Day 4 – Sharapova, Svitolina, Kerber win. Good debut for Shapovalov

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00.00 – Goodnight from Foro Italico. Tomorrow’s schedule is full of interesting matches starting from Fabio Fognini vs Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini vs Sascha Zverev. Then the debut of Rafael Nadal against Damir Dzumur and Kei Nishikori vs Grigor Dimitrov. About the women’s draw, Dominika Cibulkova faces Maria Sharapova, and on night session Garbine Muguruza, number 3 of the seeding, will play against Daria Gavrilova. Click here to view the full schedule.

23.55 – The last planned match of the day Cilic vs Harrison is suspended at the tie break of the first set, 3-3, due to rain and will resume tomorrow at the Centrale Stadium. The day is ending how it began…

23.38 – Philipp Kohlschreiber (28 ATP) beats Jack Sock (14 ATP) 6-4 6-3 and reach round 3, he will wait the winner of the match between Nishikori and Dimitrov.

22.58 –  Peter Gojowczyk (53 ATP) reach the 3rd round prevailing 6-3 6-4 against the italian wild card, Lorenzo Sonego (140 ATP)  in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

22.39 – Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko (6 WTA) dispatches China’s Shuai Zhang (27 WTA) 6-2 7-5 to move through to the round 3.

21.35 – In a very bizar match David Goffin (10 ATP) beats Marco Cecchinato 5-7 6-2 6-2. He was up 5-1, lost the first set, thought about retiring and wins the next two sets. Goffin plays Del Potro or Tsitsipas on round 3.

21.25 – Tomorrow’s schedule is ready. Click here to see it.

21.15 – After the match Denis Shapovalov wrote an italian phrase on the camera “Daje Roma”, but where did he learn to write in italian? “My physio is Italian. So he helped me out a bit. He’s trying to teach me a bit . It’s a slow process, but I’m learning. I love the language; I love the country. So I’m trying.”  Then spoke about his match: “I wasn’t tired. I just couldn’t find my footing the first set. The clay is so different here. I haven’t had really a chance to practice alone on the court, so I couldn’t really get my timing. I’m really happy I got to turn the match around. I told myself, look, I had a great week last week. Tried to find that game that I played, that confidence you have in yourself. I did a good job of just staying positive and,  just keep on fighting. And I’m really happy I got the win.”

20.55 – Goffin wins 6-2 the second set. Kristina Mladenovic (30 WTA) retires down 3-6, 0-3 to 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova (20 WTA) who will faces the lucky loser Aleksandra Krunic (46 WTA) on round 2.

20.40 – Marco Cecchinato (73 ATP) won 5 straight games to take that first set 7-5 against David Goffin (10 ATP), number 9 seed. Great performance for the defending champion Elina Svitolina (4 WTA) who beats Petra Martic 6-1 6-2 (36 WTA) to punch her third round ticket.

19.57 – Maria Sharapova (40 WTA) defeated Ashleigh Barty (18 WTA) by 7-

Maria Sharapova (Foto Giampiero Sposito)

5 3-6 6-2 in the first round. Round 2 versus Dominika Cibulkova (34 WTA). Maria wins a 3 sets match since January.

19.25 – Borna Coric (40 ATP) retires 1-4 down in first set due to a neck injury that had been bothering him since Monday, and Stefanos Tsitsipas (43 ATP) advances into round two to face Juan Martin del Potro.

19.15 – Denis Shapovalov (29 ATP) beats Tomas Berdych (19 ATP) 1-6 6-3 7-6(5) and become Canadian No. 1 for the first time in his career. Sharapova lost second set 6-3.

18.45 – 14 seed Diego Schwartzman (15 ATP) plays a great match and upsets qualified Nicolas Jarry (62 ATP), 6-4 6-1. Benoit Paire (52 ATP) will be his opponent on round 2.

18.38 – Angelique Kerber (12 WTA) defeats Zarina Diyas (54 WTA) 6-2 7-6(6) and wins the first match in Rome in 6 years! Other results from WTA

Angelique Kerber (Foto Giampiero Sposito)

draw:  Svetlana Kuznetsova (39 WAT) d. Polona Hercog (62 WTA) 6-2 6-4; Maria Sakkari (42 WTA) upsets Madrid runner-up Kiki Bertens (15 WTA) 6-2 4-6 6-3 and will face Karolina Pliskova (5 WTA) on second round. Maria Sharapova (40 WTA) takes the first set 7-5 against Ashley Barty (18 WTA). Tsitsipas and Coric underway on Pietrangeli in what should be a magnificent battle.

