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18:50 – Baez! The Argentine defeats Ruusuvuori, 7-5 in the third, he is the last to qualify for the main draw of the IBI22
18:14 – A men’s qualifying match is still in progress @ the Foro Italico: Sebastian Baez and Emil Ruusuvuori are in the third set. All other matches are over. Qualified for IBI22 Nakashima, Lajovic, Griekspoor, Cerundolo, Djere and Zeppieri in the men draw; Sanvovich, Martic, Juvan, Martincova, Avanesyan, Davis, Putintseva and Kostyuk in the women’s draw.
18:00 – Game Set Match Karatsev! What a Match, What a Drama on Grand Stand Arena! Aslan wins 9-7 the Decider, incredible fighting @ Foro Italico. Next round for Karatsev: Novak Djokovic. They played a stunning match in Belgrade last year…
17:40 – Crazy match on Grand Stand Arena!?! Harris serves for the match, but Karatsev doesn’t give up, gets two break points and reopens the match on the last dive. 5 all in the third.
17:28 – Game Set Match Cilic! The Croatian secures the match with an Ace in the middle, for the final 6-4, in 1 hour and 19 minutes. Marin’s perfect combination serve plus strong forehand was too much for the young Italian. A wonderful experience for Arnaldi, he leaves the “Centrale” under a big applause, his second set was so good for him.
17:24 – Harris takes the lead. Lloyd seemed to be struggling against Karatsev’s power in the third set, but he suddenly breaks Aslan for the 4-2 lead. With a solid service game Lloyd climbs 5-2, one step away from victory.
17:11 – Second set on “Centrale”, there is some fighting out there. Completely different film compared to the first set. The young Italian Arnaldi found the way to control the quick shots of the Croatian. After 32 minutes, the score is 3 all, no break so far.
16:52 – Set Point Karatsev! Aslan serves 40-30, fires a perfect first serve the touches the outside line, Harris’ return does not pass the net. 6-3 Karatsev, we go third on the Grand Stand Arena, 1 hour and 29 minutes of match so far.
16:38 – Cilic secures 6-1 the first set, hammering an forehand winner on his first set point. Too Cilic for even a good Arnaldi.
16:31 – BREAK Karatsev! Big, big forehand drives by Aslan. He takes control of the rallies and smashes some stunning cross court winners. 3-1 ahead Karatsev in the 2nd.
16:15 – Off to a hot start for Marin Cilic. Good serve, leads the rally from the centre of the court. Early break by the Croatian, leads 2-0 and so quickly 3-0.
16:02 – HARRIS! The South African closes the first set 6-3 against the revelation of 2021 Aslan Karatsev. The break in the sixth game was decisive. Bravo Lloyd to save three break points on 2 all.
15:48 – Game Set Match Garin! The Chilean secures the second set, plays strong the last game (double fault from Passaro) and wins 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour and 31 minutes. 18 winners and 16 errors for Garin, negative balance for Passaro (13/28). The 21yds Italian leaves the court under the applause of the crowd in his very first match at IBI.
15:35 – The fourth game is fatal to Passaro: collapses 0-40, saves the first two break points but loses the game on third one. Garin levels the score 2 all, than moves forward 3-2 safely. The Chilean rises his level, breaks Passaro for the 4-2 lead. Two steps away from the big W.
15:15 – Drama built up at the start of the second set. An infinite game, 18 points and 7 break points for Passaro. The last is the good one, early break for the Italian. The trainer arrives on court, Garin has a problem with his left ankle. Medical time out.
15:00 – 6-3 Garin! Great effort by the Chilean (best ranking n.17 ATP), with the momentum wins 9 of the last 10 points at takes the lead, securing the first set. Cristian controls the rally, forcing the Italian in strong defense.
14:46 – Four breaks in a row on the Central. Garin ahead 3-2 and serve, but Passaro pushes as hard as he could on the return, up to 0-40. Another error near the net for Cristian. 3 even the score.
14:22 – The game resume on “Centrale”. Passaro leads 40-0 with good first ball, than risks a brave serve & volley, but the ball dies on the net. A double fault by the Italian moves the first game to the advantages.
13:50 – The rain was intense but short, a pale sun returned to the Foro Italico. The courts are almost ready for the resumption of the game.
13:31 – The second match on “Centrale”, Passaro vs. Garin, has just started but… after the very first point the play is suspended, it’s raining hard over Rome. The courts are covered.
13:17 – The score is 5-4 Krajinovic in the tiebreak. Filip is so aggressive, leads the rally. Tiafoe is forced to run in extreme defense. Filip takes the point, 6-4 -> two Match Points 16 minutes after the first. WOW, WHAT A POINT, WHAT A BACKHAND! Krajinovic shots a cross backhand, the tiebreak ends 7-4 with this incredible point. 2 hours and 8 minutes, quality match to start the tournament. Well done!
13:09 – The second set on “Centrale” goes to decider. Filip wins the first point, great forehand from inside the court and strong closure on the net. 1-0.
12:55 – Tiafoe’s forehand dies into the net, it’s Match Point Krajinovic on 5-4!!! ACE! What a moment to hit a service winner…
12:44 – Break Point Krajinovic! 4-3 Tiafoe, 30-40, here comes the chance to reopen the set for the Serbian. Long rally, Frances fires a cross forehand that lands… OUT! Counter Break Krajinovic, 4 all. The fighting goes on.
12:37 – Frances’ train seems unstoppable: in 22 minutes the score is 4-2 for the American, who continues to serve great and leads the rallies with confidence. Filip has to raise his return game to reopen the set.
12:22 – Off to a hot start for Tiafoe in the second. Filip fires an Ace, but Frances is so fast and aggressive, takes the first break of the match, then moves 2-0 ahead. Now the Serbian has to chase…
12:15 – SET KRAJINOVIC! 9-7 for Filip in the tiebreak, 1 hour and 6 minutes of excellent, excellent tennis in the very first match of the IBI22. The Serbian secures the tiebreak with a powerful forehand (3rd set point). The quality of this set in numbers: 16 winners and 14 errors for Filip, 27 winners and 18 errors for Frances. What a beautiful start to the day! Let’s Gooooo.
11:55 – Tiafoe leads 5-4 in the 1st, “Pressure ON” for Krajinovic, serves to stay in the first set. 6 Ace from Frances so far, Hot serve for the American…
11:49 – Crossed backhand -> inside out counterattack forehand, excellent offensive scheme for Frances Tiafoe. He snatches the fifth break point of the set. Right time for the first break? No… his return is OUT.
11:35 – What a fighting in the sixth game! Tiafoe is super aggressive, gets 4 break points but Krajinovic doesn’t give up. 3 all, some good tennis so far.
11:15 – Excellent start for the American serving, two Ace in the first game. Solid with forehand the Serbian, 1-1 the score.
10:55 – Rafa Nadal is about to start his training on field 5, at 12.30 Fabio Fognini with Reilly Opelka.
10:30 – GOOD MORNING FROM ROME!
A beautiful sun welcomes the fans on the first day of Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2022. The matches are about to begin: 4 first round matches of the male main draw and the final round of the male and female qualifiers. Filip Krajinovic vs. Frances Tiafoe opens the program on Centrale at 11, followed by Francesco Passaro’s debut at the International BNL d’Italia, against Cristian Garin. Third and final match on the main court is Marin Cilic vs. Matteo Arnaldi, tough debut for the 21-year-old from Sanremo. On the Grand Stand Arena, the third match in program is Aslan Karatsev vs. Llyod Harris.
Are you ready to rock? Let’s go!