The Lion is the UTS2 king

Alexander ‘The Lion’ Zverev needed Sudden Death to beat Felix ‘The Panther’ Auger-Aliassime and become king of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown jungle on Sunday.

WTA Tour resumes in Palermo

The 31st Ladies Open Palermo kicks off in Sicily on Monday, marking the resumption of the WTA Tour after five months suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic and the exhibition events that have peppered the calendar since March wrapped up at the weekend.

The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

New York Empire win World TeamTennis 2020

New York Empire defeated Chicago Smash, 21-20 in a supertiebreaker, to win the 2020 World Team Tennis season in a nail-biting finish at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort on Sunday, and hoist the King Trophy for the first time.

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New York upset Philadelphia to meet Chicago in WTT Final

The two top seeds failed to make the final of World TeamTennis on Saturday at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia after the New York Empire upset favourites Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-18, and Chicago Smash took out Orlando Storm, 24-13.

Race to the line

Jamie Murray, the man behind the Battle of the Brit events, will be delighted that his team event has reached the final day with both teams sharing the points and the finishing line of 60, just ten matches away

US Open to go ahead

The USTA has confirmed that the US Open will go ahead as planned, alongside the Western & Southern Open tune-up event the week before, both with strict protocols in place.

Player tests positive at Palermo

The WTA’s woes continue as news broke of a player testing positive for coronavirus at the Palermo Open follows hot on the heels of the cancellation of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Watson and Edmund are Friday’s standout players

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ATP Cup | Djokovic recovers to lead team into semis

On paper Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, were always viewed as a shoe-in for a place in the last four of the ATP Cup especially after Dusan Lajovic secured the opening rubber leaving the world number two to mop up the second against the Canadians in Sydney.

It was so close it could have gone a different way easily. Novak Djokovic

They eventually secured their expected victory but note before Denis Shapovalov gave Djokovic a bit of a fright before the Serbian clinched it 4-6 6-1 7-6(4) to inflict his fifth win over the 20-year-old in as many matches.

It was extremely close and reaffirmed the hype surrounding the young Canadian is one of the young guns who will be a major player in the near future.

On this occasion though it was Djokovic who emerged the victor but he readily admitted it had not been easy.

“This was the closest match I have ever played against Denis,” Djokovic said after the match. “It was so close it could have gone a different way easily.

“He was playing some terrific tennis and I want to give a huge round of applause and credit to him. Well done.”

The Serbian, who has always felt at home in Australia, knew he was in a battle early and had to fight hard to hang n to his serve while Shapovalov swung the ball around with relative ease.

The Canadian, ranked fourteen in the world, eventually got a break and pocketed the opening set and looked on the verge of claiming another break early in the second as everyone looked on in surprise at a possible upset.

Djokovic, however, prevented that second break with an accurate lob and then against the run of play, managed to break his opponent for the first time to the delight of the huge Serbian section of the crowd leading to him commenting after his victory: “It felt, not a little bit, fully like I’m playing at home!”

“I mean, Brisbane (where they played their group matches) we had amazing support – but this has taken it to a different level,” he added. “All the Serbian people came out today.”

Having levelled the rubber, the two combatants settled into the deciding set with the leftie Shapovalov resorting to moving his opponent about the court with angled play.

After some late third set drama with the pair exchanging breaks, the match inevitably entered into a deciding tiebreak where Djokovic kept his composure making Shapovalov force the play.

Earlier Dusan Lajovic’s had beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2, and with Nikola Cacic and Viktor Troicki defeating Adil Shamasdin and Peter Polansky in the doubles 6-3 6-2 Serbia went through into the semis 3-0 and will face Russia for a place in the final.

That clash will see Djokovic face world No 5 Daniil Medvedev, a player who has beaten the Serbian in their last two meetings.



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