2022 French Open, Round 2: Belinda Bencic holds off Bianca Andreescu’s late fightback in the 2nd set with a straight sets win

It was an easy run for the majority from the World No.13 in Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic while Canadian Bianca Andreescu made up some lost time with the 2nd set rebound. At the end of the day though, it’s Bencic who cancelled Andreescu’s possible 3rd set lifeline in a straight sets win at Court Philippe Chatrier; 6-2, 6-4.

Belinda Bencic was just too good with the strong fire offs that helped her get the ball rolling through a massive lead, so she can give herself some time to hold back her opponent. She was prepared for whatever Andreescu throws at her during the 2nd set, having almost been tied at 1-1 going into the final set decider at one point. However, Bencic eventually found a way to shut down Andreescu’s best game with her opponent’s lack of finishing while she still held a comfortable lead, where the Swiss No.1 came out unscathed that helped secure a 3rd Round tie with another Canadian in Leyland Anne Fernandez tomorrow.

And Bianca Andreescu responded well as of late in the 2nd set where she did the best she can to stay in contention towards the 3rd & final set decider, as Bencic doesn’t give any opponent including Andreescu a free pass. However, the poor starts really hurt Andreescu while Bencic take advantage of her weaknesses with a huge lead before it’s too late. The knee hasn’t been great to her over the last year or two since her heroics at the US Open back in 2019, but there’s still a lot of time to climb back into her best form towards pre-2020 level at age 21.

Tennis News, the 2nd Semi-Final tie is set at the 2022 Australian Open after Daniil Medvedev completed a terrific comeback from 0-2 sets down to 3-2 v Felix Auger-Aliassime

The 2nd semi-final tie is all set for Friday night, we’ve saw Stefanos Tsitsipas took down Jannik Sinner before Daniil Medvedev derailed Felix Auger-Aliassime’s strong start from 0-2 to 3-2 in the end that completed a stunning rebound from the reigning US Open men’s champion.

Bugger for Auger-Aliassime where he fired off really well at the beginning even though the 1st set spell was really competitive which reflected his 2-0 lead headstart. Yes, he battled so hard against a grand slam winning opponent, but just couldn’t match the 1st half momentum where he had to make up some lost time & he’s also been hesistant at times that left limited time to execute his way.

And hats off to Daniil Medvedev with the trilling Quarter-Final win, he was almost on the brink of elimination at one point in straight sets after a 0-2 lead. However, he managed to regroup himself when Medvedev was being patient which gave him time to nail down his opponent’s weaknesses, that pragmatic 2nd half approach alongside a decent lead he kept during the 3rd-5th sets helped him shift maximum speed against Auger-Aliassime & nailed towards the finish line first.

All eyes on Tsitsipas v Medvedev now in a last year’s repeat semi-final also on this Friday night, will Medvedev advance into the Final once more & go one better or is it going to be Tsitsipas this time with his possible 2nd grand slam final meeting since last year at the Roland Garros?

For now, it’s the women’s semi-finals day today with two matches taking place tonight where one of them includes Australia’s own Ash Barty v American Madison Keys.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime too good for Dan Evans in straight sets at John Cain Arena as he advances to Round 4 of 2022 Australian Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime too good for Dan Evans at John Cain Arena where he nailed down in straight sets (4-6, 1-6, 1-6), he will be watching the Andrey Rublev and Martin Cilic tie with interest & study what these players are like where one of them will meet him for Round 4 on Monday.

For Evans, he endured a huge blow against the 9th seed Canadian which wasn’t easy to reflect on after this match, even though he came off a brilliant warm-up spell before the main draw in Sydney via the semis. He was on the same page at the beginning where Evans narrowly fell short & had the chance to tie 2-2 in the 3rd set, unfortunately, the Brit just couldn’t unpack some fire having fell way behind before Auger-Aliassime comfortably made it home at the other end.

And Auger-Aliassime is one of two Canadians alongside Denis Shapovalov in the 4th Round as this is be an exciting time right now for that country, he displayed lots of Grand Slam quality that helped him shift up a few gears ahead of Evans & never looked back ever since. He had an excellent 2nd half last year with the Quarter-Final in Wimbledon & Semi-Final at the US Open, he has Daniil Medvedev on his radar where he hopes to upset last year’s runner-up in the Final 8 & potentially come home with a grand slam trophy.

Tennis News, No problems playing on long periods so far from Denis Shapovalov as he just took down Reilly Opelka in the R3 tie at Margaret Court Arena

Denis Shapovalov crossed the finish line 1st ahead of American Reilly Opelka in Round 3 of the 2022 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena, he fired off well through a close 1st set battle through the tiebreaker before the Canadian was tied 1-1 after the break.

