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Lorenzo Musetti beats Arthur Fils to set up a third round match against Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo

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Lorenzo Musetti beat Arthur Fils 6-3 7-5 to set up a third round match against world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 

Musetti won 12 of the first 14 points and earned his first break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. Musetti won his next service games and served out on his third set point. 

Musetti converted his second break point in the third game to take a 2-1 lead after a forehand error from Fils. The Italian player earned a double break in the seventh game to open up a 5-2 lead. 

Musetti served for the match at 5-2 and 5-4, but he won just point across both service games. Fils pulled both breaks back to draw level to 5-5. Musetti earned his third break in the 11th game to earn a chance to serve out for the match. Musetti served out the win on his third match point after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Musetti clinched his 100th tour-level match. 

Musetti will play against Djokovic in a re-make of last year’s edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where the Italian player beat his Serbian rival 4-6 7-6 6-4-

Alexander Zverev beat Sebastian Ofner 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round. Zverev earned his first break to 30 in the fourth game and held serve to love to take a 4-1 lead. Ofner saved four break points to hold serve in the sixth game at deuce for 2-4. Zverev held his next service games to seal the first set 6-3. 

Zverev broke serve in the fifth and seventh games to race out to a 5-2 lead. Ofner pulled one break back in the eighth game for 3-5. Zverev sealed the win on his first match point. Zverev hit 11 winners to 10 unforced errors.  

Sebastian Korda eased past 2022 Monte-Carlo finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-2. Korda set up a second round match against Jannik Sinner. Korda broke twice in the second and fourth games and served it out on his second set point. Korda broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina pulled one of the breaks back in the sixth game for 2-4. Korda broke for the third game in the eighth game and sealed the win on first match point. 

Miomir Kecmanovic cruised past Matteo Berrettini 6-3 6-1 in 75 minutes to set up a third round match against this year’s Miami Open finalist Grigor Dimitrov. 

Berrettini beat Roberto Carballes Baena in the final of the Marrakesh tournament last Sunday to win his first ATP Tour since his triumph at Queen’s in 2022. 

Kecmanovic earned his first break to take a 2-1 lead, but Berrettini broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Kecmanovic broke for the second time in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The Serbian player held his next service games and closed out the first set 6-3 with a second break. 

Kecmanovic broke twice in the second and fourth games to race to a 4-0 lead and served out the win on his first match point. 

Hubert Hurkacz battled past Jack Draper 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) on Court de Princes after 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Hurkacz converted his third break point in the second game and held serve at 15 to open up a 3-0 lead. Draper broke back in the seventh game and held serve at love to draw level to 4-4. Hurkacz broke for the second time in the 10th game to win the first set 6-4. Draper broke twice in the fifth and ninth games to seal the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the decider. Hurkacz broke serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Draper broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Draper earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Gael Monfils came back from one set down to beat Australian lucky loser Aleksandar Vukic 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-5.

Monfils broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Vukic broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Monfils went up a 5-3 lead, but did not convert his set point at 6-5. Vukic earned four mini-breaks to win the tie-break 9-7. Monfils earned a break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in both the fourth and sixth games. He held his serve until 5-3 and broke serve on his third set point. 

Vukic broke twice in the first and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead in the third set, but Monfils came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-4 lead. The Frenchman closed out with a down the line on his first match points with a backhand winner. Monfils set up a second round match against Danil Medvedev.  

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Roland Garros 2024: Iga Swiatek Aims To Overcome Naomi Osaka And Danielle Collins In Hat-Trick Bid

Iga Swiatek is the firm favourite in Paris once again as she looks to secure a third consecutive Roland Garros title.

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Iga Swiatek will need to overcome Naomi Osaka and Danielle Collins if she wants to win a third consecutive Roland Garros title.

The world number one is looking for more history in Paris and enters the tournament in confident form having won the Madrid-Rome double.

Swiatek will start her hat-trick bid against a qualifier before potentially facing Naomi Osaka in the second round.

Veronika Kudermetova could await in the third round with former champion Barbora Krejcikova awaiting in the last 16.

Former finalist Marketa Vondrousova or the in-form Danielle Collins complete a tough section of the draw for the three-time champion.

Potentially awaiting Swiatek in the semi-finals is the player she beat in 2022 to win the title in the form of Coco Gauff.

The American starts her campaign against a qualifier with Dayana Yastremska potentially awaiting in the third round.

A tough last 16 clash could await against Beatriz Haddad Maia with Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur all potential quarter-final hurdles.

In the bottom half of the draw, Aryna Sabalenka has been given a very tough draw especially in the third round where Paula Badosa, Yulia Putintseva or Sloane Stephens could be present.

In-form Madison Keys could await in the last 16 while Maria Sakkari is in her quarter of the draw.

Sakkari starts against Varvara Gracheva before potentially facing Victoria Azarenka or Daria Kasatkina in the last 16.

