2020

Saturday will be a busy day at Jockey Club Brasileiro because of the heavy rain that forced games to be suspended or postponed this Friday. At 2pm (local time), Dominic Thiem will have to rally to beat Italian Gianluca Mager in one of the quarter-finals. Qualifier Mager, playing his first ATP Tour quarter-final, leads 7/6 (5), 2/1 against the world number four an top-seeded in Rio. The Italian has saved four of the five break points he has faced, and he has yet to drop a set in qualifying or the main draw. The winner of this match will be back in action to play the semifinals of the Rio Open presented by Claro just a few hours later. The match is scheduled to be the second of the session that starts at 5 pm (local time) at the central court. The opponent will be decided at 2 pm, at the matchup of Pedro Martinez, from Spain, and lucky looser Attila Balazs, at Quadra 1. Martinez was leading by 6/2 and 2/2 when the rain forced the suspension of the match. At the doubles draw, Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers won the first set against Brazilian duo Felipe Meligeni and Thiago Monteiro by 7/6 (6). They will resume playing again at 4 pm to decide who moves into the finals. The winner of this matchup faces the winner of the other semifinal, that will also be played at 4 pm between Salvatore Caruso (ITA) / Federico Gaio (ITA) and Lucazs Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA). The final of the doubles draw will also happen this Saturday, at Jockey Club Brasileiro. The match will be the third of the session

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  Under the rain, Croatian Borna Coric defeated Italian Lorenzo Sonego this Friday night at the Rio Open presented by Claro and not only booked a place at the semifinals of the carioca event but also reached his 150th career Tour-level win. Coric scored 7/6 (5) and 6/3 in a match that was played in a different court and then suspended for four hours due to the rain, resumed and ended under the rain again at Jockey Club Brasileiro. "It was definitely not easy out there today. I knew I had to finish the match because the rain was getting worse, but I knew I couldn't rush it. So I tried not to focus on that. I told myself that if I had to finish the game tomorrow I would, even if it was just for one point. In those kind of situations you cannot rush the point because if you do it's gonna be a problem", said the Croatian, who was down 4/5 when the match was suspended. Because the forecast for this Friday was rain for most of the day, Coric tried to relax before heading to the court. "I woke up at around 8 am had breakfast, slept again and then went into the sea, which was really really nice actually. I came to the court at 1 pm knowing that it was going to be a tough day in the office. I knew it was going to be a very long day so I'm just pleased I ended my match today." Coric, who arrived in Rio on a four match loosing streak, will now play his first ATP Tour clay semi-final since Marrakech, in 2017. "This victory

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Once again Cristian Garin fought back and defeated qualifier Federico Coria to book a spot at the semifinals of the Rio Open presented by Claro. Third seeded at the carioca event, Garin lost the first set by 2/6  but found his way to score 6/3 and 7/5 in a match that was suspended two times due to the rain. Garin is on a seven-match winning streak since his tittle in Corboda, equaling his personal best winning streak, which he achieved from the first round in Houston to the second round in Barcelona, last year. "I honestly didn't expect to win seven games in a row. Before Cordoba the last time I had played on clay was six months ago. Winning there gave me confidence for this week and I'm feeling good right now", said Garin, currently ranked 25 in the world, but depending on the result in Rio could crack into the Top 20. "Of course it would be great, but that's not my focus. I want to keep improving my tennis", said the Chilean who has won three clay titles in the past 11 months : Houston and Munich in 2019 and Cordoba this year. Even though Garin won his last seven matches, in five of those seven matches he lost the opening set and came back to win in the deciding set. "I was not never focused at the beginning of the match. The rain suspension came in good time because I was able to regroup and start fresh again. Federico played really well today and I can only say that I am really happy with the win. Now it's time to enjoy and see what I can

