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Azarenka destroys Kenin 6-0 6-0! Musetti defeats Nishikori. Shapovalov showtime, out Rublev, Fognini

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23:15 – The day 4 of the IBI20 ends here. Can’t wait for tomorrow morning, when an incredible day of tennis awaits us: the Italian derby Berrettini vs. Travaglia, the “Italian Sensation” Musetti vs. Koepfer, Sinner vs. Dimitrov, and back on court Nadal, Djokovic, Azarenka, Shapovalov… Amazing! GOOD NIGHT !!!!

 

22:46 – It was since Nadal 2003 (Hamburg) that such a young player (Musetti) did not reach 1/8 round of a Masters 1000 on clay. Rafa was not even 17 at the time …

 

22:23 – After the interruption, the match between Monfils and Koepfer resumed. It is the last game of the day. 1 all in the second set.

 

22:12 – The tension is incredible, Musetti overhits and goes under 0-30. The first serve is ON again, and the forehand is powerful and accurate. Match Point! …YES!!! MUSETTI WINS! 6-3 6-4, Lorenzo is the new Italian Sensation!

 

 

 

22:10 – BREAK MUSETTI !!!! Lorenzo breaks Nishikori’s serve, he is ahead 5-4 and SERVE FOR THE MATCH !!!

 

22:08 – After a short interruption due to a black out on the Centre Court, let’s play!

 

21:35 – Black out on Pietrangeli. The lights suddenly go out, leaving Monfils and Koepfer in the dark. The German won the first set 6-2, Monfils 1-0 in the second set.

 

21:14 – 6-3 6-4, this is the score of Casper Ruud win vs. Lorenzo Sonego. Great effort for the Piedmontese, but the Norwegian was really consistent. Training at the Rafa Nadal Academy is producing hefty dividends …

 

21:13 – That was SOME performance from Musetti! He wins the first set 6-3. He serves well, control the rallies, leaves no chance for Nishikori to return. The coolness of the young Italian on cournt and under pressure in INCREDIBLE.

 

 

20:41 – BREAK RUUUUUUUD! Casper leads in the second set, 3-2 and serve on Lorenzo Sonego. The Italian drops the service to 15, on the first break point of the game. Now the match is really uphill for him …

 

20:39Hercog wins with a double 6-4 on Bertens. All matches scheduled for the women’s draw are over.

 

20:30 – Just started the last match of the day on “Centrale”: the young Italian sensation Lorenzo Musetti vs. Kei Nishikori. Musetti to serve.

 

20:13 – SET Ruud. Casper gets the first 6-3 on Sonego. The Italian pays for the bad start and the effort to recover the set, and even modest percentages with the service: 48% of points with the first serve, 42% with the second.

 

 

 

20:09 – DOUBLE BAGEL!!! 6-0 6-0 AZARENKA on Kenin. Superb performance by Vika, with Sofia annihilated. 57 points to 29 for Azarenka and only 4 unforced errors in the whole match for her. INSANE!

 

 

20:04 – 6-0 5-0 Azarenka on Kenin. Crazy.

 

19:57 – Bertens a break ahead in the second set, after losing the first vs. Hercog. Sonego down 2-4 with Ruud, but now the Piedmontese has begun to unhinge the rival’s pressing. There is a match out there.

 

19:39 – What a rhythm Ruud! Sonego can’t break the Norwegian’s consistent tennis. The Italian goes for the winner, but miss too many shots. Now BREAK Sonego, remains 1-4 down but goes to serve after the change of field.

 

19:30 – INCREDIBLE start by Azarenka! 6-0 to Kenin (Australian Open 2020 Champion) in just 21 minute. What a tennis!

 

 

 

19:05 – Match Point HURKACZ !!!! Leading 5-2, the Pole forces another mistake by the Russian with his long and consistent rallies, and closes the match 6-2 in the third. Hubert completes a true masterpiece in the third set: he played a streak of long and consistent strokes, on which Rublev forced tons of unforced errors trying difficult impacts.

 

18:49 – The match between Hercog and Bertens on Pietrangeli begins, the shadows fall on the beautiful stadium.

 

18:38 – Second set Rublev, 6-3 the score for the Russian on Hurzacz. KONTA closed his match, 6-0 6-4 the final score.

