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Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Masters results - 1st update

Results on the third day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday (x denotes seeded player): 1st rd Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x13) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) Michael Llodra (FRA) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x16) 6-4, 6-2 Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Federico Delbonis (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Guillermo García-López (ESP) bt Benjamin Balleret (MON) 7-5, 6-2 Pablo Carreño (ESP) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-3, 6-3

Italy fight back to beat Britain and reach Davis Cup semis

(Reuters) - Italy staged a superb fightback on Sunday to beat Britain in the Davis Cup quarter-finals as Fabio Fognini shocked Andy Murray, and Andreas Seppi eased past James Ward in the decisive fifth match. After securing back-to-back wins over Italy on Saturday for a 2-1 lead, Britain required one victory to reach their first Davis Cup semi-final since 1981, but Fognini was in inspired form on the Naples clay as he cruised past Murray 6-3 6-3 6-4.

Tennis: Rain halts play in final Italy v Britain rubber

Rain forced the postponement of play in the final Davis Cup quarter-final singles rubber between Andreas Seppi and James Ward on Sunday. The tie is level at 2-2 after Italian number one Fabio Fognini earlier stunned Britain's two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It means Ward has to beat Seppi if Britain are to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals in the World Group for the first time in 33 years. If Seppi prevails, Italy will reach the last four for the first time since 1998 when they went on to finish runners-up to Sweden,

Tennis: Final Italy v Britain rubber resumes after rain

The final Davis Cup quarter-final singles rubber between Andreas Seppi and James Ward resumed after a spell of rain on Sunday. The tie is level at 2-2 after Italian number one Fabio Fognini earlier stunned Britain's two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It means Ward has to beat Seppi if Britain are to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals in the World Group for the first time in 33 years. If Seppi prevails, Italy will reach the last four for the first time since 1998 when they went on to finish runners-up to Sweden,

Tennis: Final Italy v Britain rubber resumes after rain

The final Davis Cup quarter-final singles rubber between Andreas Seppi and James Ward resumed after a spell of rain on Sunday. The tie is level at 2-2 after Italian number one Fabio Fognini earlier stunned Britain's two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It means Ward has to beat Seppi if Britain are to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals in the World Group for the first time in 33 years. If Seppi prevails, Italy will reach the last four for the first time since 1998 when they went on to finish runners-up to Sweden,

Tennis: Seppi outlasts Hewitt in five-set thriller

Italy's Andreas Seppi endured a more than four-hour epic in sizzling heat before finally overcoming a stubborn Lleyton Hewitt and a partisan Australian Open crowd on Tuesday. The five-set thriller was played in temperatures that touched 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) with 24th seed Seppi emerging a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5 winner in a draining four hours and 18 minutes. It ended a typical Hewitt fightback and shattered his dream after a build-up that saw him beat Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final and Andy Murray in an exhibition.

Tennis: Seppi outlasts Hewitt in five-set thriller

Italy's Andreas Seppi endured a more than four-hour epic in sizzling heat before finally overcoming a stubborn Lleyton Hewitt and a partisan Australian Open crowd on Tuesday. The five-set thriller was played in heat that touched 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) with 24th seed Seppi emerging a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5 winner in a draining four hours and 18 minutes. It ended a typical Hewitt fightback and shattered his dream after a build-up that saw him beat Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final and Andy Murray in an exhibition.

Tennis: Del Potro to face Czech hero in Sydney quarters

Juan Martin del Potro dropped the opening set before beating Nicolas Mahut to secure a quarter-final spot against Czech Davis Cup hero Radek Stepanek at the Sydney International on Wednesday. The Argentine, playing his first match of the year, rallied from a set down to beat Frenchman Mahut 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in his tournament opener after receiving a first-round bye. World number five Del Potro will play Stepanek on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals after Stepanek defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

Tennis: Shanghai Masters results

Results on the third day of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday: 1st round Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-4, 6-2 afp

Tennis: Hewitt dumped out of Shanghai Masters

Veteran Lleyton Hewitt crashed out of the Shanghai Masters at the hands of Andreas Seppi on Tuesday, missing the chance to play old rival Roger Federer as organisers scrambled to keep the storm-hit tournament on track. Persistent rain -- the lingering effects of Typhoon Fitow -- forced matches onto indoor courts at the Qizhong Tennis Centre, with tournament chiefs attempting to make up for lost match time the previous day.
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