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Andy Murray rallies from one set down to beat Pedro Cachin in Gijon



Andy Murray came back from one set down to beat Pedro Cachin 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 49 minutes in their first head-to-head match reaching the quarter final at the Gijon Open ATP 250 Tournament. 

Murray rallied from a break down in the third set to clinch his 25th ATP Tour level match of the season. 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist wasted five break points in the first set. 

Cachin earned an early break in the first game in the opening set. Murray was not able to convert three break points, as Cachin came through a tough second set to hold serve with four aces. Cachin broke again in the fifth game to open up a 5-1 lead and held on his final service game to close out the opening set 6-2. 

In the second set both players went on serve until the 12th game. Cachin made two unforced errors, as he was serving to take it to the tie-break handing Murray a seventh break point.  Murray converted his break point to win the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the third set. 

Both players broke in the first two games of the decider before Murray held serve to take a 2-1 lead after a 17-shot rally. 

Cachin went up a break for the second time, but Murray broke back again to draw level to 3-3. They went on serve en route to the tie-break. Murray brought up five match points. Cachin saved two of them before Murray converted his third chance to seal a hard-fought win after 2 hours and 47 minutes. 

Murray hit 31 winners to just 19 unforced errors to reach his fourth quarter final of the season. The 46-time tour-level is chasing his first title since he won the Antwerp tournament in Antwerp in 2019. Earlier this year Murray reached two finals in Sydney on hard court and Stuttgart on grass. 

“I think I served well in the second and third sets. I fought very hard. In the first set I wasn’t playing my best and Pedro was serving very well for the first half and a half. I was really struggling to break serve. I changed the way I was returning to give myself more opportunities to break. I fought very hard to come back from a break down twice in the third set”, said Murray.

Murray will take on Sebastian Korda, who came back from one set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7 6-4 6-4 in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Korda now leads 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches. 

Andrey Rublev overcame ilya Ivashka 6-3 5-7 6-4 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Rublev earned a break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Ivashka saved a total of five break points in the sixth and eighth games, but Rublev held his serve on his second set point. 

Rublev went up a 4-2 lead with a break in the fifth game. Ivashka broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Ivashka earned a second break in the 12th game to win the second set 7-5. 

Ivashka saved three break points to hold serve in the first game of the decider. Rublev earned the decisive break in the seventh game and held his final two service games to close out the match improving to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Ivashka.  Rublev hit 51 winners to Ivashka’s 13. The Russian player is currently sixth in the ATP Race to Turin and is aiming to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the third consecutive year. He will take on Tommy Paul in the quarter final. Fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo edged past Frenchman Manuel Guinard 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in 1 hour and 48 minutes to score his first ATP Tour win since July, when he reached the semifinal in Hamburg. Cerundolo set up a quarter final match against 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem. 

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Karen Khachanov wins his career title in Doha



Karen Khachanov beat Czech Next Gen Jakub Mesnik 7-6 (14-12) 6-4 to clinch his the sixth title of his career and the first of his career. Khachanov did not drop a set during this week. 

Khachanov saved four set points in the first set before hitting a forehand return to seal the first set on his fourth set point. 

Khachanov broke serve in the opening game of the second set. The Russian player did not face a break point in the whole match and won 83% of his first serve points. 

Khachanov claimed his first ATP title since Zhuhai last September. 

“Every title is a special one. Every time, you want to win. We play around 22 tournaments per season and at the end of the day, you compete every week. For sure here in Doha here in Doha it is one of the nicest trophies”, said Khachanov. 

Mesnik made a major breakthrough this week beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and three former Doha champions Andy Murray, Andrey Rublev and Gael Monfils en route to his first tour level final. Mesnik is projected to a career-high number 87 in the ATP Ranking. He is currently in the lead in the ATP Race to Jeddah. 

“For sure this week will be unforgettable for me. From the beginning, I did not even get to the tournament on my own ranking. I had to use the Next Gen spot, so I tried to enjoy every moment on the court. I did not expect that I will go through to the final. I am really happy with my performance”, said Mesnik. 

