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Fabio Fognini/Simone Bolelli (Rio Open/Fotojump) Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli pulled double duty this Sunday to win the title of the Rio Open presented by Claro. To win the their fourth title the Italian duo took out crowd favorites Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray at the final by 7/5, 6/7 (2) and 10/6 in two hours, six minutes. It was the third encounter the duos had and the Italians, 8th in the doubles team ranking, won them all: third round of the Australian Open, second round in Sydney and the final at Jockey Club Brasileiro. “It was a very difficult week for everybody and the crowd was super supportive until the end. It was a beautiful tournament as always and every year I’m happy to come here. I love Brazil and I want to thank the organization and the fans. And also Simone, my partner, who’s like an older bother to me. It’s always great to share the court with you”, said Fognini, who reached the semifinals os the singles draw _lost to Carlos Alcaraz, the champion in Rio. “It was my first time in Rio and we had a great week here. It’s awesome to play alongside Fabio”, said Bolelli. Earlier this Sunday the Italian duo defeated Santiago Gonzales and Andres Molteni at the semifinals in a match that was postponed from Saturday due to the rain. Fognini and Bolelli now have four titles together. The most important was the Australian Open in 2015. They also won in Umag, in 2011, and Buenos Aires, in 2013. At the Rio Open they had only one previous appearance: in 2017, when they lost at the opening round. Soares and Murray, who

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Carlos Alcaraz (Rio Open/Fotojump) In the same clay court where two years ago he won his first ATP Tour match, Carlos Alcaraz once again made history in Rio de Janeiro. The rising Spanish star stunned 2018 champion Diego Schwartzman by 6/4 and 6/2, won the eighth edition of the Rio Open and at, 18 years old, became the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009 _before him Italian Jannik Sinner was the youngest after winning the Washington D.C. title last year, at 19. With the victory Alcaraz is projected to reach number 20 in the world ranking _he is currently ranked 29. “I'm super happy and it means a lot that I won my first ATP 500 title here in Rio. My goal now is not to leave the Top 20 and keep improving. I’m playing some tournaments that I didn’t last year so that’s a great opportunity to do that. Winning here gives me motivation and confidence. I always arrive at the tournaments thinking that I can win, even if the best are playing. I dream big. I wanna be world’s number one, I want to win Grand Slams and Olympic medals”, said the Spaniard right after winning his second ATP level title _the first was in Umag, in 2021 Playing his first-ever ATP 500 final, he was down 2-0 ate the first set but had no problem to score 6/4 in 44 minutes. Second set was even easier for the teenager and in 42 minutes he scored 6/2. “I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the match and I knew Diego was going to be a tough opponent. He knows how to

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Fognini/Bolelli (Rio Open/Fotojump) In a match that was postponed from Saturday, Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli defeated Santiago Gonzales (MEX) and Andres Molteni (ARG) to secure a spot at the doubles’ final of the Rio Open presented by Claro. They will now face Brazilian Bruno Soares and Briton Jamie Murray at the final, match that will take place at Quadra Guga Kuerten, following the singles’ draw decision, starting at 5:30pm (local time). Fognini/Bolelli scored 7/6 (4) and 6/2 in one hour, 33 minutes. Playing together the Italian duo won three titles, including the Australian Open in 2015. The latest was this year, in Sydney. In 2017 they partnered at the Rio Open but lost at the first round. It will be the third time that the duos face each other, all of them in 2022. Ranked 8th in the doubles team ranking, Fognini/Bolelli lead 2-0, wining at the third round of the Australian Open and the second round in Sydney. To win the tittle this Sunday they will have to “face" the crowd as well. Brazilian fans never saw one of their representatives win the trophy in Rio. This is only the third time Brazil will have a representative at the final of the doubles’ draw at the Rio Open. In 2014 Marcelo Melo and Spaniard David Marrero were runner-ups. In 2019 Brazilian duo Rogério Dutra Silva and Thomaz Bellucci also lost the final match. Soares, a three-time Grand Slam winner, never played a final in from of his home crowd. Playing alongside Murray he has reached 23 finals and won 12 titles, two of them last year: St. Petersburg and Melbourne. They were also runner-ups at the US

