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Home Hope Fognini Advances In Rome

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 3:48pm

Main draw action kicked off on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with home favourite Fabio Fognini among the four players moving into the second round.

Fognini needed just 70 minutes to advance past wild card and fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-3. His reward is a second-round battle with top seed Andy Murray. The World No. 1 leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 3-2 and has won their past two matches.

John Isner caused the upset of the day by defeating 14th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-1. Isner served twice to stay in the match in the second set before breezing through to the win. He’ll next play Florian Mayer or qualifier Thiago Monteiro.

Fernando Verdasco only needed 69 minutes to move past Donald Young 6-3, 6-3, and will likely face in-form ninth seed David Goffin in the next round. Jiri Vesely scored a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win over Daniel Evans. Next up for the Czech player is 13th seed Jack Sock or Diego Schwartzman

Seven players also qualified for the main draw, including Kevin Anderson, Adrian Mannarino, Nicolas Almagro and Aljaz Bedene. Anderson plays #NextGenATP German Alexander Zverev in the opening round, while Mannarino faces Madrid semi-finalist Pablo Cuevas. Almagro squares off against Andreas Seppi and the winner will take on fourth seed Rafael Nadal. Bedene plays wild card Gianluca Mager and the winner faces second seed Novak Djokovic.

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Kubot/Melo Notch Second Masters 1000 Crown In Madrid

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 3:27pm
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Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo dominated the doubles field at the Mutua Madrid Open, clinching their second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the year without dropping a set.

Kubot and Melo downed Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 20 minutes on Sunday. The Polish-Brazilian pair turned in an impressive serving performance, claiming 88 per cent of first serve points and saving three of four break points faced. 

Also the champions in Miami and runners-up in Indian Wells, Kubot and Melo are off to a flying start in their first full season together. They improve to 17-7 in 2017 and open a 240-point lead over Henri Kontinen and John Peers atop the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, passing the Finnish-Aussie duo for No. 1.

"We can't feel better," said Melo. "We played another really good tournament. In four Masters 1000 tournaments we won two and reached another final, so these are pretty big results. I am really happy the way we are playing now and looking forward to the next one.

"Lukasz went to Barcelona alone because my mom had some health problems, but she's perfect now. She is recovering at home and watched our final today. It's Mother's Day in Brazil so this title is for her."

After exchanging breaks midway through the first set, the fourth seeds sealed the opener with another break in the 12th game. They would reel off five straight games, also snatching the early lead in the second set, and did not look back from there. With Melo serving for the match at 5-3, Roger-Vasselin turned aside the first championship point with a rifled return winner, but could not handle Melo's delivery on the second.

Victory for Kubot/Melo

Highlights Kubot/Melo Win Madrid Doubles Title 2017

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 3:26pm
Watch highlights of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo winning the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open title on Sunday in the Spanish capital. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Mutua Madrid Open photo.

Nadal Thrilled With Winning Fifth Madrid Title

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 7:38am
Rafael Nadal talks winning his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title in a thrilling final over Dominic Thiem. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

The Story Of The 2017 Mutua Madrid Open

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 7:29am
Relive the best of the Mutua Madrid Open, which ended with Rafael Nadal winning his fifth Madrid title over Dominic Thiem. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Hot Shot Countdown At Madrid 2017

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 6:22am
Relive the best Hot Shots from the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Tennis TV

Thiem Lands Gorgeous Volley Hot Shot In Madrid 2017 Final

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 5:42am
Watch Hot Shot as Dominic Thiem hits a perfect volley at a crucial moment against Rafael Nadal in the Mutua Madrid Open final. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Bautista Agut Survives Munich Scare

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:55pm

Second seed Roberto Bautista Agut escaped from the brink of defeat on Wednesday at the BMW Open by FWU, rallying from 3-5 in the deciding set to reach the quarter-finals over Marius Copil 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.

The Romanian Copil captured the lone break of serve in the opening set at 2-2, but Bautista Agut came back from an early break down in the second set and dominated the tie-break to force a decider. Copil served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and came within two points of winning, but the Spaniard fought back to win the final four games and prevail in two hours and 28 minutes.

He improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Copil to 2-0 and looks to surpass his best Munich performance of a semi-final finish in 2015 (l. Murray).

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Awaiting him in the quarter-finals is German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann, who delighted the home crowd with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 win over eighth seed Thomaz Bellucci. The 25-year-old German saved a match point with Bellucci serving for the contest at 5-4 in the final set before ultimately scoring the upset in two hours and 19 minutes.

Hanfmann, currently No. 273 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is making his ATP World Tour main draw debut this week. His best result this season prior to Munich was a quarter-final showing at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Bergamo.

