Belgrade: Quarter-final qualifier for Rublev and Fognini, Karatsev on mat

Mathieu VARNIE, Media365, posted Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 3:20 pm.

Fabio Fognini, seeded No. 6 at the ATP tournament in Belgrade, easily advanced to the quarter-finals at the expense of Aljaz Bedene. Aslan Karatsev, meanwhile, lost to Oscar Otta. Qualification also for Andrey Rublev.

Unlike Novak Djokovic this Wednesday, Fabio Fognini was easily invited to the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Belgrade.. The No. 6 Italian took only two sets to defeat Aljaz Bedene. Broken from the start, the world No. 62 was able to immediately reverse the trend and score the first set after a streak of six wins in a row before emerging victorious from a streak of three lost games in a row. Then Fabio Fognini scored his second match point (6-2, 6-3 in 1:26). His rival for a place in the top four will be Oscar Otte. The German, 70th in the world, had the final say against No. 4 seeded Aslan Karatsev. After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Oskar Otte raised his voice to easily fall back to one set everywhere. The only break at the very last moment allowed him to confirm his ticket to the 1/8 finals (6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in 2:21).

Rublev loses a set

Andrey Rublev strengthened his status. This Thursday, the Russian, the 8th player in the world and the 2nd seed, reached the quarter-finals after defeating the Czech Jiří Lehecká, the 93rd player in the world and from the qualification, in three sets (4-6, 7). -6 (1), 6-2) and 2:09 of the game. In the first set, the Russian received the first break point, at 2-1, before losing his serve with White, at 3-3. With the score 5:3, the Czech had the first opportunity to end the game on the opponent’s serve. Before reaching their goals, on their own serve and after a total of three sets (6-4). In the second set, Andrei Rublev had to save the entry break point, after which the two men went for a tie-break. The deciding game was largely dominated by the better of the two players, who tied the score in one set everywhere at the first opportunity (7-6 (1)). Finally, in the third and final round, Jiří Lehecka broke down from the start before missing two opportunities to not break right off the bat. With the score at 1-3, the lower ranked player hit the first ball before conceding to the next one. The 8th player in the world almost took the third serve from him to complete this meeting, with the score 1-5. It was just a reprieve and this game ended quietly in the final shutout (6-2).

BELGRADE (Serbia, ATP 250, outdoor clay, €597,900)
Current champion: Matteo Berrettini (Italy)

2nd round
Djokovic (SER, #1) beat Jere (South Africa): 2–6, 7–6 (6), 7–6 (4)
Kecmanovic (SER, №7) defeats Millman (Australia): 6–4, 7–6 (5)
Khachanov (RUS, n°3) defeats Safiulina (RUS, Q): disqualification
Monteiro (Portugal, Q) defeats Krajinovic (SER, No. 8): 6-4, 6-1

Fognini (Italy, No. 6) beat Bedene (SLO): 6-2, 6-3
Otte (ALL) wins Karatsev (Russia, No. 4): 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3
Rune (DAN) – Daniel (JP, Q)
Rublev (RUS, №2) defeats Lehekka (RTC, Q): 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2

1st round
Djokovic (SER, #1) – Till
Jere (SER) defeats Medjedovic (SER, WC): 6-4, 7-5
Millman (Australia) beat Tim (AUT): 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Kecmanovic (SER, №7) wins Gasquet (France): 6:0, 6:3

Khachanov (RUS, n°3) – Till
Safiulin (RUS, Q) wins M. Ymera (Sweden): 7-5, 6-0
Monteiro (Portugal, Q) wins J. Souza (Portugal): 6-4, 6-3
Krajinovic (SER, No. 8) defeats Goffin (Belgium): 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Fognini (Italy, No. 6) wins Cecchinato (Italy): 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2
Bedene (Slovenia) wins Kukushkin (KAZ, KM): 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3
Otte (ALL) wins Tabilo (CHI, WC): 6-0, 6-3
Karatsev (RUS, №4) – Till

Rune (DAN) wins Garin (ChI, No. 5): 6-3, 6-1
Daniel (Japan, Q) defeats Lajovic (SER): 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Leheka (RTC, Q) defeats Laaksonen (Switzerland): 6-2, 7-5
Rublev (RUS, №2) – Till

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