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Ben Shelton advances to the quarter finals in Dallas



Ben Shelton beat Michael Mmoh 6-3 6-3 at the Dallas Open in his tournament debut to earn his sixth quarter final and his second on soil after his run at the 2023 US Open. 

Shelton, who was playing his first match since his defeat against Adrian Mannarino at last January’s Australian Open, dropped just three points on serve and hit 23 winners to seal the win in 63 minutes. The US player win 12 of his 14 net points. 

Shelton dropped just three points on his serve and earned an early break to open up a 3-0 lead. The US player served out the first set on his first set point. 

Shelton won three consecutive points on Mmoh’s serve before breaking serve to take a 3-2 lead. Shelton broke again to take a 5-3 lead before closing out the match at love.

 Shelton has now a 13-1 record against players outside top 50 players since the start of August.  

“I was pretty surprised with the level I played at today. I felt comfortable out on the court playing and moving. I thought I played a really good match. I think the biggest thing for me is my movement. I think a year and a half ago I had two left feet. I could not move on the court. Probably there is a lot of people in the stands right now who were moving on the tennis court better than me, but I feel like that’s the part of my game that improved the most and I am moving at a pretty high level right now”, said Shelton. 

James Duckworth upset Christopher Eubanks 7-6 (7-3) 6-4. Duckworth did not face a break point. Duckworth did not convert his only break point in the first set before winning the tie-break 7-3. The Australian player earned his decisive break in the ninth game and served out the win on his first match point. 

Tommy Paul saved all four break points in his 6-3 6-2 win over Japan’s Taro Daniel. 

Daniel fended off five break points at the start of the first set before Paul earned a break when Daniel ended a long rally on his serve with a forehand into the net. 

Paul converted the fourth break point in each of Daniel’s first two service games in the second set. Paul earned his second break after a long rally on Daniel’s serve. 

Daniel earned two break points in the fourth game in the fourth game, but Paul saved them to hold serve for a 4-0 lead. Paul won his next two service games and served out the win on his first match point. 

Paul has improved his record to 13-1 in his opening matches since Wimbledon. He lost his only match against Medvedev in Beijing in that period. 

Marcos Giron saved the only break point he faced and broke serve in the ninth game on his second match point to beat Max Purcell 6-4 6-3. 

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Jelena Ostapenko beats Greer Minnen to reach the second round at Eastbourne



Number 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 29 minutes to secure a spot in the second round at the Rothesay international in Eastbourne. 

Ostapenko won the Eastbourne title in 2021 and reached the 2022 final before losing to Petra Kvitova. 

Minnen led by a break three times and served for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 but Ostapenko pulled back on serve each time. 

Ostapenko fired a backhand crosscourt winner to earn three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break. The Latvian player converted his first chance with a forehand return winner. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Ostapenko earned a second break in the third game, but she took an off court medical time-out after a fall at 3-1 in the second set. 

Ostapenko recovered by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to win the second set 6-1. 

“Grass is a great surface, but sometimes it can be slippery and really tricky. So I took the medical time-out just to make sure I am fine”, said Ostapenko.  

 “I think the surface suits me really well. The first I played on grass, I was like: ‘How can we play tennis on this surface ? I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then every year was better and better”, said Ostapenko. 

British wild card Harriet Dart battled past former Wimbledon quarter finalist Marie Bouzhkova 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 after 3 hours and 29 minutes in the third-longest match on the WTA Tour this year. 

Bouzhkova broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead, but Dart won six of the next seven games with three breaks of serve to win the first set 7-5. 

Dart fought back from 1-4 down to force a tie-break with two breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games. The British player never held a match point in the second set. Bouzhkova converted her fourth set point to seal the tie-break 9-7 after a 88-minute second set. 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set, Dart earned a decisive break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The British wild card saved a break point at 4-3 en route to the win. 

Dart was scheduled to face 2022 Wimbeldon champion Elena Rybakina, but the Kazakh player withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to a change of schedule. Dart will face wild card Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open title and reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.  

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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.



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



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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