Tennis – LIVE! Internazionali d’Italia: live, results, italians, news in real time

Clay tennis continues its approach to the key event of Roland Garros with the third Masters 1000 tournament of the season on this surface: the Internazionali d’Italia. After the title won in Madrid with a crazy career, Carlos Alcarazhe resigned from Rome, already focusing on Roland Garros. In the Foro Italico, however, the fight with a lot of Italy obviously restarts on the scoreboard. Sinner, Fognini and wildcard Nardi are still in the running. In women, Jasmine Paolini and Lucia Bronzetti play the game. Throughout the week in this LIVE BLOG you will find results, reports, announcements, news, insights: in short, all the updates to keep you informed.

16:14 – We struggle with the heat.

Torrid heat in Rome: We continue with the serve, with Djokovic confirming his turn of service by unleashing two long shots from the book. Few risks on both sides in the last rounds at bat.

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16:07 – Controbreak Karatsev

The Russian responds blow for blow in the third game and returns to normal. With the initial shyness removed, Karatsev opens the field well and finds very tight corners, capable of scratching Djokovic’s guard. Now Karatsev will serve to equalize. 2-1.

16:02 – Immediate break Djokovic

Cold break for the Serbian at the dawn of the first set. Karatsev suffers terribly from Nole’s pace variations, who breaks through on the second break point. 2-0.

15:50 – Alcaraz: “Physically I feel like a bull, but Djokovic is the strongest”

If there is a tennis player that we are getting to know through victories, it is Carlos Alcaraz: his tournament in Madrid was impressive, where he first beat Rafa Nadal and then Djokovic. The tennis player spoke with Marca where he told his impressions of the upcoming tournaments, particularly Roland Garros.

HERE THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW

3:40 p.m. – Djokovic-Karatsev

El Peque Diego Schwartzman confirms that he is an infinite player: after canceling two match points in Kecmanvic, he makes the decisive tie-break his own and flies to the round of 16 (6-2 3-6 7-6). Now the center-back is preparing for Djokovic-Karatsev: the Serbian has won 59 of the 69 games played at the Foro Italico, and with Alcaraz out of the game he aims to relaunch his season before the key event in Paris. Precedent says 1-1: Nole won the 2021 Australian Open, Karatsev answered in Belgrade a few months later.

15:24 – Schwartzman-Kecmanovic in the tiebreaker

Everything happens in the Schwartzman-Kecmanovic: El Peque starts down 0-3, then goes up to 5-5, when he cancels two match points against the Serbian. Following the Argentine, he also steals his serve, earning the opportunity to serve for the match, but Kecmanovic does not give up, and makes the counter-break that is worth the tiebreak. The wait for Djokovic-Karatsev lengthens.

15:17 – Bronzetti also on the starting grid

Uncertain prediction on the Grand Stand Arena match between Lucia Bronzetti and Camila Osorio Serrano. Lucía participated in the Internazionali last year, from number 285 on the circuit. Today she debuts with her feet rooted in the top 100. But beware of the Colombian rival, who after missing the first part of the season due to Covid and an abdominal injury, has begun grinding tournaments and victories on the old continent.

15:08 – Nadal will debut against Isner

Tomorrow Rafa Nadal’s Roman debut, fresh from the scorching defeat against Alcaraz in Madrid. The Mallorcan will take advantage of a rest round before facing the stubborn John Isner, who has just ruled the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 6-3 6-3. The American and the Spanish met in October 2017 in China: there Rafa won in two sets, 6-4 and 7-6.

14:56 – Nardi comes out with his head held high with Norrie

A double 6-4 that reflects the forces expressed on the pitch, but what personality was shown by the wild card Luca Nardi against the number 9 seed on the scoreboard! In the second set, the first serve never leaves English in moments of need: Nardi never comes close to snatching a break point from him, and in the long run, he pays for the empty pass of the first game. Cilic waits for Norrie in the second round. Nardi greets the Foro Italico with 18 winners compared to the same figure not required. Not bad for a class of 2003!

Luca Nardi in Rome

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14:33 – What a class Nardi!

Despite the disadvantage, Nardi does not give up putting on a show. In game five the Italian kept Norrie clean with a series of fabulous shots. First some excellent backhand work, then a long straight line, followed by a backhand volley with a high coefficient of difficulty. And so as not to miss anything, Nardi closes with an electric service and direct to kiss the line.

14:27 – Kecmanovic returns, and Djokovic waits…

Second shot by Diego Schwartzman and Miomir Kecmanovic on the center back. The Argentine, after winning the first set 6-2, stumbles in the seventh game of the second set allowing the Serb to return to the match. 6-2 6-3, everything is decided in the third set. Djokovic and Karatsev, who will play immediately after this match, will have to wait a little longer.

14:20 – Norrie breaks in the second set

Luca Nardi’s second set starts uphill. The Blues surrendered only on the third break point, but two bloody double faults weighed in before reaching the go-ahead pulse. Norrie will be used to escape 2-0.

