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ATP 250 wraps: Aussies bow out in Singapore as upsets take place in Montpellier

IT was a mixed bag of results on day two across the various ATP 250 events, as we recap the results as of publishing in Montpellier, Singapore and Cordoba.

A couple of experienced talents joined the list of outs from the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, with eighth seed Jan-Lennard Struff and Frenchman Gilles Simon both bundled out of the tournament. Struff went down to qualifier and compatriot Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets, losing 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 18 minutes, with the 144th ranked played topping his German counterpart who sits 107 placed above him in the world. Meanwhile Austrian Dennis Novak continued his strong start to the year with a solid three-set win over Simon. Novak needed a tiebreaker to get through the first set, before dropping away in the second, and then posting a win 7-6 1-6 6-3 to advance to the Round of 16.

In other results, wildcard Benjamin Bonzi won through in straight sets in the all-French clash against Lucas Pouille, getting up 7-6 6-2. Experienced Czech Jiri Vesely was far too good for a disappointing Mikael Ymer, winning 6-1 6-1, while in the final results, Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor won 6-2 6-7 6-3 over American Marcos Giron in the clear best match of the day. It lasted two hours and 10 minutes with the players evenly matched until Griekspoor – who had saved all five break point opportunities from his opponent – broke for a third time to win. .

In the late game, the most talked about match took place on Court Patrice Dominguez with Belarusian Egor Gerasimov taking on Grand Slam winner and returning from injury Brit, Andy Murray. After a nail-biting first set tiebreaker (10-8), Gerasimov ran away with the contest in the second set to win 7-6 6-1 and book his spot in the second round.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[Q] Peter Gojowczyk (GER) defeated [8] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3 6-4
[WC] Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) defeated Lucas Pouille (FRA) 7-6 6-2
[Q] Tallon Griekspoor (NED) defeated Marcos Giron (USA) 6-2 6-7 6-3
Dennis Novak (AUT) defeated Gilles Simon (FRA) 7-6 1-6 6-3
Jiri Vesely (CZE) defeated Mikael Ymer (SWE) 6-1 6-1
Egor Gerasimov (BLR) defeated Andy Murray (GBR) 7-6 6-1

 

Over in Singapore, five matches were completed on day two, and it was not good news for the Australians with all three players on court unable to join day one winner, Alexei Popyrin in the Round of 16. Marc Polmans was the toughest to beat, forcing Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama to three sets before going down 6-4 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes. Similarly, John-Patrick Smith also suffered a three-set loss, this time to Macedonian sixth seed Radu Albot who won 6-2 3-6 6-1.

James Duckworth was unable to really break down German Yannick Hanfmann in their match, with the latter triumphing in straight sets, 6-2 6-4 to advance to the next round of action. In the other two matches, Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek won against Japanese wildcard Shintaro Mochizuki. Celikbilek got up 6-0 6-4 convincingly, while American Maxime Cressy moved into the Round of 16 with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Jason Jung.

SINGAPORE ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[6] Radu Albot (MCE) defeated [Q] John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-2 3-6 6-1
Maxime Cressy (USA) defeated Jason Jung (TAI) 7-6 6-2
Yannick Hanfmann (GER) defeated James Duckworth (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) defeated Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-4 2-6 6-4
[Q] Altug Celikbilek (TUR) defeated [WC] Shintaro Mochizuki (JPN) 6-0 6-4

 

The two lower ranked players at the Cordoba Open won through to the second round with hard-fought three sets wins over their respective opponents. Chilean wildcards Nicolas Jarry came from a set down to survive a nail-biting tiebreaker and then win in three against rising Spaniard Jaume Munar, 5-7 7-6 6-4. The match lasted a whopping two hours and 44 minutes with Jarry serving up seven aces, and winning 75 per cent of his first serve points, albeit off a lowly 54 per cent efficiency. Jarry’s was more efficient with 74 per cent of his first serves going in, but only capitalising on 63 per cent of them, as both players were broken five times.

In the other match, Jozef Kovalik also needed three sets to get past Daniel Elahi Galan, bouncing back from a disappointing second set to win 6-2 1-6 6-3 in an hour and 43 minutes. Kovalik broke four times to three, the last being a crucial one in the final set, to book his spot in the Round of 16 with victory on the clay courts.

