Andy Murray set up a Sunday showdown with Carlos Alcaraz.
It was a mixed day for the two teen US Open finalists.
Tennis stars have been urged to get vaccinated before the 2022 Australian Open to avoid being hit with heavy restrictions, with government ministers not ruling out the possibility of banning those who haven't received the jab from entering Australia.
Team Europe clinched its fourth consecutive Laver Cup victory over Team World on Sunday, with World captain John McEnroe saying it's difficult for the event to get the respect it deserves when ATP tournaments are scheduled at the same time.
The Women's Sports Foundation honored Olympians Allyson Felix and Jordan Larson as Sportswomen of the Year, while Naomi Osaka earned the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award.
Grand Slam title winners Ana Ivanovic, Flavia Pennetta, Carlos Moya and Cara Black are the new nominees on the International Tennis Hall of Fame ballot for the class of 2022, joining holdovers Lisa Raymond and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Grigor Dimitrov outlasted top-seeded Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the 4th round of the BNP Paribas Open, extending the parade of upsets that has knocked out several top players.
Andy Murray has said he expects unvaccinated players to compete at the Australian Open but would support stricter restrictions for those individuals.
Four top-five seeds were dismissed in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, and Andy Murray and US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez were knocked out, too.
Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev beat Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6 (1) to reach the round of 16 on a gusty Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, while Karolina Pliskova, the women's top seed, was upset by Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3, 7-5 .
Andy Murray may have a metal hip, but it was tough to tell based on his effort Tuesday at the European Open.
Murray battled past Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-7(7), 7-6(8) in a three-hour, 45-minute marathon to reach the second round in Antwerp. It was the longest best-of-three-set match of 2021, breaking the mark set by Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final (3:38).
“I think that’s the first time in my career I’ve played a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 [match]. I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that,” Murray said in his on-court interview. “I think it’s the longest three-set match I’ve played by quite a distance. I’m tired right now, obviously it was an unbelievable battle.”
#NextGenATP Americans Jenson Brooksby and Brandon Nakashima had to battle through qualifying at the European Open, and they went one step further on Tuesday in Antwerp with impressive upsets as they continue to pursue a spot at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.
Brooksby continued his good form with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against fifth seed Reilly Opelka in one hour and 12 minutes.
“It’s been a great year. I’m happy. I feel like I’ve been focussed this week, playing well,” Brooksby said in his on-court interview. “I’ll hopefully finish this year strong.”
The big-serving American Opelka was left so baffled by Brooksby’s consistent play that at one point in the second set he was heard saying that his countryman was the “best player I’ve played in my whole life”.
“He’s definitely got one of the best serves on Tour,” Brooksby said. “I thought we had a good game plan. I’ve been hitting them well and executed pretty well here...
Russian Andrey Rublev reached the BNP Paribas Open doubles final last week alongside countryman Aslan Karatsev. Rublev had no problem with a different partner on Tuesday in Moscow.
The singles World No. 6 and another Russian, Karen Khachanov, eliminated third-seeded Australians Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith 6-2, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the VTB Kremlin Cup.
"I've played with Karen so many times and we've gotten used to each other. Plus we've known each other since we were kids, so we know each other perfectly," Rublev told ATPTour.com. "With Aslan, it's different. In my opinion, I think Aslan plays doubles the best of all of us, the way he thinks, the way he returns, plays with the volleys.
"He knows more how to play more like a doubles player compared to all of us [Russians], and I think he's a great player who can play really, really good in doubles."
"I think Andrey is not a bad doubles player because everybody from us [Russians] wins...
Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek are the fifth doubles team to qualify for the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 14-21 November at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.
Roland Garros champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have now earned their spot in Turin on points, so Australian Open titlists Dodig and Polasek have gained entry into the season finale per the Grand Slam winner rule.
A dash home from the desert to Dallas was well worth it for American John Isner.
After withdrawing from singles and doubles at the BNP Paribas Open, Isner and his wife, Madison, welcomed their third child, James ‘Mack’ McKinley Isner on 12 October. The Isners’ oldest child, Hunter Grace, was born in 2018, and John Hobbs was born in 2019.
“2.5 weeks early, this little dude just couldn’t wait to meet his family,” Isner wrote on Instagram. “Welcome James ‘Mack’ McKinley Isner. @madkool13 I dunno how you do it but it’s simply incredible. Our kids have the best momma ever!”...
Cameron Norrie’s breakthrough season is set to hit fever pitch on Sunday as he meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili at the BNP Paribas Open in his first ATP Masters 1000 final.
The Brit started the year at No. 71 in the FedEx ATP Rankings but has earned a career-best 46 tour-level wins in 2021. Norrie’s run to his sixth ATP Tour final of the season in Indian Wells will propel him into the Top 20 for the first time and see him replace Daniel Evans as the new British No. 1 on Monday.
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If this was not enough for Norrie to get excited about, a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held...
Belgian star Kim Clijsters has recently told the media she has been inspired by Andy Murray’s comeback from hip surgery. The Scot returned the praise on Monday ahead of the European Open in Antwerp.
According to the 34-year-old, Clijsters hit on a practice court after him during the BNP Paribas Open, and he was impressed with what he saw.
