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Humbert Wins Second Challenger 175 Crown; Koepfer Rallies To Turin Title

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Humbert Wins Second Challenger 175 Crown; Koepfer Rallies To Turin Title

The German Koepfer completes double duty Saturday

Ugo Humbert and Dominik Koepfer converted their hot runs on the ATP Challenger Tour into lifting trophies at this week’s Challenger 175 events in Bordeaux and Turin.

The Frenchman Humbert dropped just one set all week en route to capturing his second consecutive Challenger 175 title in southern France. The 24-year-old defeated Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6(3), 6-4 in Saturday’s final at the BNP Paribas Primrose.

In front of a packed stadium, Humbert played with aggression from the baseline, using his forehand to dictate play, while also incorporating deft drop shots for variety. The lefty was dangerous on serve all week in Bordeaux, including Saturday, when he dropped just five points off his first delivery.

When Humbert has competed at Challenger Tour events this year, he’s been a dominant force, tallying a 14-2 Challenger-match record. Earlier this month, the Metz native triumphed at the Cagliari Challenger 175 event, where he fended off two match points in his quarter-final against Taro Daniel to stay alive.

<a href=''>Ugo Humbert</a> in action Saturday at the Bordeaux Challenger.
Ugo Humbert in action Saturday at the Bordeaux Challenger. Credit: Jared Wickerham

Following his title on home soil, Humbert returned to the Top 40 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings for the first time since 31 January, 2022.

Etcheverry, seeded seventh, has played his best tennis this season, including a finalist finish at the ATP 250 events in Santiago and Houston. A three-time Challenger champion, the World No. 46 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings is set to surpass his career high (No. 59) on Monday.

The 23-year-old Etcheverry earned the highest-ranked win of his career in the semi-finals, when he upset top seed and World No. 28 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-2.

In Bordeaux doubles action, top seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara cruised to the title, downing Frenchmen Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul 6-4, 6-2 in just one hour, two minutes.

<a href=''>Harri Heliovaara</a> (left) and <a href=''>Lloyd Glasspool</a> triumph at the <a href=''>BNP Paribas Primrose</a>.
Harri Heliovaara (left) and Lloyd Glasspool triumph at the BNP Paribas Primrose. Credit: Jared Wickerham

At the Challenger 175 event in Turin, rain forced the tournament to be moved from clay to an indoor hard court for the semi-finals and final. The German Koepfer prevailed, completing double duty Saturday en route to lifting his biggest career title.

The 29-year-old upset second seed Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 6-2 in the last four before ousting qualifier Federico Gaio 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0 to win the Piemonte Open Intesa Sanpaolo.

“It wasn’t easy to go from outdoor clay to fast indoor courts in just a few hours, but I’m proud of how I was able to adapt,” Koepfer said. “It was an incredible week, which gave me the most important title of my career.

“Thanks to the 175 points earned, I should be able to enter the Wimbledon main draw. That was my goal and I hope to continue on this path.”

<a href=''>Dominik Koepfer</a> during Saturday's Turin Challenger final.
Dominik Koepfer during Saturday’s Turin Challenger final. Credit: Francesco Panunzio

The lefty Koepfer produced a heavy-hitting performance to rally to his fourth Challenger crown and second of this season (Mexico City). The World No. 102 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings has competed in four Challenger finals this year and boasts a 20-7 Challenger-match record in 2023.

A former Tulane University standout, Koepfer played his first-round match in Turin approximately 48 hours after competing in last week’s Prague Challenger final.

Gaio, 31, was playing in his first Challenger final since July 2021. The home hope upset top seed and World No. 40 Sebastian Baez 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Andrey Golubev and Denys Molchanov claimed the doubles title in Turin, where they defeated Nathaniel Lammons and John Peers 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 10-5 in Saturday’s championship match.

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Ruud Looking To Take Positives From Rome Run

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Ruud Looking To Take Positives From Rome Run

Norwegian reached semi-finals in Italian capital

Casper Ruud will have to wait for his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title after he lost against Holger Rune in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals on Saturday. The Norwegian was happy with his performances in Rome, though, where he earned his best Masters 1000 result of the season.

“Yeah, good feelings overall,” Ruud said. “It was a pity today that I wasn’t able to close out the match, but that’s how it goes. A couple of days ago I could have lost in the third round. I mean, I was very happy to be in the semis. I played some good matches, got some good wins. Hopefully I can build on this further.

