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Djokovic and Schwartzman with plenty to play for

Novak Djokovic likes records and he is on the verge of winning his 36th Masters 1000 title if he is successful in the final of the Italian Open at the Foro Italica today, to edge him one ahead of Rada Nadal.

Top seeds Halep and Plíšková to meet in Rome Final

For the first time since 2016, the top two seeds in a WTA tournament will contest the final of of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia after both Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková came through their respective semi-finals with wins over Garbiñe Muguruza and Marketa...

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Nadal not obsessed with records

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Musetti continues his Roman run

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Auckland | Corrie through to last eight; Isner and Ferrer out

British number two Cameron Norrie reached the ASB Classic quarter-finals after 95-minutes with a straight-set victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa in Auckland.

“I really wanted to get the win on him. I knew I could Taylor Fritz

World number 93 Norrie saved all the six points he faced as he beat the player ranked 49 places above him to record a satisfying 7-6(4) 6-4 win.

He will face next the 50th-ranked Taylor Fritz in the last eight after the American stunned top seed John Isner 7-6(3) 7-6(5).

The big-serving Isner, ranked 10th in the world, fired 26 aces but struggled on his second serve as Fritz took full advantage to edge the match in an hour and 39 minutes.

“I really wanted to get the win on him. I knew I could,” said Fritz. “We had a lot of close points and it just feels really good to get through that,” Fritz said.

The 21-year-old converted one out of three break points and saved three on his serve.

“I like to think that one of my strengths is playing under pressure and playing the big moments well,” Fritz added.

“More often than not, the matches I lose, that’s where I get let down. So I’m happy to start the year … playing well under pressure and handling those big moments well.”

Meanwhile David Ferrer, a four time Classic champion who is playing Auckland for the last time as he intends to retire in a few months time, was forced to retire from his second round match with Pablo Carreno Busta with a calf injury after just two games.

 

 

 






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  1. Maureen Taylor

    Cam you really are growing into thus career 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  2. Nicola Letham

    Brilliant work n against a very tricky opponent!

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