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Surbiton Trophy: Dan Evans beats Mats Moraing to reach quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018

Britain’s Dan Evans moved into the quarter-finals of the Surbiton Trophy in Surrey with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over Germany’s Mats Moraing.

Evans, 28, was 41st in the world rankings in March 2017 before being suspended for 12 months after testing positive for cocaine in April 2017.

He will play Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, 37, in the quarter-finals on Friday.

In the women’s competition, Britain’s Gabriella Taylor moved into the last eight, but Katy Dunne was eliminated.

Taylor, 20, beat former British number one Heather Watson on Tuesday and followed that with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Hungary’s Fanny Stollar to set up a tie against Switzerland’s Conny Perrin.

“I did well considering I haven’t been feeling well and I was coughing non-stop during the match,” said Taylor, the world number 184.

“It was hard to get my breath back and sustain my level but in some ways it helped because I’ve got nothing to lose.

“I know I’m not 100% so it takes any kind of pressure off me and I just focused on being aggressive and believing in myself.”

Dunne, 23, was beaten 7-5 6-0 by American second seed Alison Riske.

Veteran Melzer next for Evans

Melzer reached the French Open semi-finals back in 2010 but is now ranked 1,245th after three injury-ruined seasons which have included lengthy absences because of serious shoulder, hip and elbow problems.

Evans is 858th in the world but will jump up the rankings after his win over world number 153 Moraing.

“He served well so it was a difficult match with not a lot of rallies,” said Evans.

“I hung in and tried to keep the ball in the court as much as possible. He’s been doing well lately so it’s a good win.”

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French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman held up by rain

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.

Top seed Rafael Nadal will resume his fight to stay in the French Open on Thursday after his quarter-final against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman was held up by rain.

Nadal, aiming for an 11th French Open title, trails the 11th seed 6-3 3-5.

The Spaniard lost his first set at Roland Garros since 2015 before a one-hour rain delay halted play.

Nadal, 32, fought back when the match resumed but more rain came and it was abandoned for the day at 18:37 BST.

Nadal and Schwartzman will resume a gripping last-eight match at 11:00 BST on Thursday, with the 25-year-old Argentine seeking to become only the third player to beat Nadal in 86 singles matches at the French Open.

Nadal suffered a shock last-16 loss to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in 2009 and, less surprisingly, to then-world number one Novak Djokovic in their 2015 quarter-final.

He also pulled out of the 2016 tournament with a wrist injury before his last-32 match against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Wednesday’s other quarter-final was also postponed until 11:00 BST on Thursday because of the rain, with Croatian third seed Marin Cilic and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro level at 5-5 in a first-set tie-break.

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Nadal is the hot favourite to win the tournament, having dominated on the red clay since making his debut in 2005.

But a seismic shock looked on the cards when Schwartzman, who has not beaten Nadal in five previous attempts, won the first set.

Despite only standing 5ft 7in, the Argentine possesses a stinging forehand and used it aggressively to rock 16-time major winner Nadal.

He hit 20 winners as Nadal’s winning streak of 37 sets at Roland Garros, going back to his 2015 quarter-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, was ended.

Nadal, who spent almost three months out of the game after the 2016 French Open with a wrist injury, needed treatment on both of his wrists at the end of the first set.

The world number one went a break down at 2-1 in the second set, only for Schwartzman to hand it straight back to love.

But the inspired Argentine broke Nadal again to claim a 3-2 lead.

Then came the hour-long rain break, which disrupted Schwartzman’s momentum and allowed Nadal to regroup.

Nadal, returning with his famed forehand finally firing on all cylinders, earned back-to-back breaks to move within a hold of the set.

He led 30-15 as he aimed to tie the match before more rain arrived and the players ran off court – this time for the night.

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Britons to meet in French Open first round

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

Defending champion and world number one Alfie Hewett will play doubles partner Gordon Reid in the wheelchair singles first round at the French Open.

It is the first time the British pair have been drawn together in the opening round of a Grand Slam.

Hewett, 20, won their only previous encounter at a major – in the semi-finals of last year’s US Open.

And he had won five matches in a row against Reid, 26, before losing to him in the Japan Open last month.

Last year’s triumph in Paris was Hewett’s first Grand Slam singles title, and he has many happy memories of that day.

“I remember walking, when I first got here, through the aisle by the court where I played the final last year,” Hewett told BBC Sport.

“I turned to my coach, and I said: ‘That’s where history was made – that’s where my first Grand Slam singles title was.’ It was a big, big step in my career.”

