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Monday 13th August 2018

Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep win Rogers Cup titles

World number one Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Rogers Cup in Toronto, bringing the Greek's stunning run to an end.

Tsitsipas, who turned 20 on Sunday, beat Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the final but lost 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

He had a set point in the 12th game of the second set but could not convert.

Earlier, Romania's Simona Halep beat American Sloane Stephens in three sets to win the women's event in Montreal.

In a re-run of the French Open final in June, Halep eventually came out on top 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2.


 

Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon championship.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam - his first major since the 2016 French Open.

The Serb, 31, quickly took control to win the opening set in 29 minutes, breaking twice more in the second set.

Djokovic saw off five set points in an even third set before dominating the tie-break to seal victory.


 

Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to win Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's

Marin Cilic saved a match point before beating Novak Djokovic to win his second title at Queen's Club.

The 29-year-old Croat fought back to win the Fever-Tree Championships 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the longest final in the tournament's history.

Cilic, who won the title in 2012 and was runner-up last year, saved match point at 5-4 in the second set and came back from 4-1 down in the tie-break.

His serve was crucial in the final set as he won in two hours and 57 minutes.


 

Petra Kvitova retains Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham

Petra Kvitova came back from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova and retain her Nature Valley Classic title.

The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion was made to work hard by the Slovakian after losing her first set of the tournament in Birmingham.

The Czech, 28, broke Rybarikova's serve twice in the second set and three times in the third to seal a 4-6 6-1 6-2 win.

It was the world number eight's fifth WTA title of the season, as well as a tour-leading 37th match win this year.


 

Nature Valley Open: Angry Johanna Konta loses in Nottingham final

A furious Johanna Konta lost out to Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

Konta had recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but a controversial call allowed Barty go 5-4 ahead.

The Briton got into a heated discussion with umpire Paula Vieira Souza, which seemed to affected her concentration.

She was broken in the next game to give Barty a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win and did not shake the umpire's hand at the end.


 

French Open 2018: Nadal beats Thiem to win 11th title

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

And despite having cramp in the third he increased the tempo further, beating Thiem in his first major final when the 24-year-old returned long.

The victory means the past six Grand Slam titles have been won by either Nadal or Federer with the next generation of players finding it hard to break the veterans' stranglehold on the game.

Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.


 

ATP: Men's tour likely to introduce shot clocks and reduced warm-up

Shot clocks and reduced warm-ups appear very likely to be introduced to the ATP Tour - and possibly next season.

A number of innovations were trialled at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November.

First to four game sets, no advantage scoring or service lets and coaching via headsets were among the trials.

But it is a 25-second serving clock and a reduced warm-up which players can expect to face on tour in either 2019 or 2020.

The shot clock is set to be enforced at a Grand Slam for the first time during this year's US Open.

It was used in Australian Open qualifying and will also be in operation during French Open qualifying this month.

Wimbledon, which has opted not to use it this year, says it will adopt a "wait and see" approach.


 

ATP Finals: Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win title in London

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov became the first man for 19 years to win the ATP Finals on his debut appearance with victory over Belgian David Goffin.

Sixth seed Dimitrov, 26, claimed the biggest title of his career as he won 7-5 4-6 6-3 at London's O2 Arena.

The Bulgarian collected £1.9m in prize money for coming through the tournament unbeaten in five matches across the group stage, semi-finals and final.

He will end the year ranked third in the world, with Goffin up to seventh.

Injuries to Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic kept two of the sport's biggest names out of the ATP Finals, while world number one Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out injured after his opening round-robin match and Roger Federer was stunned in the semi-finals by Goffin.

But Dimitrov said it was too soon to say a new era was coming to tennis.


 


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