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

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Roman Shorts…

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Zverev comes back to win second Madrid Masters

Alexander Zverev couldn’t have hoped for a better stay in the Spanish capital as he departs for Rome and the next stage on the ATP calendar with the Mutua Madrid Nasters trophy safely tucked into his racket bag.

Zverev avenges NY defeat

Having ended the local favourite’s title hopes in the previous round, Alexander Zverev took another firm step towards his second title at the Spanish capital when he reached the Mutua Madrid Masters final by defeating Dominic Thiem, the Austrian who stopped him...

Women’s Preview: Top players line-up in Rome

The WTA Tour hot-foots it from Madrid to Rome for Internazionali BNL d'Italia, which starts on Monday where the defending champion is Simona Halep and players will be making their last-minute preparations for the season’s second Grand Slam, at Roland Garros.

Sabalenka steals Madrid show with Barty win

Aryna Sabalenka stopped Ash Barty’s run to claim the Mutua Madrid Open title on Saturday, 6-0 3-6 6-4, and, in so doing, avenged this year’s three-set losses to the Australian in the Miami Open quarter-finals and the recent Stuttgart final.

Barty to meet Sabalenka in Madrid final

The Mutua Madrid Open women's final is much-anticipated, pitching Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka for their second consecutive trophy match as the two hottest clay court players on the WTA Tour at the moment.
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Wawrinka removes Rublev from the Paris field

Stan Wawrinka brought Andrey Rublev’s successful 11-match run to an end by defeating the Russian fifth seed 1-6 6-4 6-3 to make the quarter-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters and record his best post Covid-lockdown result.

I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me. It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well Stan Wawrinka

Rublev, who qualified for the ATP Finals at the O2 by winning the Amsterdam title last week, started well by storming through the opening set only for the Swiss three-time grand slam champion to recover thanks to his powerful game and greater experience.

“I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me,” Wawrinka admitted. “It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well.

“I was still believing that I could change something in my game and play a little bit better.”

Wawrinka progresses to a Friday meeting with Alexander Zverev who edged past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6(11) 6-7(7) 6-4, taken to three sets when he failed to convert a match point in the second and be forced into a decider.

“It’s going to be a tough one, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who has lost all three of his previous encounters with the German seeded four. “I lost to him in the Australian Open. Lost a few times to him already in the past. He’s a tough player for me to play, so it’s going to be interesting. I watched him a little bit tonight. He played also a long match. Hopefully I can deliver a great match tomorrow night.”

Zverev, the world number 7 and runner-up at this year’s US Open has other things on his mind which might prove distracting for his efforts on court.

Having confirmed that he is to be a father by a former girlfriend and then denied allegations of abuse to a second former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova, who has gone public in Racquet Magazine with more allegations of that nature, expanding on them and describing other incidents which including a punch in the face.

Meanwhile Rafa Nadal continues to add to his career wins with a 6-1 7-6(3) victory over Australian Jordan Thompson.

“I think I played a good first set. A lot of good shots, good winners, serving well. And then in the second, was not able to find a way to the break,” Nadal said of his 1001st victory.

“He started to serve very well, I think, and I missed a couple of returns that I could do better; I should do better.”

Nadal will meet his countryman Pablo Carreno Busta who remains in contention for that remaining place at the O2 following his 7-5 6-2 victory over the Slovak qualifier, Norbert Gombos.

“I need to be ready to play my best against an opponent that I know is playing well and with confidence,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready to play my game well because that’s what I’m going to need.”

Frenchman Ugo Humbert kept up his own winning streak with his 8th win, this time upsetting Marin Cilic 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 but could well find his hands full when he takes on a bigger hitter in Canada’s Milos Raonic, a 7-6(1) 6-1 winner over American qualifier Marcos Giron.

Finally, an intriguing match for Diego Schwartzman, the diminutive Argentine who is currently in the eighth and final place for the O2. To cement himself in that slot he needs to reach the semi-finals but needs to clear a big hurdle in the shape of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

The sixth seeded South American looks in good form recovering well to defeat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-1 while Medvedev, seeded three, eventually eased past Aussie Alex De Minaur 5-7 6-2 6-2.



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