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2017 Rio Open champion Dominc Thiem survived a second consecutive scare at Jockey Club Brasileiro but reached the quarter-finals of the event with a three-set win over Jaume Munar. Thiem beat the Spaniard by 6/7 (5), 6/3, 6/4 and now faces Italian Gianluca Mager this Friday at the third match of the session that start at 3 pm (local time) at Quadra Guga Kuerten. "This was the third tough match I had against Jaume [he won all of them]. I think he is ranked worst than he is playing and he played a great match today. He didn't give me any free points and for sure I'm not at my best right now. I'm not where I was in Australia, but that's normal. I'm back in clay for the first time since August, there are lots of traveling going on. In mind and body I'm not at the top level again", said the Austrian, who also needed three sets to defeat Brazilian wildcard Felipe Meligeni at the opening round of the Rio Open. "All that counts now is the win, fighting from the first to the last point, and I'm proud of that.  Tomorrow is a new day and I have many hours to rest and get ready." Thiem now has a 12-3 record at the carioca event since first appearing here in 2016. This was only the second time in 15 matches in Rio that the Austrian has gone to a deciding set. This Friday, world's number four will face Mager for the first time in his career. "I'm sure it's going to be another tough match. He has more matches on clay than me this year and has

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Croatian Borna Coric grabbed his 50th career ATP Tour clay victory this Thursday at the Rio Open presented by Claro and advanced to his first ever ATP 500 clay quarter-final. He will now take on Italian Lorenzo Sonego this Friday, at Quadra Guga Kuerten, at the second match of the session that starts at 3 pm (local time). On Thursday night the fifth-seeded at the carioca event beat Brazilian Thiago Wild in a thrilling two-hour match. After winning the first set by 6/3, the Croatian lost the second by 6/1 and won at the tie break by 7/6 (5). "I knew it was going to be a really tough match, Thiago was playing in front of his home crowd and despite never playing against him before I saw his first round match and knew he would be a tough opponent", said Coric. "I felt like I had him after the first set but it was a shame I didn't use the opportunity to wrap up the match then. He then got stronger and in the end was a bit unlucky. But that's tennis and it happens sometimes. But I'm sure he has a bright future ahead", said about the Brazilian, 2018 US Open juniors champion. "I played well, the stats show that but tennis is not only about hitting winners. He was better at the important points and won the match. But in the end it was a positive week and shows me I'm on the right way. I feel better mental and physically", said the 19 year-old Wild. Coric, ranked 32 in the world, takes on Sonego for the first time in his career. "We practiced together for the

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Third-seeded at the Rio Open presented by Claro, Cristian Garin hopes to continue his winning streak this Friday at 3 pm at Quadra Guga Kuerten when he faces Argentinian Federico Coria at the quarter-finals of the carioca ATP Tour event. The Chilean has won his last six matches, four in Cordoba, where he won his third tittle in the past 11 months, and another two in Rio. This will be Coria and Garin's first matchup at an ATP level event. They faced each other in a challenger in 2017, in Buenos Aires, and Garin took the win. Ranked 116 in the world, Coria, younger brother of Guillermo, former 2004 Roland Garros finalist and number 3 in the world, will try to reach his maiden ATP Tour semifinal this Friday. In another quarter-final, the last of four matches at Quadra Guga Kuerten this Friday, lucky looser Attila Balazs will take on qualifier Pedro Martinez, from Spain. While the Hungarian player, who retired from tennis for two years, will make his debut inside the Top 100 on Monday no matter the outcome of the matchup, Martinez needs a win to crack in the Top 100 next week. The 22 year-old Spaniard had never won an ATP Tour match when the year began, but is now 5-3 this season.
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The semifinals of the doubles draw of the Rio Open presented by Claro are set. Last year's US Open finalists Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos upset Maximo Gonzales and Fabrice Martin by 6/4, 7/7 (3) and 10/8 and will face Felipe Meligeni and Thiago Monteiro this Friday at 5 pm at Quadra 1. Zeballos is currently ranked number three in the world and reached the Rio Open's semifinals before, in 2017 and 2018, with different partners. Meligeni and Monteiro, who are playing together for the first time, made it to the semis with a win over fellow Brazilians Orlando Luz and Rafael Matos in two sets: 6/3 and 7/6 (7), in one hour and 23 minutes. "It was a very tense match. Orlando and Rafael have been playing together for a while so that made things more difficult to us", said Monteiro. "We started playing well but then they got better. We were able to keep focused and kept our belief that we could do it", added Brazilian highest ranked singles' player. The other semifinal, also at Quadra 1, following the first match, will also have a Brazilian representative. Marcelo Melo and partner Lukasz Kubot, from Poland, defeated Roman Jebavy (CZE) and Igor Zelenay (SVK) by 6/4 and 6/2 to reach the semis. "Today we played much better than our first match here. We were more consistent and were able to impose our rhythm from the start", said Melo, former number one in the world. Together the duo has 13 ATP titles. They will now face Italian qualifier duo Salvatore Caruso and Federico Gaio, who defeated fourth-seeded Brazilian Bruno Soares and Croatian Mate Pavic in three sets: 6/4, 4/6 and

