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ATP roundup: Zverev cruises to Geneva quarterfinals
ATP roundup: Zverev cruises to Geneva quarterfinals

Top-seeded German Alexander Zverev breezed through his first match at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open in Switzerland on Tuesday, downing Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-1 in just 66 minutes to reach the quarterfinals. Zverev, who had a first-round bye, was sloppy at times with six double faults

Teenager Auger-Aliassime reaches 3rd round in Lyon

LYON, France (AP) -- Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the third round of the Lyon Open with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 over John Millman of Australia on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Zverev advances, Dimitrov out at Geneva Open
Top-seeded Zverev advances, Dimitrov out at Geneva Open

GENEVA (AP) -- Top-seeded Alexander Zverev eased to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the Geneva Open on Tuesday.

Petkovic progresses at rain-soaked Nuremberg Cup
Petkovic progresses at rain-soaked Nuremberg Cup

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) -- Rain again disrupted play on the third day of the Nuremberg Cup, with home favorite Andrea Petkovic among just four players to progress from a packed first-round schedule on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event
Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event

Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.

Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event

STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.

Tennis: Barty withdraws from Strasbourg International

(Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty's French Open preparations suffered a blow on Tuesday when a right arm injury forced the Australian's withdrawal from the Strasbourg International. World number eight Barty pulled out of her opening round match against compatriot Daria Gavrilova. "I felt that it

Pain-free Murray optimistic about return to tennis
Pain-free Murray optimistic about return to tennis

Andy Murray is confident he can return to competitive tennis and has hinted at a doubles spot at Wimbledon, inspired by American doubles great Bob Bryan's return from hip surgery. The two-time Wimbledon champion, 32, in January announced plans to retire after this year's Wimbledon due to injury

Wild-card entry Tipsarevic advances at Geneva Open
Wild-card entry Tipsarevic advances at Geneva Open

Former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic used his wild-card entry to beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-5, 7-5 in the Geneva Open first round on Monday.

Murray plays down his chances of playing singles at Wimbledon
Murray plays down his chances of playing singles at Wimbledon

Former world number one Andy Murray has all but ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon this year and said he will focus on doubles when he makes his comeback from hip-resurfacing surgery. The Scot has not played since his first-round exit from the Australian Open in January, but said last month he was

Three weeks before final, qualifiers begin long road to French Open glory
Three weeks before final, qualifiers begin long road to French Open glory

Almost three weeks before the world's best fight it out for the French Open titles, hundreds of players, including grizzled veterans and teenage hopefuls, have descended on Roland Garros for qualifying. While former Grand Slam surprise packages Denis Istomin and Dustin Brown were going toe-to-toe

Wild-card entry Tipsarevic advances at Geneva Open

GENEVA (AP) -- Former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic used his wild-card entry to beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-5, 7-5 in the Geneva Open first round on Monday.

Mona Barthel progresses as rain disrupts Nuremberg Cup

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) -- Rain disrupted play at the Nuremberg Cup on Monday, with Mona Barthel the only player to progress on the second day.

Fendrich on Tennis:
Fendrich on Tennis: 'Bienvenue a Paris,' Serena Williams

Williams practiced at the French Open's redesigned main stadium on Monday - alas, Court Philippe Chatrier's retractable roof won't be ready until next year - and will want to get some more work in over the coming days, given how little she's played on clay courts lately. Forever, it

Tennis: Holder Halep shrugs off expectations ahead of French Open
Tennis: Holder Halep shrugs off expectations ahead of French Open

French Open champion Simona Halep has said won't be burdened by expectations that she can repeat last year's triumph and would rather focus on enjoying the Grand Slam which starts on Sunday. The 27-year-old Romanian enters Roland Garros as favorite for the title given the contrasting form of

Pliskova climbs to second in rankings, Williams back in top 10
Pliskova climbs to second in rankings, Williams back in top 10

Paris (AFP) - Karolina Pliskova climbed five places in the WTA rankings on Monday to second after her Italian Open triumph at the weekend, with Naomi Osaka's world number one spot now in the Czech's sights.

