16.04.2021 - 16:07 Uhr
Daniel Evans backed up his win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic with a hard-fought victory over David Goffin on Friday for a place in the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finals.The World No. 33, who had come into the Monte-Carlo tournament on a 10-match losing streak on clay courts, overcame Monaco resident and No. 11 seed Goffin 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes.“I played good today," said Evans. "I felt a bit more pressure today to not [just] win yesterday and give a bad performance today. It wasn’t easy after the match yesterday, I felt really tired afterwards. To get back and focus, it was difficult. I am proud of how I came back today, especially with what happened in the first set. I felt [my] concentration wasn’t great and I am really happy with coming through. Yesterday, would not have been worth it with a bad performance today.“He was being aggressive towards me. At the start, I was [having to] retrieve. He got on top and I could feel that," Evans said. "He had a little chance at the start of the second set, which I got out of and it just turned it for me, I think.”Graphic courtesy Hawk-Eye Innovations/ATP MediaEvans saved four break points in an eight-minute hold at 4-4 in the deciding set. He will now hope to improve upon an 0-2 record against Stefanos Tsitsipas in their ATP Head2Head series in the Briton's first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. Fourth seed Tsitsipas, who beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the quarter-finals earlier on Friday, defeated Evans at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Hamburg European Open last year.[WATCH LIVE 1]Evans got off to the best possible start by breaking Goffin’s serve in the first game. The Briton then save three break points for a 2-0 advantage and his shot variation continued to frustrate Goffin, who reached the 2017 Monte-Carlo semi-finals. When Evans served for the set at 5-4, Goffin adjusted his tactics striking regularly to his opponent’s forehand, broke back and assumed control of their second meeting (also 2020 ATP Cup). The 61-minute opener ended with Evans striking a forehand wide.Goffin held serve to claim his fifth consecutive game of the match, before Evans responded with a run of his own. The Brit rushed the net to take advantage of errors to establish a 3-1 lead and Evans turned the screw at 5-3, when Goffin hit a double fault at 15/40. It ensured a tense decider.Evans, who had saved three break points from 0/40 at 1-1 in the third set, claimed a crucial hold at 4-4. The 30-year-old then varied his pace to keep Goffin under pressure in the closing stages and the match ended when the Belgian hit a forehand wide. Goffin will be left to rue converting just two of his 17 break point opportunities.Evans, who is partnering Neal Skupski in the doubles event this week, admitted, "I feel fine. Yesterday, was a bit busy [with] a lot of people messaging and a lot of people speaking, so I didn’t use my phone too much after. It was a little draining yesterday, but I’ll take it."Evans entered the tournament seeking his first tour-level win on clay since the 2017 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Prior to his straight-sets win against Djokovic, the British No. 1 also defeated 2019 runner-up Dusan Lajovic and Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz.



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21.06.2021 - 19:21 Uhr

Norway's Casper Ruud moved past Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(4) on Monday to reach the second-round at the Mallorca Championships, and record his first grass-court victory of the season.The fifth seed, No. 14 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, broke the Frenchman’s serve twice and won 80 per cent (40/50) of his first-service points to advance at the new ATP 250 grass-court event in Spain. The 22-year-old will play Tennys Sandgren next after the American overcame Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6(3), 7-5.[WATCH LIVE 2]Frenchman Corentin Moutet also advanced as he beat Lloyd Harris 6-4, 6-2 in 88 minutes. The World No. 85 did not face a break point against the South African and will meet top-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in the second round. Italian Stefano Travaglia defeated Guido Pella 7-5, 7-6(4), and Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein overcame World No. 41 Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6(2).

13.06.2021 - 20:24 Uhr

While Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas battled it out on Court Philippe-Chatrier in the Roland Garros final on Sunday, the match trended on twitter. After Tsitsipas won the first two sets, the top seed Djokovic fought back to win 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and claim his second Roland Garros title. Below are some of the tweets from prominent members of the tennis community who were engrossed in the match. OMG... so good from Novak!— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 13, 2021 Easier said then done mate ... https://t.co/5Tu4YLawT4— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) June 13, 2021 This is why the men’s slams should never be changed and they should always be 3 out of 5 sets.— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) June 13, 2021 Never underestimate @DjokerNole just look at his eyeballs…— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) June 13, 2021 20  20  19 ?— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) June 13, 2021 The most complete male tennis player of all time is @DjokerNole— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) June 13, 2021 Unreal. @DjokerNole— Mónica Puig (@MonicaAce93) June 13, 2021 Physically and mentally dominant. Hardest player in history to attack through the court. No holes in his game. No holes physically. Can’t break his mental belief …… Well deserved @DjokerNole— andyroddick (@andyroddick) June 13, 2021 Two career Grand Slams @DjokerNole and 19 all up- congratulations on a memorable week in Paris and all the best for the grass. — Rod Laver (@rodlaver) June 13, 2021 Idemo Nole!!! Merecidísimo campeón. Disfrutalo mucho amigo!  @DjokerNole @rolandgarros— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) June 13, 2021 19  @DjokerNole— Dusan Lajovic (@Dutzee) June 13, 2021 What a thriller!Congratulations to @DjokerNole on winning the @rolandgarros Men’s Singles title.  Cheers to Tsitsipas on an incredible fight. #RolandGarros https://t.co/dn0sjOWezH— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 13, 2021

31.05.2021 - 20:25 Uhr

#NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz notched another career first on Monday when he earned his maiden berth into the second round at Roland Garros.The 18-year-old, who cracked the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time last week, defeated fellow qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). Alcaraz trailed by a break in the fourth set, but he clawed back to triumph after three hours and eight minutes.“I think the mental game is really, really important in these kinds of matches. You have to be focussed and calm all the match, three hours and 10 minutes. It's really important and not easy to do,” Alcaraz said. “I trust a lot in my physical [conditioning], yeah. I could play a really, really good game during the whole match.”The teen sensation has now not just successfully qualified at the season's first two Grand Slams, but he has also won a match in the main draw as well. Alcaraz earned momentum heading into the clay-court major by claiming an ATP Challenger Tour title in Oeiras, Portugal two weeks ago.Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comAlcaraz showed impressive resilience against his countryman, who beat him in a Challenger final last September. Zapata Miralles seemingly had an answer for every Alcaraz surge, but the #NextGenATP star made his stand in the fourth-set tie-break. The World No. 97 hit 41 winners and broke serve eight times to earn a match against big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.“I think it has been a tough match against a great player like Zapata, a really tough player. I think when I won the third set, I think he [was] going a bit down on the beginning of the fourth,” Alcaraz said. “But he [was] still playing really, really well in the fourth. I had to be focussed with his shots. I think I played a really, really good game in the fourth, going down all the set. I think in the tie-break I [went] for the match.”The 28th seed beat 2019 Monte-Carlo finalist Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Basilashvili had not won a match at Roland Garros since making the third round in 2017.

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