14:13 – Norrie survives Nardi in the 1st set, 6-4

Unspeakable regret for Luca Nardi, who in the final squeeze, at 4-5, did not take advantage of two more break points. The script is the same as in the second game, with Nardi going up to 40-15 but unable to get into the trade on the next two break points due to a formidable first from Norrie, which is far from perfect, in this first set. Great character shown by blue in this first act, now we have to continue believing in him.

13:52 – Break Norrie

Cameron Norrie’s first tear, which broke in the fifth game and will serve to extend the 4-2. The partial score, however, does not take into account the iron resistance of Nardi, who so far has annulled three break points to the rival. A certain levity at the net, however, doomed the Italian to chase in the first set.

13:43 – Voice of the players: Jannik Sinner

At just 20 years old, since entering the ATP world in 2019, Sinner has already won 5 titles and reached the ATP Finals, breaking the Top 10 wall and also winning 2 slam quarterfinals. In this new exclusive appointment with Players’ Voice it is Jannik Sinner’s turn to talk about himself in the Eurosport columns: what is it for, being able to wake up one day and…

HERE THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW

13:33 – Nardi misses two break points!

What a pity for our youngster, who barely touches the opportunity to open the match with 2-0. Paradoxically, Norrie is the one who is more contracted between the two. Two blunders by the British on the return and two forehands took Nardi to within 40-15 in the second game. Norrie, however, just needs to increase the rounds of his shots to break the defense of the blue teenager and reply with 4 consecutive points.

13:20 – Nardi-Norrie

Exciting debut at the Foro Italico of Luca Nardi’s class of 2003. Against Norrie, all odds give him for dead. His only main draw appearance on the tour dates back to Antwerp 2020, but Luca scored two good successes at Challenger level in Forlì and Lugano earlier in the year. The British left-hander is also going through a good moment of form: he was the one who put Carlos Alcaraz in the most trouble in Madrid’s march, dragging him to the third set.

13:04 – Dimitrov advances, Nardi warms up

The first match of the day for the men’s team ends: Grigor Dimitrov does not sweat so much to eliminate Brandon Nakashima 6-3 6-4. The Bulgarian, barring a blackout early in the second set after breaking a cold break, sails into the second round against Tsitsipas. Now the Grand Stand Arena is free for the debut of our Luca Nardi!

12:47 – Nadal compares himself to Alcaraz: “I like an old car…”

At the press conference for the presentation of the Masters 1000 in Rome, Rafa Nadal used a nice comparison to describe Carlos Alcaraz’s explosion: “His explosion doesn’t bother me. It’s natural in life to show interest in new things. If you see a ‘ new car or a new phone, the eye immediately falls on one, not the old one.’

Nadal: “Alcaraz? It’s like a new car, you don’t look at the old one anymore…”

12:33 – Teichmann finishes off Paolini in straight sets, 6-3 6-2

Catwalk with initial scare for Jil Teichmann, who after losing his first serve at the start of the match, responds to Lucca with four consecutive breaks. The match ends 6-3 6-2 after an hour and 20 of fighting. In the second round, the Swiss will meet the Czech Pliskova, fresh from a bye round. Bitter debut for Paolini, who however did not start as the favourite. Now the hopes of women’s Italy fall entirely on the sole survivor Lucía Bronzetti, expected this afternoon by the Colombian Osorio Serrano.

12:14 – Teichmann ahead a set and two breaks

Bad news from the centre-back: Paolini accumulates two breaks in the third and fifth games of the second set. Teichmann makes the most of three break points cut during the second set, opening himself up to a miss that now looks certain. Jasmine’s drastic fall after stealing her initial service.

11:53 – Paolini loses the 1st set

Jasmine’s batteries ran out of power! Lucca’s racket was the first to break Teichmann’s break, but a poor first serve (only 48% of the points won) made the Swiss recover, closing the first act 6-3.

11:45 – SUMMARY DAY 1

Everything you could have missed yesterday: matchday 1 of the Internazionali d’Italia ends in the worst way: the number 1 azzurro retires 6-3 4-2 Tomljanovic due to a physical problem without waiting for the match to resume after the downpour that hit Rome. There are, therefore, eight Italians who welcome the tournament: Sonego, Zeppieri, Cobolli, Passaro, Arnaldi, Trevisan, Cocciaretto and, in fact, Giorgi. For now, Fabio Fognini is the only one to go through to the second round thanks to the clear success over Dominic Thiem.
HERE THE SUMMARY OF DAY 1

10:50 – LIVE! DAY 2

Another day full of compromises and pathos, especially for the blue colors; currently in the field Jasmine Paolini against Jil Teichmann. Soon Nardi against Norrie, in the afternoon Djokovic-Karatsev and tonight the main course Sinner-Martínez.

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10:00 – International Order of Play Tuesday May 10

The men’s and women’s first round matches are closed today. The first blue flag bearer will be Jasmine Paolini, engaged in the central against the Swiss Teichmann starting at 11:00. Also watch out for wild card Luca Nardi, who in the second match starting at 11:00 am at the Grand Stand Arena will seek the feat against the number 9 seed Cameron Norrie. Still in central, Novak Djokovic will make his debut against Aslan Karatsev (it will be the third game scheduled in central, so you will have to be patient). In the afternoon, Jannik Sinner chased the second round against Pedro Martínez.

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