All Tennis 

Denis Shapovalov of Canada beats Taylor Fritz at the Delray Beach Open

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Denis Shapovalov of Canada beat American Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-4 on Friday at the Delray Beach Open to earn the second semifinal berth of his career. The 18-year-old Shapovalov lost only five points on his first serve and was never broken. His opponent Saturday is still to be determined as the late match Friday between No. 8-seeded Chung Hyeon of South Korea and American wild-card Frances Tiafoe was suspended because of rain. That match will be played on Saturday. The other semifinal will match American Steve…

Read More
All Tennis 

Top-seeded defending champion Dominic Thiem tumbles out of Rio Open

RIO DE JANEIRO — Top-seeded defending-champion Dominic Thiem of Austria tumbled out of the Rio Open on Friday, falling 6-4, 6-0 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the clay-court event. Thiem won the Argentina Open on Sunday for his ninth career title. Verdasco will play fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy or Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. In the other semifinal at Jockey Club Brasileiro, sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina will face Chile’s Nicolas Jarry. Schwartzman beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4, and Jarry topped Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-3….

Read More
All Tennis 

Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych reach Open 13 semifinals

MARSEILLE, France — Third-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille and fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych advanced to the Open 13 semifinals on Friday. Pouille beat eighth-seeded Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, hitting 20 aces and securing victory on his first match point when he broke Krajinovic’s serve for the first time. Berdych led 7-6 (4) when seventh-seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina pulled out feeling sickly. “He was ill all night, it can’t be easy to play in the shape he was in,” Berdych said. “I was in the same situation…

Read More
All Tennis 

Darya Kasatkina edges Garbine Muguruza, reaches final of Dubai Championships

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Darya Kasatkina saved three match points before knocking out second-seeded Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Championships final Friday. The unseeded Kasatkina beat the world No. 3 from Spain for the first time in a 2 1/2-hour thriller. She will vie for the title against top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3. Muguruza dominated the opening set, though Kasatkina squandered four chances to break in the first game. Muguruza converted her only break point in…

Read More
All Tennis 

American wild card Frances Tiafoe beats Juan Martin del Potro at Delray Beach Open

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — American wild-card Frances Tiafoe saved 14 of 16 break-point chances to edge No. 2-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-5 Thursday night in the second round of the Delray Beach Open. Tiafoe hit 17 aces and won a three-setter for the fourth time this month. No. 8 Chung Hyeon became the highest-seeded player to reach the quarterfinals when he eliminated Franko Skugor 6-4, 7-6 (4). Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat American Jared Donaldson 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4. Source link

Read More
All Tennis 

Gael Monfils beats Marin Cilic to reach Rio Open quarterfinals

RIO DE JANEIRO — Frenchman Gael Monfils beat top-seeded Marin Cilic 6-3, 7-6 (8) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open. Monfils finished off Cilic in five minutes after their match was interrupted by heavy rain Wednesday night. Next up for Monfils is No. 6 seed Diego Schwartzman. The Frenchman said waiting to play the decisive points against Cilic was very hard. “We only played four points, but I had to keep my concentration all day long. I am so glad I could do that,” Monfils…

Read More
All Tennis 

Garbine Muguruza advances to semifinals of Dubai Championships

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza overcame Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 Thursday to seal her place in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships. Muguruza defeated the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman in their second quarterfinal in two weeks, with the Spaniard also winning last week after being a set down in Doha. On Thursday, she needed just two sets but they stretched over 108 minutes. Muguruza next plays Darya Kasatkina, who beat Russian compatriot Elena Vesnina 7-6 (5), 6-1. Top-seeded Elina Svitolina moved to within two matches of retaining her title…

Read More
All Tennis 

Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic – rain suspends play in Rio Open

9:42 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment RIO DE JANEIRO — Frenchman Gael Monfils led top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3 and was tied 7-7 in a second-set tiebreaker when heavy rain suspended play Wednesday night in the Rio Open. In other second-round matches in the clay-court event, Chile’s Nicolas Jarry beat fourth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-5, 6-3, and sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman topped Argentine countryman Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-3. Source link

Read More
All Tennis 

Hungarian Ladies Open Dominika Cibulkova Zhang Shuai Timos Babos open with victories

4:10 PM ET ESPN staff Top seeds Dominika Cibulkova and Zhang Shuai both enjoyed straight sets victories to get their respective Hungarian Ladies Open campaigns off to a strong start. No. 1 seed Cibulkova saw off wildcard Fanny Stollar 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday while second seed Zhang advanced to the last 16 in Budapest with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Arina Rodionova. Cibulkova next faces Kirsten Flipkens, who beat Monica Niculescu 6-4, 7-5. Zhang takes on Jana Cepelova following the qualifier’s 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Carina Witthoeft. Defending champion Timea Babos…

Read More
All Tennis 

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina beats Qiang Wang to reach Dubai quarterfinals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Defending champion Elina Svitolina needed more than two hours to overcome Qiang Wang 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships. However, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko slumped to her sixth loss in nine matches, and fourth opening-match loss of the season. The 20-year-old Latvian, who had a bye in the first round, lost 6-1, 7-5 to Russian veteran Elena Vesnina. Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany ousted 2016 champion Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-2, while No. 5 Caroline Garcia of…

Read More