Provisional standings launched for inaugural ATP Cup in 2020
Provisional standings launched for inaugural ATP Cup in 2020

The ATP Cup's provisional standings were launched on Monday as countries vie to be among the 24 teams set to take part in the inaugural tournament in Australia next January. The provisional standings take into account the ATP ranking position of a country's top-ranked singles player, with Serbia

Tennis-Provisional standings launched for inaugural ATP Cup in 2020

The ATP Cup's provisional standings were launched on Monday as countries vie to be among the 24 teams set to take part in the inaugural tournament in Australia next January. The provisional standings take into account the ATP ranking position of a country's top-ranked singles player, with Serbia

Tsitsipas reaches career-high ranking ahead of French Open
Tsitsipas reaches career-high ranking ahead of French Open

Paris (AFP) - Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas reached a career-high ranking of sixth on Monday after his run to the Italian Open semi-finals last week.

'I thought my career was over after pregnancy': Azarenka

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was afraid becoming pregnant in 2016 would end her tennis career, but says she returned to the game stronger after the birth of her son. The two-times Grand Slam champion was ranked sixth in the world when she left the WTA tour in July 2016 and returned to the

Tennis-'I thought my career was over after pregnancy' - Azarenka

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was afraid becoming pregnant in 2016 would end her tennis career, but says she returned to the game stronger after the birth of her son. "I was scared, it wasn't easy," Azarenka told the BBC https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/48295797. Azarenka

Nadal can
Nadal can't wait to return to new-look Roland Garros

Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal said Sunday he can't wait to hit the clay courts of Roland Garros after claiming his first title this season and ninth Italian Open trophy. Nadal defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34rd Masters, leaving his vanquished foe

'Number one Roland Garros favourite' Nadal downs Djokovic to win ninth Rome title

Rafael Nadal defeated his greatest rival Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34rd Masters on Sunday, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as "the number one favourite for Roland Garros". World number one Djokovic, winner at the Madrid Open

Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career
Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career

Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.

WTA roundup: Pliskova conquers Konta in Rome

Pliskova, seeded fourth, broke Konta on her first service game and jumped ahead 3-0 to start the match. Konta rallied but was unable to break back in losing the first set. Konta started strong in the second set, but Pliskova eventually broke her at 3-3 and held serve the rest of the way to claim the

Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title
Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

ATP roundup: Nadal defeats Djokovic in Rome final

Rafael Nadal ended his 2019 title drought and defeated No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in Rome on Sunday to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for the ninth time. It was the second-seeded Spaniard's first trophy of the season and his record 34th ATP Masters 1000 crown, breaking a tie

Nadal beats Djokovic to win ninth Rome trophy
Nadal beats Djokovic to win ninth Rome trophy

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34rd Masters crown on Sunday. World number one Djokovic, winner at the Madrid Open last week, produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, who claimed the 81st title

Imperious Nadal fends off Djokovic to land ninth Rome title
Imperious Nadal fends off Djokovic to land ninth Rome title

Nadal got off to a flying start by whitewashing a shellshocked Djokovic in the opening set. Djokovic took the second by breaking Nadal's serve for the first time while leading 5-4, but the second seed responded in style by storming through the decisive set.

Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career

ROME (AP) -- - Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final. ''I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris,'' Pliskova said. Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals

Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career
Pliskova wins Italian Open for biggest clay title of career

Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final. ''I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris,'' Pliskova said. Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals and the

Pliskova sweeps past Konta to win Italian Open
Pliskova sweeps past Konta to win Italian Open

Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova swept past Britain's Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Italian Open on Sunday. Pliskova, the 2017 French Open semi-finalist, clinched her 13th career title, in the final major warm-up tournament on clay before Roland Garros starts on May 26. A break in each

Pliskova ends Konta run to win Italian Open
Pliskova ends Konta run to win Italian Open

The Czech world number seven did not drop a single service game as she secured the third clay title of her career and her first in Rome in one hour 25 minutes. British number one Konta claimed some big scalps on her way to the final, beating Grand Slam winners Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams as well

Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Rome title at stake
Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Rome title at stake

Novak Djokovic said he was relishing locking horns with his "greatest rival" Rafael Nadal as the pair set up the 54th clash of their careers Saturday in the Italian Open final. Djokovic battled past Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 and meets defending champion Nadal on

