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LIVE BLOG: Karatsev and Kvitova move on. Solid Sinner, out Fognini. Hurkacz retires

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21:59 – Incredible conclusion of the last match of the day. Camila Giorgi suffers a sensational comeback, leading 4-0 in the third. She serves to win on 5-3, but she loses the game with poor tennis and too much tension. Sara Sorribes overtakes Giorgi and serves to close the match on 6-5. She no longer trembles, Giorgi fires the last unforced, Game Set Match Sorribes Tormo. Pure poison for the Italian, unable to close the match both in the second and in the third set, wasting a consistent advantage.

21:30 – While the score of the last match in progress marks Giorgi 4-1, the cameras linger on Jannik Sinner, in the stands to follow Camila’s match.

21:20 – Giorgi’s fire start at the beginning of the third set. He continues to push harder and harder with great pace. She goes ahead 3-0 and then 4-0, the Spaniard begins to show signs of fatigue, chasing the deep balls of the Italian for over 3 hours…

20:53 – High drama on “Centrale” !!! Giorgi does not convert some set points, Sorribes Tormo comes back and the set ends at decider. 4-0 and 6-2 Giorgi, but she wastes all the set points! The score marks 6 all. The Italian wins 9-7 thanks to a double fault from Sara, very high tension for both. Not only “fear”, also some quality tennis, mostly by the Italian, so strong in her hard pushing from the baseline. A very long night match on display…

20:34 – Marin Cilic comes back a set to Bublik, closes 6-3 in the third set.

19:53 – Hurkacz retires !!!

Suddenly, while Musetti was producing his best tennis (2-0 ahead with a break), the Pole goes to the net and shakes hands with the young Italian. Really a pity for Hubert, the match was a lot of fun with high quality tennis.

19:47 – Hurkacz’s error at the net, his touch dies on the net, it’s 15-30! Musetti two points far from the set. The Polish miss another volley, it’s 15-40, Two Set Points for Lorenzo !!!! Excellent Hubert in the first, but… WHAT A FOREHAND LORENZOOOOO !! the young gun smashes a cross forehand so fast to remember the best “Sampras’ one” SET MUSETTI, 6-4!!! 13 winners for both, 6 unforced Hurkacz, only 2 Musetti, a huge difference between winners and mistakes that well explain the high quality of this set and the beautiful tennis the two players produced. Well done!

19:35 – HOT SHOT on Grand Stand!

Hurkacz comes to the net, lob by Musetti and… Hubert runs back to the baseline, perfect tweener and then FIRES a TERRIFIC cross forehand. What a tennis the Pole!

19:23 – The hard fighting between Sorribes Tormo and Giorgi could only end at the Tiebreak, with the Italian unable to convert three set points on 5-4. The Spaniard is more consistent, she takes the lead 3-0 and then 5-2. Sara closes 7-4, winning the first set.

18:51 – Two matches of the men’s draw in progress: the German Struff in solid control of the match vs. Bedene, 6-3 4-1 the score; just started Cilic vs. Bublik, ahead of the Kazakh 4-2 (serves Marin).

18:31 – Vera Zvonareva start her tournament with a success, 6-3 6-0 over McHale. The battle between Camila and Sara on “Centrale” continues, the Spanish holds her service game, 3-2 ahead at the change court.

18:12 – Somebody told Giorgi his match has started! On the Central the Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo wins the first 8 points in a row, 2-0 ahead of Sara.


The King od Clay in DA House…


18:05 – De Minaur tries to hold on to the match, pushes with his forehand (even if he misses many during the match) and runs to the net. 30 all, serving 3-5. He misses another easy forehand drive with his feet inside the baseline, it’s Match Point Mager !!! The Italian miss the first, but closes the match at the second chance! Well deserved for the Italian, very positive throughout the match.

Gianluca Mager – Foto Fioriti

18:01Maria Sakkari gets a so suffered victory. 6-2 in the third for the powerful Greek. On the Grand Stand Arena, not before 7pm, debut for Hubert Hurkacz against the young talented Lorenzo Musetti.

17:39 – Game Set Match Dellien, the Bolivian’s comeback is completed, great effort in recovering from a set and a break below in the second. Sakkari leads 3-2 with a break, but given the progress of the game, it still seems far from over …

17:296-4 Mager, the Italian so smart to play aggressively in the ninth game. He got 5 break points, putting maximum pressure on De Minaur serve, and finally winning the game. Then he stays so solid to serve and secures it. 86% of points won with the first serve, remarkable for Mager.

17:15Dellien turned the match in his side, 2-1 ahead with the break on Mannarino in the third. Vera Zvonareva 3-2 with a break on McHale.

