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Nadal avenges Madrid loss

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Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

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Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...
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A disgruntled Zverev opens his Mexican challenge

Not much action on the opening day of ‘Abierto Mexicano Telcel Presentado por HSBC’ tournament in Acapulco with just six matches completed, amongst them the second seed Alexander Zverev who made light work of the Spanish wild card Carlos Alcaraz

I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings. I have played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final; right now the system is a mess Alexander Zverev

The German showed his superiority on the 17-year-old to storm through 6-3 6-1 who put up some strong resistance in the opening games in what was the youngsters first test against a top ten player.

At 3-3 Zverev made the pivotal break and quickly pocketed the opening set and then claimed the 9 of the last 10 games to secure his place in round two.

The German will meet Laslo Djere for a place in the quarter-finals after the Serbian posted a 6-2 6-3 victory over American Steve Johnson.

While no doubt happy with his performance, Zverev was not happy with the frozen ranking system which sees him, an active player since the end of the tour suspension, still ranked around the seven mark while Roger Feder who hasn’t played for 14 months until last week, is ranked a place higher than him.

“I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings.

“I have played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final; right now the system is a mess,” a disgruntled Zverev pointed out via We Are Tennis.

In other action in Acapulco, American Sebastian Korda made an impressive start to oust Croatian Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 and will face another big hitter in the next round, his compatriot John Isner who cruised past Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-4 6-3.

Finally to complete the opening days play, Germany’s Dominik Koepfer took out the Mexican wildcard Gerando Lopez Villasenor 6-4 6-2.



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