PAP / EPA / Ettore Ferrari / Pictured: Fabio Fognini
Like in 2017, Fabio Fognini beat Andy Murray at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament on clay in Rome. The playoffs went well on Wednesday, but the Americans didn’t.
Fabio Fognini defeated then-ranked Andy Murray at the 2017 ATP Tournament in Rome, and it remains his only victory against the singles leader to date. On Wednesday, six years after this match, these tennis players found themselves on the courts of Foro Italico. And again, carried by the cheers of the Italian public, it turned out to be better than the British, this time 6:4, 4:6, 6:4.
“Winning in Rome against an opponent like Andy is something that makes me happy. I want to enjoy this night,” said wild card holder Fognini, who will face No. 30 seed Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round. “I have to recover well before the next game. The question is how difficult it will be.
After an interesting duel in three sets, Yibing Wu also created the surprise. The Chinese served five aces, got three breaks and beat the experienced Richard Gasquet 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3. His next rival will be Francisco Cerundolo, tournament “24”.
The qualifiers performed well on Monday. In the Australian match, Alexei Popyrin defeated Christopher O’Connell and will face 10th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round. Alexandre Muller gave Kyle Edmund four games, and his next opponent will be marked “13” Cameron Norrie.
Thanasi Kokkinakis knocked out Jaume Munar, who retired after four games. In the 1/32 final, the Australian will play with Jannik Sinner, seeded number eight. In turn, when meeting the players of the qualifying round, Arthur Fils proved to be better than Juan Manuel Cerundolo and will fight for promotion in the third round with the “seven” of the tournament, Holger Rune.
Arthur Rinderknech and Aleksander Bublik won against the playoffs. The Frenchman beat Flavio Cobolli 6-4, 6-3 and will face fourth seed Casper Ruud in the second round. In turn, the Kazakh defeated Pedro Martinez, and now he will play with Ben Shelton, tournament “28”.
The Americans failed to do so. Marcos Giron lost to Roman Safiullin, who will face Sébastien Korda in the second round. Brandon Nakashima has fallen short of Grégoire Barrere. The Frenchman will face number 11 Karen Khachanov in the next phase.
After almost three hours of battle, Cristian Garin entered the second round. The Chilean beat Pedro Cachin 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5), despite being two points away from defeat. His next opponent will be 16-seeded Tommy Paul.
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome (Italy)
ATP Masters 1000, clay, €7.705 million prize pool
Wednesday May 10
1st singles round:
Cristian Garin (Chile) – Pedro Cachin (Argentina) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
Grégoire Barrere (France) – Brandon Nakashima (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Yibing Wu (China) – Richard Gasquet (France) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Arthur Rinderknech (France) – Flavio Cobolli (Italy, Q) 6-4, 6-3
Aleksander Bublik (Kazakhstan) v Pedro Martinez (Spain, Q) 6-3, 7-6(4)
Alexei Popyrin (Australia, Q) v Christopher O’Connell (Australia) 6-2, 7-6(5)
Roman Safiullin (Q) – Marcos Giron (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia, Q) – Jaume Munar (Spain) 4-2 and abandonment
Alexandre Muller (France, Q) – Kyle Edmund (UK) 6-1, 6-3
Arthur Fils (France, Q) v Juan Manuel Cerundolo (Argentina, Q) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
Fabio Fognini (Italy, WC) – Andy Murray (UK) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
free prizes: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1); Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 2); Daniel Medvedev (3); Casper Ruud (Norway, 4); Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 5); Andrei Rublev (6); Holger Rune (Denmark, 7); Jannik Sinner (Italy, 8); Taylor Fritz (USA, 9); Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 10); Karen Khachanov (11); Frances Tiafoe (USA, 12); Cameron Norrie (UK, 13); Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 14); Borna Coric (Croatia, 15); Tommy Paul (USA, 16); Alex de Minaur (Australia, 17); Lorenzo Musetti (Italy, 18); Alexander Zverev (Germany, 19); Daniel Evans (UK, 20); Roberto Bautista (Spain, 21); Sebastian Korda (USA, 22); Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands, 23); Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina, 24); Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan, 25); Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 26); Alejandro Davidovitch Fokina (Spain, 27); Ben Shelton (USA, 28); Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands, 29); Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia, 30); Bernabé Zapata Miralles (Spain, 31); Jiri Lehecka (Czech Republic, 32)
Schedule and results of the men’s tournament
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