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Carlos Alcaraz beats Tommy Paul to keep his Sunshine Double hopes alive

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Carlos Alcaraz overcame Tommy Paul 6-4 6-4 in an entertaining match in 1 hour and 36 minutes in the fourth round of the Miami Open to keep his hopes of winning the Sunshine Double alive. Alcaraz won 17 of his 18 matches this year. He lost just one match against Cameron Norrie in the final of the Rio Open last February. 

Aicaraz is aiming to become the Sunshine Double after winning at Indian Wells earlier this month. 

The Spaniard hit 22 winners compared to 9 from Paul and won 12 of his 13 points. 

Both players held on serve in the first four games, before Alcaraz ran from the back of the court to get a ball back in play to break serve for 3-2. The player missed a chance for a double break. Paul earned a break point at 5-4 down, but Alcaraz held his serve to seal the opening set after 49 minutes. 

Alcaraz earned the decisive break in the third game of the second set. Paul was not able to break back. The next games went on serve and Alcaraz sealed his spot in the quarter final

“I feel at home here. It’s easy to play for me in Miami with all the energy I receive from the crowd, it’s amazing. I enjoy it and I think and I think it’s key why I play at such a high level for every match. I am really happy with the level I am playing and hope to keep going. I played a really great match and hope to play the same level in the quarter finals. I moved well, defended very well and attacked as well. If I play the same level I am going to have a lot of chances to get through the quarter finals”,said Alcaraz. 

Alcaraz set up a fourth round match against Taylor Fritz beat Hoger Rune 6-3 6-4 in 85 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Miami Open for the first time in his career. 

Fritz had never gone beyond the fourth round in his six previous appearances in Miami. This year he has won three consecutive matches against Emilio Nava, Denis Shapovalov and Holger Rune.

Fritz converted his break point in the eighth game to win the opening set 6-3. The US player broke Rune in the opening game of the second set, where he made just three unforced errors and won 12 of his 15 first serve points. 

Fritz has improved his win-loss record to 20-5 this season and won an ATP Tour title in Delray Beach. The US player dropped to 10th position in the ATP Ranking after his defeat against Jannik Sinner in the quarter finals in Indian Wells, where he was defending his last year’s titles. 

““It helps when I can grab early breaks in the sets and just play solid tennis. Serve well and hold onto the breaks. That always makes a match a lot easier. I could not play aggressively in my first two matches because my opponents were hitting every ball as hard as they could. Rune still crushes the ball, but it was nice to feel I had some more time. The first two rounds, it was it was impossible to play my game, I just had to make balls. Today when I got the chance to be aggressive I just wanted to serve well and try not to give many free points. I think my average level of tennis is a lot higher. I don’t need to show up and play my best, that level is higher than it used to be. I feel I can come through and win a lot of matches”, said Fritz. 

Karen Khachanov beat Stefanos Tsitsipas for the first time in his career with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. 

Tsitsipas was not able to convert two break points and dropped his serve in the fifth game of the second set.

Khachanov will face either Lorenzo Sonego or Francisco Cerundolo. Emil Ruusuvuori came back from a set and a break down to beat Botic Van de Zandschulp 4-6 6-4 7-5. Ruusuvuori set up a quarter final against Jannik Sinner.  

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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Linda Noskova cruises past Jelena Ostapenko in Stuttgart to clinch her third top 10 win

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Linda Noskova cruised past number 8 seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-1 on her debut at this tournament in just 68 minutes to reach the second round at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Noskova has claimed her third top 10 win this year. She beat Iga Swiatek in the third round of the Australian Open en route to her first Grand Slam quarter final and Maria Sakkari in Doha. 

Noskova raced out to a 5-1 lead with two breaks of serve in the first and third games. Ostapenko pulled one break back in the eighth game for 3-5. Noskova earned three set points in the ninth game with a return winner and converted her first chance to clinch the first set 6-3. 

Noskova broke twice in the second and fourth games to cruise through the second set 6-1. 

Noskova converted all her five break points. 

Marketa Vondrousova beat Donna Vekic 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 26 minutes to reach the second round. The reigning Wimbledon champion converted four of her eight break points. 

Vondrousova went down 2-4 down in the first round, but she came back by winning four games to clinch the first set 6-4. Vondrousova broke in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. The Czech player earned three game points to lead 4-1, but Vekic pulled back on serve at 3-2 with a passing winner. Vondrousova earned another break to take a 5-3 lead after a drop-shot misfire by Vekic and served out the win with two consecutive aces. Vondrousova now leads 2-1 in her head-to-head matches against Vekic. 

Elise Mertens overcame Tatjana Maria 6-1 4-6 6-0 to set up the first clash of her career against world number 1 Iga Swiatek. 

“At the age of 22, it’s unbelievable what Swiatek has already achieved. Definitely in the future, she will achieve a lot more. She is a bit like an all-court, all-around player, so you don’t really find a lot of weaknesses. That’s why she is world number 1”, said Mertens. 

This year’s Abu Dhabi champion Jasmine Paolini cruised past her doubles partner Sara Errani 6-1 6-0 with three breaks of serve in each set. 

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