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Carlos Alcaraz returns to world number 1 in the ATP Ranking after his straight-set win against Albert Ramos Vinolas



Carlos Alcaraz beat his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-4 6-1 in an all-Spanish match to reach the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Alcaraz converted four of his twelve break points. 


Alcaraz has returned to world number 1 spot in the ATP Ranking. 

Ramos Vinolas earned an early break in in the first game of the opening set and saved three break points to hold for 2-0. Alcaraz broke back in the fourth game after a loose backhand from Ramos Vinolas and held serve to 15 in the next game. Ramos Vinolas hit a service winner to draw level to 3-3. Alcaraz earned a second break with a backhand crosscourt winner in the ninth game at 5-4 and hit a drop-shot to earn a set point. The young Spaniard sealed the first set 6-4 after 52 minutes when Ramos Vinolas hit a forehand long. 

Alcaraz held serve at 15 in the first game of the second set after a long rally before earning a break in the second game. Ramos Vinolas saved three break points in the fourth game. 

Akcaraz opened up a 4-1 lead with a service game and earned his second break with a forehand down the line earning a chance to serve for the match. The 2022 US Open champion held serve in the seventh game with a forehand crosscourt winner to secure his spot in the third round. 

Alcaraz is chasing his third consecutive ATP Tour title on clay following his triumphs in Barcelona and Madrid. 

“It was not easy. The first round of every tournament is really tough and of course Albert Ramos, especially on clay, is a relly tough opponent. I really had to adapt my game really quickly to be able to get through. The conditions were not easy at all, the rain, the waiting all day. I did not know if I was going to play or not. I am really happy with my performance at the end and I am really happy to be able to play in the next round”, said Alcaraz. 

Andrey Rublev moved past Alex Molcan 6-3 6-4. Molcan saved two of the three break points in the first set. Rublev broke serve once in each set. 

Rublev had beaten Molcan in their only previous match in the semifinals in Banja Luka last April. Rublev will face a third round against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who 

Shortly after this match, the remaining matches were delayed by rain. 

Bernabe Zapata Miralles cruised past Jason Kubler 6-4 6-1. Kubler broke twice in the first set to open up a 3-0 lead, but Zapata Miralles won five of the next six games. The Spaniard saved two break points in the 11thgame before breaking Kubler for the third time to close out the first set 6-2. The Spanish player broke twice, but Kubler saved five match points. Zapata Miralles served out the win at deuce in the seventh game. 

JJ Wolf upset Hubert Hurkacz 6-3 6-4 in just 77 minutes. Wolff broke serve in the ninth game before before serving out the set. Wolf earned a break in the second game of the second set and served out the match at love to set up a third round match against either Alexander Zverev or David Goffin. 

Lorenzo Sonego beat Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5 6-3 in 1 hour and 46 minutes. Sonego broke serve in the third game, but Nishioka broke back in the fifth game. Nishioka saved a set point. 

Nishioka saved two set points in the 12th game. Sonego earned another set point with two forehands. Sonego sealed the win on his third set point. 

Sonego saved two set points in the in the first and fifth games before breaking serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Sonego served out the win at love in the next game. 

Borna Coric battled past Thiago Monteiro 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5) After losing the first set Coric had to save a match point in the tie-break of the second set before winning the third set in the third set. 

Sonego will face the winner of the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nuno Borges. Tsitsipas was leading 6-3 4-3 when the match was suspended by rain. Tsitsipas did not face any break point. Tsitsipas leads by a break in the second set. 

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Jannik Sinner sets up a quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing



Jannik Sinner cruised into the quarter final of the China Open with a 6-2 6-0 win over Yoshihito Nishioka in 67 minutes at the China Open in Beijing. 


Earlier this week Sinner had won the first match in his career against Dan Evans in three sets. 

Sinner and Nishioka traded breaks in the first two games of the opening set. Sinner won 11 consecutive games in the first set to close out the match. Sinner now leads 2-0 in his head-to-head series against Nishioka.  

“During the first week in China I was sick, and somehow I tried to get through the first round and I knew then I would have one day off. Every day is different. I feel physically much better. I think when I have the shape of physicality, the way I play is a little bit bette Today I played well. Maybe on serve I have to improve a little bit the percentage. I think all the rest was really good today. There were key moments of this match that made my confidence grow”, said Sinner. 

Sinner set up a quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Holger Rune 6-3 7-5. Dimitrov has drawn level to 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Rune, who beat his Bulgarian rival 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon 2023. 

Dimitrov raced out to a 4-0 lead with a double break. Rune pulled a break back in the sixth game but Dimitrov earned his third break in the ninth game to close out the first set 6-3. 

Both players went on serve until the 12th game when Dimitrov earned his only break on his third match point with forehand drop volley winner to seal the second set 7-5. 

Dimitrov reached the quarter final for the fourth time in his eight appearances at the Beijing tournament. The Bulgarian player lost to Andy Murray in the final of the China Open in 2016.

“I have lost quite a few matches this year against against a few players like that, so I really wanted to step up a little bit more. I still felt I could have done a few things a little bit better, but a win is a win. I just need to think a little bit about what I can improve. From the first match to now I see a few things that are better, but I still believe I can top it off a little bit more”, said Dimitrov. 

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Aryna Sabalenka and Anhelina Kalinina reach the second round at the China Open in Beijing



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Sabalenka fired 22 winners to just 9 unforced errors, while Kenis made made just seven winners. Sabalenka did not face a break point and broke twice in each set. 

World number 28 Anhelina Kalinina came from one set down to beat Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 6-4 6-1. 

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Alexander Zverev reaches his 10th quarter final of the season in Beijing



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Zverev won the tie-break 7-4 with three mini-breaks after a marathon first set that featured six breaks of serve. Zverev broke twice in the third and fifth games to win the second set 6-2. The German earned three breaks to seal the third set. Zverev saved the only break point he faced in the final two sets. 

Zverev has improved to 4-1 in his head-to-head series against Davidovich Fokina. The Hamburg native player avenged his recent defeat against Davidovich Fokina in Toronto. 

The German player set up a quarter final against Nicolas Jarry. 

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