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Lorenzo Musetti cruises past Dennis Novak in Cagliari

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Italian Next Gen star Lorenzo Musetti cruised past Dennis Novak 6-0 6-1 in windy conditions in 53 minutes at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari. 

 

Musetti converted his third break point in the first game and went up a double break from 0-30 down in the third game to race out to a 4-0 lead. Musetti never looked back and closed out the first set 6-1 with his third break in the seventh game after just 21 minutes. 

Novak rallied from 0-40 down in the first game of the second set on serve, but Musetti went up a break at deuce. 

Musetti set up a second round match against world number 32 Dan Evans from Great Britain. The Italian teenager did not drop his serve in the whole match, but he faced a total three break points in the second and fourth games of the second set. Musetti earned two more breaks at love to close ou the second set 6-1 with a forehand lob. Musetti won 18 of his 25 first-service points. Last month the Italian teenager claimed his first top 10 win against Diego Schwartzman before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Acapulco. 

Musetti won 11 of 16 matches this year including ATP Challengers in 2021. 

“It was an incredible match. From the beginning I felt so comfortable on the court and hitting the ball. I had really good feelings. Today was not easy. because there was a lot of wind and it was my first match after the hard-court season. I am very happy with my match. I was a bit nervous, because we had to wait longer thn we had planned before playing the match. We are are working very hard and I am very confident. Clay court is my favourite surface. Last year I reached the semifinal at this tournament. I hope to repeat this result this week and even win the tournament. I have never played against Evans, but I have seen him playing many times”, said Musetti. 

John Millman battled past Federico Coria 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 after 3 hours and 14 minutes to set up a second round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere. 

Millman got an early break at love in the second game of the opening set to build up a 3-0 lead. Coria converted his third break point at deuce in the fifth game to draw level to draw level to 3-3. Coria saved three break points to hold serve after nine deuces. Millman got two mini-breaks to race out to a 5-1 lead. Coria pulled back on serve but Millman earned his third mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5.

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Millman saved five break points to hold serve after five deuces in the fourth game, but Coria won the final three games with a break in the eighth game to claim the second set 6-3. 

Coria went up an early break in the first game of the third set. Millman broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Millman saved a break point in a fourth game featuring five deuces before sealing the third set with a break in the sixth game. 

Marco Cecchinato edged past Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 4-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 21 minutes. Both players went on serve in the first six games with no break points. Fabbiano did not convert three break points in the seventh and ninth games of the first set. Cecchinato got the first break of the match in the 10th game to seal the first set 6-4. 

Fabbiano saved three break points in the fourth game of the second set. Both players traded breaks in the the fifth and sixth games. Fabbiano fended off two break points to hold serve at deuce before earning his second break in the ninth game to claim the second set 6-4. Cecchinato got the only break in the sixth game to clinch the decisive set 6-3.  

Jan-Lennard Struff saved five match points to edge Joao Sousa 1-6 6-1 7-5 to set up a match against British qualifier Liam Broady. The German player fended off three match points at 2-5 down and at 4-5 15-40 in the third set. 

Gilles Simon rallied from one set down to beat Stefano Travaglia 1-6 6-3 6-4. Travaglia broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1 after 27 minutes. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. They went on serve until the eighth game when Simon converted his second break point after six deuces to claim the second set 6-3. 

Simon went up a double break in the first and seventh games to take a 5-2 lead in the third set. Travaglia converted his second break point in the eighth game and held his serve for 4-5, but Simon saved a break point at 30-40 in the 10th game to serve out the match 6-4 after two deuces. 

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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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