Musetti continues his Roman run

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ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournaments cancelled

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Osaka withdraws from Paris, fans reduced

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On the day of the Bagel 

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Battling mental health issues to return to the court

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Fans to return in Paris

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Fed Cup rebrands as the Billie Jean King Cup

Tying in with the 50th Anniversary of the Fed Cup, the women’s team competition has been re-named the Billie Jean King Cup by the ITF, it was announced at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Halep and Plíšková start Rome campaigns

Top seed Simona Halep overcame an early scare as she was broken 5 times by local wildcard Jasime Paolini in her opening match of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, but moved into the second round smoothly enough, 6-3 6-4, on Wednesday, while No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková...

Rafa and Novak back in action

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Kerber falls as Muguruza kicks on in Rome

Falling victim to the quick transition from the slick fast hard courts of the US Open to the continental clay of Rome, No 15 seed Angelique Kerber was upset by Katerina Siniakova on Tuesday in straight sets, while Garbiñe Muguruza claimed the battle of Grand Slam...
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Eastbourne | Lacko and Zverev going for their first title

The men’s Nature Valley International will be contested between Lukas Lacko, following his 6-3 6-4 defeat of Marcos Cecchinato 6-3 6-4 and Mischa Zverev, who beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(9) 6-4.

For the 30-year-old world No.94, Lacko – who scored the biggest win of his career when he beat world No.11 Schwartzman in the second round – making the final was a surprise as he expected a tougher match.

I pretty much knew what he was going to do during the match, but it wasn’t coming; he kept missing and he didn’t serve well, and I was expecting moments where he’d grow into the game Lukas Lacko

“I expected a little bit more from Cecchinato,” the Slovak said. “I didn’t see him play like he did in his first two matches.

“I pretty much knew what he was going to do during the match, but it wasn’t coming; he kept missing and he didn’t serve well, and I was expecting moments where he’d grow into the game.

“But he was missing too much today; easy shots, and my performance was solid. I saw he was struggling so I didn’t want to make any silly moves or decisions, just tried and take my chances.”

He now faces Zverev in what will be their second meeting when he will have the chance to avenge a loss to the German as bth players go for their first ever ATP title.

“It wasn’t easy to play as he was a tricky opponent,” said Zverev of his clash with Kukushkin. “[How I do tomorrow] depends who’s going to be more nervous. (Lacko) could play above his own level and play incredible tennis or not – in the final anything can happen, and hopefully I’ll go out there and not regret anything afterwards.”




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