17:10 Hercog forces the match to third set, 6-3 the second on Sakkari, what a battle! Hard fighting between De Minaur and Mager, break and counter break in the third and fourth game, the score si 3-2 for Alex.


Giorgi, Practice session on Centre court


16:50 – Just started on the Pietrangeli Gianluca Mager vs. Alex De Minaur. The Aussie begins to serve. On the “Centrale”, at 6 pm will start of Giorgi vs. Sorribes Tormo. Sakkari leads 3-2 on Hercog.

16:19 – SAKKARI! Maria screams after winning the first set 7-6, after a tremendous fighting with Hercog. She had wasted the chance to close it ahead 5-4, but she wins the tiebreaker. Mannarino ahead 3-1 in the second, the match now seems almost lost for the Bolivian Dellien.

15:55 – Garin breaks back! Harris serves for the set ahead 5-4, does not convert two set points (a forehand lands out soooo closed to the line!?!), and suffers the comeback from the Chilean. Three set points not converted by Lloyd who, in a moment of anger, throws his racket to the ground. Will he be able to cancel this negative moment?

15:45Harris serves for the first set! Lloyd broke Cristian in the crucial seventh game, and then saved three break points in the eighth. Very very smart the South African in this first set: his forehand works very well, especially down the line. He had a set point returning at 5-3, but Garin was perfect to cancel it.

15:30 – On the Grand Stand Arena, Sakkari leads 3-1 over Hercog, while Harris and Garin are fighting in the first set, 3 all the score. Hard hitting and long rallies from the baseline, with the South African “giant” really quick in chasing the pressing of the Chilean. Big fight between Pegula and Kasatkina, 5 all the score right now.


I played with a right pace, and I was able to put into practice what I had prepared with my coach

Jannik Sinner

15:16 – Game Set Match SINNEEEER! The Italian secures the match, serving at 5-3 and winning the last game with his terrific rhythm from the baseline. Jannik suffers just a little short blank at the start of the second set, promptly overcome. Powerful, intense, he overtook Humbert with a truly remarkable pressing. 14 winners but also 32 mistakes, not a few, but he led the whole match, taking many risks. 72% of points won with the first for Sinner.

Jannik Sinner (foto Getty Images)

15:02 – Match point Delbonis!!!!! At 5-0, 40-15, he is only one step far from victory. It comes with another mistake by the Russian, who collapsed completely in the third set. Solid match for the Argentine, confirming the excellent form shown in Madrid.

14:54 – Fifth game on the Central, 2 all the score. Ugo to serve, but Jannik is huge in return. He runs 15-40, pushing as hard as he could, really heavy balls from the Italian. It’s a double chance to run away in the set. OK the second break point: with an accurate backhand drive, in total anticipation, it forces a backhand error by the Frenchman. BREAK Sinner, he leads 3-2 and serve.

14:47 – From the other courts: Brady wins, 6-4 in the second, Harris and Garin will soon be on court; Delbonis ahead 2-0 in the third, the game seems to have turned towards the Argentine, very solid in the rallies, he takes control of the tempo with his forehand, sooooo good today. Pegula vs. Kasatkina are going to start.

14:31 – +++ Riske retires +++ Unfortunately the American, ahead 4-1 on Swiatek, began to feel the foot problem that have been tormenting her for some time. The pain was so intense that force her to retire when the score was 5-4 Swiatek. The Polish advance to the next round, what a pity Alison!?!

14:27 – 6-2 SINNER! First set easily won by Jannik, a few mistakes but also a lot of powerful forehands and backhands. He wins 3 points out of 4 with the first serve, and 73% of first in, not easy for anyone when the Italian takes this number. the Frenchman in serious trouble to manage the power of the Italian. At the change court, the trainer arrives at Ugo’s corner. He gets a massage behind his neck.

14:01Sinner takes the lead! In the third game Jannik fires as hard as he can in return, takes high risks, misses some forehand but at the third chance he break the service game from the Frenchman, flying ahead 2-1. A love game on serve, 3-1 the score per for Italian.

13:35 – Kvitova closes the match, 6-0 6-2 after losing the first. Brady 6-1 on Zhang, Anisimova serves for the first set ahead 6-5 on Wang. Jannik Sinner and Ugo Humbert enter the “Centrale”, it’s a top match today not only for the Italian fans. Khachanov 4-2 on Delbonis in the first.

13:11 – “Lights off” on the Grand Stand Arena: Nishikori wins 6-4 at the second match point. +5 between winners and errors for Kei, -2 for Fabio, but this stat does not explain the victory of the Japanese at all. Kei play more consistent, lots of solid rallies, taking advantage of too many ups and downs by Fabio. Fognini’s run at IBI21 ends here.

