Mager Stuns Thiem In Rio

After Friday night rain forced Gianluca Mager to sleep on a 7-6(4), 2-1 lead against Dominic Thiem at the Rio Open presented by Claro, the World No. 128 held his nerve on Saturday to complete a 7-6(4), 7-5 victory against the top seed. The Italian qualifier is into his first ATP Tour semi-final.

Upon the resumption of play, Mager held his opening three service games to serve for a place in the last four at 5-4. Despite dropping serve, Mager moved up the court in the next game and landed back-to-back winners to earn a second opportunity to serve for the match. On his first match point, Mager fired an ace out wide to complete the win after one hour and 55 minutes.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Mager. “For me, it was a dream only to play with him. Now that I beat him, for me, it is a dream. He is a great, unbelievable player… I am very emotional.”

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In his first event since reaching the Australian Open final last month, Thiem was aiming to win his second title in Rio de Janeiro. The World No. 4 drops to 12-4 at the ATP 500 event.

Mager has won 10 consecutive sets from qualifying to reach the last four. The 25-year-old, who lifted three ATP Challenger Tour trophies last year, also beat Buenos Aires champion Casper Ruud in the first round. Mager will face lucky loser Attila Balazs of Hungary for a place in the championship match.

“It is a big opportunity,” said Mager. “I [will] do my best. I [will] fight every point and we will see.”

Trailing Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 2-6, 2-2 before the rain hit on Friday, Balazs raised his level on Saturday to earn a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory after two hours and 28 minutes. The 31-year-old broke serve on six occasions to reach his third ATP Tour semi-final.

Mager and Balazs will be meeting for the second time at this year's event. In the second qualifying round, Mager dropped just two games to overcome Balazs 6-0, 6-2 and book his spot in the main draw. Balazs later received a place in the main draw as a lucky loser.

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Mahut/Pospisil Book Marseille Final Spot

Nicolas Mahut and Vasek Pospisil needed just 56 minutes to reach their first final as a pairing in more than four years on Saturday, eliminating top seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 6-2 at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

The unseeded duo, competing for the first time since lifting the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament trophy in 2016, saved both break points it faced and won 88 per cent of first-serve points (30/34) en route to victory. Mahut and Pospisil own a 7-1 record as pairing, with their only defeat coming in 2015 on their team debut in Rotterdam.

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Mahut is attempting to capture his third doubles crown in Marseille. The 38-year-old combined with Edouard Roger-Vasselin to lift the trophy in 2012 and also triumphed alongside Julien Benneteau in 2017.

Mahut and Pospisil will meet second seeds Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the final. Koolhof and Mektic advanced to the championship match on Friday, beating Frederik Nielsen and Tim Puetz 6-4, 6-2.

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Tsitsipas Returns To Marseille Final

Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to his second straight Open 13 Provence championship match on Saturday, beating Alexander Bublik 7-5, 6-3 in Marseille.

The second seed dropped only one point on serve in the second set (20/21) to complete his seventh straight victory at the ATP 250 event. Tsitsipas has won 14 consecutive sets in Marseille, dating back to a first-round loss against eventual quarter-finalist Nicolas Mahut in 2018.

Tsitsipas is bidding to win back-to-back titles at an ATP Tour event for the first time. The 21-year-old beat Mikhail Kukushkin to lift his second tour-level trophy at this tournament last year.

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Tsitsipas will face Rotterdam runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime or two-time champion Gilles Simon for the title. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion owns one victory from three ATP Head2Head clashes against Auger-Aliassime and is yet to meet Simon.

“It keeps getting better and better,” said Tsitsipas. “I really appreciate all the love that I receive here and tomorrow is an exciting day. I need to prepare, be ready for it and I can’t wait to show an even better Stefanos tomorrow.”

Tsitsipas made an early breakthrough at 3-2, hitting with confidence on his forehand as Bublik began to misfire off the same wing. Despite dropping serve for the first time this week at 5-4, the defending champion moved up the court and continued to attack Bublik’s forehand to claim the first set with a second service break.

After earning his third straight love service hold, Tsitsipas increased his advantage in the opening stages of the second set with another service break. The World No. 6 returned with precision and found the target with passing shots to break for a 3-1 lead. Tsitsipas continued to serve with confidence and forced Bublik into a backhand volley error on his fourth match point to move to 7-2 in Marseille.

“I tried to stay in the match as much as possible and play each point individually. I know he can be quite unexpected,” said Tsitsipas. “You don’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what to expect from today’s opponent… I am really happy with myself that I found a balance and I didn’t panic when things got tight. That is a great attitude that I put out on the court.”

Bublik was aiming to reach his third ATP Tour final. The Kazakh defeated two seeded players — Benoit Paire and

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Djokovic Learns Path To Title In Dubai

Making his first appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since 2016, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face 2018 semi-finalist Malek Jaziri in the opening round.

