Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week? No worries. We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage summary for the week ending Sunday, April 30th.
Monday- On tap for this week is the Open BancSabadell in Barcelona and the Hungarian Open in Budapest for the men. For the women, there is Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
The match of the day was Daniel Evans against Thiago Monteiro. The first and last sets were decided by tie-breakers. In the third set, either player could have won but Evans stepped up and played the big points better. Evans won 6-7(7-4), 6-2, 7-6(7-2).
Kyle Edmund, Yuchi Sugita, Pablo Cuevas, Albert Montanes, Andreas Seppi and Nicolas Almagro all won their matches in straight sets.
Hungarian Open- Martin Klizan, Viktor Troicki, & Pablo Lorenzi all moved on to the next round.
The most interesting match today was between Alexander Zverev and Nicolas Almagro. Zverev lost in the round of 16 to Nadal last week in Monte Carlo and he was looking to perform better this week. Almagro would make sure that Zverev would earn his victory. After losing the first set in a tie-break, Almagro won the second set with steady serving and powerful backhands. There were some great rallies but in the end, Zverev wanted it more. Zverev won 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 6-4.
Other notable winners today were Horacio Zeballos, Hyeon Chung, Pablo Carreno, and Daniel Evans.
Hungarian Open- Today's winners were Aljaz Bedene, Jiri Vesely, Andrey Kuznetsov and Bjorn Fratangelo
Porsche Grand Prix - Anett Kontaveit, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Laura Siegemund, and Ekaterina Makarova all won and move on to the next round.
The match of the day was Karen Khachanov v. Pablo Cuevas. This match was back and forth all the way. Both players served and played well. There was very little between them. In the Khachanov served a little better and held his nerve to win 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-5).
Other winners today were Andy Murray, Hyeon Chung, Horacio Zeballos and Rafael Nadal.
Hungarian Open- Aljaz Bedene, Ivo Karlovic, Fernando Verdasco, and Laslo Djere and move on to the next round.
Porsche Grand Prix- Maria Sharapova made her comeback to competitive play today after a 15-month doping suspension. Maria was a little rusty in the first set but she tightened up her play and won 7-5, 6-3 against the tricky Roberta Vinci. Carla Suarez Navarro, Elena Vesnina, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic, Simona Halep, and Coco Vandeweghe also won and move on to the next round.
The match of the day was Karen Khachanov v. David Goffin. This match was back and forth in the first set. Goffin played clutch tennis to win the first set. Khachanov started to serve better and play more aggressively in the second and third sets. There were some great rallies by both players but Khachanov's serve was the deciding factor. He won 7-6(9-7), 3-6, 6-4.
Hyeon Chung, Rafael Nadal, Yuchi Sugita, and Andy Murray all made it through to the next round.
Hungarian Open- Lucas Pouille, Andrey Kuznetsov, Martin Klizan & Pablo Lorenzi all move on to the next round.
Porsche Grand Prix- Laura Siegemund, Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic all move on the quarterfinals.
Today was a busy day full of matches. The most competitive of these match ups was Andy Murray against Albert Ramos. Ramos started strong and took the first set 6-2. Murray tightened up his groundstrokes and began to serve better in the second set. In the third set tiebreaker, Murray was the better player. Murray won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-4)
Other winners on the day were Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Horacio Zeballos.
Hungarian Open- Lucas Pouille, Pablo Lorenzi, Aljaz Bedene and Laslo Djere all move on to the semi-finals.
Porsche Grand Prix- Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Laura Siegemund, and Kristina Mladenovic all won their quarterfinal matches and move on to tomorrow's semifinals.
The match of the day was Kristina Mladenovic against Maria Sharapova. Maria started strongly and took the first set 6-3. Mladenovic fought back to take the second set 7-5. Sharapova attempted to fight back in the third but did not have enough in the tank to hold off an inspired Mladenovic. Mladenovic won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
In the other semi-final, Laura Siegemund beat Simona Halep 6-4, 7-5 in 2 competitive sets.
Open BancSabadel- Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal won and move on to tomorrow's final.
Hungarian Open- Lucas Pouille and Aljaz Bedene both won in straight sets and will meet in the final tomorrow.
Porsche Grand Prix- The match of the day was a back and forth battle between German Laura Siegemund and French woman Kristina Mladenovic. Siegemund started strongly and aggressively. She was up 4-0 quickly and went on to win the set 6-1. In the second, Mladenovic served better and was more consistent, she took the set 6-2. The third set was a see-saw but Siegemund desperately wanted to win on home soil. She lost in the final last year against Angelique Kerber and she did not want to repeat her runner-up performance. In the end, Siegemund wanted it more and won 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(7-5)
Open BancSabadell- After a solid start by Dominic Thiem in the first set Rafael Nadal picked up the pace in the second and quickly dispatched Thiem 6-4, 6-1. As we noted last week, with the French Open not too far away Nadal is proving himself to be a top contender.
Hungarian Open- Lucas Pouille was in control of the match from beginning to end. Pouille beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-1, to win the final of the Hungarian Open.
***Breaking News: Federer announced that he will play the French Open this year after all.
Next week the men move on to tournaments in Germany, Portugal, and Turkey while the women will be in the Czech Republic and Morocco. Nadal is doing so well on clay. Who else will step up and show some good form this clay court season? Will Federer play a clay court warm-up before the French Open?
Tune in next week to find the answer to these questions and more.
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