“There are two more tournaments on clay now before the grass comes up for me – Geneva and Roland Garros – where last year I have some of the best memories of the year. I hope that I can sort of awaken those memories again and keep building and be strong and fit and ready for Roland Garros.”

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Rune Defeats Ruud, Reaches Rome Final

The Norwegian, who advanced to the championship match at the clay-court major last year, arrived in Rome off the back of a modest season by his standards. He looked close to his best in the Italian capital, rising nine spots to 15th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.

Ruud led Rune by a set-and-a-break in their semi-final clash on Saturday before the Dane turned it around. The 24-year-old was frustrated he was unable to close out and reach his second ATP Masters 1000 final (Miami 2022).

“It was a well-played match until maybe the third set. I didn’t play too well unfortunately,” Ruud said. “There were some great rallies. Both of us, we can chase down balls. I think we like to run around on clay. I think Holger plays also very aggressively. But he can run and slide around there and defend as well. It was some great rallies.

“I was very happy with the level that we played at for almost two sets. Like I said, the third set was unfortunately poor by me. I’m going to try to erase that from my memory as quickly as possible. There were some great rallies. It was a fun match to play. Also I think I crowd enjoyed it.”

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Rune, up one place to No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, will play Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas for his second ATP Masters 1000 crown on Sunday. Ruud was full of praise for the 20-year-old.

“I think he plays very fearlessly, takes the ball early, which is really impressive to do on clay,” Ruud said. “It’s not very typical to sort of do too well on clay because you have some wrong bounces and all these things. He did it really well. A couple times I played heavy, he just went on the rise, hit the clean winner back. I think that’s really well done.”

Ruud will next compete in Geneva, where he is the two-time defending champion at the ATP 250 clay-court event.

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Medvedev-Tsitsipas Rome SF Suspended By Rain In First Set

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Medvedev-Tsitsipas Rome SF Suspended By Rain In First Set

Winner of clash to face Rune in final at ATP Masters 1000 event

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas’ semi-final clash at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia has been interrupted by rain in Rome with Tsitsipas leading 5-4 on serve in the first set.

A rapid start by the third-seeded Medvedev saw him notch a break in the opening game of Saturday’s blockbuster last-four encounter, but Tsitsipas produced a huge forehand winner to convert his first break point of the match in the eighth game.

Just moments later the persistent drizzle in the Italian capital grew heavier, prompting Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani to suspend play at the ATP Masters 1000 event. A break in the rain enabled the players to return to court around two hours later, but only one game was possible before the inclement intervened again.

Medvedev had not won a match in three attempts in Rome prior to this year, but the 27-year-old lost just one set in four matches en route to the semi-finals. Tsitsipas is appearing in his third Rome semi-final and is chasing consecutive championship match appearances at the Foro Italico. Whoever prevails will take on Holger Rune in Sunday’s final. The seventh seed earlier defeated Casper Ruud 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2.

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Rune Defeats Ruud, Reaches Rome Final

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Rune Defeats Ruud, Reaches Rome Final

Dane chasing second Masters 1000 title

Holger Rune moved to within one win of capturing his second ATP Masters 1000 title on Saturday, when he earned a comeback victory against Casper Ruud at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

In a tight clash, the Dane rallied from a break down in the second set to overcame the fourth seed Ruud 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 and earn his 27th win of the season.

Rune, who is making his debut in Rome, defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. He backed up that standout win with a clean hitting performance against Ruud to improve to 1-4 in their ATP Head2Head series. The 20-year-old struck his groundstrokes with power and showed deft touch at times, outfoxing Ruud in a series of cat-and-mouse exchanges to advance after two hours and 41 minutes.

“I had nothing to lose in the second [set], so I just told myself to play freely and enjoy it as I thought it would be my last set here,” Rune said. “I told myself to play aggressively and enjoy it and I did it and that was the key to comeback.”

The Dane has enjoyed a strong clay-court season. He reached the final in Monte-Carlo before he clinched the crown in Munich, and he holds a 13-2 record on the surface for the year. With his victory against Ruud, Rune has climbed one spot to No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. If he wins the title on Sunday, he could jump to No. 5.

