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Jil Teichmann Saves Six Match Points To Knock Out Svitolina In Madrid

Jil Teichmann stunned Elina Svitolina as Ash Barty and Iga Swiatek cruised through in Madrid.

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Jil Teichmann produced an incredible comeback to knock Elina Svitolina out of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The Swiss star managed to save six match points as she edged out the fourth seeded Ukrainian 6-2 4-6 7-6(5) in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

After losing the first set comfortably and being an early break down, the world number 40 seemed inspired as a critical break in the seventh game was the foundation for securing a tight second set 6-4.

Svitolina’s dominance in the match continued in the third set as she lead 5-1 and was seemingly cruising to first round victory in the Spanish capital.

However Teichmann once again had other ideas as she managed to comeback and save six match points to edge victory in a last set tiebreak.

After the match the 23 year-old couldn’t believe herself what had just happened and wasn’t thinking about the score, “Honestly, I didn’t even count them,” Teichmann told the WTA website.

“I was just thinking, I’m 5-1 down, but every game was close – I just ended up losing them. I always believed, even down match points, that I could do it.”

Next for Teichmann is Paulo Badosa as for Svitolina there will need to be a deep analysis after a decent tournament in Stuttgart last week.

Barty and Swiatek Cruise Through

In other results today world number one Ash Barty showed no signs of a Stuttgart hangover as she defeated Shelby Rogers for the fourth time in 2021.

A 6-2 6-1 victory was further evidence of her status as joint-favourite for Roland Garros next month as she will now play Tamara Zidansek in the second round.

The other potential favourite for Roland Garros next month is slated to meet the Australian in the third round and that is Iga Swiatek.

In a dominating performance, the reigning Roland Garros champion thrashed Alison Riske 6-1 6-1 to move into the second round to face either Kateryna Kozlova or Laura Siegemund.

There were also convincing wins for Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber as preparation for Paris gets in full swing.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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