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Lorenzo Musetti saves four match points to beat Daniel Evans in a dramatic tie-break in Cagliari

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Lorenzo Musetti saved four match points in his 6-1 1-6 7-6 (10-8) win over Daniel Evans after a dramatic tie-break of the third set at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari.

 

Musetti went up a double break in the second and fourth games and saved two break points to win the first set 6-1. 

Evans earned two consecutive breaks to race out to a 4-0 lead in the second set. Musetti pulled one break back at love in the fifth game, but Evans broke for the third time to win the second set 6-1 forcing the match to the decider. 

At 4-4 in the decider Musetti saved two break points, which would have enabled Evans to serve for the match. Evans saved a match point at 5-6 with a forehand drop-shot to hold serve at deuce forcing the third set to the tie-break. Musetti saved three of the four match points he faced before converting his second match point with another forehand drop-shot winner. 

Musetti claimed 12 tour-level wins and seven of these victories against top 35 players. He is aiming to reach the third ATP Tour semifinal of his career following his runs to the top four at the 2020 Sardegna Open and in 2021 Acapulco. He has received a wildcard to play in the main draw of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

“It was really tough. I was 3-6 down in the tie-break and he was playing good, always going to the net and always aggressive. I tried to stay calm and play each point, That is what I did and it worked, so I am really happy and proud of myself with this win. The secret for me is not to think about the Top 35 Ranking, to just play them like other opponents. I try to play my game, and play as good as I can. That is what I did. With them, I always play good. I don’t know why. I have no pressure and I feel free. I have no pressure to win and today was the same”, said Musetti. 

Musetti will face either Laslo Djere, who beat John Millman 6-3 6-3 with four breaks of serve.

Lorenzo Sonego cruised past Gilles Simon 6-4 6-1. Simon went up an early break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead after a double fault from Sonego. The Italian player broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Sonego earned a break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead with a forehand inside-in. Simon pulled back on serve in the ninth game, but Sonego converted his second break point with his forehand in the 10th game at deuce to close out the first set 6-4. 

Simon saved three break points in his first service game of the second set. Sonego broke serve in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead and saved three break points at deuce to hold serve after five deuces in a marathon fifth game. The 25-year-old player came back from 15-40 down to break serve at deuce and served out the win on his match point. 

Germany’s Yannik Hanfmann fended off both break points he faced to edge 2018 Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato 7-5 6-1. Cecchinato missed a break point at 4-3 and dropped his serve in the 11th game to lose the first set 7-5. Hanfmann broke three times in the first, third and seventh games to win the second set 6-1. 

Italian brothers Matteo and Jacopo Berrettini have moved into the semifinals with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over Tret Huey from France and Frederick Nielsen from Denmark with three breaks of serve. The Italian team will face Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Argentina’s Andres Molteni. 

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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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