23:20 – This long and intense Monday at IBI22 ends. See you tomorrow morning, at 11 am. Good night!
23:18 – Camila Giorgi retires, the last match of the day ends with the success of Ajla Tomljanovic: 6-3 4-2, ret. Giorgi. Suspected left leg strain for Camila.
23:09 – The play will not resume before 11.30 pm.
22:48 – Tomljanovic runs ahead at the start of the second set, 2-0 and then 4-2. Giorgi leaves the court for a medical time out (on 2-1), and comes back with a bandage on his left calf. Rain over Rome, play is suspended after a break point not transformed by Giorgi, 4-2 Tomljanovic the score.
22:09 – Set Tomljanovic! 6-3 in 41 minutes. Giorgi gets closed, has the chance for the 4-5, but the Australian secures the set with an aggressive return.
21:48 – Carreno eases 6-3 6-2 over Delbonis, while De Minaur runs away to Lajovic, 4-1 in the second after winning the first set 6-4.
21:41 – Somebody told Giorgi her match started… The Italian fires out and into the net her drives, Ajla eases 4-0 ahead, just 13 minute!
21:04 – Fognini!!!! Fabio plays a good, good tiebreak. At 5 point all, the Italian run to net, Thiem forces a forehand wide. It’s Match Point n.2. Thiem smashes his forehand out, it’s over! Well deserved for Fabio.
20:49 – Drama built up at the end of the second set on “Centrale”! Fognini serves for the match at 5-4, but Thiem does not want to lose! The level of the game is Huge, great tennis on the court. Fognini has the match point, but with an excellent forehand Thiem saves it. The BREAK arrives at the third chance, we are 5 all. The fight, and the show, goes on!
20:37 – Fognini holds to 30, 5-3, 37 minute in the 2nd. Just one step Fabioooo.
20:33 – FOGNINI !!!!!!!!! Fabio breaks Thiem, bad shot for “Domi”, a forehand so long. Fabio serves 4-3 ahead, two steps away from victory …
20:23 – The audience cheers Fognini on 2 all, 40 all, pushing the Italian to get a break point. Thiem has a different program… Serves well, than smashes a cross backhand so tight and fast… Unbelievable point! 3-2 Thiem.
19:59 – BREAK FOGNINI !!! On the second break point, Thiem tries a forehand down the line, but the ball is jusssssssst wide. 5-4 and serve Fabio. The Italian plays a very solid and aggressive game, secures the set 6-4 with a huge forehand that lands just in. Well done Fabio!
19:44 – Fernandez come back Pavlyuchenkova! The Canadian now leads 4-1 in the 3rd. She has taken control of the center of the field and moves Anastasia, who is “not so comfortable” when forced to run. 10 3 Leyla from the start of the second set.
19:40 – Good tennis on “Centrale”. Playing and moving well, Thiem fires with his backhand, and so quick to move forward on court. 4-3 ahead Thiem in the first.
19:20 – 6-1 Gauff! “No match” on the Grand Stand Arena so far. Kerber has already conceded 6 breakpoints and is in great trouble to stay solid in the rally. This was her best quality when she was on top…
19:00 – Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem enter the “Centrale”! The evening session is about to start. A much awaited match today @ IBI22. Head to Head: Thiem leads 3-1, the Italian won the only one in Rome in 2018.
18:28 – Bencic wins! 6-4 6-2, excellent last game for Belinda. Secures the match with a powerful, accurate external service, Elisabetta can’t return. Brava the Swiss to overpower the Italian with her ground stokes. 1 hour and 27 minutes of good tennis, with lots of fun rallies.
18:04 – Bublik – Giron go third. The American wins the second 6-4. As expected, great battle between Putintseva and Juvan, we are in the third set … BREAK now for Yulia, 2-1 and service.
17:56 – 6-4 Bencic on Cocciaretto, 54 minutes. The Swiss break on 4 all, concedes a ball for the counter break serving on 5-4, but saves with the power of her service. Interesting match, completely different style of tennis: power and rhythm for Belinda, tactics and spin for Elisabetta.
