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Italians Shine In Rome

Coco Gauff finally won her first match after the virus in Rome, dispatching the tricky Tunisian Ons Jabeur 64 63. Gauff had lost early in both the Cincy Open and US Open tournaments in New York. Next up for Gauff will be a date with far more daunting task – Garbine Muguruza.

Lorenzo Musetti announced himself to the pro tennis world with a stunning bagel and tiebreaker win vs former Roland Garros champ Stan Wawrinka. The 18 year old Italian stallion admitted after that he still can’t believe he slayed the Stanimal.

Italian players continue to rise out of anonymity and into the upper echelons of the ATP, due in part because of the abundance of Future and Challenger events staged in Italy which helps the Italian players to gain experience and ranking points.

Salvatore Caruso, another little known Italian bested Tennys Sandgren yesterday from a set down, 36 63 76. Caruso is 27 years old and ranked 87. At the US Open Caruso beat Duckworth and Escobedo to reach the 3R where he lost to Rublev.

Stefano Travaglia, yet another Italian, beat US Open quarterfinalist Borna Coric 76 75 today in the second round. He beat Taylor Fritz yesterday. Travaglia is 28 year old and ranked 84.

Lorenzo Sonego, another Italian, beat Nikoloz Basilashvili yesterday 63 61.

Right now, as I type this, Jannik Sinner is beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 61 20.

Marco Cecchinato beat Kyle Edmunt in three sets.

One Italian actually lost yesterday in Rome – Gianluca Mager fell to Grigor Dimitrov 75 61. 5-1 for Italians in Rome – that is remarkable.

We have not even mentioned no. 4 seed Matteo Berretini, who beat Federico Coria today in the round of 32 and no. 7 seed Fabio Fognini, who faces Ugo Humbert later. Fognini has a new book which was released this week titled FABIO FOGNINI: WARNING. It’s published only in Italian. I might have to learn Italian just to read it. The eye-catching title consists of am artsy photo of the talented and tempermental reigning Monte Carlo champion tossing a ball to serve.

Novak Djokovic, with Marian Vajda as his coach this week and without Goran Ivanisevic, just beat Salvatore Caruso in straight sets 63 62.

Milos Raonic and Felix Auger-Aliassime are playing doubles together.

Venus Williams is getting blitzed by Vika Azarenka 0-3.

1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Gauff lost to Muguruza in 3 sets. A trio of Italians – Lorenzo Musetti, Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego – stands to join compatriots Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner and Stefano Travaglia in the third round at home. If two advance it would set a new Open Era record for Italians through to the round of 16 in Rome.



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