ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Andrey Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win four tour singles titles in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as he beat Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

Rublev came back from 5-2 down to win the first-set tiebreak with a five-point streak after the set went with serve. In the second set he broke Coric’s serve at 2-2 before holding in his next three service games to complete the win. Rublev didn’t face a single break point.

The win brings Rublev closer to securing a

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COLOGNE, Germany — Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is through the final of the Cologne Open after posting a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in a semifinal match Saturday.

The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who is looking for his first win on the ATP Tour, will appear in his third final this season and sixth of his career when he faces top seed Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday’s final of the ATP 250 hardcourt tournament.

After faltering in the second set, Auger-Aliassime quickly regained momentum with an early break in the third before putting the second-seeded Spaniard away.

The

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COLOGNE, Germany — Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime cruised into the semifinals of the Cologne Open tennis tournament with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Moldova’s Radu Albot on Friday.

Auger-Aliassime, seeded third at the ATP 250 indoor hardcourt event, converted five of his six break point chances and won 68 per cent of his service points, compared to 42 per cent for Albot.

Albot, who also struggled when receiving with a 32-per-cent conversion rate on return points, was successful on his only break opportunity of the match.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Hard-serving American Reilly Opelka saved four break points in the final set before beating defending champion Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 5-7, 4-6 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open.

Opelka converted his third set point to break the top-seeded Medvedev in the final game in the second set, and then broke for a second time at 5-4 in the third to clinch the match.

The sixth-ranked Medvedev has lost four of his last five matches, including the U.S. Open semifinal against Dominic Thiem. His sole win in that span came against Richard Gasquet in

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SANTA MARGHERITA DI PULA, Italy — Danilo Petrovic of Serbia made the most of his late entry into the Forte Village Sardegna Open, beating Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-4 in the second round on Wednesday.

Petrovic was playing as a “lucky loser” in place of top-seeded Fabio Fognini, who withdrew from the tournament after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The 166th-ranked Petrovic will next play Federico Delbonis of Argentina, who defeated sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Second-seeded Du?an Lajovic is also out after losing to Serbian compatriot Laslo Djere 6-4, 7-5.

Fifth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

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COLOGNE, Germany — Andy Murray suffered another first-round elimination Tuesday, this time at the Cologne Indoors at the hands of out-of-form veteran Fernando Verdasco.

Verdasco exploited Murray’s fragile serve to win 6-4, 6-4 in a match which finished after midnight German time. Verdasco, at 36 one of the few players older than the 33-year-old Murray in the tournament, broke Murray’s serve four times _ once to love and three times to 15.

Murray lost in the second round of the U.S. Open and in the first round of the French Open. He used wild cards for both of those Grand

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French Open champion Iga Swiatek joined the Top 20 for the first time Monday by rising 37 spots in the WTA rankings to a career-best No. 17.

Rafael Nadal’s 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday for a 13th championship at Roland Garros and 20th Grand Slam trophy in all — tying Roger Federer’s record for men — did not change the top of the ATP rankings.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open in February for his 17th major title, is still No. 1, with Nadal at No. 2, followed by U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem and Federer.

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The chilly, windy and damp fortnight at Roland Garros has now come to an end, and while the event didn’t have its usual atmospheric feel because of the limited crowds, we witnessed plenty of history at this year’s edition of the French Open.

Here are seven takeaways from Roland Garros 2020.

Nadal makes tennis history

There are three certainties in life. Death. Taxes. Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.

Rafael Nadal capped an almost flawless two weeks of tennis with a warning shot, dominating Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win his record thirteenth French Open crown and 20th major

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