Caruso Stuns Coric In Umag

Italian qualifier Salvatore Caruso scored the biggest win of his career on Thursday at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, downing second seed and local favourite Borna Coric 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 for his first ATP Tour quarter-final.

The 26-year-old Caruso has caught fire on the clay in recent months, coming through qualifying and winning his first Grand Slam main draw matches to reach the third round at Roland Garros. He also qualified at Wimbledon, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Estoril.

Next up for the Italian is Argentine Facundo Bagnis, who eased past Croatian wild card Nino Serdarusic 6-3, 6-3. The 29-year-old is through to his first ATP Tour quarter-final since last July in Gstaad.

Fourth-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic recorded an impressive 6-4, 6-3 win over Russian Andrey Rublev. Lajovic won the first 14 points of the second set en route to his 70-minute victory. The World No. 36 in the ATP Rankings is into his first ATP Tour quarter-final since finishing runner-up in April at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Fognini).

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Thiem, Zverev, Fognini Lead Charge In Hamburg; When Is The Draw & More

A trio of Top 10 players - Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Fabio Fognini - headline the 2019 Hamburg European Open, an ATP Tour 500 clay-court tournament. 

Zverev, who was born in Hamburg, returns to his hometown tournament for the first time since 2016. He achieved his best result here five years ago as a 17-year-old, when he made a run to the semi-finals (l. to Ferrer). World No. 4 Thiem will look to improve upon last year's quarter-final finish, while Fognini will look to reclaim the title he won in 2013.

Eight players in the field have triumphed at clay-court events in 2019: Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba), Marco Cecchinato (Buenos Aires), Laslo Djere (Rio de Janeiro), Cristian Garin (Houston, Munich), Fognini (Monte-Carlo), Thiem (Barcelona), Benoit Paire (Marrakech, Lyon) and Zverev (Geneva). Defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili, two-time winner Leonardo Mayer and 2016 titlist Martin Klizan also return to Hamburg. 

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

Established: 1892

Tournament Dates: 22-28 July 2019

Tournament Director: Sandra Reichel

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 20 July at 1:00pm at the Kunsthalle Hamburg

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 11:30am, Saturday at 1:30pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 28 July following singles final
* Singles final: Sunday, 28 July at 12:00pm

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Venue: MatchMaker Sports GmbH
Main Court Seating: 10,000

Prize Money: €1,718,170 (Total Financial Commitment: €1,855,490) 

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Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (4)
Most Titles, Doubles: Andres Gomez, Emilio Sanc

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Rain Pushes Newport Quarter-finals To Friday

All quarter-final action at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island, will take place on Friday after rain caused the cancellation of Thursday's matches.

Only one singles match got underway, with Spaniard Marcel Granollers taking a 6-3 lead against German Mischa Zverev before the rain began to fall. Last year, Granollers made the semi-finals in Newport before falling to eventual champion Steve Johnson.

In the lone completed match of the day, Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela beat Bradley Klahn and Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-3 in 62 minutes. The 2018 Los Cabos titlists are pursuing their first ATP Tour trophy of the season. They will play fourth seeds Ben McLachlan and John-Patrick Smith or Nicholas Monroe and Zverev in the semi-finals.

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STADIUM start 11:00 am
M. Zverev (GER) vs M. Granollers (ESP) 36 00

Not Before 1:00 pm
[7] A. Bublik (KAZ) vs T. Sandgren (USA)
[1] [WC] J. Isner (USA) vs M. Ebden (AUS)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[4] U. Humbert (FRA) vs I. Ivashka (BLR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
M. Gong (CHN) / Z. Zhang (CHN) vs M. Granollers (ESP) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
After Suitable Rest - M. Ebden (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [3] M. Daniell (NZL) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 2 start Not Before 1:00 pm
[4] B. McLachlan (JPN) / J. Smith (AUS) vs N. Monroe (USA) / M. Zverev (GER)

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Gasquet Battles Back In Båstad

Fourth seed Richard Gasquet survived an intense battle on Thursday at the Swedish Open, rallying from a set down in Båstad to reach the quarter-finals over Austrian Dennis Novak 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Gasquet returned to action in May after missing the first four months of the year due to groin surgery. He improved to 8-6 this season after breaking Novak five times to advance in two hours and three minutes.