“I really played some of my best tennis in the past two matches against Novak and then Casper,” Rune said. “Two difficult players to play, so I had to find my best tennis and I actually didn’t find it today, only at the end and that is why I turned it around.”

Rune lifted his maiden Masters 1000 title in Paris last year and will play for his fifth tour-level trophy and second at Masters 1000 level on Sunday against Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Chasing his first ATP Masters 1000 crown, Ruud was competing in the semi-finals in Rome for the third consecutive time. The 24-year-old arrived in the Italian capital having had a modest season by his standards. The fourth seed lifted the trophy in Estoril but struggled at Masters 1000 events, failing to advance beyond the third round in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo or Madrid.

He looked back to his best on the clay in Rome, where he earned victories against Arthur Rinderknech, Alexander Bublik, Laslo Djere and Francisco Cerundolo.

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In an entertaining match, both players came out firing as they pulled each other around with their pace and variety. With nothing to separate them, a tie-break was left to decide the first set, with Ruud improving his depth on return to pull away and lead.

From 4-2 ahead in the second set, the Norwegian looked set to reach his second Masters 1000 final. However, Rune refused to falter. He started to go after the ball more, pouncing on short balls from Ruud to reel off four straight games and level. The Dane was then strong on serve in the decider. He did not face a break point in the third set to advance.

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Saturday’s semi-final between the Norwegian Ruud and Dane Rune was the first all-Scandinavian Masters 1000 semi-final since Jonas Bjorkman defeated Thomas Enqvist in Paris in 1997.

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Scouting Report: Ruud, Fritz In Geneva, Norrie, Felix Headline Lyon

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Scouting Report: Ruud, Fritz In Geneva, Norrie, Felix Headline Lyon

An executive summary of what every fan should know about the coming week

The European clay-court season continues on the ATP Tour, with ATP 250 events taking place this week at the Gonet Geneva Open and Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon.

Two-time winner Casper Ruud leads the field on the clay in Geneva, while 2022 champion Cameron Norrie competes in Lyon. looks at five things to watch at each event.

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Two-Time Defending Champ Ruud: Ruud will aim to become the first player in tournament history to capture three consecutive titles when he takes to court in Geneva. The Norwegian clinched his 10th tour-level trophy, his ninth on clay, earlier this season in Estoril before he advanced to the semi-finals in Rome, where he is still alive.

Can Fritz Regain Form? Taylor Fritz clinched his fifth tour-level trophy earlier this season in Delray Beach before he advanced to the semi-finals at clay-court events in Monte-Carlo and Munich. He arrives in Geneva off the back of disappointing defeats in Madrid and Rome, though, where he fell in the fourth round and second round, respectively. Can he bounce back with a title run in Switzerland?

Dimitrov & Zverev Receive Wild Cards: Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev have both compete as wild cards. The 26-year-old Zverev lifted the trophy in his only previous appearance in Geneva in 2019, while Dimitrov reached the quarter-finals in 2021. Zverev opens against Christopher Eubanks or Benoit Paire, while Dimitrov plays Roberto Carballes Baena or a qualifier.

#NextGenATP American Shelton In Action: Ben Shelton has enjoyed some positive results in his first season competing on the clay on the ATP Tour. The 20-year-old earned tour-level wins in Estoril and Barcelona and will look to build on that in Geneva on his tournament debut. The American is currently fourth in the Next Gen ATP Race and will want a deep run to climb further.

Wu Chasing Clay Success: Wu Yibing broke new ground earlier this season when he clinched his first tour-level title on hard courts in Dallas. The Chinese star is now looking to transfer that form onto clay, having earned just one win on the surface so far this year. The 23-year-old, who is 1-3 on clay in 2023, is making his debut in Geneva.


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Reigning Titlist Norrie: Norrie holds an impressive record in Lyon, having reached the final in 2021 before lifting the trophy in 2022. The Briton, who advanced to the fourth round in Rome last week, is currently 10th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin and will be hoping for a strong week to close the gap on eighth-placed Fritz.

Felix Competes, Paul Continues Turin Pursuit: Felix Auger-Aliassime will make his third appearance in Lyon after receiving a wild card. The Canadian, who reached the final at the ATP 250 in 2019, is seeking his first clay-court win of the season, after suffering opening-round defeats in Madrid and Rome.