CORDOBA OPEN ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[WC] Nicolas Jarry (CHL) defeated Jaume Munar (ESP) 5-7 7-6 6-4
Jozef Kovalik (SVK) defeated Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) 6-2 1-6 6-3

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ATP 250s wraps: Tsonga beaten on return as Popyrin claims win in Singapore

GRAND SLAM finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made his long-awaited return to the ATP Tour at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier yesterday, though it did not go plan. The former Top 10 talent was easily beaten by American Sebastian Korda in the first round of the ATP 250 event.

The match lasted just 72 minutes with Korda claiming the spoils, 6-4 6-2, dominating on serve and only dropping eight points in total, saving both of his opponent’s break point opportunities. Tsonga was far from his best, but getting through the match was the key, still winning 69 per cent of his first serve points, and serving five aces throughout the match. He saved three of six break points, but ultimately could not do enough against a player who has built form over the past 12 months.

It was better news for sixth seed Ugo Humbert, whose rise up the ATP Rankings continues following his straight sets win over Slovakian Norbert Gombos. Humbert won 6-4 7-6 in 78 minutes, slamming home 18 aces and winning 88 per cent of his first serve points off an elite 79 per cent efficiency to never give his opponent a chance. In Gombos’ defence, he held up well, actually breaking Humbert once from two chances, while the Frenchman broke him from both his opportunities. Overall the class of Humbert stood out and he advanced to the Round of 16.

In the final match played on day one of the main draw event, seventh seed Lorenzo Sonego battled past young Frenchman Hugo Gaston. The Italian won 6-3 6-7 6-1, holding his nerve in the third set after dropping the second set tiebreaker 9-7, to win in two hours and 19 minutes. He served seven aces and broke six times from 12 chances, while only being broken three times himself.

In today’s action, there are plenty more Frenchman on show, with Lucas Pouille taking on compatriot and wildcard Benjamin Bonzi, while Gilles Simon faces Austrian Dennis Novak. The match of the day could be either British wildcard and Grand Slam winner Andy Murray taking on Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, or Swede Mikael Ymer locking horns with Jiri Vesely.

OPEN SUD DE FRANCE ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[6] Ugo Humbert (FRA) defeated Norbert Gombos (SVK) 6-4 7-6
[7] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) defeated [WC] Hugo Gaston (FRA) 6-3 6-7 6-1
Sebastian Korda (USA) defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-4 6-2

Five first round matches were completed in Singapore, with a mixed bag for the two seeds on court. Fifth seed Japanese counter puncher Yoshihito Nishioka defeated improving American Michael Mmoh 6-2 3-6 6-3, while seventh seed South African Lloyd Harris went down in three sets to Bulgarian wildcard Adrian Andreev.

Nishioka needed almost two hours to defeat Mmoh, surviving 11 aces to bring up 10 break point opportunities, albeit only taking three. It was two more than Mmoh who broke once in the second set, but could not do it again in the match. Meanwhile Andreev took two hours and 19 minutes to knock off the fast-serving Harris, not needing to serve and ace and even holding off 12 of 15 break point chances for the South African to win 1-6 6-3 6-4. The Bulgarian bounced back from a disappointing first set to post the impressive win over the developing Harris.

Andreev now takes on Australian Alexei Popyrin who knocked off American qualifier, Christopher Eubanks in two tiebreakers, 7-6 7-6, both of which were 7-5 tiebreakers. The match lasted one hour and 46 minutes, with Popyrin powering home 15 aces and saving 10 of 11 break points in a remarkable feat. He won 72 per cent of his first serve points, and also only broke Eubanks once, holding firm in the crucial tiebreakers to claim a narrow straight sets win.

In other Singapore results, United States’ Maxime Cressy became his nation’s sole winner on the day, downing Chinese Taipei’s Jason Jung in straight sets 7-6 6-2, while Japan’s Taro Daniel joined compatriot Nishioka in the second round after a tight three-set win over India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan, 6-3 6-7 6-3.

In today’s action, three Australians are out on court, with Marc Polmans up first against Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama. Following that match, qualifier John-Patrick Smith has to find a way to upstage sixth seed Macedonian Radu Albot, before James Duckworth takes to the court at night against German, Yannick Hanfmann.

