Tenis

Fuente: La Nación
Sun, 20/05/2018 00:00

Asalariado o por cuenta propia: un debate abierto

Fuente: Ámbito
Sat, 19/05/2018 15:35

Nadal superó a la mejor versión en meses de Djokovic para ser finalista de Roma

El español le ganó 7-6 (4) y 6-3 al serbio, que en el torneo italiano volvió a tener una buen rendimiento tras un largo período de lesiones. Ahora espera en la final por Zverev o Cilic.

Fuente: Ole
Sat, 19/05/2018 12:53

El pibe 10

El español Rafa Nadal, número 2 del ránking ATP, se impuso este sábado por 7-6(4) y 6-3 al serbio Novak Djokovic y jugará el domingo la final del Masters 1.000 de Roma, en la que buscará conquistar el torneo del Foro Itálico por octava vez. Nadal, primer favorito y campeón en Roma en 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 y 2013, salió ganador de una batalla durada una hora y 56 minutos y amplió a 10-0 su sobresaliente registro en las semifinales disputadas en el Foro Itálico. El mallorquín, reciente campeón en Montecarlo y Barcelona, castigó a Djokovic, cuatro veces campeón en Roma (2008, 2011, 2014 y 2015), por 25° quinta vez en su carrera en los 51 enfrentamientos entre ambos. [VID]OLEVID20180519_0017[/VID] El de este sábado era todo un clásico del tenis moderno entre dos jugadores que empezaron su rivalidad en el Roland Garros de 2006, cuando triunfó Rafa, y que la convirtieron en estos 12 años en la más larga de la historia del circuito ATP. Nadal, mejor jugador de la Era Open sobre polvo de ladrillo, con un registro de 406 victorias por 36 derrotas, se volvía a ver las caras con Djokovic casi un año después de la última vez, cuando le ganó en la semifinal del Mutua Madrid. Tras el último complicado año, el serbio llegaba a esta semifinal con confianza y la trabajada victoria lograda en los cuartos de final contra el japonés Kei Nishikori había confirmado una notable mejora con respecto a sus últimas prestaciones. En una pista central completamente llena, Djokovic salió muy agresivo ante un Nadal que tuvo que salvar inmediatamente dos break points en el primer juego, antes de ir tomando ritmo e intensidad en sus golpes. Tras contener el ímpetu del serbio, Nadal fue el primero en romper el servicio del rival y se puso por delante 4-2, pero Djokovic le devolvió la rotura con 4-5 en el marcador, para restablecer el equilibrio y forzar el desempate. Fue una batalla intensa y jugada en un día muy caluroso, con una temperatura que superaba los 25 grados Celsius, en la que Rafa logró salir ganador por 7-4 para hacerse con el primer parcial en una hora y doce minutos. En la segunda manga, el mallorquín estuvo muy sólido al saque, con el que no concedió ni una ocasión de rotura, y agresivo al resto, lo que le permitió quitar el servicio a Djokovic con 1-1 en el marcador y adelantarse hasta el 5-3. El serbio luchó hasta el final y anuló dos bolas de partido, pero terminó rindiéndose ante los golpes de un Nadal que volverá a jugar una final en Roma cinco años después de la última vez, en 2013. Su rival en la final saldrá del partido entre el alemán Alexander Zverev, número 3 del mundo, y el croata Marin Cilic, número 5 del ránking. Nadal está por delante 4-0 en los enfrentamientos contra Zverev mientras que tiene una marca de 5 victorias por 2 derrotas contra Cilic.

Fuente: La Nación
Sat, 19/05/2018 10:49

Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic, Masters 1000 de Roma: un clásico que vuelve

ROMA, (AP).- Por las semifinales del Masters de Roma , Rafael Nadal , que ganó siete veces este torneo, y eliminó por 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 al local Fabio Fognini, se mide ante Novak Djokovic , que tiene cuatro títulos en Roma, y le ganó a Kei Nishikori por 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Fuente: Clarín
Sat, 19/05/2018 09:47

Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic, un clásico con mucho en juego

Se enfrentan en una de las semifinales en el Foro Itálico. Más tarde, Marin Cilic ante Alex Zverev. Televisa ESPN.

Fuente: Ámbito
Fri, 18/05/2018 21:07

Djokovic recupera su mejor forma en Roma, donde jugará un viejo clásico con Nadal

El serbio, que lleva varios meses irregulares por una lesión, le ganó 2-6, 6-1 y 6-3 a Nishikori y jugará su primera semis en casi un año. Lo hará ante el español, que también batalló para derrotar a Fognini.

Fuente: Ámbito
Fri, 18/05/2018 20:39

Del Potro confirmó que está desgarrado, pero todavía no se bajó de Roland Garros

El tandilense se realizó nuevos estudios en Roma y anunció que sufrió una lesión de "grado 1 en el aductor izquierdo". "Ya comencé la rehabilitación y veremos cómo evoluciono", indicó.

Fuente: Ole
Fri, 18/05/2018 19:50

Se desgarró Delpo

Juan Martín del Potro confirmó lo que nadie deseaba. La Torre de Tandil publicó en su cuenta de Twitter un comunicado informando el nivel de su lesión: "Desgarro de grado uno en el aductor izquierdo". ¿Su participación en Roland Garros? Parece casi imposible, a nueve días tendiendo en cuenta que Delpo debería debutar en este certamen en menos de diez días. Mirá también: Semis de lujo Mirá lo que dijo: "Les quería contar que los estudios médicos que me realizaron hoy determinaron que tengo un desgarro grado 1 en el aductor izquierdo. Ya comencé la rehabilitación y veremos cómo evoluciona la lesión en estos días para ver si puedo jugar en Roland Garros. ¡Gracias por su apoyo!" Mirá también: Se metió un gato a la cancha, y no fue Gaudio Delpo tuvo que abandonar el partido por la tercera ronda del Masters 1000 de Roma ante Goffin. El Grand Slam de polvo de ladrillo tiene fecha de inicio el lunes 21 de mayo. Muy pocos días para recuperarse completamente.

Fuente: Infobae
Fri, 18/05/2018 19:48

Se confirmó la lesión de Del Potro: ¿llega a Roland Garros?

El tandilense dio detalles de la dolencia que lo obligó a retirarse del Masters 1000 de Roma

Fuente: Clarín
Fri, 18/05/2018 19:38

Juan Martín Del Potro sufrió un desgarro y corre peligro su participación en Roland Garros

El tandilense se lesionó en el aductor izquierdo y le diagnosticaron un desgarro grado 1. En 9 días comienza el Grand Slam parisino.

Fuente: Ole
Fri, 18/05/2018 17:59

Semis de lujo

Tenemos que irnos al 13 de mayo del 2017 para recordar el último encuentro que nos regalaron Nadal y Djokovic en un torneo ATP. Justamente fue en una semifinal en el Masters 1000 de Madrid, en el cual ganó el español. Esta vez, 370 días después, ambas leyendas del tenis volverán a enfrentarse en la misma instancia, pero en el Masters 1000 de Roma. Mirá también: Rafa en semis Los dos tenistas transpiraron para pasar los cuartos. Rafa superó en tres sets al italiano Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1 y 6-2. Mientras que el serbio sufrió pero consiguió el triunfo ante el japonés Kei Nishikori por 2-6, 6-1 y 6-3 en 2h.20'. Mirá también: Se metió un gato a la cancha, y no fue Gaudio La serie entre ambos está 26-24 a favor de Djokovic, siendo el jugador que más veces derrotó al español en polvo de ladrillo (siete). El encuentro será el sábado 19 a las 10 de la mañana.

Fuente: Ole
Fri, 18/05/2018 11:11

Se metió un gato a la cancha, y no fue Gaudio

En medio de un partido de dobles en el ATP de Roma, un punto se vio interrumpido porque un gato se metió en la cancha. Pese a que se jugaba en polvo de ladrillo, ¡no fue Gaudio! El felino pasó de un lado a otro a toda velocidad, y habrá perdido una de sus siete vidas, porque no ligó un pelotazo de suerte. ¡Cómo safó! Mirá también: Los muros de Klopp Mirá también: El Campum de Bogotá [VID]OLEVID20180518_0008[/VID]

Fuente: Ole
Fri, 18/05/2018 10:39

Rafa en semis

Rafael Nadal, primer favorito del certamen, venció al italiano Fabio Fognini y accedió a las semifinales del Masters 1000 de Roma tras cuatro años ausente en esa instancia. Tras caer en el primer set, logro reponerse y terminó redondeando un 4-6, 6-1 y 6-2. Mirá también: ¡Rompió la raqueta contra la silla! En la pista central del Foro Itálico repleta de espectadores para alentar a Fognini, el español necesitó dos horas y catorce minutos para conseguir su victoria número 54 en el polvo de ladrillo romano. Al local lo había enfrentado en 13 oportunidades, con diez victorias. Mirá también: "Sentí algo raro en la pierna" Servicio de Rafael Nadal, en su victoria ante Fabio Fognini por el Masters 100 de Roma. (AP Photo) Nadal salió agresivo, llegando a estar en ventaja 4-1, pero el italiano luchó y consiguió dos quiebres consecutivos para encadenar un parcial de cinco juegos y hacerse con el primer set, por 6-4. El mallorquín no perdió confianza tras caer en la primera manga, e impuso su juego con autoridad igualando el partido 6-1, para luego sentenciar el partido con un contundente 6-2. Su próximo rival será el ganador del duelo entre el serbio Novak Djokovic, cuatro veces campeón en Roma (2008, 2011, 2014 y 2015), y el japonés Kei Nishikori, actual número 24 del mundo y exnúmero 4. Tras haberse quedado en las últimas tres instancias de cuartos de final de este certamen, Rafa accedió a la décima semifinal de su carrera en Roma, un Masters que necesita ganar para recuperar el liderazgo del ránking ATP. ð??¥ @RafaelNadal ya está en semifinales de #Masters1000Romað??¾ Remonta ante Fognini (4-6, 6-1 y 6-2)(ð??º @TennisTV) pic.twitter.com/8XqgJ5Mht4â?? El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) May 18, 2018 Mirá también: Nadal y Djokovic, a cuartos

Fuente: Clarín
Fri, 18/05/2018 10:09

Nadal reaccionó a tiempo y venció a Fognini para llegar a semis

El español ganó en tres sets y ya está entre los cuatro mejores del Abierto de Roma.