However, Shapovalov later re-grouped himself during the 2nd half run with an improved momentum that was enough to show himself the win in three sets out of four, his opponent for Round 4 on will either be 3rd seed from Germany Alexander Zverev or Qualifier Radu Albot.

Final Score: 6-7 via 4-7 tiebreaker, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6

Looks like he didn’t have any trouble playing for long periods so far from Shapovalov having gone past Serbia’s Laslo Dere in Round 1 & Kwon Soon-Woo during Round 2, Shapovalov is always on top of his game even though he narrowly lost the 2nd set spell as this is all about the overall result where the Canadian managed to get the job done with little to no fuss.

And Opelka never gave up when he fought a series of close battles against Shapovalov after the American tied 1-1 going into the 3rd set, however, the lack of executions/conversions when trying to bridge from his 1st half run saw Opelka being left further behind before Shapovalov confirmed his elimination as soon as this Round 3 tie was done just over the three-hour mark.

Tennis News, Canada wrapped up 2-0 v Spain in the 2022 ATP Cup Final as they crown champions last night

Last night’s ATP Cup Final between Spain and Canada was thrilling to watch very competitive battles along the way through every point and game, but it’s Canada who came out on top 2-0 with no doubles tie required as they’re crowned this year’s champions at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Hats off to Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Alliasime on a outstanding performance on the court, they were on the same page as Pablo Carreno Busta and Robert Bautista Agut respectively on their own at the start before Shapovalov & Auger-Alliasime both upped the ante after the break and found the homestretch that saw them lift the ATP Cup trophy.

Meanwhile, Spain would be disappointed to settle as runner-up where Carreno Busta & Bautista Agut put in lots of effort in the opening set even though they fell short which isn’t easy. However, they were behind later on that left them little time to catch up against the Canadians as it’s too little, too late in the end.

Final Score: #1, 4-6 & 3-6 to Shapovalov & #2, 6-7 via 3-7 tiebreaker & 3-6 to Auger-Alliasime

That’s it for this year’s ATP Cup after nine days of unbelievable moments made on the tennis court, we have the Sydney Tennis Classic now in place today through Saturday this week before the two-week Australian Open grand slam tournament is on beginning next Monday in Melbourne.

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Tennis News, John Isner too good at the start while Taylor Fritz went from a set down to a brilliant comeback as USA go 2-0 up v Canada in the 2022 ATP Cup

USA opened their 2022 ATP Tour journey on a fast start when John Isner was too good against Canadian Brayden Schnur in straight sets 1-6, 3-6 this morning at Qudos Bank Arena, Schnur showed some fight after he went a set down entered this tie as World No.238 but he couldn’t underestimate 24th seed Isner who is ten years his junior at age 36 & still smashing it left, right and center.

Then we look at an unbelievable 2 1/2 hour battle with Felix Auger-Alliasime held back Taylor Fritz in the 1st set having saved four break points via tiebreaker, although he never gave up in this fight along the way but World No.21 Fritz beaten the 11th seed to the punch in the 2nd and 3rd set that delivered a 2-0 series win for USA with the double tie to spare.

Final Score: 7-6 through 8-6 tiebreaker to Auger-Alliasime, 4-6 & 4-6 to Fritz.

USA will meet Germany & keep that winning start ticking towards the final four while Canada try to rebound v Great Britain that is both happening on Wednesday.

2021 Australian Open News, Section 4, R4 Men’s Singles Game: Felix Auger-Aliassime v Aslan Karastev

The World No.20 from Canada Felix Auger-Aliassime fired off well in the 1st half of Stage 1 3-1. When Aslan Karatsev may have held the Canadian back a bit. Having fired back to desperately save his Stage 1 bid for the mini win. But was narrowly beaten to the punch by Auger-Aliassime with a three point gap. Auger-Aliassime wrapped up Stage 1 in just 39 minutes of play this afternoon. This score is 6-3.

Nothing much has changed with Auger-Aliassime held on the build up base that worked so well. Despite a little headstart Karatsev made after the 1st break. Auger-Aliassime however bridged the 1st & 2nd half runs this time too easy. With another productive stage to tie two mini wins up after just one hour of play 6-1. While Karasev still frustrated with a lack of feel on each run so far this afternoon. The Russian will need to find a solution somewhere to save his game.