13:07 – GAME SET MATCH KARATSEV. 7-6 6-4 for the Russian, only one break in the beginning of the second set, but the whole match was lead by Aslan, who confirms himself as a “dark horse” in this tournament. And indeed, in the second round, BOOM! Karatsev vs. Medvedev, what a big happening awaits us …

13:05 8 games in a row for Kvitova, terrific moment of the Czech on the Centre court. TERRIBLE fighting between Gauff and Putintseva, still on court since 10 am !!! Now Cori is ahead 5-4, but Yulia serves to stay in the match. Yulia canceled 2 Match Points (on 5-3), but here comes a third match point. It ends here, Gauff wins 6-4 in the third set. What a drama !!!

12:42 – KARATSEV POWER. The Russian in control of the second set, so good at taking the lead at the beginning. After 26 minutes, the score is 3-2 for Aslan. Miomir must find a good game in return to come back to life in the match … but Aslan is so accurate and fast with his groundstrokes so far.

Aslan Karatsev (foto Getty Images)

12:30 – In 38 minutes Nishikori wins the first set 6-3 over Fognini. 8 winners each, but 13 unforced for Fabio against only 5 for the Japanese. Moments of total quality for Fabio, but too many downs and some rage, as when he smashed his racquet to the ground, destroying it. This stat is the real photo fo the first set: 92% of points won with the first serve for Kei, just 52% for Fognini.

Roma 10 Maggio 2021 Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2021 Fabio Fognini Foto Giampiero Sposito

12:10 Off to a hot start for Nishikori: he runs ahead 3-0 in a few minutes on Fognini, the Italian so slow in this beginning of the match. Poor start also for Petra Kvitova, who loses her serve against Linette on the “Centrale”. Great fighting between Karatsev and Kecmanovic: the Russian fires his shots with perfect timing and anticipation, the Serbian loads the ball with tons of topspin.

11:30Game set match Fritz, 6-3 6-2 over Evans, excellent match for the American with 28 winners. Stefano Travaglia also wins, 6-3 in the second set over Paire. Before leaving the field, the Frenchman photographed the mark of a dubious ball with his smartphone, ending with controversy for Benoit.

11:15 – Fucsovics is the first winner of the day, 6-0 6-2 over Nishioka. Travaglia leads a set and a break on Paire, the game seems in control for the Italian. Fritz ahead of a break on Evans, more powerful and continuous the American. NOW 7-5 Gauff, she wins the first set on Putintseva, strong effort by the young American to come back the Kazakh and secure the first set.

Taylor Fritz

11:03 – Rogers come back Martic! The American wins three games in a row and secures the first set 7-5 from 4-5. Teichmann 6-3 on Sevastova, but now the Latvian leads 2-1. Putintseva serves to close the first set on Gauff, ahead 5-4, but every point is a FEROCIOUS battle, it is the classic match that can turn upside down in a moment, high drama on display!

10:35 – Seventh game between Paire (on serve) and Travaglia. Benoit ends just long with a forehand on 30 all, break point for the Italian. NO Benoit! He exaggerates with creativity, comes to the net with a ball too smooth, the volley is very difficult, and lands out. BREAK TRAVAGLIA! It is the first of the match, 4-3 ahead Stefano. Break back for Fritz, now the American lead 4-3.

10:17 – BREAK EVANS! The “brit” confirms the excellent state of form shown at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. He hits his groundstrokes with perfect timing, he has great confidence so far. He breaks Fritz’s serve in the third game, 2-1 ahead. Fucsovics a break ahead (2-0) on Nishioka, who entered last-minute in the main draw (Out Pella). Gauff 2-1 on Putintseva, Teichmann 3-1 ahead on Sevastova.

10:00 – Good morning Rome! Under a beautiful spring sun another splendid day of tennis is about to begin. Today’s program is huge: Kvitova, Sinner, Giorgi, Paire, Fognini vs Nishikori (what a first round match !!!), Swiatek, Musetti, Hurkacz, Gauff, Cilic and many others. Follow LIVE with us tons of emotions from the various courts. First match on Centre court: the British Daniel Evans opposed to the American Taylor Fritz. Stefano Travaglia opens on the Grand Stand Arena against Benoit Paire, while on the Pietrangeli debut for Cori Gauff against Yulia Putintseva. On Court 1 Martic vs. Rogers, on Court 2 Nishioka vs. Fucsovics, on Court 3 Sevastova vs, Teichmann. Fasten your seat belts, let’s go !!!

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