• Mutua Madrid Open: Elise Mertens knocks out Simona Halep to reach last-eight

    Mutua Madrid Open: Elise Mertens knocks out Simona Halep to reach last-eight
    Elise Mertens ousted third seed Simona Halep in the pre-quarter-final at the Mutua Madrid Open. The Belgian, seeded 13th in the draw, came from a set down in the match that lasted two hours and 34 minutes. At the end of the play, the score read 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in favour of the Belgian.In the opening set, Mertens wasn’t able to make good of the chances she had on Halep’s serve. However, she turned around her game in the latter two sets and surmounted a break across each set to get the b
  • Kei Nishikori reflects on Alexander Zverev loss in Rome

    Kei Nishikori reflects on Alexander Zverev loss in Rome
    Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikorididn't play as aggressive as he would have like but he have credit to German Alexander Zverev for taking risks toward the end of the match. Nishikori, a former world No. 4, suffered a three-set loss to Zverev in the Rome Masters round-of-16 as the German won 4-6 6-3 6-4. "Zverev played at much faster pace in Madrid while this time we had many rallies because the court was heavier. Sometimes I was not able to play aggressively due to heavy court, and es
  • ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Novak Djokovic dethrones Rafael Nadal for 32-0!

    ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Novak Djokovic dethrones Rafael Nadal for 32-0!
    The Madrid Open was the fourth Masters 1000 tournament in the ATP calendar in 2011, and we had Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the title match for the third time. After winning the Davis Cup title at the end of 2010, Novak was ready to conquer the tennis world in the first half of the following season, winning already the sixth title in Madrid and improving his score to a perfect 32-0! Like in Indian Wells and Miami, Djokovic overpowered Rafael Nadal and lift another Masters 1000 trophy, defe
  • Vaccinated Federer returns to lead strong field in Geneva

    Vaccinated Federer returns to lead strong field in Geneva
    Roger Federer will make his highly-anticipated return to tennis at next week's Geneva Open having been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the Swiss star makes his debut in the tournament.
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  • Rafael Nadal reacts to beating Alexander Zverev at Rome Masters

    Rafael Nadal reacts to beating Alexander Zverev at Rome Masters
    Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadalfelt "happy" after beating German Alexander Zverev at the Rome Masters on Friday. Nadal, ranked at No. 3 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-4 loss to Zverev to reach the Rome semifinal. Nadal made a fast start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to take an early 4-0 lead. Zverev got one break back in the fifth game but couldn't get back the second as Nadal served out for the opener in the ninth game. Nadal then saved three consecuti
  • Barty Retires To Gauff At Rainy Rome Masters; Pliskova Saves 3 MPs

    Three of the four women's semifinalists in Rome are set.
  • Roger Federer discusses the evolution of his playing style

    Roger Federer discusses the evolution of his playing style
    After spending four and a half years at the top of men's tennis, Roger Federer lost no. 1 in August 2008 with Rafael Nadal, who was also the player to beat in the first four months of the 2009 season. Nadal won the title at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome and was also the favorite in Madrid, hoping to win all three Clay Masters 1000 titles in a single season for the first time. Played on an indoor hard court between 2002-08, the Madrid Open moved to the Caja M&
  • ATP Geneva - DRAW: Roger Federer plays Jordan Thompson or Pablo Andujar

    ATP Geneva - DRAW: Roger Federer plays Jordan Thompson or Pablo Andujar
    After keeping his schedule hidden following the quarter-final Doha loss, Roger Federer decided to embrace the clay swing this spring and compete at the home ATP 250 Geneva Open next week. Staged at the Tennis Club de Genève at Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland, the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open returned to the ATP calendar in 2015 after closing its gates for the professional players in 1991. The Geneva Open stayed away from the calendar last year, li
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  • ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Novak Djokovic downs Bellucci for another Rafael Nadal final

    ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Novak Djokovic downs Bellucci for another Rafael Nadal final
    Novak Djokovic was the player to beat in 2011, standing above all the rivals and embracing one of the greatest Open era seasons after a dominant run on every surface. Rafael Nadal remained world no. 1 in the first half of the year, reaching finals but failing to follow Novak's pace, suffering losses against the Serb in Indian Wells and Miami. Djokovic and Nadal set another Masters 1000 final in Madrid when the Serb beat Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 10 minutes for the season's 3
  • Naomi Osaka: "Tokyo 2021 Olympics are not safe"

    Naomi Osaka: "Tokyo 2021 Olympics are not safe"
    Naomi Osaka was defeated by Jessica Pegula for 7-6 (2) 6-2 in the second round of the Italian Open 2021, in Rome. The Japanese sta is still unable to find the right countermeasures to play well on clay-courts, unlike when tomorrow on the fast-surfaces like the hard-courts. Fresh from the defeat with Karolina Muchova in Madrid, the number two of the seeding dies after just over a set with Jessica Pegula.She is good at resisting at 4-5 and 5-6, but above all at taking advantage of the circumstance
  • Nadal on track for 10th title at Rome Masters

