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Stefanos Tsitsipas edges past Christian Garin to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Christian Garin 6-4 4-6 6-4 to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open for the fourth consecutive year. 

Tsitsipas hit 12 aces and saved three of the four break points he faced. 

Tsitsipas was playing for just the third time in the past month after he withdrew from Acapulco due to a shoulder injury and lost in the opening round in Indian Wells. He received a walkover from Richard Gasquet in Miami. 

Tsitsipas now leads 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Garin. 

“I am just going to enjoy this victory. It has been a difficult road to healing in the past few weeks, but I am happy that things are getting better”, said Tsitsipas. 

The first set wen on serve until the eighth game, when Tsitsipas earned the first break to take a 5-3 lead. Tsipsipas held serve at love to seal the first set without facing a single break point. 

Tsitsipas went down 0-40 and won five consecutive points to hold serve for 1-1. Garin broke serve at love to force the match to the decider, while Tsitsipas was serving at 4-5. 

Tsitsipas wasted two break points in the first game of the third set, but he he earned the decisive break at 4-4 when Garin double faulted at 40-30. Tsitsipas served out the match in the 10th game to set up a round of 16 match against Karen Khachanov, who beat Jiri Lehecka 6-2 6-4. 

Khachanov broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the opening set 6-2. The Russian player saved a break point in the fourth game before breaking serve at deuce in the fifth game. Lehecka fended off two break points in teh seventh game to hold serve after seven deuces. Khachanov held his final two service games to close out the second set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas beat Khachanov in the semifinal of the Australian Open last January.Quentin Halys fired 15 aces to beat Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. 

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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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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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