Fuente: Página 12
Fri, 18/05/2018 07:59

Nadal busca repetir en Roma y recuperar el 1

Fuente: Clarín
Thu, 17/05/2018 20:43

Novak Djokovic está de regreso

El ex número uno del mundo volvió a trabajar con Marian Vajda, modificó táctica y técnicamente su tenis y recuperó su "mirada asesina".

Fuente: Ole
Thu, 17/05/2018 19:22

Nadal y Djokovic, a cuartos

Como un flashback, Nadal y Djokovic vuelven a ser protagonistas de un Masters 1000. Tanto el español como el serbio pasaron a cuartos de final del Abierto de Roma, y si ambos logran llegar a las semis, deberán enfrentarse entre sí. Mirá también: "Sentí algo raro en la pierna" Nadal cumplió al superar a Denis Shapovalov por 6-4 y 6-1. El canadiense tuvo una buena actuación, tal vez similar a aquel joven Nadal en sus comienzos, irrespetuoso y agresivo en la cancha. Pero el oriundo de Mallorca fue demasiado para el zurdo de 19 años. Por lo tanto, Rafa deberá medirse en cuartos de final ante el italiano, Fabio Fognini. [VID]OLEVID20180517_0037[/VID] Mirá también: ¡Rompió la raqueta contra la silla! Por otra parte, Djokovic superó 6-1 y 7-5 al español Albert Ramos Vinolas, tras una hora y media de juego. De esta manera también llegó a cuartos de final, lo que sorpresivamente es la mejor instancia a la que llega en 2018, cuando hace no mucho tiempo acostumbraba a jugar casi todas las finales posibles. Así, el serbio consiguió su tercera victoria consecutiva, alcanzando la posición 18 en el ranking ATP. Ahora Nole buscará continuar con su buena racha en cuartos ante el complicado Kei Nishikori.

Fuente: Infobae
Thu, 17/05/2018 17:03

"Sentí algo raro en la pierna": las causas del abandono de Juan Martín del Potro en el Abierto de Roma

El equipo de trabajo del tandilense le atribuyó la decisión de no continuar ante Goffin a "fuertes dolores en la ingle izquierda y en la zona del aductor". A Delpo le practicarán estudios complementarios

Fuente: Infobae
Thu, 17/05/2018 12:39

El punto de Del Potro ante Goffin que hizo aplaudir de pie al público en Roma

A pesar de su retiro en los octavos de final del Masters 1000 en el foro itálico, el argentino dejó una perlita ante David Goffin

Fuente: Clarín
Thu, 17/05/2018 09:34

Juan Martín Del Potro tuvo un flojo comienzo y está set abajo en Roma

Enfrenta al belga Goffin por un lugar entre los ocho mejores del torneo italiano.

Fuente: Infobae
Thu, 17/05/2018 07:03

Juan Martín Del Potro buscará los cuartos de final del Masters de Roma

El tandilense enfrentará al belga David Goffin, número 10 del mundo. A la tarde Novak Djokovic chocará con Albert Ramos

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 16/05/2018 18:07

¿A qué hora juega Delpo?

Juan Martín Del Potro quiere seguir avanzando en el Masters 1000 de Roma. En segunda ronda venció al griego Stefanos Tsitsipas por 7-5 y 6-3. Ahora, en octavos de final, se verá las caras con el belga David Goffin, este jueves cerca de las 10 de la mañana. Delpo es el único argentino que sigue en el torneo. Mirá también: ¡A paso firme! El historial entre ambos jugadores está empatado. Una victoria del tandilense en Basilea 2016 y otra para Goffin en el Masters de Shanghai de ese mismo año. Sin embargo, este será el primer enfrentamiento que jugarán sobre polvo de ladrillo. Mirá también: Se te fue de las manos, Peque En cuanto al ranking, Delpo se encuentra ante una buena posibilidad de seguir subiendo y hasta podría llegar a tocar el tercer puesto. Eso sí, tiene que ganar el torneo italiano para que eso ocurra. Por lo pronto, el argentino tiene la cabeza puesta en el duelo ante Goffin. Mirá también: Nadal, el 1 del polvo

Fuente: Página 12
Wed, 16/05/2018 16:09

Nadal y Djokovic

Fuente: Ámbito
Wed, 16/05/2018 14:49

Del Potro sorteó un duro debut en el Masters 1000 de Roma

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 16/05/2018 12:21

Nadal, el 1 del polvo

A pesar de haber perdido la cima del ranking en manos de Roger Federer, el español demostró su vigencia en su debut en el Masters 1000 de Roma y barrió al bosnio Damir Dzumhur por 6-1 y 6-0.

Fuente: Infobae
Wed, 16/05/2018 12:03

Juan Martín del Potro debuta ante el griego Stefanos Tsitsipas en el Masters 1000 de Roma

El mejor tenista argentino se presenta en la segunda ronda del torneo italiano. Además, Diego Schwartzman se medirá con el francés Benoit Paire

Fuente: La Nación
Wed, 16/05/2018 11:19

Masters 1000 de Roma: Dominic Thiem destrozó su raqueta y Fabio Fognini ofreció un show de tenis

ROMA.- Dominic Thiem, finalista en Madrid el pasado domingo, perdió en su debut en el Masters 1000 de Roma ante Fabio Fognini , que se impuso en tres sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-3), en la segunda ronda del certamen. Hasta ahí, la información pura. Pero el choque entre el austríaco y el italiano ofreció todos los condimentos.

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 16/05/2018 09:48

Debuta Del Potro

El tandilense enfrenta al griego Stefanos Tsitsipas (43°) por la segunda ronda del Masters 1000 de Roma. El que gana se mide ante el belga David Goffin. Seguilo en Olé.

Fuente: La Nación
Wed, 16/05/2018 09:16

Diego Schwartzman-Benoit Paire, por el Masters 1000 de Roma: el Peque quiere seguir avanzando

ROMA.- Diego Schwartzman (15° del mundo) se mide hoy ante el francés Benoit Paire (52°) por la segunda rueda del Masters 1000 de Roma. El partido será televisado por ESPN y se jugará cerca de las 11.30.

Fuente: Clarín
Wed, 16/05/2018 09:14

Juan Martín Del Potro y Diego Schwartzman buscan los octavos de final en Roma

Enfrentan al griego Tsitsipas y al francés Paire, respectivamente. Televisa ESPN.

Fuente: La Nación
Wed, 16/05/2018 08:37

Juan Martín del Potro-Stefanos Tsitsipas, por el Masters 1000 de Roma: el tandilense frente a un tenista en ascenso

Juan Martín Del Potro, número uno del tenis sudamericano, debutará hoy en el Masters 1000 de Roma ante un tenista en ascenso. El tandilense, 6° en el ranking mundial de la ATP, es el quinto cabeza de serie y debutará cerca de las 10.30 directamente en los octavos de final ante Stefanos Tsitsipas (43°), de 19 años y en pleno crecimiento. El mes pasado, el griego jugó la final del Conde de Godó en Barcelona, donde perdió con Rafael Nadal, y las semifinales de Estoril, torneo en el que cayó ante el local Joao Sousa, luego campeón.

Fuente: La Nación
Wed, 16/05/2018 07:43

Horarios y TV del miércoles: Boca se juega la clasificación a octavos de la Copa Libertadores y el debut de Juan Martín del Potro en Roma

Este miércoles 16 de mayo es el día clave para el futuro de Boca en la Copa Libertadores. El xeneize deberá ganarle a Alianza Lima como local (o empatar) y esperar que Junior no supere a Palmeiras en Brasil. En caso de que el xeneize iguale y los colombianos pierdan, pasará el equipo de Guillermo Barros Schelotto a octavos de final, por diferencia de gol.

Fuente: Ole
Wed, 16/05/2018 07:00

"Orsanic sigue hasta septiembre"

Tras la victoria opositora de la lista Experiencia y Cambio, Agustín Calleri y sus compañeros de Legión tomaron el poder de la AAT y se empezaron a mover en consecuencia. Uno de los interrogantes radicaba en la continuidad, como capitán de Davis, de Daniel Orsanic, quien había asegurado que no iba a continuar si triunfaba el ex N°16 en las elecciones. Sin embargo, en la presentación oficial de la nueva comisión en el Darling Club, el presidente trajo tranquilidad, por lo menos hasta la serie con Colombia: "Hablamos la semana pasada con Daniel y está confirmado para septiembre. Siempre dijimos que él iba a ser nuestro capitán". Otra de las cuestiones que ponía un manto de duda era si el líder en la consagración de la Ensaladera iba a mantenerse como Director de Desarrollo. Ahí no se pudo sostener Orsanic, como había quedado claro en la campaña. "En ese área va a estar Franco Squillari, trabajando con Guillermo Coria", confirmó Calleri. Del ex 11 del mundo, el Gordo destacó su vasta experiencia y la labor que lleva en su academia. El ganador de dos títulos ATP aseguró que en la charla con el capitán no hubo reproches: "Manifestó que hubiera deseado continuar en Desarrollo pero entendió que cuando hay una gestión nueva siempre viene con una impronta de un equipo de trabajo". Y tampoco Calleri lo cuestionó por su posicionamiento en las elecciones a favor de Batata Clerc: "Era una campaña electoral. Él se jugó por lo lógico, una dirigencia que lo venía bancando. Yo lo entiendo pero siempre pensamos de la misma manera. Lo conozco hace 20 años y está todo bien". Además de destacar el trabajo coordinado en un período de transición entre Orsanic y Squillari hasta que este último ponga su equipo, Agustín también ratificó a San Juan como sede para el repechaje del 14 al 16 de septiembre que puede regresar a la Argentina al Grupo Mundial. "Estuve en la serie con Chile y fue impecable la organización del Gobierno de San Juan. Hablé con los jugadores y me dijeron que estaban conformes. La verdad es que no dudamos. Se definió con una llamada al Gobernador Uñac. No había muchas alternativas". Y aunque afirmó que hay un 90% de que la superficie sea polvo, el cordobés dijo que la decisión está en manos del capitán y los jugadores. Con respecto al estado de la Asociación, Calleri confirmó que sabían un poco cómo iba a estar pero que van a hacer una auditoría externa bien profunda para ver realmente lo que tienen. Y remarcó que todos los días les aparecen irregularidades. "El lunes pasado sufrimos un embargo por un juicio perdido y surgen deudas no documentadas. Todo denota la mala administración de la gestión anterior". Además de asegurar que el proyecto del Centro Nacional en el Parque Sarmiento es un hecho, el hombre de Río Cuarto se refirió a Del Potro: "Nos llevamos muy bien, lo conozco desde sus principios. Lo vi antes de viajar a Madrid y tuvimos una charla informal, sólo hablamos de cómo estaba él y de nuestras familias. Después de Roland Garros nos juntaremos", cerró Calleri.

