Report: Next Gen ATP Finals Day Two

Day two of the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan got off to an amazing start with a roller-coaster of a match between Casper Ruud and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.  

With the first two sets being split between them, both on a tiebreak, the match came to life in the third set. Many thought Davidovich Fokina would have to retire from the match after he fell and hurt his knee. After a lengthy medical timeout, he hobbled back to the baseline and looked very uncomfortable when serving and moving around.  

However, adrenaline is a remarkable thing. Despite his injury, the Spaniard was hitting winners from all over the court with Ruud unable to respond. Ruud hung on to take the third set but after trading breaks, Davidovich Fokina took the fourth on a tie break to take the match to a deciding set. Ruud broke serve in the first game of the fifth set on his way to winning it 4-1 and winning the match despite and excellent fight from Davidovich Fokina. The final score: 3-4 4-3 4-2 3-4 4-1.   

Then it was the two winners from day one, Alex De Minaur and Miomir Kecmanovic playing to decide who would top the group. The Australian number one seed was back to form after his slight wobble on day one. Despite Kecmanovic putting up a good fight, De Minaur won 4-1 4-3 1-4 4-0 to stay top of group A at the end of day two.  

It was the turn of group B in the evening session again with Francis Tiafoe and Ugo Humbert trying to get their first win of the event. It was Tiafoe who was able to come up with the big shots in a game which saw excellent play from both players. At the end of the match, Tiafoe was visibly overjoyed with his win with the final score 4-2 4-3 3-4 4-1.  

Fan favourite Jannick Sinner was the first person to reach the semi-final after he demolished Mikael Ymer. The 18-year-old was far too good throughout the match, hitting winners with incredible accuracy on a regular basis. The final score: 4-0 4-2 4-1.  

Sub-edited by Matthew Watkinson

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