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American Opelka topples Tsitsipas to reach final

TORONTO — American Reilly Opelka beat third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the National Bank Open final. The 6-foot-11 Opelka saved the lone break point he faced, had 17 aces and won 77% of his first-serve points in the match that took 2 hours, 32 minutes. He ended the match with one ...

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Pliskova defeats Sabalenka to reach Montreal final

MONTREAL — Karolina Pliskova defeated top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the National Bank Open. Pliskova, seeded fourth from the Czech Republic, will play for the title Sunday against the winner of the other semifinal between Camilia Giorgi of Italy and qualifier Jessica Pegula of the U.S. Sabalenka, ranked No. 3 from Belarus, was inconsistent ...

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Sabalenka stops Azarenka in Montreal quarters

MONTREAL — Top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in a quarterfinal between players from Belarus at the National Bank Open. Sabalenka, ranked No. 3, trailed 4-2 in the second set before winning four games in a row. She had seven aces in the 79-minute match. “I feel I just didn’t take my opportunities,” said Azarenka, the ...

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Tsitsipas keeps party going, into Toronto semis

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Casper Ruud of Norway 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the National Bank Open in Toronto. Tsitsipas jumped to a 5-0 lead and finished the first set in 23 minutes. Ruud battled back in the second, holding serve and keeping pace with his opponent’s repeated drop shots. Tsitsipas finally broke him with a ...

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Tsitsipas, on birthday, rolls into Toronto quarters

TORONTO — Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday by defeating Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open. The crowd serenaded the No. 3 seed from Greece with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” as he was presented with a white sheet cake decked out with fresh fruit. “One of the best feelings you ...

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No fans allowed at qualifying for US Open

NEW YORK — Matches in qualifying rounds for the US Open will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association on Thursday called it a “particularly tough decision.” Qualifying is held at Flushing Meadows the week before main draw competition begins there on Aug. 30. The USTA said in June that it would allow 100% ...

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Top seed Sabalenka ends wild card’s Montreal run

MONTREAL — Top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus ended Rebecca Marino’s strong run at the National Bank Open on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Canadian. Marino, a wild card ranked 220th, made it to the round of 16 by upsetting No. 16 seed Madison Keys and Paula Badosa, ranked No. 31. Sabalenka, ranked No. 3, saved four break ...

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Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov ousted in Toronto

TORONTO — Wimbledon quarterfinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and countryman Denis Shapovalov were ousted from the National Bank Open in their native Canada on Wednesday. Auger-Aliassime lost his first match, falling 7-5, 6-4 to Dusan Lajovic. Shapovalov dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to American Frances Tiafoe. Auger-Aliassime, who’s from Montreal, was the ninth seed in the tournament and had a bye into ...

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Toronto Masters: राफेल नडाल टोक्‍यो ओलंपिक के बाद एक और टूर्नामेंट से बाहर

नई दिल्‍ली. राफेल नडाल (Rafael Nadal) बाएं पैर की चोट के कारण नेशनल बैंक ओपन टेनिस टूर्नामेंट से हट गए हैं, जिससे उनकी यूएस ओपन की तैयारियों को झटका लगा है. 20 बार के ग्रैंडस्लैम चैंपियन नडाल के स्थान पर फेलिसियानो लोपेज को इस हार्ड कोर्ट टूर्नामेंट के ड्रॉ में शामिल किया गया है. लोपेज क्वालीफाइंग में हार गए थे.कनाडा ...

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Nadal out another tournament with foot injury

CINCINNATI — After pulling out of the hard-court tournament in Toronto this week, Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he was also withdrawing from the upcoming event in Cincinnati because of an injured left foot that has troubled him for months. The decision by the 20-time Grand Slam champion means he is unlikely to play before the US Open. Nadal won the ...

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