Next up for Gasquet is sixth-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero, who scored a marathon 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Bolivian Hugo Dellien. Londero, who won his first ATP Tour title this February at the Cordoba Open (d. Pella), served to stay in the match at 4-5 in the second set. The Argentine beat Gasquet in their lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting two months ago at Roland Garros.

Eighth seed Joao Sousa dashed the hopes of local favourite Elias Ymer by winning the last five games of their match to advance 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 2014 runner-up (l. to Cuevas) is on a high after becoming the first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Awaiting Sousa in the quarter-finals is Argentine Federico Delbonis, who took out third seed and 2014 champion Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4. Their match featured eight service breaks in the first 13 games, but Delbonis settled in midway through the second set to oust the Uruguayan in one hour and 23 minutes.

Sousa leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Delbonis 3-2 and has won their past two matches.

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Isner Successfully Begins Pursuit Of Fourth Newport Title

John Isner did not lose a set during two of his three Newport title runs. And although he dropped a set in his second-round match on Wednesday, the American advanced to the quarter-finals of the Hall of Fame Open with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory against Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak.

“It wasn’t easy, I played a long match, two hours and eight minutes. The conditions were brutal. It’s windy and like 90 per cent humidity, so it was tough conditions out there,” Isner said. “But I’m happy to claw through there because it wasn’t pretty at times, that’s for sure.”

Isner, competing in his second tournament since breaking his left foot in the Miami Open presented by Itau final against Roger Federer, is pursuing his first ATP Tour trophy of the season. The 34-year-old has claimed at least two titles in six of the past eight years, and he is looking to build his way into form after reaching the second round at Wimbledon, where he made his return to action.

Although the wind and humidity did not make it easy for Isner, he struck 25 aces and saved all five break points he faced. The World No. 15 also was happy to spend all the time he did on court, to continue to get match play as he recovers from his foot injury.

“I think it’s very good for me. I don’t play tomorrow, so to play two hours in conditions like that and humidity like that, it’s good for sure,” Isner said.

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Isner will next face Aussie Matthew Ebden in a rematch of the 2017 Newport final, won by the American. Isner leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the World No. 110 4-1. Ebden defeated Denis Kudla 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

Although Isner moved on, the second and third seeds were ousted in Rhode Island. American Tennys Sandgren dismissed second seed Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-1 in just 73 minutes, and Spaniard Marcel Granollers beat third seed Jordan Thompson 6-2, 7-6(6) in 88 minutes.

Photo Credit: Dino E. Garcia
In the quarter-finals, Sandgren, who made the fourth round at Wimbledon, will face seventh seed Alexander Bublik in a rematch of a first-round match in Miami from earlier this year, won by the Kazakh. Bublik defeated qualifier Vikt

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Third Seed Djere Holds Off Lorenzi In Umag

Third seed Laslo Djere beat 2017 finalist Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to begin his Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag on Wednesday.

The Serbian is on the hunt for his second clay-court title of the season after triumphing for the first time in his seven-year career in February, when he beat #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime to win the Rio Open presented by Claro, an ATP 500 event.

Djere trailed 0-2 in the third set, but won five games in a row to take a commanding lead and put himself in position to close. The 37-year-old Lorenzi, who won an ATP Tour title on clay in 2016, did not go away though, getting back on serve when the Serbian served for the match. Djere bounced right back though, breaking the Italian for the fifth time in the match to triumph after two hours and 43 minutes.

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The 24-year-old Djere will next face eighth seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Mayer saved six of eight break points to fight past Czech Jiri Vesely 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs, 30, squeaked past sixth seed Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(5) to make his second tour-level quarter-final.

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The 30-year-old qualified and reached the Hungarian Open quarter-finals (l. to Herbert) in April. Balazs retired in August 2014 and started coaching tennis, but felt bored and came back to professional tennis.

He will next meet Italian Stefano Travaglia, who advanced 6-1, 2-1 when top seed Fabio Fognini retired from their second-round match.

Did You Know?
In his victory against Lorenzi, Djere saved 16 of the 20 break points he faced, including nine of 10 in the second set, which he lost.

Doubles Results
Leonardo Mayer/Andres Molteni def. Fabricio Neis/Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-1
Tomislav Brkic/Ante Pavic def. Hans Podlipnik-Castillo/Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6-2, 6-2
Denys Molchanov/Igor Zelenay def. Pablo Andujar/Gerard Granollers 6-2, 6-2
Robin Haase/Philipp Oswald def. Andrey Rublev/Andrei Vasilevski 4-6, 7-5, 16-14

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