Copa Davis
Wed, 31/05/2017 13:35
Monfils suma 400 triunfos

Ante el alemán Dustin Brown en Roland Garros, el parisino registró el número 400 en su lista de triunfos

Mon, 29/05/2017 16:21
El club de los 30 domina el mundo

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal y Roger Federer son el top 5 del tenis

Fri, 26/05/2017 17:00
Con Pablo Cuevas en cabeza, Uruguay apunta alto

Como anfitrión y con el equipo más fuerte del grupo, los hombres de Enrique Pérez Cassarino tienen grandes posibilidades de ascenso

Tue, 23/05/2017 10:20
Casal y Sánchez reciben el Premio Philippe Chatrier

Top 1 en dobles, su asociación en la cancha duró 12 años y ha continuado durante 20 años más fuera de ella

Wed, 17/05/2017 15:11
América III prepara su gran serie

Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica y Panamá competirán en Montevideo

Tue, 16/05/2017 16:47
Las 700 victorias de David Ferrer

El valenciano es el décimotercer jugador que sobrepasa los 700 triunfos en una cancha de tenis. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal y Novak Djokovic son los únicos en activo que lo hicieron antes

Tue, 16/05/2017 15:07
Mónaco dice adiós al tenis profesional

En tandilense se despide del tenis "Agradecimiento por lo que el tenis me dio: educación, disciplina, amistades y momentos inolvidables"

Wed, 10/05/2017 14:20
Francia elige Lille para la semi con Serbia

Será en el estadio Pierre-Mauroy por una de las semifinales del Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas el 15-17 de septiembre.

Tue, 09/05/2017 09:37
Argentina viaja a Astana para mantener la categoría

Kazajistán recibe al último campeón en una superficie rápida indoor. El ganador del cruce del 15-17 de septiembre se quedará en el Grupo Mundial en 2018.

Fri, 05/05/2017 15:40
Bélgica, Japón y Hungría confirman sedes

Los belgas recibirán a Australia por una de las semis en Bruselas sobre polvo de ladrillo. Por los play-offs, Japón es local en Osaka ante Brasil y Hungría en Budapest ante Rusia.

Mon, 01/05/2017 14:05
Camboya cumple con su objetivo de ascenso

El equipo juega su sexto año en la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas ganando el ascenso al Grupo III de la Zona Asia/Oceanía en abril.

Fri, 14/04/2017 09:38
Los 200 éxitos de Verdasco en arcilla

El madrileño, 31 del mundo, se une a la lista de los cinco españoles que han superado la barrera de los 200. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo y Nicolás Almagro son los otros.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:27
RESUMEN Francia 4:1 Gran Bretaña

Francia clasifica a una nueva semifinal de Copa Davis por BNP Paribas al vencer a Gran Bretaña en cuartos de esta manera.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:18
RESUMEN Serbia 4:1 España

Serbia no tuvo piedad con España en los cuartos de final de la COpa Davis por BNP Paribas. Aquí, lo mejor de la serie.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:10
RESUMEN Bélgica 3:2 Italia

Repasa el triunfo de Bélgica en Charleroi ante Italia por los cuartos de final de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas.

Thu, 13/04/2017 16:04
RESUMEN Australia 3:2 Estados Unidos

Repasa el resumen del partido de cuartos de final de la Copa Davis por BNP Paribas entre Australia y Estados Unidos en Brisbane.

Tue, 11/04/2017 08:44
Sorteo play-offs Grupo Mundial 2017

Argentina viajará a Kazajistán, Colombia serña anfitriona de Croacia y Brasil se medirán a Japón a domicilio

Mon, 10/04/2017 09:20
¿Cuáles son los posibles cruces de los play-offs mundiales?

Mañana se realizará el sorteo para los 8 partidos de septiembre. ¿Quiénes son las preclasificadas? Repasa las combinaciones posibles.

Mon, 10/04/2017 00:30
EA/AO I-II domingo

Holanda, Bielorrusia y Portugal se unen a Kazajistán e India en lista de participantes en play-offs del Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 19:51
Brasileños aspiran ser locales en los play-off

Bellucci pone el 4-0 ante Endara. Los brasileños ya están, desde ayer, en el play-off del Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 16:00
Blog EN VIVO - Domingo (2)

Vive el desenlace de los cuartos de final del Grupo Mundial Copa Davis y de los Grupos I y II América con fotos, entrevistas, resultados, imágenes, tweets... ¡no te pierdas nada!

Sun, 09/04/2017 14:46
EN VIVO: B. Arias (BOL) v S. Newman (BAH)

Los bolivianos sellaron la serie en Santa Cruz de la Sierra con el dobles. Así, salvan la categoría pero mandan a Bahamas al descenso.

Sun, 09/04/2017 14:37
Francia terminó aplastando 4-1 a Gran Bretaña

Evans había descontado para la visita, pero Chardy amplió la diferencia. Los galos ya piensan en la semifinal, de local, ante Serbia en septiembre.

Sun, 09/04/2017 12:37
España sucumbe en la muralla de Belgrado

La derrota en Serbia 4-1 devuelve al tenis español a la realidad de conformarse con la permanencia en el Grupo Mundial.

Sun, 09/04/2017 11:40
EN VIVO: Rodríguez (VEN) v Arévalo (ESA)

El uno venezolano puede sellar la serie, tras el 2-1 con el triunfo del dobles de ayer

 
 
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Sat, 19/05/2018 22:59
Rafa, Sascha Set For Battle Royale In Rome

The fireworks will be flying on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, as the two hottest players on the ATP World Tour are set for a championship clash in Rome.  Top seed and seven-time champion Rafael Nadal will square off against second seed and reigning titlist Alexander Zverev in a highly-anticipated showdown on the clay of the Foro Italico. It is only fitting that the gladiators renew their budding rivalry in Rome, with plenty on the line for both players. One year after making his debut appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, Zverev is well on his way to return to The O2. The German is assured of securing the top spot in the ATP Race To London on Monday with his successful week in Rome. He has dominated the ATP World Tour in recent months, posting a 21-2 record on the circuit since mid-March, which has vaulted the 21-year-old to the Race lead as we enter Roland Garros. Zverev still has plenty at stake against Nadal, however, as he also seeks to continue to close the gap on the Top 2 of the ATP Rankings. And with only 10 points to defend at the second Grand Slam of the year, a win on Sunday would be another important step in his quest to become the first player outside the Big Four to crack the Top 2 in 13 years. View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match from the 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia & vote for who you think will win!  Nadal vs Zverev  [POLL]46818[/POLL]  "There's not much you need to say about him," Zverev, who now owns a tour-leading 30 match wins this year, said about Nadal. "I'm definitely not the favourite in this matchup, but I'll be ready for it and I'll do everything I can to recover. We'll see how it goes tomorrow." ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Title Leaders Player Masters 1000 Titles Rome Titles (1) Rafael Nadal 31 7 (2) Novak Djokovic 30 4 (3) Roger Federer 27 0 (4) Andre Agassi 17 1 (5) Andy Murray 14 1 As if Nadal needs any additional motivation to secure an unprecedented 32nd Masters 1000 crown and eighth in the Eternal City, the Spaniard will be eyeing a return to World No. 1 in the ATP Rankings with a win on Sunday. After relinquishing the No. 1 mantle following a quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open, Nadal is poised to reclaim his throne for a 174th week. "If I am back to No. 1, it's great," said Nadal on Saturday. "Better than to be No. 2, it's true. My motivation is to win a title and I am playing for this tomorrow." [ALSO LIKE] Zverev enters Sunday's showdown in the midst of a 13-match unbeaten run, having dropped just two sets in that span. But Nadal will take great confidence from a streak of his own. The Manacor native owns a perfect 4-0 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, including a recent 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory in Davis Cup action last month. He also claimed wins in Indian Wells in 2016 and last year at both the Australian Open at Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Both players will be battle tested as they enter Centrale once again, with Nadal overcoming Novak Djokovic on Saturday, in what was the 51st meeting between the two titans, and Zverev outlasting Marin Cilic under the lights. The top-seeded Spaniard is also coming off a comeback victory over Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals, having stormed back from a set down to defeat the home favourite.  And if Nadal is to add a 78th piece of silverware to his burgeoning trophy case, he will claim yet another slice of history. Victory over Zverev would see him climb past John McEnroe for solo fourth place on the Open Era titles list. Only Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (97) and Ivan Lendl (94) remain ahead of the 31-year-old. Tour-Level Match Wins Leaders In 2018 Player Match Wins (1) Alexander Zverev 30 (2) Dominic Thiem 25 (3) Juan Martin del Potro 23 (4) Rafael Nadal 22 On the other side of the net, victory for Zverev would put the 21-year-old in an exclusive club as just the third player to complete the Madrid-Rome double. Only Nadal (2010 & '13) and Djokovic (2011) have done so since the current Masters 1000 format was established in 2009. Zverev is also bidding to become the first player outside of the Big Four to successfully defend a Masters 1000 crown since Juan Carlos Ferrero achieved the feat in Monte-Carlo in 2002-03.  Read More: Zverev Extends Streak, Reaches Rome Final "We've had some very tough matches," Zverev added, referring to his previous meetings with Nadal. "In Indian Wells, I lost with a match point and in Australia we went five sets. Obviously we had some great battles and I've always enjoyed playing him. He's the greatest of all time on clay, but hopefully I can prepare the best I can for tomorrow."

