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Alex De Minaur overcomes Felix Auger Aliassime in a three-hour battle in Rome

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Alex De Minaur came back from one set down to beat last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Felix Auger Aliasime 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 after a three-hour battle reaching the Round of 16 for the second time in six attempts at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. 

De Minaur converted on four of his twelve break points. The Australian player scored the first win of his career over Auger Aliassime, who had claimed their previous two head-to-head matches in Cincinnati and in the Davis Cup Finals in 2022. 

Auger Aliassime broke serve at love in the first game and held serve at 15 to take a 2-0 lead. De Minaur converted his fourth break point in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players traded mini-breaks at the start of the tie-break. Auger Aliassime won three points to open up a 4-1 lead. De Minaur pulled back one of the two mini-breaks for 2-4. Auger Aliassime won the final three points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

De Minaur broke serve in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Australian player converted his third break point in the third game of the decider, but he let a 3-1 lead slip, when Auger Aliassime broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. De Minaur broke for the second time in the ninth game and served out at 15 to close out the third set 6-4. 

De Minaur scored his second win against a top 20 opponent on clay in 13 attempts. 

“I think Felix is a very good player. He had a lot of confidence coming in. I am very happy how I stayed in the match how I stayed in the match at all stages. I was positive, no matter what came my way. I could have had a double break in the third set to maybe secure the match. I did not get it, ended up getting broken, and I managed to compose myself so I am very with that”, said De Minaur. 

De Minaur set up a Round of 16 match against sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Cameron Norrie 6-2 7-6 (7-1) to improve his seasonal record on clay to 19-2. 

Alexandre Muller rallied from one set down to beat Andrey Rublev 3-6 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 49 minutes. Muller stopped Rublev’s seven-match winning streak. 

Rublev earned his first break of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Muller saved a break point at 2-5 down, but Rublev served out the first set at 15 in the ninth game. 

Muller converted his fourth break point in the eighth game to seal the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the decider. 

Muller broke twice in the third and fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Rublev saved two match points when he was serving to stay in the match, but Muller converted his third match point in the final game to score his first win against a top 10 player. Muller set up a Round of 16 match against Nicholas Jarry, who beat Stefano Napolitano 6-2 4-6 6-4. 

Muller becomes the first qualifier to beat a top 5 seed after losing the first set at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament since Jeremy Chardy beat Danil Medvedev in Paris Bercy in 2019. 

Earlier at this tournament Muller beat Marton Fucsovics 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 and Arthur Fils 7-5 6-3. 

“It’s amazing. I did not expect to win Andrey Rublev. I knew I had my chance, but it is special to win against a top 10 player. It was my first win against a top 10 player so I am very happy”, said Muller. 

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Novak Djokovic edges Tallon Griekspoor to reach the semifinals in Geneva

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Novak Djokovic saved four set points in the opening set to edge Tallon Griekspoor 7-5 6-1 in 1 hour and 17 minutes reaching the semifinals at the Gonet Geneva Open. 

Djokovic celebrated his 37th birthday on Wednesday by winning his 1100 match on the ATP Tour. 

Griekspoor saved an early break point on Djokovic’s serve in the ninth game of the first set. Djokovic fended off four set points, as he was serving at 4-5 0-40. The top-seed held serve with an ace and a first serve.  Djokovic broke serve in the 11th game with two deuce points to take a 6-5 lead. Djokovic held serve to love to seal  the first set. 

Djokovic won seven consecutive games  to build up a 4-0 lead with two breaks of serve. Griekspoor got back on the board by hold serve in the fifth game for 1-4. Djokovic won the final eight points and broke for the third time to seal the second set 6-1. 

Djokovic set up a semifinal match against Tomas Machac, who beat US rising star Alex Michelsen 6-3 7-6 (7-2). 

Djokovic beat Machac in a third-set tie-break in Dubai last February. 

“I thought the first set could have gone his way easily because he was a better player for most of the first set. We could have been having a completely different direction of the match if he converted those set points. I was lucky to find some really good serves and from that moment onwards really played some good solid tennis. I was lucky to find some really good serves and from that moment onwards I really played some good tennis. The way I played the second set was really good. I want to thank everybody again for the support and presence today on a colde day”, said Djokovic. 