17:46 – Match Point Van de Zandschulp! Korda serves 5-1 down, at 30-40 concedes the first match ball. Sebastian is so heavy on the legs, his backhand barely reaches the net. Game Set Match Van de Zandschulp, excellent match for the Dutchman, so solid. 32 unforced for Korda, poor performance for Sebi today.
17:32 – Tough match for Sebastian Korda today at the IBI22. Dutchman Van de Zandschulp is a “real” one on clay, hits hard and produces balls loaded with spin, provoking several mistakes by the American. Under 1-3 Korda in the second set, after losing the first 6-4.
17:08 – Khachanov wins, 6-4 in the second on Zeppieri. The match point is the photo of the match: strong forcing with the forehand by Khachanov. 20 winners and 15 errors for Khachanov, 23 winners and 27 errors for the Italian. Karen writes “Ciao Roma” on the tv camera on court.
16:53 – Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Belinda Bencic are about to begin on Grand Stand Arena. Van De Zandschulp ahead 4-3 and serve on Korda, now the American has two balls for the counter break at 15-40.
16:40 – Game Set Match Shapovalov. Denis closed the match 6-3 on 3rd, excellent service game on 5-3. Nice hug between the two after an hard, hard fighting. 3 hours and 10 minutes of real battle. 35 winners and 46 errors for Shapovalov; 18/26 for Sonego. Next Basilashvili for the Canadian.
16:35 – Basilashvili Wins! 6-2 in the second set on Evans, the match between Korda and Van De Zandschulp has just started, a match that could be so interesting…
16:24 – Pure talent Shapo … On 4-2, 15-30 Denis takes a crazy risk with his backhand. He hits the ball in pure advance, with an impressive cross angle, the ball touches the line. Only cheers for Canadian.
16:12 – Shapovalov takes the lead in the third, 3-0 ahead. Lorenzo still believe it, wins tough a service game, we are 3-1 for Shapo. Zeppieri struggles in the first set against Khachanov: 5-2 ahead Karen, he lost the service game in the sixth game, at the fourth break point.
15:51 – 6-3 Sonego! The Italian takes the 2nd, but this match turn in REAL drama!?! Break points, many errors, Shapovalov serves on 4-3 Sonego, harshly challenges a service called out. He receives a penalty and loses his game!?! The Italian serves on 5-3 and secures the second set. 2 hours and 24 minutes of hard fighting and tension on court.
15:37 – Warm up on “Centrale”, Karen Khachanov and Giulio Zeppieri are ready to strat. On Pietrangeli, Basilashvili ahead 7-6 1-0 on Evans, while Kudermetova serves under 5-6 in the second set against Sasnovich.
15:29 – Game Set Match Djere! 6-2 on Coric in the third. Grand Stand Arena, Sonego leads 3-2 in the 2nd, Shapovalov to serve, the big big fighting goes on.
15:15 – Martina Trevisan loses 6-4 6-2 (1h 38 minutes) against Shuai Zhang, too powerful from the baseline the Chinese. Petra Martic def. Muchova, 6-1 in the third; Court 2, Djere leads 4-1 with double break on Coric in the third.
Alcaraz? His tennis is very impressive. I think he puts a lot of energy into every single shot. He is quick. He has a good reaction time. He reads the game well. He inspires me a lot. I really want to be like himStefanos Tsitsipas
14:59 – Shapo takes first! 7-6 for the Canadian, 1 hour and 31 minutes of terrific battle on Grand Stand Arena. Denis leads the rallies but forces too many mistakes (21 in the set, with 14 winners). That was SOME performance from Denis with his forehand in decider.
14:38 – Shapo’s scream! Denis fights as hard as he can, breaks Sonego (4th break point) on 5-4 with Sonego serving for the first set. The Italian has never reached set point.
14:26 – Trevisan can’t complete her come back, Zhang secures the first 6-4. Halep 6-4 6-4 on Cornet, good match for Simona.
14:20 – Court 2, Borna Coric serves ahead 5-4 to close the second set against Djere, the Serbian won the first set 6-2.
