Tennis news today: Emma Raducana, Bianca Andreescu set for a 1st-round showdown at the Italian Open, Daniil Medvedev to make his comeback in Geneva | 7 May 2022

Emma Raducanu (L) and Daniil Medvedev.
Emma Raducanu (L) and Daniil Medvedev.

The 2022 Italian Open draws are out and there are some unbelievable first-round matches to look forward to. US Open champions Emma Raducanu and Bianca Andreescu will face each other in the first round in a highly anticipated contest.

Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev, who has been on the sidelines since undergoing hernia surgery, is set to return at the Geneva Open.

Andy Murray, who had to pull out of his third-round match against Novak Djokovic in Madrid due to illness, still hasn't recovered and has withdrawn from the Italian Open.

Carlos Alcaraz scored a big win at the Madrid Open against Rafael Nadal to advance to the semifinals. He will take on Novak Djokovic in the last four. Defending champion Alexander Zverev also made it to the last four. Here's a round-up of the day's headlines:

Emma Raducanu and Bianca Andreescu set for a first-round clash at the Italian Open

Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu and former New York queen Bianca Andreescu will square off in a blockbuster first-round contest at the Italian Open. The winner could face Naomi Osaka in the second round, provided the Japanese gets past Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Main draw in Rome, where Iga Swiatek and Paula Badosa are the top seeds.1R: Emma Raducanu vs. Bianca Andreescu. Winner will face either Naomi Osaka or Sara Sorribes Tormo in 2R. #IBI22

Coco Gauff will lock horns with three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the first round.

Simona Halep is set for a rematch with Alize Cornet, who knocked her out of the Australian Open in a tight encounter this year.

US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez will take on 2021 Roland Garros finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in another exciting opening-round encounter.

Daniil Medvedev to compete at the Geneva Open following hernia surgery

Former World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev underwent hernia surgery after the Miami Open. Having missed most of the claycourt season so far, Medvedev will look to gain some match practice in Geneva ahead of the French Open.

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Andy Murray to miss the Italian Open

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray unfortunately had to withdraw due to stomach illness prior to his highly-anticipated third-round match against Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open. He defeated Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov to set up the encounter against the World No. 1, but withdrew a few hours before their match.

The Brit still hasn't recovered and has decided to skip the Italian Open as well.

Murray was originally set to skip the entire clay season, but accepted a wildcard to compete in Madrid due to a number of Challenger events being canceled.

Carlos Alcaraz defeats idol Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz scored one of the biggest wins of his career as he defeated his idol Rafael Nadal 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open on Friday. This was his first win over the 21-time Grand Slam champion, having previously lost both of their encounters.

The teenager will take on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in their first encounter on the ATP tour.

Alexander Zverev continues his title defense at the Madrid Open

Having lost his opening-round match at the BMW Open, there were concerns over Alexander Zverev's form and ability to defend his Madrid Open title.

He looked to be in trouble against Marin Cilic in his second-round match, but won in three sets. He then won the first set against Lorenzo Musetti before the Italian had to retire due to injury.

Zverev defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets to reach the semifinals, where he'll square off against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek defeated the German en route to his second Monte-Carlo Masters title a few weeks ago and will be the favorite heading into the match.

Edited by Keshav Gopalan


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