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Joining him in the quarter-finals is seventh seed Jan-Lennard Struff, who prevailed in an all-German battle against Tommy Haas 6-4, 7-5. Struff rallied from 1-3 down in the second set to win the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between these players. Struff has been in fine form this clay season, reaching the quarter-finals in Marrakech and defeating Grigor Dimitrov en route to a third-round showing in Monte-Carlo.

Next up for him is third seed and #NextGenATP German Alexander Zverev, who defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4. The battle was a rematch of their quarter-final this February in Montpellier, which saw Zverev prevail in three sets. The German, who reached the semi-finals last year in Munich, improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Chardy to 3-0.

DOUBLES

Third seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are the first team to reach the semi-finals after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi.

In first-round doubles action, top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic needed just 56 minutes to defeat Dino Marcan and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6-3, 6-2. They’ll play last week’s champions in Budapest, Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic, who moved past Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya 7-5, 4-6, 10-5.

Fourth seeds Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos eased past French duo Julien Benneteau and Jonathan Eysseric 6-3, 6-4. Next up for them is Mikhail Kukushkin and Sergiy Stakhovsky, who defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5.

German wild cards Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko scored the upset of the day over second seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 7-6(2), 6-1, and will play the French duo of Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

Carreno Busta Snaps Streak In Estoril

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:39pm

Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta earned his first win against countryman Tommy Robredo, moving into the Millennium Estoril Open quarter-finals with a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Carreno Busta hadn't won a set and was 0-3 against the 35-year-old Robredo during their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. But all three of their past match-ups took place in 2014, and Carreno Busta has leaped in the Emirates ATP Rankings since their most recent contest, a quarter-final at Umag in 2014.

At the time, Carreno Busta was ranked No. 57 and hadn't reached an ATP World Tour final. Nearly three years later, though, the 6'2” Spaniard is ranked No. 21, has reached five finals and won two ATP World Tour titles (Moscow 2016; Winston-Salem 2016).

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Carreno Busta, an Estoril semi-finalist in 2015 and a finalist in 2016, will face another veteran countryman in the last eight: defending champion Nicolas Almagro, who dropped only two points on his first serve (20/22) to beat Portugal's Gastao Elias 6-1, 6-2. Almagro improves to 9-1 in Estoril.

Second seed Richard Gasquet will look to win his first tour-level match since February later on Wednesday. The 2015 Estoril champion underwent appendicitis surgery in March and lost in his return last week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Gasquet is 4-0 against his second-round opponent, Argentine Carlos Berlocq, in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro received some sad news and had to withdraw from the tournament to head back to Argentina. “I received the news of the death of my grandfather, and I need to go to my family to be with them during this hard time and say goodbye with them. Thank you Estoril, I will see you soon,” del Potro said in a statement.

.@delpotrojuan .@delpotrojuan is on his way to Argentina after his grandfather passed away today. He wants to stay with his family in this tough moment.

— Jorge Viale (@jorgeviale) May 3, 2017

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Raonic Returns With Istanbul Win

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:12pm

Top seed Milos Raonic showed he's finally injury-free at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open on Wednesday, coming through a lengthy 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3) tussle over an in-form Aljaz Bedene to reach the quarter-finals.

Bedene, who finished runner-up last week in Budapest (l. Pouille), traded service holds throughout the first set with Raonic before taking the final three points in the tie-break. The Canadian broke Bedene twice in the second set to level the match, but neither player earned a break point in the decider. In the third-set tie-break, Raonic ripped a forehand winner to earn a 2/0 mini-break and held the momentum to prevail in two hours and 36 minutes.

Raonic was playing his first match in nearly six weeks after being forced to withdraw from his third-round contest in Miami with a hamstring injury, the same ailment that caused him to pull out of the Delray Beach final and withdraw from three other tournaments. 

He'll next play sixth seed Bernard Tomic, who booked his quarter-final spot with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva. Raonic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 4-0, with three victories coming in 2016.

"It's my second time being in a clay-court quarter-final," said Tomic. "It's a very good thing for me. This time last year I was ranked 17, 18 in the world and couldn't win a clay-court match. It's good progress for me. I'm happy that I'm playing well, especially in Istanbul."

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Second seed Marin Cilic enjoyed a winning debut as he dismissed Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-2 in 70 minutes. The Croatian opened his clay-court swing with a quarter-final showing in Monte-Carlo two weeks ago (l. to Ramos-Vinolas) and is bidding to win his second title on the dirt this week, five years on from his Umag triumph.

“I’m feeling very comfortable now. A crucial thing of me was a good two weeks of practice on clay after Miami, so I worked hard on my movement and getting used to the clay,” said Cilic. “Damir is a great runner and defends very well, but I felt I played very solid overall.”

Cilic goes on to face eighth seed Steve Darcis, who made short work of Jiri Vesely with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in 52 minutes.

