Tennis round-up: Alcaraz inspires, Thiem’s timely progress, Zverev injury update & more

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain is seen during day seven of the Hamburg European Open 2022 at Rothenbaum on July 22, 2022 in Hamburg, Germany.

Carlos Alcaraz continues to cruise past ATP records in Hamburg with his inspired play, Dominic Thiem finally has some encouraging form under his belt after lengthy injury woes and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev – who the Austrian beat to the US Open title in 2020 – remains cautious as he recovers from ankle surgery. Read that and more, in this tennis news round-up. Continue reading

Alexander Zverev undergoes surgery on torn ligaments after French Open semi-final fall

Alexander Zverev leaves the court with crutches as he retires from the match after sustaining an injury during the men's singles semifinal match...

The 25-year-old, who reached a new career-high world ranking #2 this week, will be sidelined for several months after undergoing surgery on the multiple torn ligaments in his right foot – sustained during his French Open semi-final vs. eventual champion Rafael Nadal last Friday. Continue reading

French Open: Nadal eases past first-time finalist Ruud, wins record-extending 14th RG trophy

Rafael NADAL of Spain celebrates his victory with the Musketeers Cup after the men's final, on day fifteen of Roland Garros on June 5, 2022 in Paris,...

Rafael Nadal recovered from a potentially precarious 3-1 second set deficit, winning eleven consecutive games and losing just eight points across the course of a 30-minute set three as the 36-year-old closed out an impressive straight-sets victory (6-3, 6-3, 6-0) over first-time Major finalist Casper Ruud, making more history with a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title.
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French Open: Trevisan, Gauff win big; Zverev swarms Alcaraz before Nadal outlasts Djokovic

May 31. Winner Rafael Nadal of Spain is congratulated at the net by Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe Chatrier during the singles Quarter...

There will be two first-time semi-finalists on Thursday after big wins for Martina Trevisan and Coco Gauff during an eventful day session. Alexander Zverev showed nerves of steel, beating his first top-10 player at a Major and up next? Rafael Nadal, after the 13-time champion won a rollercoaster four-set battle against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, finishing after 1am local time.
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French Open 2022: Djokovic-Nadal, Zverev-Alcaraz QFs set for Tuesday after contrasting wins

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during the Men's Singles Fourth Round match on Day 8 of The 2022...

Four of the world’s top six, including the defending champion and 13-time tournament winner, are safely into Tuesday’s quarter-finals. Following straight-set victories for Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime pushed Rafael Nadal to the brink during a pulsating five-set encounter, before Carlos Alcaraz outsmarted Karen Khachanov in the night session.
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French Open 2022: Zverev, Tsitsipas and Alcaraz survive scares – but for how long?

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates against Zdenek Kolar of Czech Republic during the Men's singles Second Round on Day Five of the 2022 French...

This year’s Major marks the first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2011 where the men’s top 12 seeds have all advanced through into round three – but it was certainly a gritty battle particularly for three of the favourites, one having to save match point, two being down 2-0 and recovering in five. How will that impact their chances of a deep run over the next nine days? Continue reading

Following his Rome exploits, is Djokovic peaking at the right time to defend his title?

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy during the Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2022 Final match between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on May 15,...

It had been 190 days – six months and nine days – since Novak Djokovic last won an ATP singles title before lifting the Rome Masters trophy for a record-extending sixth time by overwhelming Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. Given the whirlwind half-year the Serbian has experienced, does the past week prove he’s peaking at the right time to defend his Roland Garros crown next?
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Madrid Open: Alcaraz does it again, clinching another Masters 1000 title after masterful week

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain poses for photographs with the trophy after his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Alexander Zverev of...

After sealing his maiden title at this level against Casper Ruud in Miami last month, the 19-year-old Spaniard showed nerves of steel and made history to finish an awe-inspiring week beating three of the world’s top four – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev – to seize a second successive Masters 1000 title, just two weeks before this year’s second Major in Paris. Continue reading

After Munich success, who isn’t paying attention to Danish teenager Holger Rune?

Denmark's Holger Rune celebrates after his semi final match against Germany's Oscar Otte during their men's singles semi-final match of the ATP...

Earning the biggest win of his career on Wednesday, dismantling Olympic champion Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 wasn’t enough. Dropping just two games against Emil Ruusuvuori on his 19th birthday, then recovering from a 4-1 first set deficit to overwhelm last year’s breakout man in home favourite Oscar Otte, Holger Rune can become the third-youngest champion in the Open Era if he beats Botic van de Zandschulp tomorrow. Inspired by a certain someone?
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Miami Open: Alcaraz ascends to rally past Ruud, wins historic maiden Masters 1000 title

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain poses with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Casper Ruud of Norway in the Men's Singles final during the Miami Open...

US Open quarter-finalist Carlos Alcaraz made history in Miami, becoming their youngest ever champion and equally the third-youngest player ever to win a title at Masters 1000 level after recovering from 1-4 down in set one, beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 – capping an unforgettable fortnight for the Spanish teenager, who will rise to world no. 11 in tomorrow’s rankings update. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Barty and Badosa ease into R3, Nadal tested on lowkey Day 3

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the match against Italy's Lucia Bronzetti during their women's singles match on day three of the...

After an easy R1 match, Wimbledon titlist Ashleigh Barty also breezed past Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti. Elsewhere in the women’s draw, some intriguing R3 matches are set after comfortable victories for Paula Badosa (#8) and Victoria Azarenka (#24). Meanwhile 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal had to work hard but still emerged as the challenges intensify.
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