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It took more than three hours, but Pedro Martinez was able to secure the biggest win of his career by FedEx ATP Ranking on Wednesday in Kitzbühel.The 24-year-old Spaniard outlasted countryman Roberto Bautista Agut, the second seed, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 after three hours and six minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the Generali Open. It is his first trip to the last eight of an ATP Tour event this season."It was a really good battle from the start until the end. We both fought almost every point. I respect him so much," Martinez said in his on-court interview. "What he's done on the Tour in past years is amazing. We are from the same region in Spain. Today it's unbelievable to play this match against him on this nice court."[WATCH LIVE 2]Martinez, who defeated World No. 17 Gael Monfils just weeks ago at Wimbledon, broke World No. 16 Bautista Agut's serve five times and won 43 per cent of his return points. The two-time ATP Challenger Tour titlist will next play Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik, who eliminated Czech lefty Jiri Vesely 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 after one hour and 58 minutes.Bautista Agut was not the only seeded Spaniard who lost, as Italian Gianluca Mager upset fourth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-5 after two hours and 22 minutes. Third seed Filip Krajinovic maintained his title hopes by clawing past Spanish lucky loser Carlos Taberner 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 after two hours and four minutes.
Eighth seed Emil Ruusuvuori rallied from a set down to see off wild card Mikael Ymer of Sweden and start his Nordea Open campaign with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory on Tuesday.The Finnish player lost the first five games of the match, but he saved six of the seven break points he faced in the second set to level the score against Ymer, who was seeking to become the first home champion in Bastad since Robin Soderling in 2011. Ruusuvuori won 75 per cent (18/24) of points behind his first serve en route to victory in two hours and three minutes.“It was a very difficult start for me. I was very slow getting into the conditions, and it was much slower than I thought,” Ruusuvuori said. “But slowly I got into it, and I just started playing smarter. Point by point, I felt like I was a little bit better. It was a tough fight in the end, and this time it came home so it was a good match in the end.”Ruusuvuori improved to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head against Ymer, and will next face Norbert Gombos. The Slovakian also turned around a one-sided start in his 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas to advance after two hours and three minutes.[WATCH LIVE 1]Also in action, Danish wild card Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune rallied against Radu Albot to set up a second-round meeting with top seed Casper Ruud. After being down a set and a break, the 18-year-old raised his level and claimed 12 of the next 13 games to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.Sixth seed Lorenzo Musetti suffered a first-round upset at the hands of Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen. The qualifier converted six of the 24 break points he created en route to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over the 19-year-old Italian. Seventh seed Jiri Vesely also advanced, as he cruised against Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2 to next face Yannick Hanfmann.
Italian Marco Cecchinato beat former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 on Monday to reach the second round at the Nordea Open in Bastad. The victory meant more than a typical three-set triumph for the 2018 Roland Garros semi-finalist.“I’m very happy for today because I beat Richard for the first time in my career,” Cecchinato said. “When I was young, he was my idol, so I’m very happy to beat him.”[WATCH LIVE 1]Cecchinato remembers watching Gasquet compete in the Nitto ATP Finals. The 28-year-old has a one-handed backhand like the Frenchman, and enjoys playing a similarly artistic game.“So many years he was in the Top 10. He was like me with the one-handed backhand, his forehand, good kick, good drop shot,” Cecchinato, who will next face Francisco Cerundolo or Federico Coria, said. “He was my idol for that, so I’m very happy with this match today.”In other first-round action, German Yannick Hanfmann beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-2, 7-5. Hanfmann will next play Czech Jiri Vesely or Italian Salvatore Caruso.
An apologetic Fabio Fognini called the anti-gay slur he used in an Olympic tennis loss Wednesday "nonsense that I let out."
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Brandon Nakashima continued his stellar run of form on Wednesday night as he took down top seed Milos Raonic in a nail-biting 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(4) battle to reach the Truist Atlanta Open quarter-finals.The 19-year-old turned heads last week at the Mifel Open in Los Cabos, where he defeated the likes of Sam Querrey and John Isner on his way to his first ATP Tour final (l. to Norrie). He added one more name to his win list after upsetting Raonic, currently No. 22 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, in Atlanta. Nakashima, who sits in ninth position in the ATP Race To Milan for a spot into the Next Gen ATP Finals, won his second three-setter in as many days after rallying from a set down against Raonic. The big-serving Canadian was contesting his first tournament since the Miami Open presented by Itau in March, and he was dictating play early on. But double faults and unforced errors would be Raonic’s undoing against the battle-tested Nakashima. The 19-year-old earned his first break of serve as a result of four double faults from Raonic – interrupted by two aces – in the same game at 4-3 in the opening set. The Canadian was able to recover to take the 50-minute first set, but quickly found himself on the back foot as Nakashima got going in the second set. Nakashima improved his first-serve percentage from 42 per cent in the first set to 72 per cent in the second. The difference showed as Nakashima only lost five points behind his serve, and kept the pressure firmly on Raonic. He earned the decisive break at 3-2, and kept his nose in front to level the match. [WATCH LIVE 2]The normally cool-headed American showed his first sign of nerves as he served for the match at 5-4. He worked his way to two match points at 40/15, but missed two routine backhands to give Raonic a chance to come back. Nakashima regrouped in the tie-break, winning three points in a row from 3/2 and converting his fifth match point to seal the victory. Nakashima will next face Jordan Thompson in the quarter-final, after the Aussie edged past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6(4), 6-4 earlier in the day. The 19-year-old is into his third career quarter-final, after reaching the last eight at Delray Beach in 2020 and the final in Los Cabos last week.