Jaume Munar Defeats Fabio Fognini to Advance to the Argentina Open Quarterfinals

Jaume Munaris making his mark in Argentina…

The 21-year-old Spanish tennis player defeated No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini at the Argentina Open 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday in the round of 16.

Jaume Munar

Fognini’s compatriot, third-seeded Marco Cecchinato, had better luck and won his tie with Chile’s Christian Garin 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Cecchinato will play Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard advanced after a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.

In an all-Argentine game, Guido Pella beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5).

Pella will face Spain’s Munar in the next round of the clay court tournament.

No. 1 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will play his first match in the Argentina Open on Thursday against Germany’s Maximilian Marterer.

Alex de Minaur Advances to the Finals of the Next Gen ATP Finals

Alex de Minaur is one win away…

The 19-year-old Spanish & Uruguyan-Australian tennis player, the youngest player at the Next Gen ATP Finals, has advanced to the finals of the tournament.

Alex de Minaur

de Minaur, ranked No. 31 in the world, ousted the No. 7 seed Jaume Munar of Spain 3-4, 4-1, 4-1 3-4, 4-2 in two hours for the place in the title match, where he’ll face Stefanos Tsitsipas.

It’s his fourth win this week in Milan.

de Minaurwas the better player on the court, playing with aggression and keeping the points on his racquet, despite missing several chances to finish the match earlier.

He served at 72% and had 10 aces, saving all five break points he faced to keep the pressure on Munar, who gave his best to stay in touch with the better-ranked rival and reach the fifth set, defending 13 out of 17 break points he faced and saving the first five match points he had to play against.

de Minaur blasted fire from his forehand to hit 43 winners and 20 unforced errors, while Munar stayed on 19 winners and 24 errors, missing too many forehands and losing the edge in the shortest points where de Minaurmade the crucial difference.

Alex de Minaur Rolls Into the Next Gen ATP Finals Semifinals

Alex de Minaur is on a roll…

The 19-year-old Spanish & Uruguyan-Australian tennis player, the youngest player at the Next Gen ATP Finals, has stormed into the semifinals undefeated after securing a straight sets win over Taylor Fritz in Milan Thursday.

Alex de Minaur

de Minaur, the tournament’s No.2 seed, overcame Fritz, ranked No. 47 in the ATP rankings, 4-3(8), 4-1, 4-2 to secure his spot in the semifinals on Friday.

He’ll now face Jaume Munar after the Spaniard defeated Frances Tiafoe 4-1, 4-3(3), 4-1 to finish second in Group A.

Topping the group was Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, after he overcame Hubert Hurkacz 4-1, 4-3(3), 4-1.

Tsitsipas will face the runner up of Group B, Andrey Rublev, after the Russian defeated Liam Caruana in straight sets.