18.30 – Shapovalov breaks to 3-1 in second set and takes control from there to win it 6-3 versus Berdych.

18.00 – Laura Siegmund (255 WTA) losts to Elena Vesnina (44 WTA) 7-6(5) 6-2

17.53 –  Shapovalov drops the first against Tomas Berdych, 1-6, but he is now leading 3-1 on second set.

17.30 – Damir Dzumhur (31 ATP) takes out an injured Fernando Verdasco (34 ATP), 6-3 6-1. Will play against Rafael Nadal in R2.

17.25 – Angelique Kerber (12 WTA) takes the first set 6-2 against the lucky loser Zarina Diyas (54 WTA). Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP) defeats Filippo Baldi (370 ATP) 6-4 4-6 6-4 and will play tomorrow against Novak Djokovic! Berdych is quicker out of the blocks with a hold and subsequent break to start the match, 5-0 he leads. Danielle Collins get her first main draw win of the clay season, defeats Sorana Cirstea in three sets (6-3 4-6 6-4) . Plays Daria Kasatkina in second round. The Russian lost four games to Ajla Tomljanovic (6-0 6-4).

16.54 – Lucas Pouille win the third set tie break 7 points to 3 against Andreas Seppi:  6-2 3-6 7-6(3) the final score. Now on center court it’s time for the match of the day: Tomas Berdych against the 2018 Madrid semi-finalist, Next Gen Denis Shapovalov. 

16.45 – Dominic Thiem meets the media and talks about his expectations in Rome: “I played a very good tournament in Madrid. Here in Rome, I don’t have the best draw. A little bit unlucky. Last year, I did really well. The change from Madrid to here, it’s very different. And I hope I can do it again here.
I hit yesterday a little bit. Today, rain all day so I didn’t have that much time to practice. So, we will see. I have a very tough first round against Fabio, which is a very bad draw, actually.

16.35 – Filippo Baldi (370 ATP) continues to surprise the crowd, after losing the first 6-4, he won the second 6-4 with Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP) and they are now fighting on third set.

16.17 – Timea Babos defeated Sara Errani 6-3 7-6(6). Other women’s matches are on court: the qualified Ajla Tomljanovic (69 WTA), is down 6-0 4-3 against the number 14 seed, Daria Kasatkina (13 WTA); on court 3 Danielle Collins (47 WTA) and Sorana Cirstea (43 WTA) are playing the third set; Su-Wei Hsieh (50 WTA) beats 6-2 6-4 the lucky loser Aryna Sabalenka (45 WTA); Laura Siegmund (255 WTA) is trying to find the best form after a serious knee injury occurred last year. She’s now down 1 set, 7-6(5) against the russian Elena Vesnina (44 WTA).

16.17 – Third set for Seppi and Pouille. The italian won the second set 6-3 after losing the first 6-2.

15.17 – After the success of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017, the second edition of the tournament, will take place at Fiera Milano from November 6-10. The ATP announced on Tuesday at a press conference at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The Next Gen ATP Finals are set to stay in Milan through 2021. The 2018 tournament will offer US$ 1,335,000 in prize money. Last year’s event saw South Korea’s Hyeon Chung defeat Andrey Rublev in the final, with the tournament attracting more than 8 million broadcast viewers across the five days of competition. (from ATP Official Website)

15.15 – The last match of night session is between Marin Cilic (5 ATP) and Ryan Harrison (57 ATP). Marin talks about what happened in the last few weeks and his feeling with Rome:

14.54 – On the main courts the play is resumed. Three italians are playing: Sara Errani resumes the game from 2-1 30-40 with Timea Babos; on center court Andreas Seppi (49 ATP) faces the french davisman Lucas Pouille (16 ATP); qualified Filippo Baldi (370 ATP) is playing against the georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP).

14.14 – While we are waiting the rain to stops, enjoy the beautiful Foro Italico.

12.52 – The sun is coming out and the covers are coming off! The matches will start at 1pm.

11.40 – It started to rain again so all the matches in progress has been suspended.

11.22 – Despite some rain during the first hours of the morning. Some matches are already on court. On Next Gen Arena Filippo Baldi makes his debut on ATP Tour against Nikoloz Basilashvili (74 ATP) and the wild card Sara Errani (75 WTA) is facing the hungarian Timea Babos (38 WTA) on Court Pietrangeli.

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