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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.

ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournaments cancelled

The ATP and WTA jointly announced on Friday that the 2020 Kremlin Cup tournaments in Moscow have been cancelled by a mandate from health officials in the Russian capital, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections.
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French Open | Kvitova’s comeback

Petra Kvitova has decided to make the French Open her comeback event after six months convalescing from the horrendous knife attack she suffered last December.

So I’m happy that I can play. I actually already won my biggest fight. Petra Kvitova

The Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, initially targeted The Championships for her return, and havin made te decision to get back on track earlier, admitted she was still lacking in power and strength but was delighted she had won her ‘biggest fight’.
Kvitova suffered the knife attack on December 20, while defending herself having interrupted a burglary in her flat. She received major cuts to her fingers which required eight hours of surgery and was warned by her doctors that she might never play tennis again,
She has proved them wrong and having practiced at Roland Garros made the decision ahead of schedule.
“No, I knew this day would come. I’m really happy that really here, the dream comes true,” she beamed at a press conference announcing her return.
“I’m here in the draw and I’m playing tennis again, and was a difficult time for me, of course.
“I know that my hand, it’s not perfectly ready. It’s still not 100 per cent ready, so we will see how everything goes, but I’m happy that I am able to play again.”
Her attacker is still being sought so she wouls not answer questions about the incident.
“Not many people believe that I can play tennis again,” she continied. “So I’m happy that I can play. I actually already won my biggest fight. I’m happy that I like challenges. That was one of the biggest, of course.
“So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw.
“Of course the hand doesn’t have that power and the strength yet, but I’m working on it. Hopefully one day will be everything perfect. But we never know still.”
Seeded 15th, Kvitova plays Julia Boserup in the first round.






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