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Grigor Dimitrov feels proud of Miami despite his defeat to Jannik Sinner in the final

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Grigor Dimitrov felt very proud after the final of the Masters 1000 final in Miami despite his defeat in the final against world number 2 Jannik Sinner. 

“I felt like a rock star these days, to be honest. It was amazing. I felt so embraced, and the support has been outstanding. I have never played a night match here let alone play on a center court, but after those last two, three matches, I really felt the crowd. I felt the love. Honestly, it’s amazing. I think it’s very fair. I think the crowd overall supports both ends”, said Dimitrov. 

Dimitrov took out three top 10 players in a row, Hubert Hurkacz, Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev to reach the third Masters 1000 final of his career. The Bulgarian player moved from world number 12 to number 9 in the ATP Ranking. 

Dimitrov returned to the top 10 of the ATP Ranking for the first time since 2018. Dimitrov’s run to the Miami final marked the return of the one-handed backhand to the ATP top 10 ranking. 

The Bulgarian player claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in 2017 and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Paris Bercy in 2023. In the past twelve months he won his first ATP title since 2018 in Brisbane and reached four more finals in Geneva and Paris Bercy in 2023, Marseille and Miami in 2024. 

“I just want to focus on the positives this week. I was extremely determined throughout the whole week. I don’t think I have much time to be down on myself. I just want to embrace this moment as well. Just as you win, you need to be able to handle losing like that, even better than winning those type of matches. For me what’s better, above all that, as I have been able to win those matches back-to-back. I think the consistency of beating top players is way better a success than anything else. If you do that, you get the ranking, things are just getting better for you, but in order to do it, it’s where it all comes through. The discipline, the hard work, all the dedication, the adjustment to very different players throughout that time, you need to be able to do that on a constant basis. That’s been happening for the past eight, nine, twelve months. It’s been difficult. I had very difficult matches that I have lost, but I kept on believing, kept on doing the work”, said Dimitrov.  

Dimitrov congratulated to Sinner during the post-match press conference. The Bulgarian had no doubt he had lost to a player, who is in the best shape of his life. 

“Clearly, it’s Jannik’s week. He has been playing amazing tennis. It’s really impressive how he has been able to keep that way of playing. There is nothing to say to that, but at the moment he has been able to really put so many matches back to back with the same level, so all credit to him”, said Dimitrov. 

Dimitrov earned an early break point, but Sinner ran away with the match after breaking serve in the fifth game. 

“Of course I always say every player has his weakness. Maybe next time when I play against him, I will try to do something else, but today clearly I was unable to match his game and even to match his shots. I think for a little bit I was doing well, but a lot of the important moments went his way. That makes a huge difference in a match in a match from that calibre. It’s simple as that. Then also once he a little bit of confidence or he’s a break up, he becomes even more difficult to play and to even, get him on the back foot”, said Dimitrov. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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