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Cash/Galloway continue grass-court success, reach Stuttgart QFs

  • Posted: Jun 12, 2024

Julian Cash and Robert Galloway continued their successful start to the grass-court swing Wednesday by upsetting fourth seeds Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek at the BOSS OPEN.

Fresh off a title run at last week’s ATP Challenger Tour 125 event in Surbiton, Cash and Galloway built upon their momentum, earning a 7-6(3), 7-5 victory to reach the quarter-finals in Stuttgart.

Also at the ATP 250, Yuki Bhambri and Albano Olivetti advanced to the semi-finals after downing Theo Arribage and Sadio Doumbia 6-3, 6-2. Constantin Frantzen and Hendrik Jebens won an all-German quarter-final, rallying past Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

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Top 2 seeded teams advance in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic overcame an early test to reach the quarter-finals at the Libema Open, where the Dutch-Croatian pair defeated Romain Arneodo and Sam Weissborn 7-6(8), 6-2. The top seeds, fifth in the PIF ATP Live Doubles Race To Turin, saved two set points in the opening-set tie-break.

Second-seeded American duo Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow earned a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 victory against home hopes Sander Arends and Matwe Middelkoop. Australians Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson also advanced in ‘s-Hertogenbosch with a 6-4, 7-6(6) win against Americans Ryan Seggerman and Patrick Trhac.

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Musetti survives Koepfer scare in Stuttgart

  • Posted: Jun 12, 2024

Lorenzo Musetti reached his third tour-level grass-court quarter-final on Wednesday at the BOSS OPEN, where he clawed past Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 6-3.

The fifth-seeded Italian failed to convert five set points in the first set and then rallied from 3/5 in the second-set tie-break to stay alive in Stuttgart. He struck 15 winners in the third set to advance after two hours and 49 minutes.

“It was a really, really tough match,” Musetti said. “We saw two hours and a half of really good tennis. Dominik was playing really, really well… We were fighting until the end and I am really proud of myself.”

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With his 13th win of the season, Musetti levelled his Lexus ATP Head2Head series with Koepfer at 1-1. The No. 30 player in the PIF ATP Rankings also reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart last year and will aim to go one step further this week when he next plays Alexander Bublik after the third seed defeated the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals presented by PIF champion Hamad Medjedovic 6-1, 7-6(4).

Bublik, who fired 18 aces against Medjedovic, clinched the biggest title of his career last season on grass at the ATP 500 in Halle.

Defending champion Frances Tiafoe continued his title defence with a 7-5, 7-6(5) win against German Yannick Hanfmann.

Tiafoe, who beat Struff in the title match last year to win his third ATP Tour crown, saved all 11 break points he faced according to Infosys ATP Stats to triumph after one hour and 55 minutes.

The fourth-seeded American holds a modest 13-12 record on the season. He will hope he can rediscover his best level this week on the German lawns, where he next takes on Jack Draper or Marcos Giron.

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Home, sweet home: Sinner celebrates World No. 1 in 'special' hometown visit

  • Posted: Jun 11, 2024

Home, sweet home.

Jannik Sinner returned to his hometown of Sexten in northern Italy Tuesday to continue the celebration of his ascent to No. 1 in the PIF ATP Rankings. The 22-year-old was warmly received by a large contingent of media and local residents.

“It’s always an amazing feeling going back where I was born, where my family raised me. It’s always a special feeling,” Sinner said ahead of the trip. “Coming home, I always have my memories in my head, going to ski and seeing myself with friends playing as a little kid and child. Always coming back to that place is special.

“It makes me feel home, it makes me feel very happy where I am from and very proud. Giving something back to this beautiful place, it’s something truly amazing.”

 

Sinner became the first Italian singles player, man or woman, to reach the pinnacle of tennis since the inception of computerised rankings in 1973.

“I think the reaction in Italy will be great. They gave me so much energy, especially in the moments where I was struggling. Sharing this moment with them and with all the people who support me, it’s amazing,” Sinner said. “I was always looking forward to giving something back to the people who helped me and share success with them. And now I can share this World No. 1, which is the ultimate goal for every player, with the whole country. It’s one of the best feelings.”

The World No. 1 was received at a special welcome ceremony by local officials including Sexten mayor Thomas Summerer. Sinner signed the golden book of his hometown, which the town only uses for the most special events. He was the first to sign it.

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The superstar also visited Tennishalle Sexten, the tennis centre where he first began to play tennis. Sinner met with the many kids there to greet him, answered questions for the crowd and also spoke to the media.

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Tuesday Trivia: Jannik Sinner's ascent to World No. 1

  • Posted: Jun 11, 2024

Jannik Sinner made history Monday when he climbed to No. 1 in the PIF ATP Rankings following Roland Garros.

The 22-year-old now stands at the pinnacle of the sport, which he says is “the biggest meaning we have in our sport. It’s the best number you can have”.

In the latest edition of ATPTour.com’s ‘Tuesday Trivia’ series, we test your knowledge of Sinner’s rise to World No. 1.

 

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