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Kerber advances as Kvitova retires

Angelique Kerber is into the last four in Cincinnati after Petra Kvitova retired.

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The German booked her spot in the semis after Kvitova was forced to retire due to an illness.

Angelique Kerber is into the semi-finals after the Czech and world number 11 Petra Kvitova decided to retire at 6-4, 3-3 due to GI Illness that she suffered.

“Of course it is not the way you want to win a match and not against Petra (Kvitova) because we are good friends as well off-court as well and we played so many matches and it’s always a tough battle so I wish her all the best and a speedy recovery for the US Open and I think the first set I was playing pretty good and trying to be aggressive and serving good because that was the goal and playing as I did in the last few days here.”

The first set was tightly contested with both players doing a good job holding serve and it was the Czech who earned the first two breakpoints of the match at 3-3 but the German did a good job saving both and holding serve.

The world number 22 found herself at 5-4 15-40 and managed to win the first set.

The Bilovec, Czech Republic native determined to stay in the match and after holding the opening game of the second set she broke the German serve to take an early 2-0 lead.

Kvitova would save three breakpoints the following game and held serve once again to take a 3-0 lead but at the changeover called the physio and the doctor.

She didn’t take a medical timeout but was given medication and after Kerber managed to finally win a service game it fuelled the German and she got the break to go back on serve.

At 3-2, Kvitova took a medical timeout and the following game saved a breakpoint but looked completely out of it stopping after almost every point breathing very deeply.

At 3-3, she decided she couldn’t continue and retired from the match, and after it was confirmed she was suffering from a GI illness. Kerber will now face Ash Barty on Saturday and after the match gave her thoughts on the matchup.

“It’s another tough match and I know I will have to play my best tennis against her and it will be another good match and that is why I am here to have a lot of good matches against the best players before going to the US Open so tomorrow is another one and I am excited and looking forward to playing her again.”

Quarterfinal recap

Three other matches were played on quarterfinals day with the following results, Karolina Pliskova the tournament number five seed advanced after her Spanish opponent was forced to pull out due to right shoulder injury. Badosa was traling 7-5, 2-0 when she decided she could no longer play and retired.

Jil Teichmann backed up her win over Naomi Osaka by beating Belinda Bencic in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the battle of the Swiss and after the match she spoke about she is taking it one match, one tournament at a time after spending most of the year riddled with injury.

“I am going match by match because I know every match is a big challenge and I need to get the win to have another chance of playing.”

Finally the number one seed Ash Barty beat the number nine seed Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to set up a semifinal matchup with the German on Saturday.

In the other semifinal Teichmann will face Karolina Pliskova on Saturday as well.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Sinner; now aims for Third Title in Monte Carlo

Stylish Greek completes comeback win and re-enters the top ten.

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After winning two in a row in 2021-2022, Stefanos Tsitsipas is now in reach of a third title at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, after beating World number two Jannik Sinner in three gruelling sets.

The 25-year-old had to battle hard and come from a break down in the third to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and now plays Casper Ruud in tomorrow’s final. The Greek has had an indifferent start to the year with a 11-6 win-loss record, but today was his first top three victory since the 2022 Cincinatti Masters – where he beat Daniil Medvedev – and ensures a return back into the top ten of the men’s rankings.

Tsitsipas recognised how hard he had to fight and revealed after the match just how satisfied he was of his performance:

“It was tennis at its highest level that I have been able to play. Jannik was an extremely difficult opponent and it can be seen throughout the year so far. He has been very consistent and I could see that throughout today with his game. He is one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far and to find ways when there weren’t that many, I am proud of that. He gave me a very difficult game and the way I overcame it is true excellence.”

Sinner double faulted at 30-40 to gift the break early with the score at one game all. From there, Tsistipas rallied with poise and confidence in a brilliant opening set lasting 44 minutes including a stunning backhand down-the-line winner to open the game when serving at 4-3. He took the first set 6-4 after a tiring 18-shot rally – where both players hit all angles of the court – before Sinner hit a forehand wide.

