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THOMPSON CLAIMS MARATHON WIN OVER GASQUET

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
21/04/2021
18:00 PM

Jordan Thompson was among a handful of Australian's who claimed wins on the tour overnight. 

On his 27th birthday, Jordan Thompson advanced to the second round of the Barcelona Open with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(3) marathon win over French veteran Richard Gasquet. The see-sawing affair lasted a whopping three hours and 17 minutes.

In order to navigate his way into the second round, Thompson had to work in over drive, belting ten aces past Gasquet, and saving two match points to set up a second round clash with sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

Italian teen Lorenzo Musetti also advanced to the second round in Barcelona, claiming a 6-4, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez. 

Alexander Bublik, Corentin Moutet, Frances Tiafoe and Albert Ramos-Vinolas were the other players to advance to the second round on a busy day in Barcelona.

As the first round matches came to a completion, several second round matches were already underway. Britain's Cam Norrie claimed an upset win over 12th seed Karen Khachanov, whilst seeds Jannik Sinner, Roberto Bautista Agut, Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin all booked their place in the third round. 

In doubles action, Aussie duo John Peers and Luke Saville claimed an impressive 6-1, 6-4 win over Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer to advance to the quarterfinals, where they will take on Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. 

At the Serbia Open in Belgrade, Aussie Alexei Popyrin dug deep to claim a nail-biting comeback victory over Argentinian qualifier Francisco Cerundolo 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6). 

Popyrin came from a break down in both the second and third sets, and managed to save two set points to claim an incredible victory and advance to the second round, where he will face Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager. 

In a battle of the lucky losers, Japan's Taro Daniel set up a second round clash with Australian John Millman after defeating Joao Sousa 7-5, 6-3. 

Miomir Kecmanovic, Aljaz Bedene, Soonwoo Kwon, Federico Delbonis and Arthur Rinderknech were among the other winners in Belgrade. 

On the WTA Tour, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Aryna Sabalenka and Petra Kvitova were among the winners on the day who advanced to the second round. 

At the Tennis Championship Istanbul, second seed Petra Martic was ousted by Fiona Ferro in the upset of the day. 

No.1 seed Elise Mertens, along with fellow seeds Barbora Krejcikova, Veronika Kudermetova, and Daria Kasatkina all advanced to the second round. 

On the ATP Challenger Tour, a handful of Australian's where in action at the Roma Garden Open overnight. 

Coming off back to back Challenger quarterfinals in Split, Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated Jay Clarke 6-2, 6-4, to set up a second round clash with fifth seed Hugo Gaston.

Aleksandar Vukic, who was also coming off back to back quarterfinals in Split retired with a right foot injury in his first round clash, going down to Italian qualifier Flavio Cobolli 5-7, 0-5 ret. 

Alex Bolt was also in action, and despite the South Australian's fantastic form at home to kick off the 2021 season, he has struggled in recent weeks, and went down in the opening round 3-6, 4-6 to French qualifier Tristan Lamasine. 

In Tallahassee, Aussie Matthew Ebden withdrew from singles action, but still took to the doubles court and advanced to the quarterfinals, partnering with American Dennis Novikov to claim a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian duo Peter Polansky and Brayden Schnur. 

On the ITF World Tennis Tour, Seone Mendez was back on the winners list, booking her place in the second round of the Oeiras Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Suzan Lamens. Next up, Mendez will face Hungarian Reka-Luca Jani. 

The Aussie also advanced in doubles action, registering her spot in the quarterfinals with partner Lea Boskovic.

Over in Antalya, at the W15 event, Australian Olivia Gadecki continues to impress. After reaching the doubles semifinals last week, the 18 year old and her partner Sada Nahimana booked their place in the quarterfinals. 

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