Men’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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women’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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women’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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Men’s Tennis champions : 20 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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Men’s Tennis champions : 19 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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women’s Tennis champions : 19 Week 2013

Tennis = love game of God

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…

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