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Francisco Cerundolo takes upset win over Jannik Sinner in Rome



One day after Carlos Alcaraz’s defeat against Fabian Marozsan, two more top 10 players Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev lost in the fourth round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

Francisco Cerundolo came back from one set down to beat Jannik Sinner 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-2 reaching his third Masters 1000 quarter final at the Masters 1000 in Rome. 

Sinner earned an early break in the first game, but Cerundolo broke back in the fourth game and held serve to take a 3-2 lead. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break. Sinner earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Cerundolo earned a double break in the first and third games to take a 3-0 lead. Sinner clawed one of his two breaks back in the fourth game for 1-3, but Cerundolo broke for the third time to win the second set 6-2 forcing the match to the decider. 

Sinner wasn’t able to earn any break points in the third set. Cerundolo broke twice in the first and seventh games to seal the third set 6-2. 

“It was a weird match today. There were moments I felt the ball and then for 5-6 points I could not feel it at all and I kept missing. It was one of those days when nothing happens, but I don’t want to take anything away from Francisco. He played a great match and dictated with his forehand”, said Sinner. 

Cerundolo has won his past three matches against top 10 players after beating Felix Auger Aliassime in Miami and Casper Ruud in Barcelona. 

I am happy because I have reached my second quarter final at Masters 1000 level. I arrived here with confidence, but I have to show my level when I am the court. I am competitive on all surfaces and this very important to reach a high level on the ATP Tour. I started my career on clay., but I achieved good results on hard court in Indian Wells and Miami”, said Cerundolo.

Cerundolo set up a quarter final against Casper Ruud, who eased past Laslo Djere 6-1 6-3 to reach his second quarter finals. The Norwegian player has dropped just one set so far at this tournament. Ruud will have now a chance to avenge his recent defeat in Barcelona.

Ruud committed nine unforced errors and broke five times. 

Djere earned an early break in the first game, but Ruud broke three times to win the first set 6-1. Ruud converted his third break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The Norwegian sealed the win with his second break on his fourth match point. Ruud has reached the semifinal in Rome twice in his career. This year he won the title in Estoril 

“It was a great match from my side. It was a tough start. The first point of the match we were ralliying for 20 shots and he won it. I thought we were going to be here for a while and I was prepared for a long and a tough match. It is always a tough match against Laslo, but it went quicker than I expected. I played really well. To win a first set like this against a player like him who is playing well on clay is a good confidence boost”, said Ruud. 

German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann upset this year’s Monte-Carlo champion Andrey Rublev 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3 to extend his winning streak to six consecutive matches after starting from the qualifying round. During this tournament he also beat Taylor Fritz en route to the quarter final. 

Rublev had beaten Hanfmann in their only previous head-to-head match in the first round at the Australian Open in 2021. 

Rublev saved two break points to hold serve in the seventh game. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Both players started the tie-break with four consecutive mini-breaks. Hanfmann earned another mini-break on the fifth point to take a 3-2 lead. Rublev clawed his way back on serve to draw level to 5-5, but Hanfmann closed out the tie-break with his fourth mini-break. 

Rublev started the second set with an early break to open up a 2-0 lead. Hanfmann saved two break points to hold serve in the seventh game. Rublev held on his serve to close out the second set 6-4 taking the match to the decider. 

Rublev earned an immediate break in the first game of the third set, but Hanfmann broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Hanfmann saved four break points in the third game before earning his second break in the sixth game on his second opportunity to take a 4-2 lead.

Rublev was not able to convert his last chance to break in the ninth game and Hanfmann held his serve at deuce to close out the match after 2 hours and 35 minutes. 

“The satisfaction is definitely there after qualifying for the main draw, but it’s short lived, because then once you are there, you want to keep going. I think what helped me in the past is to get in to a match rhythm and go far into the tournament because I have shown that when I get my matches, I am actually dangerous. I won won my first round in Houston and I went far to the semifinal, and in Santiago reaching the quarter finals. It’s nice to have that, to get into a rhythm and then just be dangerous”, said Hanfmann.  

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon



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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.


The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.


Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Jasmine Paolini’s Wimbledon Run Hailed By Italian Prime Minister



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The Prime Minister of Italy has praised Jasmine Paolini for lighting up the hearts of others during her Wimbledon run. 

Paolini missed out on her first Grand Slam title to Barbora Krejcikova, who prevailed in three sets to capture her second major trophy. Despite her defeat, she has made history at the tournament by becoming the first female player from her country to reach the final. Until this year, she had never won a Tour-level main draw match on the grass. 

Whilst disappointed about missing out on the biggest title of her career, Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni posted a tribute to Paolini on social media just moments after the final had concluded.

“Proud of Jasmine Paolini,” The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) quotes Meloni as saying. 

“The first Italian tennis player to reach the final of the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. 

“Despite the defeat, you lit up the hearts of the Italian people, succeeding in conveying grit and passion to all of us who supported you”. 

Paolini is the first player ranked outside the top five to reach the final of both Wimbledon and the French Open within the same year since the ranking system was introduced in 1975. She is also only the fourth female player in the Open Era to have reached her first two Grand Slam finals in the same year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon after Chris Evert (1973), Olga Morozova (1974) and Steffi Graf (1987). 

Should she win three or more matches at the US Open later this year, she will also set a new Open Era record for the most Grand Slam wins achieved by an Italian female player in a single season. 

“The last two months have been crazy for me. I want to thank my team, and my family. They always support me and I wouldn’t be here without them. The crowd have been amazing. I received a lot of support. Just incredible to feel the love from them, I enjoy it so much.” Paolini said following her Wimbledon defeat. 

The 28-year-old will rise to a ranking high of No.3 on Monday. 

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