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Last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6 6-2 6-4 in just over two hours at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. 

 

Basilashvili, who won two titles in Doha and Munich this year, earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Berrettini broke serve in the sixth game to draw level to draw level to 3-3, but Basilashvili earned his second break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. The Georgian player held his final two service games at love to win the first set 6-4. 

Berrettini saved a break point in the second game of the second set with a forehand. The Italian player broke twice in the fourth game with a dropshot and in the eighth game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini saved three break points in the seventh game of the third set with a forehand and a first serve to take a 4-3 lead. Basilashvili went up 30-0 in the 10th game, but Berrettini came back by winning four consecutive points to close out the third set 6-4 with a break. 

Berrettini will face a second round match agianst John Millman , who beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-4 in 86 minutes. 

The Italian player has extended his win-loss record to 17-4 and is currently eighth in the ATP Race to Turin. Last year he reached the quarter final in Rome before losing to Casper Ruud. 

“I struggled at the start of the match. Basilashvili put me under pressure and I expected that. It’s difficult to play against Basilashvili. The conditions are different from Madrid. It was tough to adjust, but I fought until the end and I managed to win the match. I drew energy from the court. I imagined that the stadium was full. I want to play in the third round in front of my family and fans and this gave me extra energy to improve my game. I have to focus on my next match against Millman. 

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina saved two set points in the second set en route to claiming a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win over 2014 Rome semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov after 1 hour and 43 minutes. 

Davidovich Fokina claimed the first set 6-4 with his only break in the seventh game. The Spanish player rallied from 2-4 down in the second set and fended off two set points on serve at 4-5 before earning four mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The Spanish player saved five of six break points and won 81 % of his first-service points. 

Davidovich Fokina will take on this year’s Estoril finalist Cameron Norrie, who beat Roberto Carballaes Baena 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 42 minutes. 

US Reilly Opelka beat Italian Next Gen star Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 6-4 with a break in each set at love in the fifth game of the first set and in the ninth game of the second set). Opelka did not face any break points in the whole match. 

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‘Another Level’ – Nick Kyrgios Praises Rising Star Jannik Sinner

This week the world No.11 is bidding to win his third consecutive indoor tournament.

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Jannik Sinner (ITA), (Erste Bank Open 2021, Wiener Stadthalle); Copyright: e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger

Jannik Sinner’s recent dominance when it comes to playing tennis indoors hasn’t gone unnoticed with one of his peers praising him on social media.

 

The 20-year-old defeated Reilly Opelka in the second round of the Vienna Open on Wednesday in what is his fifth consecutive win on the Tour. Impressively Sinner has now won 18 straight sets on indoor hardcourts. Last Sunday he claimed his fifth Tour title at the European Open to become the youngest ATP player to win that many ATP trophies since Novak Djokovic back in 2007.

Sinner’s achievements were highlighted on social media by journalist Ben Rothenberg who posted a tweet of the 18 sets he has won. That caught the attention of former top 20 player and two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios who paid his own tribute to the Italian.

“He is another level. That’s for sure, played him in Washington doubles. Never played someone who hit the ball as hard,” he wrote.

The two are yet to play against each other in singles competition. In Washington Kyrgios and Frances Tiafoe lost 4-6, 4-6, to Sinner and his partner Sebastian Korda.

Sinner’s latest win in Vienna has boosted his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin next month. He has risen back up the standings to 10th in the race after overtaking Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie. Norrie will play his second round match on Thursday.

“I think I had not so many chances and I used them. I think that was the key today,” Sinner said of his latest win against Opelka. “I served well. My service holds were always quite fast and good. I felt well on the baseline, so I knew when I went in a rally that somehow I was going to win the point. But it’s never easy playing against him. You never have rhythm.”

Awaiting Sinner in the next round will be Austria’s Denis Novak who is currently ranked 116th in the world and is yet to beat a top 10 player in his career.

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Andrey Rublev moves past Ilya Ivashka to reach the quarter finals in St. Petersburg

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Andrey Rublev overcame Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career in St. Petersburg Open. 

 

Rublev fended off all seven break points and earned two breaks in the seventh game of the first set and in the third game of the second set. The Moscow native player fired 10 aces and won 84 % of his first service points. 

The eight-time titlist is aiming to win his third career title on home soil after his previous titles in Moscow 2019 and St. Petersburg 2020. 

Rublev set up a quarter final clash against either Sebastian Korda or Botic Van de Zandschulp.Karen Khachanov knocked out Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 25 minutes. Khachanov will take on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who eased past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. Cilic leads 1-0 against Khachanov in their only previous head-to-head match in Cincinnati in 2018.

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Matteo Berrettini rallies from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in Vienna

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvlili 6-7 (5-7 ) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 5 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

 

Berrettini saved all three break points he faced and hit 22 aces, including two on the last two points of the match. 

Number 3 seed Berrettini had won three of his previous head-to-head matches against Indian Wells finalist Basilashvili, but they met for the first time on in indoor court. Berrettini had beaten Basilashvili in Winston Salem 2018, Halle 2019 and Rome 2021. 

Both players went on serve in the first set. Berrettini saved the only break point in the second game. Basilashvili earned a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Berrettini pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Basilashvili earned another mini-break on the 10th point to earn two set points at 6-4 and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Berrettini saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Italian player earned a break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and held his next service games before closing out the second set with a double break in the ninth game. 

Berrettini went up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the decider. The Queen’s tournament champion faced a break point in the seventh game after a double fault, but he saved it with an ace. He served out the third set 6-3 with his 22nd ace. Berrettini set up a quarter final match against Spanish Next Gen player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4.

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