‘Miracle’: Jordan Thompson beats Ruud to win first ATP Tour title – video highlights

Australian Jordan Thompson completed his fairytale run at the Los Cabos Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) shock win over Casper Rudd to win his first ATP Tour title. Thompson entered the event ranked a career-high No 40 in the world, and is set to rise as high as No 32 after winning the decider. The 29-year-old saw off the fourth-seeded Ruud in the final having previously beaten top seed and world No 6 Alexander Zverev in the semi-final. After the match Thompson said: 'I spent so many hours on the court this week. In the quarter-final I could have been double bagelled, I could have been losing 6-0, 6-0 and now I’m about to lift the trophy, so I think it’s still a miracle'


 

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Jordan Thompson breaks through for first ATP Tour title with win over Casper Ruud

  • Australian upset the Norwegian 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at Los Cabos Open
  • The 29-year-old set to hit career-best ranking as high as No 32

Jordan Thompson has finally clinched his first ATP Tour title with the Australian upsetting Norwegian Casper Ruud to lift the trophy in Los Cabos, Mexico.

After 11 years on tour, the 29-year-old overcame 12th-ranked Rudd in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

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Jasmine Paolini pulls off dramatic comeback to clinch Dubai title

  • Italian comes from behind to deny Anna Kalinskaya in final
  • Karen Khachanov beats Jakub Mensik to win Qatar Open

Jasmine Paolini fought hard until the death in the biggest match of her career and despite trailing Anna Kalinskaya for so much of their time on court, she turned the contest around to dramatically win 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 and become a surprise champion at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Over the past few years, Paolini has gradually risen up the rankings, improving with every year and learning how to impose her game, and her forehand, on bigger and stronger opponents. By winning by far the biggest title of her career at the WTA 1000 event, just her second title overall, the 28-year-old will break into the top 20 for the first time in her career, rising to a best ranking of No 14 from her current No 26.

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Iga Swiatek knocked out by qualifier Anna Kalinskaya in Dubai semi-final

  • Russian follows up win over Coco Gauff with another shock
  • 25-year-old will face Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in Saturday’s final

Unseeded Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over top-seeded Iga Swiatek on Friday to advance to the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Kalinskaya won 10 of the final 14 games and overcame five aces by Swiatek to dispatch the Poland native in one hour, 41 minutes.

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Swiatek races into Dubai semi-finals while double faults cost Gauff

  • Cirstea comes back from 2-6, 1-5 down to beat Vondrousova
  • Norrie sweeps through to Rio Open last eight with 6-1, 6-1 win

Top-seeded Iga Swiatek breezed to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Zheng Qinwen to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Swiatek saved all three break points she faced and broke Zheng three times to dispatch the Australian Open finalist in 86 minutes. She has won all six of their encounters.

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Andy Murray succumbs in three-hour Qatar Open loss to Jakub Mensik

  • Czech teenager wins 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4)
  • Murray calls himself weak during match

Andy Murray’s considerable efforts to rebuild his faltering form took a crushing blow on Wednesday . Despite fighting hard for more than three hours, his nerves betrayed him in the decisive moments against the impressive 18-year-old Jakub Mensik and he eventually succumbed in the second round of the Qatar Open. At three hours 24 minutes, it was the longest match in the tournament’s history.

Throughout his dire past six months on the tour, Murray has insisted that he has been performing well in practice and he has simply struggled badly to produce the same level under pressure in matches. His performance on Wednesday further underlined that rather than his body betraying him, as would be expected from a 36-year-old with a metal hip, at the moment he simply cannot get out of his own head.

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Andy Murray ends losing run with victory against Müller at Qatar Open

  • Scot halts six-match losing run with first win since October
  • ‘The last few months have been really tough on court for me’

Andy Murray took his first step out of the worst slump of his career as he outplayed France’s Alexandre Müller for much of their battle before holding his nerve at the close to reach the second round of the Qatar Open with a confidence-boosting 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory.

Having previously never lost more than four consecutive matches in his 21-year career, Murray entered the court in Doha on a six-match losing streak, his last win coming in October. “The last few months have been really tough on the court for me,” he said afterwards. “Not won many matches and lost a lot of close ones as well, and it was getting tight at the end there. Obviously delighted to get through.”

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Jannik Sinner sees off Alex de Minaur in Rotterdam final to claim another title

  • Australian Open champion victorious at ABN AMRO Open
  • Home favourite Facundo Díaz Acosta wins Argentina Open

Jannik Sinner sealed his second successive tournament victory with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex de Minaur in the ABN AMRO Open final in Rotterdam.

