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Peter Gojowczyk beats former champion Gilles Simon at Moselle Open

METZ, France — German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk upset two-time former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday. The 95th-ranked Gojowczyk fired eight aces as he defeated the eighth-seeded Simon in 1 hour, 34 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals. Another German, fifth-seeded Mischa Zverev, defeated another home player, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, but there was some reason for the home supporters to cheer when French wild card Nicolas Mahut defeated Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1,…

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal happy to play doubles at Laver Cup

PRAGUE — With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup team tennis tournament, expectations are running high about the chance of seeing the two as doubles partners. The three-day competition at the O2 Arena in Prague starts Friday, pitting a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. No ATP rankings points will be awarded. Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal (right) could be on the same side of the net for the Laver Cup.¬†Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Alexander…

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American Kristie Ahn advances in Seoul sending Tatjana Maria

6:31 AM ET ESPN staff Unseeded American Kristie Ahn has dumped sixth seed Tatjana Maria out of the Seoul Open in straight sets. Ahn, 25, beat the world No. 54 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the last 16. Elsewhere, Richel Hogenkamp progressed to her first WTA quarterfinal in over four years, thanks to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denisa Allertov√°. Fifth seed Irina-Camelia Begu exited the tournament after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Source link

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Liam Broady earns landmark win over Ernests Gulbis at St Petersburg Open

Britain’s Liam Broady enjoyed his first ever win in the main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament as he beat Ernests Gulbis in the St Petersburg Open. The 23-year-old from Stockport, whose sister, Naomi, is the British No. 3, beat the Latvian 6-3 6-0 after having to get through two rounds of qualifying. Broady has won a match at Wimbledon in 2015 but had never tasted victory at the elite level of the men’s tour until his meeting with world No. 212 Gulbis, who beat Juan Martin del Potro…

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Richard Gasquet loses in first round of Moselle Open

METZ, France — Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin in the first round of the Moselle Open on Tuesday. The Frenchman, who struggled with injuries recently but won a tournament on the Challenger tour last week in Poland, made a strong start and seal the first set after dropping only four points on his first serve. But Gasquet then failed to convert any of seven break points and dropped his serve twice. Istomin will be up against lucky loser Yannick Maden in the next round. Gasquet’s…

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Hawk-Eye to replace line judges at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan

A new ‘Hawk-Eye Live’ technology will replace line judges at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November. The end-of-season tournament, featuring the best eight male players of the year aged 21 or under, will trial the electronic line-calling system, meaning the only match official on court will be the chair umpire. The technology will be used on all lines throughout each match, triggering an automated ‘out’ call and as a result there will be no use of the review system currently used in the sport. It has been…

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer race for No. 1 makes this fall much-watch tennis

3:03 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Tennis usually stumbles during the fall season, offering fans and viewers a product that could easily be mistaken for television reruns. The problem is understandable. By mid-September, players are plane-and-battle-weary. Small aches are ballooning into hurts….

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Guangzhou Open – Alison Riske loses to Rebecca Peterson

8:54 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 49 Alison Riske was eliminated from the Guangzhou Open by Swedish competitor Rebecca Peterson on Monday after succumbing to 3-6 2-6 defeat. The 27-year-old American has endured a difficult run of form over the past few tournaments, failing to make it past the round-of-16 since the Nurnberger Cup in May where she exited at the quarterfinal stage. Elsewhere, Kateryna Kozlova joined Peterson in the next round after dispatching Fangzhou Liu in impressive fashion by recording a 7-5 6-0 win. Jasmine Paolini followed in…

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Angelique Kerber ousts local favorite Naomi Osaka at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO — Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat local favorite Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open. The victory was additionally sweet for Kerber, who was looking for revenge after the Japanese teenager knocked her out of the U.S. Open in straight sets. Kerber will play either Madison Brengle or Daria Kasatkina in the next round. Also, wild card Kurumi Nara of Japan overcame a slow start to oust Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Meanwhile, organizers announced that…

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Nick Kyrgios, Australia thwarted by Davis Cup nemesis Steve Darcis

Steve Darcis has proved to be Australia’s Davis Cup nemesis yet again as Belgium sealed a place in November’s final against France with a 3-2 win in Brussels. On a hugely disappointing day for captain Lleyton Hewitt, the host nation clinched the two reverse singles rubbers, with Darcis beating late replacement Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-5 6-2 in the decider. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up a Davis Cup semifinal victory for France against Serbia by defeating Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday. Earlier, an inspired David Goffin produced one…

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