WASHINGTON, October 17, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)
Lorenzo Musetti moved to inside one win of attaining his first ATP Tour closing on the Forte Village Sardegna Open in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, on Friday following a second-set comeback.
The 18-year-old Italian wild card recovered from an 0-4 deficit within the second set towards A hundred and first-ranked Yannick Hanfmann of Germany after successful the opening set 6-2. Then, Musetti received six consecutive video games to triumph 6-2, 6-4 in 88 minutes.
Lorenzo Musetti’s star continues to rise 🌟
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 16, 2020
Musetti is the youngest ATP Tour semifinalist since 18-year-old Jannik Sinner ultimately yr’s European Open in Antwerp. His win over Hanfmann avenged a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss within the second spherical of an ATP Challenger Tour occasion in Todi, Italy, two months in the past.
Musetti will face No. 74 Laslo Djere within the semifinal spherical of the ATP 250 occasion on Saturday. The Serbian reached his tenth ATP Tour clay-court semifinal with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 67 Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in 83 minutes.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 16, 2020
The opposite semifinal will pair the Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato towards 166th-ranked fortunate loser Danilo Petrovic of Serbia, who defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina. Cecchinato got here again from a set all the way down to beat No. 45 Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, whereas Petrovic ousted Delbonis 7-6 (3), 6-1.
In the meantime, doubles No. 1 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, each from Colombia, reached the ultimate with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 4 seeds Simone Bolelli of Italy and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina. They are going to face No. 3 seeds Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Philipp Oswald from Austria for the title.
• Saturday’s order of play begins with the Musetti-Djere semifinal at 11 a.m. (Central European Time) adopted not earlier than 12:30 p.m. by the Petrovic-Cecchinato semifinal. The double closing is scheduled for not earlier than 1:30 p.m.
• The final time there have been two Italians in an ATP semifinal was at Munich in 2019 with Matteo Berrettini and Marco Cecchinato.
Tiley stays assured for 2021 Australian Open
In an interview earlier this week with Australian Related Press, Tennis Australia chief government Craig Tiley stated he stays assured that subsequent January’s Australian Open will occur – however it would want authorities help.
“We’re attending to crunch time now. We’d like commitments from the governments and the well being officers,” says Tiley.
“We’re attending to crunch time now. We’d like commitments from the governments and the well being officers.” @AustralianOpen boss @CraigTiley tells @AAPNewswire how the Melbourne grand slam can proceed in 2021 – and why it received’t with out authorities help.https://t.co/yawq6ieZrO
— Darren Walton (@DarrenWalton369) October 15, 2020
Wimbledon plans return in 2021 – with or with out followers
The Wimbledon Championships was the one Grand Slam that didn’t happen in 2020. Nonetheless, after cancelling this yr’s occasion for the primary time since 1945, the All England Membership introduced Friday it’s scheduled to run subsequent yr from June 28-July 11. The membership stated it could possibly be held at full capability, diminished capability or with out followers.
“Staging The Championships in 2021 is our primary precedence and we’re actively engaged in state of affairs planning in an effort to ship on that precedence,” All England Membership chief government Sally Bolton stated.
The AELTC is happy to offer an replace on The Championships 2021 and its contributions to the COVID-19 response ⬇️#Wimbledon
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) October 16, 2020
Vondrousova pulls out of J &T Banka Ostrava Open
World No. 20 Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of subsequent week’s WTA Premier J & T Banka Ostrava Open in Ostrava, Czech Republic, after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
“I’m upset, however there’s nothing I can do. I really feel fairly good, so hopefully it would keep that method,” stated Vondrousova on Friday, posted on the match’s social media.
Unhappy information for Czech followers.
Marketa Vondrousova needed to pull out on the final minute as a result of her COVID-19 take a look at got here out optimistic.
“I’m upset, however there’s nothing I can do. I really feel fairly good, so hopefully it would keep that method,” stated Vondroušová.
GET WELL SOON, Maky! pic.twitter.com/l7dhaC6bIo
— J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 (@JTBankaOpen) October 16, 2020
The WTA’s closing Premier-level occasion of the yr begins Saturday with weekend qualifying. The highest 4 seeds within the 24-player qualifying draw are: Veronika Kudermetova of Russia (ranked forty seventh), Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic (No. 51), Coco Gauff of the US (No. 55) and Jil Teichmann of Switzerland (No. 58). Six qualifiers shall be superior into the primary draw that begins Monday. Headlining the primary draw are World No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic.
Welcome @CocoGauff! 🥳🤩
We’re completely happy to announce that Coco accepted a QWC!!
For a full entry listing and the draw, try web site: https://t.co/gjg1Ra5ruD pic.twitter.com/7lpQwULMAP
— J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020 (@JTBankaOpen) October 16, 2020
Final Tennis Showdown 3 in Antwerp this weekend
The third version of the Final Tennis Showdown, the brainchild of Worldwide coach Patrick Mouratoglou, is going down this weekend in Antwerp, Belgium, web site of subsequent week’s ATP 250 European Open. The UTS made its debut throughout the summer season on the Mouratoglou Academy close to Good, France.
For UTS 3, there are six rivals divided into two teams. Group A, which performed its pool matches on Friday night featured Alex de Minaur, Pablo Andújar, and Dan Evans. Group B, which performs its pool matches on Saturday, options: Taylor Fritz, Richard Gasquet and Feliciano Lopez.
De Minaur received each of his Group A matches with out dropping 1 / 4, towards Evans and Andújar, to advance to Sunday’s closing. He’ll oppose the winner from Group B.
8 quarters performed, 8 quarters received ✅
— UTS | Final Tennis Showdown (@UTShowdown) October 16, 2020
What they’re saying
• World No. 6 Daniil Medvedev was requested this week on the St. Petersburg Open his ideas concerning the development in the direction of the usage of digital line judging and the elimination of challenges. He stated: “I feel the world is transferring extra in the direction of digital options in all sports activities. After all, such [a] system is extra goal, as there isn’t a human issue. There are not any errors from linesmen’s aspect. … The automated voice simply tells you whether or not you hit in or out. I feel this method is extra goal.”
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) October 15, 2020
• Stan Wawrinka was requested this week in St. Petersburg about Rafael Nadal‘s thirteenth French Open title at Roland Garros. He had loads of reward for Nadal:
“What occurred on the French Open this yr is likely one of the biggest achievements of any sports activities in all probability – I imply, successful for the thirteenth time the French Open. The best way Nadal is doing it’s one thing wonderful. I had the prospect to play him there on the French Open and I virtually bought killed, so I understand how troublesome it’s to play there. I feel it’s at all times troublesome to check gamers, particularly these wonderful athletes who’re nonetheless enjoying. I feel we now have to attend and see. I feel we now have to take pleasure in extra that they’re nonetheless enjoying and nonetheless doing one thing wonderful for sports activities generally. That’s one thing I like to observe; I like to observe them play. So long as they play, I’ll take pleasure in that.”
Completely satisfied twenty third Birthday, Naomi Osaka
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) October 16, 2020
What they’re sharing on social media
Roses in Paris 🌹 pic.twitter.com/L7nAZjxjgD
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@StefTsitsipas) October 11, 2020
Bolonia… 🍝 boloñesa!! 😋 pic.twitter.com/BbPO1ZOnbB
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) October 16, 2020
and realise what’s vital in our lives. Thanks to the folks round me and to those that have supported me it doesn’t matter what. I sit up for a restful low season after which I can’t wait to see you all in 2021. I’m excited for what’s forward 😘 Petra
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) October 16, 2020