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Luciano Darderi battles past Denis Shapovalov in Rome epic clash

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This year’s Cordoba Open champion Luciano Darderi came back from one set down to beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in a thrilling match after 3 hours and 9 minutes at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. 

Darderi hit 21 winners to 25 unforced errors. 

The first set started with four breaks in the first six games. Shapovalov, who reached the semifinal in Rome in 2020, needed almost ten minutes to break Darderi. 

Darderi broke straight back in the second game. Shapovalov broke for the second time to take a 2-1 lead. Darderi broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. 

Shapovalov took control of the tie-break and earned a mini-break after a double fault from Darderi. 

Shapovalov earned three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break and sealed the first set on his second chance with a smash. 

Darderi broke serve in the fifth game of the second set after Shapovalov made two double faults and missed a forehand drive. Darderi held on his serve and capitalized on Shapovalov’s errors to earn a second break in the ninth game sealing the second set 6-3.  

Shapovalov earned a break point at 2-2 in the third set with a couple of forehands, but Darderi saved it with his serve. Darderi broke serve in the sixth game with a powerful forehand to take a 4-2 lead. Shapovalov broke straight back in the seventh game. Darderi saved two break points, as he was serving at 4-4, but he missed a backhand on the third break point. Shapovalov was not able to close the match on serve, and the match was decided by the tie-break. Darderi took a 4-3 lead in the tie-break with a volley and earned two match points with a forehand down the line. He converted his first chance, as Shapovalov mishit a drop-shot. 

Darderi set up a second round match against Mariano Navone in a remake of last week’s semifinal at the Challenger tournament in Cagliari. 

Flavio Cobolli beat Maximilian Marterer 6-4 6-2 to claim his first tour level since 2021. Cobolli set up a second round match against Sebastian Korda. 

Marterer broke serve in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. Cobolli broke back in the seventh game and held at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cobolli converted his third break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, as Marterer sent a forehand into the net. Cobolli served out the first set on his fifth set point in the 10th game. 

Cobolli broke in the first and fifth games and sealed the win on his second match point in the eighth game. 

Nuno Borges saved two match points in the tie-break of the third set to beat Pedro Martinez 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-6 (10-8) after 3 hours and 40 minutes. Borges won his second win in a Masters 1000 tournament. The Portuguese player set up a second round match against Alexander Bublik. 

Yoshihito Nishioka beat Sebastian Ofner 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-4). 

Yannik Hanfmann beat Jakub Mensik 6-2 6-3 to level to 1-1 in their head-to-head matches. Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro upset Gael Monfils 6-2 7-5. Zhang Zhizhen edged Daniel Elahi Galan 6-2 7-5. 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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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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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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Jannik Sinner beats Jan Lennard Struff to reach the semifinal in Halle

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Jannik Sinner battled past Jan Lennard Struff 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) to reach his second tour-leve semifinal on grass at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle. Struff hit 18 aces and saved 16 of the 18 aces he faced, including all 11 in the second and third sets. 

Sinner has scored his third consecutive three-set win at this tournament after beating Tallon Griekspoor and Fabian Maroszan in the first two rounds. 

Sinner broke twice to win the opening set 6-2 in 30 minutes. The Italian player won 67% of his second serve points in the first set. 

Sinner saved a break point in the fourth game of the second set. Struff fended it off with an ace and three more chances two games later as the set headed towards towards a tie-break. 

Struff earned the first mini-break to race out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break. The German 34-year-old player made a serve and volley at 5-1 to earn a set point. He converted it as Sinner made a backhand error. 

Struff created his first break, when Sinner made two double faults at 2-2 after two hours. 

Sinner earned two break points in the ninth game of the third set, but Struff saved them with his serve and forced Sinner twice to serve to stay in the match. The set was decided by a second tie-break. Struff played his 10th consecutive tie-break in the 2024 season. Earlier this week won a 12-10 final-set tie-break against Luciano Darderi in the opening round before beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the next round on 

Sinner opened up a 3-0 lead in the tie-break. The 2024 Australian Open champions earned four match points in the second tie-break and converted his second chance, as Struff netted a backhand. Sinner won his third head-to-head match against Struff in 2024. 

Earlier at this tournament Sinner came back from a set down to beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 6-2 before beating Hungary’s Fabian Maroszan 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-3. 

“It was a very tough match. I had chances in the second set, had chances in the third set, but I could not use them. It was 0-40 in the third set. I jus try to accept these kind of challenges. It has been very tough, also mentally. I am very pleased to be in the next round. I played a lot today, I played a lot yesterday, two and a half hours on grass. It’s a long time”, said Sinner. 

Alexander Zverev rallied past Arthur Fils 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 30 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. The two-time Halle finalist is aiming to win his first grass title.

Zverev becomes the first player since Roger Federer to reach back-to-back semifinals in Halle. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Fils earned his first mini-break to take a 2-0 lead in the tie-break. Zverev pulled back on serve, but Fils got a second mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Zverev raised his level in the second set breaking Fils at 3-2 with a streak of eight winning consecutive points.  

Zverev sealed the third set 6-4 with a break in the seventh game winning 83% of his first serve points. Fils saved two match points in the ninth game, as he was serving to stay in the match. Zverev served out the win at love in the 10th game. The German player was not broken in the entire match. 

Zverev now leads 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Fils. 

Zverev lost to Carlos Alcaraz in five sets in the final of Roland Garros. 

“After the French Open, I was hoping on grass I would a lot quicker and not play for two and a half, three hours every single match, but I am continuing what I always do”, said Zverev. 

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