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David Goffin Qualifies For ATP World Finals

David Goffin has become the first Belgian singles player in the 48-year history of the Nitto ATP Finals to qualify for the prestigious season finale. He will join World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Roger Federer, debutants Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov, and former qualifiers Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic in the elite eight-man field at The O2 in London from 12-19 November.

Goffin is the seventh player to secure his place as a result of play at the Rolex Paris Masters on Thursday. He served as an alternate at 2016 Nitto ATP Finals, replacing the injured Gael Monfils in one round-robin match (l. to Djokovic).

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Grand Slam Champions Garbine Muguruza and Sloane Stephens sign up for Brisbane

Wimbledon champion and world No.2 Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) and 2017 US Open champion and world No.15 Sloane Stephens (USA) will compete at Brisbane International 2017.

The pair join defending champion [3] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) and top ranked Australian [20] Ashleigh Barty (Qld) in the women’s field for the 10th edition of the tournament. World No.1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) and world No.3 Andy Murray (GBR) are confirmed on the men’s side.

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Jelena Ostapenko to star at Sydney International

Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko will star at the Sydney International in 2018.

Ostapenko will join seven-time major winner Venus Williams in January’s field, where Williams marks 20 years since her first appearance at the WTA Premier tournament. 

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Kozlov Beats Broady to win Las Vegas Tennis Open

It took a patient Stefan Kozlov a set and a few games to adjust to lefty Liam Broady’s crafty game, but once he did he was able to secure his second career $50,000 pro title by winning the ATP Tour Challenger Las Vegas Tennis Open on Sunday, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

“We both just put it on the line today and it was 50-50,” the 19-year-old Kozlov told the appreciative Las Vegas crowd during the trophy presentation at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV. “We were both left gasping for air and it wasn’t easy. It could have gone either way today. I was very impressed with Liam’s sportsmanship today.” 

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Kozlov Beats Top-Seeded Sandgren to make Las Vegas Open Final

Nineteen year-old American Stefan Kozlov just seems to play his best tennis against Tennys Sandgren. For the fifth consecutive time on the pro level – and third time in the semifinals – the No 4-seeded Kozlov got the better of Sandgren, this time 6-3, 7-6 (6) to advance to the singles final of the third annual Las Vegas Tennis Open.

Kozlov has won 10 sets against Sandgren to just one loss in the five matches, with his only set loss coming in the final of last November’s Columbus $50,000 Challenger. That win marked the first $50,000 Challenger win for Kozlov, who also has won four Futures ($25,000 or less) singles titles during his career. 

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Sandgren, Kozlov advance to Las Vegas Open semi-finals

Injury-free Tennys Sandgren won again at the Las Vegas Tennis Open on Friday as the top-seeded former University of Tennessee All-American has not dropped a set during the Las Vegas stop on the ATP Tour Challenger $50,000 event being played at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.

Sandgren dominated qualifier Jan Choinski of Germany, 6-1, 6-0, in just 47 minutes, and joined fellow Americans Stefan Kozlov and Evan King, who each advanced to the semifinals on Saturday at the third annual Las Vegas Tennis Open. 

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Opelka makes the most of friendly conditions to advance to Las Vegas quarter-finals

Six-foot, 11-inch Reilly Opelka took advantage of what he described as perfect court conditions to advance to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Tennis Open as the No. 8-seeded Floridian beat qualifier Jared Hiltzik, 7-6 (5), 6-4, at the ATP Challenger Tour $50,000 Men's tournament taking place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV‘.

“There is altitude and the courts are playing pretty fast,” said the 20-year-old Opelka. “They are using a Penn ball which tends to be a little more livelier than Wilson. The ball is jumping and it’s a condition that definitely promotes big serves here. It’s easy for everyone to hold.” 

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