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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal happy to play doubles at Laver Cup

PRAGUE — With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup team tennis tournament, expectations are running high about the chance of seeing the two as doubles partners. The three-day competition at the O2 Arena in Prague starts Friday, pitting a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. No ATP rankings points will be awarded. Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal (right) could be on the same side of the net for the Laver Cup. Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports Alexander…

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American Kristie Ahn advances in Seoul sending Tatjana Maria

6:31 AM ET ESPN staff Unseeded American Kristie Ahn has dumped sixth seed Tatjana Maria out of the Seoul Open in straight sets. Ahn, 25, beat the world No. 54 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the last 16. Elsewhere, Richel Hogenkamp progressed to her first WTA quarterfinal in over four years, thanks to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denisa Allertová. Fifth seed Irina-Camelia Begu exited the tournament after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Source link

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Pan Pacific Open second-round results Wednesday

TOKYO — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova used a strong serve to help overpower Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals. After coasting through the first set, the Czech player broke her opponent with a backhand to the corner in the sixth game before serving out to win in just over an hour at Ariake Colloseum. Pliskova, who had eight aces against Linette, will face either seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber or Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals. “My serve was working well, and my shots…

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Liam Broady earns landmark win over Ernests Gulbis at St Petersburg Open

Britain’s Liam Broady enjoyed his first ever win in the main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament as he beat Ernests Gulbis in the St Petersburg Open. The 23-year-old from Stockport, whose sister, Naomi, is the British No. 3, beat the Latvian 6-3 6-0 after having to get through two rounds of qualifying. Broady has won a match at Wimbledon in 2015 but had never tasted victory at the elite level of the men’s tour until his meeting with world No. 212 Gulbis, who beat Juan Martin del Potro…

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Richard Gasquet loses in first round of Moselle Open

METZ, France — Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin in the first round of the Moselle Open on Tuesday. The Frenchman, who has struggled with injuries recently but won a tournament on the Challenger tour last week in Poland, made a strong start and seal the first set after dropping only four points on his first serve. But Gasquet then failed to convert any of seven break points and dropped his serve twice. Istomin will be up against lucky loser Yannick Maden in the next round….

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Former tennis star James Blake testifies about his mistaken arrest

NEW YORK — By former pro tennis star James Blake‘s account, the man approaching him in 2015 outside his hotel caused no alarm because he looked like an old high school buddy. Blake found out the hard way that it was instead a plainclothes police officer who mistook him for a suspect in a fraud investigation. On Tuesday, Blake testified at a police department disciplinary trial that the officer never identified himself before throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him. When police realized their mistake, said Blake, they released…

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Seoul Open – Jelena Ostapenko advances after beating Johanna Larsson

8:00 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko beat Johanna Larsson 7-6(6) 6-1 to advance to the round of 16 stage at the Seoul Open on Tuesday. Ostapenko, who won 2017’s French Open, is looking for her second ever WTA tournament win after rocketing to stardom with her Grand Slam win in Paris earlier this year. She is set to take on Nao Hibino in the next round. Home favourite Na-Lae Han also advanced to the round of 16 after comfortably beating world No. 44 Kristyna Pliskova 6-4…

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Hawk-Eye to replace line judges at Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan

A new ‘Hawk-Eye Live’ technology will replace line judges at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November. The end-of-season tournament, featuring the best eight male players of the year aged 21 or under, will trial the electronic line-calling system, meaning the only match official on court will be the chair umpire. The technology will be used on all lines throughout each match, triggering an automated ‘out’ call and as a result there will be no use of the review system currently used in the sport. It has been…

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Dominika Cibulkova, Caroline Garcia move into second round of Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO — Fifth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova dispatched Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3 to book a second-round spot in the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday. Cibulkova has momentum after posting her best result of the season when reaching the final of the Connecticut Open in August. In Tokyo, she raced 5-1 ahead. Suarez Navarro broke in a seventh game that contained four deuces, and briefly threatened to fight her way back. Last year’s WTA Finals champion, Cibulkova broke in the third game of the second set, and again to love in the…

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer race for No. 1 makes this fall much-watch tennis

3:03 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Tennis usually stumbles during the fall season, offering fans and viewers a product that could easily be mistaken for television reruns. The problem is understandable. By mid-September, players are plane-and-battle-weary. Small aches are ballooning into hurts….

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