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LIVE BLOG: Sinner def. Fognini in three. Tsitsipas saves 2 MP. Nadal, Swiatek OK

Follow all the emotions of the fourth day of the main draw at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia live from Foro Italico

22:52 – Badosa closes in style, 6-2 6-1 for the Spaniard. Paula will close the evening program on “Centrale” tomorrow, will face Daria Kasatkina.

22:25 – Terrific first set between Collins and Halep. It’s tiebreak when the clock strikes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Collins has 5 Set Points at 6-1. Closes immediately, 7-6 Collins, a fierce battle.

21:33 – The last match of the day is about to begin on the Central: Paula Badosa against Aliasksandra Sasnovich. The Spaniard to serve.

21:13 Sinner wins! Jannik closes 6-3 with a powerful serve on the line. Fognini smiles at his young rival on the net, the future is for Sinner. 2 hours and 1 minute, a match with many ups and downs, but the high were PRIME TIME tennis.

20:56 – Sinner takes the lead! With 12 points in a row, Sinner-train runs fast away, 4-1. Sinner forcing with forehand is incredible, so deep and intense. An “infernal machine”. Fognini serves badly, and this has made a huge difference.

20:46 – WAWRINKAAAAAAAA! The talented Swiss secures the match at the fourth match point, 6-4 the 3rd over Djere. A fierce battle, tons of great tennis. Tomorrow we will see a classic: Djokovic Wawrinka. This match was the final in 2008…

20:30SET Fognini, 6-3 for Fabio. A well deserved one, Fognini rises his level up to the sky! With the Momentum, Fognini breaks the pressure of Sinner with some incredible winner down the line, so fast that Jannik can’t do anything. 9 winners for Fognini, 8 errors; only 5 winners for Jannik, 13 errors. Especially a bad 35% of first balls in for Sinner.

20:07 – Putintseva !!! Yulia comes back against Muguruza, the Kazakh closes 6-1 in the third. Very cold handshake between the two, the atmosphere was quiet tense. The upset is served …

19:46 – Jannik plays smart. He leads from the baseline at very good speed without taking too many risks, and is first serve is working. A perfect serve and it’s 40-15, two Set Points! Long rally, Fabio smashes a forehand into the net. SET SINNER, 6-2 in 35 minutes. Fognini leaves the field immediately, without even putting his racket on his bench. 15 unforced for Fabio, Sinner 8 (both 7 winners).

19:28 – Sinner double break, leads 4-1 and serve. No match so far, Sinner is so intense with his pressure in the rally, Fognini tries to “exit” but forces out.

19:09 – The warm up is over, the Central is packed. Ready? Fognini to serve, here we go!!!

19:05 – 10-8 Wawrinka! Stan finds the momentum and takes 1st. 1 hour and 7 minutes, curiously 11 winners each, the total balance so far…

18:50 – On Pietrangeli it’s Tiebreak Time: Wawrinka Djere at Decider.

18:43 – Break on the Grand Stand Arena: 3-1 Putintseva

18:23 – Break Time for Muguruza! Pushing hard with the forehand, soooo deep near the baseline, Julia can’t get it in. Yulia smashes her racket on the ground, very nervous. 5-3 Muguruza, serves for the 1st.



17:57 – Big W Brooksby !!! 7 points to 1 in breaker of the 2nd. David badly misses a drop shot on the Match Point, discouraged by having served for the second set and not having converted two set points.

17:48 – Just started on the Grand Stand Muguruza – Putintseva. Decider in the second between Goffin and Brooksby. 2 all in the second set between Fernandez and Kasatkina, the Canadian won the first 6-4

17:22 – Decider! Tsitsipas plays INCREDIBLE! He moves 5-0. Dimitrov doesn’t want to lose, he returns strong and then serves well. 5-4, all the tension is now on Stefanos. The Greek smashes a big, big forehand in the corner, 6-4 and two Match Points for the Greek !!! Great first ball in the center and runs to the net. GO Tsitsipas! Arms raised, the crowd cheer him! What a beautiful match, 2 hours and 36 minutes of GREAT tennis. 6-3 5-7 7-6 Tsitsipas, next Khachanov.

17:15 – Dimitrov does not convert two set points at 6-5, Tsitsipas is very good at playing with courage, aggressive with the forehand. 6 all, Tiebreak Time!

16:50 – 6-0 Brooksby! Must be particularly frustrating for Goffin, who ran all over the court but failed to contain Jenson’s precise shots. Some physical issue for David, trainer called.

16:38 – We go on serve in the third between Dimitrov and Tsitsipas. Stefanos hang on his serve, but in return stays too behind the baseline, too difficult to be dangerous from down there… Now 4 all. We are on the way to the final rush …

16:22 – De Minaur closes 7-5 6-4 on Paul, just started Jabeur – Tomljanovic and Goffin – Brooksby. This could be a very entertaining game… A must see.

16:17 – BAGEL ALERT! Swiatek closes the “file” Ruse 6-0, a good “competitive training” for the n.1 of the ranking, too strong for the Romanian. The afternoon program on the Centre court is over. At 7 pm: SINNER – FOGNINI!

16:10 – 7-5 Dimitrov! The final of the second set was incredible, pure madness!?! Tsitsipas break Dimitrov, serves for the match at 5-4 but is “shy”, makes some unforced and Dimitrov rises his level … up to the moon !!! Grigor plays a series of points one more beautiful than the other, with a streak of 14 points to 1 he wins a set that seemed lost. Spectacular quality of Dimitrov, what a talented guy!

