During the day today the qualification matches of both boards of the Internazionali d’Italia have concluded, while in the men there are also four first round matches, three of which have already been completed; let’s take an overview of what has happened so far.
FIRST MALE SHIFT, WELL ALIASSIME – In the first match of the main draw of Rome 2021, Félix Auger-Aliassime beat Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-4 in two hours and 47 minutes, avenging the elimination last September at the hands of the Serbian at the same stage of the competition; his balance on clay with Toni Nadal at his side is now three wins and as many defeats.
The Canadian immediately went down 2-0, but recovered quickly and no longer conceded a break point in the set, missing a first 3-2 break in his favor (two non-consecutive break points) only to find it in the eighth. game, when he used the 15-40 to go up 5-3 and close the set to zero. In the second FAA he seemed to have taken the lead, immediately moving 2-0 and earning a double break ball at 3-1 in his favor. Krajinovic, however, managed to hold on to the match, and on 4-5 he operated the counter-break (thanks also to two exchanges won by over 20 hits – in fact he prevailed for 19-10 in the exchanges above 9) before saving himself from 0-40 in the next game and to win the tie-break of a neck.
In the final set, Aliassime again went ahead by a break, but immediately recovered. The final was therefore quite frantic: FAA saved three non-consecutive break points at 3-3, and exploited inertia to climb 5-3; at the time of serving for the match, however, he trembled again (as unfortunately often happens to him), and gave the Serbian the chance to serve to get back on track before finding the decisive extension in a match in which he did more points than the opponent in each run and closed with 45 winners, 25 of which straight – both players closed in the winning balance / UFE. Diego Schwartzman, tds N.8 awaits him in the second round.
MADE HONORABLE – Nothing to do for the first blue involved in the main draw: as expected David Goffin freed himself with relative ease of Salvatore Caruso: 6-4 6-1 in 1h22 of play. The trend of the first set is absolutely anomalous with 7 breaks in the first 8 games of the match. After the first set, Goffin took an initial break also in the second which he defended in the fourth game, saving two more break points before spreading in the final …
The Belgian awaits the winner of Khachanov-Delbonis in the second round.
MEN’S FIRST ROUND BIS, FORWARD ALSO PCB AND OPELKA – Instead, the eleventh favorite of the Capitoline tournament won in comeback, namely Pablo Carreño Busta, in turn executioner of a Serbian tennis player, Laslo Djere – the final score was 4-6 6-3 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes. In the first set the Iberian went immediately behind, and, while managing to avoid the double break in the third game, he never had a chance in response, going to the advantage only once and scoring just six points without break points – 78 percent first in the field with the 86 conversion for Djere.
At the beginning of the second, PCB risked sinking permanently, saving himself from 15-40, but then turned the match in the sixth: after having missed two consecutive break points, the semifinalist of the last US Open left. get three more before you manage to climb 4-2. From then on he was always in control, conceding only eight points to serve (25/27 with the first in the last two sets) and running immediately ahead in the third set, where he managed to snatch Djere’s serve three more times. As in the previous game, the quality was high, if we consider that the two combined for just 13 unforced errors compared to 35 winners and an abundantly positive balance for both. PCB is now waiting for the winner of Fognini-Nishikori.
Definitely more linear, finally, the success of Reilly Opelka, who eliminated Richard Gasquet 6-1 7-5 in 67 minutes, obtaining his first win of the season against a player classified in the top 200. The American was as usual dominant serving, serving 18 aces and scoring 79 percent of the points with the former – just think that his second was on average 11km / h faster than his opponent’s first. Opelka made the void right from the start, winning 12 points in a row for the initial 3-0, and had only a small defect on the 5-1 of the opening run, when he conceded the only break point of the match . In the second the two were very close, but the American was good at exploiting the only opportunity he had at 5-5; in the second round he will find either Hubert Hurkacz or Lorenzo Musetti.
MEN’S QUALIFICATIONS – Marco Cecchinato and Raul Brancaccio’s race stopped a step away from the main draw, beaten respectively by Cameron Norrie (tds N.1) and Roberto Carballes Baena.
The first came out in three sets (6-4 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes) while winning one point more than his opponent (90-89): after recovering a break in the first set, Cecchinato he again lost the serve for the 4-3 Norrie and was unable to use the 0-40 in the next game to equalize, and after winning the second set he chased for most of the third, suffering the break in the third game and not managing to take advantage of the return opportunities presented in the fourth and eighth.
Brancaccio, on the other hand, was defeated 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 52 minutes. In the first set, the wildcard used all three break points they had, but failed to defend the initial 3-1, holding the serve in just two out of six circumstances. In the second, however, Brancaccio immediately went down 2-0 without ever coming close to a comeback – only one game on Carballes’ serve went to the advantage. The hopes of a repechage have already vanished, given the position of lucky loser generated by the forfeit of Casper Ruud has been assigned to Aljaz Bedene.
These are the other matches:
 A. Davidovich Fokina b.  C. Moutet 6-4 7-6 (5)
 T. Paul b.  T. Monteiro 7-5 4-6 7-6 (4)
 F. Delbonis b.  F. Tiafoe 5-7 6-4 4-2 retirement
H. Dellien b.  A. Size 6-2 6-1
K. Majchrzak b  Y. Nishioka 6-3 6-1
The men’s draw of Rome with all the updated results