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AUSSIES DOMINATE

Posted By Jack Langdon  
29/04/2021
12:00 PM

The Aussies had great success overnight with all but one advancing to the next round of their respective tournaments.

Alja Tomljanovic advanced to the main draw at the Muta Madrid Open courtesy of a 7-6 (4), 6-1 win over Xiyu Wang.

Tomljanovic led every statistic in the match, dominating the second set. Tomljanovic’s power was on display as she won 77% of points on her first serve. She also converted on 2/7 break points, whereas her counterpart Wang of China converted on none. The Aussie also served three aces on her way to the main draw.

Tomljanovic will now face World No. 22 Elena Rybakina in the first round. This will be the first meeting between the pair.

Anastasija Sevastova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Kristina Mladenovic also advanced to the main draw in Madrid.

Australian John Millman has finally had some luck come his way in 2021 as he advanced to the quarterfinals at Munich’s BMW Open.

Argentine Guido Pella was leading the match after claiming the first set 6-4 but struggled with an adductor muscle problem and was subsequently forced to withdraw from the match while trailing 2-0 in the second set. 

Millman has not been able to pass the round of 16 at any tournament this year and will now face Monte Carlo semi-finalist Casper Ruud.

Second seed Ruud defeated Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-3 after winning 89% of points on his second serve.

On the other side of the draw, top seed and two time champion Alexander Zverev had little struggles overcoming lucky loser Ricardas Berankis, ultimately claiming the match 6-2, 6-4.

"I've had success in the past and I feel good here. I've played well in the practice and hopefully I can do better on the match court," Zverev said.

On the doubles side of things, John-Patrick Smith and Matt Ebden won in a tight contest, prevailing 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), over Nikola Ćaćić and Tomislav Brkić. The Aussie pair won an impressive 69% of points on their second serve.

The pair will now face top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Wesley Koolhof in the quarterfinals.

At the Estoril Open, Kevin Anderson notched a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Roberto Carballés Baena.  

The South-African will now face Marin Cilic after he won his match in three tight sets. The Croatian leads the head-to-head with Anderson 6-1.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Ugo Humbert also advanced to the quarterfinals, while Frenchman Corentin Moutet won a tough three set battle with American Marcos Giron to set up a R16 showdown with top seed Denis Shapovalov.

At the Rome Garden Open Challenger, Thanasi Kokkinakis fought back after losing the first set in a tie breaker to claim a 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4 victory to overcome third seed Federico Gaio. Kokkinakis converted on 4/10 break points while also serving 10 aces. 

Kokkinakis will now face Italian and eighth seed Alessandro Giannessi in the quarterfinal as he looks to reach the last four for the first time in 2021 since getting on road post the aussie summer.

On the doubles side of things Matt Reid and Albano Olivetti claimed the first set 7-6 (3), and were 2-2 in the second before their opponents Giulio Zeppieri and Andrea Pellegrino were forced to retire.

Marc Polmans and Sergiy Stakhovsky advanced to the quarterfinals with a come from behind win at the Ostra Group Open Challenger prevailing 4-6, 7-5 (5), 10-1 over Lucas Miedler and Mohamed Safwat.

On the women’s ITF tour Oliva Gadecki advanced to the second round of the W15K in Antalya with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Italy’s Diletta Cherubini.

There wasn’t such luck for Tina Smith at the W15K in Cario, going down 6-4, 6-4 to German Chantal Sauvant.

At the W60K Charlottesville tournament top seeds Arina Rodionova and Anna Danilina cruised through to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Emma Navarro and Rosie Johnson. 

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