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Felix Auger Aliassime beats Lorenzo Musetti to advance to the final in Florence

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Felix Auger Aliassime beat Italian Next Gen player Lorenzo Musetti 6-2 6-3 to reach the final at the UniCredit Tennis Firenze Open. 

 

Auger Aliassime hit 21 winners to just unforced errors. 

Musetti earned a 15-30 lead on return with a cross-court forehand in the third game of the opening set. Auger Aliassime earned a break from 15-40 down in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. The North American player saved two break points to hold serve at deuce for 5-2. Musetti called for a medical time-out at 2-5 down due to a problem on his abdominal region. Auger Aliassime sealed the first set with his second break in the eighth game. 

The second set went on serve until the sixth game when Auger Aliassime earned a break to take a 4-2 lead, but Musetti saved two match points in the eighth game. Auger Aliassime sealed the win on his first match point in the ninth game. 

“We started the match really good at a very high level. He was playing amazing tennis and I thought: ‘I am going to need to play my best tennis to win”. That’s what I did tonight. I played very complete tennis, a very solid performance. I am really happy and I am looking forward to tomorrow”, said Auger Aliassime. 

Auger Aliassime has climbed to world number spot 11 and will mov up to world number 10 if he beats J.J. Wolf in the final. 

The Canadian player Is aiming to extend his lead over Taylor Fritz in the ATP Race to Florence. 

J.J. Wolf has reached his first ATP Tour final after his 6-4 6-4 win over Swedish qualifier Mikael Ymer at the UniCredit Firenze Open at the Pala Wanny in Florence. 

Wolf has moved up world number 56 in the ATP Live Ranking. The US 23-year-old player began the year as the world number 174 in the ATP Ranking and has climbed more than 100 places this year. He has improved his record to 16 wins and 16 defeats this year. Earlier this year he beat Maxime Cressy in the second round and Alexander Bublik in the quarter final. 

Wolf converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Ymer broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Wolf broke in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Ymer saved a break point to hold serve at deuce, as he was serving to stay in the set. Wolf served out the opening set with an ace in the 10th game. 

Wolf went up a break in the first game, but Ymer won three consecutive game with two consecutive breaks. Wolf broke straight back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Wolf won three consecutive games from 3-4 down to seal the second set 6-4. 

“I have not been in a final before. I am just going to keep working on the things I am working on and not worry about the result. I definitely had to keep my nerve and wait for my chance.  He is sneaky aggressive and can turn defense into offense in a second”, said J.J. Wolf.  

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Caroline Garcia continues working with Juan Pablo Guzman for the 2023 season

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Caroline Garcia will continue working with Argentine coach Juan Pablo Guzman during the 2023 season. However, Guzman will not travel with the French player in every tournament. 

 

Garcia won the WTA Finals title in Fort Worth last November beating Maria Sakkari in the semifinal and Aryna Sabalenka in the final. The Lyon-based player moved up to world number 4 in the singles ranking. During her great season Garcia won the Cincinnati WTA 1000 title and lost to Ons Jabeur in the semifinals of the US Open. 

After a well-deserved holiday Garcia will continue her preparation in Dubai. She will play in an exhibition tournament there and will play against Roland Garros and US Open champion Iga Swiatek, 2021 Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa and 2022 Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina. She will open her WTA season in Adelaide next January in the build-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne from 16 to 29 January 2023. 

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Rafael Nadal ‘Excited’ For Showdown With Alcaraz In Las Vegas 

‘The Slam: Nadal Vs. Alcaraz’ will take place in the lead-up to Indian Wells with a charity fundraising event also being held. 

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the final on day eight of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 23, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo via https://newsroom.mgmresorts.com)

The current top two players in men’s tennis will lock horns in Nevada next March after agreeing to take part in an exhibition match organized by MGM Rewards. 

 

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will play against each other at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5th which will be hosted by MGM Resorts International. The 16,800-seat multi-purpose venue has also previously hosted a series of boxing matches, as well as this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. 

The two Spanish tennis giants will also participate in a 90-minute individual VIP clinic before taking to the court. There will also be a ‘celebrity’ doubles match which will feature both of the Bryan brothers. One of the most successful double pairings in history who have won 16 Grand Slam titles together. 

“I’m very excited for my first visit to Las Vegas, one of the most iconic and entertaining cities in the world,” Nadal said in a press release. “I’ll be playing with my fellow countryman Carlos Alcaraz who’s had an amazing year. It should be a great night of tennis at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.”

19-year-old Alcaraz is the youngest player in ATP history to achieve the year-end No.1 ranking and is viewed as the successor to 22-time major winner Nadal. The duo have clashed three times on the Tour with Nadal winning two of those meetings. Although Alcaraz was triumphant the last time they clashed at the Madrid Masters. 

“I’m honored and so happy to be sharing the court with Rafa in Las Vegas. He’s an all-time great, of course, and his records and achievements speak for themselves. Rafa also is one of the nicest guys on Tour and I look forward to our match on March 5.” Said Alcaraz.

Immediately after their match on March 5th, THE SLAM Gala will be held at Rivea and Skyfall at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The fundraising event has been created to raise money for Nadal’s foundation, as well as the MGM Resorts Foundation and National Tennis Foundation. 

Tickets for Alcaraz’s match with Nadal will go on sale from December 9th and are priced at $75 upwards. 

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The Hopman Cup returns in 2023 in Nice

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The Hopman Cup will return in 2023 and will be held on clay court at the Lawn Tennis Club in Nice from 19th to 23rd July after Wimbledon. This tennis team tournament pairs one woman and one man from each participating country. 

 

This tournament was last staged in 2019 in Perth and had been hosted in Australia since its first edition in 1989. It was held at the beginning of the season before the Australian Open in January. 

Each match-up will feature one women’s singles match, one men’s singles match and one mixed doubles match. 

Six teams will take part at the Hopman Cup in 2023 and 2024, but the field will be expanded to eight in 2025. France will compete as a host team each year. “We are thrilled to partner with Tennium and that the Hopman Cup will return in 2023. We are already looking forward to visiting the beautiful city of Nice next July. The Hopman Cup, as a unique mixed team event, has always enjoyed a special place in the hearts of tennis fans. I am sure that spectators in Nice will relish the chance to see some of the world’s men and women players on the same court. I would like to thank our event partners, Tennium, for helping us reintroduce the Hopman Cup to the tennis calendar, and we look forward to working together over the coming months and years”, said ITF President David Heggerty.

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