DOUBLES

In first-round doubles play, top seeds Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak defeated Johan Brunstrom and Matt Reid 6-2, 6-7(3), 10-8, and will play Antonio Sancic and Adil Shamasdin for a place in the final four. Third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Scott Lipsky moved past Dutra Silva and Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(4), 6-2. They'll next face wild cards Tuna Altuna and Alessandro Motti, who defeated Serbians Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.

Aussies John-Patrick Smith and Jordan Thompson scored the upset of the day with a tight 7-6(6), 7-6(4) win over fourth-seeded Argentines Guillermo Duran and Andres Molteni

Istanbul 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:43pm

Del Potro, Almagro Start Strong In Estoril 2017 Highlights

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:37pm
Watch highlights as Juan Martin del Potro makes a winning return on clay, while new father Nicolas Almagro and qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo claim first-round wins Tuesday in Estoril. Video courtesy Millennium Estoril Open

Del Potro, Carreno Busta Enjoy Off-Roading And Scenery In Estoril

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:07pm
Juan Martin del Potro and Pablo Carreno Busta take in the beautiful views from up high after jumping behind the wheel of a Peugeot to tackle the dirt tracks of the Malveira da Serra in Cascais. Video courtesy Millennium Open Estoril

Troicki To Meet #NextGenATP Khachanov In Istanbul

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 8:35pm

Fifth seed Viktor Troicki won nearly half of his return points to beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. Troicki is looking to capture his first title since winning the Apia International Sydney crown last year.

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The Serbian will next face #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov, who converted six of his 17 break points against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili to advance 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 in two hours.

Troicki's countryman Dusan Lajovic had to battle for two hours and 41 minutes to beat seventh seed and #NextGenATP player Borna Coric of Croatia 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-5. The 26-year-old Lajovic faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Bosnian Damir Dzumhur set-up a second-round clash against No. 2 seed Marin Cilic with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Federer Commands In Cobra At Met Gala

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 8:04pm

When you’re invited to the gala known around the globe for hosting the biggest names in fashion, movies, music and modeling, what do you wear?

For Roger Federer, it was a Gucci tuxedo… with a crystal cobra on the back.

The 35-year-old World No. 4 and his wife, Mirka, looked stunning as they attended the ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night. Among those in attendance at the hottest ticket in New York City were Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian West and Tom Ford, and the 91-time ATP World Tour titlist looked to have enjoyed sartorially schmoozing with Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

.@RealHughJackman Found a potential doubles partner inside #MetGala

Munich 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 6:55pm

Kohlschreiber Begins Defence of Munich Crown

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:10pm

Three-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber started his attempt for a fourth BMW Open by FWU title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against #NextGenATP player Casper Ruud on Tuesday in Munich. The 33-year-old German broke the 18-year-old Ruud four times in the 68-minute win.

“The start was a bit shaky but after that I think I was in very good control, and in the end I think it was a good win for me,” Kohlschreiber said.

The Augsburg native is making his ninth straight tournament appearance and 13th overall (28-9 record). Kohlschreiber won titles in 2007, 2012 and last year, and reached the final in 2013 and 2015.

Five of Kohlschreiber's seven career ATP World Tour titles have come in Germany, and he boasts a match record of 109-57 (.657) in Germany, compared to 295-255 (.536) elsewhere. “It's always good to come back to where you know you're going to play good tennis,” he said.

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The fifth seed will next face Argentine Horacio Zeballos, who outlasted Italian Andreas Seppi 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

#NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung of South Korea continued his strong play of late, downing German wild card Maximilian Marterer 7-6(10), 4-6, 6-3. The 20-year-old Chung qualified and reached his third career ATP World Tour quarter-final last week at the the Barcelona Banc Open Sabadell before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

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Chung is among the 21-and-under players looking to qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The right-hander is currently in fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. He will next play top seed Gael Monfils.

Sixth seed Mischa Zverev converted four of six break points to beat countryman Dustin Brown 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3. Zverev landed 70 per cent of his first serves in the first-round victory and will next meet Slovakian Martin Klizan, who prevailed against Argentine Nicolas Kicker 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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Elias Ymer Visits Ethiopia

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:07pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot joins Elias Ymer and his father on a special visit to Ethiopia, where Elias explored his heritage and where his family came from.

Challenger Chronicles: Denis Shapovalov

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:26pm
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As I sat in my hotel room in Guadalajara after my final loss to Mirza Basic, I thought about the missed opportunity of winning my second straight Challenger title. I was exhausted by a long seven weeks of constant travel and tournament play. I missed my family and being home. The grind of the pro tour that I dreamed about all my life had led me to face the reality of what it takes to be here and succeed. 

