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Nishikori Escapes Early Elimination In Barcelona

Two-time former champion Kei Nishikori survived a major scare on Monday to reach the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell second round. The former World No. 4 recovered from 4-6, 2-4 down and was forced to break serve to stay in the match at 5-6 in the second set, before he charged to a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory against Guido Pella after two hours and 39 minutes. The 2014 and 2015 champion claimed three service breaks in the decider to improve to 23-6 in Barcelona. Nishikori will face 13th seed Cristian Garin for a spot in the third round. Garin won the pair’s only previous ATP Head2Head meeting at last year’s Hamburg European Open 6-0, 6-3. Egor Gerasimov made a successful debut in Barcelona with a 7-5, 6-1 win against former Top 5 star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Belarusian converted four of his five break points to eliminate the 2010 quarter-finalist in 80 minutes. Gerasimov will meet #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner in the second round. In the opening match on Pista Rafa Nadal,...
ATP - 19.04.2021 18:41

How Becoming A Father Changed Bautista Agut's Life

In an excerpt from Eurosport’s Players’ Voice series, Roberto Bautista Agut reflects on the importance of family. The nine-time ATP Tour champion discusses how welcoming his first child to the world last year has impacted him after losing his mother in 2018 and father in 2019. Becoming a father last September has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life so far, if not the best. I feel that the family bond I lost when my parents passed has been recovered by entering this new chapter of life with Ana and my child. Family has always been the most important thing for me by far; the love you feel for your loved ones is incomparable. I felt this even before my parents passed; every time I came home and noticed they were gradually getting older, I made a mental note to enjoy every little moment I spent with them and that mindset stays with me now. Recently, Ana and Mini Rober joined me on Tour during the Middle East swing, which was really special. It’s be...
ATP - 19.04.2021 19:34