Sat, 19/05/2018 22:07
Nadal Survives Djokovic Battle, Faces Zverev In Final

Watch highlights from Saturday's semi-finals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, as Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev battled into the title match. Photo Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 22:00
Zverev Looks Ahead to Rome Final

Reigning champion Alexander Zverev reflects on his semi-final victory over Marin Cilic, as he targets back-to-back titles in Rome. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 19:09
Lucky 13: Zverev Extends Streak, Reaches Rome Final

When Alexander Zverev arrived at the Foro Italico last year, the German had never reached the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. In fact, at World No. 17, he held just a 17-13 record at the elite level. But the 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, at which Zverev lifted his maiden Masters 1000 trophy, proved to be just the beginning. One year on, the 21-year-old defeated Marin Cilic on Saturday evening 7-6(13), 7-5 in the Rome semi-finals to win his 13th match in a row, as he attempts to win back-to-back-to-back titles after triumphing in Munich and Madrid. "It was very tough. It's always tough playing Marin. He's one of the best players on Tour right now," Zverev said. "He knows what it takes to win the big matches in the big moments so I had to play my best to get the win today." Zverev advances to his fifth championship match on the prestigious stage over that span. Rafael Nadal, his opponent on Sunday, and Roger Federer are tied for second with three final appearances each in the past 52 weeks. And perhaps more impressively, regardless of Zverev's result against seven-time champion Nadal, he will climb past Federer into the lead in the ATP Race To London on Monday as he attempts to qualify for the season finale for the second consecutive year. "There's not much you need to say about him [Rafa]. He's won so many tournaments on this surface, won the French Open 10 times, so I'm definitely not the favourite in this matchup," admitted Zverev ahead of his clash against Nadal. "But hopefully I'll be ready for it. I'll do everything I can to recover and we'll see tomorrow how it goes." The 21-year-old is also the first player on the ATP World Tour to reach 30 wins in 2018 despite an 8-4 start in which he failed to reach a final in his first four tournaments of the season. Since then, the Monte-Carlo resident has reached the final at four of his five events, with three of those coming at the Masters 1000 level. The only city in which he did not reach the championship match was in Monte-Carlo, where he lost against Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals. The key to his victory on Saturday was the epic first-set tie-beak that lasted well longer than 20 minutes. Zverev cruised on serve throughout the set, asserting himself from the first strike. But after sprinting to a commanding 4/0 lead in the tie-break, a tinge of apprehension appeared in his game, and Cilic, another tall, talented ball-striker, took full advantage by stepping into his own shots. The Croatian would earn five set points, but much like what happened to the German when he gained control, Cilic became apprehensive, making an error on his steadier backhand side on each of those chances. Zverev then converted on his fourth set point.  And while he relinquished an immediate break in the second set, Zverev raised his level to break back. And as the set came to a close, he was the one who seized the moment to reach the Rome final for the second straight year. Despite the loss, it was a strong effort by Cilic in the Italian capital. This was the World No. 5's first appearance in a Masters 1000 clay-court semi-final, and he had only won two of five ATP World Tour matches on the surface before arriving in Rome.  Did You Know? Alexander Zverev’s first-set tie-break victory against Marin Cilic is tied for the longest of the season. The two other 15/13 tie-breaks this year came in the Indian Wells first round when Maximilian Marterer beat Ivo Karlovic 6-7(13) 7-6(4) 6-3 and in the Sao Paulo quarter-finals when Pablo Cuevas ousted Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-7(13) 7-6(5).

Sat, 19/05/2018 17:55
Djokovic: 'I Can Only Take Positives From This Week'

Despite falling to Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Saturday, Novak Djokovic can take a lot of positives out of his week in Rome. The former World No. 1 showed signs in the Italian capital of returning to the level that helped him clinch the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking on four occasions. He reached his first tour-level semi-final of the season as he continues his comeback from a right elbow injury. “I can only take positives from this week," reflected Djokovic. "I didn't really expect anything coming into this tournament, when it comes to results, because I didn't have many great results in the last period. I'm pleased with how I've played [in the] past three days, very pleased.” Djokovic was happy with how well he played on Court Centrale in his 51st FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Nadal, who improves to 18-1 on clay this season. “I don't think that there was too much of a difference [between us], which is great news for me,” said Djokovic. “Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay-courts and he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere.” The 30-year-old also said he has learned a lot on the comeback trail after a tough start to the season. Djokovic entered Rome with a 6-6 record in 2018, and, earlier this season, lost three consecutive tour-level matches for the first time since 2007. “I've never faced this kind of situation before,” said Djokovic. “So I thought that it's not going to take me long to get back to winning ways… I [have] had to learn a lesson and accept the circumstances. But, looking back two or three months, this is the best that I've felt on the court, by far." Djokovic’s run to the last four in Rome may just be the start of a return to form. The 68-time tour-level titlist was philosophical in his outlook that his fortunes can always change, for better or worse, in a short period of time. “People are very powerful. We can turn things around in one day and I truly believe in that. I've experienced it myself many times throughout my life and my tennis career. I believe that one match, one tournament can turn things around one way or another,” expressed Djokovic. “It just depends how you deal with it, how you process everything and how you accept it. How you take the positives or the negatives out of it and use it for your benefit in the future." Despite an encouraging week in Rome, Djokovic's loss to Nadal confirms he will be ranked outside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since 2 October 2006 on Monday. Djokovic was defending 600 points in Rome this week after reaching the championship match last year.  “I really don't see many negatives," Djokovic said. "I see mostly positives from this week. And that's something that I'm going to take into the next week of training for Roland Garros.” One additional reason behind Djokovic’s marked improvement in Rome may be the support of the fans around the Foro Italico. The four-time champion took time to share his love for the supporters who have attended the event during his career. “Throughout the past ten years that I've been coming to Rome, the support [has been] incredible,” said Djokovic. “I want to thank everybody again for creating an incredible atmosphere on the court for both players. “I did feel like [I was] playing at home, really. I can only thank [the fans] for that support and the love they gave me. That's why [Rome] is definitely one of my favourite places in the world to play tennis.”

