#NextGenATP German Rudolf Molleker is two-for-two.
The 18-year-old qualified for his second Grand Slam main draw on his second attempt Thursday, defeating Colombian veteran Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at Roland Garros.
“It is super-tough to qualify. These are the best players in the world playing from World No.100 to the Top 250," Molleker told RolandGarros.com. "The standard is so high, so to win three matches in a row is super-hard.”
Molleker, who also qualified at the Australian Open before falling to Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the main draw. Against Giraldo, who competed...more
Rafael Nadal will begin his quest for a 12th Roland Garros title against a qualifier, but may need to beat 2009 winner Roger Federer or Stefanos Tsitsipas if he is to advance to his 26th Grand Slam championship final. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the 2016 champion, features in the top half of the draw with Alexander Zverev, last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem and two-time former semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.
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Nadal, who has an incredible 86-2 match record at the clay-court major, arrives in the French capital on the back of lifting a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 cro...more
Fifth-seeded Moldovan Radu Albot recovered from 2-4 down in the second set to overcome qualifier Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday for a place in the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open semi-finals. In a career-best season, Albot has recorded 19 match wins and won his first ATP Tour title in February at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (d. Evans).
Albot now plays Chile’s Nicolas Jarry, who advanced to his first ATP Tour semi-final since August 2018 at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel (l. to Istomin). Jarry lost just four of his first-service points — and 10 in total —...more
Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas isn't ready to stand on a podium and shout, “I'm back!” But his play on Wednesday at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open has the 31-year-old encouraged that he can again find the level that took him to his biggest final to date, the 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, where he fell to Rafael Nadal.
Ramos-Vinolas, No. 91 in the ATP Rankings, routed Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-0, 6-3 to make the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event.
“I played really good today. I'm really happy. I was really concentrating during all the match, and I think I played a great le...more
Three ATP Tour veterans — Viktor Troicki, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Steve Darcis — will all be bidding to qualify on Thursday to compete in the Roland Garros main draw for a 10th time.
Former World No. 12 Troicki overcame Australia’s Jason Kubler 6-1, 7-6(9) in 86 minutes, saving two set points at 7/8 and 8/9 in the second set tie-break, on Wednesday. The Serbian will now prepare to face France’s Alexandre Muller in the qualifying round.
Sixth-seeded Ukrainian Stakhovsky struck 43 winners to beat Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus 7-5, 6-4, saving one set point at 5/6 in the second set tie-break for a m...more
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga extended his perfect record at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon on Wednesday with a comeback win over Canadian qualifier Steven Diez.
The 2017 champion, who improved to 6-0 at the ATP 250 tournament, came within two points of losing, but ultimately booked his place n the quarter-finals with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 win over two hours and 42 minutes. The penultimate game lasted 14 minutes, with Tsonga failing to convert five match points. He finally closed out with a forehand drop shot winner.
“It was good for me to play a long match like this,” said Tsonga. “I haven’t play...more
Third seed Denis Shapovalov came within two points of losing on his Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon debut on Wednesday, but fought back to beat Ugo Humbert of France 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 in two hours and 16 minutes. Humbert led by a set and 5-4, with Shapovalov serving at 30/30 before the #NextGenATP Canadian started his comeback for a place in the quarter-finals.
“I knew I was going into the match coming up against a very tough player, as he has played well all year,” said Shapovalov. “I have seen him a lot, and he has great potential. I wasn’t feeling it for a set-and...more
Roland Garros will feature a quartet of winners – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka – in the field for the first time in four years.
Nadal, whose 33rd birthday falls during the second week of the clay-court major, will be looking to win Roland Garros a record-extending 12th time in 2019.Last year in Paris, Nadal became the first man in tennis history to win 11 titles at the same Grand Slam championship.
Meanwhile, Djokovic will be attempting to achieve the 'Nole Slam' for the second time in his career. He previously held all four major titles three years...more
The critics and doubters be damned, Taylor Fritz was going to prove to everyone that he could play on clay this season.
For years, the American with a relatively flat, powerful game thought he had never reached his full potential during the European clay-court swing. Two years ago, he skipped the entire stretch to train, and in other years, he started playing midway through the swing, only finding his best game as main clay-court season ended.
But this year, Fritz had a request to his coaches, David Nainkin and Paul Annacone, as they devised his schedule: Put me in, coach.
“He's trying t...more
Federico Delbonis recovered from a set down to record his first victory against Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open.
The 28-year-old Argentine, who entered the first-round match with a 0-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Dimitrov, converted all five break points he earned to record a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory after one hour and 36 minutes. The 2015 semi-finalist (l. to Sousa) will meet defending champion Marton Fucsovics in the second round.
Last year, Fucsovics defeated Peter Gojowczyk in the championship match to become the first Hungarian to lift a tour-level ti...more