Karatsev began to reach boiling point with a huge roar over his conversion play. He still has the ability to get off the mark having scored a point first. As well as the first half run that bounced back as it was in Stage 1. Where he lead Stage 3 for the first time ahead of Auger-Aliassime 3-2. Before Karasev was able to slow down his progress. As he denied Auger-Aliassime a straight sets route. With a stage win by himself after the 3rd set 6-3 that goes into Stage 4.

Auger-Aliassime however began to report the lack of middle ground this time on his end. Where the Canadian was blown away by Karatsev. Having found plenty of difficulties catching up in the 1st & 2nd half play. Before Karatsev blocked his chance to close out a win at the 2nd attempt. As Karastev won another stage to keep himself in the game. Despite a late challenge from Auger-Aliassime 6-3.

Both players are now tied 2-2 apiece going into the 5th & final stage of the afternoon. Karatsev would like to wrap it up with a decent comeback after the first two stage losses. Auger-Aliassime on the other hand can still turn his recent slump around. With just one more stage win needed to book a spot in the Quarter Final on Tuesday.

As this game just crossed the three-hour mark Karatsev still maintained his build up base momentum. Where he began to distance himself lead away from Auger-Aliassime. But the 20th seed from Canada however began to climb back 2-4. In a bid to spoil his comeback trail in the last minute. Before it was too little, too late from Auger-Aliassime. From a almost easy and then unsuccessful route in Stage 3 & 4 to an upset loss. As Aslan Karatsev dominated the 2nd half of the game out of nowhere. Despite a slow first two stages. And worked through it the hard way to get this job done.

The final score was completed in 3 hours & 25 mins: 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 4-6. Aslan Karatsev made the Quarter Finals the conventional way via the qualifier in this competition. He was on the verge of being knocked out at the first attempt after Stage 2. By a tough opponent from Felix Auger-Aliassime. But Karatsev able to turn around with the 1st & 2nd half runs functioning together. From a 2% chance of winning at the time to 80-90% chance of winning after Stage 5.

While Auger-Aliassime dominated just the 1st half of this match on all cylinders. It looked to be an easy task to wrap it up before the two-hour mark after Stage 2. But the last half of the afternoon saw him falter. Before a lack of 1st and 2nd half consistency eventually bit back to haunt him. As his journey at the Australian Open comes to a close. Not the way how he was knocked by the Qualifer/World 112 seed from Russia. We do wish Auger-Aliassime the best of luck.

Karastev will meet either Grigor Dimitrov or Dominic Thiem in the 2nd QF game.

Tennis Australia News Report with the Group A Serbia v Canada doubles match in 2021 ATP Cup

What a beauty doubles match to decide the winner of Canada v Serbia. Both teams came in here 1-1. After Milos Raonic def. Dusan Lajovic for Canada. Before Serbia struck back when Novak Djokovic just nudged Denis Shapovalov, 7-5, 7-5.

Canada fired off initially with the groundwork ahead of Serbia. But Raonic & Shapovalov lost some ground. Having tried to build on the momentum. Where Djokovic & Filip Krajnovic took the lead after tied 5-5. Before they claimed the 1st set together 7-5 here at Rod Laver Arena.

Raonic & Shapovalov were given a reprieve in the 2nd set. With another strong start there from Canada. Some of these performances were well done. But the weaknesses still bite back to haunt them as it was in the 1st set. When Serbia catches up from behind. And denied Canada the set they need going 6-6.

That tied set in the 2nd goes into a tiebreak. Serbia this time has the head start unlike in the first two sets. While Canada boosted their hopes a bit 1-3 thanks to Raonic. But it was too little, too late when Djokovic & Krajinovic finished the game. With 2 match points to spare.

Serbia beat Canada in the doubles section 7-5, 7-6 (4 in tiebreaker from Canada). And overall 2-1 to put themselves in Top 2 alongside Germany in Group A. Serbia would not mind benefit a day long rest tomorrow. But will need to fire up against them on Thursday. While Canada will need to go big v Germany tomorrow. In a best of three matches.

Serbia remains all class thanks to Novak Djokovic. And his doubles partner Filip Krajinovic. They may have started off slow v Canada of Raonic/Shapovalov. But found the middle ground to deny them both set stage wins. Before this mini series belonged to them in the end.

Canada just unlucky not to outclass the Serbians. Raonic as always gave them the early advantage. Thanks to his usual class in the singles comp. While Shapovalov unable to upsurge “The Djoker” in Djokovic. It is smart of them to pair both together to try & push them in the Top 2. With the foundations ready to go. But just unable to find the conversions.