Sat, 19/05/2018 17:43
Scouting Report: 20 Things To Watch In Geneva & Lyon

ATP World Tour 250-level titles are on the line this week at clay-court events in Geneva and Lyon, the final events before Roland Garros. At the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, two-time defending champion Stan Wawrinka, No. 1 Italian Fabio Fognini and former World No. 3 David Ferrer are the wild cards, attempting to challenge top-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States. Just more than 100 kilometres away, at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon, Dominic Thiem looks to continue his momentum on clay alongside fellow Top 10 player John Isner and the fast-rising Hyeon Chung, the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion. View Draws: Geneva | Lyon 10 THINGS TO WATCH IN GENEVA 1) Stan In Switzerland: Since Geneva returned to the ATP World Tour calendar in 2015, Wawrinka has appeared at each edition of the event. He’s gone on to the 2015 title, 2016 semi-finals and 2017 final at Roland Garros during the fortnight that follows the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. The Swiss No. 2 continues his comeback from two left knee surgeries last August. 2) 300 Wins: Fognini will make his Geneva debut following a memorable week on home soil in Rome. The Italian defeated Gael Monfils for his 300th match win and upset World No. 8 Dominic Thiem before falling to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Fognini is 20-11 overall this season. 3) Back To The Grind: Ferrer and wife Marta welcomed their first child, Leo, earlier this month. In anticipation, Ferrer withdrew from four tournaments before returning to action last week in Rome. Ferrer reached the Geneva semi-finals in 2016. 4) Top-Seeded Sam: Sam Querrey inched closer to the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings than ever before on 26 February when he reached a career-high No. 11. Querrey rebounded from an early loss in Acapulco nicely with a run to the Indian Wells quarter-finals and he enters Geneva as the World No. 12. 5) Emotional Return: Steve Johnson reached the 2017 Geneva quarter-finals in his first tournament following the death of his father, Steve Johnson Sr. As was the case last year, the American enters Geneva as the Houston champion after retaining his title with wins over five countrymen. 6) Big Foe On The Come Up: After going 9-31 in tour-level matches as a teenager, #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe is 15-6 since turning 20 in January. Tiafoe became the youngest American ATP World Tour champion since Andy Roddick in 2002 when he won the Delray Beach Open on 25 February. He backed that up by reaching the Estoril final earlier this month. 7) First-Time Champions: Also in the Geneva draw are Marco Cecchinato and Mirza Basic, who lifted their first maiden ATP World Tour trophies this year. Cecchinato captured the Budapest title as a 92nd-ranked lucky loser on 29 April and Basic won the Sofia championship as a 129th-ranked qualifier on 11 February. 8) Make No Mistake: Among the players seeking their first tour-level title this week is Mischa Zverev, who was ranked 32nd and would have been seeded seventh when the 2017 Geneva draw was made. Instead, Zverev reached the final as an unseeded qualifier after forgetting to enter by the deadline. 9) New No. 1: Mate Pavic competes in his first tournament as the No. 1 player in the ATP Doubles Rankings this week — the Croatian will climb to the top spot on Monday. The 24-year-old is the first Croatian No. 1 in singles or doubles and the youngest doubles No. 1 since Australian Todd Woodbridge in February 1996. Pavic and Oliver Marach are the top seeds in Geneva. 10) 39 & Counting: Ivo Karlovic, 39, is making his Geneva debut. In Houston, the Croatian became the oldest player to advance to an ATP World Tour semi-final since Jimmy Connors at 1993 San Francisco. He opens his campaign in Switzerland against German Peter Gojowczyk, whom he trails 0-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. 10 THINGS TO WATCH IN LYON 1) Dominic Dominates On Clay: After Thiem beat Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Rome quarter-finals, the Spaniard swept his next 21 matches and 50 sets on clay. Thiem ended both streaks in the Madrid quarter-finals on 11 May, eventually reaching the final. The Austrian has won seven of his nine ATP World Tour titles and reached 12 of his 15 finals on clay, posting wins on the surface over Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. 2) Big Man's Big Turnaround: Isner started the season 2-6 before breaking out in Miami, where he defeated Top 10 players Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev to become the oldest first-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion in history. The 6'10" American turned 33 on 26 April. 3) Sock’s Breakout?: Isner's doubles partner, Jack Sock, is 5-9 this season. But perhaps an impressive victory against Ferrer in Rome will have given the American the confidence for a big run in Lyon. Sock has shown his potential, finishing 2017 by capturing his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at Paris and using the ATP Rankings points from that victory to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, at which he defeated Cilic and Zverev. 4) Asian Sensation: Chung is 20-9 this season, highlighted by wins over Zverev and Djokovic en route to the Australian Open semi-finals. In Melbourne, he became the first male or female Grand Slam semi-finalist from South Korea. Chung is still seeking the first ATP World Tour final of his career. However, he went 5-0 to capture last year's inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 5) Vive le France: French veterans Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon are in the Lyon field. Both won season-opening titles on 6 January. Monfils is 10-9 since capturing his seventh ATP World Tour title at Doha, while Simon has gone 7-10 after winning his 13th title at Pune. They both will look to round into form at one of their home events. 6) Comeback King: John Millman rallied from right shoulder surgery to break into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings in 2015. So it should come as no surprise that he recovered from groin surgery to reach a career-high No. 58 on 14 May. Millman advanced to his first ATP World Tour final at Budapest last month. 7) Portuguese Pride: Joao Sousa was 0-3 at the Millennium Estoril Open before breaking through in a big way earlier this month. Sousa saved two match points against Pedro Sousa and defeated #NextGenATP players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe to win the Estoril title. 8) ATP Race To Milan: Taylor Fritz is fifth in the ATP Race to Milan as of 14 May. With the Top 7 players ensured a spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals, the 20-year-old American is on pace to qualify. Fritz advanced to his second ATP World Tour semi-final on the clay courts of Houston last month. 9) Reunited: Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer and Rohan Bopanna/Edouard Roger-Vasselin were regular teams in 2013 and are competing together in Lyon this week. Qureshi/Rojer won the 2013 Miami title, while Bopanna/Roger-Vasselin reached the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals. 10) Titlists All Around: Six players competing in the main draw have won ATP World Tour titles in 2018: top-seeded Dominic Thiem (Buenos Aires), Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (Quito), Portugal's Joao Sousa (Estoril), Frenchmen Gilles Simon (Pune) and Gael Monfils (Doha), and American John Isner (Miami).

Sat, 19/05/2018 16:44
At 17, Molleker Making Most Of Opportunity In Heilbronn

Prior to this week, 17-year-old Rudolf Molleker had never won a match on the ATP Challenger Tour. But now, the German youngster, appearing in just his third main draw at the Challenger level, has become the youngest finalist of 2018. At 17 years, seven months, he is the talk of the tournament in Heilbronn. Expected to rise almost 100 places into the Top 400 of the ATP Rankings on Monday, Molleker defeated back-to-back seeded opponents to reach the semi-finals at the Heilbronner Neckarcup, where he overcame Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero from a set down on Saturday. The German upset fourth-seeded countryman Yannick Hanfmann and seventh seed Alexey Vatutin, also in three sets, to make headlines at the ATP Challenger Tour’s 2017 Tournament of the Year. “This is not expected,” admitted Molleker. “But I think that at the moment I'm playing very good tennis. I have now achieved three great wins and you can't say I was lucky. I know I can beat the top players. We've seen that. I just need to be more consistent.” Inspired by World No. 3 Alexander Zverev, who won the title in Heilbronn in 2015, Molleker looks to follow in the footsteps of his surging countryman. “Sascha is an absolutely exceptional player,” said Molleker. “Of course I hope that my career will be similar, but until then I still have a very long way to go.” It is not just current German stars motivating the 17-year-old as he breaks through at the Challenger level. The Ukraine-born budding star also received advice from former World No. 1 Boris Becker during a recent German Tennis Federation seminar. “We talked about the mental part of my tennis,” shared Molleker. “I know that I can have a good technique and strong game, but sometimes it just does not hit me mentally. Boris [Becker] has given me some tips on how to improve myself in this area. That's the part that I pay special attention to in the game.” [ALSO LIKE] Despite the parallels to Zverev in Heilbronn and the attention from Becker, Molleker does not feel a sense of pressure as Germany’s latest #NextGenATP hope. The 6’1” right-hander displays maturity beyond his years, focusing instead on how the added attention can be a benefit to his career ambitions. “I do not see that as pressure, but as possibility,” said Molleker. “Without this, I would not have received a wild card for the Neckarcup. I think I have justified the confidence placed in me by winning and I am glad that the tournament continues for me.” The #NextGenATP German, who reached his first ATP World Tour main draw at the 2017 German Tennis Championships in Hamburg, plans to spend the majority of this season playing more Challenger events; a tier of the sport that Molleker possesses an added level of appreciation for. “Together with my coach, we've decided that this year I will be mainly playing Challenger tournaments to earn points for the ATP Rankings. I am thankful to be given a wild card here in Heilbronn this week. My next highlight will be Roland Garros juniors in Paris. But I like it better in Challengers. Here, players do better to create points and there seems to be more of a system behind it. You know why you play each ball and where you hit it. I feel that is easier for me.” ð??©ð??ª teen Rudolf Molleker speaks to press after reaching his first #ATPChallenger final in Heilbronn.First 17-year-old in a final since Wu Yibing in Shanghai last year. pic.twitter.com/CprcNkXtA7— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) May 19, 2018 Molleker will face World No. 81 Jiri Vesely in Sunday's championship clash. The teen is hoping his first Top 100 win will also bring a maiden title. "This is a confirmation for me that I'm heading in the right direction. It pays off to work hard. I'm in a Challenger final. Not everyone can say that at my age. I will enjoy this." FAST FACTS At 17 years and 6 months, Molleker is the youngest Challenger finalist this year. He is looking to become the first teenage winner this year as well. Molleker is the third player born in the year 2000 to reach a Challenger final, joining Felix Auger-Aliassime (Lyon & Sevilla 2017) and Nicola Kuhn (Braunschweig 2017). Last year, players aged 17 and under were undefeated (5-0) in Challenger finals. In addition to Auger-Aliassime and Kuhn, Wu Yibing won in Shanghai and Denis Shapovalov won in Drummondville, Canada. Molleker is the second German teenager to reach a Challenger final this year, joining Daniel Altmaier who finished runner-up in Burnie, Australia.  Molleker is bidding to become the youngest German to win a Challenger title since Alexander Zverev in Braunschweig 2014. Sascha was 17 years, 2 months old.

