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Grigor Dimitrov overcomes a difficult match against Terence Atmane to reach the fourth round in Rome

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This year’s Miami Open Grigor Dimitrov overcame Terence Atmane 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Rome Foro Italico for the first time since 2020.

Atmane saved a break point in the first game. Dimitrov broke serve in the third game at 30 and held serve at love to take a 3-1 lead. Atmane broke back in the sixth game at deuce to draw level to 3-3. Atmane saved a break point in the 11th game to hold serve. Both players held on serve en route to tie-break. Atmane went up a 2-0 with an early mini-break in the tie-break, but Dimitrov won seven of the next eight points with three mini-breaks to take the mini-break 7-3. Dimitrov went up a break in the sixth game and sealed the win on his third match point after 1 hour and 44 minutes. 

“For the past five days I have been playing lefties, so it will be nice to ge a righty, but it is what is. It was a very difficult match. Probably one of the most difficult matches this year. The conditions were so difficult. I rolled my ankle on my side, there was not much clay left. You have to adapt and today that is what I did. I played an OK game and that was enough but at the same time I am not happy with where my game is at, but I keep winning matches like this and that is what counts”, said Dimitrov. 

Dimitrov set up a fourth round match against Taylor Fritz, who beat Sebastian Korda 6-3 6-4. Fritz has improved his record on clay this season after reaching the final in Munich and the semifinal at the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid. 

Fritz won 90% of his first serve points and hit 16 winners to improve to 2-0 in his head-to-head matches against Korda. 

Fritz earned the only break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. The second set went on serve until the seventh game, when Fritz broke serve at love to take a 4-3 lead. Korda saved three match points, as he was serving to stay in the match in the ninth game. Fritz served out the win on his sixth match point. 

Portugal’s Nuno Borges saved a match point to beat Francesco Passaro 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-4) after 3 hours and 5 minutes.  Borges has become the first Portuguese player to reach the Round of 16 in a Masters 1000 tournament. 

Borges broke serve at love in the third game and held serve at 15 to take a 3-1 lead. Passaro converted his third break point in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Passaro sealed the first set 6-4 with a break at 15 in the 10th game. 

Borges earned the only two break points in the fifth game of the second set but Passaro saved them. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Borges went up a 3-0 lead, but Passaro pulled the mini-break back to draw level to 3-3. Passaro earned a match point at 7-6, but Borges saved it with a forehand. The Portuguese player sealed the second set 10-8 on his fourth set point. 

The third set also went on serve en route to tie-break. Borges went up a mini-break to take a 4-3 lead. Passaro pulled back on serve for 4-5, but Borges won the final two points to clinch the tie-break 7-4.

Borges will take on either Alexander Zverev or Luciano Darderi. 

Thiago Monteiro beat Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 4-6 7-6 (8-6) to become the first Brazilian player to reach the fourth round of a Masters 1000 tournament since Thomaz Bellucci in Rome. Monteiro will take on either Ben Shelton or Zhang Zhizhen in the fourth round. 

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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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