SINGAPORE ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) defeated Michael Mmoh (USA) 6-2 3-6 6-3
[WC] Adrian Andreev (BUL) defeated [7] Lloyd Harris (RSA) 1-6 6-3 6-4
Maxime Cressy (USA) defeated Jason Jung (TAI) 7-6 6-2
Taro Daniel (JPN) defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 6-3 6-7 6-3
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) defeated [Q] Christopher Eubanks (USA) 7-6 7-6

At the time of publishing, none of the day one matches had been completed in Cordoba, with the Argentinian tournament finishing off the third round of qualifying earlier in the day. The night session featured two Round of 32 matches which will be covered in tomorrow’s wrap, with Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan facing Slovakian Jozef Kovalik, followed by Spaniard Jaume Munar taking on Chilean wildcard Nicolas Jarry.

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2020 Libema Open fantasy tennis: Seeds mostly go to plan, with a couple of upsets on opening day

THERE were no major shocks in the ATP Libema Open, whilst six of the eight WTA seeds reached the second round in the WTA fantasy tennis tournament in s’Hertogenbosch. Of the day’s winners, the top three women dominated proceedings, whilst the highest seeded men largely had greater degree of difficulty to win.

In the ATP tournament, the four seeds in action all made it through to the Round of 16, with varying match lengths. Fifth seed Cristian Garin – fresh off a Roland Garros semi-final – was made to work for a Round of 16 spot against French wildcard, Corentin Moutet throughout a come-from-behind three-set win. Garin got up 5-7 6-3 6-4 to make his way through to the next round. It was a similar tale for Australian seventh seed Alex de Minaur who put a horror clay season behind him to knock off another Frenchman in Adrian Mannarino, 6-7 7-5 7-5.

The other two seeds had a bit of an easier time with sixth seed Brit Andy Murray taking out compatriot and qualifier Cameron Norrie 7-6 6-1, while the other British winner was Daniel Evans. The eighth seed got up over the in-form Aljaz Bedene 6-1 6-2 in just an hour and three minutes. Kyle Edmund could not beat his two highest ranked compatriots in the second round, bowing out to Frenchman Benoit Paire in three sets. It was a really busy day for France on the courts with eight Frenchmen featuring in all different matches. 

Joining Paire in the Round of 16 were Ugo Humbert and Jeremy Chardy who won in straight sets over the in-form Nicolas Jarry, and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden both in straight sets. The news was not as positive for another qualifier in Pierre Hugues Herbert who bowed out to Borna Coric in three sets, while Richard Gasquet also bowed out to Andreas Seppi. Gregoire Barrere was another French casualty in Round 1, losing to Taylor Fritz 7-5 6-3. Other winners on the men’s side were South African qualifier Kevin Anderson and Japanese talent Kei Nishikori.

ATP ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated [WC] Corentin Moutet (FRA) 5-7 6-3 6-4
[6] Andy Murray (GBR) defeated [Q] Cameron Norrie (GBR) 7-6 6-1
[7] Alex de Minaur (AUS) defeated Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-7 7-5 7-5
[8] Daniel Evans (GBR) defeated Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-1 6-2
Borna Coric (CRO) defeated [Q] Pierre Hugues Herbert (FRA) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Andreas Seppi (ITA) defeated Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-6 3-6 7-5
[Q] Kevin Anderson (RSA) defeated Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-4 4-6 7-6
Taylor Fritz (USA) defeated [WC] Gregoire Barrere (FRA) 7-5 6-3
Kei Nishikori (JPN) defeated Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-3 6-3
Ugo Humbert (FRA) defeated Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 7-5 6-3
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) defeated [Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-4 7-6
Benoit Paire (FRA) defeated Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-3 5-7 7-6

In the women’s first round, there were not a great deal of surprises as the top three seeds completely destroyed their respective opponents. Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens all cruised through to the Round of 16, dropping a combined four games between them. They left Slovakian Vikoria Kuzmova, and qualifiers, Jasmine Paolini and Greet Minnen in their wake by pushing through to the second round. Also through easily were sixth seed Alison Riske and eighth seed Johanna Konta who had impressive wins over Alison Van Uytvanck and Arantxa Rus respectively.

