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Lorenzo Musetti and Martina Trevisan give Italy a 2-0 lead over Norway in the United Cup

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Last year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Martina Trevisan and Lorenzo Musetti gave Italy a 2-0 lead over Norway on Day 5 of the United Cup with tight wins. 

World number 27 Martina Trevisan battled past world number 321 Malene Helgo 7-5 3-6 6-4 in 3 hours and 2 minutes. 

Malene Helgo built a 5-2 lead over Trevisan in the women’s singles match. Trevisan fended off two set points en route to winning five consecutive games to seal the first set 7-5. 

Helgo earned an early break in the second game to take a 3-0 lead in the second set. Trevisan converted her second break-back point in the fifth game and held her service game to draw level to 3-3. Helgo earned her second break on her third opportunity in the eighth game to take the second set 6-3. Helgo came back from 1-4 down to draw level to 4-4 before Trevisan earned the decisive break to clinch a hard-fought third set 6-4. 

Helgo made her WTA Tour debut in her opening loss against Beatriz Haddad Maia at this edition of the United Cup. 

“It was a very hard match. I had never played against Helgo. My teammates gave me a lot of energy during the match”, said Trevisan. 

Musetti edged past world number 343 Viktor Durasovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 after 1 hour and 50 minutes. 

The first set went on serve until 3-3. Musetti wasted a break point in the seventh game and three more opportunities in the ninth game. Musetti broke serve at love in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead. Durasovic saved three set points before breaking back to force the first set to the tie-break. Musetti earned a 6-4 lead but he missed two set points. Musetti saved a set point at 6-7 and won three consecutive points to seal the tie-break 9-7 on his sixth opportunity. 

Musetti won 12 of the first 16 points at the start of the second set to open up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game. Musetti wasted two break points in the sixth game and a match point in the eighth game but he closed out the second set 6-3 in the ninth game after 43 minutes. 

Musetti converted two of of his ten break points and dropped his serve once. 

Matteo Berrettini has the chance to clinch the tie and the first place for Italy when he plays against last year’s Nitto ATP Finals runner-up Casper Ruud. 

Ruud leads 4-2 in his previous six head-to-head matches against Berrettini. 

Italy needs a win over Norway to advance to the City Finals in Brisbane, after Norway beats Brazil 3-2. If Norway manages to take a come-back win over number 5 seeds Italy, Brazil will finish at the top of Group E and advance to the City Finals.

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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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