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Iga Swiatek to enter French Open as top seed after consolidating No 1 spot with Italian Open win
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Iga Swiatek to enter French Open as top seed after consolidating No 1 spot with Italian Open win

The 20-year-old Pole, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2020, is over 2,000 points ahead of defending French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in the new WTA rankings.

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic claims sixth title in Rome; Iga Swiatek makes it five in a row
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic claims sixth title in Rome; Iga Swiatek makes it five in a row

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Italian Open title after a straight-sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) in Rome.

Iga Swiatek retains Italian Open to claim a fifth straight crown
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Iga Swiatek retains Italian Open to claim a fifth straight crown

Iga Swiatek has dropped just one set in her last 20 matches and made light work of Jabeur, ranked seven in the world, in a largely one-sided final in Rome

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic's 1000th win sets up French Open replay; Swiatek to face Jabeur in final
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic's 1000th win sets up French Open replay; Swiatek to face Jabeur in final

Djokovic is chasing a sixth title in Rome ahead of Roland Garros and dealt with Casper Ruud on his way to a 12th final at one of his favourite venues.

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic into Rome semi-finals, extends stay as World No 1
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic into Rome semi-finals, extends stay as World No 1

Novak Djokovic will next face Casper Ruud on Saturday night where he can claim his 1,000th career victory on way to the final

Italian Open: Aryna Sabalenka through to possible Swiatek clash in Rome semis
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Italian Open: Aryna Sabalenka through to possible Swiatek clash in Rome semis

Third seed Sabalenka beat American Anisimova for the first time in five attempts and now awaits the result of Swiatek's last-eight match with Bianca Andreescu to see who she faces in the semis.

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic, Ons Jabeur progress in Rome but back injury stops Emma Raducanu
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic, Ons Jabeur progress in Rome but back injury stops Emma Raducanu

Djokovic, who is in his record-extending 369th week at World No 1, must reach at least the semi-finals in Rome to hold onto the number one spot.

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal likens his body to 'an old machine', Iga Swiatek returns
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Italian Open: Rafael Nadal likens his body to 'an old machine', Iga Swiatek returns

Rafael Nadal, who turns 36 on 3 June, is playing his final warm-up in Rome this week before attempting to add to his record total of 13 French Open titles.

Novak Djokovic turns spotlight on Carlos Alcaraz ahead of Roland Garros
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Novak Djokovic turns spotlight on Carlos Alcaraz ahead of Roland Garros

Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990 to beat three top-five players at the same event.

Italian Open: Veteran Stan Wawrinka registers first win in more than a year
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Italian Open: Veteran Stan Wawrinka registers first win in more than a year

Stan Wawrinka last tasted success in the opening round of the 2021 Australian Open when he beat Marton Fucsovics in five sets.

Italian Open: Carlos Alcaraz and Naomi Osaka withdraw due to injuries
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Italian Open: Carlos Alcaraz and Naomi Osaka withdraw due to injuries

Fresh off victory at the Madrid Open, Alcaraz withdrew from the Italian Open on Monday because of a right ankle injury. Later, Osaka withdrew with a left Achilles heel injury.

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic cleared to play at Italian Open next month, says organiser
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Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic cleared to play at Italian Open next month, says organiser

Djokovic can come to Rome and play at the Italian Open next month even if he is still not vaccinated against the coronavirus, the president of the Italian Tennis Federation said Wednesday.

Emilia-Romagna Open: Coco Gauff creates history in Parma with singles, doubles titles
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Emilia-Romagna Open: Coco Gauff creates history in Parma with singles, doubles titles

At 17 years, 70 days old, Gauff is the youngest player to sweep the singles and doubles titles at an event since Maria Sharapova won both titles at 2004 Birmingham, at 17 years, 55 days old.

Tennis Rankings: Iga Swiatek moves into WTA top-10 with Italian Open win
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Tennis Rankings: Iga Swiatek moves into WTA top-10 with Italian Open win

The 19-year-old, who will head to Roland Garros in a fortnight as defending French Open champion, beat Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in the final in Rome at the weekend to climb six places to ninth, leapfrogging her Czech opponent who slips to tenth.

Italian Open: Perfect 10 for flawless Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek rewinds to Paris — talking points from Rome
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Italian Open: Perfect 10 for flawless Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek rewinds to Paris — talking points from Rome

Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek, the defending French Open champions, won the titles in Rome to mark an anchor for Roland Garros that gets underway on 30 May.

Italian Open: 'Perfectionist' Iga Swiatek on high before Roland Garros title defence
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Italian Open: 'Perfectionist' Iga Swiatek on high before Roland Garros title defence

Swiatek has now won three titles, following on from Roland Garros with Adelaide in January, and now Rome, and will move into the top 10 for the first time on Monday.

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic admits 'long shot' to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic admits 'long shot' to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

On Sunday, Djokovic again felt the full, raw power of Nadal on clay as the Spaniard clinched a 10th Italian Open title with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win in the final.

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in Rome to lay down Roland Garros marker
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Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in Rome to lay down Roland Garros marker

Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between the pair.

Italian Open: Iga Swiatek double-bagels Karolina Pliskova to clinch trophy in dominant fashion
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Italian Open: Iga Swiatek double-bagels Karolina Pliskova to clinch trophy in dominant fashion

The 19-year-old reigning French Open champion took just 45 minutes to dispatch the 2019 Rome winner two weeks before she opens her title defence in Roland Garros.

Italian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Lorenzo Sonego to set up title clash with Rafael Nadal; Iga Swiatek enters final
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Italian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Lorenzo Sonego to set up title clash with Rafael Nadal; Iga Swiatek enters final

Djokovic and Nadal, who will be facing each other for the 57th time, last played in the 2020 French Open final which the Spaniard won in straight sets.