Plenty of Trophies were lofted across the globe overnight and the official road to Roland Garros is underway in Monte Carlo.
Jordan Thompson has advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters after digging deep to overcome Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).
The match was so even, both players won a total of 134 points apiece - Thompson just won the right ones.
Paire hit 74 unforced errors and soon continued his usual antics with a post-match tantrum.
“I don’t give a damn. I still have doubles to play here and after that, I clear off home,” said the World No. 35.
“I can say nothing on the match. Tennis doesn’t make me happy anymore. To be here is an absolute sadness because it’s usually the best tournament in the world.”
The Monte Carlo Masters will be without fans this year.
“I don’t give a damn, fight or not fight. They say it’s Monte Carlo, but we are playing in a sad atmosphere. That’s how it is, the circuit has become rotten.”
Thompsons next opponent will be either Fabio Fognini or Miomir Kecmanović.
In qualifying action Bernard Tomic went down 7-6 (2), 6-0 in the last round to Salvatore Caruso.
On the other hand, Alexei Popyrin qualified courtesy of a come from behind 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over German Yannick Hanfmann.
Popyrin will face Pablo Andújar in the main draw opening round.
In doubles action Aussie Luke Saville and partner Oliver Marach fell to top singles players Diego Schwartzman and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5.
Pablo Carreno Busta has won his first ATP title on home soil after ousting fellow countrymen Jaume Munar 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to claim the Andalucia Open.
After the two hour and 21-minute match Carreño Busta explained that "I suffered like yesterday trying to continue fighting all the time... I needed to do it if I wanted to win this kind of match.”
"It's a pleasure to win a title here in Spain, in Marbella. For me, it's very special. It's my fifth title, so I'm very, very happy for the victory."
Carreño Busta had 17 break points opportunities throughout the duration of the match. Although he only was able to convert on four of them, it was enough to claim his first title since 2019.
Lorenzo Sonego became the first Italian in 15 years to win an ATP title on home soil after claiming the Sardegna Open.
The match went for over three hours with the Italian holding off a late 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 charge from Laslo Djere.
“The match was long, and I remained calm in the second-set tie-break,” Sonego told the ATP website.
“I knew the match wasn’t finished because I had always kept fighting. It’s wonderful to win the title with all my team here. Now, I am really tired, but I am very happy. I am happy to follow in [Filippo] Volandri’s footsteps and win a title on home soil.”
Djere is now 9-8 for the season - "I have to congratulate Lorenzo on a great week.”
On the WTA tour, Veronika Kudermetova has claimed her first tour title after overpowering Danka Kovinić 6-4, 6-2.
Kudermetova didn’t drop a set in her six matches on the way to the championship at the season's first clay-court tournament.
“It means a lot," Kudermetova said.
"I'm really happy and proud of myself at my first title."
Kudermetova strong serve and deep forehands is what she relied on to push past Kovinic who defeated three seeded players to advance to the final. The Russian also served six aces.
At the Musc Health Women’s Open also in Charleston, Aussie Storm Sanders qualified for this weeks tournament thanks to a 7-6, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara. Ellen Perez didn’t have such luck going down 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to American Claire Liu.
On the ITF Tour young 18 year old Aussie Olivia Gadecki finished runner up at the W15 tournament in Sharm El Sheikh, after also being a finalist in the doubles on Saturday as she continues her development transitioning from the juniors to the pros.
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