Sat, 19/05/2018 16:19
Novak & Rafa: The Rivalry

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have met more than any other two players in the Open Era, a record 51 times. Djokovic leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 26-25 and has won seven of their past nine contests, with the Spaniard claiming their two most recent meetings. Here is a history of the duo's 51 career matches: 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia SF, clay, Nadal d. Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-3 Entering the pair's first meeting in more than a year, Nadal was the clear favourite. The top seed had won 50 consecutive sets on clay — a record for the most sets claimed in a row on a single surface — before falling in the Madrid quarter-finals the previous week. And it was tough to tell how high Djokovic, still recovering from a right elbow injury, would be able to raise his level.  But the Serbian played excellent tennis, especially in the first set, comfortably finding the sharpest of angles from the backhand corner to give Nadal fits. But toward the end of the opening set, the Spaniard began to unleash his forehand down the line, therefore changing court positioning and taking control of baseline rallies, leading to his eventual victory.  It was an important win for Nadal, earning his 356th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match victory to break a tie with Roger Federer (355) for the most in history. The 31-year-old also moved within one triumph of reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings after dropping to No. 2 with his loss in Madrid. The triumph not only showed Nadal's great form, but also that Djokovic, despite competing in just his first semi-final of 2018, is on his way back to his top level. 2017 Mutua Madrid Open SF, clay, Nadal d. Djokovic 6-2, 6-4 During their historic 50th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Nadal decidedly turned the tables on Djokovic, thoroughly outplaying the defending champion to reach his eighth Mutua Madrid Open final. Djokovic had owned their rivalry during recent years. The Serbian had won 15 consecutive sets and seven straight matches against Nadal. It had been nearly three years since the “King of Clay” had prevailed against Djokovic – the 2014 Roland Garros final. But Nadal dominated from the start during their 50th meeting in Madrid, aggressively smashing forehands and confidently hitting backhand winners. Djokovic would make it a match in the second set but Nadal served out the final after one hour and 38 minutes. The win further solidified Nadal's place in history as the greatest clay-court player and showed the tennis world that the Spaniard is back in top form. He improved to 14-0 in clay-court matches this season and will play for his third clay-court crown of the year, after winning a record 10th title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell earlier this season. 2016 Internazionali BNL d'Italia QF, clay, Djokovic d. Nadal 75 76(4) In their closest contest for almost two years, Djokovic rallied from a break down in both sets to thwart an in-form and enthusiastic Nadal. The Serb extended his recent mastery over the Spaniard to move into the Rome semi-finals for the 10th consecutive year. Djokovic has now won the past seven matches and 15 sets against Nadal. The World No. 1 leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 26-23. He also moved within two matches of winning his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. 2016 BNP Paribas Open SF, hard, Djokovic d. Nadal 76(5) 62 Djokovic earned the opportunity to play for an unprecedented fifth BNP Paribas Open title after edging Nadal in the semi-finals at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the pair’s 48th meeting – an Open Era record on the ATP World Tour – the Serb claimed his sixth straight win over Nadal and has won 13 consecutive sets against the Spaniard. Djokovic would go on to win the BNP Paribas Open final and join Nadal with a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The World No. 1 has won seven of the past 10 Masters 1000 events. Despite the loss, however, Nadal said he gained confidence from playing Djokovic better than he has in their recent matches. 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open F, hard, Djokovic d. Nadal 61 62 Djokovic made sure the lone blip in his jaw-dropping 2015 campaign - a Doha quarter-final defeat to Ivo Karlovic - was a distant memory. The World No. 1 captured his sixth consecutive ATP World Tour title and 60th overall at the tour-level. He became just the 10th player in the Open Era to reach the 60-title milestone, drawing level with Andre Agassi in a tie for ninth. After streaking to a 6-1 first set after just 31 minutes, Djokovic continued to apply pressure on Nadal, suffocating the Spaniard from the baseline with a ruthless display of aggression. He converted his third break point in the opening game of the second set and secured another break to all but seal the match at 4-1. He would wrap up the match after 73 minutes, striking a total 30 winners to just 13 unforced errors. The Serb leads the historic FedEx ATP Head2Head for the first time at 24-23. He has now claimed 11 consecutive sets since Nadal prevailed in the 2014 Roland Garros final. 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals SF, hard, Djokovic d. Nadal 63 63 Djokovic turned in a comprehensive performance in reaching a fourth consecutive final at The O2 in London, advancing to an 85th tour-level title match.  Djokovic was on the attack immediately against Nadal's own serve, pouncing on a short second serve for a return winner in the very first point and breaking to love for a quick 2-0 lead. The Belgrade native struck 12 winners and just one unforced error through the first three games. He was in control at the baseline, dictating play on his own terms and most importantly refusing to yield an inch on his own serve. Patterns persisted in the second set, with Djokovic using his agility to stand tall on the baseline and he would break for 3-2 after a 25-shot rally. The Serb launched a backhand winner down-the-line on the run to give him his first match point at 5-3 and he would capitalise with another backhand winner - this time going cross-court. With his consecutive finals reached streak up to 15 tournaments, Djokovic became the first player to claim 30 match wins against Top 10 opponents in a single season. 2015 China Open F, hard, Djokovic d. Nadal 62 62 Djokovic extended his run of dominance in Beijing to 29-0 with a gritty victory over Nadal in the final. It was the Serb's seventh win over Nadal in their last eight meetings, a run that began at the 2013 China Open final. The World No. 1, who had already clinched the year-end top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings, improved to a stunning 68-5 in 2015 and 23-4 against Top 10 opponents. Djokovic would get off to a flying start in his quest for a sixth Beijing title, breaking immediately in the first game and again for 5-2 after turning aside a pair of break chances in the sixth game. Nadal would receive a visit from the trainer for an apparent leg ailment midway through the third game of the second set and Djokovic would pounce, breaking for 2-1. He did not look back, surging to the title after 91 minutes. The top seed struck 23 winners, including seven aces. "This has definitely been my most successful tournament," said Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. "Beijing has been a lucky place for me. In 2008, I remember the Olympic Games when Rafa won gold and the tradition of Asian tennis started here. I played a great tournament overall and continued playing well today. Rafa and I have played 45 times and I hope that continues." 2015 Roland Garros QF, clay, Djokovic d. Nadal 75 63 61 On his seventh attempt, Djokovic finally dethroned nine-time champion Nadal on the red clay of Roland Garros, handing the Spaniard just his second loss in Paris and maintaining his hopes of completing the career Grand Slam. In one of the most highly anticipated Grand Slam quarter-finals in history, Djokovic raced to a 4-love lead in the first set before sixth-seeded Nadal battled back to level the match. Despite the momentum shift, the Serb would find his footing to claim the first set in 67 minutes.  Djokovic was dominant on his serve in the second set, claiming 16 of 18 straight service points, before eventually taking a two-set lead. He carried that momentum into the final set, limiting Nadal to just three total forehand winners and claiming victory in two hours and 26 minutes.  2015 Monte-Carlo SF, clay, Djokovic d. Nadal 63 63  Djokovic reached his fourth Monte-Carlo by denying Rafael Nadal once again at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Their 43rd meeting with a tale of the seventh game. Djokovic is now riding a 16-match winning streak and is on course to capture four straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Nadal took a 2-0 lead at the start of the match, as Djokovic – the form player of 2015 – was tested, but regrouped to win three straight games. In an 11-minute seventh game, which saw Djokovic save one break, his greater weight of shots eventually over-stretched Nadal. Djokovic broke for a 5-3 lead, but Nadal battled throughout the 43-minute opener. Djokovic playing on, or inside, the baseline, withstood a stern examination of his backhand, to create two break point chances in the opening game but he could not make a breakthrough. Nadal led 40/0 it 3-3, but was left to rue two forehand errors and a double fault as Djokovic went on to claim the 19-point game. Djokovic earned his 29th match win of the season with a backhand winner into space. 2014 Roland Garros, clay, Nadal d. Djokovic 36 75 62 64 Nadal prevented Djokovic from completing a career Grand Slam, as he retained his No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking and became the first player in history to win nine titles at a major. He also drew level with Pete Sampras at No. 2 in the Grand Slam title-leaders list on 14 major crowns. The Spaniard had lost eight of his past nine sets against Djokovic entering the Roland Garros final, and once again fell behind to start the match as Djokovic broke in the eighth game and survived a pair of break points. Though the winner of the first set had gone on to triumph nine times in their 11 previous Grand Slam meetings, a free-swinging Nadal drew level at a set apiece with a break and quickly raced out to a 3-0 lead in the third. The Serbian found renewed energy in the fourth set, recovering a break in the seventh game, but was unable to hold serve to stay in the match as he double-faulted on championship point. 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia Final, Rome, clay, Djokovic d. Nadal 46 63 63 Djokovic pulled closer to Nadal in the battle for No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings by claiming his third Rome title and 19th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. It was the Serb's second triumph over his rival in a Rome final, having prevailed in the 2011 title match. Nadal entered their 41st encounter having spent over 10 hours on court through the semi-finals, but the seven-time champion showed no signs of fatigue in the early stages. He would surge to a double-break lead in the first set behind a ferocious offensive onslaught, and held on to take the opener in 46 minutes. In their previous 10 meetings, the player who had won the first set went on to win the match. Djokovic was ready to buck the trend, finding his range and rhythm in the second and third sets and turning the tables with a tenacious attacking display. He would hold Nadal to winning under 28 per cent of second serve points won for the rest of the match, firing return winners with ease and standing tall on the baseline. Djokovic's 46 winners (including 15 from the backhand side) and six aces were too much for Nadal to overcome. Read Matches 1-10  Read Matches 11 to 20 Read Matches 21 to 30 Read Matches 31 to 40

Sat, 19/05/2018 15:57
Nadal Happy To Get Through 'Tough Battle' Against Djokovic In Rome 2018

Top seed Rafael Nadal reflects on his victory against longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia semi-finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 15:14
Cabal/Farah Edge Murray/Soares In Rome

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah reached their third tour-level final of 2018 on Saturday, defeating Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-8 at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The Mutua Madrid Open semi-finalists (l. Mektic/Peya) saved five of the seven break points they faced en route to their second victory over Murray and Soares in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Cabal and Farah will be attempting to win their first title since the 2017 BMW Open by FWU (d. Chardy/Martin) last May. Cabal and Farah will face Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa or Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers in the final. Murray and Soares made a dream start to the semi-final encounter, breaking to love to secure a 1-0 lead. But it was the Colombian duo who found success towards the latter end of the set. Cabal and Farah saved two set points from 30/40 down at 3-5, with Farah hitting a crosscourt forehand winner and a strong body serve to force Murray to serve for the set. That recovery proved to be crucial. In the following game, a forced Soares backhand error at deciding point levelled the scores at 5-5 before Cabal and Farah snatched the opening set in the tie-break. Murray and Soares responded well in the second set, winning 83 per cent of service points (20/24) to force a Match Tie-break. The Acapulco champions secured the only break of the set in the fourth game, capitalising on a double fault from Farah to lead 3-1. But Cabal and Farah regained the momentum in the decider, establishing an 8/4 lead, and despite Murray and Soares battling back to 8/8, Cabal and Farah clinched the win on their first match point after a double fault from Murray. Did You Know? In Cabal and Farah’s past two events, at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and the Mutua Madrid Open, they were beaten by the eventual champions in Match Tie-breaks.