Djokovic, Nadal to meet in Rome final

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won Saturday to advance to the final at the Italian Open, which will be their 54th career meeting. Djokovic had a challenge in his semifinal match before defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 to reach his ninth final in Rome. "He came out with

Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Rome title at stake
Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Rome title at stake

Top seed Novak Djokovic set up a final showdown with second-ranked Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open on Saturday after battling past Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the semi-final. World number one Djokovic -- winner at the Madrid Open last weekend -- came through 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 in 2hr 31min

Konta, Pliskova reach final in Rome

Great Britain's Johanna Konta upset sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Saturday. Konta rallied after dropping the first set to stun Bertens, who was riding an eight-match winning streak. While Bertens was

Nadal downs Tsitsipas to reach 50th Masters final, Konta faces Pliskova for Rome title
Nadal downs Tsitsipas to reach 50th Masters final, Konta faces Pliskova for Rome title

Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his 50th Masters final and first on clay this season at the Italian Open on Saturday. The eight-time Rome winner had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last

Nadal gets his revenge over Tsitsipas to reach Rome final
Nadal gets his revenge over Tsitsipas to reach Rome final

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final.

Colombia's ex-Davis Cup captain suspended for taking payoffs

Colombia's former Davis Cup captain, Miguel Tobon, has been suspended for a year and fined $20,000 by the Tennis Integrity Unit for accepting payoffs in return for tournament wild-card entries. The TIU says Tobon was found guilty of ''negotiating to sell, or attempting to sell, wild cards

Nadal powers into Rome final as Konta completes comeback win in semis
Nadal powers into Rome final as Konta completes comeback win in semis

The Spaniard will meet the winner of world number one Novak Djokovic's clash with Diego Schwartzman on Sunday. Nadal avenged his defeat to the 20-year-old Greek at the same stage of the Madrid Open a week ago as he looked to be returning to form ahead of this month's French Open. The win keeps

Konta beats Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals
Konta beats Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals

ROME (AP) -- Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career.

Konta stuns Bertens to reach Italian Open final
Konta stuns Bertens to reach Italian Open final

Britain's Johanna Konta fought back from a set down to seal victory on her fourth match point against Kiki Bertens to reach the final at the Italian Open on Saturday. Konta, ranked 42, came through 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 against sixth seed Bertens, winner of the Madrid Open last week, after almost three

John Isner out of French Open with injury
John Isner out of French Open with injury

John Isner has pulled out of the French Open because of an injury, ending his streak of 24 straight Grand Slam appearances.

Rafael Nadal reaches Rome semifinals
Rafael Nadal reaches Rome semifinals

Rafael Nadal took down Fernando Verdasco at the Italian Open.

Djokovic survives scare, Nadal coasts into Rome semi-finals
Djokovic survives scare, Nadal coasts into Rome semi-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic saved two match points against former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro to advance to the semi-finals of the Italian Open in a three-set Roman thriller on Friday as defending champion Rafael Nadal swept through without dropping a set. Djokovic saved match points

Djokovic, Nadal and Konta progress to Rome semis, Osaka and Federer bow out with injury
Djokovic, Nadal and Konta progress to Rome semis, Osaka and Federer bow out with injury

World number one Osaka pulled out of her quarter-final meeting with Kiki Bertens due to a thumb injury before 37-year-old Federer announced his withdrawal because of a problem to his right leg. Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in a three-hour thriller in the final match of the day

Djokovic saves two-match points to reach Italian Open semis
Djokovic saves two-match points to reach Italian Open semis

World number one Novak Djokovic saved two match points to advance to the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday with a thrilling three-set win over former US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro. Djokovic, winner in Madrid Open last weekend, saved two match points in the second set tie-break before

Djokovic survives two match points in Rome; Nadal cruises

Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic survived two match points in a 3-hour, 4-minute thriller on Friday, and Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal cruised yet again, as both reached the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. The duo won't be joined by third-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland

Umpire-chair smashing Pliskova set for Sakkari rematch in Rome
Umpire-chair smashing Pliskova set for Sakkari rematch in Rome

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova set up a rematch with Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Italian Open on Friday, a year after the Czech player smashed the umpire's chair in a temper tantrum after losing to the Greek. Pliskova and Sakkari last met in the second round at the Foro Italico

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