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Froome seals status as Tour great with third title

ABC Sport - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 4:55am

Briton Chris Froome cements his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders, winning his third title after a three-week rocky ride.

Berdych Ready For Toronto Challenge

ATP news - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 4:45am
Tomas Berdych has set himself a target in Toronto, to keep pace with his other Masters 1000 results.

Lorenzi Beats Basilashvili In Kitzbuhel 2016 Final Highlights

ATP news - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 3:36am
Watch highlights of the 2016 Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, featuring Paolo Lorenzi and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Lopez Ends 10-Year Wait For Gstaad Crown

ATP news - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:12am

Feliciano Lopez finally landed the J. Safara Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad title on Sunday, 10 years on from a runner-up finish to Richard Gasquet. The top seed, making his 10th appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, defeated 2013 finalist Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in the final, which lasted 77 minutes.

"It's an amazing feeling, I've been waiting 10 years to win this title," said Lopez. "It's been a long wait since 2006, but it's been worth it. This is a very special tournament, with a lot of tradition, where a lot of Spaniards have won in the past. It's a unique place to play."

Lopez captured his fifth ATP World Tour title in his 14th final. The 34-year-old Spaniard, who is currently No. 21 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, earned 250 points and €82,450 in prize money. It is his first trophy since June 2014 at Eastbourne.

Lopez broke Haase to love in the fifth game and came within a point of taking a 5-2 lead in the 33-minute opener. Haase, a winner of three of their four previous meetings, regrouped and surged into a 3-0 advantage in the second set. But Lopez worked his way back to 3-3 and at 5-5, took Haase's serve to 30 on his third break point opportunity.

"The first set was good, I played very aggressively and I served well," said Lopez, who hit eight aces and lost just four of his first service points. "But it wasn't easy. In the second set, I made two stupid mistakes to get broken but I was able to break back. I played great overall, it was a very good performance."

Haase, 29, is now 2-3 in ATP World Tour finals. Three years ago, he lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the Gstaad title match. The World No. 95 takes home €43,430 and 150 points.

"Three years ago, I received a goat [named Antonia] for reaching the final," said Haase. "So this year, I was dreaming about winning a cow and the trophy. Hopefully I can come back next year and do better. Congrats to Feli, who played great his week."

Zeballos/Peralta Secure Gstaad Doubles Crown

ATP news - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:58am

Horacio Zeballos and Julio Peralta won their second ATP World Tour team title in their second final on Sunday at the J. Safara Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad.

The fourth seeds defeated top seeds Mate Pavic of Croatia and New Zealand's Michael Venus, the winners of four ATP World Tour titles in 2016, 7-6(2), 6-2 in the 67-minute championship match.

"We’re really happy and enjoyed this tournament a lot," said Peralta. "It’s pleasing to finish the week this way. I feel really good playing with Horacio and we’re motivated to keep playing together."

Zeballos said, "We’ve beaten the best team of the tournament. This gives us tonnes of confidence to play together in the future. In my opinion, we kept our focus from the first ball, trying to dominate the match. That was a key."

South Americans Peralta and Zeballos, who also lifted the Brasil Open trophy (d. Carreno Busta/Marrero) in February, earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and shared €25,070 in prize money. Zeballos is 3-3 in doubles finals.

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Peralta and Zeballos were unable to convert one set point opportunity on a deciding deuce point in the 10th game, then saved four break points at 5-5. The duo won five of the first six points in the tie-break. They broke serve in the first and fifth games of the second set.

Pavic and Venus are now 25-10 on the season and 5-4 lifetime in finals. They are second on the ATP World Tour this year, behind Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. The pair leave the ATP World Tour 250 tournament with 150 points and €13,170.

Australians not moving into Olympic Village due to 'blocked toilets, exposed wiring'

ABC Sport - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:43am

The Australian team will not be moving into Olympic Village for the time being because of problems including "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring", delegation head Kitty Chiller says.

Russia escapes blanket ban from Rio, Olympic committee rules

ABC Sport - Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:10am

The International Olympic Committee will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their relevant sports federations, it says.

Giants overcome the Power to go second

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 7:47pm

GWS comes from behind to beat Port Adelaide by 19 points in the wet to sit second on the ladder with five rounds left.

Shapovalov And Auger Aliassime On The Rise

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 7:26pm
Catch up with Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger Aliassime, two young Canadians making waves with their attacking games.

Hawks seal eighth straight with win over Tigers

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 6:02pm

The Hawks struggle early, but go two games clear on top of the ladder with a 70-point win over Richmond at the MCG.

Farah-less Tigers too good for Dragons

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 6:02pm

Wests Tigers have put a week of drama surrounding Robbie Farah behind them to defeat the Dragons 25-12 at Homebush.

Human Highlight Is Back Monfils Karlovic Highlights Washington 2016

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 4:42pm

Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils won on Saturday to move into the Citi Open final. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo credit Getty Images.