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Two Italians advanced to the quarter-finals of the Rio Open presented by Claro this Thursday at Jockey Club Brasileiro. Gianluca Mager, who's playing the carioca tournament for the first time, defeated Portuguese João Domingues by 6/3 and 7/6 (5). "The second set was in incredible. It was crazy because I was 6-1 on the tie break and he then played four incredible points and it was 6-5. I said to me that I had to fight and remained focus and I was able to win in the end. I'm really really happy and this is a dream come true", said Mager, who's paying his first ATP 500 level event in Rio and my crack into the Top 100 depending on his result _he's currently World No. 128 . "When I started playing tennis that was my dream and I can only hope I can make it to the Top 100. I'm feeling good. Last week I didn't play well in Buenos Aires and then I talked to my coach and he told me that I had to stay focused, I had to keep fighting and keep working but he said that my tennis was good. Now this week I'm showing my best tennis and I'm happy", said the Italian who only started playing professionally when he was 16. "When I was young I was not mature enough and only when I turned 18 or 19 I decided I really wanted to play tennis. Then I stopped going out and doing other things and now I'm happy." Second Italian to advance in Rio was Lorenzo Sonego, who upset second-seeded Dusan Lajovic by double 7/6 (5). Lajovic, who won the ATP Cup

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Brazilian Bruno Soares and his partner Mate Pavic, from Croatia, saved four match-points at the tie break to win their opening match at the Rio Open presented by Claro. The duo, who's been playing together for less than a year, scored 7/6 (4), 3/6 and 11/9 against Andres Molteni (ARG) and Lorenzo Sonego (ITA). Playing at the Court 1 at Jockey Club Brasileiro the duo had the Brazilian crowd by their side during to whole match. "The atmosphere was just crazy out there. Bruno had told me what to expect and it was a special experience. It felt like we were playing the Davis Cup", said Pavic. Former number two in the world, Soares said that the match could have been easier for them. "I was very inconstant during the game and it should have been easier. But it was to end the match on a high note, with the crowd cheering and a bit of drama", said the Brazilian. This Thursday they will take on Italians Salvatore Caruso e Federico Gaio on the quarterfinals. Another Brazilian at the doubles draw who's also back in action this Thursday is Marcelo Melo. Playing alongside Lukasz Kubot (POL) they will face Roman Jebavy (CZE) and Igor Zelenay (SVK), who defeated Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner  and Dutch Matwe Middelkoop by 5/7, 6/3 and 10/8 this Wednesday. Also this Wednesday Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Argentinian Horacio Zeballos defeated Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) and Albert Ramos-Vinolas in two sets: 6/3 and 6/2. They face Fabrice Martin (FRA) and Maximo Gonzales (ARG) at the quarterfinals. The crowd at Jockey Club Brasileiro will have the chance to watch an all-Brazilian matchup. Orlando Luz and Rafael Matos will take on

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After becoming the youngest player to win an ATP 500 match in series history (since 2009), teenager Carlos Alcaraz said goodbye to the Rio Open presented by Claro after being defeated by Federico Coria this Wednesday night in three sets. The Argentinian, younger brother of Guillermo, former Top 10 in the word and Roland Garros’ finalist in 2004, scored 6/4, 4/6 and 6/4 to reached the quarter-finals of the first clay-court ATP 500 event of the season. "This victory means everything to me. I don't want to get ahead of myself but maybe my dream of being top 100 will come true after this week. I also dream of playing Roland Garros and if they both come true this year it's gonna be more that I ever wanted. I don't want to wake up from this dream", said a very emotional Coria. Next Friday the 27 year-old takes on Chilean Cristian Garin hoping to reach the semifinals in Rio. Despite losing the match, Alcaraz said that the week in Rio was very positive for him. "It was a great experience to play against high-level players and I learned a lot for the next tournaments. It was a very positive week and even loosing the match today it was a good learning experience because this is how you learn. I feel like I'm ready to play at this level", said the 16 year-old Spaniard. Youngest player ever to figure at Rio Open’s main draw, Alcaraz said he was too nervous before his second round match. "It was a very intense match, Federico played really well and I wish him luck for the next round. I was a bit too nervous at

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