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Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev claim their first doubles title as a team at the Madrid Mutua Open



Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev beat Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 6-3 3-6 10-3 after 71 minutes to clinch their first doubles title at the Madrid Mutua Open. 


Khachanov and Rublev earned Match Tie-Breaks wins in four of their five matches this week. The Russian friends beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the first round, number 5 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round, Jamie Murray and Michael Venus in the quarter finals, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer in the semifinals. 

Khachanov and Rublev converted the first break point in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead before sealing their first set point in the ninth game. 

Ebden and Bopanna earned their first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and held on their serve in their next service games to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the decider. 

Khachanov and Rublev raced out to a 6-0 lead in the Match Tie-Break and sealed the win on their first match point. 

Khachanov won the first ATP Tour level doubles title of his career. Rublev clinched three ATP 250 doubles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the mixed doubles in Tokyo. They played their first doubles tournament in a Challenger tournament in 2014. 

Earlier this week Khachanov beat Rublev 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in the Round of 16. 

Rublev and Khachanov are the second all-Russian team to win an ATP Masters 1000 doubles title, after Yevgeny Kafelinikov and Andrei Olihovski in Montreal in 2005. They were playing in their third Masters 1000 final after reaching the championship match in Miami 2018 and Paris Bercy in 2019. 

Azarenka and Haddad Maia win the WTA doubles title

Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia clinched the WTA doubles title at the Madrid Mutua Open after a 6-1 6-4 win over Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula. 

Azarenka and Haddad Maia beat two of the top 3 seeds to clinch their first doubles title as a team. 

Azarenka claimed the 10th doubles of her career and the fifth at WTA 1000 level. Haddad Maia won the biggest doubles title of her career after reaching two WTA 1000 doubles finals, including a title match together with German player Laura Siegemund in Indian Wells last March. She won two WTA Tour singles titles in Nottingham and Birmingham last year.

Earlier this week Azarenka and Haddad Maia beat Daesirae Krawczyk and Demis Schuurs in the first round, Paula Badosa and Bethanie Mattek Sands in the quarter final, Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend in the semifinal. 

Gauff and Pegula were chasing their third title of the season after Doha and Miami. 

Azarenka and Haddad Maia broke three times to win the first set 6-1. Pegula and Gauff broke serve in the fifth game of the second set to open up a 4-2 lead, but Azarenka and Haddad Maia bounced back by winning four consecutive games. 

Azarenka and Haddad Maia pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4 and held serve to 15 to take a 5-4 lead. They broke Gauff’s serve in their second match point in the final game to seal the title. 

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Jannik Sinner beats Danil Medvedev in the China Open final to clinch the ninth title of his career



Jannik Sinner beat Danil Medvedev 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2) after 2 hours and 1 minute earning the first match win of his career against his Russian rival in his seventh attempt. 


Sinner has won the ninth title of his career and the third of the 2023 season following his triumphs Montpellier and his first ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto. The Italian player claimed the second ATP 500 title after Washington following his two wins over top 3 players Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinal and Danil Medvedev in the final. 

Sinner has moved to number 4 in the ATP Live Ranking becoming the second Italian player to reach the top 5 after Adriano Panatta, who won the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome and Roland Garros in 1976 reaching a career high of world number 4. Sinner is aiming to qualify for the NITTO ATP Finals in Turin for the first time after playing as alternate in 2021.

Both players served well in the first four games of the opening set. Sinner saved a break point in the fifth game and held serve with a forehand. Medvedev fended off two break points in the eighth game. Sinner earned two mini-breaks to open up a 3-0 lead in the tie-break and hit two winners on serve to race out to 5-0. Medvedev pulled one of the mini-breaks back but Sinner closed out the first set 7-2 on his second set point. 

Medvedev saved three break points (the third with a forehand winner) in the third game of the second set to hold serve at deuce for 2-1. Sinner held serve to 30 at 3-4 and won the 10th game on serve at love to prolong the match. 

Sinner opened up a 3-0 lead with an early mini-break at the start of the second tie-break and forged to 5-2 with a service winner. Sinner earned four match points with a forehand and converted his first chance with a forehand winner to secure his 49th match of the season.  

“Danil, thanks for letting me at least one match. We have had some very tough battles, especially this year. Thanks for making me a much better player. I have been training a lot to beat you. My team are working a lot. Thank you very much and it is special this moment with you”, said Sinner during the award ceremony. 

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Iga Swiatek cruises past Magda Linette to reach the quarter final at the China Open in Beijing



Iga Swiatek cruised past this year’s Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette 6-1 6-1 to reach the quarter final at the China Open in Beijing. Swiatek has won her 60th match in 2023. 


Swiatek set up a match against Caroline Garcia or Anhelina Kalinina. 

Swiatek did not face any break points and dropped just eight points on her serve and hit 16 winners to Linette’s three. She broke twice in the first set and three times in the second set. 

Swiatek has won her 18th match this year for the loss of three or fewer games. 

Swiatek has improved to 3-1 in her head-to-head matches against her compatriots. She lost her only match via retirement against Joanna Zawadswa in the first round of the Warsaw ITF W25 tournament in 2018. 

Swiatek has reached her 14th quarter final in 2023 and her ninth at WTA 1000 level. The Polish player has become the fourth player since 2009 to reach seven or more WTA 1000 quarter final in the same season after Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na and Serena Williams. 

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Dusan Lajovic beats Stan Wawrinka to reach the second round in Shanghai



Dusan Lajovic beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-6 (9-7) on Stadium  Court at the Masters 1000 tournment in Shanghai in their first head-to-head match since Roland Garros 2015. 


Lajovic, who won the ATP 250 title in Banja Luka last April completed the set of winning a main-draw match at each of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments. 

Lajovic broke Wawrinka’s serve in the first game of the opening set. The Serbian player earned a double break in the seventh game to open up a 5-2. Wawrinka pulled one break back in the eighth game for 3-5, but Lajovic served out the first set to love. 

Lajovic earned went up a break twice in the third and seventh games of the second set, but Wawrinka broke back both times. Lajovic saved a set point at 6-7 in the tie-break and won the final three points to close out the match in 1 hour and 53 minutes. 

Lajovic hit 16 winners to just 7 unforced errors. The Serbian player moved to 1-2 in his three head-to-head matches against his Swiss opponent. 

Lajovic set up a second round match against Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor. 

Brandon Nakashima beat Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-1 7-6 (7-3) to set up a second round match against Holger Rune. Nakashima won his first Masters 1000 match since last March in Miami. Nakashima broke twice in the second and fourth games and held his final service game at love to seal the first set 6-1. Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Zapata Miralles earned an early mini-break at the start of the tie-break to take a 2-0 lead. Nakashima won seven of the next eight points including three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3. 

Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Kokkinakis earned an early break in the first game of the opening set. Fognini did not convert two break-back points in the second game. Fognini saved a break point in the fifth game, but Kokkinakis broke for the second time in the seventh game and held his serve in the next game to seal the first set 6-2. Fognini made three unforced errors at 4-4 in the second set and Kokkinakis earned the break after Fognini made his third double fault of the match. 

Kokkinakis leads 4-0 in his head-to-head matches against Fognini. The Australian player will face Hubert Hurkacz in the second round. 

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