Should Sabalenka get to the semi-finals then Elena Rybakina could await with the Kazakh facing Greet Minnen in her opener.

Former Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber could be Rybakina’s second round opponent.

Elina Svitolina could await in the last 16 but the Ukrainian must get past Karolina Pliskova in her opener.

Finally Alize Cornet’s last ever tournament will start against Australian Open finalist Qinwen Zheng.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Sunday:

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Roland Garros 2024: Rafael Nadal Faces Alexander Zverev In Blockbuster Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev will meet at Roland Garros in the first round with Andy Murray taking on Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

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Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the opening round of Roland Garros.

The 14-time Roland Garros champion will most likely be making his last appearance at the event where he has such a great history at.

It’s been a mixed clay court season for Nadal who built gradual momentum in Madrid but suffered an early exit in Rome to Hubert Hurkacz.

Now the Spaniard has been drawn to take on the champion of Rome, Alexander Zverev, in the opening round.

The match is a repeat of the 2022 semi-final where Zverev broke his ankle losing almost a year of his career.

This contest headlines the second quarter of the draw which also features Karen Khachanov, Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev.

In the other quarter of the top half of the draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

There is also a potential third round clash with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti for Djokovic, who is currently in Geneva gaining extra match practice ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

The Serb could have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter-finals with Casper Ruud as the Norwegian begins his campaign against Jakub Mensik.

In the bottom half of the draw Jannik Sinner plays his first tournament since suffering a hip injury in Rome as he takes on Christopher Eubanks in the opening round.

Sinner could face Cameron Norrie in the third round with the Brit taking on Pavel Kotov in his opening round before playing the winner of the battle of the Grand Slam champions between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Murray and Wawrinka will clash for the fourth time at Roland Garros with Wawrinka leading their head-to-head 2-1 in Paris.

This section also includes in-form players such as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Tabilo and Rome finalist Nicolas Jarry.

Finally Carlos Alcaraz will begin his Roland Garros campaign against a qualifier before potentially playing Jack Draper in the second round.

Another exciting clash awaits Alcaraz in the third round in the form of Sebastian Korda with Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas being potential quarter-final opponents.

This is the full draw with Roland Garros beginning on Sunday.

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Caroline Wozniacki’s Father Criticises WTA For Lack Of Help For Mothers On Tour

Caroline Wozniacki was not given a wildcard for Rome or Roland Garros.

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Piotr Wozniacki has labelled the WTA as ‘amateur’ for their treatment of mothers on tour as he claims that Caroline Wozniacki should have had more wildcards.

The former Australian Open champion has played ten events since she announced her comeback last year.

Wozniacki has recovered her ranking to 117 in the world and her comeback has resulted in a fourth round appearance at the US Open as well as a quarter-final result at Indian Wells.

However the Dane has not been successful in gaining wildcards recently with both Rome and Roland Garros not offering Wozniacki one.

It’s a decision that Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, has not been happy with as he explained with Sport.PL, “The WTA believes that it is operating in an amateur fashion in the world of the largest professional women’s sport of all sports in the world. They sign contracts with the players and the players are obliged to do certain things under these contracts. And what do they get? Nothing, really nothing!” Piotr was quoted by tennisuptodate as saying.

“All wild cards, and there were 8 of them, were given to the Italians. I understand promoting their players, but how can you give the right to play in a tournament of this rank to such girls who should not even think that they could play in a Masters yet?

“Caroline was number one in her ranking. She won a Grand Slam tournament, won the Masters, played in almost 60 finals of their tournaments and won 30. So we are talking about a complete tennis player, someone who did a great job, who certainly increased the popularity of tennis, who earned a lot of money herself, but let them earn money. even much more.

“And it turns out that when someone like Caroline Wozniacki comes back as Caroline Wozniacki and family, she is no longer welcome. We can’t even prepare Caroline’s starting plan! We train, we prepare, and it turns out that there is nothing to do.

“This is happening because today in tennis everything is based only on relationships, on acquaintances, and not on clear rules. The thing is that if we know the organizers or tournament directors, we get a chance to play, but if we don’t know someone somewhere, they don’t want us there.

“Naturally, after the maternity break, my daughter had zero points. It takes a lot of time to start from scratch and reach the top, but we would do it patiently, but how can we do it when you don’t let a girl like that work for it? The rules in tennis today are such that there is no longer a mandatory wild card for someone who was once in the top 20, had a long break and came back.

“This card was really helpful for tennis players coming back after having a baby and for those coming back from serious injuries. And now Caroline, Angelique Kerber or Naomi Osaka are dependent only on someone else’s decisions. Since last year, all wild cards are the property of the tournaments, and the WTA washes its hands of them.”

It’s clear the Wozniacki family is disappointed as the Dane could be set to cancel her comeback next year.

However there is optimism that Wozniacki will receive one at Wimbledon as she has had past success on grass courts.

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