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LIVE BLOG: Sonego, Berrettini OK, Schwartzman out. Djokovic defeats Fritz

Matteo Berrettini (foto Sposito)

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The day ends here, good night, see you tomorrow!

21:38 – Ostapenko closes it here! 6-1 in the second, straight victory for the former Roland Garros champion, who continues her race in Rome. She faces Tomljanovic in the next match.

21:35 – Game Set Match Kerber! Angelique finally closes it in two sets, stops the comeback of the French and enters the next round.

21:26 – CRITICAL moment !!! Kerber to serve, to close the match ahead 5-4. But Cornet is out there, she pushes, sprints and … 5 ALL! What a terrific come back from 0-4. She has the Momentum.

21:09 – Kerber crashed! Ahead 4-0, the German plays two bad games, putting the French back on track. The score is 4-2, comeback in sight?

21:00 – Ostapenko stays very strong in her service games, after losing one of the two immediate breaks at 3-1. She leads 5-3, one step away from the first set. In the other match in progress, Kerber ON FIRE! 6-2 4-0, there is no match out there, the German so closed to the W.

20:25 – Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta on Centre court, ready for the last match of the day. Pablo Rodriguez in the referee’s chair. 17 degrees and 89% humidity. Konta to serve. Let’s Go!

20:09Djokovic wins the match at tiebreaker. Bravo Fritz to recover from 2-4 to 5-4 in the decider, but in the topic moment “the Djoker” plays his consistent tennis, showing his Top Class. Alja Tomljanovic secures the match, 6-2 in the 2nd; just resumed Cornet vs. Kerber, 1 all in the first set.

Roma 08 Maggio 2021 Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 Novak Djokovic Foto Giampiero Sposito

19:40 – The order of play has been revised. Djokovic and Fritz are about to return on “Centrale” (5 even in the second set) and therefore they will play Konta vs. Ostapenko; Kerber – Cornet (just started) resumes on the Grand Stand Arena, while Tomljanovic vs. Vondrousova, with the Australian leading 4-1, is about to resume on court 2. Delbonis vs. Goffin and the big match Medvedev vs. Karatsev have been postponed.

Ajla Tomljanovic

19:33 – The Centre court is almost ready. The match between Djokovic and Fritz, interrupted on 5 all in the second set, will resume shortly.

19:03 – The rain has stopped, Groundsman start to prepare the courts to resume the matches

Rain, the play is suspended


Aryna Sabalenka!


16:47 – Djokovic serves for the match ahead 5-4, but he is nervous about the rain. Collapses 15-40 with two unforced, it’s break point. Fritz risks a beautiful backhand down the line, Great Shot Man!!! 5 all, the match it’s still alive. Djokovic is furious, he doesn’t want to continue under this rain. The referee arrives, the rain is too intense, the play is suspended. Delbonis and Goffin also did not start.

16:38 – Game Set Match Auger-Aliassime. Schwartzman closes with a double fault, with the ball in the middle of the net, to “certify” a really poor performance. Applause to Felix, very positive and concrete, but, honestly, the Argentine was a rather soft opponent today. Only 48% of points won with the first for Diego. 6-1 6-3 the final score. The Canadian awaits the winner of Delbonis vs. Goffin.

16:17 – Break and NOW Counter Break on Central! Novak had run away, 2-0, but Fritz took advantage of the first pause from the Serbian, taking advantage of the chance. The rain, intense and thick, certainly does not help the players.

16:05 – 6-3 Djokovic! The number 1 eases in the first, more bothered by the rain than by the opponent… 12 winners and 8 errors for Novak, in control of the match so far.

Roma 08 Maggio 2021 Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 Novak Djokovic Foto Giampiero Sposito

16:01 – 6-1 Auger-Aliassime! Fire start for the young Canadian, two breaks, in the second and sixth game. The Argentine too short in rallies with some unforced, very positive instead Felix.

15:47 – The match on the Centre court goes on despite a few drops of rain. Djokovic ahead 4-2 in style, the # 1 is imposing his pace and angles, very solid in the service. Schwartzman vs. Auger-Aliassime in progress too, the Canadian ahead a break, the score 4-1.

15:32 – Immediate break for Djokovic, 2-0 ahead on Fritz. The sky is black, some drops of rain over Rome. The forecasts were not good for the afternoon …

15:06 – A few minutes and Italy scores the “second goal”. We are 5-4 Berrettini, 30 all with the Georgian on serve. VERY HARD rally, Berrettini got it, it’s MATCH POINT !!! The first serve dies into the net, the Georgian feels tons of pressure now. Berrettini boosts a strong drive, the ball hit by Nikoloz flies… WIDE! GAME SET MATCH BERRETTINI! 6-4 in the 3rd, what a comeback and victory for the Roman! He suffer a slow start and poor service; but in his home town he “refused” the defeat, suffers and rises his level. Terrific come back, Daje!

Roma 11 Maggio 2021 Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 Matteo Berrettini Foto Giampiero Sposito

15:02High Drama on Grand Stand! Sonego – Monfils is a crazy battle, hard rallies and showtime. Lorenzo serves to win the match, he’s “in the zone”! The Italian plays soooo solid, accurate and intense. He wins a very long rally on 30 all, suffers (he has a problem to his left leg) but stays there, runs to catch every ball. It’s 40-0, THREE MATCH POINT !!! Lorenzo breathes, serves the first ball in and moves Monfils wide on the right… “LaMonf” fires a forehand wide. Sonego screams, HE WON !!! Big big victory for Lorenzo, 2 hours and 49 minutes of real battle. Well deserved!

