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#NextGenATP Italians Cobolli & Zeppieri Win In Roland Garros Qualifying

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

#NextGenATP Italians Cobolli & Zeppieri Win In Roland Garros Qualifying

Second Grand Slam of year will be held from 22 May to 5 June

#NextGenATP Italians Flavio Cobolli and Giulio Zeppieri were among the winners Monday in Paris as the first round of qualifying for Roland Garros kicked off in the French capital.

World No. 153 Cobolli made his ATP Masters 1000 debut last week as a wild card at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, where he fell to Jenson Brooksby in the first round. The 20-year-old, who sits ninth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, bounced back strongly from that defeat in Paris with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over French wild card Sascha Gueymard Wayenburg.

His countryman Zeppieri, who is 28th in the race to qualify for November’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, continued his strong form on the European clay with a 6-3, 6-4 win over countryman Andreas Seppi. Former World No. 18 Seppi reached the fourth round in Paris in 2012, but Zeppieri broke once in each set to book a second-round clash with Marius Copil.

No. 215-ranked Zeppieri is full of confidence after coming through qualifying to make his Masters 1000 debut in Rome last week. The 20-year-old upset Marrakech runner-up Alex Molcan and big-serving American Maxime Cressy to reach the main draw, where he fell to Karen Khachanov.

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There was an impressive win for another Italian on Monday as Franco Agamenone beat second-seeded Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. World No. 155 Agamenone is playing in qualifying in Paris for the first time, and he next faces Alexandre Muller after the Frenchman breezed past Cem Ilkel 6-0, 6-1.

There were early exits for other seeded players bidding to qualify for the second Grand Slam of the year. Zsombor Piros upset former World No. 11 Sam Querrey, with the Hungarian racing to a 6-2, 6-2 win over the third seed in just 58 minutes, while Ramkumar Ramanathan took out ninth seed Yannick Hanfmann 6-3, 6-2. Piros next takes on Egor Gerasimov, while Ramanathan will face home wild card Sean Cuenin.

Sixth seed Radu Albot made a winning start with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida while 10th seed Norbert Gombos was also taken the distance before he advanced past Frenchman Constant Lestienne, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

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Tsitsipas Rises To No. 4, Mover Of Week

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Tsitsipas Rises To No. 4, Mover Of Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 16 May 2022

No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, +1
The Greek has climbed one spot to No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings after he reached the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final for the first time. The 23-year-old saved two match points against Grigor Dimitrov in his opening match, before he defeated Karen Khachanov, Jannik Sinner and Alexander Zverev. However, Tsitsipas, who clinched the trophy in Monte Carlo, was unable to overcome Novak Djokovic in the final. Read Rome Final Report & Watch Highlights.

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No. 8 Casper Ruud, +2
The 23-year-old has jumped two places after he enjoyed a run to the semi-finals in Rome. Ruud suffered early exits at the first two ATP Masters 1000 clay-court events of the season in Monte Carlo and Madrid, but found his best level in the Italian capital to reach the last four for the second time before losing to Djokovic.

No. 36 Cristian Garin, +9
The Chilean has soared back into the Top 40 after he advanced to the quarter-finals in Rome. Garin reached the last four in Houston at the start of April but arrived in Italy having earned just one win in his past four matches. The five-time ATP Tour champion was back to his best on his favourite surface in Rome, however, downing Francesco Passaro, Emil Ruusuvuori and Marin Cilic.

Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 12 Jannik Sinner, +1
No. 29 Botic van de Zandschulp, +3 (Career High)
No. 34 Jenson Brooksby, +4 (Career High)
No. 44 Francisco Cerundolo, +5 (Career High)
No. 49 Marcos Giron, +11 (Career High)
No 51 Laslo Djere, +8
No. 54 Daniel Altmaier, +12 (Career High)
No. 86 Quentin Halys, +14 (Career High)

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Cecchinato Ousts Thiem In Geneva

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Cecchinato Ousts Thiem In Geneva

Italian wins rematch of 2018 Roland Garros semi-final

Four years ago, Dominic Thiem defeated Marco Cecchinato in straight sets in the Roland Garros semi-finals. On Monday in Geneva, with both men trying to find their form, it was Cecchinato who emerged victorious.

