17.04.2021 - 16:25 Uhr
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Almost two years after his most recent ATP Masters 1000 final appearance at the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas raced past Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-1 at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Saturday to move one win away from his maiden trophy at the level.The two-time Masters 1000 finalist broke Evan’s serve on five occasions to improve to 21-5 this season. Tsitsipas is through to his second final of the year, following his runner-up finish in Acapulco last month (l. to Zverev).“I am indeed pleased with the performance,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match interview. “I found ways to play at my best. It was really difficult to maintain my level of consistency and I am really happy I managed to deal with all the different moments during the match. I had a lot of opportunities to hit the forehand, and think how I wanted to construct the point."- Graphic courtesy Hawk-Eye Innovations/ATP Media- Take a deep dive into this match with Match Insights powered by Infosys NIATsitsipas is yet to drop a set at the Monte-Carlo Country Club this week. The 22-year-old, who has reached the quarter-finals or better at six consecutive events, defeated Aslan Karatsev, Cristian Garin and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to book his third ATP Head2Head encounter against Evans (3-0).The Greek will meet sixth seed Andrey Rublev or Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final. The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion is tied at 3-3 in his ATP Head2Head series against Rublev (1-1 on clay) and has not met Ruud at tour-level.In the first set, Tsitsipas found success by directing his groundstrokes into Evans’ backhand corner. The World No. 5 used the strategy to force Evans behind the baseline, and he punished short balls with powerful forehand winners into the open space.Tsitsipas came to the net on 17 occasions throughout the match and his movement up the court proved crucial in the second set. The five-time ATP Tour titlist attacked Evans’ backhand and charged the net, before carving a backhand volley to break for 3-1. Tsitsipas raced to the finish line from that point to reach his 14th tour-level final (5-8).[WATCH LIVE 1]Evans entered the tournament seeking his first tour-level win on clay since the 2017 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The Brit, who had never previously won a Masters 1000 match on clay (0-5), beat 2019 runner-up Dusan Lajovic, Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Montpellier titlist David Goffin en route to his first Masters 1000 semi-final.
  

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21.06.2021 - 19:21 Uhr
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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
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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
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#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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