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Australian Open: Nadal thrashes Baghdatis to ease into third round

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal defeated veteran Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Ninth seed and 2009 champion Nadal, dominated 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in a superb performance of attacking tennis. Nadal managed to wrap up the win in two hours and 13 minutes.

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Former Champions returning to River Oaks

Two former champions and a pair of American teenagers have committed to play the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club in April.

Two-time winner and defending champion Juan Monaco and 2014 victor Fernando Verdasco have committed to play this April. The tournament has also added American up-and-comers Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe to the field. 

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Marcos Giron Wins Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit Futures Tournament

“The Comeback” clearly a thing of the past, Marcos Giron is ready to take on 2017 and keep on winning.

The 24-year-old former UCLA star won the fifth USTA Pro Circuit Futures title of his career, and his second since coming back from a 14-month injury layoff in September as he defeated University of Virginia wild card Collin Altamirano, 7-6 (3), 6-1, on Sunday in the singles final of the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit tournament presented by USTA Southern California.

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Giron To Meet Altamirano In Final At Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit Futures Tournament

There will be no need for any “getting to know you” sessions for University of Virginia junior Collin Altamirano and his new freshman teammate Carl Soderlund once the two return to campus in Charlottesville.

For the second consecutive week, the Cavalier teammates met in an important USTA Pro Circuit match in Southern California with more than just bragging rights at stake. On Saturday in the semifinals at the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit tournament presented by USTA Southern California, tournament wild card Altamirano exacted some revenge against his teammate in a solid 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Soderlund.

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Gilles Muller wins maiden ATP Tour title in Sydney

Thirteen years after reaching his first ATP final, Gilles Muller (LUX) finally broke through for his maiden tournament victory at the Apia International Sydney. The sixth seed defeated Daniel Evans (GBR) 7-6(5) 6-2 to win the Waterford Crystal trophy, his first title from six finals.

An emotional Gilles Muller (LUX) reflected on what it meant to win his first title in front of his kids and receive the Waterford Crystal trophy from the great Rod Laver, saying, “It was a great honour. Just unbelievable. Everything that happened tonight was like in a movie. Rod Laver there, standing on centre court with the trophy, my kids in the stands, can’t ask for more.”

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Qualifier Elise Mertens wins Hobart International

Belgian Qualifier Elise Mertens has won the Hobart International 2017.

The 21 year old showed maturity beyond her years to take the  win over the No.3 seed Monica Niculescu (ROU) in straight sets winning 6-3 6-1.

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Giron Wins Two Matches At Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit Futures Tournament

Playing two singles matches in one day is something just about every pro tennis player has experienced somewhere along the way. It’s what eight quarterfinalists at the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California being played at El Dorado Park had to do on Friday following a completely washed out Thursday.

The 2014 NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron from UCLA recalls having to play two matches on the same day back in September at the Santa Maria Open, the first tournament back on his road to recovery from his second hip surgery. 

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