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Carlos Alcaraz (Rio Open/Fotojump) After playing twice this Saturday, Diego Schwartzman and Carlos Alcaraz powered into the final of the Rio Open presented by Claro, this Sunday, at 5:30pm (local time), at Quadra Guga Kuerten. This is the first time the 2018 Rio Open champion and the rising Spanish star will face each other. Schwartzman, 29, currently ranked 14 in the world, has four titles under his belt. Alcaraz, 18, won his first title last year and enjoyed a standout 2021 season, soaring from outside the Top 100 to number 32. He is currently world’s number 29 and will play his first ATP 500 final. Schwartzman was the first one to qualify for the final. After a three-hour-and-a-half quarterfinal match earlier this Saturday, he was back on Quadra Guga Kuerten for his semifinal match against fellow Argentine Francisco Cerundolo about four hours later. Tired from the intense past two weeks, when he reached the semifinals in Cordoba and then the final in Buenos Aires, Schwartzman used his experience to take out Cerundolo by 7/6 (4) and 6/3. “The crowd today was amazing, I got all my energy from them and for an Argentine to play in Brazil to feel something like that is something that I really don’t understand”, said the third seed about the famous sports rivalry between the countries. “We both made an extra effort to play this semifinal and I think that under the conditions it was a great match. He started really strong but I think I was mentally stronger and took advantage of that. In the second set he was not the same and I managed to win. I’m really happy but worn-out right now.

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Carlos Alcaraz (Rio Open/Fotojump) Rio definitely holds a special place in Next Gen’s star Carlos Alcaraz heart. After earning his maiden tour-level win, two years ago, this Saturday he fired past top seed Matteo Berrettini to reach the semifinal of this year’s edition of the Rio Open.  The 18 year-old Spaniard won by 6/2, 2/6 and 6/2 in a rematch of this year’s Australian Open’s third round, but with a different result this time.  The two-hour quarterfinal match at Jockey Club, that was postponed from yesterday, was interrupted by the rain in the beginning of the third set. “I knew it was not going to be easy, we all know how good Matteo is but I think I played really well today. I lost the second set and it’s never easy to come back. And after that there was the rain disruption again. But I’m really glad I made it to the semis”, said Alcaraz, who equals his best ATP 500 result _he also reached the semifinals in Vienna, last year, but went on to lose the match to Alexander Zverev. Alcaraz now faces Fabio Fognini later this Saturday hoping to get a spot at Sunday’s final. “Fabio is playing really well this week and it’s not going to be easy. Now I’ll try to rest a little bit and I hope the crowd is on my side for this match.” The Spaniard, youngest member of the Top 200 of the ATP Rankings (currently number 19), enjoyed a standout 2021 season, soaring from outside the Top 100 to number 32 as he captured his maiden tour-level title in Umag. 
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Bruno Soares (Rio Open/Fotojump) Crowd favorites Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray took off reigning Rio Open champions, Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers by 6/3 and 6/2 to secure the first spot at the final of this year’s edition, to be played on Sunday. Third seed at the doubles’ draw, the two-time Grand Slam winner duo now waits on the winner of the other semifinal between Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini and Santiago Gonzales/Andres Molteni. “Whoever makes it to the final means they are having a great week, so it really makes no difference. Bolekki/Fognini defeated us two times in the past and Gonzales/Molteni come from two titles in the past two weeks”, said Soares. A three-time Grand Slam winner, he had never reached the finals in Rio before _he made it to the semis in five opportunities, two of them alongside Murray (2017 and 2018). “To be honest I never played well here in Rio, it was all based on my emotions and the energy, but I never felt that I was playing my best. This time I’ve been feeling good since the first day and it would mean the world to me to win here in front of this crowd, my family and friends. Unfortunately this is something I can do only once a year, so I’m really excited to have reached the final." This is only the third time Brazil will have a representative at the final of the doubles’ draw at the Rio Open. In 2014 Marcelo Melo and Spaniard David Marrero were runner-ups. In 2019 Brazilian duo Rogério Dutra Silva and Thomaz Bellucci also lost the final match. "We had great support all week, Bruno had a lot

