WTA Nottingham: Johanna Konta seals 300th singles career match win following victory over Tara Moore

Johanna Konta sealed her 300th singles career match win and booked her place in the next round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham following the unfortunate retirement of her opponent Tara Moore due to a left foot injury.

The top seed was leading 6-2, 2-0 before the incident occurred and despite continuing and finishing that game Moore called time on the match. Konta was in control throughout and was not required to play at her best level, with her compatriot struggling on serve, hitting 10 double faults and only managing to make 50% of her first serves in. Breaks in the third and the seventh game of the first set and two breaks in the second left the world number eight in prime position to secure victory before Moore was forced to retire.

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ATP Rome: Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal’s unbeaten run on clay as Djokovic and del Potro are forced to come back Saturday

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro will have to resume their quarterfinal match at the Rome Masters on Saturday after play was interrupted due to heavy rain and lightning, with the world number two leading 6-1, 1-2.

Earlier in the day Dominic Thiem stunned the Rome crowd as he inflicted the perfect revenge on Rafael Nadal, defeating the seven-time former champion in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

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ATP Monte Carlo: Albert Ramos-Vinolas stuns Andy Murray to reach first quarterfinal

Albert Ramos-Vinolas produced a huge upset in Monte Carlo in the third round, knocking out the world number one Andy Murray 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to secure the biggest win of his career.

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The Spaniard, enjoying a career-high ranking of 24 this week, struggled in the first set, not holding serve once as Murray made every return of serve into play. Neither player played particularly well in the early exchanges, with the Brit winning just 47% of points behind his first serve, but he was able to get over the line. It was a complete contrast for the Spaniard in set number two, he never looked like dropping serve and only made four unforced errors, frustrating the top seed as he levelled at one set all. Leading 4-0 in the final set it looked as though the world number one was going to survive, but Ramos-Vinolas refused to give in and despite some setbacks closed out the match to reach the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo for the first time.

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ATP Monte Carlo: Kyle Edmund defeats Dan Evans in battle of the Brits

The opening round at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters saw a battle of the Brits take place out on Court Des Princes as Kyle Edmund got the better of his Davis Cup team mate Dan Evans 7-5, 6-1 in their first meeting on the ATP World Tour.

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It was the British number two, Evans, who made the better start, securing a double break and a 4-1 lead after Edmund produced countless unforced errors. However, the British number three was able to steel up his game and his ground strokes began to find the court more frequently. This sparked a comeback from the Brit which would see him win six of the next seven games, 12 of the last 14 games in the match in all, as he wrapped up an in the end comprehensive victory.

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Rafael Nadal’s absence in Davis Cup “bothers” team mates admits RFET President

The current head of the Spanish Tennis Federation has sent out an indirect message to Rafael Nadal, warning that his fellow Davis Cup team mates are “bothered” by his absence in a competition which they feel they already have little incentive to participate in.

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Davis Cup: Mahut/Benneteau see off Murray/Inglot in four sets to seal win for France over Great Britain

Nicolas Mahut and Julian Benneteau secured a four set win over Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie with Great Britain.

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The doubles rubber was a hotly contested affair and both teams had their chances. Great Britain squandered four set points in the first set before making sure they took their chances in the second. Murray/Inglot looked in control leading 4-2 in the third set but Mahut/Benneteau responded magnificently, winning five of the next six games to move two sets to one in front. The fourth set was equally as close, but when it looked destined to go to a tiebreak Mahut stepped up and helped inspire a crucial break of serve for the French pair to wrap up the win and book France’s place in the semifinals against Serbia.

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Davis Cup: Wins for Pouille and Chardy give France 2-0 lead over Great Britain in quarterfinal tie

France are in firm control of their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against Great Britain after wining both opening singles rubbers on day one to take a 2-0 lead in Rouen.

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