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Novak Djokovic celebrated his 37th birthday with a win over Yannick Hanfmann in Geneva

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Novak Djokovic beat unseeded player Yannik Hanfmann 6-3 6-3 on his 37th birthday to reach the quarter finals at the Geneva Open. Djokovic became just the third player in the Open Era to win 1100 tour-level matches. 

“That really touched me. I am really happy to win on this special day. The key was the birthday. The birthday probably would not be the same if I did not win the match, but it’s nice to be here for the first time at this tournament, with my family coming here to support as well”, said Djokovic. 

Djokovic earned three break points in the sixth game. The world number 1 player missed consecutive break points, but he converted his third chance with a forehand to take a 4-2 lead. 

Djokovic fended off two break points consolidating the break with a hold for 5-2. The Serbian player hit a forehand drop-shot winner to earn a set point. Hanfmann hit a drop-shot winner to force the game to deuce. Hanfmann earned a break point with a crosscourt winner. Djokovic saved it before earning another break point when Hanfman hit a backhand into the net. 

Djokovic sent a forehand down the line wide to face the fourth break point of the game and the sixth overall. Djokovic hit a backhand winner down the line to force the game to the deuce. Djokovic wasted a set point and had to fend off four break points before the match was interrupted by rain. 

After the match resumed, Djokovic saved a seventh break point and hit consecutive aces to serve out the first set. 

Hanfmann converted his 10th break point to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set. The German player held serve at love to open up a 3-0 lead. Djokovic broke back for 2-3 when Hanfmann sailed a drive. 

Djokovic won four consecutive games breaking serve when Hanfmann hit the net with a backhand. Djokovic sealed the win on his second match point, when Hanfmann hit his running forehand into the net. 

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Flavio Cobolli beats Ben Shelton to reach the quarter final in Geneva

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Flavio Cobolli came back from one set down to beat fourth seed Ben Shelton 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 at the Gonet Geneva Open. Cobolli has scored the second top 20 win of his career.

Shelton started the clay season with his second title in Houston and reached back-to-back third rounds in Madrid and Rome. The US player lost to Zhang Zhizhen in Rome. 

Cobolli reached his first Grand Slam third round at the Australian Open last January. During the clay season the Italian player he reached the third round in Madrid and pushed Sebastian Korda to third round in Rome. He beat Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev in straight sets to set up a second round match against Ben Shelton. 

Shelton earned the only break in the seventh game of the first set to serve it out after 38 minutes. The US player went up a set and a break in the third game and held on his serve to take a 4-2 lead. 

Shelton saved three break points at 4-3 in a marathon eighth game, but Cobolli converted his converted his fourth chance with a well-angled pass to draw level to 4-4. Cobolli rallied from 0-30 down to earn a set point. Shelton saved it with a big serve and held a long service game to force a tie-break. Cobolli earned three mini-breaks and dropped just one point to win the tie-break 7-1. 

Cobolli broke serve in the fourth game and saved two break points in the next game to consolidate. Cobolli broke for the second time in the seventh game after a double fault from Shelton. Cobolli hit an ace to bring up three match points. Shelton saved the first chance but Cobolli converted his second chance with another ace to set up a quarter final against Alexander Schevchenko., who reached the last eight, after Emil Ruusuvuori withdrew from the match due to illness. 

Cobolli scored his first top 20 win against Nicolas Jarry at this year’s Australian Open. 

“This year I have played against a lot of lefties. I like to play lefties and you saw today that I am really happy. It was a difficult match, but I am really happy”, said Cobolli. 

Yannik Hanfmann beat Andy Murray 7-5 6-2 in 1 hour and 43 minutes. Hanfmann was leading 7-5 4-1 before the match was interrupted by rain. Hanfmann did not face a break point. The German player broke serve in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. He broke serve in the third and fifth games and served out the second set on his second match point. 

Hanfmann set up a second round match against world number 1 Novak Djokovic. Denis Shapovalov won 12 of 13 games from 1-4 down to beat Federico Coria. The Canadian player set up a second round match against Tallon Griekspoor, who beat Christophen Eubanks 6-4 1-6 6-3. 

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