Tomas Berdych Knocked Out Of Stuttgart Open

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Tomas Berdych became the latest seeded player to crash out of the Stuttgart Open on Friday as Feliciano Lopez edged past the Czech third seed 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 to reach the last four.

The Czech world number 14, who has reached only one final so far this year, now joins already-eliminated top seeds Roger Federer and Grigor Dimtrov on the sidelines.

Lopez, ranked 33rd in the world, will now face either 39-year-old veteran Tommy Haas, who beat Federer in the previous round, or Germany’s Mischa Zverev, who meet in their quarter-final later on Friday.

Zverev, as sixth seed, is the only seeded player left in the tournament.

The 35-year-old Spaniard bounced back from the first set tiebreak loss, saved several break points on his own serve early in the third set and earned his only break with a superb crosscourt passing shot to go 4-3 up and keep his advantage until the end.

Stuttgart Open: Berdych, Lopez Advance To Quarter-Finals

Stuttgart Open: Berdych, Lopez Advance To Quarter-FinalsStuttgart Open number three seed Tomas Berdych beat Australian Bernard Tomic 7-6 (4) 6-2 on Thursday to book a place in the last eight.

The Czech professional tennis player will face Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-3 3-6 6-2.

The tournament sprung wide open on Wednesday after number one seed and 18-time grand slam champion Roger Federer crashed out to Tommy Haas in the second round after receiving a bye for the opening round.

Andy Murray Wins Second Wimbledon Title After Beating Milos Raonic

Andy Murray, Olympics, Zika VirusBritish number one, Andy Murray, has won the 2016 Wimbledon title after defeating Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 7-6.

The straight sets victory saw Murray capitalising on the relative inexperience of the sixth-seeded Raonic to control the match from start to finish.

Andy Murray got off to a good start taking the first set 6-4 after breaking Raonic mid-way through on his way to winning his second title on home soil.

Milos Raonic got into the match in the second set, defending well and saving four break points against his serve.

With this he pushed Murray into a tie-break, but the Scot was just far too good for him, first racing into a 3-0 lead and then earning himself five set points at 6-1.

Raonic saved the first two of those with two huge serves, but he then put a Murray second serve in the net to allow the Scot to go 6-4 7-6(3) ahead.

Murray was made to sweat even more as he wrapped up the third major of his career in two hours and 47 minutes.

He now leads their head-to head record 7-3 and has beaten him on clay, grass and hard courts this year.

Andy Murray had admitted that Sunday’s Wimbledon final would be a new experience as he appeared in a grand slam decider without Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net for the first time.

Murray’s 6-2 6-3 6-3 semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych on Friday saw the world number 2 reach his 11th major final while Milos Raonic recorded a five-set win over Federer in the other semifinal.

Murray defeated Djokovic in the 2013 final to end the 77-year wait for a home champion.

Djokovic Proceeds To Miami Open Semi-Final

Miami Open- Novak DjokovicWorld’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open in Florida after defeating Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic rolled into the semi-final phase of the competition with a 6-3 6-3 romp over Berdych as he continued his pursuit of a fifth title in six years on key Biscayne.

Berdych was coming off a marathon win against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday and did not have enough left to challenge Djokovic.

He won just six of his 23 second service points and was broken four times.

Djokovic has now recorded 26 victories with just one defeat this year.

He had beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Miami Open.

Miami Open: Djokovic, Nishikori Advance To Quarter-Final

novak-djokovic-Miami Open- NishikoriTop-seeded world number one, Novak Djokovic has beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-final at the Miami Open in Florida.

Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the world number 14.

Next up for the Serb is a quarter-final against Czech’s Tomas Berdych, who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-5 in an endurance.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori also advanced to the last eight following a 6-2 6-4 defeat of Spain’s Robert Bautista.

Sixth seed Nishikori used his strong backhand to punish Bautista for any tactical errors.

He took just under an hour and a half to beat the Spaniard and would face Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Davis Cup: Czech Republic, Great Britain Advance

Davis CupThe Czech Republic has beaten Germany to qualify for the Davis Cup quarter-finals despite a retirement in the fourth round by Tomas Berdych.

Lukas Rosol sealed the match-up with a straight sets victory against Alexander Zverev.

Berdych was trailing by two sets against Philipp Kohlschreiber before he retired.

The retirement levelled the match-up at 2-2 and left a final decisive round between Rosol and Zverev.

Rosol, beat 58th ranked Zverev 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Great Britain also advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition after Andy Murray overcame Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a five-set marathon in Birmingham.

The hosts and reigning champions led 2-1 heading into the fourth rubber but the British no 1 got the job done with a match to spare.

Murray wrapped up a 7-5 7-6 3-6 4-6 6-3 result against Japan’s top representative, Nishikori.

Argentina also clinched a quarter-final spot in the Davis Cup after Leonardo Mayer beat Poland’s Michal Przysiezny to give them an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Mayer lost the first set in a tie-breaker before winning the second, which also went to a tie-break.

The world number 41 then took the next two sets more comfortably winning 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-3.

The South Americans will now face Italy in the next round.

Serbia beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in their Davis Cup first-round tie in Belgrade to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with holders Britain in July.

World number one Novak Djokovic overcame fatigue to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 in an absorbing five-hour contest before Viktor Troicki completed Serbia’s comeback with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

Troicki, who was beaten by Kukushin, made light work of Nedovyesov in a straight-sets win.

The world number 23 was mobbed by the Serbian team after Nedovyesov sent a long forehand behind the baseline.

Djokovic, Murray Through To Shangai Quarter Finals

DjokovicNovak Djokovic has continued his progression through the Shangai Rolex Masters with a third-round win over Feliciano Lopez.

Having won the top prize at the China Open in Beijing last week, the World No 1 is into the quarter-finals in Shanghai, as he aims for consecutive Chinese titles.

He swept aside Lopez 6-2 6-3 and will now play Bernard Tomic in the final eight.

Andy Murray was forced to work hard for a three-set win over John Isner.

The world no 2 dropped the opening set in a tie-break, but gradually mastered the American’s huge serve to close out a 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory in China.

Murray will face Tomas Berdych after the Czech defeated Gilles Simon 6-3 6-3.

Djokovic cruises into Shanghai final with Berdych defeat

Novak Djokovic got into the Shanghai final gallantly and can now boast of an ATP Tour-leading 69-11 match record for the season as he secured a break in just the second game of the match to take control of the opening set, before taking it for the loss of just three games.

Berdych was always behind in the match, and he was unable to match the world number two in the second set as Djokovic closed it out efficiently to improve his head-to-head record over the Czech to 10-1 while securing his place in the final.

Djokovic will next take on the winner of two-time defending champion Andy Murray’s semi-final clash with world number one Roger Federer in the Shanghai showpiece.