LIVE BLOG: MONDAY 13TH MAY
Serena powers past Peterson, Roger Federer is in Rome and trains with Jannik Sinner
20.05 – Terrible battle between Venus and Elise! Venus wastes 6 match points in the eighth game of the third set, suffers the break and the game becomes a fierce fight on every point. Decider tiebreak: Williams rise 5-3 and closes at the ninth match point! She will face het sister Serena in the second round.
19.48 – Roger Federer has just landed in Rome, and immediately on court. No one knows where. With whom, however, it was leaked. Guess what? Jannik Sinner! The seventeen Italian talent was chosen by King Roger “to taste” the clay of the Rome.
17.40 – Marco Cecchinato defeats Alex De Minaur winning the third set 6-1. The Sicilian won 75% of the points with the first service in the third set, crashing the resistance of the young Australian NextGen. He will challenge Kohlschreiber in the second round.
17.20 – Roger Federer flying over Rome! The Swiss champion has posted some photos of his flight from Switzerland to the Capital on his Instagram profile, exciting the fans who have been waiting for him for three long years at the Foro Italico. Willkommen zurück Roger!
16.30 – Game set match Shapovalov! The Canadian wins 7-5 the tiebreak of the second set, with the Pietrangeli court “on fire” for his stunnig tennis. In the next round “Shapo” will challenge Novak Djokovic. Success in three sets for the Russian Khachanov on the Italian Sonego. Now in progress Monfils vs. Ramos Vinolas and Millman vs Norrie.
15.49 – Serena Williams eases in the second round with a two set victory over Rebecca Peterson. Denis shapovalov is one set up over Carreno Busta.
15.45 – Superb tiebreak played by Lorenzo Sonego. Some winners and a very aggressive tennis. 7 points 1 for the Italian, the match will be decided by the third set.
14.30 – Serena Williams recovers a break down in the first set (1-3), and with four games in a row goes ahead 5-3 on the Swedish Peterson. Karen Khachanov 4-1 up over the Italian Lorenzo Sonego on the Grandstand.
13.20 – Garbiñe Muguruza is playing her first match on the Pietrangeli against the Chinese Zheng. The first set is in progress, 3-3 the score.
12.11 – Impressive progression of Auger Aliassime shots, especially his first service and forehand. He wins the tiebreak 7-4, the second set has just begun.
12.01 – Tiebreak on Centre Court! Felix to serve, and boom! 1-0 Auger Aliassime. Fast and aggressive, the Canadian leads the rally and closes with a perfect volley. Another winner with his fantastic forehand. Felix on fire! 4-1 ahead.
11.45 – Good Morning Rome!
On the Centre Court, a very interesting match is underway between Borna Coric and Felix Auger Aliassime. The Croatian took the lead 4-2, but Felix is on fire now! With a stunning forehand gets the break for the 4-4. A match not to miss.