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Lorenzo Musetti Faces Tommy Paul in Queens Final

Lorenzo Musetti will take on Tommy Paul in the Queen’s Club final.

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Lorenzo Musetti beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and eighteen minutes to reach the final at Queens for the first time – and now plays Tommy Paul who beat compatriot Sebastian Korda 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) and has the chance to be American number one with victory tomorrow.

In a great match for the spectators with contrasting styles and shot selection, the Italian played better in the key moments in the third set while Thompson was hampered by a back injury throughout, although seemed to be moving well.

“[That was] one of the toughest matches this week,” said Musetti, who fell to the floor after his victory. “Jordan was playing an amazing level, especially the second and third sets. It was a really tough game at 4-3 when I played some amazing shots which gave me the break, and I didn’t shake even under pressure and it was a key moment for me. I’m really proud of what I am achieving this week.”

Thompson had a slow start; his serve was not firing and he was broken in his first service game and was quickly 3-0 down. Musetti played some excellent points, covering all parts of the court showing deft touches at the net as well as depth and power off both wings from the baseline.

Though he won the set convincingly, Thompson refocussed immediately at the start of the second and broke serve straight away when Musetti’s backhand slice sailed wide. He served far better throughout getting far more free points, and levelled the match at a set-all.

However, the key to the match was the game with Thompson serving with new balls at 3-4 down in the third set. Serving wide proved unwise as he was picked off twice by Musetti; first a sliced return down to Thompson’s feet as he was coming in, and then a crunching forehand winner put him 15-30 down.

Later in the game, a beautiful backhand half-volley lob gave Musetti a first breakpoint of the set but he was unable to take it, and moments later he missed another when he chased down a dropshot but the net cord took his forehand wide. He missed a third breakpoint after a solid rally from Thompson, but the pressure finally told when Musetti took his fourth chance when Thompson’s backhand drop volley landed fractionally out. The hawk-eye replay showed just how close it was and Musetti was now just a game away.

Musetti was gifted the first point of the final game with a poor drop shot from Thompson, but followed it up with a well-constructed rally finishing off with a forehand volley into the open court. A half-volley approach shot drew another error from his opponent bringing him match point and a service winner meant he won the game to love and reach an ATP Final for the first time in two years.

Explaining his tattoos after his win, he said: “I love this sport, I’m really passionate about tennis since I was a kid,” “I dreamt to be a tennis player and become number one in the world, and I have another tattoo which says ‘family’ so having a team which is a family. I really care about people, and I am surrounded by people that love me. This win is for them.”

Musetti’s previous two ATP finals brought him success on the hard courts and the clay courts. Could he complete the hattrick of surfaces on the tour? “Absolutely, it would be super nice, said Musetti. “Of course, here in Queens with so much history when you walk on court, when you see this beautiful showcase. And there are a lot of Italians here in London and I want to thank them, I really feel like at home. Tomorrow is my last step, so I want you to come and support me again, see you tomorrow!”


In the title match, he plays American Tommy Paul who beat an aching Sebastian Korda in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to reach his second grass court final after Eastbourne last year.

Serving at 4-5 down, Korda threw in two errors to go 0-30 down, and then fell on his ankle sliding at the back of the court chasing a wide forehand. He lost concentration and soon lost the set, before calling the trainer in the changeover where he also applied ice to his left eye.

Korda, who received a warning after snapping his racket over his knee in the first set, looked sluggish in the second set and seemed as if a succession of injuries may be catching up on him – some time off may well be good for him now before Wimbledon next week.

“I’m happy with how I’m playing,” said Paul afterwards. “I feel like every time I step on the grass, I’m learning something and I’m getting a little better. Hopefully tomorrow [will also] be a little better.”

Paul played solidly all round and only faltered when serving for the match when 5-3 ahead in the second set, and was broken after a bad bounce to give Korda a lifeline. Games went with serve into the tie-break where Korda double faulted at 1-1, and then followed up with three lethargic baseline errors to swap ends at 5-1 down. Yet another error gave Paul five match points and he took his second one with an ace down the middle to take revenge for last week when he lost to Korda in the quarter finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

“It was no secret between the two of us, we wanted to play offense, so I feel like I did a pretty good job there at the end,” explained Paul. “When I was serving for it, he played an awesome game and got the break there and put a lot of pressure on me, so I was happy to get through that.”

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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