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Fabio Fognini (Rio Open/Fotojump) For the first time since 2019 Italian Fabio Fognini reached a semifinal of an ATP Tour event. In a match that was postoned from Friday due to the rain, Fognini powered past Federico Coria by 6/4 and 6/2 and now awaits the winner of Matteo Berrettini x Calos Alcaraz to find out his opponent later this Saturday. "I’m really happy with this win because it’s been a while since I got a good result like this. I always feel good playing the South American swing”, said Fognini, whose last semifinal was at the ATP 1000 in Montecarlo, in 2019 _he went on to win the title. “Everybody knows that 2020 was a bad year in general and then in 2021 I had a surgery, so the past few years I kept fighting against my biggest opponent, which is my body”, added the Italian,  quarterfinalist last week in Buenos Aires. In his seventh appearence at the Rio Open, had his better result in 2015 when he was a runner-up to David Ferrer. “For sure the semifinal will be a tough match, no matter who I face. Both are great players. Berrettini is already in the Top 10 and Alcaraz is really young but will be a Top 10 soon."
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Diego Schwartzman (Rio Open/Fotojump) For the third weekend in a row, Diego Schwartzman secured a spot at the semifinals of an ATP Tour event. With the sun shining at Jockey Club Brasileiro, he survived a 3-hour and 33 minutes battle against Pablo Andujar and scored 7/6 (3), 4/6 and 6/4. 2018 champion at the Rio Open, the third seed will now take on Francisco Cerundolo also this Saturday, at Quadra Guga Kuerten, not before 5pm (local time), in an all-Argentinian semifinal. Schwartzman won both previous encounters they had, both in Buenos Aires. Last one was a week ago, at the quarterfinals of the tournament. “Sorry Brazil, but the good thing is that there’s going to be an Argentinian in the final”, he joked after the long match against Andujar. "When you play such a long and tough match like this it becomes a very physical and emotional match. I’m extremely happy to have won and I hope I can rest properly before stepping up at the court for the semifinal." Schwartzman came into Rio after two strong results on home soil with a semifinal in Cordoba and runner-up in Buenos Aires, where he lost to Casper Ruud. This will be the Argentine second semifinal in Rio _in 2018 he defeated Fernando Verdasco on the way to the tittle. It is also his first ATP 500 semi-final since reaching the 2019 Vienna final (lost to number 5 Dominic Thiem). Cerundulo secured his sixth career semifinal after defeating Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 5/7, 6/2 and 6/4. Playing an ATP 500 for the first time, this semifinal is also a milestone in his career.  “I'm really happy, I still can't believe it. This

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Gonzales/Molteni (Rio Open/Fotojump) Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and Argentinian Andres Molteni cruised past Italians Lorenzo Sonego and Andrea Vavassori by 2 sets to 0 (7/5 and 6/4), this Saturday, and secured the last remaining spot at this year's Rio Open semifinal. They will now face the Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli this Saturday, not before 5 pm. They will have to play twice today because of the rain that disrupted Friday's matches and postponed the to Saturday at Jockey Club Brasileiro. Gonzalez and Molteni come from two titles in a row, at the ATP in Buenos Aires and in Córdoba. Playing together they have four titles, and this is their first appearance at the Rio Open as partners. Fognini and Bolelli won three titles together, the most important being the 2015 Australian Open. In 2017, they partnered at the Rio Open and lost in the first round. In the other semifinal, this Saturday, Brazilian Bruno Soares and Briton Jamie Murray will face the 2020 champions, Argentine Horacio Zeballos and Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
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Fabio Fognini (Rio Open/Fotojump) As the rain disrupted most of the Friday's matches at the Rio Open presented by Claro, all the quarterfinals were postponed for Saturday. The semifinals of the tournament will also take place on the same day. With that, players that clinch the semis will have to play twice in order to secure a spot at Sunday's final. First match of the day, at noon (local time), at Quadra Guga Kuerten, will oppose 2018 champion and third seed in 2022, Diego Schwartzman, and Spanish Pablo Andujar. The Argentinian, runner-up in Buenos Aires last Sunday, won the only previous encounter they had, in 2015, in Winston-Salem.  Schwartzman, who was also a semifinalist in Cordoba, two weeks ago, is appearing in his third Rio quarterfinals in six appearances. Andujar is aiming for his second Rio semifinal in Rio. The winner of this match will then take on either Francisco Cerundolo or Miomir Kecmanovic, who are playing at the same time at Quadra 1. Cerundolo, 23, broke into the Top 100 this week for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Serbian came from qualifying and is playing in his first quarter-final since Belgrade in April 2021. It will be a rematch of last week’s second round in Buenos Aires where the Argentinean won 6/3, 3/6 and 6/2. Next, not before 3pm (local time), at Quadra Guga Kuerten, will be the anticipated rematch of the Australian Open's third round thriller between Matteo Berrettini and Carlos Alcaraz. Top seed at this year’s edition of the Rio Open, Berrettini won in Melbourne. The Italian is making his debut in Rio and playing for the first time since reaching the semifinals of

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