Karlovic Discusses Washington SF Win 2016

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 4:25pm
Ivo Karlovic talks about his big semi-final win against Steve Johnson at the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Monfils Excited About Another Washington Final 2016

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 4:24pm
Gael Monfils talks about reaching another Citi Open final in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Monfils Bluffs Zverev, Delivers Hot Shot Washington 2016

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 4:23pm
The always entertaining Gael Monfils was at it again on Saturday against Sascha Zverev at the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Bombers set for the spoon as Lions clean up at Docklands

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 4:02pm

Essendon is the favourite for the wooden spoon after going down by 37 points to Brisbane at Docklands.

Sharks continue blistering form with drubbing of Knights

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 3:58pm

Ben Barba has sparks the Sharks to a dazzling 36-4 win over the Newcastle Knights to send them clear at the top of the NRL table.

Ivo Serves Past Stevie; Monfils Dismisses Zverev

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 2:53pm

Ivo Karlovic remained perfect on his serve in Washington and will play for his first ATP World Tour 500 title on Sunday. The 37 year old blasted 14 more aces and erased all five break points to beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

Karlovic now leads the tournament with 80 aces and has held all 43 service games. The 6'11” Croatian will face Frenchman Gael Monfils, who dismissed NextGen star Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-0 in one hour. Monfils controlled the match from the start, breaking the 19 year old to open the semi-final contest, the first of four service breaks the second seed would secure.

Monfils also landed nearly 70 per cent of his first serves, compared to 44 per cent for Zverev, who is the youngest player in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. In the second set, Monfils dropped only three points (12/15) on his serve.

“He’s probably the quickest player on [the ATP World Tour],” Zverev said.

The 29-year-old will go for his first Citi Open title and his first ATP World Tour title since Montpellier in 2014. He also played for the Washington title in 2011 (l. to Stepanek). Monfils is 5-19 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals. Sunday's match-up will mark his third final of the season (Rotterdam, Monte-Carlo). Monfils said he's matured in recent years, which has helped his tennis.

“Definitely, the aging helped me a little bit,” he said. “I’m still the young guy that plays Pokémon but I think I still grew up.”

He is 2-2 against Karlovic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. “I cannot let [him] dictate my game,” Karlovic said. “I’m going to continue doing what I did in this match, try and get as close to the net as I can, as quick as I can.”

It will be Karlovic's first final at the Citi Open. He reached the semi-finals in 2007 but lost to Andy Roddick. Clutch serving and opportunistic returning ensured that Karlovic wouldn't fall to another American on Saturday.

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At 1-all, he saw a break point and converted. It was the only chance to break he'd have all set long as Johnson otherwise kept up his consistent serving. Up to that game, the 26-year-old American was 33/33 on his serve.

“I just tried to be as aggressive as I could,” Karlovic said of his return games.

The second set mirrored the first when, at 1-all, Karlovic sliced a backhand service return past a charging Johnson to earn another break. He'd serve out the set with his 14th ace.

“It’s definitely frustrating when you have chances and you don’t take them,” Johnson said. “You lose your focus for a second and you lose serve and that’s the margin when you play against a guy like Ivo.”

Karlovic will try to win his eighth ATP World Tour title on Sunday. He's played in 15 finals, including the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final in Newport on 17 July (d. Muller).

On Friday, Karlovic said that winning an ATP World Tour 500 event was one of his goals for the next few years. He'll have a chance to cross it off his list on Sunday in Washington.

“In my old age it is good when you can reach your goals still,” he said. “That would be unbelievable if I am able to do it tomorrow.”

Doubles

Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Alexander Peya of Austria moved into the final with a 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-3 win against Henri Kontinen of Finland and Aussie John Peers. Kubot/Peya will face Canadian Daniel Nestor and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Romanians Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4.

Vote For The Rogers Cup Golden Moment

ATP news - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 2:04pm

From Andre Agassi’s triumph in 1992 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s magical run in 2014, we’ve selected eight Classic Moments from the Rogers Cup. Now, we need your help to crown the Golden Moment from this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

Watch & Vote

Watch the clips and vote for your favourite of each match-up. Round 1, which runs from now until 8pm ET Wednesday, July 27, features four head-to-head battles:

Agassi Stops Lendl (1992) vs Federer Outduels Berdych (2010)
Rafter Dominates The Field (1998) vs Murray Punishes Nadal (2010)
Safin’s First Masters Title (2000) vs Djokovic Edges Monfils (2014)
Canas Survives Brutal Draw (2002) vs Tsonga’s Magical Week (2014)

Ensure your favourites advance to the semi-finals. Watch & Vote Now!

Firebirds beat determined Steel to reach netball title decider

ABC Sport - Sun, 24/07/2016 - 1:49pm

The Queensland Firebirds are on track to become the first team to claim back-to-back trans-Tasman netball league titles after beating the Southern Steel to reach the final.