14:00 – Sonego’s forehand is very effective, he leads the rally and moves “Shapo” right and left behind the baseline. Lorenzo stays strong, 4-2 ahead. Too many unforced by Denis, he fires out exactly in wrong moments…
13:42 – Halep sailing safe on Pietrangeli. The Romanian (coached by Patrick Mouratoglou) leads 6-3 3-2 and serve on Cornet. So solid in the rallies, Simona returned to a decent tennis level. Several breaks in the match, but the Romanian is more consistent and offensive.
13:29 – Sonego – Shapovalov begins on Grand Stand Arena. The Canadian to service, 30 all the score. The battle between Davidovich Fokina and Ivashka continues, 3-2 ahead of the Spaniard, Ilya serves.
13:16 – Wawrinka Wins! Great comeback by Stan: under 2-4 in the second, rises his level and flies on court, winning 11 of the last 14 games, for the final 6-2 in the third. 30 winners and 25 errors for Stan, some FANTASTIC shots. Opelka was the semifinalist of the last edition.
12:59 – Osaka withdraw from Rome. “Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet” wrote Naomi. “It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful especially in advance of Roland Garros. I love this city and always enjoy playing in front of the Italian fans so I will be sorry to miss them – but look forward to coming back next year”.
12:45 – 7-5 Wawrinka! Stan secures the second set. Fantastic backhand winner by the Swiss on 0-30, down the line, really beautiful. A shot who gives him 3 Set Points. Reilly saves two, but forces OUT a forehand on third. What a comeback!
12:37 – BAGEL for Vika. 6-0 on Golubic, Azarenka ends in style on Pietrangeli. Soon one of the most anticipated challenges of the day, between Simona Halep and Alize Cornet.
12:20 – Wawrinka counter break in the second set! Bad, very bad service game for Reilly, he collapses 0-40, saves all the break point but loses his first service game. 4 all on “Centrale”.
12:09 – SET BROOKSBY, 6-3 on Cobolli. Jenson rises his level, from 1-3 under he snaps FIVE games in a row, closing at the third set point with a backhand into the net by Cobolli. 17 unforced for the Italian in the set.
11:53 – VIKA! 6-3 Azarenka, closes the first on Golubic, in the end he imposed his greatest power with the forehand.
11:44 – SET Opelka. Too solid Reilly on serve, secures the first 6-3 over Wawrinka in 32 minutes. Only one break in the set. SET Davidovich Fokina, 6-2 over Ivashka. Ilya closes badly with a double fault, the Spaniard so powerful in the rallies.
11:40 – Hard fighting on Pietrangeli between Azarenka and Golubic. 3 all with 4 breaks and an endless number of break points. Every rally is a tough one… On court 3, 4-2 ahead of Kasatkina on Zidansek.
11:22 – Off to a hot start for Davidovich Fokina! 3-0 over Ivashka, struggling to contain the power of his rival. 2-1 Opelka vs. Wawrinka, no break. Azarenka on Pietrangeli leads 2-1 on Golubic.
11:11 – Opelka to serve on “Centrale”. The very first point is won by Wawrinka, followed by a double fault. No service for the American giant? NO! ACE in the middle. First of many…
10:43 – Carlos Alcaraz retires from IBI22, due to problems with his right ankle. The Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori enters the main draw.
10:35 – Good morning from Rome! Under a beautiful spring sun another impressive day of tennis is about to begin. Today’s program is huge, with many Italian players ready to go. On Grand Stand Arena (11 am) Flavio Cobolli against the talented American Jenson Brooksby, followed by Lorenzo Sonego opposed to Denis Shapovalov. Third match Elisabetta Cocciaretto – Belinda Bencic, a demanding challenge for the Italian. Stan Wawrinka – Reilly Opelka opens on “Centrale” at 11 am, followed by Martina Trevisan vs Shuai Zhang, then Giulio Zeppieri vs Karen Khachanov. Highly anticipated the evening session (7 pm) on “Centrale”: Fabio Fognini vs. Dominic Thiem; not before 8.30 pm, debut for Camila Giorgi against Ajla Tomljanovic. Other not-to-miss matches: Halep – Cornet, Korda – Van De Zandschulp, Basilashvili – Evans.
Fasten your seat belts, let’s go !!!