The Italian defeated Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Gonet Geneva Open, leaving the Austrian still looking to recapture his best form leading into Roland Garros.

Thiem missed the second half of last season due to a wrist injury. The former World No. 3 returned to action at an ATP Challenger Tour event this March, and has yet to taste victory in his six outings.

The two-time Roland Garros finalist showed some of his trademark shotmaking in Geneva, where he hit two stunning tweener winners in the same game. But he was unable to find enough consistency against Cecchinato, who triumphed in one hour and 33 minutes.

The former World No. 16 entered the week with an 0-11 record at all levels this year, but he has now won three matches in Geneva, including qualifying, without losing a set. Cecchinato, who saved all seven break points he faced against Thiem, will next play Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak, who defeated eighth seed Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 on Sunday.

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In other Day Two action, former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win against Australian John Millman. The Frenchman will challenge Daniil Medvedev in the World No. 2’s first clay-court match of the year following a hernia procedure.

Seventh seed Federico Delbonis also moved on with a 6-4 6-4 victory against Lithuanian wild card Ricardas Berankis, while 2021 Winston-Salem champion Ilya Ivashka rallied past American Marcos Giron 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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Monfils Withdraws From Lyon & Roland Garros

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Monfils Withdraws From Lyon & Roland Garros

Frenchman suffering from right foot injury

Gael Monfils announced on social media Monday that he is withdrawing from the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon and Roland Garros due to a right foot injury, for which he will undergo a “small procedure” this week.

“Hi all, I regret to inform you that I am forced to withdraw from Open Parc de Lyon and the French Open next week. I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court,” Monfils wrote on Twitter. “I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news.”

Monfils is 12-6 on the season, including a title at the Adelaide International 1 in January. The Frenchman most recently competed at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round.

The 35-year-old reached the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2008 and advanced to the quarter-finals in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

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Molcan Moves Past 'Legend' Tsonga In Lyon Opener

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Molcan Moves Past ‘Legend’ Tsonga In Lyon Opener

Humbert and Kwon advance

Competing at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon for the last time Monday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s finale at the ATP 250 event was spoiled by Alex Molcan.

Frenchman Tsonga, who will retire after Roland Garros, lifted the trophy in Lyon in 2017 and reached the semi-finals in 2007 and 2008. However, the former World No. 5 was unable to match Molcan’s intensity in their first-round clash, suffering a 6-4, 6-4 defeat on home soil in one hour and 32 minutes.

World No. 47 Molcan enjoyed a run to the final in Marrakech in April and he played with confidence against Tsonga, using the drop shot effectively to set up a second-round meeting against fifth seed Karen Khachanov or French qualifier Gilles Simon.

“I am really happy I won today. It was a pleasure to play against Jo,” Molcan said in his on-court interview. “He is a legend of the sport and I am really happy I could play him at least once in my career. I remember him playing, he was unbelievable. The emotions, everything.”


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In an all-French meeting, Ugo Humbert snapped a three-match losing streak, downing qualifier Gregoire Barrere 6-3, 6-4 in 75 minutes to reach the second round In Lyon for the second time. The World No. 45 will next meet Australian Alex de Minaur.

In other action, Soonwoo Kwon saved a match point, before downing Aljaz Bedene 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, while Germany’s Oscar Otte defeated French wild card Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-1.

Kwon will next play eighth seed Pedro Martinez or lucky loser Yosuke Watanuki, with Otte facing Estoril champion Sebastian Baez or Argentine qualifier Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

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Rune Rises To Third In Race To Milan, Draper & Musetti In Contention

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Rune Rises To Third In Race To Milan, Draper & Musetti In Contention

Four Italians in Top 10

A series of standout clay-court results has seen Dane Holger Rune strengthen his chances of qualifying for the 2022 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held in Milan from 8-12 November.

The 19-year-old currently sits third in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan on 503 points after recently capturing his first ATP Tour title in Munich, where he earned the biggest win of his career against World No. 3 Alexander Zverev.

Rune, who also came through qualifying to reach the second round in Monte Carlo, will be aiming to make his second appearance in Milan, having competed at the 21-and-under event last year.

Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan Standings (Full List)

Player  Points
1) Carlos Alcaraz 3,460 
2) Jannik Sinner  1,250 
3) Holger Rune 503 
4) Lorenzo Musetti 486 
5) Jack Draper 413 
6) Jiri Lehecka 406
7) Chun-hsin Tseng 292
8) Brandon Nakashima 200
9) Flavio Cobolli 192
10) Luca Nardi 187

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz triumphed in Milan last year and leads the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan on 3,460 points after soaring to back-to-back trophies on home soil in Barcelona and Madrid. By eliminating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the trophy in Madrid, Alcaraz became the first player since David Nalbandian in Madrid in 2007 to defeat three top four stars at an ATP Masters 1000 event.

Two Italians currently occupy second and fourth place, with 2019 victor Jannik Sinner on 1,250 points and Lorenzo Musetti on 486 points. Sinner advanced to the quarter-finals on home soil at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, earning wins over Pedro Martinez, Fabio Fognini and Filip Krajinovic.

Musetti has flourished on clay in the past month, holding a 10-4 record on the surface this year. The 20-year-old enjoyed runs to the third round at all three clay-court Masters 1000 events this season in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.

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Jack Draper (413 points) and Jiri Lehecka (406 points) are both aiming to qualify for the 21-and-under event for the first time and are currently well placed in fifth and sixth, respectively. Briton Draper has earned four ATP Challenger Tour titles this year and reached the second round in Madrid, while Czech Lehecka holds a 23-14 record across all levels in 2022.

The 20-year-old advanced to the final at a Challenger Tour event last week and reached his first tour-level semi-final in Rotterdam in February.

Chun-hsin Tseng of Chinese Taipei has captured two Challenger Tour crowns in 2022 and is currently seventh on 292 points, one place ahead of 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals competitor Brandon Nakashima, who has 200 points.

Italians Flavio Cobolli and Luca Nardi have clinched three Challenger Tour trophies between them this year and round out the Top 10. The pair both received wild cards to compete in Rome last week, but suffered first-round exits on home soil.

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Tsitsipas Slides Into Second In Race, Just Behind Nadal

  • Posted: May 16, 2022

Tsitsipas Slides Into Second In Race, Just Behind Nadal

Djokovic soars 18 spots to 10th

Stefanos Tsitsipas fell in the Internazionali d’Italia final on Sunday against the Novak Djokovic, but it was another impressive week from the Greek star. The 23-year-old is now up to second in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin, trailing first-placed Rafael Nadal by just 130 points.

A victory against Djokovic at the Foro Italico would have sent the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion into first, ahead of Nadal. Despite the loss, he will enter Roland Garros in the top two in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin for the second consecutive year (nobody competing this week in Geneva or Lyon can catch him).

Tsitsipas is trying to qualify for the season finale for the fourth consecutive year. This season’s Nitto ATP Finals will be held from 13-20 November.

Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin Standings (Full List)

 Player  Points
 1) Rafael Nadal  3,620
 2) Stefanos Tsitsipas  3,490
 3) Carlos Alcaraz  3,460
 4) Felix Auger-Aliassime  2,025
 5) Alexander Zverev  1,980
 6) Andrey Rublev  1,920
 7) Daniil Medvedev  1,900
 8) Taylor Fritz  1,765
 9) Casper Ruud  1,615
 10) Novak Djokovic  1,610

The man who defeated him at the Foro Italico, Djokovic, soared 18 places into 10th in the Race. Entering the week, the Serbian had just 610 points. But by claiming a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 title, he added 1,000 points to his total to move into the thick of the Race.

Djokovic is just five points behind ninth-placed Casper Ruud and 155 points behind eighth-placed Taylor Fritz, who is attempting to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime moved into fourth as he also pursues a maiden appearance at the year-end championships. The 21-year-old reached the quarter-finals in Rome, where Djokovic ousted him in a tight two-setter.

Auger-Aliassime has now made the quarter-finals in four consecutive tournaments and lifted his first ATP Tour trophy earlier this year in Rotterdam.

Defending Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, who also triumphed at the season finale in 2018, climbed to fifth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin after advancing to the Rome semi-finals. The German trails Auger-Aliassime by just 45 points.

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