Men’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

MONACO

BEATS

NLEMINEN

TO WIN INAUGURAL

POWER HORSE CUP

DUESSELDORF, Germany — Juan Monaco beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup for his first title of the year on Saturday.

The victory for the third-seeded Argentine gave him a boost ahead of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year that starts Sunday.

The Duesseldorf ATP event, which replaced the World Team Cup, is a clay-court warm-up for the French Open.

Monaco won back-to-back matches at only three tournaments coming into Duesseldorf, but he did not drop a set in winning the eighth title of his career.

Monaco broke serve for a 5-4 lead and served out the set. He went up a break early in the second and broke his Finnish opponent again in the final game.

MONTANES

BEATS

MONFILS

IN

OPEN DE NICE FINAL

NICE, France — Albert Montanes of Spain clinched his sixth title by defeating French wild-card entry Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Open de Nice on Saturday.

The match was interrupted by rain at 4-0 in the first set, but that didn’t seem to bother Montanes, who broke for a 3-1 lead in the second and looked set to cruise toward victory. But Monfils, a former top-10 player whose 2012 season was hampered by a right knee injury, fought back and levelled at 4-4.

Montanes took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and sealed the win when a backhand from Monfils sailed long.

The Open de Nice is a warm-up tournament for the French Open.

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women’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

KANEPI

BEATS

SHUAI

TO WIN

BRUSSELS OPEN FINAL

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Kaia Kanepi of Estonia beat Peng Shuai of China 6-2, 7-5 to win the Brussels Open on Saturday.

Kanepi won the fourth tournament in her WTA career by racing out to build a big lead before surviving some late jitters and clinching a big boost ahead of the French Open which starts on Sunday.

“This win gives me confidence and I feel good going to Roland Garros,” 27-year-old Kanepi said.

The sun finally broke out over the Heysel courts on Saturday after a week filled with frustration over the unusually cold and wet conditions.

“It has been a really tough week because wind and weather and cold,” she said. The long delays forced the players to finish both semis and final on the same day.

In Saturday morning’s semifinals, eighth-seeded Peng defeated Romina Oprandi of Switzerland in a tough three-setter 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Kanepi moved into the final by edging Jamie Hampton of the United States, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

The players were given a few hours rest before their final later Saturday.

Peng, ranked 34th in the world, already reached the final in 2011.

Kanepi is 40th in the WTA rankings and reached the semifinals in Brussels last year.

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women’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

SERENA

ROUTS

AZARENKA

FOR

FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE

ROME — Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.

The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.

Williams had twice won 21 matches in a row before, although they came more than a decade ago, in 2002 and the beginning of 2003.

Martina Navratilova established the longest women’s winning run in the Open Era at 74 matches in 1984.

Williams’ only previous title at this clay-court event came when she beat Justine Henin in the 2002 final.

That was also the year she won her only Roland Garros title. Last year in Paris, Williams lost in the opening round of a major for the first time, falling to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.

At 31, Williams is back at the top of her game after missing 11 months in 2010 and 2011 with a right foot injury and a pulmonary embolism.

It was the 51st title of Williams’ career. Navratilova also holds the record in that category with a seemingly insurmountable 167 titles. Williams moved within two titles of matching Monica Seles for ninth on the all-time list.

Wiilliams was already first among active players and now has seven more titles than her sister Venus, who is second on the list and watched the final from the stands.

Earlier in the women’s doubles final, Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China upset the top-ranked Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. 

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Men’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

NADAL

DOMINATES

FEDERER

IN

ITALIAN OPEN FINAL

ROME — After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer.

In the 30th meeting between the two tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from start to finish to win 6-1, 6-3 Sunday for his seventh Italian Open title.

“Rafa was just too good today,” Federer said.

It tied for the second most lop-sided win in the series since Nadal also lost just four games, but over three sets, in the 2008 French Open final against Federer. At the tour finals in London in 2011, Nadal allowed Federer just three games.

It was 20th meeting between Nadal and Federer in a final, tying the Ivan Lendl-John McEnroe rivalry for most championship matchups in the Open era.

Centre court at the Foro Italico was packed to the limit with 10,500 fans, but the crowd didn’t get to see too much tennis. The men’s final took only 1 hour, 9 minutes — a far cry from the 2006 final in which Nadal beat Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker after more than 5 hours.

Rome remains one of the few important tournaments that Federer has never won. He also lost the 2003 final to Felix Mantila.

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Men’s Tennis champions : 19 Week 2013

NADAL

BEATS

WAWRINKA

AT HOME,

WINS

MADRID OPEN   

Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) – Rafael Nadal overpowered Stanislas Wawrinka with a masterful service game in the Madrid Open final on Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Nadal didn’t face a break point while cruising to a 6-2, 6-4 victory on the outdoor red clay court at the Magic Box.

Nadal dropped only seven points on serve and broke the 15th-seeded Wawrinka three times on 11 opportunities.

The Spaniard captured his 40th career clay title, matching Thomas Muster for the second-most in the Open Era, and joined Roger Federer as the only other three-time Madrid champ. He added to his triumphs in 2005 and 2010.

Nadal appeared in his seventh final in as many events this year since recovering from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seventh months, improving to 5-2. He claimed his 55th career singles title and a 23rd ATP Masters 1000 crown, extending his own record.

Despite the loss, Wawrinka will still return to the Top 10 of the world rankings for the first time since Oct. 6, 2008.

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women’s Tennis champions : 19 Week 2013

SERENA

BEATS

SHARAPOVA

TO WIN

MADRID OPEN

TITLE

MADRID, Spain — Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50.

Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open Sunday to both retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title. The second-ranked Russian would have overtaken the top spot with a win, but Williams stormed out to an early lead as Sharapova struggled with her serve.

“It feels good,” Williams said about reaching her 50th title. “I don’t know how many more I can win. Who knows if I will ever win another title? I just want to live the dream. Hopefully I can keep it going.

“When you first start out everything is so exciting. Now I expect to win.”

Williams improved her record against Sharapova to 13-2, with her only two losses coming in 2004.

The 31-year-old Williams, playing in her first red clay final since 2002, dominated Sharapova from the start as the Russian never managed to steady her erratic serve.

Williams closed out the final after Sharapova recorded her eighth and final double fault before hitting the ball long to give up her fifth service game.

Last year, Williams won here on the experimental blue clay surface that was removed after complaints from players that it was too slick.

Williams said the move back to red clay meant the tournament was a good warm-up for the French Open starting at the end of the month.

“This court is definitely different,” she said. “It plays like Roland Garros and that is a plus. So I think it is great preparation.”

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Men’s Tennis champions : 18 Week 2013

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WAWRINKA

BEATS

FERRER

IN STRAIGHT SETS

TO WIN

PORTUGAL OPEN

OEIRAS, Portugal — Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the Portugal Open by beating top-seeded David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

The second-seeded Wawrinka broke Ferrer’s serve three times while not giving up one break point to finish the lopsided match in 1 hour, 5 minutes.

It was Wawrinka’s fourth career title and first this year

 

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HAAS

DEFEATS

KOHLSCHREIBER

TO WIN

BMW OPEN

FOR

FIRST TIME

MUNICH, Germany — Tommy Haas won the BMW Open for the first time at the 10th attempt on Sunday at age 35.

Third-seeded Haas beat defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the first all-German title match in Munich in 48 years.

“I can hardly believe that I still managed to win here after such a long career,” said Haas, who emulated Frenchman Fabrice Santoro’s feat in winning an ATP tour event at Newport at the same age in 2008.

Haas capped an impressive week by beating Kohlschreiber in 83 minutes for his 14th ATP Tour title and his fourth on home soil.

“It’s a little dream,” said the Los Angeles-based Haas, who previously won two titles at Halle and one in Stuttgart, but lost the 2000 final here to Argentina’s Franco Squillari.

“Tommy played outstanding tennis, without any mistakes — almost a perfect match,” said the 29-year-old Kohlschreiber, the 2007 and ’12 champion.

Haas will rise to 13th in Monday’s world rankings. The rejuvenated German has an 18-7 match record this year, reaching the SAP Open final in San Jose, where he lost to Milos Raonic, and knocking out top-ranked Novak Djokovic en route to the semi-finals in Miami.

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Men’s Tennis champions : 17 Week 2013

NADAL

BEATS

ALMAGRO

FOR

EIGHTH BARCELONA TITLE

BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday after seeing off Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

It was Nadal’s 54th career title and fourth this year, having made six straight finals after returning from a knee injury that had kept him off the courts since last summer.

The title came one week after Nadal’s eight-year reign at Monte Carlo ended in a loss to top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

“I am very happy,” Nadal said. “It has been an important week for me to win here again and a great source of joy after everything I have been through.”

Nadal has won 39 straight matches on the red clay at Real Club de Tenis, with his last loss coming 10 years ago to Spain’s Davis Cup captain, Alex Corretja. The 26-year-old Nadal won the tournament from 2005-09 but missed the 2010 edition because of a knee injury. He has won every year since.

“I didn’t know in 2005 that I would win again or that in 2013 I would still be winning,” Nadal said.

His latest trophy is a promising sign that he is getting back to full fitness after his nagging case of tendinitis in time for the French Open beginning at the end of May.

ROSOL

BEATS

GARCIA-LOPEZ

TO WIN

BRD NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY

BUCHAREST, Romania — Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic beat Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy for his first ATP title on Sunday.

Rosol completed an impressive run in brushing aside Garcia-Lopez in 67 minutes, converting four of his nine break points to secure the victory in a final between two unseeded players.

The No. 48-ranked Rosol overcame three seeded players including three-time champion Giles Simon of France, the No.2-seeded player, in the semifinals on his way to the final. He saved all eight break points he faced to end Simon’s 16-match winning streak at the clay-court event.

Garcia-Lopez struggled to keep up with the 27-year-old Rosol a day after he defeated 2011 champion Florian Mayer in three sets to earn a place in the final.

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women’s Tennis champions : 17 Week 2013

SCHIAVONE

BEATS

DOMINGUEZ LINO

TO

WIN GRAND PRIX SAR

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 Sunday in the Grand Prix SAR final for the sixth title of her career and first since last year.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion now ranked 48th, clinched her first title since winning the Strasbourg Open last May. She leads Dominguez Lino 4-1 in head-to-head meetings. The 32-year-old veterans first played each other 15 years ago on clay at Spoleto in Italy, with the Spaniard winning for the only time.

Dominguez Lino’s last title was in February 2011 at Bogota, Colombia.

SHARAPOVA

BEATS LI Na

TO

DEFEND HER

PORSCHE GP TITLE

STUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final that brought together the last two French Open champions.

The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, and became the first player to defend the Stuttgart title since Lindsey Davenport in 2005.

“I thought it’d be the toughest match of the tournament, but I played my best tennis today,” Sharapova said. “I was able to step it up.”

Sharapova used the Stuttgart tournament as her clay-court debut just like last season, when she went on to capture the French Open.

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