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Sara Errani upsets Sara Sorribes Tormo in Bogotà

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Former Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani upset number 2 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain 7-5 7-5 after 2 hours and 11 minutes in a match that featured a total of 14 breaks of serve at the Copa Colsanitas WTA 250 tournament in Bogotà. Earlier this year Sorribes Tormo won her first title in Guadalajara beating Eugenie Bouchard and reached the semifinals in Monterrey and the quarter finals in Abu Dhabi and Miami.

 

Errani held her first service game at deuce to take a 1-0 lead. Both players traded breaks at love in the second and third games. Errani earned a break in the fourth game with a double fault. Sorribes Tormo broke straight back at love after a double fault from Errani. Sorribes Tormo broke back in the seventh game, as Errani sent a backhand long, and held serve in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Errani broke back in the 10th game, as Sorribes Tormo hit her backhand into the net. Errani held serve at 30 before breaking serve on her second set point to seal the first set 7-5 after a double fault from Sorribes Tormo. 

Errani broke twice in the second and sixth games in the second set to open up a 5-1 lead. Sooribes Tormo pulled one break back on her second chance in the seventh game. Errani rallied from 15-40 down to draw level to 40-40, but Sorribes Tormo held serve with a forehand volley and a backhand. Sorribes Tormo got back the second break in the ninth game and held serve with an ace to draw level to 5-5. Errani held serve at love in the 11th game before earning two match points after a double fault from Sorribes Tormo. Errani converted her second chance to claim the second set 7-5 setting up a second round match against Aliona Bolsova from Spain. 

Another Italian player Giulia Gatto Monticone came back from one set down to beat Astra Sharma 4-6 7-5 6-1 after 2 hours and 23 minutes. Gatto Monticone was trailing 0-30 in the third game of the third set, when the score was 1-1, until chair umpire David Armenta Castro made the mistake to gift the point to the wrong player. After leaving his chair to confirm Gatto Monticone had hit a ball out on Astra’s side of the score, Armenta Castro forgot the score and errounesly called the score 30-15. The TV graphics correctly updated to 0-40 but the umpire called 30-15. Sharma returned a serve into the net for what should been 15-40 but Armenta Castro called 40-15 in favour of Gatto Monticone. Sharma won the next point and correctly assumed that she had broken the Italian player. The Australian player walked to her chair, only to be called back when the umpire said it was now 40-30. Gatto Monticone won the next point to take the take the game. Sharma dropped the next four games to lose the third set 6-1. 

Gatto Monticone will face Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-0 7-5 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. 

Tereza Martincova rallied from one set down to beat Leonie Kung 4-6 6-4 6-4 after 2 hours and 14 minutes. 

Colombian wildcard Maria Camila Serrano cruised past Sachia Vickery 6-3 6-2. 

Chilean qualifier Daniela Seguei came back from one set down to upset Danish rising star Clara Tauson 3-6 6-3 6-2 after 2 hous and 23 minutes. Seguei will take on French qualifier Harmony Tan, who upset Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-3. 

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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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Halle tournament to be held behind closed doors

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The tournament management of the Noventi Open in Halle has announced that the German grass tournament will be held behind closed doors in 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Many European countries have been dealing with rising covid-19 cases. According to tournament officials the decision was the best available option to ensure players safety. 

However, the organizers have announced that Roger Federer will play in Halle in the next two editions in 2021 and 2022. 

Federer holds a record ten titles in Halle in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 204, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and used Halle as a springboard for success at Wimbledon. This yeat the Swiss legend will bid to win his 21st career Grand Slam title. The ATP 500 tournament will also feature 2020 ATP Finals champin Danil Medvedev, 2021 Rotterdam winner Andrey Rublev, 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist and 2021 Doha finalist Roberto Bautista Agut, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, 2017 ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin and 2018 Paris Bercy Karen Khachanov.

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