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ATP Italian Open Day 1 Recap
Seeded players would have trouble in the first round, wildcards would take care of business, and much more at the Italian Open.
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ATP Italian Open Day 1 Results
Filip Krajinovic vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (16)
Filip Krajinovic, who has played very well on hardcourts lately, looked to be playing even better on clay today against the sixteenth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime.
In the opening set of their match, down 0-1, Krajinovic would win three games in a row to take a 3-1 lead. He would ride that lead and one more break of Auger-Aliassime’s serve to a 6-4 set victory.
In the second set, down 4-5, Krajinovic would win three consecutive games to take the set 7-5 and the match 6-4, 7-5.
Karen Khachanov (11) vs. Casper Ruud
Much like Krajinovic before him, Casper Ruud would prove that playing on clay is sometimes in equalizer in the sport of tennis.
In the opening set of his match against the eleventh-seeded Karen Khachanov, Ruud would jump out to a 4-1 lead early and would ride that lead to a 6-3 set victory.
In the second set, Khachanov would respond by getting two breaks of Ruud’s serve to take the set 6-3. But, in the third set, Ruud proved to be too much, breaking Khachanov’s serve twice en route to a 6-1 set victory and a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 match victory.
Grigor Dimitrov (15) vs. Gianluca Mager (wc)
The fifteenth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov would handle wildcard Gianluca Mager with relative ease in their match today.
In the first set, Dimitrov would get two breaks of Mager’s serve to take the set 7-5. In the second set, Dimitrov would come out firing, winning the first five games in a row before taking the set 6-1 and the match 7-5, 6-1.
Marin Cilic vs. Alexander Bublik
Despite being tested by Alexander Bublik, Marin Cilic would walk away with a solid victory today. In the opening set of their match, each player would hold their service games all the way to a tiebreak.
In the tiebreak, Bublik would prevail, 7-4, to take the set 7-6 (7-4). In the second set, Cilic would answer back by getting two breaks of Bublik’s serve to take the set 6-2.
In the third set, Cilic would only need one break to take the set 6-4 and win the match 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4.
Borna Coric vs. Cristian Garin (14)
Borna Coric, coming off of an impressive performance at the US Open, would dismantle the fourteenth-seeded Cristian Garin with ease today.
In the first set of their match, Coric would get three breaks of Garin’s serve to take the set 6-4. In the second set, he would get two breaks to take the set 6-4 and the match 6-4, 6-4.
Lorenzo Sonego vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
Italian Lorenzo Sonego would get a solid victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili today. In the opening set, down 1-3, Sonego would win five consecutive games to take the set 6-3.
In the second set, down 0-1, Sonego would do one better by winning six games in a row to take the set 6-1 and the match 6-3, 6-1.
Kevin Anderson (pr) vs. Ugo Humbert
The Frenchman Ugo Humbert would get a victory over South African Kevin Anderson. In the opening set of their match, Humbert would only need one break of Anderson’s serve, in the fourth game, to take the set 6-3.
In the second set, up 5-3, Ugo Humbert had a chance to finish off Anderson, but the South African would battle back to take the set to a tiebreak.
In the tiebreak, Humbert would prevail, 7-5, to take the set 7-6 (7-5) and the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
Daniel Evans vs. Hubert Hurkacz
Hubert Hurkacz would pull off an amazing victory over Daniel “Dan” Evans. To start the match, Hurkacz would get two breaks of Evans’ serve, while only dropping one game on his serve, to take the set 6-3.
In the second set, Evans would respond by getting two breaks of Hurkacz’s serve, while only being broken once, to take the set 6-3 and force a third set.
In the decisive third set, Hurkacz would get three breaks to take the set 7-5 and the match 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Kei Nishikori vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Kei Nishikori would pick up his first victory in awhile today, against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. In the opening set of their match, Nishikori would break Ramos-Vinolas’ serve once, in the tenth game, to take the set 6-4.
In the second set, neither player would drop a single service game en route to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Nishikori would come out on top, 7-3, to take the set 7-6 (7-3) and the match 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Benoit Paire vs. Jannik Sinner (wc)
Wildcard Jannik Sinner would get a solid victory today over veteran Benoit Paire. In the opening set of their match, Sinner would get two breaks of Paire’s serve to take the set 6-2.
In the second set, Sinner would do one better by getting two breaks again and taking the set 6-1 to win the match 6-2, 6-1.
Taylor Fritz vs. Stefano Travaglia (wc)
American Taylor Fritz would take a surprising loss at the hands of Italian wildcard Stefano Travaglia today. In the opening set of their match, Travaglia would only need one break of Fritz’s serve to take the set 6-4.
In the second set, each player would hold their service games all the way to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Travaglia would prevail, 7-4, to take the set 7-6 (7-4) and the match 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
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