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Monday 21st September 2020

Djokovic wins Italian Open with victory over Schwartzman

World number one Novak Djokovic won a record 36th Masters title by beating Diego Schwartzman in the Italian Open.

The Serb, playing in his first tournament since being disqualified from this month's US Open, won 7-5 6-3 in the final to ensure he goes into next week's French Open on a high.

Djokovic drew level with Rafael Nadal last month on the all-time list of Masters winners with his Western & Southern Open title.


US Open 2020: Thiem fights back to beat Zverev

Austria's Dominic Thiem clinched his first Grand Slam title after a gritty fightback from two sets down stunned Alexander Zverev in the US Open final.

Second seed Thiem, 27, had lost his previous three major finals and looked destined for another agonising defeat.

But 23-year-old Zverev, playing in his first Slam final, became edgy at key moments and Thiem took full advantage.

Both players failed to serve out victory in a tense decider before Thiem sealed a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win.

Thiem took his third championship point when Zverev pulled a backhand wide, leaving the Austrian falling flat on his back in celebration.

When he climbed back to his feet, he found a gracious Zverev - with whom he is close friends - waiting to hug him at the net.

"I wish we could have two winners today, we both deserve it," Thiem told Zverev, whom he has known since they were juniors.

Thiem is the first player to claim a Grand Slam title from two sets down since Argentine Gaston Gaudio at the French Open in 2004.

It had been longer since anyone achieved this feat in New York, with Thiem emulating American Pancho Gonzales' comeback in 1949.


Battle of the Brits victory for Bulldogs

Salisbury and Dart won 6-4 6-2 to seal a 63-56 win for the British Bulldogs.

Union Jacks pair Andy Murray and Naomi Broady set up the deciding rubber by winning the penultimate match of the week-long tournament in Roehampton.

But Salisbury and Dart dominated the decider as the Bulldogs celebrated.

With the sides tied at 45-45 going into Sunday, the Bulldogs won six of the 10 matches on the final day in an innovative format where matches were worth different points.


Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was due to be played between 29 June and 12 July.

The entire grass-court season has been abandoned, and there will be no professional tennis anywhere in the world until at least 13 July.

Wimbledon is the latest major summer sporting event to be called off, with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics postponed for 12 months.

It follows the postponement of the French Open, which was due to begin in May but has been rescheduled to 20 September-4 October.


Davis Cup Finals: Great Britain paired in group with France and Czech Republic

Great Britain, Davis Cup winners in 2015, have been paired in the same group as France and the Czech Republic for this autumn's Finals in Spain.

Holders Spain have drawn Russia and surprise finalists Ecuador, who shocked Japan, at the 18-team event from 23-29 November at La Caja Magica in Madrid.

Last year's runners-up Canada are in Group B with Kazakhstan and Sweden.

Serbia, who have world number Novak Djokovic in their ranks, go into Group F with Germany and Austria.

Croatia, Australia and Hungary are in Group D, while the United States, Italy and Colombia are in Group E.

Sweden, Austria and Hungary will all be making their first appearance at the Finals.


Wimbledon expansion plans set to advance

Wimbledon's expansion plans have taken a step forward after a neighbouring golf club voted to sell its land.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made a £65m offer to buy the Wimbledon Park Golf Club land.

AELTC says a vote has gone in its favour with the transfer - pending court approval - set to go through on 21 December. The deal will see AELTC's land roughly triple in size.

It means qualifying will be held on the site by the middle of the next decade.


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