 

18:20 – RUBLEV FURY!?! The Russian on fire in the second, after having wasted the first with some bad bad bad mistakes in the tiebreaker. Now he imposes an huge pace and breaks the Pole’s serve in the second game. 4-1 ahead now.

 

18:08 – ARRIVEDERCI FABIO. Humbert secures the match by winning the tiebreak of the second set, 7-4 the score. The Italian started strong, 2-0 ahead, but wasted the point of the possible 3-0 and therefore suffered the return of the Frenchman. From 4 all, three errors by Fognini condemn him to defeat.

 

18:03HURKACZ 7-6! The Pole plays a more solid tennis in the decider, forcing some decisive mistakes by Rublev. The Russian was uncertain, he felt the tension more than his Polish rival.

 

Fabio Fognini (foto Sposito)17:48 – Fognini, one step away from defeat under 3-5 in the second, he is not going to lose! He forces his shots, take tons of risks and break the French serve! BREAK FOGNINI! Fabio will serve under 4-5. In a two minutes game, rises to 5 all.

 

17:42 – Bagel Alert! Konta outpowers Begu with 6-0!

 

17:27 – Centre Court: Up and Down also in the second set. Humbert breaks Fognini, leads 3-1, but Fabio reacts, and immediately finds the counter break. Fabio serves 2-3. Konta up 4-0 on Begu.

 

17:10 – Two matches just started: on Grand Stand Rublev vs. Hurkacz, on Pietrangeli Konta vs. Begu.

 

17:03 – Fognini in serious trouble! Serves 5-6, collapses 0-40, three SET POINTS for Humbert. Fabio sticks a backhand, the ball flies in the stands. 7-5 Humbert, a set dominated by unforced errors.

 

16:55 – GAME SET MATCH ALERT! Lajovic wins his match vs. Raonic, 6-2 the score of the third set. Putintseva struggled but made it! She wasted a match point in the second (lost), but she won the third set 6-4. What a tough match…

 

16:39 – The “Break Festival” continues on the Centrale: 6 out of 6! Lajovic ahead 4-2 in the third, break in the fourth game, on the 4th occasion.

 

16:21Fognini and Humbert have … lost the service! 4 games, 4 breaks. The match progresses in continuous up and down, some good shots but many, many mistakes.

 

 

 

 

16:05 – MILOSSSS! Raonic secures the second set 6-4, decisive the break in the seventh game. BRAVO the Canadian at saving a delicate break point in the tenth, decisive, game. The third one just started.

 

 

 

15:58 – In the corridors of the Centre Court, Ugo Humbert warms up by listening to music with headphones just before entering the field. His opponent? Fabio Fognini!

 

15:42 – Another terrible double fault (collapsed with service, 15 DF in the match) condemns Gauff at the MATCH POINT. He drops a forehand into the net, high frustration for her. It’s Game Set Match Muguruza! The finalist at the Australian Open 2020 continues her race at the IBI20. Now faces the winner of Begu – Konta.

 

 

 

15:30 – High Drama on “Centrale”! Cori Gauff, ahed 2-0, crashes into confusion: starts making a lot of mistakes and Garbine takes advantage of it, playing his heavy shots but with less risk. The Spaniard breaks 4 games in a row and moves forward 4-2. Very nervous the American, who feels the match slip away …

 

15:24 – Lajovic dominates the first set tiebreak vs. Raonic. the Serbian was very solid, the Canadian forced too many mistakes. 7 points to 3 for Dusan.

 

 

 

15:14 – What a miss Garbine!?! Muguruza sent an easy volee into the net. It costs her a bloody BREAK! Gauff ahead 2-0 and serve in the third set.

 

15:02 – 6-3 GAUFF. More consistent the effort by the American, while Garbine expresses the best moments in terms of quality but with too many pauses and errors. After 1h 50 minutes, the match enters in the third set.

 

14:47Gauff has the momentum at the beginning of the second set, while Muguruza is slow to respond. The American leads 4-1. In the sixth game, the Spaniard wakes up, starts hammering again with heavy and precise groundstrokes. At the fourth chance she gets the break, double fault by Cori. Muguruza is back on track: 3-4, but Gauff to serve.

