LIVE BLOG: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH
Super Sinner Stuns Tsitsipas. Nadal, Djokovic eases to third round. Azarenka defeats Venus
22:38 – Day 3 of the IBI20 ends here! Lots of emotions, great matches, and the debut of Rafa and Novak. Will they still be contending for the title, like last year? Keep following the tournament, day by day! See you tomorrow morning at 11! Buona notte!!!
22:34 – The last match of the day, between the two-time champion Elena Svitolina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is decided at the tiebreak of the second set. Tons of “mini-breaks”, then Svitolina leads 4-3 Svitolina. Here Elena shines her skills: a spectacular winner, forehand down the line, it’s 6-4, 2 MATCH POINT! Elena closes the match with a perfect drop shot, light as a butterfly. GAME SET MATCH SVITOLINA! 6-3 7-6 the final score. The program of the day is over.
20:26 – NADAL IS DA HOUSE! 6-1 6-1, No match out there, Carreno Busta couldn’t do anything. There is only one King on clay: RRRRRRAFA!
20:21 – Match Point Pliskova! OK Karolina! 6-3 6-3 the score of the match. The 2019 Champion eases into round of 16 (1h and 15 minutes).
19:47 – 6-1 Nadal. Just one thing to say, The King of Clay is back! Pliskova wins the first set 6-3, 1 all in the second the score. The evening matches already seem well directed to the favorites…
19:46 – RRRRRAFA ROARS! Nadal is at his first match, but already seems in excellent condition. On the break point, with his backhand Rafa threw a terrifying shot, Carreno Busta saw the ball pass helplessly. Bye bye… 4-1 Ahead Nadal…. No, in two minutes, 5-1.
19:02 – Pablo Carreno Busta and Rafa Nadal are ready to enter the Centre Court. The King of Clay is back on court after his win at Acapulco last February.
18:43 – Dimitrov on fire! 6-1 4-0 vs. Nishioka
18:37 – Sinner in the press conference: “Musetti? I am very happy for him. I saw Musetti’s entire match yesterday in my room, he played really well. Lorenzo is probably stronger than me as pure skills. We have many other young Italian players, each one makes his own way, it’s nice”.
18:12 – KRAJINOVIC! The Serbian closes 6-4 6-1 over Marco Cecchinato. Filip’s tennis is more continuous and accurate. At 7 pm on Pietrangeli will start Pliskova (IBI19 Champion) vs. Strycova.
17:47 – Yastremska! The third set end 6-4, overcoming the resistance of Anisimova.
17:36 – SET KRAJINOVIC. The Serbian secures the first set 6-4, one break was decisive. Cecchinato starts serving in the second set, he must try to break Filip’s precise tennis in progression to reverse the match.
17:15 – 2 all on Pietrangeli between Cecchinato and Krajinovc, the set follows the service. Yastremska ahead 4-3 and service on Anisimova, a stone’s throw from the third round.
16:57 – The match between Marco Cecchinato and Filip Krajinovic has just begun, 1 all the score. Rybakina closed the first set 7-5 vs. Bouzkova, while the fight between Yastremska and Anisimova continues in the third set, after the Ukrainian won the tiebreak by 7 points to 3.
16:35 – GAME SET MATCH SINNER !!!! The Italian stays strong and secures a dominated third set 6-2. Great show of strength for Jannik who enters the third round, where he will face the winner of Dimitrov – Nishioka. 27 winners to 16 for Sinner. WHAT A MATCH!!!!!
16:21 – After the tiebreak, are the emotions on Pietrangeli finished? NOOOOO! Sinner pushes as hard as he can, immediate break point for him. With the coordination of Rudolf Nureev and the punch of Mike Tyson, Sinner hits a stunning jump forehand return! Break Sinner, 1-0 ahead. Tsitsipas seems confused, makes some mistakes and fall down 0-4 in few minutes. The set, and the match, are basically over.
16:06 – INCREDIBLE tiebreak between Tsitsipas and Sinner !!! The Greek won him 11 points to 9, after a fierce fight with the young Italian. Sinner does not convert 2 match points, Tsitsipas closes at the third set point. Great emotions and twists.