Roma 11 Maggio 2021 Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 Lorenzo Sonego Foto Giampiero Sposito

14:29OPLEKA BREAK !! Bad game for Musetti, a couple of mistakes condemn him to a break that brings the US giant 5-4 and serve, one step away from success. And with the service of the American …

Reilly Opelka

14:236-2 Berrettini! Strong reaction from the Roman after loosing the first. 10 winners and only 5 errors for him in the set, against the 7-11 by Nikoloz. The Italian top10 rose the percentages of his serve: 76% in, with 64% of the points won. When the serve supports Berrettini, he’s the DJ…

14:13 – Basilashvili under 1-4, serves in the second. He tries a drop shopt… but the ball doesn’t even reach the net. Not a nice “touch” for Nikoloz, who smiles bitterly …

14:08 – ITALIAN MOMENT: three Italian on court at the same time! Sonego is fighting hard in the second, now serves under 5-6 to stay in the set, but NOOO! A comfortable volley dies into the net, it’s Set Point MONFILS! The Frenchman closes with a jumping Smash. 7-5 for Gael. This match goes third.

13:39 – SET BASILASHVILI! 6-4 in 36 minutes for the Georgian, who took advantage of too many mistakes by Matteo (8, only 6 his winners). Well done Nikoloz, so powerful and accurate so far, 13 winners for him in the first. Berrettini not so fast with his feet and poor percentages on serve.

13:30 – +++ CARRENO BUSTA RETIRES +++ Kei Nishikori advance to third round without shedding a drop of sweat…

13:17Shapovalov secures the match, 6-3 in the second. Keys wins the USA derby 7-5 in the third vs. Stephens. Monfils ahead 2-1 in the second after losing the first. Berrettini a break behind, serves 1-3 against Basilashvili. Garcia 7-6 on Cocciaretto.

12:41 – Drama built up on “Centrale”. Trevisan fails to close the match even in the third set, it’s tiebreak time, the Real Decider. Shvedova takes the lead, very solid and accurate, Trevisan seems mesmerized. 6-2 and 4 match points Yaroslava, but can’t get it!?! Trevisan forces two terrible forehands that cost her a very very very hard defeat. The Italian was ahead, one step away from both the second and third sets. A glass of poison to swallow…

12:15 – First points between Geal Monfils and Lorenzo Sonego. The French hodls the very first service game at 15. Denis Shapovalov’s match has just started, faces the Polish Kamil Majchrzak.

11:54GSM Davidovich Fokina! Excellent tiebreak for the Spaniard, while Dimitrov collapses with three unforced with his forehand. Solid match for Alejandro, in good shape this spring on clay. Soon on Grand Stand, Sonego vs. Monfils.

11:49 – Curiosity from the doubles: Andy Murray enters the doubles draw, paired with Broady. Since he was here to train …


Smash it Madison !


11:33 – Must be particularly frustrating for Trevisan start the third set after losing the second 7-6 at decider… The Italian was leading 5-3 on serve, just a step away from victory. Shvedova played a very smart tiebreak, with two perfect drop shots, while the Italian seemed very tense and not very lucid.

11:10Hard fighting between Dimitrov and Davidovich Fokina, plenty of break points, but no one transforms. Grigor ahead 2-1. Bautista in control: 2-1 with a break in the second, he is hammering with his forehand, Paul chases but is in constant trouble. Millman with the momentum, 6-3 and 3-2 with BREAK, easy trip for John vs. Lajovic so far.

Grigor Dimitrov (foto Getty Images)

10:566-4 Stephens! Sloane come back the compatriot, from 0-3 fires a partial of 6 games to 1. Sigemund 6-2 on the Argentine Podoroska, revelation of the last Roland Garros 2020. Trevisan ahead 4-1 also in the second, the first match on Centrale seems to be very close to its end.

10:45 – Break Davidovich Fokina, 5-4 on Dimitrov, he serves for the set; 4 all Keys vs Stephens, Bautista Agut one step away from closing the first set, ahead 5-3 and 30-15 on Paul. Mladenovic 5-2 ahead of Bencic and Millman 6-3 over Lajovic, an excellent start for the Australian.

10:38 – BAGEL TIME, 6-0 Trevisan! Too easy for Martina, Shvedova is very slow on court, while the Italian plays with great confidence, grinding a consistent and continuous tennis. At the moment, NO MATCH on the Central, 14 errors for Yarloslava, against 4 for Martina.

10:18Off to a hot start Trevisan! The Italian sprint very quickly from the blocks, holds the very first service game and operates the BREAK in the second. In total control, leading the rallies with his left-handed forehand, she goes 3-0 up. Excellent start also for Keys, 3-1 over Stephens.

Martina Trevisan (Foto Giampiero Sposito)

10:00 – GOOOOOOOD MORNING ROME!

Everything is ready for the third day of IBI21, the matches are about to start on the various courts under a pale sun. Martina Trevisan and Yaroslava Shvedova open on the “Centrale”, following Matteo Berrettini’s debut against Nikoloz Basilashvili, a very interesting match. In the afternoon the n.1 and reigning champion Novak Djokovic, against Taylor Fritz. On the Grand Stand Arena, ready to go Dimitrov and Davidovich Fokina; later Lorenzo Sonego vs. Gael Monfils and Garbine Muguruza vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Lorenzo Musetti is scheduled on Court 1 in the afternoon. Ready for another day of great tennis? GOOOOO!

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