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Halep hoists Italian Open trophy after Plíšková retires in final

Top-seeded Simona Halep accomplished her ambition of winning her first Italian Open title on Monday, when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury.

Novak Marches On

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic has collected his 36th Masters 1000 title and can now reflect in the knowledge that he has surpassed his rivals at that particular level of competition and set a new record.

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...

Nadal stunned by Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman pulled off the biggest upsets of the Rome Masters when he toppled the nine-time champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, a feat he achieved in straight sets!

Plíšková passes Mertens test as Vondrousova swats Svitolina

No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková took another step toward her Rome title defence on Saturday after correcting a mid-match wobble to defeat No 11 seed Elise Mertens in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals; while 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova upset two-time winner...

Muguruza stops Azarenka to meet Halep in Rome semis

Garbiñe Muguruza stopped Victoria Azarenka’s outstanding run of 14 wins in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, coming from a set and a break down to reach her third semi-final in Rome where she will meet Simona Halep, who advanced into the last 4...

Muguruza downs Konta to face Azarenka

On a day of attrition and compassion in Rome, Friday’s play at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw Johanna Konta fall to Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka comfort an injured Daria Kasatkina after a nasty tumble, and top seeds Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková...

Nadal not obsessed with records

The two tournament favourites draw closer to settling this year’s Rome Masters 1000 title as they successfully reached the last eight on opposing sides of the draw with the second seeded Rafa Nadal seemingly having the easier passage so far.

Musetti continues his Roman run

At four-all in the second set the lights went out during the Italian Open which could have disrupted the concentration of Italy’s emerging starlet, the 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who was on his way to eliminating another top player from the Rome Masters listings.
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Indian Wells | Kermode loses players’ vote

When Novak Djokovic gave his pre-tournament press conference in Indian Wells yesterday there was no doubting the topic uppermost in journalists’ minds. The ATP Council’s decision not to renew ATP President and CEO Chris Kermode’s contract at the end of 2019 brought a volley of questions.

“It’s time for us to look into new leadership,” Djokovic commented, refusing to reveal whether he personally had voted for or against the non-renewal of Kermode’s contract. When asked what attributes the incoming President would need, Novak simply stated that “the (ATP) Council is a collected group,” adding that the organisation’s governance structure was “a bit flawed,” and that “in most cases there’s a conflict of interest.”

Djokovic was also firm but diplomatic when asked whether Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had been consulted on key issues such as Kermode’s departure, stating that communication is a two-way thing, and suggesting that all ATP Tour players are free to give him their views at any time.

It was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for Novak’s position, for he is leading the ATP Council at a pivotal time in tennis history, when what he really needs to do is put all his energy into his own playing career. The introduction of the ATP Cup, and the changes to the Davis Cup, along with Kermode’s departure, all heap pressure onto the Council President’s shoulders. “It’s very challenging at times,” Novak said, and, referring to the ATP Council’s structure, which currently has three player representatives and three tournament representatives, with the President holding a casting vote: “as a group we have to address that.”

On court yesterday there were disappointing defeats for Cameron Norrie  who was ruthlessly despatched 6-3, 6-2 on his Stadium 1 debut by France’s Felix Auger Alisassime, and Heather Watson who, in partnership with Lara Arrruabarrena lost to Garbine Muguruza and Carala Suarez Navarro after leading 8-6 in the deciding match tie-break.

 

 






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