Hurkacz b. Martinez 6-3 4-6 6-4 Giorgio Di Maio
Beyond the prediction, and it seems absurd to say it when talking about a top 15 like Hubert Hurkaczthe challenge between the Pole and Pedro Martinezhe is a surface specialist, he is much more fought than expected. Hurkacz compared to last, disastrous, season on the red decides to get much more willing to row from the baseline, earning the net when possible. The difference in service that red cannot cancel is then convenient during the batting rounds, in which Hurkacz never gives his opponent chances during the first set.. At that point, a drop in tension from Martinez from the bottom, with Hurkacz always in a very backward position to “row”, is enough to take the break in the sixth game and basically the first set.
The second set seems to follow the lines of the first, with Hurkacz untouchable on duty and Martinez who does not have an easy life in the exchange, despite the difference in performance on the surface between both. The Spaniard also appears to be about to capitulate in the seventh game, saving tooth and nail two break points that would have sent the Pole to serve for the match. This time though the inattention to the service is of Hurkacz, who under 4-5 gives service and second set to the Spanish player.
The revenge of the former world number nine takes place at the start of the third set, taking advantage of a few too many mistakes by the Spaniard and immediately taking a break ahead. In the third game Hurkacz has another chance to move forward, but unlike the first set, now he too has to save himself, resorting to the serve in the second game and a practically extremely complicated baseline smash in the sixth to maintain the advantage. At the moment of closing the hand of the Pole does not tremble and gives himself an eighth final against Albert Ramosalready a finalist in Monte Carlo in 2017 and winner over Cameron Norrie in three sets.
A. Ramos-Viñolas b.  C. Norrie 6-4 2-6 6-4 Cipriano Colonna
The two left-handers face off for the fifth time in their career Alberto Ramos-Viñolas And Camoron Norriewith the Spanish veteran leading 3-1 (3-0 on clay). The finalist of the 2017 edition continues to prove himself an expert on this surface, and at 34 years of age he made a record his fourth ATP title in Cordoba and the semifinal in Santiago.
The match between two skilled tennis players on clay starts just as expected: both mainly from the bottom try to take control of the exchanges, Norrie focusing more on power, Ramos on variations and the search for angles. Although the two players do not make the serve their strong point, they easily manage to keep the serve thanks to the solidity from the bottom. Ramos-Viñolas often relies on the short ball with satisfactory results, while the Briton appears more wait-and-see. The Spaniard rises to the level of 3-3 when he finds himself in response and, with a couple of passers-by as spectacular as they are effective, he goes back to the break point (after the harmless one of the first game). The short straight ball on this occasion turns his back on Ramos, in whom however he remains proactive and aggressive. The pressure of n. 37 in the world pays off in the long run, and the break comes with a forehand raid that doesn’t even need the next volley. Shortly after, the Spaniard finds himself serving for the set. The Brit does not go beyond a few long cross-country exchanges, and so on the third occasion Ramos can finish 6-4 in 53 minutes. The difference with the second makes the difference: 77% for the Iberian, only 26% for the British
Ramos-Vinolas shows no signs of decreasing his push from the baseline, in particular with his hooking forehand with which he constantly tries to cut on the left diagonal to hit the forehand of the British (surely Cameron’s most vulnerable fundamental). The tactical plan of the finalist of the tournament in 2017 pays all the divisions, with Norrie totally losing the measures from the left side and by committing 6 free, she gets the opening bar torn despite being ahead 40-15; thus allowing Ramos to go 2-0. The most significant figure of the meeting so far is the number of unforced, on the one hand the Iberian veteran has committed only 8 on the other hand the tennis player of South African origins more than twice as much as his opponent (18). The 34-year-old from Barcelona also offers some spectacular points, such as the one staged 2-0 and 15-0 on the Norrie serve, in which the no. 5 of Spain performs magnificently, almost jokingly, poor Cameron a double scheme, muffled-lob, put on the field twice consecutively in the same fifteen. At this point, incredibly enough, given the progress of the second set up to that moment, the inertia is totally reversed. Ramos-Vinolas gets distracted, thinking he already has the match in his pocket and can’t be more precise with the forehand; otherwise the tds n. 7 finally makes his greater power prevail. The N. 10 in the ranking commands very well with the forehand, which is now insightful and in the blink of an eye we are 4-2 for him. Partial from four consecutive games, which is closed by a long forehand from Ramos-Vinolas which perfectly reflects how the fraction is turned precisely on the effectiveness of the left side of the two players. In the seventh game, the n. 37 ATP tries to make up for it and mend the tear. He would have opportunities as well, he goes to 15-40 but wastes badly. He earns a third with an extraordinary passerby of anomalous law (which had to be won, otherwise the British would have played a comfortable open-field volley) and a fourth for a fan in the corridor of the Johannesburg native. On the first, Norrie is surgical with a winning first, but on the second the luck goes against Albert. Its forward longline right is deflected off the belt and falls well beyond the last few inches of available field. It is the last ring of the fraction, since in the game that follows the top 10 of his majesty closes the set by breaking for the third time in the set.
Norrie continues indomitable even in the final partial, the row of games won consecutively reaches seven. This is because having put the second set in the farmhouse in response, the champion of Indian Wells 2021 had the opportunity to start with his turn to serve also in the third (as had already happened in the first). Ramos, meanwhile, shows signs of subsidenceeven physical – before the third set began he called the doctor and physio about a back problem – and is totally at the mercy of his opponent. He manages to at least put a point on Cameron’s streak, stopping the bleeding. Later he also cancels the first (and very dangerous) break ball of the set at 2-3, thanks to the excellent cross serve-forehand combination. This chance canceled at tds n. 7, will turn out to be the slide-indoor of the match seen that in the game that follows (the seventh) Ramos-Vinolas finds his tennis by magic, – which was not seen since 2-0 in the second set – breaking his opponent at 15 who died suddenly. In the tenth game, at 5-4 the Spaniard, returning to whisk the starboard towards the most disparate corners and bringing back the short ball, qualifies for the third round after more than two and a half hours of play.
[WC] Goffin b. Evans 7-6 (3) 6-2 Giorgio Di Maio
Heavy defeat in terms of classification for the British Daniel Evans, which losing to David Goffin fails to defend the heavy bill in terms of the ranking of the semifinal reached last year. A revenge instead with Goffin, who just last year opened the doors of the semi-final in Monte Carlo to Evans by losing in the quarter-finals by a set advantage. Evans was condemned by the serve, crucial during a very long first set, more than an hour, it is very balanced. The British tennis player was very good at repelling Goffin’s assaults in an interminable sixth game, in which the Belgian player had five chances to move forward but without ever being able to exploit them. A lightness at the time of closing that risked costing Goffin dearly, who in the eleventh game must save a break point to bring the first set to the tie-break. The former number seven in the world is the coldest in the decisive set, breaking Evans four times and closing a well-deserved first set.
The psychological backlash hits Evans in the second set, with the Briton giving up his serve twice at the start and also nullifying the first counterbreak arrived for some mistake too far from the bottom of Goffin. At that point the Belgian finally breaks Evans’ resistance by breaking him in a very long fifth game in which last year’s semifinalist misses four chances to close. With two breaks ahead the game has nothing more to say and Goffin closes comfortably, continuing with a good victory a period of clear recovery, crowned by the title in Marrakech, after two nightmare years. The Belgian tennis player will challenge Davidovich-FokinaDjokovic’s executioner in the first round, for a place in the quarter-finals of Monte Carlo.