Belgium’s Elise Mertens had the toughest straight sets win of the seeded winners, holding off a determined Lesia Tsurenko to get up 7-5 6-4. The news was not as good for Kazakhstan duo Elena Rybakina and Yulia Putintseva. The pair can catch the same flight home after Rybakina lost in three sets to Slovenian Polona Hercog 3-6 7-6 6-4 in more than two and a half hours, while Putintseva lost to Russian Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 2-6 7-5.

Looking at the unseeded matches, German wildcard Andrea Petkovic turned around a shocking first set to overcome fellow wildcard, Australian Priscilla Hon 0-6 6-4 6-2. Grand Slam winner, Victoria Azarenka moved through to the Round of 16 courtesy of a victory over 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, while her compatriot Aliaksandra Sasnovich went down to Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets, with the Czech joining her sister in the next stage. American duo, Kristie Ahn and Coco Gauff made it through to the Round of 16, as did Tunisian Ons Jabeur, Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova and German Angelique Kerber.

WTA ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[1] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) defeated Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-1 6-0
[2] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) defeated [Q] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-1 6-0
[3] Kiki Bertens (NED) defeated [Q] Greet Minnen (BEL) 6-1 6-1
Polona Hercog (SLO) defeated [4] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 3-6 7-6 6-4
[5] Elise Mertens (BEL) defeated [Q] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 7-5 6-4
[6] Alison Riske (USA) defeated Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-2 6-3
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated [7] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 7-6 2-6 7-5
[8] Johanna Konta (GBR) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-2 6-2
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) defeated Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-1 6-4
[WC] Andrea Petkovic (GER) defeated [WC] Priscilla Hon (AUS) 0-6 6-4 6-2
Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-4 6-3
Kristie Ahn (USA) defeated [Q] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 7-6 6-2
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) defeated [WC] Mona Barthel (GER) 7-6 6-4
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) defeated [WC] Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-2 6-3
Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Yafan Wang (CHN) 6-2 6-7 6-3
Angelique Kerber (GER) defeated Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4 2-6 6-4

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Zverev stuns Djokovic to move into semis

ALEXANDER Zverev had claimed a massive scalp in the match of Roland Garros fantasy tennis tournament so far, defeating world number two and second tournament favourite, Novak Djokovic in five sets. The German up and comer had to come from two sets to one down against the Serbian to win 4-6 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 in a match that lasted a little over four hours. Zverev joined Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Cristian Garin in the semi-finals.

The German world number seven takes on the third seed and reigning finalist, Thiem in the semi-finals after the Austrian ended the miraculous run of Chilean qualifier, Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean had won seven consecutive matches in Paris, but his run fell short of an almost unbelievable title, going down in the final eight. Thiem went through as expected without too much trouble, winning 6-3 6-2 6-2.

It was better news for Jarry’s compatriot, Garin who won in a strange four-set match. Other than a second set blue where he dropped it 6-2, he only dropped two games in the other three sets to send unseeded Slovenian Aljaz Bedene packing from Roland Garros. He won 6-1 2-6 6-0 6-1 in just over two hours.

In the final match of the day, world number one Nadal made his way through by defeating eighth seed Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in four sets. Schwartzman fought hard to win the second set against the 12-time winner, but was ultimately overwhelmed during the Spaniard’s 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-2 victory.

Nadal now takes on Garin in the night semi-final straight after the clash between Thiem and Zverev, with both winners advancing through to the Roland Garros final. A repeat of the past two French Open finals is still on the cards with both Nadal and Thiem preparing for another encounter.

QUARTER FINALS RESULTS:

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeated [8] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-2
[7] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1
[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated [Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 6-3 6-2 6-2
[19] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-1 2-6 6-0 6-1

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Five of top eight make quarters

DESPITE being at the pointy end of the 2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis tournament, the upsets continue to deliver with the two remaining unseeded players through to the quarter finals. Both Slovenian Aljaz Bedene and Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry made their way into the last eight with five seed wins over top 25 opponents.

Bedene defeated ninth seed Gael Monfils and would be the most disliked person at the tournament after bundling out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday. The Slovenian took five sets to dismiss the world number nine, winning 6-4 6-7 6-2 4-6 6-1 to send Monfils packing. Similarly, Jarry had to survive a real challenge from Grand Slam winner Andy Murray before posting a win, getting up 7-6 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-2 in four and a half hours.

