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Hubert Hurkacz saves five match points to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in a marathon match in Miami



Hubert Hurkacz saved five match points en route to a 6-7 (10-12) 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (8-6) win over Thanasi Kokkinakis after 3 hours and 31 minutes at the Miami Open in one of the best matches of the 2023 season. 


The first set went on serve with no break points and was decided in the tie-break. Kokkinakis raced out to a 3-0 lead in the tie-break, but Hurkacz reeled off six consecutive points to take a 6-3 lead. Kokkinakis saved six set points as he won the tie-break of the first set 12-10. 

Hurkacz broke Kokkinakis in the fifth game of the second set to take a 3-2 lead. The Pole was serving at 5-4 to take the match into the decider, but Kokkinakis broke back to draw level to 5-5. Hurkacz fended off one more break point in the next game to force the second set to another tie-break. Kokkinakis earned the first mini-break, but Hurkacz pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Kokkinakis earned three match points, one of those on his own serve, at 6-4, 6-5 and 7-6 in the tie-break of the second set, but Hurkacz fended them off. The Pole won the tie-break 9-7 to force the match to the decider. 

Hurkacz earned four break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the eighth game, but Kokkinakis saved them. Kokkinakis earned a mini-break twice in the decisive tie-break, but Hurkacz pulled back on serve both times. 

Kokkinakis earned another two match points. Hurkacz hit a winner up the line, when Kokkinakis was on serve at 6-4 in the tie-break of the third set. The Polish player hit an ace to save the fifth match point he faced and won the next three points to clinch the tie-break 8-6 on his first opportunity in the longest best-of-three match so far this season. 

The previous longest best of three matches in 2023 lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes. Tommy Paul beat Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) in the semifinals in Acapulco. Bernabe Zapata Miralles edged Roberto Carballes Baena 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 7-5 in the Cordoba Open. 

Hurkacz won his first Masters 1000 title in Miami in 2021 beating Jannik Sinner. 

“It’s tough to explain for me. I knew I was playing good tennis. I was trying to stay in there and compete, play some good shots. Either way, if I won or I lost, obviously I wanted to win so much, but either way I should have been happy with myself. Stealing a couple of points puts a little bit more pressure on the opponent and then sometimes the opponent tries to go for a bit extra and with that bit extra, you can mis that shot”, said Hurkacz. 

Kokkinakis lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the second round at Indian Wells in 2023 and moved to Miami to play the qualifying round. He lost to Benoit Paire, but he was awarded one of the three lucky loser spots in the main draw. The Australian player beat wild card Zizou Bergs before taking on Hurkacz. Earlier this year Kokkinakis lost to Andy Murray in another marathon match after nearly six hours at the Australian Open.

Jiri Lehecka beat Lorenzo Musetti 6-4 6-4 in 1 hour and 21 minutes at the Miami Open at the Hard Rock Stadium to reach the third round of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. 

Lehecka broke serve once in each set to take the win in 80 minutes. 

Lehecka saved a break point in the fourth game of the first set before converting his fourth break point in the seventh game with a backhand return winner to take a 4-3 lead. Lehecka served out the first set at 30 in the 10th game. 

Lehecka went up a break in the first game of the second set after Musetti made three unforced errors, including a double fault. The Czech player did not face any break points in his next service games. He hit a stop volley at 30-all and served out the second set at 30 with a service winner. 

Lehecka won his first match at Masters 1000 level against Arthur Rinderknech at Indian Wells two weeks ago before losing to Andrey Rublev. He moved up four points to number 40 in the ATP Ranking, just three short his career-high. 

Lehecka will take on either Karen Khachanov or Tomas Etcheverry in the third round. 

Danil Medvedev cruised past Roberto Carbelles Baena 6-1 6-2 in his first match since his 19-match winning streak was broken by Carlos Alcaraz. Medvedev is the first player to win 25 matches this year. 

“After my match with Carlos Alcaraz I thought I needed to use the drop-shot more. I have always liked drop shot but it’s not a weapon in my game that I am going to use 50 times a match. You need to have confidence in the shot and today it worked pretty well. It’s very nice to play in Miami. This city is really beautiful. It’s fantastic to see many people on holiday. I enjoy playing tennis in this city. I started the tournament very well and I am looking forward to continuing to win matches”, said Medvedev. 

Medvedev hit 18 winners to Carballes Baena’s 5 and broke twice in each set. The Russian player will face Slovakian Alec Molcan, who beat Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-2. 

Quentin Halys saved three match points on his Miami Open debut to battle past Alex De Minaur 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) after 3 hours and 18 minutes on a day of marathon matches.

Halys saved the first match point at 4-5 30-40 in the second set. The Frenchman fended off two match points in the tie-break of the third set before converting on his second match point to advance to the third round in a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. Halys hit 57 winners, including 21 aces. 

Halys set up a third round match against Mackenzie McDonald, who beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5) after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Both players did not face a break point en route to the tie-break. Berrettini earned a 4-2 lead in the tie-break, but McDonald won four consecutive games to earn two set points at 6-4. McDonald saved a set point at 7-8 before sealing the tie-break 10-8 on his fourth opportunity. 

Berrettini saved two break points at 6-5 15-40 in the second set. McDonald saved two set points points with an ace and a backhand passing shot. McDonald rallied from 1-3 down to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Lorenzo Sonego came back from one set down to Daniel Evans 4-6 6-3 6-2. Evans earned an early break in the first game to win the opening set 6-4. Sonego earned a break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead before saving three break points to hold serve in the fifth game for 4-1. Sonego held on his final two service games to force the match to the third set. 

