his record to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Pospisil. He has won all 13 sets they have played. 

Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Djokovic earned two mini-breaks to race out to a 4-0 lead. Pospisil won five of the next six points to draw level to 5-5. Djokovic won the next two points to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Djokovic went up a break at the start of the second set. Pospisil broke back in the fifth game to reduce the deficit to 2-3. Djokovic broke again in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the next game. 

Djokovic set up a semifinal against Roman Safiulin. The Serbian player is aiming to win his third title this season after his previous triumphs in Rome and Wimbledon. He is currently ranked 15th in the ATP Race to Turin. As he won a Grand Slam title at Wimbeldon this year, he will qualify for the ATP Finals if he remains in the top 20. 

“It was a great and positive win. Vasek is one of my best friends on the tour. We have known each other for many years. It is never easy playing someone you respect so much and like so much, but we are both professionals and wanted to win the match and you can see that. ”, said Djokovic. 

Constant Lestienne came back from one set down to beat Maxime Cressy 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-3) setting up a semifinal against Marin Cilic, who reached his fifth semifinal this year after receiving a walkover from Liam Broady.   

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Jannik Sinner reaches his third consecutive semifinal at the Sofia Open

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Jannik Sinner cruised past Aleksandar Vukic 6-2 6-3 to advance to his third consecutive semifinal at the Sofia Open. Sinner scored his 45th tour.level win this season moving up to 12th in the ATP Race to Turin. He will rise to 10th if he wins his third consecutive title in Sofia. 

 

Sinner has extended his winning streak to 11-0 at the Sofia Open. He claimed the trophy at this tournament at the Sofia Open in 2020 before he successfully defended his title last year.  

Sinner faced four break points after three double faults in the first game of opening set. Vukic saved a break point with a forehand at 1-2. Sinner broke twice in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. 

Sinner built up a 3-0 lead with a break at the start of the second set. Vukic broke back in the seventh game for 3-4. Sinner earned his second break in the eighth game. Sinner missed out on his first match point with his fifth double fault. Vukic fended off a second match point with a forehand passing shot. Sinner saved a break point with an ace before sealing the win on his third match point. 

“I hope to raise my level in the next match. I am happy to reach the third semifinal at this tournament. I feel at home in Sofia. I will try to play my best tennis in every match”, said Sinner, 

Sinner will face a semifinal match against Holger Rune, who will face Ilya Ivashka 6-2 5-7 6-4 after 2 hours and 22 minutes. 

Rune broke in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. Ivashka saved four break points in th third game before breaking for the first time in the match in the 12th game to close out the second set 7-5. 

Rune earned a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Rune broke for the second game in the ninth game and held serve on his second match point. 

Lorenzo Musetti moved past world number 132 player Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 16 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season. 

Struff earned an early break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. Musetti came back from 15-40 down to break back in the fifth game with a backhand passing shot winner. Musetti went down 0-2 in the tie-break, but he rallied by winning seven of the next eight points to seal the tie-break 7-3. Musetti broke twice in the second and fourth games and sealed the win on his first match point with a forehand winner after 77 minutes. Musetti set up a semifinal match against Marc Andrea Huesler, who saved two match points in the tie-break of the second set to beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. 

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Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin

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Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals singles tournament in Turin, Joining Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz. 

 

Ruud secured his spot in the year-end championships by winning his second-round match in Seoul. 

Ruud reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Miami and two Grand Slam finals at Roland Garros and at the US Open. He also won three ATP Tour titles in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad. The Norwegian player has scored 47 ATP Tour-level wins and is ranked third behind only Alcaraz (52) and Tsistipas (49). 

Ruud made his first appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin last year. He won his round robin matches against against Cameron Norrie and Andrey Rublev before losing to Danil Medvedev in the semifinal. 

“I just got the news that I qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin and I am looking forward to coming back to Italy. I had such a great time last year. It’s a great country for tennis”, said Ruud. 

Tsitsipas has become the fourth player to qualify to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek player will make his fourth consecutive appearance at the year-end tournament. He won the title in 2019 beating Novak Djokovic in the final. Tsitsipas started the 2022 season with a semifinal at the Australian Open last January. He advanced to the final in Rotterdam where he finished runner-up to Felix Auger Aliassime.

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion won his second consecutive title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Last May Tsitsipas finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. During the US hard-court season the Athens native player lost to Borna Coric in the final of the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament. 

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