Fabio Fognini, champion in 2013 and finalist in 2015, has fond memories of Hamburg. Taggiasco, on the other hand, will need more time to overcome Aljaz Bedene’s resiliency, who has been a favorite victim on the ATP Tour, but more importantly, he must win his 400th match in order to become the first Italian tennis player ever to do so.
Because of her lackluster performance in the last set, the Monte-Carlo edition 2019 champion (who hasn’t had a decent singles result since April’s semifinals in Belgrade) was forced to the third set and ultimately to a very difficult tie break.
Controversial tie-break that’s been around for a long time. Before taking advantage of two very severe blunders by Fognini, the Slovenian was down 2-5 after a dispute over the call of a first serve on a 1-1 scenario.
Forehand forehand at the second available opportunity clinched the 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) victory against Bedene and a place in the second round in Karen Khachanov’s wedge of the scoreboard for the Italian, who had conquered the momentum.
Alcaraz is in a tough spot now that Nardi is gone.
Luca Nardi had a good time, however he was beaten in the first round by Pablo Carreno Busta. After last week’s semifinal victory in Bastad, the Spanish tennis star breezed through the first round of the Australian Open by a score of 6-2, 6-1.
However, Carlos Alcaraz’s first’red’ adventure on the eve of his South American tour proved more problematic than imagined. Similarly to Fognini, the gifted Spaniard will have to come from a set down and clutch to the tie break in the third set to defeat the German Klahn.
The 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory by the top seed against the number two seed in almost two and a half hours of play on the Championships’ lawns is emblematic. Getty Images is the source of this image.