Thursday, April 18, 2019

Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo

Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo
Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo

Stefanos Tsitsipas slammed an overhead into the net on match point on Thursday to lose 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Daniil Medvedev at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Russian winner, seeded 10th, will face either top seed Novak Djokovic or American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the final set. Then, trailing 5-4, Tsitsipas was caught on the back foot as he fell to 0-40 to face three match points.

Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo

Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo
Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo

Alexander Zverev showed signs of a return to his explosive best in a 6-1 6-4 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Zverev, who lives in Monte Carlo, reached the semi-finals of his 'home' event a year ago, but has endured a difficult 2019 season.

After finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco, Zverev has suffered early exits at Indian Wells, Miami and Marrakech.

Nadal makes winning start in Monte Carlo

Nadal makes winning start in Monte Carlo
Nadal makes winning start in Monte Carlo

Rafa Nadal produced a claycourt masterclass to pick apart Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-1, as the world number two began his Monte Carlo Masters title defense in stunning fashion on Wednesday.

Playing his first match since injuring his knee at Indian Wells last month, Nadal showed no signs of rust as he raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set on Court Rainier III.

Bautista Agut did get on the board but Nadal clinched the opening set and put his opponent under further pressure with another break of serve at the start of the second.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo

Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo
Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

Djokovic saved 12 of 16 break points to win the clay-court match in two hours, 36 minutes.

The Serb, who received a first round bye, clinched the first set with penetrating groundstrokes from the baseline but struggled with his serve in the second and serving at 2-3 down was forced to save two break points.

Nishikori knocked out in Monte Carlo

Nishikori knocked out in Monte Carlo
Nishikori knocked out in Monte Carlo

Kei Nishikori lost his opening match 7-5, 6-3 defeat to Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Fifth seed Nishikori reached the final here last year but will lose a chunk of ranking points after he hit 25 unforced errors and just 14 winners in succumbing to Frenchman Herbert.

Nishikori will now move on to Barcelona next week, where he owns two titles as he works on his clay form as the run-up to Roland Garros intensifies.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Garin wins first ATP Tour title in Houston

Garin wins first ATP Tour title in Houston
Garin wins first ATP Tour title in Houston

Christian Garin became the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title in 10 years when he beat Casper Ruud 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.

The turning point came at 2-2 in the final set, when Ruud was unable to capitalize on three break point chances. Garin broke in the next game by chasing down a drop shot and flicking a forehand winner.

Serving for the title at 5-3, the Chilean then hammered an ace to set up championship point. A heavy forehand on the next point decided the match.