Federer catches Basel crown again

ROGER Federer has overcome some rare moments of ragged play and frustration to stave off a determined Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7 6-4 6-3 and win his eighth Swiss Indoors title. Del Potro, making a late bid to make the ATP World Tour Finals in London, was looking for a third title in Basel after defeating home-town hero Federer in 2012 and 2013 in the final. Federer struggled at time to find his best form and after allowing Del Potro to break back when leading 5-4 in the first set, smashed his racquet on to the net in a clear sign he was unhappy with his game. Del Potro took the first set in a tie-break, but it was his turn to lose his cool when he dropped serve at 4-5 in the second as the crowd roared Federer on. Del Potro took the opening game of the decider but looked fatigued as Federer found another gear to surge back. The Argentine delayed Federer’s celebrations, breaking serve at to pull it back to 5-3 but the 36-year-old Swiss broke again to take the match. Federer is now alone in second place on the all-time titles list with 95 wins, one more than Ivan Lendl.

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Pouille winner in Vienna

Lucas Pouille soared to his biggest career crown at the Erste Bank open dominating countryman Tsonga 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday. The Frenchman notched his first ATP World Tour 500-level trophy, earning a fourth title in his young career. With the victory, he became the first player in 2017 to win on all surfaces, adding a hard-court crown in Vienna to triumphs on the clay of Budapest and grass of Stuttgart.

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Del Potro back in business with Stockholm win

Juan Martin del Potro won his 20th career title Sunday, beating Grigor Dimitrov in a successful title defense at the Stockholm Open. Del Potro held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-2 against Dimitrov while also landing 70 percent of first serves and firing in nine aces. It was the Argentine’s first title since he beat Jack Sock in last year’s Stockholm final. The two Stockholm wins are del Potro’s only tour titles since he returned in 2016 following chronic wrist problems. For Dimitrov, it was his fourth final of the year and first defeat. The Bulgarian is now 7-6 in career finals.

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Tsonga wins fourth ATP title of the year in Antwerp.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has put himself into contention for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals—and notched a new career milestone to boot.The Frenchman won his fourth title of the year—a personal season-high—with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the final of the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium. Schwartzman was playing in the final of the tournament for the second year in a row and once again lost to a Frenchman as Richard Gasquet beat him for the title last year.For Tsonga, 2017 has been filled with new achievements, on and off the court. In February, the former world No. 4 captured titles in consecutive weeks for the first time, winning indoors in Rotterdam and Marseilles. Three months later, Tsonga won the first clay-court title of his career in Lyon, France.

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Dzumbur wins Kremlin Cup

Damir Dzumhur recovered from a second-set slip to beat Ricardas Berankis and win the Kremlin Cup on Sunday. Bosnia’s Dzumhur beat his Lithuanian opponent 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to win his second career ATP title after victory last month at the St. Petersburg Open.Dzumhur dominated from the start but slumped in the second set even though Berankis made just 31 percent of his first serves in that set. The decider was even until Dzumhur broke for a 5-4 lead and closed out the match. Berankis has lost both of his career finals.

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Federer beats Nadal in Shanghai final

Roger Federer was at his ruthless best on Sunday, streaking to the Shanghai Masters title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal. It was a vintage Federer performance, as the Swiss secured the 71-minute win with a dominant display, clinching a second Shanghai crown (2014) and 27th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. With the win, Federer notched his 700th match victory on hard courts and improved to 10-1 against the Top 10 this year. It was the 94th title in his storied career, which pulls him level with Ivan Lendl for second on the Open Era list. Only Jimmy Connors owns more trophies (109).

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75th ATP title for Nadal in Beijing

RAFAEL Nadal is urging Nick Kyrgios to “keep going” after consigning the combustible Australian to an explosive straight-sets loss in the China Open final. The world No. 1 cashed in on another Kyrgios meltdown to seize his sixth title of the season with a 6-2 6-1 victory in Beijing. Chasing his third win over Nadal, Kyrgios was unable to shake off a tough line call in the opening game of the match, collapsing to defeat in 92 minutes. Nadal’s latest triumph, following successes in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and grand slam glory in Paris and New York, came after the Spaniard saved two match points in his tournament opener against Lucas Pouille. Victory also further boosted the 16-time major champion’s chances of holding off Roger Federer to finish the season atop the rankings for the first time since 2013. Despite losing, Kyrgios will climb to 15th in the ATP Race to next month’s World Tour Finals in London. With defending champion Andy Murray, five-time winner Novak Djokovic and world No. 9 Stan Wawrinka all injured and out for the rest of the season, Kyrgios is effectively in 12th place with the top eight plus an alternate making the trip to the English capital.

 

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Goffin takes Tokyo title

Fourth-seeded Belgian David Goffin beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 in the Japan Open final in Tokyo on Sunday to win his second title in as many weeks and first ATP 500 trophy. Goffin, who lost to Nick Kyrgios in last year’s final, extended his winning streak to nine matches to rise to number eight in the Race to London rankings, boosting his chances of playing in the season-ending tournament. The 26-year-old was dominant from the start and broke Mannarino to take a 3-1 lead in the opener and maintained the one-break advantage to claim the set, winning 21 of 25 points on his own serve. World number 31 Mannarino rallied in the second and broke Goffin to take a 4-2 lead but the in-form Belgian responded by breaking the Frenchman immediately and once more in the 11th game as he charged to victory. The win in Tokyo was Goffin’s fourth career title and second of the season after his ATP 250 Shenzhen Open triumph last Sunday. The world number 11 will next travel to China to play in the Shanghai Masters.

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Goffin wins Shenzen, his first title since 2014

David Goffin boosted his hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals with his first title in three years at the Shenzhen Open. The Belgian had lost six finals since winning his second title in Metz in 2014 but ended that run with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over Aleksandr Dolgopolov. Goffin lost the second-set tie-break after recovering from 1-5 but took the decider to win in two hours and three minutes. The title leaves Goffin in 12th place in the Race to London, with the top eight qualifying for the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena in November. But Wawrinka and Djokovic will both definitely miss out because of injury, with Andy Murray also unlikely to take part. Should Goffin qualify for the ATP Finals, it would be a very impressive achievement given he was sidelined for six weeks with an ankle injury and missed Wimbledon.

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Istomin wins Chengdu as Baghdatis retires

The Chengdu Open final came to a painfully premature conclusion for Marcos Baghdatis. Denis Istomin held a 3-2 lead over the former Australian Open finalist when Baghdatis’ back locked up and he toppled to the court in clear pain.stomin crossed the net out of concern to check on his fallen opponent and immediately signaled for the trainer. Chair umpire Carlos Bernardes also came out on court to check on Baghdatis’ status. The 32-year-old Cypriot was unable to continue due to his back injury.

The 78th-ranked Istomin, who knocked Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open in January, collected his second career ATP title.