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USA knock out Czech Republic, set up Fed Cup Final showdown with Belarus

The United States stunned the Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the final of the Fed Cup tennis tournament, setting up a match-up with unexpected finalists Belarus. Belarus upset Switzerland 3-2 in a semi-final tie played in Minsk.

The US team defeated the Czech, the three-time reigning Fed Cup champions, in the semi-finals at the Saddlebrook Resort on Sunday.


Rafa Nadal on the charge in ATP Tour Rankings

Spanish star Rafael Nadal jumped up two spots to be fifth in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles rankings released on Monday, while Briton Andy Murray continued to lead the list.

Nadal rose in the rankings after winning 6-1, 6-3 over his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final.


Nadal routs Ramos-Vinolas to win record 10th Monte Carlo Masters title

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won the Monte-Carlo Masters by defeating his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final on Sunday to become the first player in the Open Era to have won 10 titles of the same tournament.

Nadal, regarded as one of the greatest clay-court players of all time, defeated 15th seed Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in 76 minutes and became the first player in the Open Era to win 10 Monte-Carlo Masters tournaments and 50 career clay-court titles.


Gavrilova leads Australia to Fed Cup victory

Daria Gavrilova has led Australia to victory in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II Play-off, defeating Nina Stojanovic 6-0 6-3 in the third rubber of the tie in Zrenjanin, Serbia.

The celebrations were put on hold as Ashleigh Barty teamed with Casey Dellacqua to defeat Stojanovic and Jovovic 6-1 7-5 in the dead doubles rubber, Australia taking the tie 4-0.


Rohan Bopanna wins Monte Carlo Masters Doubles title

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas defeated the Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in a tough three-set battle to win the men's doubles title at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament on Sunday. Bopanna and Cuevas won 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 in one hour and 14 minutes at the at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

This is the first title that the Indo-Uruguayan combination have won since they teamed up earlier this year.


Bopanna-Cuevas enter Monte Carlo Masters final

Indian star Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas defeated Romain Arneodo of Poland and Hugo Nys of France in straight sets to enter the men's doubles final of the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament here on Saturday. The Indo-Uruguayan combination clinched a 6-4, 6-3 win in an hour-long encounter at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

This is the first final that Bopanna and Cuevas have entered since they teamed up earlier this year.


Ramos-Vinolas continues giant killing run in Monte Carlo

Spanish tennis player Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic on Friday, advancing to the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals for the first time.  The 29-year-old Spaniard took two hours and 33 minutes to beat the fifth-seeded Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Ramos, 24th in the world ranking, had on Thursday beaten the world's top ranked player, Sir Andy Murray,, in the previous round.


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