The 32-year-old, who owns a 36-6 record at the ATP 500 event, is returning to action for the first time since lifting a record-extending eighth Australian Open title last month. Four-time Dubai titlist Djokovic’s most recent win in Dubai came against Jaziri en route to the quarter-finals in 2016. 

Chasing his first Dubai trophy since 2013, the 17-time Grand Slam champion could face Philipp Kohlschreiber or Mohamed Safwat in the second round. Djokovic shares the top quarter of the draw with seventh seed Karen Khachanov.

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Headlining the second quarter of the draw is third seed Gael Monfils. The in-form Frenchman enters Dubai on a nine-match winning streak, having lifted back-to-back titles on indoor hard courts in Montpellier and Rotterdam. Monfils will attempt to improve his 13-2 record this year when he meets Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the first round.

The 10-time tour-level titlist is joined in the second quarter by fellow Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Richard Gasquet. Eighth seed Paire will face former World No. 3 Marin Cilic in his opening match. Cilic owns a 5-1 ATP Head2Head record against Paire, which includes a five-set victory in their most recent encounter at the Australian Open last month.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the way in the bottom half of the draw. Last year’s runner-up will begin his Dubai campaign against Rotterdam semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta. The winner of that encounter will face Hubert Hurkacz or Marseille semi-finalist Alexander Bublik in the second round.

Fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut occupies the remaining seeded position in the bottom quarter. The 2018 champion will be aiming to extend his three-match unbeaten ATP Head2Head record against Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round.

Fourth seed Fabio Fognini and sixth seed Andrey Rublev will compete in the third quarter of the draw. Fognini will make his debut in Dubai against Daniel Evans, while Rublev opens his bid for a third trophy this year against a qualifier. Rotterdam semi-finalist Filip Krajinovic and Delray Beach semi-finalist Yoshihito Nishioka also feature in the third quarter.

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Chile's Garin Headlines Inaugural Santiago Tournament; All You Need To Know

Cristian Garin opened the ATP Tour's 'Golden Swing' through Latin America by winning the Cordoba Open title, and he will be aiming to conclude it with another trophy at the inaugural edition of his home country tournament, the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago.

Garin was only a teenager the last time Chile hosted an ATP Tour event. He grew up watching Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu at the tournament in Vina del Mar, and in 2013, he made an impressive tour-level debut there as a 16-year-old, when he defeated Dusan Lajovic to become the fifth player aged 16 years and under to win a tour-level match since 2000. Last April in Houston, Garin broke through to become the first Chilean since Gonzalez in 2009 to win an ATP Tour singles title.

Casper Ruud will be attempting to win his second title of the 2020 'Golden Swing'. The 21-year-old triumphed at the Argentina Open last week to become the first player from Norway to win an ATP Tour title. Marco Cecchinato and Juan Ignacio Londero, who claimed the clay-court crowns last season respectively in Buenos Aires and Cordoba, will also be among the contenders in Santiago. 

Here's all you need to know about Santiago tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch and more. 

Established: 2020

Tournament Dates: 24 February - 1 March 2020

Tournament Director: Catalina Fillol

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 22 February at 12:30pm, Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica CDUC

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* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 1:00pm and 8:30pm, Saturday at 3:00pm
* Doubles final: Saturday, 29 February at 3:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 1 March at 4:00pm

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Nadal, Zverev, Kyrgios Return To Action In Acapulco; All You Need To Know

Rafael Nadal leads the charge at the 2020 Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year in the 2019 ATP Awards. The Spaniard is a two-time champion in Acapulco, having won the title in 2005 and again in '13, the last edition held on clay before the switch to hard courts. Nadal, who finished as the year-end No. 1 in 2019, will be playing his first tournament since a quarter-final finish at the Australian Open (l. to Thiem).

Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev are also back in action for the first time since the Australian Open, and they both enter Acapulco as defending champions. Kyrgios completed a dream run — including wins over Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and John Isner — by defeating Zverev in the singles final. Zverev still finished his tournament on a high note, as he came back to win the doubles title alongside brother Mischa Zverev. 

Wawrinka and Isner return for the 2020 edition, as well as 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov. The field also includes #NextGenATP stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur. 

Here's all you need to know about Acapulco tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

Established: 1993

Tournament Dates: 24-29 February 2020

Tournament Director: Raúl Zurutuza

Draw Ceremony: Saturday 22 February, 2:00pm at the Official Hotel.

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* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 4pm
* Main draw: Monday – Friday from 4pm
* Doubles final: Saturday, 23 February at 6pm
* Singles final: Saturday, 23 February not before 9pm

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Venue: Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial
Main Court Seating: 7,000

Prize Money: USD $1,845,265 (Total Financial Commitment: USD $2,000,845) 

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