 

 

14:21 – Raonic vs. Lajovic match starts. Will the Monte Carlo 2019 finalist be able to stem Milos’ terrifying service?

 

14:15 – “DECIDER” between Gauff and Muguruza! Cori sprints ahead, 3-1 up; Garbine responds immediately and with 3 points in a row, rises 4-3. Gauff get late on a huge forehand of his rival, sends the backhand so wide. Another unforced, 6-3 Muguruza! ACE Garbine, wins the tiebreak 7 points to 3.

 

14:01 – No male matches in progress, three female matches goes no. Just started Putintseva vs. Martic, 3-0 ahead of the Kazakh; Rus a break ahead, 2-0 over Vondrousova. 5 all between Gauff and Muguruza, very high tension in the photo finish on the Centre Court.

 

13:55 – Game Match Match Kuznetsova! The Russian closes 6-3 in third on Kontaveit, a good result for the 35-year-old, good comeback from a set below. Svitolina, two-time IBI champion, 2017 and 2018, awaits her in the next round.

 

13:35 – BREAK Gauff! Off to a hot start in this match! In the fourth game, she goes up 3-1. Immediate reaction of the Spaniard! Garbine throws four shocking balls, and snatches the COUNTER BREAK. 3-2, the match suddenly caught fire, stay tuned ….

 

 

 

 

13:27Tiebreak Time on Grand Stand! A great fighting can only end like this. Schwartzman is Solid-as-a-Rock, Millman tries to crush the resistance of the Argentine but fails. Diego runs ahead 4-1 and 6-1! He wins tiebreak 7 points to 1. A very cordial greeting between the two after a wonderful match. Well done!

 

13:09 – First rallies between Cori Gauff and Garbine Muguruza on the “Centrale”, in one of the most interesting matches of the day. Vondrousova up 3-2 and break vs. Rus.

 

12:51 – DENIS! Shapovalov closes the match at the third match point, giving an incredible demonstration of his talent in 15 minutes of pure fire, where he showed an unlimited gallery of power and beauty. When he plays like this, it’s pure SHOWTIME! 6-4 6-4 the score of the match.

 

 

 

12:49 – Unstoppable Schwartzman! The Argentine from 0-2 under, flies 4-2 ahead, snatching Millman’s serve with a really consistent tennis.

 

12:35Shapovalov up and down! Falls down 0-3, too many unforced, but he reacts immediately. with courage Denis forces with his groundstrokes and finds the counterbreak. 3 even on the “Centrale”

 

12:29 – GAME SET MATCH KASATKINA! Daria is the first winner of the day, Siniakova is dominated also in the second set. Kasatkina wins 6-3, she breaks three time the service game.

 

12:16 – SET SCHWARTZMAN! 6-4 para DIEGO! The Argentine manages Millman’s strong return in the set. The second will still be a great battle.

 

11:58 – SHAPO IN-DA-HOUSE! Denis takes the first set 6-4. 10 winners to 6 for the Canadian, but also more mistakes. Curious the data of the meters covered by each in the first set: 645 meters for Martinez, 621 for Shapovalov.

 

 

 

11:52 – Schwartzman soooo smart and fast to jump to net and closing the point with some perfect volleys. Bravo Diego! the Argentine leads 3-1 on Millman.

 

11:41 – 6-2 Kasatkina! She is the fastest to take a set, dominating Siniakova with her pounding groundstrokes. Kontaveit 3 – Kuznetsova 2.

 

11:38 – Shapo builds and destroys … The Canadian talent amazes with extraordinary shots, breaks Martinez’s serve but spoils everything with too unforced. Again on return, he gets the break again. 3-2 Shapo

 

11:18Kasatkina starts at full speed, overwhelms Siniakova with her pace, leaving her with only four points in four games, 4-0 ahead Daria. Kontaveit – Kuznetsova 2-1 in the first set.

 

10:50 – Good morning from Foro Italico! The officials are completing the preparations of the courts, the first matches of the day are going to start. The menu of day4 is terrific: Shapovalov, Muguruza, Gauff, Kenin, Azarenka, Nishikori, Raonic, Konta, Monfils, Rublev and the Italian Fognini, Sonego and Musetti. It’s a beautiful day, great tennis under a spectacular late summer sun. Fasten your seat belts, we take off !!!

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