Reid, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2016, feels he is growing in confidence.

“I’ve been putting in some good work over the last two or three months,” he said.

“I feel like I’m on that upward curve. Tennis is so much about confidence and you get your confidence from winning matches and I’ve done that a lot recently.”

In the doubles competition, Reid and Hewett will play Frederic Cattaneo of France and Stefan Olsson of Sweden.

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Del Potro, Cilic Even As Rain Postpones QF

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018

Del Potro, Cilic Even As Rain Postpones QF

Two meeting for the 13th time

Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic are even at 6-6, 5/5 in the first set as rain has postponed their Roland Garros quarter-final until Thursday. Cilic did well to avoid danger while serving at 5-5, 0/30, when rain first suspended their match. The Croatian recovered, saving three break points to hold for the sixth straight time.

The two are meeting for the 13th time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Del Potro leads 10-2, including all four matchups on clay and three of four at Grand Slams. Del Potro won their 2012 Roland Garros third-round match in straight sets.

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Three years earlier, the 6’6” Argentine made his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros. He’s looking to return to the last four in Paris for the first time since then.

Cilic has reached all three other Grand Slam title matches – 2014 US Open (d. Nishikori); 2017 Wimbledon (l. to Federer); and 2018 Australian Open (l. to Federer). But the one-time Grand Slam champion is trying to reach his first Roland Garros semi-final and secure his first Top 10 win at the clay-court championship (0-7 at Roland Garros; 9-21 at Grand Slams).

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Herbert/Mahut Keep Title Hopes Alive

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018

Herbert/Mahut Keep Title Hopes Alive

Frenchmen to face Mektic/Peya in semi-finals

France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed the last spot in the Roland Garros semi-final line-up on Wednesday, defeating South American duo Maximo Gonzalez and Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6(8).

Herbert and Mahut won 75 per cent of first-serve points and saved four set points at 5-6 down in the second set before securing victory in one hour, 54 minutes.

The sixth seeds, who won their 11th team title at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in February, will face Mutua Madrid Open champions Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya in the last four, as they aim to move one step closer to becoming the third all-French team in the Open Era to lift the Roland Garros title.

On the other side of the draw, second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic will meet 2016 champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.

Marach and Pavic have beaten the Spaniards in both their FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings this year, triumphing in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals before edging an 11-9 Match Tie-break in the first round at the Miami Open presented by Itaú.

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are just one win away from reaching all four Grand Slam finals as a team. The Frenchmen lost their first major final at the 2015 Australian Open (l. to Bolelli/Fognini) before clinching their two Grand Slam titles at the 2015 US Open and The Championships in 2016.

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Nadal Regoups Against Schwartzman, As Rain Stops Play

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018

Nadal Regoups Against Schwartzman, As Rain Stops Play

Roland Garros quarter-final to resume on Thursday

Rafael Nadal used a 40-minute rain delay to regroup and returned with greater self-belief to turn the tables on Diego Schwartzman in their Roland Garros quarter-final on Wednesday. Schwartzman deservedly led by a set and 3-2, but upon the resumption of play 10-time champion Nadal won three consecutive games for a 5-3 advantage in the second set, after a 20-minute passage of play between rain delays. Play was officially cancelled for the day at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Schwartzman, who has never beaten Nadal in five previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, won 70 per cent of his first-service points in the opening set, striking 20 winners to Nadal’s four. He took a 3-2 lead in the second set when they first returned to the locker room, following three straight service breaks. But Nadal stepped back onto Philippe-Chatrier Court and rediscovered his serve and forehand timing to win 13 of 18 points to seize the momentum.

The winner will next play third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, who has reached the final of two of the past three Grand Slam championships, or fifth-seeded compatriot and 2009 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro. Cilic and Del Potro are level at 6-6, 5/5 in the first set tie-break.

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Schwartzman did what he does best right from the start, playing close to the baseline; moving fluently, striking aggressively, particularly on return, and cutting down on Nadal’s time between strokes. The diminutive Argentine cannot match Nadal’s power, but his work rate, discipline and adherence to his game plan earned him the first service break, one of two in a long opening set. Nadal immediately broke back, but unable to rely on his first service and forehand he was soon in trouble again.

Schwartzman was fearless, quick to move up the court on short balls that Nadal uncharacteristically struck with regularity, and broke for 5-4, prior to clinching his third set point chance with a forehand – his 20th winner of the 73-minute set. The final point of the last game was delayed as medical staff rushed to a spectator that was taken ill high up on Philippe-Chatrier Court.