The only other player outside the top eight seeds to win through to the final eight was 19th seed Chilean Cristian Garin. For the first time, two Chilean players are through to the last eight at Roland Garros, and it was an emphatic win for the top 20 player. He knocked off world number four and Grand Slam titles leader Roger Federer in straight sets, cruising to a 6-1 6-3 6-3 victory. He now faces Bedene in a match he will head in strong favourite for tomorrow.

In other results, the top three seeds moved through to the quarter finals, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem all booking their places in the last eight as expected. Nadal toppled top 20 Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets, 6-2 6-4 6-4, as Djokovic shook off 12th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 6-1 6-2, and Thiem won in a tight three-setter against 17th seed Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 7-6.

The final two matches saw seventh seed German Alexander Zverev make it through to book a date with Djokovic after defeating 16th seed Russian Karen Khachanov, 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5, while Diego Schwartzman continued his ripping form to knock out 10th seed Swiss star Stan Wawrinka, 6-7 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 in four and a half hours of action. It was a remarkable come-from-behind win with Schwartzman now taking on Nadal in the quarter finals. The other quarter final sees Thiem up against Jarry.

ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeated [20] Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-4
[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated [12] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 7-6 6-1 6-2
[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated [17] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 7-5 6-4 7-6
[19] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated [4] Roger Federer (SUI) 6-1 6-3 6-3
[7] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated [16] Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5
[8] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) defeated [10] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-7 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-3
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) defeated [9] Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-4 6-7 6-2 4-6 6-1
[Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) defeated [21] Andy Murray (GBR) 7-6 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-2

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Bedene and Jarry head through to final 16

ALJAZ Bedene joins Nicolas Jarry as the only two unseeded players in the fourth round of the 2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis tournament, having defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets. The Slovenian took more than three and a half hours to finally put Tsonga away on his opponents’ home court, but saluted with a 7-6 1-6 6-2 6-7 6-4 victory to book a spot in the Round of 16 against the top ranked Frenchman in Gael Monfils.

 

Aside from Bedene, the results went largely as expected, with five of the other seven winners ranked higher than their respective opponents. The two ranked lower were 19th seed Chilean Cristian Garin, and 20th seed Italian Fabio Fognini. Both are very strong clay courters and took out 11th seed Belgian David Goffin and 14th seed Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

 

At the top of the seeded players, world number one Rafael Nadal took out another competent clay courter in Casped Ruud. The Norwegian was no match for the Spanish star and 12-time Roland Garros winner, with Nadal getting better and better as the match went on. In the end, Nadal claimed a 6-3 6-2 6-0 win in just an hour and 40 minutes. He joined Monfils in the next round who disposed of 22nd seed Denis Shapovalov in straight sets, 6-3 7-5 6-3.

 

Argentinian talent Diego Schwartzman is in career-best form at a career-high number eight in the world, and he survived a mighty scare to shake off Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets. Having to come back from two sets to one down, Schwartzman won 5-7 7-6 4-6 6-0 6-4 in four hours and 14 minutes.

 

It was great news for the two Swiss players out on court, with top 10 talents Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka rounding out the final 16. Federer defeated Italian Gianluca Mager 7-5 6-3 6-7 6-2, while Wawrinka came from a set down to defeat home nation hero Richard Gasquet in four sets, 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-4.

 

In tomorrow’s action for this half of the draw, Nadal faces Fognini, Garin takes on Federer, Schwartzman meets Wawrinka and Bedene sizes up against Monfils.

 

ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

 

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeated [32] Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-3 6-2 6-0

[4] Roger Federer (SUI) defeated Gianluca Mager (ITA) 7-5 6-3 6-7 6-2

[8] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) defeated [26] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 5-7 7-6 4-6 6-0 6-4

[9] Gael Monfils (FRA) defeated [22] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-3 7-5 6-3

[10] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) defeated Richard Gasquet (FRA) 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-4

[19] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated [11] David Goffin (BEL) 6-4 6-1 6-2

[20] Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeated [14] Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6-2 7-5 6-3

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) defeated [27] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 7-6 1-6 6-2 6-7 6-4

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Jarry continues stunning run into Round of 16

CHILEAN qualifier Nicolas Jarry became the lone unseeded player through to the Round of 16 at the 2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis tournament after half the draw was completed today. Jarry won through in a five set match against fellow unseeded player, American Sam Querrey, whilst the seven other winners on day seven were seeds. Jarry defeated Querrey 5-7 6-4 6-2 0-6 6-1 in a huge contest, whilst fellow unseeded players, Guido Pella and Mikael Ymer were both eliminated from competition in the third round.

