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ATP Won’t Strip Ranking Points From UK Tournaments; Greenlights Future Bans

Posted by Staff on May 17th, 2022 @ 8:47 am

The ATP announced Monday that they would not take away ranking points from the two UK events next month.

The LTA has instructed ATP (and WTA and challengers) events in Queen’s and Eastbourne to bar any Russian and Belarussian players from competing. The decision was met with outrage from the player base.

“This season’s ATP Tour events in Queen’s and Eastbourne will proceed as normal, offering full ATP rankings points,” the …

Daniil Medvedev Calls UK/Wimbledon Russian Ban Is Unfair

Posted by Staff on May 17th, 2022 @ 8:24 am

Speaking for the first time on the UK/Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarussian players, Daniil Medvedev said the policy was “unfair”.

“On the one hand, I can understand it and, on the other, I find it unfair,” Medvedev told TASS.

“This is a delicate situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position.

“For having discussed it with the ATP, we are, us tennis players, considered in …

Swiatek Dominates Jabeur For 2nd Rome Title, Win Streak At 28

Posted by Staff on May 15th, 2022 @ 4:42 pm

Not even Ons Jabeur, winner of her last 11 including Madrid, could slow down Iga Swiatek. The World No. 1 dominated Jabeur rolling to a 6-2, 6-2 victory to successfully defend her Rome title.

Swiatek has now won her last 28 matches and she didn’t drop a set this week and overall has won 42 of her last 43 sets.

“At the beginning of the tournament, I didn’t know it would be …

Djokovic Tops Tsitsipas For 6th Rome Masters Title, First Of 2022

Posted by Staff on May 15th, 2022 @ 4:28 pm

Novak Djokovic is finally back in the win column after an impressive victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 7-6(5).

“I pleasantly surprised myself I can say. I had a clear game plan and I knew what to expect, so I knew what I had to do, but I did play a perfect first set,” Djokovic told the crowd. “After that it was a little tighter. At this level, one or two points …

Djokovic Back In Rome Final, Dispatches Ruud, Will Face Tsitsipas For Title

Posted by Staff on May 14th, 2022 @ 4:04 pm

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Sunday in the Rome Masters final for the first time since their memorable French Open final last year when the Greek let a two set lead slip away.

Djokovic’s progress continued Saturday in the semifinals upended Casper Ruud in a rematch of a 2021 Rome semifinal. The 5-time Rome champion cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 victory, the 1,000th of his remarkable career. He’s …

Streak Buster! Swiatek To Face Jabeur For Rome Title

Posted by Staff on May 14th, 2022 @ 3:42 pm

A career-best streak will end Sunday at the Rome Masters. Iga Swiatek has won her last 27 matches while her opponent and Madrid champion Ons Jabeur has won 11 straight.

Swiatek kept on her roll overrunning Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 to reach her fifth straight tournament final, and second straight in Rome.

The defending champion Swiatek has now won 40 of her last 41 sets as she bids for an 8th career …

Swiatek Pulls Away From Andreescu, Takes 26-Match Win Streak Against Sabalenka At Rome Masters

Posted by Staff on May 13th, 2022 @ 6:47 pm

Iga Swiatek had a tough opening set, then pulled away from fellow Grand Slam winner Bianca Andreescu 7-6(2), 6-0 in the Rome Masters quarterfinals.

Swiatek’s streak is the fifth longest in history, according to the WTA. She’s also won 38 of her last 39 sets.

“I’m pretty happy that I could do that because consistency was the thing I really wanted to work on last year. This year I feel like it …

Djokovic Holds On Against FAA At Rome Masters; Tsitsipas v Zverev Sat.

Posted by Staff on May 13th, 2022 @ 6:37 pm

Novak Djokovic wasn’t at his very best Friday in the quarterfinals at the Rome Masters, but good enough. Djokovic failed to serve out the first and blew a break lead in the second but advanced in straights over Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6(1).

“I thought it was high-level tennis,” Djokovic said after his first meeting with the Canadian. “He did ask me to raise the level and I had to play consistently …

Swiatek Streaks Continues At Rome Masters, Andreescu Friday; Badosa Upset

Posted by Staff on May 12th, 2022 @ 7:53 pm

Iga Swiatek continued on her run improving her win streak to 25 Thursday at the Rome Masters upended former finalist Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1.

It was a close 30 minutes or so before the defending champion pulled away from a double break down in the first set.

“I didn’t start well, and everybody could see that,” Swiatek said. “I’m really happy with the way I reacted and how I improved in the …

Nadal Falls To Shapovalov At Rome, Foot Injury Returns; Djokovic Advances, Tsitsipas v Sinner

Posted by Staff on May 12th, 2022 @ 7:42 pm

Rafael Nadal’s status for the French Open became in doubt today. The Spaniard was up a set on Denis Shapovalov before his foot injury from last year re-emerged. A hobbled Nadal dropped the last four games of the match in a loss to the Canadian 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

“I am living with an injury. My day by day is difficult,” Nadal said. “I am trying hard but of course it’s difficult …

Swiatek Wins 24th Straight In Rome Opener, Collins Thurs;

Posted by Staff on May 11th, 2022 @ 10:17 pm

Iga Swiatek kept her streak rolling dominating Elena-Gabriela Ruse, 6-3, 6-0 in the second round at the Rome Masters.

The World No. 1 who skipped Madrid broke seven times in the easy win.

“I’m pretty proud I could get into the rhythm today, just take some lessons during the match and improve my game, game by game,” Swiatek said.

“That was pretty solid match for me,” she said. “I think she’s playing really …

Nadal Cruises Past Isner, Tsitsipas Wins; Djokovic v Warwinka Next

Posted by Staff on May 11th, 2022 @ 9:51 pm

John Isner is often a danger but not today as Rafael Nadal dispatched the tall American giant with ease 6-3, 6-1 at the Rome Masters.

“I finished better than how I started, without a doubt,” said the 10-time champion Nadal. “The beginning of the match was not good for me.

“He had some chances on the return and had two break points. Two not difficult balls so I was in his hands …

Andreescu Gets Retirement From Raducanu At Rome Masters, Jabeur Wins; Swiatek Returns Tomorrow

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2022 @ 5:52 pm

The big showdown between US Open champions Bianca Andreescu and Emma Raducanu at the Rome Masters never finished as the Brit retired down in the second set 6-2, 2-1 due to her back issues.

“I thought that maybe taking one, two days off, it would just go away because a lot of the other small niggles I’ve had, they’ve kind of gone away after taking, like, two days off,” Raducanu reflected …

Djokovic, Sinner, Canadians Advance At Rome Masters; Nadal v Isner Wed.

Posted by Staff on May 10th, 2022 @ 5:38 pm

Novak Djokovic looked good again Tuesday at the Rome Masters cruising past Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-2.

After a tough start to the clay season, Djokovic is clearly finding his form.

“He was missing a lot of balls today though,” Djokovic said. “He gave me a couple of breaks there in the first and second sets, but I’ll take this win for sure. It’s a straight-sets win against a quality opponent and I’m …

Halep, Gauff, Fernandez Power Into Rome Masters 2R; Raducanu Meets Andreescu

Posted by Staff on May 9th, 2022 @ 6:09 pm

Former champion Simona Halep got her Rome campaign off to a good start cruising past Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on Monday.

Halep, who lost the quarters last week to eventual winner Ons Jabeur in Madrid, built breaks leads in both sets to pace the win over the veteran Frenchwoman.

Up next for the 2020 Rome champion is Danielle Collins in a tricky second round match.

A pair on young …