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.

Osaka withdraws from Paris, fans reduced

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
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Rotterdam | Evans clears first hurdle

Following his disappointing Australian Open, Dan Evans got back into winning ways with an impressive 6-3 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber, the veteran and experienced German, to reach the second round at Rotterdam.

The court was quicker than I thought it was going to be, but it suits my game and I am happy to go through Dan Evans

Evans, the British No.1 who is still searching for a clothes sponsor, broke the 36-year-old Kitzbuhel resident, once in each set, struck eight aces and made only 11 unforced errors in the 76-minute match.

Evans, 29, will face either Karen Khachanov of the fifth seeded Fabio Fognini in round two.

“I served really well,” said Evans. “The court was quicker than I thought it was going to be, but it suits my game and I am happy to go through.”

In other first round action, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov took out the eighth seed Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-6(3) with the world No.22 revealing that he hadn’t hit his best form to reach round two and a possible meeting with another Canadian youngster, Felix Auger Alissime or Gremany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

“There was not a lot of rhythm” Dimitrov said after the match. ‘There were not too many rallies, but I was able to stay in control.



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