Pella bowed out at the hands of third seed Austrian Dominic Thiem, whilst Ymer lost out in his match against seventh seed German, Alexander Zverev. Thiem won 6-1 6-2 6-4 over the unseeded Argentinian, whilst Zverev also had a straight sets win, 6-4 7-5 6-2 over the up and comer Ymer. It was much easier for world number one Novak Djokokic who toppled 28th seed Pole Hubert Hurkacz with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 triumph, whilst 12th seed Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut took down his compatriot in Pablo Carreno Busta, 7-5 6-2 6-3.

The remaining matches went at least four sets, as 2020 big improvers Filip Krajinovic and Nikoloz Basilashvili locked horns for a third time with Krajinovic emerging victorious, 6-2 6-3 4-6 7-5 in that match. In one of the predicted matches of the day, British Grand Slam winner Andy Murray came from behind to oust 13th seed Italian Matteo Berrettini, winning 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-4. 

Murray and Jarry were the only two players to drop the first set only to come back and win against their respective opponents. In the final match of the day, 16th seed Russian Karen Khachanov again survived a scare, this time toppling 23rd seed Canadian Milos Raonic in five sets. Khachanov won 6-3 4-6 6-1 4-6 7-5 to book a spot in the next round.

The Round of 32 completes tomorrow with top 10 seeds, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Diego Schwartzman, Gael Monfils and Stan Wawrinka all on court in the top half of the draw.

ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated [28] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-4 6-2 6-4
[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated Guido Pella (ARG) 6-1 6-2 6-4
[7] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Mikael Ymer (SWE) 6-4 7-5 6-2
[12] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated [24] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 7-5 6-2 6-3
[21] Andy Murray (GBR) defeated [13] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-4
[17] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) defeated [15] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-1
[16] Karen Khachanov (RUS) defeated [23] Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-3 4-6 6-1 4-6 7-5
[Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) defeated Sam Querrey (USA) 5-7 6-4 6-2 0-6 6-1

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Querrey takes out Medvedev in come-from-behind five-set win

A FIVE-SET come-from-behind win to Sam Querrey has caused the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. The unseeded American took down fifth seed Russian Daniil Medvedev, showing his higher ranked opponent that he meant business. The result came after Medvedev narrowly escaped a five-set match in Round 1, and despite leading two sets to one in the Round of 64 clash, could not finish off Querrey, who triumphed 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-3.

He was the only seed to fall in the first day of the second round, as the procession of top 30 players continued into the Round of 32. But only five seeded players won through in straight sets, a refreshing change of just how close the competition is. Seventh seed Alexander Zverev had the quickest match of all, winning in less than 90 minutes to post a 6-2 6-2 6-0 victory over Argentinian Federico Coria, whilst Filip Krajinovic, Andy Murray, Pablo Carreno Busta and Hubert Hurkacz won their respective matches in straight sets.

At the top of the world rankings, second and third seeds Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem both dropped sets, with the Serbian world number two winning 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1 after an early scare against Stefano Travaglia, whilst Thiem was challenged but shook off teenage Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild, 7-5 6-1 6-7 6-0. Roberto Bautista-Agut won in fourth sets against Taylor Fritz, whilst Nikoloz Basilashvili and Milos Raonic also dropped sets against French duo Jeremy Chardy and Hugo Gaston.

In other results, Karen Khachanov managed to avoid it being a day to forget for Russia, posting a five-set victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, 7-6 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-1. Other winners on day five were a trio of unseeded players, Guido Pella, Mikael Ymer and Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean qualifier Jarry had a particularly impressive win, downing Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 6-3.

ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:

[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1
[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) 7-5 6-1 6-7 6-0
Sam Querrey (USA) defeated [5] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-3
[7] Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 6-2 6-2 6-0
[12] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4 6-2 5-7 6-4
[13] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-3 6-0 2-6 7-5
[15] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-2
[16] Karen Khachanov (RUS) defeated Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-6 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-1
[17] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) defeated Dennis Novak (AUT) 6-2 6-2 6-4
[21] Andy Murray (GBR) defeated Jiri Vesely (CZE) 7-6 6-1 7-6
[23] Milos Raonic (CAN) defeated [WC] Hugo Gaston (FRA) 6-3 2-6 6-1 6-2
[24] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) defeated Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-2 7-6 7-6
[28] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) defeated Hugo Dellien (BOL) 7-6 6-2 6-3
Guido Pella (ARG) defeated Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) 7-6 6-4 6-2
[Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) defeated Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-3 6-1 6-3
Mikael Ymer (SWE) defeated Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-2 7-5 6-2

2020 ATP Roland Garros fantasy tennis: Jarry and Pella bundle out seeds on day one

A DISAPPOINTING five-set loss to Frenchman Benoit Paire on his home court was one of the only few major upsets of day one at Roland Garros fantasy tennis competition. The 31st seed was one of eight seeds out on court and joined American, John Isner as the only other two seeds out in the first round.

In a new format for Roland Garros, the first round is split across four days, with Argentinian Guido Pella booking his passage through to the next round with a 6-2 7-6 2-6 6-7 6-2 victory over Paire. He looked to have it a lot more comfortably before the Frenchman fought back to drag the match into five sets. Similar, Isner looked like rolling into the next round, leading Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry 7-5 6-3 at one stage, but then the clay court talent stepped up, weathering the barrage of aces to win in a shock result, 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-1, getting better and better as the match went on.

There was just the one other five set match and had it gone the way it was looking like at one stage, then fifth seed Daniil Medvedev’s potential exit would have topped the list of upsets. The Russian had to fight back from two sets to one down against Ukrainian qualifier, Sergiy Stakhovsky before running out a 3-6 6-2 5-7 6-0 7-5 victor to move through to the second round.

The remaining seeds had it easier with one of the title contenders in Austrian Dominic Thiem leading the way by dropping just two games in a 6-0 6-2 6-0 rout of Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. Other seeds, Matteo Berrettini, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Filip Krajinovic and Andy Murray all moved through to the Round of 64 without dropping a set in their first round matches.

Of the unseeded clashes, there were two five-set matches, with big-serving competitors, Marin Cilic and Reilly Opelka’s match the best of the lot. In the end the Croatian got up 7-6 6-2 3-6 6-7 6-4 in almost four hours of gameplay. Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely was the other player to win in five sets, downing Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3 6-7 6-4 2-6 7-5 in an equally tight arm-wrestle. Thiago Seyboth Wild was the only other player to drop a set but still win their match, knocking off his more experienced South American opponent Federico Delbonis, 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Other winners on day one were Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero, Austrian Dennis Novak, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, Australian Nick Kyrgios and American Sam Querrey who all won in straight sets over their respective opponents.

ROUND OF 128 RESULTS:

[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) defeated Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 6-0 6-2 6-0
[5] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) defeated [Q] Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 3-6 6-2 5-7 6-0 7-5
[13] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Andrej Martin (SLO) 6-2 6-3 6-3
[15] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-2 6-1 6-3
[17] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) defeated Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6-2 6-4 6-2
[21] Andy Murray (GBR) defeated Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-0 6-2 6-1
[Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) defeated [30] John Isner (USA) 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-1
Guido Pella (ARG) defeated [31] Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-2 7-6 2-6 6-7 6-2
Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) defeated Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-4
Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) defeated Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2 6-2 6-3
Dennis Novak (AUT) defeated Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6-3 6-0 6-2
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) defeated Jannik Sinner (ITA) 6-4 6-4 6-0
Marin Cilic (CRO) defeated Reilly Opelka (USA) 7-6 6-2 3-6 6-7 6-4
Jiri Vesely (CZE) defeated Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3 6-7 6-4 2-6 7-5
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) defeated Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-2 6-1 6-1
Sam Querrey (USA) defeated John Millman (AUS) 7-5 6-3 6-3

2020 ATP Geneva and Lyon Opens fantasy tennis: Predictable day of results with a few unseeded upsets

THE final ATP Tour fantasy tennis tournaments prior to Roland Garros began this week with the Geneva Open and Lyon Open both yielding fairly predictable results. All four seeds of the 24 players on court won through to the second round, whilst a few qualifier and a wildcard also earned their place in the Round of 16.