15:50 – 6-3 Swiatek. Very accurate with her smooth forehand Iga, closes at the third set point. Good match for the Polish so far, very loose and confident.

15:40 – Hard fighting in the second set between Dimitrov and Tsitsipas, 3-2 Tsitsipas the score. They both lead their service game with forehand.

15:31 – Swiatek in control. The n.1 in the world imposes the geometry and accuracy of her drives, flies 4-1 with a DOUBLE BREAK.

15:26 – SAKKARI Wins! 6-2 in the 2nd, the Greek was big with her the forehand today. Andreescu won the first set 6-3, just started the second.

15:17 – 6-3 Tsitsipas in 32 minutes. A set won in style for the Greek, he served well and leads the rallies in his service games with forehand. 10 unforced for Dimitrov, many at the beginning, with the immediate break that cost him the set. 100% of points with the first serve for Dimitrov, but the percentage is too low.

15:03 – Andreescu comes back, now she leads 3-2 on Parrizas Diaz. Sakkari-train runs fast also in the second. 3-0 ahead the Greek, totally in control of the rally thanks to her forehand loaded with TONS of spin.

14:42 – One of the most anticipated match of the day has just started on the Grand Stand Arena: Tsitsipas – Dimitrov. Two one-handed backhands, two “classic” tennis, two charismatic players. There are all the ingredients for a great show!

14:25 – Khachanov closes!!! 6-1 in the 3rd. Carreno collapsed under the power of Karen. The intensity of Khachanov’s forehand was too much for Pablo, who tries to stay in touch but cannot turn back. Next for Khachanov: the winner of Tsitsipas – Dimitrov.

14:21 – Game Set Match Nadal! 6-3 6-1 the score, Rafa eases in the 1/8. Next… Shapovalov. Last year was one of the best matches of the IBI21, save the date.

14:17 – Turnaround on the Grand Stand Arena: now is Khachanov to lead, 3-0 with a break. Carreno seemed to have taken control of the rally in the second set, but as the third kicked off Karen’s forehand became unplayable at times. Terrific power!

14:10 – Double break Nadal! The ten-time IBI champion sails safely, ahead 4-1. Poor quality by Isner from the baseline, struggles in making room for the ball, too many mistakes with forehand.

13:51 6-2 Carreno Busta, we go to third on the Grand Stand Arena. The battle, fairly fierce, continues …

13:49 – BREAK RRRRRRAFA! On 4-3 Nadal, the Spaniard raises his level on return, moves 15-40 and breaks the American thanks to volley into the net by Isner. Rafa serves 5-3 and safely closes the set 6-3. 43 minutes.

13:30 – Carreno Busta ahead of a break on Khachanov. Soooo strong with his forehand Pablo, enters the field and demolishes on Karen’s backhand. 3-1 Carreno, second set.

13:16 – ROCKET START VIKA! Azarenka 3-0 ahead on Osorio with a double break. Hard fighting between Pliskova and Teichmann, 2 all in the third.

13:04 – A rather familiar face is ready to serve on “Centrale”: RRRRRRRAFA! His rival, John Isner.

12:43 – Game Set Match Zverev !!! 7-6 6-3, Alexander closed hos first match of the tournament, a good fighting against Baez, who confirms to be anything but “sweet”, especially on clay. 17 winners and only 11 errors are the photo of the splendid match played by the Argentine. The German was forced to raise his level to defeat his rival today.

12:25 – The second match on the Grand Stand Arena has just begun, Carreno Busta – Khachanov 1 all.. 7-6 ANISIMOVA! Amanda wins the decider on Belinda Bencic.

12:04Tennis Show on “Centrale”! Zverev wastes 4 set points, 6 all the score. The German risks a splendid backhand down the line, Baez stands still. Zverev secures the decider with perfect serve. 51 minutes, 16 winners for Sasha, 11 for Sebastian. Great tennis.

11:59 – 6-2 6-0 SABALENKA! That was SOME performance from Aryna, demolishes Zhang with no mercy…. Brutal.

11:40 – 5-1 Teichmann, Pliskova fails to enter the match on serve, too many mistakes and suffers the returns of the Swiss, in good shape.

11:34 – 6-2 SABALENKA! Too good Aryna, everything works fine in her game. Two breaks, she dominates the first on Zhang. The Chinese seems defenseless against the overwhelming power of the No. 4 in the world.

11:27 – Baez and Zverev go straight, the set advances on serve, 3-2 ahead of Baez.

11:15 – Baez to serve on “Centrale”. Four points in a row, 1-0 ahead the Argentine over Zverev. Sabalenka flies as fast as his shots: 2-0 over Zhang.

10:30 – Good morning Rome! The fourth day of the main draw of IBI22 offers an extraordinary program. A “Parterre de roi” that starts in minutes on “Centrale” with Alexander Zverev vs. Sebastian Baez, followed by the the defending champion Rafael Nadal vs. John Isner. Third match Iga Swiatek vs. Elena-Gabriela Ruse. On Grand Stand Arena we start al 11 am with Sabalenka – Zhang, then Carreno Busta – Khachanov, this could be a tough battle. Third match Tsitsipas – Dimitrov, awaited match given the superb technical quality of both players. Sakkari, Pliskova, Wawrinka, Cilic, Norrie, Muguruza, De Minaur, Azarenka, Goffin, Brooksby and many more scheduled today. A fantastic afternoon that prepares the Match of the Day for Italian fans: the Italian derby Jannik Sinner vs. Fabio Fognini, not before 7 pm on Centre court. Prepare the popcorn, it will be a loooooooooong ride!

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