Sat, 19/05/2018 14:17
Hot Shot: Novak Outduels Rafa In Epic Rally In Rome 2018

Watch Novak Djokovic outduel Rafael Nadal in an oustanding rally featuring drop shots, fantastic gets and a volley finish in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia semi-finals. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 13:49
Hot Shot: Soares' Behind-The-Back Winner

Watch as Bruno Soares reacts quickly at the net to produce a behind-the-back volley winner at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 13:12
Nadal Survives Battle Against Djokovic

Rafael Nadal won 50 sets in a row on clay, a record for consecutive sets on a single surface, before falling in last week’s Madrid quarter-finals. Nevertheless, the Spaniard entered Saturday's semi-finals in Rome with a 17-1 record on the surface in 2018. It was clear that the top seed was in form. But longtime rival Novak Djokovic, who had won three of their past four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings on clay, stood across the net. And the four-time Rome champion played arguably the best match of his comeback from a right elbow injury, channeling the level and intensity that helped him to four year-end No. 1 finishes in the ATP Rankings. It still was not enough. Nadal outdueled Djokovic 7-6(4), 6-3 in a tight battle over one hour, 56 minutes on Court Centrale at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia to earn his 356th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match win, breaking a tie with Roger Federer (355) for the most victories at the elite level in history. "It was a tough battle, I think a good level of tennis," Nadal said. "[It was a] combination of tactics, a combination of great shots for both of us. [It's a] very important victory for me. I'm very happy." Nadal is now one win — against last week’s Madrid champion Alexander Zverev or first-time clay-court Masters 1000 semi-finalist Marin Cilic — from regaining the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings after his Madrid loss sent him to No. 2 behind Federer this week. "It will be a tough one. Sascha is playing great, winning a lot of matches in a row. Playing against Marin, he's having a great year," Nadal said. "Tomorrow I need to be ready to keep playing my best and that's what I'm going to try." Both players entered the match having never lost in the semi-finals at the Foro Italico, but Nadal (10-0 in Rome SF) moves within one victory of lifting an eighth trophy in the Italian capital, while Djokovic (8-1 in Rome SF) bows out with renewed confidence after reaching his first semi-final of the season and digging deep to challenge the Spaniard. The left-handed 31-year-old now trails 26-25 in the pair’s record FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry. Djokovic made it clear in the first game of the match that he was there to compete, earning two immediate break points. And while Nadal held on and later broke the Serbian for 4-2 in the opening set and consolidated for 5-2, the No. 11 seed was by no means getting dominated. Djokovic was directing the ball away from the middle of the court and keeping Nadal off the offensive, creating impressive backhand angles to gain control of points. And those patterns helped the Serbian battle back into the set, as he began to dictate play regardless of how much the Spaniard peppered Djokovic's backhand wing. But in the tie-break, Nadal was finally able to change the pace of the rallies with multiple missile-like forehands down the line to put his rival on the back foot.  That trend continued in the second set, as Nadal broke in Djokovic's second service game. Suddenly the Spaniard was in charge on the baseline, and Djokovic was no longer in what appeared to be a comfort zone in the backhand corner. And while Djokovic maintained his intensity and battled to Deuce on three occasions at 3-4, challenging for a break, he could not get past the Nadal hurdle. Whereas in the first set it was Djokovic prevailing in the longer baseline rallies, Nadal's court positioning was too strong as he stepped in and pushed the Serbian back. "Rafa was just better in important moments. He just managed to play [the] right shots and he deserved to win. He was the better player," Djokovic said. "I don't think that there was too much of a difference, which is great for me, great news for me. Because Rafa is, of course, the best player ever to play tennis on clay courts. And he's in great, great form. It's very difficult to play him on clay anywhere. But as I said, I thought the level of my tennis was very high." [ALSO LIKE] Djokovic will fall to No. 22 in the ATP Rankings on Monday, dropping 240 points after reaching last year's final. That standing is the Serbian's first time dropping outside the Top 20 since 2 October 2006. At that point, Nadal and Djokovic had only played one of their 51 matches against one another. But he is more optimistic after his performance in Rome. "All in all, really, really good quality match," Djokovic said. "I enjoyed it. I hope the crowd did, too. And I can only take positives from this week." Did You Know? Rafael Nadal won 69 per cent of second-serve points on Saturday, more than the Spaniard or Novak Djokovic won on their respective first serves (64 per cent and 60 per cent).

Sat, 19/05/2018 00:12
Rafa & Novak: Record Rivalry Renewed

Watch a preview of the two semi-finals at the 2018 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume their historic FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry before Alexander Zverev takes on Marin Cilic. Photo Credit: Getty Images/ATP World Tour. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 00:06
Highlights: Djokovic Ousts Kei, Sets SF Blockbuster Against Rafa In Rome

Watch four-time Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Novak Djokovic battle through a tough three-setter to advance to the semi-finals, where he will face longtime rival Rafael Nadal. Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic advanced to the other semi-final. Photo Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sat, 19/05/2018 00:01
Zverev: "In Important Moments You Have To Find A Way"

Defending champion Alexander Zverev explains the key to winning his quarter-final match against David Goffin and looks ahead to playing Marin Cilic at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Fri, 18/05/2018 22:50
Sascha Survives Strong Goffin Test

Alexander Zverev made his breakthrough last year at the Foro Italico, winning his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event as the No. 17 player in the ATP Rankings. Now World No. 3, Zverev is proving he has a realistic shot at retaining his trophy. Zverev defeated 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour, 47 minutes, advancing to the semi-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The German has now won 12 consecutive matches after triumphing in Munich and earning his third Masters 1000 title in Madrid last week. He had won 23 consecutive sets before dropping the second set against Goffin in the late hours of Friday evening. "Just happy to be in another semi-finals. It's my third week in a row. Of course I'm a little bit tired. But this is part of the game and in the important moments you have to find a way. And that's what I did tonight," Zverev said. "I came up with unbelievable shots at the end and I'm in the semi-finals. That's all that matters.  Seeded second, the 21-year-old is pursuing his eighth ATP World Tour title. And if he goes on to win the event, he will vault to the top of the ATP Race To London, as he continues his push for a second appearance at the season finale. But first, he will have to get through Croatian Marin Cilic, who is into his first clay-court Masters 1000 semi-final. "It's going to be a very tough one," Zverev said. "We're not dissimilar players. We're actually quite similar, both around two metres tall. Both serving well and actually move quite well on this surface... it's going to be a fun one." While that will be an entertaining duel between two tall shotmakers attempting to control play, his quarter-final was just the opposite, with Goffin, standing 5'11", one of the premier counter-punchers in the sport. Nevertheless, it appeared Zverev was in control for the first set and a half, confidently standing in on the baseline and overpowering the game defences of the Belgian. But two forehand unforced errors at 3-4 in the second set gave Goffin opportunities to turn the tide, and he took full advantage, breaking and serving out the set.  Suddenly, Zverev was not controlling the match, but Goffin was, massaging the ball around the court at will, but at his pace, without allowing the German to step into the court. But the second seed refocused and began to find his range again, breaking back for 3-3. He then earned opportunities to gain the advantage in Goffin's next service game. And while the 27-year-old saved the first with a crosscourt forehand winner, he sailed a midcourt backhand well long on the second to allow Zverev to serve for the match, which he did without hesitation.   Zverev will attempt to reach his fifth Masters 1000 final against Cilic, against whom he owns a 4-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead. The German has won their previous four meetings, with their past three matches going three sets. Did You Know? With his triumph last week in Madrid, Alexander Zverev became one of just five active players to lift three or more ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies. The other four are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Fri, 18/05/2018 21:40
Rafa & Novak: Record Rivalry Renewed

Fifty matches. Twelve years. Countless memories. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series is one of the greatest rivalries in the history of tennis, if not all sports. And while it has been 370 days since the two legends have stood across the net from one another, the world’s wait for another chapter will come to an end on Saturday. View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following matches & vote for who you think will win!  Nadal vs Djokovic | Zverev vs Cilic [GROUP POLL]145[/GROUP POLL]  .chant_polling_widget {height: 590px !important; border-radius: 5px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4) 1px 1px 6px 0px;} .is-mobile .chant_polling_widget{ height:590px !important; max-width:360px !important;} Nadal and Djokovic will meet in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals for a spot in the championship match at the final clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season. And they will battle at the Foro Italico, where they combined to lift 11 consecutive trophies from 2005 to 2015. “Tomorrow is going to be the ultimate challenge on clay,” Djokovic said. “Beating Rafa is a really difficult thing to do on this surface. But, I've done it before.” In fact, Djokovic has won three of the pair’s past four matches on the red dirt and seven of their past eight meetings overall, leading their series 26-24. But Nadal is close to his top form. The Spaniard, a seven-time champion in the Italian capital, won 50 straight clay-court sets — a record for consecutive sets won on a single surface — from 2017 Roland Garros through Madrid last week, where he fell in the quarter-finals against Dominic Thiem. With his three triumphs this week, including a hard-fought win against home favourite Fabio Fognini on Thursday, Nadal is 17-1 on clay in 2018 and 21-2 overall. On the other hand, Djokovic is into his first semi-final of the season since returning from a right elbow injury. It has not been an easy return for the four-time tournament champion, who suffered his first three-match losing streak since 2007 earlier this year. Nevertheless, Nadal is not taking his rival lightly. “It’s better to not play him. He's one of the best players of history, no doubt about it,” Nadal said. “I am not this kind of stupid guy that says, ‘No, I want to play [him]’.” Nadal has good reason to be wary, as Djokovic has rounded into form in Rome, effortlessly transitioning from elastic defence in the back of the court to opportunistic aggression when opportunities have arisen. The Serbian beat Monte-Carlo finalist Kei Nishikori on Thursday for the second time in as many weeks, showing the intensity that helped him finish atop the year-end ATP Rankings on four occasions. “This is what I was looking forward to. This is what I was hoping to achieve. Obviously, I don't want to stop here,” Djokovic said. “I'm a different player today than I was in the time I was winning against him on clay. But I believe in myself. I will go out on the court trying to win... I know he's in great form. But, look, anything is possible. I've been playing some good tennis — really good tennis — this week.” It will be interesting to see how the typical in-rally patterns between the two turn out on Saturday afternoon. You can expect Nadal to go after his devastating left-handed forehand crosscourt. But over the years, Djokovic has neutralised those blows with his two-handed backhand, consistently stepping into the court and gaining control of rallies, especially when redirecting that shot down the line. However, before this week, Djokovic struggled with his court positioning, which will not be a formula for success against the top seed. This semi-final matchup requires an extra serving of popcorn, though, for the pair’s record 51st meeting. “When you play some matches like I played against him in our career, you are happy to be part of that,” Nadal said. “You appreciate it a lot.” And while fans will eagerly await the writing of a new chapter in the historic rivalry, there is another exciting semi-final in store to determine who the winner will play for the trophy. Second seed Alexander Zverev, who has won 12 consecutive matches — including back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid — takes on No. 4 seed Marin Cilic, competing in his maiden clay-court Masters 1000 semi-final.  Zverev entered his quarter-final against 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin with a 22-set winning streak, which he extended to 23 sets. But the counter-punching Belgian forced the German to dig deep, which Zverev did, recovering an early break in the decider to move within a victory of his fifth Masters 1000 final.  "It's going to be a very tough one," Zverev said. "We're not dissimilar players. We're actually quite similar, both around two metres tall. Both serving well and actually move quite well on this surface... it's going to be a fun one." Cilic arrived in Rome under a cloud of uncertainty, after losing his Istanbul opener in straight sets, and withdrawing from Madrid. But the Croatian has found his form, escaping a third-set tie-break in the second round against Ryan Harrison before ousting the talented Benoit Paire and No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta.  "It's important to get enough rest and be really fresh tomorrow," Cilic said. "Hopefully I can lift up [my level] again."

