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Stefanos Tsitsipas Fights Back To Deny Murray A 200th Major Win At Wimbledon

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has kept his Wimbledon title chances alive after fighting back to oust two-time Winner Andy Murray in the second part of their two-day clash on Friday.

The fifth seed was trailing two sets to one yesterday before play was suspended due to the curfew. Returning to Center Center court to face the pro-Murray crowd, the Greek battled to an epic 7-6(3),6-7(2), 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, victory and booked his place in the third round. In doing so he has prevented his rival from claiming a 200th Grand Slam win in their career. Something that has only ever been achieved by seven men in the Open Era.

“It did not help me that much, You are dealing with a lot of things,” Tsitsipas said of returning to action for the second part of their match. 
“You are dealing with Andy Murray at the other side of the net, a set down and now was the most challenging part today.
“He can return a lot of balls and make it a marathon and I had to work extra hard.
“My legs are sore, and he made he run left and run, up and down for how many hours.”

Less than 24 hours after their tantalizing clash was suspended, Murray returned to Center Court knowing that he only needed a set to lock his place in the third round. Late last night the Brit collapsed on the floor with pain in his upper leg region but he showed no issues with it on Friday.

“I wouldn’t describe it as an injury,” Murray commented during his press confrence. “I slipped. Had some initial pain and discomfort when that happened.”

Both players started where they left off with some heavy hitting. Four games into the fourth set Tsitsipas worked his way to deuce against the Murray serve but failed to break. Prompting delight from the packed crowd in the stadium which has a capacity of almost 15,000 people. It was clear how this match meant to Murray who nearly slammed his racket onto the ground after one point and then gently brushed the net after another when things didn’t go how he wanted them to.

His mood deteriorated further in the tiebreaker when Tsitsupas secured a mini break midway through after hitting a smash at the net. That sole break was enough of a margin for him to close it out and take the match into a decider.

Hopes of a home win rapidly began to fade away after a lacklustre service game from Murray enabled Tsitsipas to break once again for a 2-1 lead in the final set. Continuing to weather the storm he moved to a game away from the win. The first two match points came and went before he triumphed on his third by firing a 128mph ace out wide.

I’m obviously very disappointed,” said Murray. “You never know how many opportunities you’re going to get to play here.’
“very year that Wimbledon’s not gone how I would like, it’s been hard.” He added.

There was further disappointment for home fans after 2022 semi-finalist Cameron Norrie suffered a shock defeat at the hands of an in-form Christopher Eubanks, who recently won the Mallorca Open. Norrie lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), in what is his earliest exit from the Grand Slam since 2019.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Sinner; now aims for Third Title in Monte Carlo

Stylish Greek completes comeback win and re-enters the top ten.

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After winning two in a row in 2021-2022, Stefanos Tsitsipas is now in reach of a third title at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, after beating World number two Jannik Sinner in three gruelling sets.

The 25-year-old had to battle hard and come from a break down in the third to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and now plays Casper Ruud in tomorrow’s final. The Greek has had an indifferent start to the year with a 11-6 win-loss record, but today was his first top three victory since the 2022 Cincinatti Masters – where he beat Daniil Medvedev – and ensures a return back into the top ten of the men’s rankings.

Tsitsipas recognised how hard he had to fight and revealed after the match just how satisfied he was of his performance:

“It was tennis at its highest level that I have been able to play. Jannik was an extremely difficult opponent and it can be seen throughout the year so far. He has been very consistent and I could see that throughout today with his game. He is one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far and to find ways when there weren’t that many, I am proud of that. He gave me a very difficult game and the way I overcame it is true excellence.”

Sinner double faulted at 30-40 to gift the break early with the score at one game all. From there, Tsistipas rallied with poise and confidence in a brilliant opening set lasting 44 minutes including a stunning backhand down-the-line winner to open the game when serving at 4-3. He took the first set 6-4 after a tiring 18-shot rally – where both players hit all angles of the court – before Sinner hit a forehand wide.

