Italian Open 2023: Results & updates
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Get all the latest results and updates from the British tennis players competing at the Italian Open 2023.
- Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof defeated by Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschlup 7-6(2), 6-4
- Cam Norrie lost to Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4
- Joe Salisbury knocked out in quarter-finals
- Jamie Murray and Michael Venus defeated by Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschlup 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-6
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Day 10: Skupski and Koolhof miss out on fial spot
Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Italian Open – bringing an end to the British challenge in Rome.
Top seeds Skupski and Koolhof were denied a final spot by Dutch team Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschlup 7-6(2), 6-4.
The Dutch pair had to hang on during the first set to stave off break points in the fifth and seventh games. Skupski and Koolhof were unable to find the killer blow on their opportunities but Haase and Van de Zandschlup seized their first chance it with both hands – winning five of the opening six points of the tie-break and closing out the set in 55 minutes.
Haase and Van de Zandschlup clinched the victory with the only break of the match at 4-4 in the second. A brilliant return and smash combination for the Dutch duo helped set up their first break point of the match, before Skupski’s double fault all but sealed their fate.
Top seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof are Italian Open semi-finalists after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Australian duo Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler.
The British, Dutch team broke at 2-2 in both sets and kept a 100% serving record to see out the straight sets win in an hour and 26 minutes.
They move on to face Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschlup in the semis, with the Dutch side having knocked out Jamie Murray and Michael Venus in the previous round.
However, it was the end of the road for Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram in the quarter-finals, losing to Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
Salisbury and Ram had led 6-5 in the deciding match tie-break, but a decisive double mini break from their opponents set them up on a run of five consecutive points to clinch the win.
Cam Norrie’s run at the Italian Open ended in the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat against top seed and 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
Having come through a three-set battle with Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round, the Serbian was in no mood to hang around and secured an early 3-0 lead – making Norrie’s already tough challenge even harder.
The British No.1 dug in and kept himself in contention with a series of holds – saving three break points – but the world No.2 barely put a foot wrong, dropping just one point off his first serve.
In a fiery second set, Norrie finally got his breakthrough on the Serbian’s serve to overturn a break deficit level the score at 2-2 and seemed poised to do it again at 5-4 down and 0-30, but Djokovic kept his nerve and eventually served out the win on his second match point.
They will play Australian duo Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler in the final eight.
Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and Michael Venus lost out to Dutch pair Robin Haase and Botic van de Zandschlup 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-6 in the quarter-finals, having received a walkover in the second round earlier in the day.
Three-time Grand Slam champions Salisbury and Rajeev Ram were made to work hard against Andrea Pellegrino and Andrea Vavassori – clinching a 7-6(1), 6-7(1), 10-7 victory in just under two hours.
Meanwhile, Murray and Michael Venus got their campaign underway by knocking out fourth seed Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(7), 4-6, 10-2.
Salisbury and Ram recovered a break deficit to take the opening first set, winning 11 of the last 15 points, before the Italian’s levelled the scores in a second tie-break of the match. Experience told in the closing stages and once they raced to a 6-2 lead, there was only going to be one winner.
They will move on to play Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the quarter-finals, who defeated Dan Evans and Ben Shelton in the second round.
Murray and Venus duo proved clinical in the big moments, saving 11 of the 13 break points they faced throughout the match, before wracking up nine consecutive points at the start of the match tie-break to see out the win.
Next up – Madrid Open champions Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev in round two.
Cam Norrie is through to the fourth round at the Italian Open for the first time in his career, thanks to a strong 6-2, 7-6(4) win over world No.92 Marton Fucsovics.
The British No.1 moves on to face top seed and 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the quarter-finals.
With the slower clay conditions playing into Norrie’s hand against the hard-hitting Hungarian, it wasn’t long before he made his advantage count, taking a 3-1 lead on his fourth break point. As the unforced errors began to rise for Fucsovics, Norrie’s dominance on serve and aggressive style started to tell, with the Brit dropping just three points off his first serve in the opening set.
Having taken another break to clinch a 1-0 lead, the world No.13 stepped his foot on the gas, barely setting a foot wrong as he raced to a 5-1 lead.
