22:03 – Game Set Match SINNER !!!! The young Italian closes with an Ace at the first match point, 6-4 6-3 the score of the match, 1 hour and 23 minutes. Excellent performance by Sinner, everything worked fine in his tennis. Next round: Italian derby with Fabio Fognini, in Prime Time tomorrow on “Centrale” at 7 pm.
21:58 – 7-6 Van de Zandschulp on Ruud in the first set. 21 winners in the set for Botic, 10 for Ruud. A very intense match, to close a memorable day on the Grand Stand Arena.
21:45 – Excellent Sinner, serves with good percentages, pushes well with the forehand and leads the rally from the baseline. 4-1 ahead Jannik
21:33 – Ruud come back Van de Zandschulp. From 2-4, Casper now leads 5-4. Ruud gets the break at the forth chance. What a fighter …
21:20 – 6-4 Sinner, the Italian takes 1st. Jannik served 5-3 to close the set, but Martinez played his best game of him so far, including a stunning drop shot. Jannik takes a break and secures the set. 11 winners for the Italian.
21:02 – Big, big win for Auger-Aliassime! He closes 6-2 in the third set on Davidovich Fokina, one of the hottest players on the tour this spring. 38 winning points for Felix.
20:45 – ROCKET START Sinner! The Italian wins the first 7 points in a row, breaks Martinez with a powerful forehand. 2-0 Jannik.
20:18 – KRAJINOVIC !!! What a splendid match for Filip, he closes the second set 6-4 after winning the first 6-2. Wonderful performance by the Serbian, 26 winners and only 12 errors. Poor match for Rublev, seemed powerless facing his rival’s perfect accelerations.
20:16 – 7 points to 1, Jabeur dominates the tiebreak and closes a match she had dominated and, suddenly, complicated. 6-0 7-6 the score, 1 hour and 51 minutes. Real show on court, thanks to the continuous variations by Ons.
20:02 – Incredible on “Centrale” !!! Jabeur served for the match at 5-2 butexaggerates with the drop shots and errors! Cirstea incredibily comes back up to 5 all! The match seemed over …
19:58 – Rublev loeses his service game also in the second set, on 1 all. Too unforced for Andrey, with Krajinovic so accurate in pushing with his fantastic cross backhand. 3-1 Krajinovic, now it’s really difficult for Rublev.
19:46 – Jabeur breaks again Cirstea, 5-2, she is a step away from the Ons victory. Devastating…
19:38 – 6-2 Krajinovic, Rublev finally entered the match but was unable to reverse the set.
19:29 – This is gonna be tough for Rublev to overcome now… 0-4 against Krajinovic! Andrey gave up the first game to serve, did not takes the break back with three chance in the second, and therefore was again “broken”!
19:26 – 6-0 Jabeur! Impressive demonstration of strength by the Tunisian, who left no way out for the Romanian, totally at the mercy of the opponent. Only 10 points won by Cirstea in the first set.
That was SOME performance from Ons!
18:55 – Davidovich Fokina! 6-4 on Auger-Aliassime, the break in the ninth game was decisive. 5 all Shapovalov – Basilashvili in the second. Now medical time out for Auger-Aliassime.
18:35 – RADUCANU RETIRES. Emma stops here, her physical issue does not allow her to continue. The match ends 6-2 2-1 Andreescu, a pity that such a long-awaited match ends like this.
18:22 – 3-2 Auger-Aliassime on Pietrangeli against Davidovich Fokinano breaks. Tough start for Felix, immediate 0-40 but he saved all. 3 Ace for the Canadian so far, the serve is a big part in his tennis.
18:17 – Raducanu back on court, but Andreescu easily closes the set with 4 straight points, 6-2. No match so far, Bianca’s power is overwhelming.
18:08 – Raducanu’s serve is too weak today, Andreescu is HUGE in return. When Emma manages to enter the court with her feet, one step forward and anticipates in the angles, her game is LETHAL, but Andreescu’s power does not allow her to lead. 5-2 Andreescu the score. Emma gets a massage in her back… than she leaves the court. Medical Time Out Raducanu.
17:46 – Raducanu struggled with his serve early against Andreescu. Emma loses her service game at forth break point. 2-1 ahead Bianca. The Geometric tennis in anticipation of the Brit but not so powerful seems not effective on Foro Italico clay…
17:40 – UPSET ALERT! Goffin defeats Hurkacz, 7-6 7-6. David showed very good shape last week in Madrid, today has confirmed at all.
17:26 – 6-3 6-2 Djokovic, good entry into the tournament for the # 1. Karatsev can’t do anything to stop “Nole”. He greets the audience and collects a fair long applause, well deserved.
17:09 – Osorio wins! On match point, Camila smashes an excellent forehand that leaves Bronzetti still. Very solid Osorio, perfect tennis for clay. 7-6 6-3 the final score. 1 hour and 51 minutes the duration of the match.
17:05 – “Fly like an Eagle….” Djokovic flies 4-0 ahead of Karatsev, the game now seems to be almost closed. Double 6-4 by Garin on Ruusuvuori. Goffin ahead 4-3 in the second over Hurkacz, no break.
16:36 – Djokovic secures 6-3 the first set. GREAT point won by “NOLE” in the last game, total stretch to catch a drop shot, then a perfect sliding volley. POINT! Bravo Djokovic. On 30 all, he force the error of Karatsev, Set Point. Aslan fires out with forehand.
16:20 – 7-6 Osorio on Grand Stand Arena. Bronzetti struggles in containing the opponent’s forehand drive, loaded with spin, and drop shots.
15:55 – The crowd on “Centrale” cheer the entry of Mr. Novak Djokovic! The Serbian champion has won the IBI 5 times in his career.
