12.04.2021 - 00:14 Uhr
Main draw action in singles and doubles continues in earnest at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, with Fabio Fognini, Felix Auger-Aliassime and more hitting the clay court on Monday.Italy’s Fognini will make his return to the Monte-Carlo Country Club as he begins his first ATP Masters 1000 title defense against Miomir Kecmanovic. Fognini, seeded 15th, will attempt to bring his ATP Tour trophy haul into the double digits and improve his 17-10 record in the Principality.Fognini and Kecmanovic will contest the third match on Court Rainier III on a busy Monday in Monte-Carlo, which features 13 singles and three doubles matches. All eyes will be on #NextGenATP Felix Auger-Aliassime as he makes his debut with a new coach, Toni Nadal, on his team. The unseeded Canadian takes on 16th seed Cristian Garin, who will be contesting his first main draw match in Monte-Carlo.One of the first-round matches of the tournament leads the action on Court Rainier III as wild card Lorenzo Musetti and Aslan Karatsev face off. Both players are in the best form of their careers and arrive in Monaco in the midst of major breakthroughs.[WATCH LIVE 2]Karatsev didn’t miss a beat after his huge run from Australian Open qualifying into his first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne. The Russian backed it up by lifting his first ATP Tour trophy a few weeks later at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Musetti, the youngest player in the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings and a Monte-Carlo resident, turned heads earlier in the season at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco. The 19-year-old qualifier toppled Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov on his way to the semi-finals (l. Tsitsipas). The winner will face fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has picked the #NextGenATP Italian for the rematch.Also in action, 13th seed Hubert Hurkacz will contest his first match since winning the Miami Open presented by Itau, alongside Dimitrov, the 14th seed, and French favourite Ugo Humbert.First-round doubles action also continues with wild cards Petros Tsitsipas and Stefanos Tsitsipas taking on eighth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. Fifth seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury and sixth seeds Wesley Koolhof and Lukasz Kubot also feature on the schedule.Watch Live | View TV Schedule SCHEDULE - MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am[WC] L. Musetti (ITA) vs A. Karatsev (RUS)F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN) vs [16] C. Garin (CHI)[15] F. Fognini (ITA) vs M. Kecmanovic (SRB)[14] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs J. Struff (GER)COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 amJ. Millman (AUS) vs U. Humbert (FRA)Not Before 12:30 pmD. Evans (GBR) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [13] H. Hurkacz (POL)G. Pella (ARG) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)COURT 2 start 11:00 amA. Davidovich Fokina (ESP) vs A. de Minaur (AUS)[Q] S. Caruso (ITA) vs [WC] L. Catarina (MON)[Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) vs [Q] D. Koepfer (GER)COURT 9 start 11:00 amM. Melo (BRA) / J. Rojer (NED) vs [5] R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR)T. Paul (USA) vs [LL] P. Martinez (ESP)J. Chardy (FRA) vs A. Bublik (KAZ)COURT 11 start 11:00 am[8] K. Krawietz (GER) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] P. Tsitsipas (GRE) / S. Tsitsipas (GRE)Not Before 12:30 pmA. Mannarino (FRA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [6] W. Koolhof (NED) / L. Kubot (POL)



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Struff, Jan-Lennard

15.06.2021 - 16:19 Uhr

Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev for one of the biggest wins of his career on Tuesday at the NOVENTI OPEN.Making his eighth appearance at the ATP 500 tournament in Halle, Struff recovered from 2-5 down in the first set en route to a 7-6(6), 6-3 victory against the top-seeded Russian, who reached last week’s Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. to Tsitsipas).“This is the biggest win — [FedEx ATP] Rankings wise — of my career and to do it here on home soil is very special,” said Struff. “I live only an hour from here.“He served for the [first] set at 6-5 and twice went for an ace on a second serve and I put returns in at 30/30 and 30/40. I then played a very good tie-break and at 5-1 up in the second set, I thought about being up 5-1 last week against Diego Schwartzman [in the Roland Garros fourth round]. I lost the set in the tie-break, after having seven set points, so it was definitely in my head. It’s not something you can get out of your head easily.”[WATCH LIVE 1]The 31-year-old German saved one set point at 5-6, 30/40 in the first set and closed out the tie-break with a forehand volley winner. Struff then won five of the first six games in the second set, and although he was broken at 5-1, having missed a match point with a volley error, the World No. 45 closed out in his next service game.Struff, who beat Medvedev’s compatriot Andrey Rublev on Parisian clay two weeks ago, struck 31 winners in the 10th Top 10 win of his career (10-26 lifetime) over one hour and 34 minutes. The BMW Open runner-up will now play American qualifier Marcos Giron in the second round.“Last time in Cincinnati [at the 2019 Western & Southern Open], Medvedev killed me 6-2, 6-1, it was really tough,” said Struff. "I didn’t know how to play him. It is better to play him on grass rather than hard courts. I have a good game for grass and I like to come in. The wins at Roland Garros definitely gave me a confidence boost.”Medvedev, who was making his first appearance in Halle, had won all three of their ATP Head2Head meetings. This year’s Open 13 Provence titlist (d. Herbert) and Australian Open finalist (l. to Djokovic) drops to a 22-7 record on the season, which also includes helping Russia to the ATP Cup crown. Elsewhere, Halle debutant Lloyd Harris broke serve once in each set to overcome eighth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes. The South African, who reached the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final (l. to Karatsev) in March, won 29 of 33 first-service points and goes on challenge Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2014-15 semi-finalist, worked hard for his 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in one hour and 41 minutes. Nishikori now meets #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, the Emilia-Romagna Open champion (d. Cecchinato) prior to Roland Garros.

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