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Roger Federer returns to No.1 in the ATP Tour Ranking

More than 14 years after he first became No. 1, Switzerland’s Roger Federer today returned to the top of the ATP Rankings for a historic fourth stint at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis. Federer, who began his 302nd week at No. 1 on 29 October 2012, breaks a number of ATP Rankings records by replacing his great rival, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in top spot.

Just 13 months ago, Federer returned from a knee injury at No. 17 in the ATP Rankings and has since compiled a 64-5 match record — including nine titles from 10 finals — in that period. Today, he now holds records for the longest period between stints at No. 1, as the oldest player to attain top spot and for the longest duration between first and last days at the summit of men’s professional tennis.


Canada falls 3-1 to Romania in Fed Cup

Canada needed a perfect day on Sunday after losing the first two singles matches of their Fed Cup World Group II first round tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. But, Irina-Camelia Begu, the home team’s no. 1 player this weekend, defeated Katherine Sebov (Toronto) 6-2. 6-4 to give her country the victory.

Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau decided make a change for the third singles matches, opting for Sebov over Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill) against Begu who ultimately defeated the Canadian in one hour, 25 minutes. The Romanian, ranked no. 37 in the world, earned her first break early in the match to set the tone. Despite a push from Sebov in the second set to 3-3, Begu was dominant throughout en route to earning her second point for her team in the tie after defeating Andreescu on Saturday. Romania advances to the World Group I play-offs in April.


Australia claim 3-2 Fed Cup victory over Ukraine in Canberra

Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty sealed the win for Australia over Ukraine, defeating twins Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok (AUS) 6-3 6-4 in the fifth and deciding rubber on day two of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round tie.

Playing a Fed Cup tie in Canberra for the first time since 1988, and their first home tie since 2016, Australia entered the tie as clear favourites fielding the strong team of world No.16 Barty (Qld), world No.25 Daria Gavrilova (Vic), 17-year-old young gun Destanee Aiava (Vic) and doubles specialist Casey Dellacqua (Qld).


Romania lead Canada 2-0 after the first day of action at Fed Cup

Canada faces a 0-2 deficit after Saturday’s singles of its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Canada’s no. 1 singles player this weekend, fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sorana Cirstea while Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) was defeated 6-3, 6-7(4) et 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu.

Cirstea needed 54 minutes to defeat Zhao, earning five breaks of serve in the match compared to the Canadian’s one. The Romanian, ranked no. 38 in the world, also hit 16 winners while Zhao had just five. The 22-year-old Canadian was playing in her first Fed Cup singles match.


Australia and Ukraine level after day one of Fed Cup

The scores are level at one-all after the first day of play in the Fed Cup World Group II First Round tie in Canberra.

World No.16 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) led Australia to a first match victory, defeating Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 4-6 6-1 6-4 in just under two hours. In the second match of the day 15-year-old Ukrainian prodigy Marta Kostyuk upset Australia’s No.2 player, Daria Gavrilova 7-6(3) 6-3.

Tomorrow the reverse singles will be played, with Barty up first to face Ukraine No.1 Kostyuk, followed by Gavrilova against L. Kichenok. Barty and Casey Dellacqua will play doubles for Australia, against Ukraine pair Nadiia Kichenok and Dasha Lopatetskaya.

Rebecca Marino shows she's a winner all the way

Playing in her first tournament in five years, Rebecca Marino won three matches in qualifying and another five in the main draw to capture the title at the $15,000 GD Tennis Cup in Antalya, Turkey.

This is Marino’s first event since February 2013, the same month she decided to step away from tennis after revealing she had been struggling with depression for several years. On Sunday, the now 26-year-old defeated Romania’s Cristina Ene, ranked no. 673 in the world, 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.


Angelique Kerber and Daniil Medvedev claim Sydney International 2018 titles

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber (GER) has claimed the women’s title at the Sydney International, beating Australian No.1 Ash Barty (Qld) in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.  The victory delivers former world No.1 Kerber her first title since the 2016 U.S Open and cements her return to top form as she heads into next week’s Australian Open.

“The draw was also not easy, I was not seeded, so, I was expecting from the beginning, to have really tough matches,” said Kerber. “I came here to just play match by match, and I was not looking too far ahead. I'm very proud how I was able to play every single day.


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