Fri, 18/05/2018 19:37
Little Things Adding Up For Shapovalov In 2018

Thirty points. Denis Shapovalov is one of the hottest players on tour right now and is poised to possibly break into the Top 25 in the ATP Rankings next week after starting the year ranked No. 51. He is 17-12 this season, and has won six of eight matches the past two weeks at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome. He is on a red-hot tear… and has only won 30 points more than he has lost in 2018. An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of success in our sport uncovers that the margins that winning are built on are razor thin. Shapovalov, 19 years old, has played 4,204 points in 2018, winning 2,117, while losing 2,087. He will become the top-ranked Canadian when the updated rankings are released on Monday. A good example of just how tough it is to win more points than you lose can be seen from Shapovalov’s results this week in Rome. He won two out of three matches, but leaves Rome losing more points than he won. 2018 Rome: Shapovalov Points Won / Points Lost Round Oppenent Score Points Won  Points Lost +/-  1  T. Berdych  WON 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)  86  89  -3  2  R. Haase  WON 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3  119 113   6  3  R. Nadal  LOST 6-4 6-1  42  67  -25    TOTAL  TOTAL  257 269 -22 So where does Shapovalov look to craft his small gains? That conversation starts with his powerful lefty slice serve that he hits to the typical lefty targets -- down the T in the Deuce court and out wide in the Ad court. In 2018, serving at Love-All at Masters 1000 events, Shapovalov has directed 84 per cent (21/24) of his first serves down the T, winning an impressive 76 per cent (16/21) of those points. His lefty serve slices away from a right-handers' backhand returns, and strategically brings the defensive return right down the middle of the court so he can then attack it with his aggressive forehand. In the Ad court, Shapovalov has directed 62 per cent (59/96) of his first serves out wide, winning 81 per cent of those points. His lefty slider pulls opponents off the court, instantly opening up holes to attack back behind them as they recover to the middle of the court, or straight down the line. Overall this season, Shapovalov is ranked ninth best on tour with second-serve points won at 55.2 per cent (310/562), and 13th best on tour with first-serve points won, at 75.8 per cent (788/1039). Small gains are delivering big results for one of the brightest stars in our sport.

Fri, 18/05/2018 18:55
Djokovic Overcomes Nishikori In Rome

Novak Djokovic booked an Open Era record 51st FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Rafael Nadal on Friday, defeating Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The four-time champion notched his 10th tour-level match win of 2018, winning 66 per cent of second-serve return points to defeat Nishikori in two hours and 21 minutes. Djokovic now moves into his first semi-final on the ATP World Tour since returning from a right elbow injury in January. The Serb's last semi-final appearance at a tour-level event came at the 2017 Nature Valley International. "It means a lot to me to be able to play [in the] semi-finals of a tournament again," said Djokovic. "This is what I was looking forward to. This is what I was hoping to achieve." Djokovic holds a 26-24 record against Nadal, with the pair locked at 3-3 in Rome. Nadal won their last encounter, snapping a seven-match losing streak against the Serb to reach the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open final.  Heading into Madrid last year, Djokovic had won each of their past seven encounters in straight sets. Djokovic is also responsible for 19 per cent of the Spaniard's 36 career losses on clay.  Nishikori wasted little time to earn the first break of the match, taking an immediate lead in the opening game after consecutive backhand errors from Djokovic. The Monte-Carlo finalist quickly established a double-break advantage four games later, with a well-executed drop shot setting up a simple forehand winner to move 4-1 ahead before clinching the first set. "Today, the quality of tennis was really high," said Djokovic. "I mean, Kei was playing fantastic, especially in the first set... and it took me little bit of time to adjust to his pace." Djokovic, competing in his first tour-level quarter-final this season, responded emphatically in the second set, dominating Nishikori’s serve. The 30-year-old won 71 per cent of return points (12/17), breaking in each of the 2016 semi-finalist’s three service games to take the match into a deciding set. "I think I played great tennis in the first set, playing aggressive," said Nishikori. "I think he started to change his tactics [in the second set], and he was playing much better than [in the] first [set]." After trading breaks early in the third set, it was Djokovic who made the decisive move in the seventh game. The 68-time tour-level titlist attacked the Nishikori backhand, firstly with an angled backhand return before extracting an error off an aggressive inside-out forehand to move 4-3 ahead. Djokovic then escaped from 0/30 and break point down in his following service game, painting the lines with daring forehand and backhand drives up the line before breaking, for the sixth time, to clinch victory. "The third set was close, but I think he played a little better than me," admitted Nishikori. "I'm really happy that I mentally stayed strong," reflected Djokovic. "In the ending of the third set I really fought and showed some resilience. This victory means a lot to me on different levels, mostly mental." Did You Know? Four-time champion Djokovic (2008, 2011, 2014-2015) holds an 87 per cent win rate at the Foro Italico, winning 46 of his 53 matches at the event.

Fri, 18/05/2018 17:24
Wawrinka Accepts Wild Card To Play In Geneva

Two-time defending champion Stan Wawrinka has accepted a wild card to play at next week's Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. “We are very happy to offer a wild card to Stan Wawrinka,” said the event’s co-owner, Rainer Schuettler. “We know perfectly everything that Stan has brought to our tournament. We hope that his choice to come and defend his title will be beneficial and that he finds the taste of victory at the Parc des Eaux-Vives.” This will be Wawrinka's fourth appearance at his home clay-court event, at which he owns a 9-1 record. It will also mark his sixth event of the year. The 33-year-old returned this week in Rome, making his first appearance on the tour since Marseille in February. Fabio Fognini, who defeated Dominic Thiem en route to the quarter-finals in Rome, will also accept a wild card and compete as the No. 2 seed. Sam Querrey is seeded first at the event.

Fri, 18/05/2018 15:49
Cilic Says He Played Great Tennis In Rome QFs

Marin Cilic reflects on his win against Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to advance to his first clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Fri, 18/05/2018 15:47
Nadal Explains How He Overcame Fognini In Rome

Top seed Rafael Nadal reacts to his quarter-final win against home favourite Fabio Fognini at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Fri, 18/05/2018 13:32
Cilic Reaches First Clay-Court Masters 1000 Semi-Final

Marin Cilic advanced to his first clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final on Friday in a polished performance at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The fourth-seeded Croatian was solid on serve, good in defence and gave little away in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain over 66 minutes. "I'm feeling great [after reaching] my first semi-final on clay at a Masters 1000 event," said Cilic. That's a good achievement. I was waiting many years for it to happen, so it's definitely a happy moment for sure. "I served incredibly well, both on first and second serve. That was extremely important. It gave me a lot of freedom in my game. When I'm serving that well, everything else comes a little bit more naturally. On return, I gave myself a few chances and managed to break. I wouldn't say it was perfect, but it's difficult to have an extremely perfect match in the quarter-finals." Cilic will next meet second-seeded German Alexander Zverev, last week’s Mutua Madrid Open champion, or ninth seed David Goffin of Belgium, who compete tonight at the Foro Italico in Rome. The 29-year-old Cilic was immediately at his aggressive best, breaking Carreno Busta for a 4-2 lead and he later clinched the 31-minute opener when his Spanish opponent hit a forehand return into the net. Cilic lost just four first-service points (20/24) in the first set. The pressure continued to build on Carreno Busta, who made a forehand error in the first game of the second set to lose his serve. At 3-5, Deuce, Carreno Busta struck a forehand long after he saw Cilic slip on his return of serve. Then, on Cilic's first match point, the Croatian fired his 19th winner — a forehand — of the pair’s third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (3-0). "I think I [have] improved as a player over the years on clay," said Cilic. "Last year, I found a really good combination of training and also preparing for the matches, [so I] maybe slightly changed my game on clay." Cilic improves to 18-7 on the season, which includes a runner-up finish at the Australian Open (l. to Federer). Carreno Busta, a semi-finalist at the Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to A. Zverev), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Tsitsipas) and the Millennium Estoril Open (l. to Tiafoe), drops to an 18-11 mark. Did You Know? Marin Cilic captured his lone Masters 1000 crown at the 2016 Western & Southern Open and has also reached two other hard-court semi-finals at the 2016 Rolex Paris Masters and the 2017 Rolex Shanghai Masters.

Fri, 18/05/2018 13:26
Pavic To Rise To World No. 1 On Monday Despite Loss

Mate Pavic earned a victory before taking the court on Friday at the Foro Italico. With Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo's loss at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, it is guaranteed that the 24-year-old Croatian will become the 52nd player to reach No. 1 in the history of the ATP Doubles Rankings (since 1976) on 21 May. He will be the youngest doubles No. 1 since Todd Woodbridge in February 1996. However, Pavic and his partner, Oliver Marach, fell later in the day on Court Pietrangeli against Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers. The Uruguayan-Spanish duo overcame a break deficit in both sets to oust the No. 2 seeds 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour, 28 minutes. Cuevas and Granollers will play No. 8 seeds Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez or Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa in the semi-finals. Sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah defeated No. 1 seeds Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 7-5 in 90 minutes. Kubot needed to better Pavic's result in Rome in order to maintain his spot atop the rankings. The Pole was World No. 1 (or tied for the spot) for 19 total weeks.  Cabal/Farah will next face No. 5 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who ousted two-time reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.




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