15:45 – What a comeback Tsitsipas !!!! Under 2-5 against Jannik Sinner, twice two points from defeat, he breaks the Italian serve twice and goes to serve for the set at 6-5.
15:11 – A flash from the other courts: Azarenka ahead 4-3 on Venus, Williams to serve; Blinkova ahead 4-3 on Bolsova, now reaches 4 all. What a battle …
14:59 – MATCH POINT TRAVAGLIA! He is on return ahead 6-5, Coric misses another forehand drive, poor match for him on this side. BRAVO “Steto”, a pivotal victory that gives him access to the round of 16 of the IBI20. And what a match awaits him: a derby with Matteo Berrettini!
14:44 – Double break Sinner! What strength Jannik. Incredible a passing shot so fast that Tsitsipas has not literally seen it… Sinner leads 4-1, double break, and now FIVE 1 for Sinner. In controll the Italian beauty.
14:17 – Travaglia leads 7-6 1-1 vs. Coric, Bolsova 6-4 on Blinkova. Soon Sinner vs. Tsitsipas on the Pietrangeli. Now Game Set Match Djokovic! The n.1 defeats Caruso 6-3 6-2.
13:33 – SET Djokovic. Novak takes the lead in the eighth game, climbs 5-3 and gives no chance to comeback to the Italian. 6-3 for # 1, who seems to have taken control of the match.
13:15 – HALEP! First set 6-3 for the Romanian champion, twice finalist at the IBI. Paolini started the ninth game badly, with a double fault, losing his serve for the fourth time in the set.
13:00 – Three Italians on playing at the Foro Italico right now! Caruso holds the first turn of service vs. Djokovic, 1-1; Jasmine Paolini faces Simona Halep, 3-2 Halep the score (she was under 0-2); Stefano Travaglia against Borna Coric, 2 all the score in the first set.
12:42 – Everything is ready for the debut of Novak Djokovic. His opponent, the Italian Salvatore Caruso. “Nole” is about to enter the field with a white mask with the Serbian flag on it.
12:31 – W for Berrettini, 7-5 6-1 the score. After a first set in which he was struggling to rise the rhythm, the Italian boosts his service and forehand, creating a huge gap in power and quality with the rival. In the third round, he will face the winner of Travaglia vs. Coric.
12:17 – CILIC MATCH GAME! The Croatian is the first winner of the day, 6-2 6-2 to Goffin and right now GSM also for Kovinic, who defeats 6-3 6-1 Bencic. 6-2 3-2 Mertens on Linette.
11:57 – 7-5 MATTEOOO! Berrettini returns leading 6-5 and boosts the Turbo. 4 point in a row, he breaks Coria’s serve, securing the first set. 17 winners, but 12 errors for the Roman, who won 85% of points with the first service, and 50% with the second serve.
11:39 – Break point for Berrettini! Leading 4-3, the Italian has the chance to go ahead. Long rally, Berrettini takes control and push hard with his forehand, forcing the Argentine to an error. BREAK BERRETTINI, ahead 5-3, serves for the first set.
11:30 – Mertens in total control of the match, ahead 4-0 on Linette. Cilic also leads 4-1 over Goffin. On Center Court, Berrettini ahead 3-2 on Coria, no break.
11:18 – Great start for Marin Cilic. The Croatian giant breaks Goffin’s opening serve, 2-0 ahead. Cilic’s best result at the IBI is the 2018 semifinal (defeated by Zverev). Will he be able to improve his record?
11:00 – GOOOOOOD MORNING! Rome woke up under a beautiful summer sun, but today it will be “hot” even on the fields of the Foro Italico! The day’s program is impressive: Halep, Tsitsipas, Pliskova, Djokovic, Venus Williams, Azarenka, Nadal, Svitolina … On Center Court the first match is Berrettini vs. Coria; on Pietrangeli Bencic vs. Kovinic; on Grand Stand an interesting match between Cilic and Goffin. R U Ready ???? GO!