Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Stockholm Open: Arevalo-Rojer clinch doubles title

Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer on Sunday captured the men’s doubles title at the Stockholm Open after beating third seeds Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 6-3, 6-3 in the final, here.
In a strong display, the top seeds broke three times and won 79 percent (15/19) of points on their opponents’ second serve to triumph after 67 minutes at the ATP 250 event. Arevalo and Rojer were competing for the first time since they reached the semi-finals at the US Open in September. However, they showed little sign of rustiness in Stockholm, dropping just one set en route to their fourth tour-level title of the season
Earlier this season, the pair won tour-level crowns in Dallas and Delray Beach before they clinched their maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros. The Salvadoran-Dutch team will compete at the ATP Finals in Turin in November after they secured qualification for the prestigious end-of-year event last month. Glasspool and Heliovaara are currently sixth in the ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings with 3,240 points.
They are 570 points ahead of ninth-placed team Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.

Tsitsipas surges into final with win over Ruusuvuori

The world No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas delivered a clinical semifinal showing, easing past Emil Ruusuvuori 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final at the Stockholm Open, here on Saturday.
The top seed broke Ruusuvuori’s serve five times in the pair’s maiden tour-level meeting, finding consistency behind his groundstrokes to overpower the Finn in 74 minutes.
The win improved Tsitsipas’ record in Stockholm to 7-0 and maintained his unbeaten record at the ATP 250 event. The Greek will hope to seal a second title at the hard-court event when he returns on Sunday for the championship match against Holger Rune.
Tsitsipas has shown no nerves upon returning to compete in Stockholm for the first time since 2018 when he lifted his maiden ATP Tour title in the Swedish capital. He has not dropped a set in moving past Maxime Cressy, home favourite Mikael Ymer and Ruusuvuori, and he believes that his past success at the event has helped him find his best level this week.
Saturday’s victory was a Tour-leading 56th of the 2022 season for Tsitsipas, who has already booked his place at November’s ATP Finals. He has now reached seven tour-level finals this year, the joint-most alongside World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz. Sunday’s clash against Rune will be an opportunity for Tsitsipas to avenge his four-set fourth-round defeat to the Dane in May at Roland Garros. The World No.5 admitted he sees some similarities between himself and Rune, who will be competing in his third tour-level final of the year.

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