However, 22-year-old Sinner struck back immediately on his first breakpoint at the start of the second set when he won a close exchange at the net and then took a 3-0 lead.  He later survived a breakback point when 4-2 up and crucially held on for 5-2. He faced more pressure when serving for the set at 5-3 and was taken to deuce but levelled the match at one-set-all on his second set point to give the crowd exactly what they were asking f

Sinner was now in full flow hitting powerfully from the baseline and once again broke early at the start of the final set to take a 3-1 lead. But with the match now entering the third hour he began to tire physically and called for the trainer during the changeover with the score at 4-3.  When the match resumed, he lost the next three games and the Greek had completed a remarkable turnaround, handing his opponent just his second defeat of the season in two hours and forty minutes.

“It helps a lot knowing I have a win like this under my belt. Having a win like this and getting to the levels of tennis again brings a lot of satisfaction to me,” Tsitsipas said. “When there is a lot of work put in each day, these are the type of matches you are aiming for.”

Sinner’s only loss prior to today was against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells semi-finals. He has been the stand out player this year after already winning titles in Rotterdam, the Miami Open, and his maiden Grand Slam in Australia. Despite having won 25 matches overall though, he now trails Tsitsipas 3-6 in their head-to-head rivalry.

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Casper Ruud Reveals Shock After Knocking Out Novak Djokovic In Monte-Carlo

Casper Ruud is into his second career Masters 1000 final after beating Novak Djokovic for the first time.

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Casper Ruud is into his second Masters 1000 final of his career after recording his best ever win by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 6-4.

The Norwegian defeated the world number one for the first time in his career as he overcame a mini-comeback from Djokovic to seal his place in the Monte-Carlo final.

Having lost his five previous meetings to Djokovic, Ruud played some fearless tennis under pressure as the eighth seed broke to close out a career-best win.

Speaking after the win Ruud admitted he was in a state of shock and was pleased with the victory, “I am super happy,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“This is a day I will remember for a long time. Beating a World No. 1 is something I have never done and beating Novak is something I have never done. I am very, very happy. I am a little bit in a state of shock right now.”

After achieving the seemingly improbable, Ruud will now look to win his first ever ATP title that’s above a Masters 1000 event when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Monte-Carlo final.

That’s a prospect Ruud is looking forward to as he prepares for one final challenge, “There is always one more match in tennis,” the Norwegian explained.

“Tomorrow is going to be a special day, playing a final here in Monte-Carlo. It is a great result but I have been chasing a big title for a few years now and tomorrow I will have another shot at it. I am going to give it my all. Stef is playing well. He is a great player on clay and on other surfaces as well, but I guess clay is maybe where he has had the most success and especially this tournament.

“So it is going to be another tough task, but I am up for it.”

The final will take place at 14:00 BST.

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Rafael Nadal Set For Opening Round Test Against Cobolli In Barcelona

Rafael Nadal will look to make his ATP tour return in Barcelona this week.

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Rafael Nadal is set for his return to tennis in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Nadal has been struggling with injury after being injured again in Brisbane this year.

The tournament in Brisbane was his first tournament back for a year as he suffered a hip injury at the Australian Open last year.

Now Nadal aims to return to competitive action in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Speaking earlier in the week Nadal was hopeful of a return to the tour in Barcelona, “Excited to be here for a few days before the start of the tournament,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“I’m here to see how it goes… can’t wait to try and play. I’ll let you know. Important to say that I don’t want to confirm I’ll be playing, but I hope so. We’ll see.”

Should Nadal play and win his opening round match then the Spaniard will play fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the second round.

The former world number one has won the title on 12 different occasions but hasn’t won the title since 2021.

Elsewhere in the draw defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will begin against Luca Van Assche or Zhizhen Zhang with the Spaniard projected to meet Borna Coric in the third round.

Alcaraz suffered an injury in Monte-Carlo and will be beginning his clay court campaign in Barcelona.

Also in action in Barcelona are Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.

Main draw action will begin on Monday.

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