13.04.2021 - 00:09 Uhr
You might want to grab the popcorn for Day 3 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters... and a second screen. With rain washing out most of Monday’s play in the Principality – only four of the scheduled 16 matches were able to be completed – Tuesday promises a packed slate of wall to wall ATP Masters 1000 action.Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Monte-Carlo campaign in the second round, and he’ll have to hit the ground running as he is scheduled for both singles and doubles alongside Petros Tsitsipas. It’s a good thing that the 2020 Roland Garros semi-finalist has been working on his physical conditioning ahead of the year’s first clay-court Masters 1000 event, as he will face the in-form Aslan Karatsev in his opening match.“I've practised a lot of days on clay. I've been feeling well,” Tsitsipas told press before the tournament. “My body is in good shape. Currently I feel like I'm working a lot on my physicality when I play friendly matches on clay. I think that's going to be the most important aspect in my game during the clay-court season.”His opponent, Karatsev is making his first appearance at an ATP Tour clay-court event this week, and successfully navigated a tricky Monte-Carlo debut. On Monday, he beat the rain and defeated #NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti on the way to the second round.The Russian player has seemed unflappable throughout a red-hot start to the season, which saw him make a stunning run from qualifying to his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Karatsev didn’t stop there, lifting his first ATP Tour trophy at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships a few weeks later.“I think it’s because of my age [that I’m handling things so well],” 27-year-old Karatsev said. “Of course you have to have your feet on the ground, but I’m not 20 years old [anymore]. I try to push myself every day and to practise and compete. That’s what I can do every day.”Eighth seed Matteo Berrettini also begins his Monte-Carlo campaign in the second round, where he will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for the first time. Berrettini is one of eight Italians in action on Tuesday, including defending champion Fabio Fognini and #NextGenATP Jannik Sinner.Sinner will start against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round. The 19-year-old arrived in Monte-Carlo after a breakthrough run to his first Masters 1000 final in Miami, and is sitting at a career-high No. 22 in the FedEx ATP Rankings as a result. Should he advance to the second round, he could face top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the first time in tour-level competition. But the Italian’s opponent Ramos-Vinolas also arrived on a hot streak, having reached the semi-finals or better at all three clay court events he has played, including last week in Marbella. Also in action, 13th seed Hubert Hurkacz will contest his first match since winning the Miami Open presented by Itau. Grigor Dimitrov, the 14th seed, and Marbella champion Pablo Carreno Busta also feature. Watch Live | View TV ScheduleSCHEDULE - TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 amFirst Round - [15] F. Fognini (ITA) vs M. Kecmanovic (SRB)First Round - F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN) vs [16] C. Garin (CHI) 42Second Round - [4] S. Tsitsipas (GRE) vs A. Karatsev (RUS)Second Round - A. Davidovich Fokina (ESP) vs [8] M. Berrettini (ITA)COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 amA. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs J. Sinner (ITA)D. Evans (GBR) vs D. Lajovic (SRB) 63 00[14] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs J. Struff (GER)[Q] S. Travaglia (ITA) vs [12] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)COURT 2 start 11:00 amG. Pella (ARG) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [13] H. Hurkacz (POL) 36 10T. Fritz (USA) vs [9] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)K. Khachanov (RUS) vs L. Djere (SRB)COURT 9 start 11:00 am[Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) vs [Q] D. Koepfer (GER)[Q] S. Caruso (ITA) vs [WC] L. Catarina (MON) 67(3) 23[WC] H. Rune (DEN) vs C. Ruud (NOR)L. Sonego (ITA) vs M. Fucsovics (HUN)COURT 11 start 11:00 am[Q] F. Delbonis (ARG) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)J. Chardy (FRA) vs A. Bublik (KAZ) 54[Q] A. Popyrin (AUS) vs P. Andujar (ESP)F. Krajinovic (SRB) vs N. Basilashvili (GEO)COURT 7 start 2:00 pmAfter Suitable Rest - [7] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] S. Bolelli (ITA) / J. Sinner (ITA)After Suitable Rest - F. Auger-Aliassime (CAN) / H. Hurkacz (POL) vs [WC] R. Arneodo (MON) / H. Nys (MON)After Suitable Rest - [8] K. Krawietz (GER) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] P. Tsitsipas (GRE) / S. Tsitsipas (GRE) 45COURT 13 start 11:00 amM. Melo (BRA) / J. Rojer (NED) vs [5] R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR) 33A. de Minaur (AUS) / J. Peers (AUS) vs R. Klaasen (RSA) / B. McLachlan (JPN)After Suitable Rest - A. Mannarino (FRA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [6] W. Koolhof (NED) / L. Kubot (POL)After Suitable Rest - S. Gille (BEL) / J. Vliegen (BEL) vs D. Evans (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR)



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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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