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Jasmine Paolini wins the first WTA 1000 title of her career in Dubai



Jasmine Paolini came back from one set down to beat qualifier Anna kalinskaya 4-6 7-5 7-5 in 2 hours and 13 minutes in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. 

Paolini rallied from one break down in each of the second and third sets to clinch he the second WTA Tour title of her career and her first trophy at WTA 1000 level. Paolini has become the third Italian player to win a WTA 1000 title following in the footsteps of Flavia Pennetta in Indian Wells in 2014 and Camila Giorgi in Montreal 2021. 

Kalinskaya earned an early break in the first game of the opening set. Paolini broke back in the fifth and sixth games. 

Kalinskaya broke serve in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead with a passing winner and closed out the first set at 15. 

Kalinskaya broke Paolini with a return winner in the opening game to build up a 6-4 3-1 lead. Paolini slammed a return winner to break back for 3-3. Paolini forced and error on set point with a crosscourt backhand to break serve in the 12th game. 

The third set started with three consecutive breaks. Kalinskaya broke for the second time in the third game and held at 15 with an ace in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.  Paolini broke back in the 10th game  to draw level to 5-5 when Kalinskaya was serving for the match. 

Paolini earned three championships point at 6-5 after Kalinskaya made a double fault. 

Paolini drew a long error from Kalinskaya on the first match point. 

Paolini wo 60% of her first serve points.

Paolini beat Kalinskaya in Portoroz in 2021 en route to winning the first WTA title of her career. The Italian player played in three more finals in Cluj Napoca, Palermo and Monastir, but she lost all of them. Kalinskaya beat Paolini in the Round of 16 at last January’s Australian Open. 

Paolini has become the second Italian player to win the Dubai title after Sara Erraini claimed this trophy in 2016. The Italian player is projected to move into the top 15 in the WTA Ranking. 

“I am really happy how I managed to come back. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know. I am just so happy. I am proud of all the work I made this year. It’s not easy to bring this work in the match sometimes. I am playing good tennis. I played well at the end of the last season I started the season well with the second week at the Australian Open. Now I try to be more relaxed on court, to try to think more what I have to do, to be more present every point. I think it works. It’s not going to be every week like this, but I am going to do my best”, said Paolini during the post match press conference. 

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Jordan Thompson needs seven match points to upset Alexander Zverev in the Los Cabos semifinal



Jordan Thompson converted on his seventh match points to upset top seed Alexander Zverev 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling 3-hour and 40-minute at the Mifel Tennis Open by Telcel in Los Cabos. The match finished after 1 a.m. 

Thompson set up a final against Casper Ruud in Saturday’s final. The Australian player fought back from 0-6 0-3 down before saving three match points against Alex Michelsen in the quarter final. 

Thompson won the first set, which featured five break points. Zverev earned the first break to open up a 2-0 lead. Thompson saved four break points in the third game before breaking serve to love to draw level to 2-2. Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games to draw level to 3-3. Thompson broke serve for the third game in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. Zverev earned a break in the fifth set to take a 3-2 lead and did not face any break point to win the second set 6-4. Both players went on serve until the 10th game, when Thompson earned five break points which doubled as match points at 6-5. Zverev saved them to hold serve after seven deuces. Thompson won six consecutive points from 0-1 down to take a 6-1 lead in the tie-break and sealed the win on his seventh match point. 

“It does not feel effective. It was over three and a half hours. It was just a great match and I just competed until the end. I am pretty tired”, said Thompson. 

Casper Ruud beat defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (7-4). Ruud saved five set points in the second set. Ruud did not drop a point on his first serve and broke serve in  the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. 

Ruud came back from 0-40 down to save three set points at 4-5. The Norwegian player rallied from 15-40 to fend off two more set points in the 12th game. Ruud raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break with two mini-breaks.  Tsitsipas won three consecutive points from 1-5 down to claw his way back to 4-5. Ruud sealed the tie-break 6-4 on his first match point. 

“It was a really close match, especially in the second set. I was fortunate to save a few set points and hold him off. I was just a bit lucky, and in the tie-break I played really well from the beginning, so I am very happy with the win”, said Ruud. 

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