“She still hits the ball fantastic. I think the decision-making and things like that will come with more matches,” Murray said. “I think physically she can get stronger. I think that was probably one of her biggest strengths when she was at the top of the game and as successful as she was.
“With more time, more matches, more time on the practice court, physically she’ll keep getting better. It’s not easy after such a long time out of the...
Botic van de Zandschulp captured the tennis world's attention with his impressive run to the US Open quarter-finals, and the Dutchman has taken full advantage of his momentum.
After qualifying for his first ATP Masters 1000 main draw in Indian Wells, van de Zandschulp made a good start to his European Open on Monday in Antwerp, where he battled past Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 after one hour and 36 minutes.
"It's still a little bit different, but trying to get used to it," van de Zandschulp said in his on-court interview of the attention on him. "It's going better every match."
Two-time VTB Kremlin Cup champion Marin Cilic began his campaign for his third title in Moscow on Monday, moving past Bosnian qualifier Damir Dzumhur 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round.
The Croatian, who triumphed at the ATP 250 event in 2014 and 2015, won 12 of the last 13 games as he rallied to advance after one hour and 51 minutes and improve to 2-0 against Dzumhur in their ATP Head2Head series.
“It always feels great [to be here],” Cilic said in his on-court interview. “It is always a pleasure and it is great to see a nice crowd here. I know that Damir always enjoys these conditions where the court is a bit slower and the ball stays a bit lower, so I was having a little bit of difficulty on his serve in the first set.”
The last time Andrey Rublev competed at the VTB Kremlin Cup, he lifted the trophy as the sixth seed. But while his title aspirations remain the same, the magnifying glass has zoomed in closer on the Russian.
Rublev is the top seed at the ATP 250 this week, and instead of sitting at No. 31 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, he is a fixture in the Top 10, currently World No. 6.
“Of course it’s a lot of pressure, which is normal. Of course I think you cannot show your best performance every week and during 11 months, it’s super tough,” Rublev said. “I think only top players have enough experience, or [players] who are already a couple years in the Top 10, like Daniil [Medvedev]. They know how to handle these things better.
“Some months I am playing really well and am going really deep in tournaments. Some months I have not that great results and am losing a bit earlier. But still, I [have] managed to be all the year Top 10, which is the most important thing.”
Spain's Paula Badosa beats Victoria Azarenka to win the prestigious Indian Wells title on her tournament debut.
Cameron Norrie's Indian Wells victory was already remarkable enough without his revelation that his shoes went missing before the final.
Cameron Norrie wins one of the biggest titles in tennis when he fights back to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili at Indian Wells.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu will train this week with Johanna Konta's former coach Esteban Carril.
Britain's Cameron Norrie reaches his first Masters 1,000 final at Indian Wells as he beats Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.
Paula Badosa will face Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells final after upsetting Ons Jabeur on Friday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters after they both lose their quarter-final matches in California.
Britain's Cameron Norrie beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.
Ons Jabeur will become the first Arab tennis player to reach the top 10 in the world rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals.
Emma Raducanu came down to earth in her first tournament since her surprising US Open victory, losing in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.
Aryna Sabalenka played her first match since reaching the US Open semifinals and subsequently testing positive for COVID-19, beating Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup.
Andy Murray produced heroics on Tuesday at the European Open as he battled past Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-7(7), 7-6(8) in a three-hour, 45-minute marathon to reach the second round in Antwerp.
Simona Halep defeated Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-4 in her first-round Kremlin Cup match Tuesday, but eighth-ranked Ons Jabeur retired during her match with Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Unvaccinated tennis players are unlikely to get a visa to travel to Australia and play in the Australian Open, a government official said on Tuesday.
Marin Cilic began his bid for a third Kremlin Cup trophy by beating another former champion, Damir Dzumhur, on Monday.
Cameron Norrie and Paula Badosa entered the history books after winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.
Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Saturday to set up a final against Cameron Norrie at the BNP Paribas Open, which will crown its first men's winner ranked outside the Top 25 since 2010.
Taylor Fritz beat No. 3 Alexander Zverev while Nikoloz Basilashvili knocked off 2-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.
U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has pulled out of next week's Kremlin Cup in Moscow following her second-round loss at the Indian Wells tournament.
The new British number one triumphed 6-2 6-4 and will take on either Taylor Fritz or Nikoloz Basilashvili on Sunday.
The new British number one will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the decider at the BNP Paribas Open.
Norrie saw off Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the last eight and will now face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final
Norrie is guaranteed to overtake Dan Evans in the ATP rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Indian Wells
The 18-year-old says she plans on ‘returning to the tour in the next couple of weeks’
Andy Murray set up a Sunday showdown with Carlos Alcaraz.
It was a mixed day for the two teen US Open finalists.
Andy Murray played the longest 3-set match of his career.
The first Brit to ever win the Indian Wells title is of course Cameron Norrie.
Paula Badosa follows Bianca Andreescu as winners of Indian Wells in their debut.
It's will be a life-changing Sunday for either Cameron Norrie or Nikolaz Basilashvili.
Victoria Azarenka will try to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells titles.
The lowest ranked Masters semifinal ever takes place tomorrow at Indian Wells.
Victoria Azarenka is the lone former Indian Wells champion left in either draw.
Who had a Grigor Dimitrov v Cameron Norrie semifinal at Indian Wells?