After UTS Day 2: Tsitsipas and Berrettini start strong as well as surprising Popyrin

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Here are highlights, upsets, quotes, results, standings and schedule after Ultimate Tennis Showdown Day 2. World No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and World No 8 Matteo Berrettini assumed their ATP rankings. Rising star Alexei Popyrin also went two for two during the first weekend.

The leader after UTS Week 1

Matteo Berrettini, Alexei Popyrin and Stefanos Tsitsipas are leading the UTS ranking after Day 2 as they each won their two opening games. The Hammer is ranked first having won the most sets and having a better point ratio than the Sniper, ranked 2nd. The Greek God holds the third spot.

The UTS Day 2 Thriller

Stefanos Tsitsipas v Richard Gasquet

The final match of a drama-packed second day of Ultimate Tennis Showdown produced an absolute thriller, as The Greek God Stefanos Tsitsipas edged out The Virtuoso Richard Gasquet after sudden-death. For the first time, the sudden-death went on and proved so entertaining. It was a very tactical match from the outset. Both players played high-quality tennis and as expected we saw some outrageously good backhands.

The UTS Day 2 outsider

On his second and last UTS match, Dominic Thiem’s alternate Elliot Benchetrit proved he was a worthy underdog. He defeated fellow countryman Lucas Pouille in sudden death after a solid performance.

Elliot Benchetrit, UTS 2020

Play the rules

On Day 2, “Winners count 3” UTS card paid handsome dividends five times, as players scored 6 points in 2 delivering two winners in a row. It helped them all to win the quarter.

  • At 4-4 in the first quarter, Dustin Brown hit an ace and an exquisite retro volley to move up to 10-4, which definitely helped him to secure the quarter against Benoit Paire.
  • Matteo Berrettini smashed an ace and a drop shot winner at 14-8 in the second quarter to build up his lead to 20-14 over David Goffin and prevail.
  • At 8-8 in the third quarter, Matteo Berrettini came up with a brilliant passing shot and an ace, to lead 14-8 and win the quarter 18-9.
  • Feliciano Lopez fired two aces to lead 14-10 from 8-10 down to Alexei Popyrin in the second quarter. He then went on winning it.

The quote

Do you have something to drink for me to celebrate it?”, told Benoit Paire to the commentators after he finally scored his first “x3” winner.

The results

The rankings

Weekend 2 schedule

DAY 3 – June, 21

DAY SESSION

  • 4 pm CET: Corentin Moutet “The Tornado vs Benoit Paire “The Rebel”
  • 5.15 pm CET:Alexei Popyrin “The Sniper” vs David Goffin “The Wall”
  • 6.30 pm CET: Dustin Brown “The Artist” vs Stefanos Tsitsipas “The Greek God”

NIGHT SESSION 

  • 9 pm CET: Feliciano Lopez “The Torero” vs Matteo Berrettini “The Hammer”
  • 10.15 pm CET: Dominic Thiem “Domi” vs Richard Gasquet “The Virtuoso”

Thiem - US Open

DAY 4 – June, 20

DAY SESSION

  • 4 pm CET: Dustin Brown “The Artist” vs Richard Gasquet “The Virtuoso”
  • 5.15 pm CET: Feliciano Lopez “The Torero” vs David Goffin “The Wall”
  • 6.30 pm CET: Alexei Popyrin “The Sniper” vs Lucas Pouille “The French flair”

NIGHT SESSION 

  • 9 pm CET: Dominic Thiem “Domi” vs Stefanos Tsitsipas “The Greek God”
  • 10.15 pm CET: Benoit Paire “The Rebel” vs Matteo Berrettini “The Hammer”

 

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