I talked to my coach Martin Laurendeau, who is also Canada’s Davis Cup captain, and texted my mom Tessa, who has been my coach for all my life through my ups and downs. After a few short sentences of encouragement, they helped put things in perspective. They made me focus on the positives of what I’ve been able to accomplish on the tour in such a short period of time. 

I then texted my sponsor who is now my manager, Andrzej Kepinski, to talk about the match, and I will never forget his response: "Big congratulations, awesome tournament and awesome run leading up to this tournament. You competed and carried yourself like a seasoned pro and you should be proud of yourself”.  With all my supporters being excited for me and my success at reaching another final on the ATP Challenger Tour, I realized that as much as I'm driven to perfection when I play, with my desire to win every point and every match, sometimes I'm too hard on myself.

My first ATP Challenger tour title in my home country here in Drummondville. Special thanks to… https://t.co/pCXJI0mewl

Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) March 19, 2017

I started thinking how much I love what I'm doing and how lucky I am to have such great opportunities that tennis brings me. Suddenly, the loss in the final wasn't so upsetting. Mirza played great and deserved to win. I had a dream run of an ITF Futures title and semi-final in early March, which led me to my first Challenger title at home in Drummondville the following week, and then the final in Guadalajara. 

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I reminded myself of my unbelievable run last year, winning Junior Wimbledon, beating Nick Kyrgios at the Rogers Cup and cracking the Top 250 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings], and that the second half of the season was more difficult than I expected in trying to transition to being a full-time pro. The year culminated in an ankle injury that kept me from training and competing for two months. At the time of the injury, I put on a brave face for the world, but deep inside I felt anxious and I lost a lot of confidence. Added to that was the pressure of the new responsibility that came to me by being fortunate enough to sign endorsement contracts with incredible companies like Nike and BioSteel, who put their trust in me. 

Even though all my sponsors came on board telling me that they are supporting me long term and it will take some time to grow into a successful player on the ATP Challenger Tour and eventually the ATP World Tour, I felt the obligation to perform right away; to make them feel they made the right decision sponsoring me. 

At the beginning of the year, I went to Australia to train for a few Challengers. In Adelaide, I defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert, which was my second career win over a Top 100 player. This gave me back the confidence and helped me believe that I could compete with the top guys. 

With that win and countless hours of hard work during training, I earned a spot on the Davis Cup team, which is always a huge honour to me. Representing my country has always been a dream to me and being called to a starting team for the first time in my life was a dream come true. That magic moment of playing in front of the sold-out home crowd in Ottawa, against Great Britain, turned into the worst nightmare imaginable in a split second. As those who follow tennis know, in a moment of stress and anger, after being broken by Kyle Edmund in the third set, I tried to hit the ball out of the stadium and unintentionally hit chair umpire Arnaud Gabas in the face. 

The most immediate aftermath is still a blur to me. I was in shock and sick with worry that I injured Arnaud. In the following days, I needed to face up to my stupid action and realized how quickly life can change. I let a lot of people down, including my country, Davis Cup teammates, supporters, and fans. I knew I couldn't undo what happened, so the only thing left was to face my mistake and work on never letting this happen again. I stayed in touch with Arnaud to check on his recovery and he has been incredibly gracious and understanding. I think through this terrible incident we've become friends. I hope that in the future he will agree to umpire one of my matches. 

As I stayed in my hotel room in Guadalajara, after speaking with my family, my coach, my manager and my friends, it occurred to me again that the Davis Cup incident was probably the most maturing experience for me since turning pro. It made me focus on my game and on the mental aspect of competing, which in turn brought me these latest results. Through it all, I found out who my true friends are and gained new friends as well. It motivated me to work even harder to succeed and just enjoy all these new experiences.

At the time, it was hard to imagine I would be standing with my first Challenger trophy just one month later in Drummondville. I have amazing memories from my time at that tournament. It all started there last year, when I won my first match on the Challenger Tour and reached the semis. To come full circle and win my first title there is very special. The crowd gave me so much energy all week and that experience is something I will never forget, no matter where this journey takes me. I love this game and can't wait to get on the court every waking day. I hope I can compete here for years to come.

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Masters Champion Garcia, Nadal Meet In Barcelona

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:46pm

Sergio Garcia chose the right year to make his debut visit to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

The 2017 Masters champion watched countryman Rafael Nadal march towards history in the Spanish city. Garcia witnessed Nadal win his quarter-final match on Friday against #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung and then had the privilege of meeting and chatting with the 30-year-old from Mallorca in the players' lounge after the quarter-final.

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On Sunday, Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets to win his 10th Barcelona title. Garcia was invited to the historic tennis tournament by good friend and fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal and Garcia, who's been a professional golfer since 1999, plan to meet again during Wimbledon, where Nadal will be going for his third title at the All England Club. Garcia also will be in the region, preparing for the British Open.