Sinner, in action this week for the first time since winning the Australian Open, dropped just one set across the entire competition and hit 23 winners against his Australian opponent, bouncing back from giving up a break advantage in both sets.

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Jannik Sinner beats Alex de Minaur in Rotterdam Open final – video highlights

Jannik Sinner followed his grand slam breakthrough at January's Australian Open by claiming the Rotterdam Open title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alex de Minaur. The top seed, Sinner, who lost to Daniil Medvedev in last year's Rotterdam final, missed set points against his Australian opponent before wrapping up the first set with a late break.

There was another trade of breaks midway through the second set, but Sinner tamed his opponent's serve once more to lead 4-3 and went on to beat the Australian for a seventh time in as many career meetings, capturing the 12th singles title of his career. It was the Italian's 15th straight win and will lift him to third in the world rankings on Monday.

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Alex de Minaur climbs to career-high ranking ahead of Rotterdam final against Jannik Sinner

  • Top-ranked Australian beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3 in semi-final
  • Australian Open champion in action for first time since triumph

Alex de Minaur has booked a place in the final of the Rotterdam Open with an emphatic revenge win over Grigor Dimitrov, earning the perfect 25th birthday present.

At the same event on de Minaur’s birthday in 2023, Bulgaria’s Dimitrov proved a veritable party pooper by knocking out the Australian No 1 in the quarter-finals.

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Naomi Osaka edged out by Karolina Pliskova in Qatar Open quarter-final

  • Former world No 1 beaten 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) by Czech in Doha
  • Swiatek, Rybakina and Pavlyuchenkova also reach last four

Naomi Osaka’s run at the Qatar Open ended in the quarter-finals with a narrow defeat by Karolina Pliskova.

The former world No 1 was through to the last eight at a tournament for the first time in nearly two years after her maternity break but she could not capitalise on good starts in both sets. Instead, it was Pliskova, champion at the Transylvania Open last week, who continued her winning run by triumphing in two tie-breaks for a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) victory.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Qatar Open as return from muscle tear is delayed

  • Spaniard planned to return in Doha event next week
  • Comeback at Indian Wells in March now the target

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Qatar Open next week after announcing he is “not ready to compete”.

The 22-time grand slam singles title winner, who missed the Australian Open with a hip injury, had been hoping to feature in the ATP 250 event in Doha. But the 37-year-old will now target the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next month for his return to competitive action.

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Naomi Osaka reaches first quarter-final in nearly two years at Qatar Open

  • Four-time grand slam winner benefits from Tsurenko injury
  • Karolina Pliskova awaits in last eight in Doha

It has taken patience and perspective after her tentative first steps back into the brutal world of professional tennis, but Naomi Osaka’s comeback is beginning to pick up steam as she reached her first quarter-final in nearly two years, at the Qatar Open.

On Wednesday, Osaka had been due to face Lesia Tsurenko in their third round match but the Ukrainian withdrew with an elbow injury. The walkover had been preceded by two strong victories for Osaka at the WTA 1000 event. She played an excellent opening match to avenge her Australian Open first-round loss to Caroline Garcia, the 15th seed in Doha, winning 7-5, 6-4.

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Emma Raducanu dumped out of Qatar Open first round in straight sets

  • Anhelina Kalinina defeated former British No 1 6-0, 7-6 (6)
  • US Open winner struggling against high calibre of opposition

Emma Raducanu suffered a difficult setback in her attempts to rebuild her form and rhythm during her comeback from injury as she paid dearly for an abysmal start, losing 6-0, 7-6 (6) to Anhelina Kalinina, the world No 30, in the first round of the Qatar Open.

Raducanu, who is ranked No 262, had arrived in Doha for the second stop of the new, extended Middle Eastern swing after a largely positive showing last week in Abu Dhabi. She reached the second round with one of her best wins since the start of 2023, a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Marie Bouzkova, the No 36. However, she was then predictably outclassed by Ons Jabeur, ranked No 6, in the second round.

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Harriet Dart breaks new ground by reaching Transylvania Open semi-final

  • British No 3 defeated Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3, 6-2
  • Dart now guaranteed to return to the top 100 next week

Harriet Dart has broken new ground by reaching her first WTA Tour semi-final, at the Transylvania Open.

The British No 3, who has now won five matches in a row in the ­Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca after coming through qualifying, ­comfortably defeated Spain’s Nuria Párrizas Díaz 6-3, 6-2.

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