Tennis

Berdych advances ATP-WTA Portugal Open, Raonic eliminated

Tomas BerdychOeiras (Portugal), May 3 - Top seed Czech Republic tennis star Tomas Berdych has advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Portugal Open after defeating qualifier Leonardo Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, second seed Milos Raonic has been eliminated from his quarter-final by Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 7-5, 6-4, reports Sport 24.

Berdych, who only took a wild card here to get more clay matches before appearing in the French Open in three weeks time, will now face Portugal's Gastao Elias or Romanian Victor Hanescu on Saturday.

Somdev crashes out, Mirza-Black through to Portugal Open semis

Sania MirzaOeiras (Portugal), May 2 - India's Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black progressed to the $250,000 Portugal Open women's doubles semi-finals while Somdev Devvarman was outclassed by top seed Tomas Berdych in the men's singles second round here Thursday.

Somdev, Indiaa's top ranked singles player, lost to the Czech 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 15 minutes.

Berdych was superior in every single department of the match. The World No. 6 was clinical with his serves, winning 85 percent points on his first serve and recording six aces to the Indian's one.

Grigor Dimitrov claims Bucharest title with win over Lukas Rosol

Grigor DimitrovLondon, Apr. 28 - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov won his second ATP title of the year on Sunday by defeating Czech tennis star Lukas Rosol 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in the final of the Bucharest Open.

Dimitrov had previously won in Acapulco where he defeated Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

Initially, he struggled against big-hitting Rosol in the first set, but managed to wrap up the first set in 58 minutes in spite of a tie-breaker.

He then maintained the momentum in the second set to move on to his 20th match win in 2014, Sport 24 reports.

Nadal loses in Barcelona Open

Rafael NadalBarcelona, April 26 - Rafael Nadal Friday lost in the ATP Barcelona Open, the first time since his debut here in 2003.

The Spaniard lost in three sets to his compatriot Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals by 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, ending his 41 game winning streak at the tournament, Xinhua reported.

He had not even dropped a set in the tournament since the 2008 final, and seemed cruising to his conquest of the title for the ninth time as he missed the 2010 version.

This was also the first victory for Almagro over Nadal in their 11-time meetings.

Nadal sails into Barcelona Open quarter-finals after beating Ivan Dodig

Rafael NadalLondon, Apr 25 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has booked a quarter-final berth at the Barcelona Open after defeating Croatian Ivan Dodig.

The Spaniard, who has won the tournament eight times, beat the world number 37 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 23 minutes and will now meet fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro on Friday after he overcame compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3.

According to the BBC, should he come through his last-eight contest, Nadal will face the winner of the quarter-final between German Philipp Kohlschreiber and Colombian Santiago Giraldo.

Djokovic sets up semi-final meeting with Federer at Monte Carlo Masters

Djokovic sets up semi-final meeting with Federer at Monte Carlo MastersJohannesburg, Apr 19 - Defending champion Novak Djokovic has set up a semi-final meeting at the Monte Carlo Masters with Swiss ace Roger Federer after defeating Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The second-seeded Serb held his nerve in the game by saving two key break points in the seventh game of the second set to turn the tide against the winner of the Casablanca clay court title 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clay

Nadal: It's not easy to go from hard courts to clayMonaco, April 15 - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who will make his debut at the Monte Carlo Masters Wednesday, said it was not easy to make the transition from hard courts to clay because it took time to make adjustments and find a rhythm.

"Let's not forget that I only play five or six tournaments on clay a year," Nadal said in a press conference.

Nadal retains top spot in new ATP rankings

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, Apr 8 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has retained his spot on top of the recent men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Richard Gasquet has returned to the top ten at the expense of Canada's Milos Raonic.

According to Sport24, Nadal has 13, 730 points and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, a recent Indian Wells and Miami Masters winner, close behind on 11, 680, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland is third on 5760 points.

ATP top 10 as of April 7:

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 13, 730 points

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11, 680

Czech to play Davis Cup quarterfinal with three players

Czech to play Davis Cup quarterfinal with three playersPrague, March 30 - The Czech Republic will play its Davis Cup quarterfinal against Japan with only three players as one nominee suffered an injury, the Czech team captain said Saturday.

Nominee Jan Hajek said to quit the Tokyo quarterfinal as he suffered a knee injury, and captain Jaroslav Navratil decided not to replace him with another player for the quarterfinal on April 4-6, Xinhua reported.

Nadal, Wawrinka book fourth-round spots in Sony Open

Rafael NadalLondon, Mar 25 - World number one Rafael Nadal and Swiss champion Stanislas Wawrinka have breezed into the fourth round of the Sony Open in their bid to seek their first Miami titles.

The Spaniard crushed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1 6-0 within just 59 minutes to book his place in the last 16 and will next meet Italy's Fabio Fognini , who beat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 6-3.