Schwartzman carried the momentum into the second set, with Nadal struggling to find groundstroke timing and rhythm. Schwartzman led 3-2 when rain in Paris halted proceedings, after three straight breaks of serve. But upon the resumption of play, it was all Nadal, who got the crowd involved and soon led 5-3, 30/15 when the weather stopped play for a second time.


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Halep fights back to make French Open semi-finals

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

World number one Simona Halep fought back from a set down to beat Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-2 and move into the French Open semi-finals.

Two-time finalist Halep remained on course for her first Roland Garros title by beating the German 12th seed.

Halep, 28, will play 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Muguruza moved into the final four with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Russia’s Maria Sharapova on Wednesday.

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Kerber, 30, earned a double break in the first set but Halep recovered to 5-5 only for the pair to exchange a further break before Kerber won the tie-break.

The German lost her first set of the tournament in the second set after Halep broke her serve in the opening game, and the Romanian surged clear in the deciding set.

“It’s always a tough match when I play against her. After the first set I just stayed strong and didn’t give up,” said Halep.

“I missed a lot in the beginning. I tried to do too much. I changed the tactics a bit and it worked.”

Muguruza to test Halep to the full – analysis

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Halep has won just one of the four matches she has played with Muguruza, but that was the only one played on clay.

Halep is hoping to reach her third French Open final, and knows her defensive skills will be tested to the full if Muguruza lives up to the standard she set in her quarter-final win over Sharapova.

The world number one ranking will be on the line, but that feels very secondary to the prize of a place in a Grand Slam final.

The other semi-final is between two Americans who are becoming familiar faces in the closing stages of a Grand Slam.

Keys says clay “grows on” her a little bit every year, while Stephens thinks they have both prospered by taking a more positive attitude to clay than some Americans have in recent years.

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Garbine Muguruza beats Maria Sharapova in French Open quarter-finals

  • Posted: Jun 06, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.

Garbine Muguruza moved a step closer to regaining the title by beating two-time winner Maria Sharapova in a one-sided French Open quarter-final.

The Spanish third seed, who claimed the title in 2016, dominated from the start and ended the Russian 30th seed’s hopes with a 6-2 6-1 victory in 70 minutes.

The reigning Wimbledon champion, 24, has not dropped a set at Roland Garros.

She will play Romania’s world number one Simona Halep or Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the last four.

Both Muguruza and Halep, who is searching for her first Grand Slam title, could finish the tournament as the world number one.

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No dream ending for Sharapova

Sharapova was making her comeback at Roland Garros, having been refused a wildcard last year shortly after her return from a 15-month drugs ban.

After a confidence-boosting run to the last four in Rome, she was eyeing her first Grand Slam semi-final since she went on to reach the 2015 Australian Open final.

That never looked like happening as Muguruza dominated from the start.

Sharapova had not played for four days after long-time rival Serena Williams pulled out of their last-16 match with a pectoral injury.

Muguruza, meanwhile, barely played either as Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko pulled out of their fourth-round match with a hip problem after only 20 minutes.

But the lack of court time appeared to affect Sharapova more as she made a sloppy start.

Three double faults from Sharapova in the opener gifted an early advantage to Muguruza, another in the sixth deuce of an 11-minute third game helping the Spaniard go 3-0 ahead.

With momentum behind her, Muguruza continued to dominate and served out to win the opener set in 42 minutes.

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Muguruza had not enjoyed a successful clay-court season before arriving in Paris, winning just twice on the surface in Madrid and losing her opening matches in Stuttgart and Rome.

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However, she always seems to peak in time for Roland Garros and Wimbledon, having won or finished runner-up at one of the two Slams in each of the past three years.

Now only Halep or Kerber stand in her way of a second final appearance in three years at Roland Garros after she demolished the five-time Slam champion.

Muguruza’s three previous meetings with Sharapova had all ended in defeat – including a 2014 Roland Garros quarter-final where Sharapova had also eased to the opening set.

This ruthless victory demonstrated how much Muguruza has matured since that loss.

She refused to let Sharapova gain a foothold this time, breaking in the opening game of the second set, then three times more as the Russian won just 11 points.

Muguruza’s dominant serve was key throughout, winning 72% of her first serve points, 46% on her second serve and taking six of her 12 break points.

Sharapova, in contrast, won just 61% of her first serve points, 19% on her second and earned just one break point.

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