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Alexander Bublik is the 2021 ace king, and he showed why on Tuesday in Eastbourne.The eighth seed blasted 18 aces past fellow Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin in a 6-1, 6-4 victory in the first round of the Viking International Eastbourne. The 24-year-old will play Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in the second round.When looking at the aces leaderboard, familiar names include John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic among others. But Bublik has separated himself from the field so far this year.2021 ATP Tour Ace Leaders Player Aces Matches 1) Alexander Bublik* 444 36 2) Reilly Opelka* 331 19 3) Jan-Lennard Struff 323 33 4) Matteo Berrettini 313 32 5) Alexander Zverev 301 34 *Still competing this weekThe World No. 39 now has 444 aces in 36 matches, and nobody else on the Tour has more than 331 (Opelka, 19 matches). Although last season was shortened due to COVID-19, Bublik finished 12th on Tour with 273 aces in 28 matches.[WATCH LIVE 2]His next opponent, Gerasimov, eliminated former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4. This will be the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting, but they split two professional clashes in 2015 and 2016, respectively.Also moving on Tuesday was Australian veteran John Millman, who beat home favourite Jay Clarke, a wild card, 6-3, 6-2. The 32-year-old will next play Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made his debut at the Mallorca Championships in doubles with good friend Carlos Gomez-Herrera of Spain, and the pair delighted fans with a thrilling victory on Tuesday.The wild cards rallied from a set down and saved two match points in a nail biting Match Tie-break to take down Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 5-7, 6-4, 13-11. “We had a lot of fun on the court, I must say,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview. “Xarly is a longtime friend my brother and I, we’ve known each other [for] almost 15 years. We’ve played only once together and we lost that only match. This one was very, very close, but it was an amazing experience.”Djokovic, who lives in Marbella, was playing in just his second doubles event of the year. At the ATP Cup in February, he partnered with today’s opponent Cacic against Germany (l. to Struff/Zverev). For 31-year-old Marbella native Gomez-Herrera, the victory on Spanish soil was twice as sweet. After saving two match points in a Match Tie-break that went down to the wire, a Djokovic passing shot winner helped clinch Gomez-Herrera’s first main draw victory in doubles.“For me, it’s a privilege to play with him as a friend,” Gomez-Herrera said. “He’s always there backing me up, so just being next to him on court means a lot.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole)They will next face top seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the last eight, after the Mutua Madrid Open champions fought past Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely 6-2, 3-6, 12-10.Elsewhere at the Mallorca Country Club, second seeds Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald needed two sets against Sander Arends and Matwe Middelkoop to advance, 6-3, 6-2. Andres Molteni and Andrea Vavassori also defeated Guido Pella and Joao Sousa 7-6(3), 7-6(6).There was no doubles action on Tuesday at the Viking International Eastbourne after Monday’s washout and today’s early rain at Devonshire Park.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev got his grass-court swing up and running after claiming a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Corentin Moutet on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals at the Mallorca Championships.Medvedev arrived in Mallorca looking to ‘get some confidence’ on the natural surface after bowing out in the first round of the NOVENTI OPEN in Halle (l. to Struff) last week. The victory over Moutet improved his career record on grass to 19-13. The Russian has previously reached the semi-finals at Eastbourne in 2017 and at Queen’s Club in 2019.Standing between Medvedev and a third grass-court semi-final will be fifth seed Casper Ruud, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tennys Sandgren. Medvedev leads their ATP Head2Head 1-0 after scoring a victory over him during Russia’s ATP Cup tie against Norway in 2020.The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion was off to a slow start against Moutet on Mallorca’s centre court, dropping serve early and trailing 0-3 as he struggled to handle the Frenchman’s drop shots and low-bouncing forehands. But once he found his rhythm, Medvedev began firing winners off both wings as he reeled off the last five games of the opening set to take the lead.[WATCH LIVE 2]Medvedev carried his momentum into the second set, where he didn’t face a break point in seven games as he chipped away at the Frenchman’s defences. The top seed won 80 per cent (33/41) of points behind his first serve to keep Moutet on the back foot.After taking a double-break 5-2 lead, Medvedev ran into a late wobble as Moutet saved two match points and created three break opportunities. But Medvedev shut down the comeback with one of his six aces, and earned a long forehand return to seal the victory after an hour and 23 minutes.
Während Novak Djokovic seine Teilnahme an den Olympischen Spielen in Tokio bestätigte, musste Juan Martin del Potro seinen Start beim größten Sportereignis der Welt absagen.
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