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Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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Zverev foils Djokovic’s Golden dream

Alexander Zverev might just have finally signalled a changing of the guard when he ended Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming the first male in the Open era of winning a Calendar Golden Slam by defeating him in the last four of the Tokyo Olympic singles.

It seemed it was impossible to beat him at this event, so I'm very happy right now, but yet there's still one match to go Alexander Zverev

Zverev stunned Djokovic 1-6 6-3 6-1 to secure a gold-medal decider against Karen Khachanov who saw off Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-3 in the other semi-final.

It left his Serbian superstar opponent, whom the German considers the greatest player of all time, striving for singles bronze against Busta and, in the autumn, aiming to seal his fourth major of the year at the US Open for a calendar Grand Slam of the four majors. It also leaves Steffi Graf as the only player to achieve four Slams and a Games crown in the same year since the sport allowed in professionals.

Zverev beat Djokovic, who, along with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, have dominated men’s tennis for a large chunk of this century, in the 2018 ATP World Tour final at the O2.

And it was then thought the German was set to break up the exclusive club with the Big Three its lone members.

But Zverev, now 24, is still searching for his first Slam crown, only making one major final appearance when losing to Dominic Thiem in the US Open final last year.

Yet overcoming the world No.1 on a big stage again and making the Games final could mark the moment for him to muscle in on Djokovic and Co and loosen their grip on the game.

Big-serving Zverev, 6ft.6in, hinted as much as he walked tall to come back from a set and a break down against the Serb, winning ten of the last 11games, and clinch his date with Khachanov on a humid evening.

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Alexander Zverev can't quite believe he has made the Olympic final

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he German fourth seed said: “”I know that he was chasing history, but in these kind of moments, me and Novak are very close.

“I feel sorry for Novak, but he’s won 20 Grand Slams, 550 Masters series or whatever. You can’t have everything.

“Of course I am happy that I’ve won, but in the end of the day I also know how he feels.

“I told Novak he is the greatest player of all time. I am 99 per cent sure that he will win the most Grand Slams, the most Masters 1000.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you’re going to bring a medal back home.

“It seemed it was impossible to beat him at this event, so I’m very happy right now, but yet there’s still one match to go.”

It has been suggested Djokovic might have regretted also competing in the mixed doubles in Japan.
Serbian Olympic team coach Viktor Troicki said before the semi-final against Zverev: “I was against it. The whole team was against it. Everyone was thinking about the singles. It was just him. He wanted to play. I thought he had enough of tennis the last months. Really, he played so much”.

The debuting Khachanov, the 12th seed, fired ten aces and won 92 per cent of his first-serves to bust Busta in 80 minutes.

The 25-year-old representing the Russian Olympic Committee, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist, said: “It was so important to win today because at least you know for sure that you’re guaranteed a medal, which is one of the dreams come true. But obviously, you need to find motivation and excitement, and I will try to be prepared for the final and fight for the gold.”

* Quotes from the BBC, Associated Press and the ITF


Karen Khachanov will provide strong opposition in the Gold Medal match

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