In Geneva, it was easy breezy for the top four ranked players on court, as the fifth through to eighth seeds waltzed past their opponents. Fifth seed Russian Karen Khachanov had the biggest challenge against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, but the higher ranked player got up 7-5 6-4. It was much easier for sixth seed Chilean Cristian Garin, seventh seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and eighth seed Andy Murray who all went through unscathed without dropping a set.

The battle of the day was a come-from-behind win for Australian Jordan Thompson who downed Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 3-6 6-4 7-6, whilst Romanian Radu Albot and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy both took care of business in three sets after shaky starts in their respective wins. The only other three-set match was Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego 7-5 4-6 6-2 to book a Round of 16 spot.

In other results, Croatian Marin Cilic smashed his compatriot Borna Coric 6-2 6-0, while Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics, German wildcard Phillip Kohlschreiber and Norwegian clay courter Casper Ruud all had straight forward victories.

In tomorrow’s action the top four seeds – Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, David Goffin and Stan Wawrinka – take to the court in the Round of 16.

GENEVA ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Karen Khachanov (RUS) defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 7-5 6-4
[6] Cristian Garin (CHI) defeated Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-0 6-3
[7] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) defeated Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1 6-3
[8] Andy Murray (GBR) defeated Guido Pella (ARG) 6-4 6-2
Jordan Thompson (AUS) defeated [Q] Hugo Dellien (BOL) 3-6 6-4 7-6
Marin Cilic (CRO) defeated Borna Coric (CRO) 6-2 6-0
Radu Albot (ROU) defeated [WC] Dominik Koepfer (GER) 3-6 7-6 6-4
[Q] Marton Fucsovics (HUN) defeated Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3 6-3
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) defeated [Q] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 3-6 6-1 7-6
Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) defeated Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 7-5 4-6 6-2
[WC] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) defeated [Q] Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 6-4 6-1
Casper Ruud (NOR) defeated Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 6-4 6-1

Heading over to France and it was a similar story in Lyon, as the top eight seeds all made it through to the second round. It was not without a massive scare though, as fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili had his work cut out for him against top 30 teenager, Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the end the Georgian managed to prevail in just under three hours with a 4-6 6-3 7-6 victory.

It was a little easier for the other seeds, with Fabio Fognini trouncing Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-2, Filip Krajinovic winning against John Isner 6-1 7-5, and Matteo Berrettini getting the job done against a tough Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-6. It was indeed a mixed bag for the French players as they had two winners and three losers from day one of the tournament – though the other four all played each other – as reigning champion Benoit Paire downed compatriot and wildcard Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-3, while Richard Gasquet took out compatriot and qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-4.

Similarly it was a mixed bag for Australia with John Millman causing a big upset against Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4, while Australia’s top ranked individual Alex de Minaur suffered defeat at the hands of Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely, 7-6 7-5. Also through to the next round was Argentinian qualifier Juan Martin del Potro who defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-1 6-3, Canadian Denis Shapovalov who won in a come-from-behind victory over Tommy Paul, as well as Brit Daniel Evans and American Sam Querrey.

Tomorrow’s action features the top four seeds in Gael Monfils, Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Andrey Rublev coming into the fray.

LYON ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:

[5] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 4-6 6-3 7-6
[6] Matteo Berrettini (ITA) defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-4 7-6
[7] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) defeated John Isner (USA) 6-1 7-5
[8] Fabio Fognini (ITA) defeated Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2 6-2
John Millman (AUS) defeated Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-4 6-4
[Q] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) defeated Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-1 6-3
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) defeated [Q] Tommy Paul (USA) 2-6 6-0 6-4
Richard Gasquet (FRA) defeated [Q] Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-3 6-4
Daniel Evans (GBR) defeated [WC] Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) 6-7 6-4 6-0
[Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE) defeated Alex de Minaur (AUS) 7-6 7-5
Sam Querrey (USA) defeated Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-1 3-6 7-5
Benoit Paire (FRA) defeated [WC] Pierre Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-3 6-3