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Alexander Zverev moves past Christopher Eubanks to reach the quarter final in Geneva

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Alexander Zverev moved past Christopher Eubanks 6-2 6-3 with four breaks of serve after 69 minutes in their first head-to-head match to start his chase for a second title at the Gonet Geneva Open. Zverev has reached his second quarter final this year

Zverev did not drop a single point on his first serve. The German player broke twice in the third and fifth games and held his next service games to win the opening set 6-2. 

Zverev faced a break point to hold serve at deuce in the fourth game for 2-2 before breaking twice in the seventh and ninth games to win the final four games.

“My first reaction is that I am very happy to be in the quarter finals. It is nice to be back here. The weather is beautiful and the city is beautiful. The crowd was amazing and I am really enjoyed myself out there”, said Zverev. 

Zverev is seeking his first title since his triumph at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin 2021. 

Zverev set up a quarter final match against Yibing Wu, who beat Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. 

Wu broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Cecchinato broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cecchinato went up a 5-3 lead in the tie-break, but Wu reeled off four consecutive points to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Cecchinato earned an early break at love in the first game of the second set. Wu broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Cecchinato broke for the second time to take a 3-2 lead. Wu reeled off four consecutive games to win the second set 6-3. 

Sixth seed Tallon Griekspoor beats Stefano Travaglia 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Griekspoor went up a break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Travaglia broke straight back to draw level to 5-5. Griekspoor broke for the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Griekspoor broke serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Travaglia pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Griekspoor earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2.

JJ Wolf beat Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-2 to set up a quarter final match against last week’s Rome Masters 1000 semifinal Casper Ruud. 

Ilya Ivashka beat Guido Pella 6-4 7-5. Christopher O’Connell edged past Croatian qualifier Nino Serdarusic 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (1-7) 6-1. 

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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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