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Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:22:57 -0400

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Rafael Nadal cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals by defeating fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.

The top-ranked Nadal converted on his second match point to clinch his 16th straight victory on clay and set up an encounter with Martin Klizan, who eliminated Novak ...

South Dakota State University cutting tennis programs

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:49:45 -0400

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University is cutting its men's and women's tennis programs at the end of the academic year.

Athletic Director Justin Sell says a lack of quality tennis courts on campus and in Brookings was a primary factor in the decision.

The move will affect ...

Tennis corruption report: 'Tsunami' of problems at low level

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:33:21 -0400

An independent review of corruption in tennis found that the sport "faces a serious integrity problem" at its lower levels - a "tsunami," according to one person interviewed - but did not determine there are widespread problems at ATP, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments.

The report released Wednesday showed ...

Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:28:59 -0400

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - While Novak Djokovic struggles, Rafael Nadal keeps impressing.

Djokovic lost again on Wednesday, this time falling to 140th-ranked Martin Klizan 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Barcelona Open.

Nadal, however, won again. He beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-4 for his 10th win ...

Goffin defeats Granollers in 2nd round of Barcelona Open

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:08:12 -0400

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - David Goffin saved a match point to defeat Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 Tuesday in the second round of the Barcelona Open.

Goffin was down 5-1 in the second set before recovering to reach the third round for the second consecutive year in ...

Belgium retains World Group status with 4-0 victory in Italy

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:44:13 -0400

GENOA, Italy (AP) - Belgium retained its place in the Fed Cup World Group for the first time since 2012 on Sunday after beating Italy 4-0.

The visitors were already firmly in control of the playoff after two wins on Saturday and Elise Mertens clinched victory before Belgium completed a ...

Even modest Nadal impressed by record 31st Masters title

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:30:18 -0400

MONACO (AP) - Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday.

Nadal was at his dominant best against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open ...

Keys sends US into second straight Fed Cup final

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:41:39 -0400

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) - Defending champion United States will play in a second consecutive Fed Cup final after defeating France 3-2 on Sunday.

Madison Keys secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second reverse singles. Keys' victory gave the U.S. ...

Kvitova beats Kerber to send Czechs back into Fed Cup final

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:23:54 -0400

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Petra Kvitova defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour to send the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup final with what proved to be a 4-1 win over Germany on Sunday.

After Kvitova won the deciding rubber to make it 3-1, Katerina Siniakova and ...

Fed Cup: Japan wins decisive doubles to beat Britain 3-2

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:05:57 -0400

MIKI, Japan (AP) - Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya beat Johanna Konta and Heather Watson 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in doubles on Sunday to give Japan a 3-2 win over Britain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

Konta beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give ...

Fed Cup: Belgium leads Italy 2-0 in World Group playoffs

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:20:19 -0400

GENOA, Italy (AP) - Belgium is firmly in control of its Fed Cup World Group playoff against Italy after Elise Mertens and Alison van Uytvanck gave it a 2-0 lead in Genoa on Saturday.

Mertens eased past Jasmine Paolini 6-1, 7-5. Paolini, who had never faced a top-20 player before, ...

Fed Cup: France and US 1-1 in semifinals

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:16:57 -0400

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) - Kristina Mladenovic rallied to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and draw France level with defending champion United States in their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.

The 20th-ranked Mladenovic dropped serve five times but broke No. 16 Vandeweghe's serve six times.

Earlier, U.S. Open champion Sloane ...

Nadal wants extra practice after reaching Monte Carlo final

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:00:10 -0400

MONACO (AP) - Rafael Nadal's priority after reaching his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final was to whip out his phone and frantically text coach Carlos Moya.

Despite a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win against No. 5-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, he had a pressing concern given how quickly he was texting.

What frantic ...

Fed Cup: Kvitova, Pliskova give Czechs 2-0 lead over Germany

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:34:53 -0400

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup semifinals with dominant displays in their opening rubbers on Saturday.

Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2, before Pliskova followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over two-time Grand ...

Fed Cup: Japan and Britain 1-1 after opening day

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:49:12 -0400

MIKI, Japan (AP) - Johanna Konta has leveled Britain's Fed Cup World Group playoff against Japan with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara on Saturday.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the second set, Konta broke Nara to lead 5-2 and then served for the win to level the ...

Djokovic to play at Barcelona Open next week

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:56:56 -0400

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the Barcelona Open next week.

Event organizers made the announcement on Friday, a day after the Serb was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round.

Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as ...

Fed Cup: Stephens to open for US against France in semis

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:34:51 -0400

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) - U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will open play for the U.S. against Pauline Parmentier of France in the Fed Cup semifinals.

France No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe will follow on Saturday in the second singles at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix. France has ...

Nadal's bid for an 11th Monte Carlo title gaining momentum

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:51:21 -0400

MONACO (AP) - Rafael Nadal's bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title is proving more comfortable than he imagined after his latest return from injury.

Others may not be so surprised, given how the top-ranked Spaniard won nine straight games while beating fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to ...

Nadal advances at Monte Carlo as Djokovic goes out

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:18:59 -0400

MONACO (AP) - Rafael Nadal remains on course to retain his Monte Carlo Masters title and won't have Novak Djokovic standing in his way.

The top-ranked Nadal beat big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to reach the quarterfinals, clinching victory with a clinical smash at the net. The ...

Nadal doesn't see himself skipping tournaments like Federer

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:16:39 -0400

MONACO (AP) - For now, Rafael Nadal doesn't see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open.

The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win the Monte Carlo Masters this week to avoid losing his ...