15.04.2021 - 21:05 Uhr
It’s not often that Fabio Fognini flies under the radar. But the defending champion has done just that, quietly advancing to the quarter-finals of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday.The 15th seed battled past Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6(1) after one hour and 28 minutes to reach the last eight at the venue where he won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title two years ago. This is his third trip to the quarter-finals of this tournament.“Of course I had my best performance here of my career. This tournament is always in my head,” Fognini said earlier in the week. “For sure it’s really special because I was born here, I was born in San Remo. I was practising here since I was 14 years old and I have a lot of memories here.”Krajinovic led their ATP Head2Head series 2-0, and the Serbian did not lose more than six games in either of his victories. But Fognini, who arrived in Monaco on a three-match losing streak, was locked in against the World No. 37.[WATCH LIVE 1]Fognini was two points away from losing the second set at 2-5, 30/30, but the 33-year-old remained calm and controlled play to close out the match in straight sets. The Italian won seven consecutive points in the tie-break, pointing his right index finger to his team in celebration after the Serbian made an error on match point.The defending champion will next play Casper Ruud, who rallied past Marbella champion Pablo Carreno Busta in the last match of the day. The Norwegian leads Fognini 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series, with both of those triumphs coming last year.



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04.06.2021 - 18:21 Uhr

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina dropped to his knees in celebration after an epic victory on Friday at Roland Garros. The Spaniard, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, came through a 16-minute service hold in the final game of his 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(6), 0-6, 7-5 victory over Norwegian 15th seed Casper Ruud, one of the player’s touted to go deep at the Paris major.Davidovich Fokina, who also reached the fourth round at the 2020 US Open, saved four break points in the final game, including one with an underarm serve, as Spanish supporters chanted “Foki, Foki” with every point their favourite won. He closed out one of the biggest wins of his career after four hours and 35 minutes on his fifth match point.The World No. 46, who reached the Millennium Estoril Open semi-finals in May, will now prepare to challenge Argentine Federico Delbonis, who upset Italian 27th seed Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.There were no break points in the decider, which lasted 63 minutes, until the 10th game when Ruud came under increasing pressure. Davidovich Fokina broke on his fourth break point when Ruud hit a backhand long, then came through a lengthy service hold at 6-5 - featuring five match points in an eight-deuce game - for a memorable 18th match win of 2021.When asked whether he would change anything, Ruud said, "At 5-5 in the fifth [set] and game point, I would probably go [for a] crosscourt forehand on the let instead of down the line, because he passed me on the big point. He hit his crosscourt forehand and it bounced up from the net, and I went down the line. If I would have gone cross, I would have had [a] 6-5 [lead]."Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comRuud, 22, had come to the French capital in form, having captured his second ATP Tour title two weeks ago at the Gonet Geneva Open (d. Shapovalov). He also reached two ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Rublev), the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Berrettini), plus the last four at the BMW Open in Munich (l. to Basilashvili)."It's difficult because you never really know what's going to come out of his racquet," said Ruud, after losing to Davidovich Fokina. "He can produce extremely good shots and extreme winners, passing shots, beautiful drop shots. But sometimes he can also do more mistakes. The fourth set went fast. That was the set where I played very well and he kind of lowered down a little bit. But then in the fifth [set] it was game on again."

03.06.2021 - 17:24 Uhr

Two #NextGenATP Italian stars Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti joined Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini in the Roland Garros third round on Thursday afternoon. Sinner, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year (l. to Nadal) and broke into the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time in April, defeated compatriot Gianluca Mager 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours and 21 minutes.The 19-year-old, who hit 29 winners, including seven aces, saved two set points on serve at 4-5 in the second set. Despite winning 46 per cent of his first serves in the third set, Sinner responded well and will now challenge against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer.Sinner, who saved a match point in his opening-round victory against France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, is now 23-10 for the season. The Italian won his second ATP Tour title in February at the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne (d. Travaglia) and reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in April at the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Hurkacz).Ymer defeated French 14th seed Gael Monfils, the 2008 semi-finalist, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 24 minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.Musetti extended his stay in Paris as the 19-year-old reached the third round on his Grand Slam debut. The Italian struck 39 winners, including four aces, against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan for a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over two hours and nine minutes.Musetti recovered from 3-5 down in the first set, before taking control of the match that finished with Nishioka’s 43rd unforced error on the Italian’s fifth match point.Follow Live Scores At RolandGarros.comThe World No. 76 will next face Australian 21st seed Alex de Minaur, winner of the Antalya Open title (d. Bublik) at the start of the season, or Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the third round.Nine months ago, Musetti was still outside the Top 250 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. He has reached two ATP Tour semi-finals this season – as a qualifier at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco and also at the recent Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (l. to Tsitsipas both times). He beat Belgian 13th seed David Goffin 6-0, 7-5, 7-6(3) in the first round on Monday.

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