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Felix Auger Aliassime wins five set marathon over Bautista Agut

Felix Auger-Aliassime is into the last 16 of a grand slam for the fourth time in his last six appearances.

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The Canadian pulled off a five-set win over his Spanish opponent in a match that went the distance.

Felix Auger Aliassime is into the fourth round of the US Open after surviving a five-set win over the 18 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted three hours and 55 minutes.

The Canadian hit 77 winners and served 27 aces on a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium in front of a lot of loud Canadian fans.

“It was not easy and very tricky and I had to forget losing the third set and it was really frustrating because I felt like I was dominating the match and controlling the match and things turned around quickly and he started gaining confidence and he started being more solid than he was and I wasn’t serving as good so for the fifth set I told myself this it all or nothing and it paid off.”

The number 12 seed got off to a very good start to the match getting the first break to take a 3-1 lead and that one break was enough for him to serve out the first set and draw first blood.

The second set was more competitive with the Canadian pushing for the break but the Spaniard wasn’t going down without a fight and saved breakpoints early in the second set.

At 4-4, the world number 15 finally got the breakthrough getting a breakpoint and breaking serve with a massive forehand winner, and went on to serve out the second set.

The Montreal native kept the momentum going into the third set and got the early break to take a 2-1 lead this time with a return winner that caught the world number 21 off guard.

Unfortunately, the Canadian wasn’t able to consolidate the break and the Spaniard broke right back the following game and it stayed on serve until 5-4 and this time it was the 33-year-old who broke to take the third set.

The number 12 seed continued to push getting chances to break once again early in the fourth set but failed to convert and at 4-3, it was the Spaniard who got the crucial break and saved five break points before sealing the set.

The fifth and final set was a battle royale with the first three games going with serve before the Canadian had two chances to break but only needed one to take an early 3-1 lead.

At 4-2, the world number 15 saved three break points before holding serve, and at 5-3 was able to serve out the match.

After the match in his post-match on-court interview, Auger Aliassime was asked about the Australian Open when he was up two sets on Aslan Karatsev and ended up losing the match in five if he took anything or learned anything from that match.

“You know what happened in Australia happened against Zverev in Wimbledon also being up two sets to love but I managed to win that fifth set so I think remembering that match was good for me and it was good for my confidence and I think today I was just trying to stay focused and trying to stay calm but you never know because things could have gone either way and I am happy it went my way today.”

Auger Aliassime will now face Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round after the American beat the Russian Andrey Rublev in five sets in the last match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Jelena Ostapenko beats Greer Minnen to reach the second round at Eastbourne

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Number 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 29 minutes to secure a spot in the second round at the Rothesay international in Eastbourne. 

Ostapenko won the Eastbourne title in 2021 and reached the 2022 final before losing to Petra Kvitova. 

Minnen led by a break three times and served for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 but Ostapenko pulled back on serve each time. 

Ostapenko fired a backhand crosscourt winner to earn three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break. The Latvian player converted his first chance with a forehand return winner. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Ostapenko earned a second break in the third game, but she took an off court medical time-out after a fall at 3-1 in the second set. 

Ostapenko recovered by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to win the second set 6-1. 

“Grass is a great surface, but sometimes it can be slippery and really tricky. So I took the medical time-out just to make sure I am fine”, said Ostapenko.  

 “I think the surface suits me really well. The first I played on grass, I was like: ‘How can we play tennis on this surface ? I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then every year was better and better”, said Ostapenko. 

British wild card Harriet Dart battled past former Wimbledon quarter finalist Marie Bouzhkova 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 after 3 hours and 29 minutes in the third-longest match on the WTA Tour this year. 

Bouzhkova broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead, but Dart won six of the next seven games with three breaks of serve to win the first set 7-5. 

Dart fought back from 1-4 down to force a tie-break with two breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games. The British player never held a match point in the second set. Bouzhkova converted her fourth set point to seal the tie-break 9-7 after a 88-minute second set. 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set, Dart earned a decisive break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The British wild card saved a break point at 4-3 en route to the win. 

Dart was scheduled to face 2022 Wimbeldon champion Elena Rybakina, but the Kazakh player withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to a change of schedule. Dart will face wild card Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open title and reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.  

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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