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Liam Broady falls to Damir Dzumhur in quarters of St Petersburg Open

4:56 PM ET ESPN staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Britain’s Liam Broady exited the St Petersburg Open at the quarterfinal stage as Damir Dzumhur progressed to the final four with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory. Broady, 23, had to make it through two qualifying stages to make the competition proper in Russia and accounted for Ernests Gulbis and fourth seed Adrian Mannarino on his way to the last eight. Having fought back from a break down in the deciding set, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Dzhumhur booked a…

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Banned from tennis, Ilie Nastase starts new career as diplomat

PRAGUE — Ilie Nastase is taking on a new role as a diplomat for the Czech Republic. The Romanian tennis great has been banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania’s Fed Cup captain. But after a meeting on Friday, Czech foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Nastase agreed to become the Czech Republic’s new honorary consul in Romania. He will be based in the Black Sea port of Constanta. “It’s a great honor,” Nastase said. “My country didn’t give…

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David Goffin rallies past Nicolas Almagro to reach Moselle Open quarterfinals

METZ, France — Second-seeded David Goffin hit 13 aces to rally past Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals at the Moselle Open on Thursday. Defending champion Lucas Pouille, who won his maiden title at the same tournament last year, lost to 86th-ranked Marius Copil of Romania 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6). Goffin, who led Belgium over Australia 3-2 in the Davis Cup semifinals last weekend and won the Moselle Open three years ago, put on a dominant display on his serve, dropping just two points on his first…

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Roberto Bautista Agut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga into St Petersburg Open quarterfinals as Philipp Kohlschreiber withdraws

3:04 PM ET ESPN staff Top seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battled into the St Petersburg Open quarterfinals but Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to withdraw. The German fifth seed did not play a point of his round-of-16 encounter with Ricardas Berankis as illness prevented him from taking to the court – but other results went in favour of the more fancied players. Bautista Agut overcame a second-set wobble against Rogerio Dutra da Silva to demolish the final set with a ‘bagel’ and win 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, while Tsonga…

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Peter Gojowczyk beats former champion Gilles Simon at Moselle Open

METZ, France — German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk upset two-time former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday. The 95th-ranked Gojowczyk fired eight aces as he defeated the eighth-seeded Simon in 1 hour, 34 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals. Another German, fifth-seeded Mischa Zverev, defeated another home player, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, but there was some reason for the home supporters to cheer when French wild card Nicolas Mahut defeated Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1,…

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Judge in James Blake case briefly closes courtroom, citing privacy law

NEW YORK — The administrative judge hearing a misconduct case against a police officer who wrongly arrested tennis star James Blake briefly closed the courtroom to the public Wednesday to discuss the disciplinary record of a witness. The secrecy is the result of a New York state law protecting the privacy of officers and a recent city decision to adhere to the confidentiality rules more closely, a move that puts the nation’s largest police force at odds with an effort to be more transparent. The attorney for the police watchdog…

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Liam Broady fights back to oust Adrian Mannarino in Russia

4:08 PM ET ESPN staff British No. 7 Liam Broady upset fourth seed Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to make the quarterfinals of the St Petersburg Open in Russia. The 23-year-old from Stockport is in the last eight of an ATP Tour event for the first time despite having to come through the qualifying phases of the tournament. After overhauling his French opponent from a set down, Broady advances to meet Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur, who overcame Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 7-6. There was disappointment for Daniil Medvedev in front of…

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American Kristie Ahn advances in Seoul sending Tatjana Maria

6:31 AM ET ESPN staff Unseeded American Kristie Ahn has dumped sixth seed Tatjana Maria out of the Seoul Open in straight sets. Ahn, 25, beat the world No. 54 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the last 16. Elsewhere, Richel Hogenkamp progressed to her first WTA quarterfinal in over four years, thanks to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denisa Allertov√°. Fifth seed Irina-Camelia Begu exited the tournament after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Source link

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Liam Broady earns landmark win over Ernests Gulbis at St Petersburg Open

Britain’s Liam Broady enjoyed his first ever win in the main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament as he beat Ernests Gulbis in the St Petersburg Open. The 23-year-old from Stockport, whose sister, Naomi, is the British No. 3, beat the Latvian 6-3 6-0 after having to get through two rounds of qualifying. Broady has won a match at Wimbledon in 2015 but had never tasted victory at the elite level of the men’s tour until his meeting with world No. 212 Gulbis, who beat Juan Martin del Potro…

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Richard Gasquet loses in first round of Moselle Open

METZ, France — Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin in the first round of the Moselle Open on Tuesday. The Frenchman, who has struggled with injuries recently but won a tournament on the Challenger tour last week in Poland, made a strong start and seal the first set after dropping only four points on his first serve. But Gasquet then failed to convert any of seven break points and dropped his serve twice. Istomin will be up against lucky loser Yannick Maden in the next round….

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