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15.01.2020 - 07:44 Uhr

Feliciano Lopez is the oldest player in the draw at the ASB Classic in Auckland, but still possesses a level of fitness that his younger peers on Tour can only look up to. The 38-year-old won a pair of three-set matches on Wednesday and completed his busy day with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini.Rain on Tuesday meant that several players were forced to play their first and second-round matches on Wednesday. Lopez completed a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win earlier in the day against fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar before returning to face Fognini. He only got stronger as his match with the Italian wore on, hammering 17 aces to advance in one hour and 58 minutes."The first match today was tough for me, but I think it was very helpful because it was my first [singles] match of the season,” Lopez said. “Without that match, I don’t think I would have played the way I did today against Fabio.”✅ Andujar 3-6 7-6 6-4 (2hr 31 min)✅ Fognini 3-6 6-4 6-3 (1hr 55 min)What a day it has been for 38 year old @feliciano_lopez  #ASBClassic— ATP Tour (@atptour) January 15, 2020Next up for Lopez is sixth-seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who improved to 5-0 in 2020 with a 6-2, 7-6(2) victory over Swedish qualifier Mikael Ymer. Hurkacz won all three of his singles matches for Team Poland at the ATP Cup, defeating a trio of higher-ranked opponents including World No. 4 Dominic Thiem.Fourth seed and two-time Auckland champion John Isner kicked off his campaign with an all-American battle and unseated defending champion Tennys Sandgren 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 6-3. The hard-fought victory gives Isner his first win of the season.”It’s always a tough match playing Tennys. He does a lot of things really well on the court. When him and I match up, it’s inevitably going to be close and that was the case today,” Isner said. “I’m happy to get through in somewhat comfortable fashion in the third set.”Awaiting him in the quarter-finals is Italian Andreas Seppi or Brit Kyle Edmund. Seppi scored the first upset of the day by defeating seventh-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.Italian Marco Cecchinato saved two match points to outlast Argentine Leonardo Mayer in a wild 7-6(6), 6-7(18), 7-6(2) first-round battle. Cecchinato let slip five match points in the second-set tie-break before Mayer leveled the score on his ninth set point. The Italian erased a pair of match points serving at 4-5 in the third set before prevailing in three hours and eight minutes. Cecchinato will return to action on Wednesday to face Frenchman Ugo Humbert.Fifth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire withstood another three-set battle in Auckland to move past Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the last eight. He’ll play third-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov or Aussie John Millman, who face off in the evening session. Second seed Denis Shapovalov also headlines Wednesday night play in an all-Canadian battle with qualifier Vasek Pospisil.Sharan/Sitak Upset Top SeedsIn first-round doubles action, Divij Sharan/Artem Sitak sent shockwaves through the draw by ousting top seeds John Peers/Michael Venus 7-6(4), 7-6(3). Frederik Nielsen/Tim Puetz provided the other upset of the day by defeating second seeds Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-7.Third seeds Rohan Bopanna/Henri Kontinen eased past Cameron Norrie/Rhett Purcell 6-4, 6-2 in 55 minutes and fourth seeds Austin Krajicek/Franko Skugor fought past Santiago Gonzalez/Ken Skupski 7-5, 7-6(5).

28.10.2019 - 17:34 Uhr

Top seeds Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo found themselves in familiar territory on Saturday at the Erste Bank Open, defeating third seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4 to reach their second final in Vienna.The 2015 champions (d. Murray/Peers) haven't dropped a set en route to their sixth ATP Tour doubles final of the season. They've won 16 of their past 19 matches, taking the title at the Winston-Salem Open (d. Monroe/Sandgren) and finishing runner-up at the Rolex Shanghai Masters (l. to Pavic/Soares) and China Open (l. to Dodig/Polasek). Kubot/Melo will play fourth seeds Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury in the championship match. Salisbury prevailed here last year with Neal Skupski (d. M. Bryan/Roger-Vasselin).Despite the loss, Herbert/Mahut secured their team berth at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals for the fifth successive year. The reigning Australian Open champions (d. Kontinen/Peers) qualified in accordance to the Grand Slam rule after Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Mies clinched their spot at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.Trailing by a set and 0-3, fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau fought back at the Swiss Indoors Basel to win their semi-final against Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 10-5. Rojer/Tecau are aiming for their second ATP Tour doubles title of the year after prevailing in May at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Schwartzman/Thiem).Awaiting them in the final are Taylor Fritz/Reilly Opelka, who continued their dream run with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Santiago Gonzalez/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. They're both seeking their maiden ATP Tour doubles crown and Opelka is appearing in his first tour-level doubles final.

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