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Russians sweep Brits away

Had the evening session in Rotterdam been a team event between Russia and Britain, the results would have provided the former with an unassailable lead with the doubles being abandoned.

Bad day for Medvedev and Zverev

It was quite an afternoon session in Rotterdam when two highly rated players were eliminated from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in their opening round matches.

Schwartzman hopes to end Argentine drought

The South American clay court circuit having moved from Cordoba to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where no home player has won in the past 13 years, saw six of the local nine competing in this year’s field, make first round exits.

Garcia and Mladenovic open Lyon campaigns

The tricolour of France flew brightly as Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic bounced back from early exits in Australia to advance to the second round of the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Tuesday.

Keys, Pegula and Jabeur make R2 in Doha

Two Americans advanced at the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday, Madison Keys, who upset No 6 seed Belinda Bencic, and Jessica Pegula, with an impressive win over Qiang Wang, while Ons Jabeur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got past qualifiers to also reach the second round.

Tsitsipas gets off the mark

With the reigning Rotterdam champion of the past two years, Gael Monfils, absent and only two other former title holders in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament’s field, the race to lift the trophy this year is on.

Tauson takes out top seed in Lyon

Denmark’s former junior World No 1 Clara Tauson took out Ekaterina Alexandrova, the top seed, at the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Monday, 6-3 6-4, in 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Brady and Bertens beaten in Doha, as Azarenka, Muguruza and Kerber advance

On a cloudy day in Doha, Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady was knocked out in the first round of the Qatar Total Open by Anett Kontaveit, while Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber all won their opening-round matches.

Norrie and Murray win their Rotterdam openers

The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, an ATP 500 event, got underway on Monday with a schedule of just four singles matches, two of which involved British players.

Original 9 and Lleyton Hewitt to enter ITHOF

The Original 9, who laid the groundwork for the WTA Tour, are the first group elected together to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Lleyton Hewitt and Dennis Van der Meer in the class of 2021.
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Nadal secures his 1000th tour victory

Rafa Nadal has become only the fourth player to establish a career landmark of 1000 match wins on the professional tour when he defeated Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters.

One negative thing about getting to 1,000 – is that you’re very old as it means you have to have had a very long career! Rafa Nadal

In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Nadal returned to the French capital after winning Roland Garros for the 13th time a few weeks back, took some time to get into his stride but when he did, he saw off his compatriot 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

Following the landmark victory, Nadal declared: “It’s a great achievement for me.”
He joins Jimmy Connors who leads the elite group with 1,274 wins who is followed by Roger Federer in second place with 1242 and Ivan Lendl.

Nadal added: “One negative thing about getting to 1,000 – is that you’re very old as it means you have to have had a very long career!

“But I’m very happy.”

His achievement was marked by a special presentation after the match which was unfortunately was played out in the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris Bercy absent of any spectators owing to the French coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The 34-year-old Nadal, who is now bidding for his first Paris Masters title takes on Jordan Thompson in the third round after the Australian beat Croatia’s Borna Coric 2-6 6-4 6-2.

Overall victory for the Spanish icon from Mallorca, would see him equal Djokovic’s current record of 36 Master titles.

In his half Andrey Rublev could well provide him with his biggest challenge if they both succeed in making the semi-finals as scheduled.

The Russian seeded five, cruised past the Moldovian Luck Loser Rudi Albot 6-1 6-2 after 58 minutes with two breaks in each set to reach the third round.

The Muscovite did not face a break point and hit 28 winners as he dominated with his serve for his 40th win of the season to make him the most successful player of the year which has also brought him five titles.

Rublev set up a third-round match against Stan Wawrinka, who came back from one set down to beat American Tommy Paulin a topsy-turvy contest 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2.

Of interest, but from a different perspective, was Alexander Zverev’s appearance on court for the first time since he confirmed he was going to be a father with a former girl-friend and was accused by a second one that he had abused her physically which he strenuously denies.

Seeded four, the German swept past Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-2 and told the media he was there to play tennis.

“I have said everything on my Instagram. There is nothing else I can add right now,” Zverev said following his win.

“I’m here. I’m here to play tennis. I mean, the relationship, as I said, has been over for a very long time.

“I’m enjoying my time on court. I have said everything. They are not true, and there is nothing more I can say right now.

“I have been doing that well the last few weeks… Since the comeback of the season, and I want to continue doing that.

“There is obviously a little bit of things going on.”

Zverev will face Adrian Mannarino in the next round the Frenchman having fought his way past Yoshihito Nishioka, a stubborn Japanese player 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3






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