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Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta and 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will headline this year’s Nottingham Open field, the first of the returning LTA summer grass court events.

Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...

Evans crashes out of Rome

Dan Evans excellent run on clay over the past few weeks came to an end in the first round of the Rome Masters when h suffered a very-bad tempered loss to Taylor Fritz.
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Struff leads home campaign in Munich

Jan Lennard Struff led the German campaign in Munich where he successfully negotiated his way past Slovenian Lucky Loser Andrej Martin 6-4 6-3 to reach round two of the BMW Open.

He was one of six Germans in action and required just 76-minutes to complete his straight sets win before joining the top seeded Alexander Zverev who had a bye and being joined by wild card Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.

Struff was too a 4-2 lead and despite Martin levelling at 4-4, always looked in control taking the opener two games later and breaking in the second game of the second set to go on and take the match.

Koepfer came back from one set down to beat his compatriot, three-time Munich champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 24 minutes wild card Hanfmann overcame Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-2 3-6 7-6(5).

American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald broke once in each set in his 6-4 6-4 win over 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters finalist Dusan Lajovic and will face Belarussian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, 6-1 6-2 winner over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay overcame two-time Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren of the US, 7-4(4) 0-6 6-1 to set up a second round match against 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finalist Casper Ruud from Norway.

Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan beat this year’s Miami Open quarter finalist Sebastian Korda of the US 6-1 7-6(7) after 87-minutes.

At one point, Korda dropped nine consecutive games from 1-1 in the first set but eventually rallied from 2-5 to force a tight tie-break which Galan took.

The Colombian will face the 20121 Doha champion, the fifth seed, Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili who in turn defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-2 6-3.

Basilashvili, who clinched his fourth ATP title in Qatar last month, had little difficulty as he started his bid for a fifth, converting five of his seven break point opportunities.






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