Sonego earned an early break in the first game of the third set before saving four break points from 0-40 down in the second game. The Italian player converted his third break point before saving a break point to hold serve for 4-0. He saved the sixth break point at 4-1 before serving out the win at 30 in the eighth game. 

Sonego set up a third round match against Frances Tiafoe, who needed six match points to beat Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. Watanuki hit 55 winners, including 28 off his forehand side. 

“It was brutal tonight, just one of those nights you try to get over the line. I was a little frustrated as I had never seen him play and he played very well and he was hitting incredibly from the baseline. He was playing lights out and I was on the back foot a lot. He played a helluva match tonight. So give respect where respect is due. He was so red hot but I was hoping his level might drop in glimpses and I did a good job of taking advantage when it did”, said Tiafoe.

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Lorenzo Musetti, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov reach the semifinals in Chengdu



Lorenzo Musetti moved past Arthur Rinderknech 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 28 minutes at the Chengdu Open to reach his third semifinal of the season following Barcelona and Bastad. 


Musetti earned his first break in the fourth game to win the first set 6-3. The Italian player broke twice in the first and ninth games to close out the second set 6-3. 

“It was a step forward from yesterday. Yesterday’s match gave me a lot of confidence and today I started very well, breaking him immediately and that was the key to my win. A really solid performance from the baseline and I am really happy to be in the semifinals”, said Musetti.   

Musetti set up a semifinal match against this year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Roman Safiulin, who advanced to his first semifinal of the season as Jordan Thompson was forced to withdraw from the match after Safiulin had won the first set 7-6 (7-1). 

Alexander Zverev came back from one set down to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 5-7 7-5 6-2. Zverev has reached his seventh semifinal this season. 

Kecmanovic earned an early break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Zverev broke straight back in the fifth game and held on his serve to draw level to 3-3. Kecmanovic broke for the second time in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5. 

Zverev broke in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Kecmanovic broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Zverev earned his second break in the 11th game to seal the second set 7-5. The German player earned two breaks in the first and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

The German player is currently seventh in the ATP Race to Turin and is aiming to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Zverev will face Grigor Dimitrov, who cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win over Australia’s Christopher O’Connell. Dimitrov, who won the 400th match win of his career at ATP Tour leve, is chasing his first title since his triumph at the 2017 ATP Finals. Dimitrov broke three times in the 10th game of the first set and in the second and sixth games of the second set.

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Wang Xiyu claims her first WTA title at the Guangzhou Open



China’s Wang Xiyu claimed her first WTA Tour title after beating this year’s Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette 6-0 6-2 in the final of the Guangzhou Open. Wang Xiyu, US Open girls’ champion in 2018, dropped just one set en route to her first title. 


Linette beat Wang in their only previous match in the quarter finals in Hua Hin in 2020.   

Wang won 84% of her first service points and never faced a break point. The Chinese player hit eight winners to six unforced errors. 

Wang broke three times to take a bagel win in the second set. 

Wang earned an early break to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set. Linette won her first game before breaking back to draw level to 2-2, but Wang earned two more breaks in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2 after 80 minutes.   

Wang became the fifth Chinese champion in Guangzhou following in the footsteps of Li Na (2004), Yan Zi (2005), Zhang Shuai (2013 and 2017), Wang Qiang (2018). 

The 22-year-old player is the third Chinese champion this year after Zhu Lin in Hua Hin and Zheng Quinwen in Palermo. 

“It was very exciting and it’s a very emotional moment because every player is really tough. It’s very difficult to be here on the last day. I am very happy to be here and I think I cannot say it because it’s very emotional. I wanted a title from the first day, event when I started tennis. It was really a dream for me. I think there are going to be bigger tournaments, tougher matches waiting for me, and I am trying my best like I did this week”, said Wang Xiyu.

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Team World leads 4-0 over Team Europe after day one in the Laver Cup in Vancouver



Team World took a 4-0 lead over Team Europe on Day one of the Laver Cup in Vancouver. 


This year’s US Open semifinal Ben Shelton came back from 1-4 down in the tie-break of the first set to beat Arthur Fils 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in the opening singles match. 

“It’s different pressure, for sure. I love the type of pressure of playing for a team. In the back of your head, you don’t want to let them down, but the win is so much greater, when you get to do it for them and Team World, not just for yourself”, said Shelton. 

Francisco Cerundolo made a debut in the Laver Cup with a 6-3 7-5 win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. 

Felix Auger Aliassime scored the third singles win for Team World by beating French veteran Gael Monfils 6-4 6-3. Auger Aliassime broke Monfils twice to win five straight games from 4-4 in the first set. The Canadian player won 85% of his first service points. 

Auger Aliassime improved to 3-2 in Laver Cup singles matches with this win.  

“It felt nice. Last year it was an amazing win in London, but if we can win on home soil for the first time, that would be also cool. It was our first win for Team World. To do it with the crowd supporting us, and for me especially as a Canadian, it feels good. It feels good to get a first win under my belt here in the competition, and overall in my season it’s nice to get some wins”, said Auger Aliassime. 

Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul came back from 0-3 down in the Match Tie-Break to beat Arthur Fils and Andrey Rublev 6-3 4-6 10-6 in the doubles match. The first team to reach 13 points will win the Laver Cup. Two points will be awarded for each win on Saturday, and three for each win on Sunday.

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