    Nadal on track for 10th title at Rome Masters
    Rafael Nadal made it through to his 75th Masters 1000 semi-final by gaining revenge over Alexander Zverev to stay on track for his 10th Rome title.
  • ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Rafael Nadal storms over Michael Llodra in 75 minutes

    ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Rafael Nadal storms over Michael Llodra in 75 minutes
    The defending champion Rafael Nadal arrived at Caja Magica in 2011 as one of the favorites alongside Roger Federer and an in-form Novak Djokovic, as in the previous two years. The Spaniard beat Marcos Baghdatis in the second round and skipped the third-round clash against Juan Martin del Potro when the Argentine withdrew. In the quarters, Rafa faced Michael Llodra and ousted the Frenchman 6-2, 6-2 in 75 minutes to sail into the semis and set another clash against Roger Federer, their third at Ca
  • Jason Day could not miss only the Us Open

    Jason Day could not miss only the Us Open
    Jason Day is in danger of missing the U.S. Open at the iconic coastal venue and could leave next week’s PGA Championship, or this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, at any stage for the birth of his fourth child.Jason Day, statements“If I'm playing golf, whatever, it doesn't matter. I just want to make sure that I see the birth of our fourth child … I could get a call this week or next week. In the next four weeks it can come. If it happens to be on Sunday at a major champion
  • Novak Djokovic places Rafael Nadal Wimbledon win above one over Roger Federer

    Novak Djokovic places Rafael Nadal Wimbledon win above one over Roger Federer
    Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets in the Rome Open third round, advancing into the 15th consecutive quarter-final at Foro Italico! In the press conference, a journalist asked Novak about his favorite Wimbledon memories. Always willing to talk about his beloved Major, the five-time winner said that he dreamt about winning Wimbledon since making his first tennis steps. For Novak, the Wimbledon trophy worth much more than those from other events, and it's not easy
  • 'I don’t think Roger Federer would play otherwise', says Top 10

    'I don’t think Roger Federer would play otherwise', says Top 10
    Dominic Thiem is ready to return "great" to the International BNL of Italy. The Austrian tennis player has experienced a complicated start to the season and in recent weeks he is trying to find him in the best form of him. In the first tournament of his 2021 played on clay, the Masters 1000 in Madrid, Thiem reached the semifinals and lost only to Alexander Zverev, who then won the Spanish event by beating Matteo Berrettini in the final. "Playing the Mutua Madrid Open is always incredible, I love
  • Nadal snaps 3-match losing skid vs. Zverev

    Nadal snaps 3-match losing skid vs. Zverev
    Rafael Nadal ended a run of three straight losses to Alexander Zverev with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over the German on Friday to reach the Italian Open semifinals.
  • Serena Williams: "Defeat in Rome? The first on clay is difficult"

    Serena Williams: "Defeat in Rome? The first on clay is difficult"
    Serena Williams was defeated by Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open 2021 second round. The American played a good match, but noo managed to successfully celebrate the number one attendance on the WTA Tour.However, it must be remembered that for Serena, the match in Rome with Podoroska was the second match on clay-courts since May 2019. In view of Roland Garros 2021, Serena is making several considerations, such as playing other matches on clay-courts.She said it in the interview after the match:
  • ATP Rome: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev to serve Madrid revenge

    ATP Rome: Rafael Nadal downs Alexander Zverev to serve Madrid revenge
    Facing each other for the second time in two weeks, Rafael Nadal toppled Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in two hours for the Rome Open semi-final. Zverev finished the marathon clash against Kei Nishikori late last night, and he still gave his best today, creating ten break chances and converting only one while he was already behind in the opener. On the other hand, Nadal seized three break chances to seal the deal in straight sets and avoid another epic clash like yesterday against Denis Shapovalov w
  • 'Rafael Nadal handled the situations better than me like...', says ATP ace

    'Rafael Nadal handled the situations better than me like...', says ATP ace
    The champion of 61 titles on clay, Rafael Nadal, has recognized that the younger generation is coming, but stressed that he is still interested in fighting for the most important titles. Nadal, who dropped to world No. 3 on this week's updated ATP ranking list, is tied with Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list. The last four Masters events have not been won by Nadal, Federer or Novak Djokovic. When asked about that statistic, Nadal said: "It means it's normal, that's all. The fir
  • ATP Rome: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Novak Djokovic! Reilly Opelka advances

    ATP Rome: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Novak Djokovic! Reilly Opelka advances
    Heading to Rome with one Masters 1000 win on clay on his tally, the 23-year-old American Reilly Opelka has found his A-game at Foro Italico to reach the quarters. The giant server took down the Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes for his second Masters 1000 quarter-final. Reilly won three points more than Aslan and fended off both break chances he faced to keep the pressure on the other side of the net. Karatsev wasted two set points in the opening set
  • Danny Willett: "I have real good ball control"

    Danny Willett: "I have real good ball control"
    Danny Willett was delighted to put himself in a solid position and raise £5,000 for Prostate Cancer UK as he got his week hosting the 2021 Betfred British Masters off to a positive start.Danny Willett, statements"It was good, real good ball control, gave ourselves a lot of chances. Didn't quite take as many as we would have liked and then obviously a bit of a poor finish - the mind went wandering a little bit which was a shame. Nice enough position with three rounds left. I
  • ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Roger Federer edges Soderling to set Rafael Nadal clash

    ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Roger Federer edges Soderling to set Rafael Nadal clash
    After winning the title in 2009 and reaching the final a year later, Roger Federer returned to Caja Magica in Madrid for another strong run at a fast clay-court Masters 1000 event. His 2011 campaign could have been a short one, though, having to save a match point against Feliciano Lopez in the first match before prevailing 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in just under three hours. In the third round, the Swiss toppled Xavier Malisse in 71 minutes to set the quarter-final clash against Robin Soderling, who defeat
  • 'After Rafael Nadal defeat, I will not sleep well,' admits Jannik Sinner

    'After Rafael Nadal defeat, I will not sleep well,' admits Jannik Sinner
    Rafael Nadal and Jannik Sinner played a high-quality match at Foro Italico on Wednesday, with the nine-time champion prevailing over the youngster 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and ten minutes. Like at Roland Garros last year, Nadal had to work hard against an aggressive and determined rival who wants to win every match he enters. Jannik was a break in front three times and couldn't capitalize on that and take at least a set, wasting a 4-2 advantage in set number two to propel Nadal through. Eager to im
  • Roger Federer: "I feel like a kid"

    Roger Federer: "I feel like a kid"
    At also 40 years-old, 20 times Grand Slam title champion and tennis legend Roger Federer is now sipping his commitments as a tennis player. Last year he was stopped by a double surgery that temporarily stopped his career and forced him to a long absence in the circuit.After returning to the ATP tournament in Doha in 2021, Roger Federer is ready to return to clay-courts. He has decided to skip the tournament of Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, in the schedule, and the Swiss champion will r
  • Novak Djokovic wary of Stefanos Tsitsipas threat ahead of Rome clash

    Novak Djokovic wary of Stefanos Tsitsipas threat ahead of Rome clash
    World No. 1 Novak Djokovicwas happy with the way he played against rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-2 6-1 loss to Davidovich Fokina to progress into the Rome Masters quarterfinal.Davidovich Fokina made a nice start to the match, having broken Djokovic in the opening game of the match. But Davidovich Fokina's lead was short-lived as Djokovic responded with three quick breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener.After losing the first
  • ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Roger Federer wins epic clash against Feliciano Lopez

    ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Roger Federer wins epic clash against Feliciano Lopez
    Roger Federer was among the players to beat in Caja Magica between 2009-11, fighting for the titles with Rafael Nadal and becoming the first champion of this event on clay. In 2010, Roger lost in the final to Rafa and was ready to chase another trophy a year later, opening the campaign against Feliciano Lopez. It was their first meeting since the 2008 Basel semi-final, and Roger delivered the eighth victory in as many matches against the Spaniard, prevailing 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 after two hours and 56
  • WTA Rome: Cori Gauff tops Aryna Sabalenka. Ashleigh Barty advances

    WTA Rome: Cori Gauff tops Aryna Sabalenka. Ashleigh Barty advances
    The 17-year-old Cori Gauff advanced to the quarter-final of the Rome Open following a notable 7-5, 6-3 victory over world no. 4 Aryna Sabalenka. The Madrid Open champion couldn't match the youngster's pace, suffering four breaks and converting only one break chance against a rock-solid American who did everything right to remain on the title course. Cori made a promising start, grabbed an early break and opened a 4-2 advantage before Aryna rattled off three straight games and moved 5-4 ahead. Ma
  • Rafael Nadal: 'It is incredible that I only lost one match after Roger Federer clash'

    Rafael Nadal: 'It is incredible that I only lost one match after Roger Federer clash'
    Two years ago, Rafael Nadal suffered three semi-final losses during his beloved clay swing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. After Stefanos Tsitsipas loss at Caja Magica in May, Rafa was over 4000 points behind Novak Djokovic on the ATP ranking list, not even thinking of catching the Serb by the end of the year. With only 900 points under his belt from Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid combined, Nadal had to react quickly and deliver his best tennis in Rome and Roland Garros to at least stay
  • Novak Djokovic: 'I played better 20 or 30 per cent than...'

    Novak Djokovic: 'I played better 20 or 30 per cent than...'
    At this point in his career, Novak Djokovic has very few dreams left to fulfill. The Serbian tennis player, 33 years old and current world number one, confessed after his victory in the second round of the Rome Open that “I was always very clear that I wanted to be the best, at the age of five I already dreamed of winning Wimbledon, for example. My parents helped me a lot and we were all guided by Jelena Gencic, my tennis mother as I usually call her, the person who taught me all the funda
  • Novak Djokovic: 'Roger Federer acts perfectly on the court'

    Novak Djokovic: 'Roger Federer acts perfectly on the court'
    Novak Djokovic was among the players to beat in the first three months of the 2007 season, cracking the top-10 and lifting his first Masters 1000 trophy in Miami. The young Serb won the title in Adelaide at the beginning of the year and lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and Dubai, where he finally grabbed a set against world no. 1. Novak was among the dark horses in Indian Wells, gathering momentum ahead of the season's first Masters 1000 event and reaching the title match without los

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