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Queen's Club: Gordon Reid reaches last four at Fever-Tree Championships

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018

Britain’s Gordon Reid came from 5-2 down in the opening set to beat France’s Nicolas Peifer 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 and reach the last four at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.

Wheelchair singles and doubles tournaments are being held for the first time at the pre-Wimbledon event.

Reid and fellow Briton Alfie Hewett lost their opening round-robin doubles encounter.

The pair were beaten 6-3 7-5 by Peifer and compatriot Stephane Houdet.

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Reid, the world number five, made a slow start in his singles match against a player ranked two places lower.

After levelling the first set at 5-5, he was broken by the Frenchman who went 6-5 ahead, but the Scot proved the stronger in the tie-break

Reid, who won Paralympic singles gold in Rio, took control of the second set to lead 5-2 before Peifer bounced back with three games in a row.

But Reid held his nerve to win the next two games and set up a meeting with second seed Houdet in Saturday’s semi-final.

Top seed Hewitt, the world number two, will play last year’s Wimbledon champion Stefan Olsson in the other last-four tie.

The Swede beat Spain’s Dani Caverzaschi without losing a game.

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Nature Valley Classic: Petra Kvitova beats Julia Goerges to reach semi-finals

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018

Petra Kvitova continued her Nature Valley Classic defence with a dominant quarter-final win over Julia Goerges in Birmingham.

The Czech fourth seed beat Germany’s Goerges 6-1 6-4 in 67 minutes.

Kvitova, who has not dropped a set in the competition, hit 20 winners to Goerges’ nine to reach her fifth semi-final of the season.

She will next play Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, who beat Ukrainian second seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2.

Kvitova previously beat Buzarnescu in three sets on her way to winning the Prague Open in May.

In the other quarter-finals, Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova saw off Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic 6-2 6-4.

She will play Czech Barbora Strycova, who won 7-5 3-0 after Lesia Tsurenko retired with injury.

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Djokovic wins 800th match to reach Queen's semi-finals

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018
2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC
Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 18-24 June
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Novak Djokovic recorded his 800th career win as he beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships.

Djokovic, 31, trailed Mannarino in the first set but the former world number one from Serbia went on to dominate.

The three-time Wimbledon champion will next face France’s Jeremy Chardy, who beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4.

Top seed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Australian Nick Kyrgios will meet in the other semi-final on Saturday.

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Djokovic delight at career milestone

Djokovic is through to only his second semi-final of a troubled campaign as he seeks to secure his first title in 2018.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion is ranked 22 in the world after losing to Italy’s Marco Cecchinato in the French Open quarter-finals.

Hampered by an elbow injury last year, Djokovic has failed to reach the semi-finals in any of his last five Grand Slam appearances and accepted a wildcard to Queen’s as he seeks to regain his best form before Wimbledon starts on 2 July.

If Djokovic wins the semi-final and goes on to take the Queen’s title for the first time, he will pass Stefan Edberg in ninth place on the all-time list for most men’s singles wins.

Jimmy Connors heads the list with 1,256 wins ahead of second-placed Roger Federer, who has 1,156.

“It’s a milestone, and of course it’s a great achievement,” said Djokovic about his 800th victory. “Every achievement is a great achievement. I should be happy for it and proud of it.

“When you work all your life for something and then you get rewards for it, of course it’s obviously very positive and I’m thrilled.

“I’m grateful, as well, as I’m able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.

“It’s still the sport that I love with all my heart. I put in that heart every single day, and I’m very glad to be able to play semi-finals here after Rome and Roland Garros tournaments that went pretty well for me.”

Kyrgios serve too good for Lopez

Kyrgios hit 32 aces as he continued his impressive run by knocking out Spain’s 2017 champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3).

The 23-year-old also hit 32 aces in his second-round victory over Kyle Edmund and 18 against Andy Murray in the first round.

“I can’t remember a specific time where I’ve served at this level back to back,” said the Australian world number 21.

Cilic, who reached last year’s Wimbledon final and was runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

The 29-year-old hit 10 aces and won 91% of first-serve points to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row.

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Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans wins twice in a day to reach qualifying event

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018
Wimbledon Qualifying 2018 on the BBC
Venue: Bank of England Sports Centre, Roehampton Dates: 25-28 June
Coverage: Watch live on BBC BBC Red Button, Connected TVs and the BBC Sport website and app.

Britain’s Dan Evans won two matches in a day to claim a place in Wimbledon’s qualifying competition.

The 28-year-old was not given a wildcard by the All England Club after he served a ban for taking cocaine.

Playing in the pre-qualifying event, Evans beat Briton Marcus Willis 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) on Friday.

The world number 340 then fought back to beat compatriot Jack Findel-Hawkins 6-4 3-6 6-3 and ensure a place in Monday’s qualifiers at Roehampton.

Evans will need to win a further three matches to reach the Wimbledon main draw.

His best performance at Wimbledon came in 2016, where he reached the third round before losing to Roger Federer.

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Djokovic Celebrates Milestone Win, Moves Into Queen's Club SFs

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018

Djokovic Celebrates Milestone Win, Moves Into Queen’s Club SFs

Serbian moves closer to fifth grass-court crown after 800th victory

Novak Djokovic became the 10th player in the Open Era (since 1968) to record 800 match wins on Friday, also earning a place in the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Championships.

The Serbian wild card and 2008 runner-up worked his way back from an early setback and grew in confidence with his level of play to defeat Adrian Mannarino France 7-5, 6-1 in 79 minutes. It was his third straight grass-court win over Mannarino (also 2016-17 Wimbledon).

Djokovic could next meet another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, last week’s in-form Libema Open finalist (l. to Gasquet), or #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe on Saturday. Djokovic leads Chardy 10-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, while he has not played Tiafoe.

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A backhand slice that lost Djokovic the third game was the very shot he got back on level terms with at 4-4, when he converted his sixth break point chance. Djokovic completed a run of four consecutive games from 2-4 down when Mannarino hit a forehand long to finish the 48-minute first set.

Djokovic stepped up in the fourth game of the second set when he dragged Mannarino, last year’s Turkish Airlines Open Antalya finalist (l. to Sugita), around the court to force a forehand groundstroke error. Djokovic, currently at No. 22 in the ATP Rankings, won 18 of his 24 service points in the second and is now 17-8 on the year.

Djokovic, competing at The Queen’s Club for the first time since 2010, finished as runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final. In recent weeks, the 31-year-old has advanced to the semi-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Nadal) and the Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. to Cecchinato).

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