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Taylor Fritz comes back from one set down to beat Yoshihito Nishioka in Vienna

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Taylor Fritz came back from a set down to beat Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 reaching the second round at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. 

Both players went on serve in the first set with no break points en route to the tie-break. Nishioka went up a 3-1 lead with a mini-break. Fritz pulled back on serve but Nishioka earned a second mini-break to take a 7-4 lead. 

Fritz saved a total of four mini-breaks in the second set which went on serve en route to the tie-break. 

Fritz went up a 3-0 lead with a mini-break. Nishioka pulled back on serve on the sixth point to draw level to 3-3. Fritz earned a second mini-break for 7-6, but Nishioka broke back for the second time for 7-7. Fritz was just two points from defeat in the tie-break of the second set, but he earned his third mini-break to seal the tie-break 9-7.

Nishioka went up a 3-1 lead with a break in the third set, but Fritz won the final five games of the match with to seal the decider 6-3. 

Fritz is aiming to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. The US player will take on the winner of the match between Denis Shapovalov or Austrian wild card Jurij Rodionov. 

Karen Khachanov battled past this year’s Florence Open finalist J.J Wolf 7-6 (7-4) 7-5. Khachanov saved two break points to hold serve at deuce in the second game. Wolf fended off three break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Khachanov earned four set points at 6-2. Wolf saved two set points but Khachanov sealed the tie-break 7-4 on his third opportunity. Khachanov earned his only break in the 12th game to seal the second set 7-5. 

Khachanov set up a second round match against either Oscar Otte or Daniel Evans. 

This year’s Cincinnati Open Borna Coric came back from one set down to beat French qualifier Quentin Halys 3-6 7-5 6-3. Coric will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Austrian wild card Dennis Novak. 

Andrey Rublev beat Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-1 to reach the second round. 

Rublev earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. He held his next service games until the teanth game when he saved two break points before serving out the first set in the four-deuce tenth game. 

Rublev broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the second set. 

Rublev will face euther Grigor Dimitrov or Thiago Monteiro in the round of 16. 

Halys won the first set 6-3 with his only break in the second game. Coric saved two break points in the first game and another chance in the 11th game before breaking serve in the 12th game to win the second set 7-5. Coric broke serve at love in the fourth game to win the decider 6.4. 

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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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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

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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