However, 22-year-old Sinner struck back immediately on his first breakpoint at the start of the second set when he won a close exchange at the net and then took a 3-0 lead.  He later survived a breakback point when 4-2 up and crucially held on for 5-2. He faced more pressure when serving for the set at 5-3 and was taken to deuce but levelled the match at one-set-all on his second set point to give the crowd exactly what they were asking f

Sinner was now in full flow hitting powerfully from the baseline and once again broke early at the start of the final set to take a 3-1 lead. But with the match now entering the third hour he began to tire physically and called for the trainer during the changeover with the score at 4-3.  When the match resumed, he lost the next three games and the Greek had completed a remarkable turnaround, handing his opponent just his second defeat of the season in two hours and forty minutes.

“It helps a lot knowing I have a win like this under my belt. Having a win like this and getting to the levels of tennis again brings a lot of satisfaction to me,” Tsitsipas said. “When there is a lot of work put in each day, these are the type of matches you are aiming for.”

Sinner’s only loss prior to today was against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells semi-finals. He has been the stand out player this year after already winning titles in Rotterdam, the Miami Open, and his maiden Grand Slam in Australia. Despite having won 25 matches overall though, he now trails Tsitsipas 3-6 in their head-to-head rivalry.

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Casper Ruud Reveals Shock After Knocking Out Novak Djokovic In Monte-Carlo

Casper Ruud is into his second career Masters 1000 final after beating Novak Djokovic for the first time.

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Casper Ruud is into his second Masters 1000 final of his career after recording his best ever win by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 6-4.

The Norwegian defeated the world number one for the first time in his career as he overcame a mini-comeback from Djokovic to seal his place in the Monte-Carlo final.

Having lost his five previous meetings to Djokovic, Ruud played some fearless tennis under pressure as the eighth seed broke to close out a career-best win.

Speaking after the win Ruud admitted he was in a state of shock and was pleased with the victory, “I am super happy,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“This is a day I will remember for a long time. Beating a World No. 1 is something I have never done and beating Novak is something I have never done. I am very, very happy. I am a little bit in a state of shock right now.”

After achieving the seemingly improbable, Ruud will now look to win his first ever ATP title that’s above a Masters 1000 event when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Monte-Carlo final.

That’s a prospect Ruud is looking forward to as he prepares for one final challenge, “There is always one more match in tennis,” the Norwegian explained.

“Tomorrow is going to be a special day, playing a final here in Monte-Carlo. It is a great result but I have been chasing a big title for a few years now and tomorrow I will have another shot at it. I am going to give it my all. Stef is playing well. He is a great player on clay and on other surfaces as well, but I guess clay is maybe where he has had the most success and especially this tournament.

“So it is going to be another tough task, but I am up for it.”

The final will take place at 14:00 BST.

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Rafael Nadal Set For Opening Round Test Against Cobolli In Barcelona

Rafael Nadal will look to make his ATP tour return in Barcelona this week.

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Rafael Nadal is set for his return to tennis in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Nadal has been struggling with injury after being injured again in Brisbane this year.

The tournament in Brisbane was his first tournament back for a year as he suffered a hip injury at the Australian Open last year.

Now Nadal aims to return to competitive action in Barcelona as he has been drawn against Flavio Cobolli in the opening round.

Speaking earlier in the week Nadal was hopeful of a return to the tour in Barcelona, “Excited to be here for a few days before the start of the tournament,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“I’m here to see how it goes… can’t wait to try and play. I’ll let you know. Important to say that I don’t want to confirm I’ll be playing, but I hope so. We’ll see.”

Should Nadal play and win his opening round match then the Spaniard will play fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the second round.

The former world number one has won the title on 12 different occasions but hasn’t won the title since 2021.

Elsewhere in the draw defending champion Carlos Alcaraz will begin against Luca Van Assche or Zhizhen Zhang with the Spaniard projected to meet Borna Coric in the third round.

Alcaraz suffered an injury in Monte-Carlo and will be beginning his clay court campaign in Barcelona.

Also in action in Barcelona are Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud.

Main draw action will begin on Monday.

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