According to the BBC, Australian Open champion Wawrinka beat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5 6-4 and he will now meet Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov, who was a 3-6 6-0 7-6 (7-5) winner over Serbian Dusan Lajovic, in the last 16.

Djokovic's 'mentor' Becker to skip Miami Masters due to hip surgery

Boris BeckerJohannesburg, Mar 21 - German tennis legend Boris Becker, who is now the new coach of world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, will reportedly not be present in his protegee's coaching entourage for the Miami Masters as he will undergo double hip surgery.

The three-time Wimbledon winner was due to join Djokovic's team for the hard court event but begged off last weekend as his Serbian client won the Indian Wells title over Roger Federer.

Murray 'amicably' splits with coach Lendl after two year-'partnership'

Andy MurrayJohannesburg, Mar 20 - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has reportedly parted ways with his coach Ivan Lendl after a two-year partnership under a 'mutual agreement'.

The British No. 1 was already one of the most talented players of his generation but it was only when working with Lendl that he became a major winner, winning the 2012 US Open and last year's Wimbledon title, along with an Olympic gold medal in 2012.

Flavia Pennetta beats world No.3 Radwanska to win BNP Paribas Open

Flavia PennettaLondon, Mar. 17 - Italian tennis player Flavia Pennetta has won the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells defeating injured world number three Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-1.

Pennetta was reportedly aided in her victory over Radwanska because of the Pole's knee injury that required a lengthy medical time-out in the second set.

According to the BBC, Pennetta wrapped up the title with six games in a row after an hour and 13 minutes and will climb to 12th in the rankings.

The tennis player said that it is 'incredible', something 'amazing' on bagging her first WTA title since 2010.

Federer to meet Djokovic in Indian Wells final

Roger-FedererWellington, Mar 16 : Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has reached the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California on Saturday, closing on the title which he had won four times in the past.

The 17-time Major winner, who won at Indian Wells from 2004-06 and again in 2012, has defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 and will meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the final after the Serbian player dispatched American John Isner 5-7 7-6 6-1 in the other semifinal.

'Patchy' Murray admits 'played poorly' following 4th-round defeat at Indian Wells

Andy MurrayJohannesburg, Mar 13 - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray admitted that his performance was 'patchy' and he played 'poor tennis' on Wednesday following his three-set defeat by Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

The British No. 1 and world no. 6, who is seeded fifth in the first ATP Masters of the year, succumbed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the game amid a plethora of unforced errors.

Federer feeling `Zen on court` again following BNP Paribas Open win

Roger FedererJohannesburg, Mar 12 - Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer has said that he feels like he has regained his 'Zen' on the court after beating Russian player Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open, which is the first ATP Masters of the year.

Although the 17-time Major winner did not show a dominant performance, however it was evident that he has regained his confidence with a strong start to 2014 after a disappointing - by his standards - 2013 campaign.

Federer rallies to beat Berdych for sixth Dubai title

Dubai, March 2 - Roger FedererRoger Federer has won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis championship for the sixth time, rallying from a set and a break down to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The 32-year-old Federer won his 78th Tour title Saturday night to leave John McEnroe behind and move into third in the all-time title leaders list, reports ATP Tour website. This is his first hard-court title since the 2012 Western & Southern Open and now trails only Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

Ferrer, Cibulkova into Mexican quarters

Ferrer, Cibulkova into Mexican quartersMexico City, Feb 27 - Top-seeded David Ferrer, three-time winner, has reached the Mexican Open ATP quarterfinals by defeating fellow-Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (1), 6-2 Wednesday.

Ferrer will next play South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who ousted American Sam Querrey, 7-6 (2), 6-4, reports Xinhua.

Sixth-seeded Gilles Simon of France beat Donald Young of the US 6-4, 6-3.

Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatia's Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Somdev goes down to lower-ranked Jaziri

Somdev-DevvarmanDubai, Feb 26 : India's Somdev Devvarman lost to Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships here Wednesday.

World No. 78 Devvarman went down 3-6, 5-7 against his 137-ranked opponent.

Monday, Devvarman had beaten world no. 5 Juan Martin del Potro who retired with a wrist injury after losing the first set.

The Indian entered the Dubai tournament high on confidence, winning the $100,000 ATP Challenger Delhi Open Sunday. Courtesy that win, he jumped 18 places to be 78 in the latest rankings.(IANS)

Serena continues to dominate WTA rankings with 5865-point lead

serena-williamsJohannesburg, Feb 25 : American tennis ace, Serena Williams, continues to dominate the world rankings leading currently ranked world No. 2, China's Li Na, with a massive 5865-points despite losing to France's Alize Cornet in Dubai's semi-final last week.

According to Sport24, the world No 1's sister Venus Williams stands at 29 in the world rankings following her title win in Dubai, which helped her gain 15 places.

This was reportedly Venus's first tournament victory in 16months.

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