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Iga Swiatek Downs Siegemund To Set Barty Showdown In Madrid

Iga Swiatek will meet Ash Barty on Monday in a clash of the Roland Garros champions.

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Iga Swiatek eased past Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-3 to set up a third round match with Ash Barty.

Despite there being some tentative moments, the Pole proved too good for her German opponent as she moved into the last 16 in a straight sets victory.

Next for Swiatek is the world number one Ash Barty after the Australian edged past Tamara Zidansek 6-4 1-6 6-3 in a two hour contest.

After winning her first match 6-1 6-1 against a rusty Alison Riske, Swiatek knew her second match would be a little more competitive against Laura Siegemund who has good pedigree on this surface.

After saving three break points in the opening game, the 19 year-old took her first break opportunity in the second game with some impressive point construction.

However Siegemund once again went 40-0 up on her opponent’s serve after some aggressive groundstrokes and this time took the break point opportunity to get back on serve with a Swiatek double fault.

Swiatek knew though that she would have to suffer and be consistent in the way she approached the match which is exactly what she did as she deconstructed the Siegemund game with some impressive angles as well as some good combinational shots with the slice.

Although the German had her moments, she wasn’t consistent enough to trouble the 14th seed as Swiatek held on to take the opening set 6-3.

In the second set, Swiatek continued her confident play with some nice variey mixed with power as she wasn’t afraid to show her aggressive side.

It was the Pole’s defensive skills which ultimately put her in the driving seat as she established a double break lead for 3-0.

Suddenly after that though the German upped her game and made the 14th seed uncomfortable as her tentative play cost her three games in a row. Siegemund’s experience and willingness to never give up was her gain as she levelled the match at 3-3.

Eventually though Swiatek’s consistency in defence and attack was too much as three games and eleven match points later she sealed victory as well as a place in the last 16.

Next for Swiatek is a mouth-watering clash with the world number one Ash Barty after the Australian defeated Tamara Zidansek 6-4 1-6 6-3.

The Australian had to dig deep to find a way to win in an enduring contest that lasted two hours.

After the match Barty admitted it was a tough match, “Yeah it was a really tough match right from the get-go, I did a pretty good job in the first set of nullifying a few break points,” the world number one said.

“Overtime I worked my way into her service games, but overall a really tough match today. I felt my margins were a little bit off today and I made a lot of errors even if I was missing in the right way. I felt there was too many loose ones for me today.”

The meeting between Barty and Swiatek will be the first time they would have played each other.

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart

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Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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