15:40 – The match between Bronzetti and Osorio runs very fast on the Grand Stand Arena. We are 3 all, with 4 breaks in total. Smart Osorio to open the angle with her drives, forcing Lucia to run wide.
15:34 – Game Set Match Schwartzman !!!! PANDEMONIO on Centre Court, what a finish for a great match. Hell of a fighting, ’till the last ball. Diego plays a stunning decider, with three winners down the line, destroying Kecmanovic’s D-fence. Well deserved, Diego !!!!
15:20 – Just started on Pietrangeli Hurkacz vs. Goffin, one of the most interesting matches of the day. Isner def. Cerundolo 6-4 6-3, good start to the tournament for John.
15:08 – Two Match Points Kecmanovic, on 5-4 and 15-40. The Serbian doesn’t get it. In Rome “Dieguito”… NEVER dies!
14:56 – Norrie defeats Nardi, double 6-4, just one break per set in favor of the Brit. Too consistent Cameron for Luca, but it was an excellent debut for the young Italian (2003 born) @ IBI. with 18 winners for Nardi, more Norrie (13). So solid Cameron with his serve, he won 87% of the points with the first service in. Remarkable.
14:48 – Diego reopens the set !!! Break back by Schwartzman, who swallow the deadly partial and raises his head, breaking the Serbian. We are 3-2 “Kec”, but he serves “Schw”.
14:40 – S-E-V-E-N games in a row for Kecmanovic, an incredible streak that splits the game in favor of the Serbian. Diego is struggling to contain the power of Miomir, now a strong advantage in the third set, 3-0 the score.
14:12 – 6-4 Norrie. Cameron secures the first point by saving two break points with a perfect serve. On the Set point, another amazing first set just on the line, Nardi can’t do anything
14:05 – BREAK Kecmanovic! The Serbian pushes as hard as he could, for the first time in the match leads 4-3 and serve in the second set. Terrible a double fault Diego.
13:52 – BREAK Norrie! The Brit takes the lead, forces Nardi on the third break point, 3-2 and serve the score. Decent tennis for the young Italian, but Norrie is too solid and finds a good position on court to lead the rally with power and control.
13:33 – Diegooooo! Schwartzman secures the first 6-2, 13 winners. He took control of the center of the counrt and fires some quality down the line drives. Terrible stats fo Miomir: 29% of point won with the first serve, a real bad one…
13:08 – Dimitrov wins! 6-3 6-4 on Brandon Nakashima, the tenth game of the second set was decisive, with the American losing the game to 15. Now on Grand Stand Arena, debut for Luca Nardi, a very young Italian who grew up so well in 2022. Cameron Norrie, ninth seeded of the tournament, his rival. This is gonna be tough…
13:06 – Break and counter break tra Schwartzman e Kecmanovic on “Centrale”. 2-1 the score for Diego, this match could be an high drama. The rallies are ridiculous…
12:47 – Easy W for Lauren Davis on Ostapenko, 6-2 6-3 for the American. Bad day for Jelena…
12:36 – Alison Riske retires due to injury to her left leg.
12:31 – Game Set Match Teichmann. The Swiss serves safely and closed the match 6-2 with a unforced by Paolini on Match Point. Jil confirms her excellent shape and confidence, which allows her to produce a smooth and fast tennis from the baseline. 18 winners for Teichmann, 22 errors for Paolini, caused by the strong pressure by Teichmann. Well deserved Jil, next Pliskova.
12:20 – Quality match between Griekspoor and Baez. The Argentine takes first 6-3, so smart at finding accurate shots in high rhythm from the baseline. Griekspoor now serves on 4 all in the second. Tons of intense rallies. Solid clay tennis so far.
12:09 – Dimitrov leads 5-3 on Nakashima, has a set point in return. Brandon attacks, comes to the net but is chased back by a nice Dimitrov lob… then smashes out a “classic” unforced with his forehand from the center. SET Dimitrov, 6-3 on the Grand Stand Arena. 11 winners to 6 for the Bulgarian.
11:50 – With the momentum, Teichmann wins 5 games in a row against Paolini, from 1-3 to 6-3. Jil has taken control of the rally, raised the speed of his ground stokes, especially with her lefty forehand wins many points. 41 minutes, Teichmann in control.
11:39 – Somebody told Ostapenko his match started at 11 am … Davis leads 4-1 with double break. Poor qulity tennis for Jelena so far …
11:22 – Paolini leads 3-1 on Teichmann, hell of a start for the Italian, so accurate with her forehand drive loaded of spin. Dimitrov – Nakashima break and counter break, 2 all the score.
11:06 – Jasmine Paolini and Jil Tiechmann are at the warm-up on “Centrale”, Pierre Bacchi the referee. It is the first meeting between the two players.
10:40 – GOOOOOOOD MORNING ROME!
Everything is ready for the third day of IBI22, the matches are about to begin on the various courts under a gorgeous sun, it’s a glorious spring day in Rome. “Centrale” will be open by Jasmine Paolini and Jil Tiechmann, followed by Diego Schwartzman – Miomir Kecmanovic. Third match the debut of the n.1, Novak Djokovic, opposed to Aslan Karatsev. The evening program is huge: Sorana Cirstea – Ons Jabeur, not before 8.30 pm Jannik Sinner vs. Pedro Martinez. Two young Italian on Grand Stand Arena: Luca Nardi – Cameron Norrie, followed by Lucia Bronzetti vs. Camila Osorio. A not to miss match is Emma Raducanu – Bianca Andreescu, as Andrey Rublev – Filip Krajinovic. Want more? Today you will see Dimitrov, Ruud, Hurkacz, Goffin, Ostapenko, Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov… This is a real “parterre de roi”.
Ready for another day of great tennis? GOOOOO!