Tommy Paul is 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin on 1,385 points. The American is currently 440 points behind Fritz in eighth and will be determined to regain his early season form in Lyon, where he is making his second appearance. The 26-year-old reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January, with his best result on clay a run to the final at an ATP Challenger Tour event in France.

2022 Next Gen ATP Finals Stars In Action: Brandon Nakashima and Jack Draper both lit up Milan last year, with the former winning the title. Both are in action in Lyon, where they will be hoping to kickstart their seasons. The American Nakashima is 3-6 on the season, while Draper has not competed since Monte-Carlo due to injury.

Home Favourites: Richard Gasquet, Gregoire Barrere and Corentin Moutet will lead French hopes at the ATP 250. Gasquet has tasted success in Lyon before, winning the title in 2006, while Barrere arrives off the back of a run to the third round in Rome. Moutet is making his fourth appearance at the clay-court tournament, having advanced to the second round in 2019.

Ram/Salisbury Lead Doubles Field: Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury will look to win their first title of the season when they team in Lyon. The American-British tandem, who have won nine trophies together, will face competition from Maximo Gonzalez/Andres Molteni and Nicolas Mahut/Matwe Middelkoop.

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Roland Garros 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

  • Posted: May 20, 2023

Roland Garros 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the Grand Slam tennis tournament in Paris, France

The second Grand Slam of the season will see the world’s best players compete at Roland Garros, with Carlos Alcaraz, 22-time major champion Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and last year’s finalist Casper Ruud among those in action.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the tournament in the French capital:

When is Roland Garros?

Roland Garros 2023 will be held from 28 May-11 June. The clay-court Grand Slam tournament, established in 1891, will take place at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The tournament director is Amelie Mauresmo.

Who is playing at Roland Garros 2023?

Roland Garros will feature stars like Djokovic, Alcaraz, Medvedev, Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev.

When is the draw for Roland Garros?

The Roland Garros singles draw will be made on Thursday 25 May at 2 p.m. local time
The Roland Garros doubles draw will be made on Sunday 28 May at 12 p.m. local time

What is the schedule for Roland Garros?

* Qualifying: Monday, 22 May–Friday, 26 May. Monday-Wednesday at 10 a.m., Thursday & Friday at 11 a.m.
* Main Draw: Sunday, 28 May–Sunday, 11 June. Matches on Court Philippe-Chatrier will start at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. depending on the day. 11 a.m. start on all other courts. Night session (one singles match): Sunday 28 May not before 7 p.m. Monday 29 May–Wednesday 7 June not before 8:30 p.m.
* Doubles Final: Saturday, 10 June, starting following the women’s singles final.
* Singles Final: Sunday 11 June, not before 3 p.m.
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 What is the prize money and points for Roland Garros?

The prize money for Roland Garros is €49,600,000.

Winner: €2,300,000 / 2,000 points
Finalist: €1,150,000 / 1,200 points
Semi-finalist: €630,000 / 720 points
Quarter-finalist: €400,000 / 360 points
Round of 16: €240,000 / 180 points
Round of 32: €142,000 / 90 points
Round of 64: €97,000 / 45 points
Round of 128: €69,000 / 10 points

DOUBLES (€ per team)
Winner: €590,000 / 2,000 points
Finalist: €295,000/ 1,200 points
Semi-finalist: €148,000 / 720 points
Quarter-finalist: €80,000 / 360 points
Round of 16: €43,000 / 180 points
Round of 32: €27,000 / 90 points
Round of 64: €17,000 / 0 points

How can I watch Roland Garros?

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How can I follow Roland Garros?

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Who won the last edition of Roland Garros in 2021?

Rafael Nadal won the 2022 Roland Garros singles title with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory against Casper Ruud in the championship match (Read & Watch). Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer saved three championship points to lift the doubles trophy in Paris, claiming a 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3 triumph against Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in the final (Read More).

Who holds the Roland Garros record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (14)
Most Titles, Doubles: Roy Emerson (6)
Oldest Champion: Andres Gimeno, 34, in 1972
Youngest Champion: Michael Chang, 17, in 1989
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Bjorn Borg in 1980, 1981, Ivan Lendl in 1986, 1987, Jim Courier in 1992, Gustavo Kuerten in 2001, Rafael Nadal in 2011, 2014, 2018, Novak Djokovic in 2016, 2021
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 66 Gustavo Kuerten in 1997
Last Home Champion: Yannick Noah in 1983
Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (112)

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