However, closing out the match was another matter. An uncharacteristic poor service game followed by three missed match points on the Hungarian’s serve gave Fucsovics a lifeline back into the contest when it had seemed all but done. A fourth and fifth match point came and went, with nerves seeming to kick in and soon enough they were back at 5-5.
Fucsovics seemed to have the upper hand when a poor bounce off the baseline gave him a 3-1 lead in the tie-break, but the ever-resilient Norrie saved his best until last. Having clawed his way back into the breaker, the Brit conjured a pair of stunning backhand winners before the Hungarian sent the ball flying beyond the baseline to wrap up an important victory.
Salisbury and Rajeev Ram got back to winning ways against Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni with a 6-3, 6-2 victory, setting up a clash with Andrea Pellegrino and Andrea Vavassori.
Top seeds Skupski and Wesley Koolhof had to come back from losing a first set tie-break to knock out Matwe Middelkoop and Andreas Mies 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-4. Next up for the world No.1s will be Italian duo Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
Meanwhile, Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara bowed out to Mackenzie McDonald and Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 11-9.
Dan Evans has bowed out of the Italian Open after a three-set epic, whilst Lloyd Glasspool prevailed to move on to the next round in the men's doubles with Neal Skupski, Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray all set to play in Saturday's evening action.
Evans' bad luck at the Italian Open continued, after the Brit was beaten by Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena, 7-6,(5), 5-7, 6-4 in three hours and 48 minutes.
Despite the rainy conditions, the Brit got off to a flying start - storming ahead to a 5-2 lead with the opportunity to serve for the set, but a late momentum shift saw the Spaniard rally to a 6-5 lead and eventually come out on top in the first set tie-break.
Although the British No.2 got things back to level terms after clinching the second set, it was Evans' nerve that waivered first in the decider with a double fault on match point gifting the win to Carballes Baena.
Meanwhile in the doubles draw, Glasspool and Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara came through a tough opening match against Nathaniel Lammons and John Peers 7-6(2), 2-6, (10-6).
They will now go on to face all-American duo Frances Tiafoe and Mackenzie McDonald in the next round.
British No.1 Cam Norrie is through to the third round of the Italian Open, after outfoxing France's Alexandre Muller 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes.
The world No.13 hit the ground running to take a crucial 4-2 lead before finding a second consecutive break on the Frenchman's serve to clinch the opening set.
Despite Muller tightening up on his serve percentage in the second set and keeping the Brit at bay, Norrie found the key breakthrough he needed to push ahead to a 5-3 lead before serving it out for the match and clinching the victory.
Dan Evans' Italian Open got off to an emphatic start after a dominating win in the men's doubles draw alongside rising star, Ben Shelton.
Evans and Shelton were quick off the block, breaking the Italian duo's serve on the opening game of the first set. The British, American duo remained strong behind their serve, winning a remarkable 94% of points on their first serve to edge the lead.
The second set was a similar story, as Evans and Shelton raced to a 4-0 lead and ultimately clinched the match win 6-4, 6-2 on their first doubles appearance together.
Evans is now set to face Roberto Caraballes Baena in the men's singles draw on Saturday 13 May.
Kyle Edmund kicked off the British action at the Italian Open, but lost out to France's Alexandre Muller 6-1, 6-3.
Despite putting up a fight, the Frenchman proved too strong for Edmund today, finding an early break in the first set, to carry the momentum and eventually wrap up the match in an hour and three minutes.
Meanwhile Murray faced a compelling three-set battle against Fabio Fognini, which ended in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat for the Brit.
Despite dropping the first set, Murray showed the fighting spirit that we've become so accustomed to seeing, as he dug deep to race ahead to a 4-0 lead in the second.
Although it seemed like the Brit had complete control in the match, a late shift in momentum for the Italian, saw him claw two breaks back before Murray sealed the second to set to level the scoreboard.
However, it was Fognini who had the edge in the decisive set - finding an early break on Murray's serve to get the better of the Brit and seal the match win on home soil.