Britain’s Boulter ranked in top 100 for first time

Katie Boulter

Briton Katie Boulter has broken into the top 100 of the WTA world rankings for the first time.

Boulter, 22, is now ranked 96th following her run to the quarter-finals at the Tianjin Open last week.

The Leicester-born player lost 5-7 6-0 6-3 to world number six Karolina Pliskova in China, to miss out on the biggest win of her career.

It was only Boulter’s second quarter-final at WTA level and her first match against a top-10 player.

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Del Potro could miss rest of season with fractured kneecap

Juan Martin Del Potro receives treatment courtside

World number four Juan Martin del Potro could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right kneecap in a heavy fall at the Shanghai Masters.

The 30-year-old Argentine retired from his last-16 match against eventual finalist Borna Coric on Thursday after falling during the first set.

Former US Open champion Del Potro, who has his leg in a splint, said: “It’s a very difficult moment. I feel very sad.

“It’s a hard blow that leaves me without strength.”

Del Potro had been expected to play in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

“It’s very difficult for me to think about recovery again, I did not expect this to happen,” he said.

Del Potro has been plagued by injuries since winning his only Grand Slam in 2009.

Serb Novak Djokovic defeated Croat Coric 6-3 6-4 in Sunday’s final in Shanghai.

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18 wins in a row – Djokovic extends run with Shanghai title

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic continued his superb form by beating Croatia’s Borna Coric in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

The second seed beat 21-year-old Coric 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to claim his fourth Shanghai title.

Coric, the 13th seed, upset Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals to reach his first Masters 1000 final.

Djokovic, 31, now has 18 consecutive wins since losing at the Rogers Cup on 10 August and the Serb will replace Federer as world number two on Monday.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion cruised through the first set before Coric recovered from 3-0 down in the second set to earn a break point at 3-2.

Coric then saved three championship points to break Djokovic and make it 5-4.

But Djokovic won his 26th straight set to clinch victory and go just 35 points behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP Race for London.

Djokovic’s winning run includes victory at the Cincinnati Masters in August, which saw him become the first player to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.

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Shanghai Masters: Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lose final to Kubot and Melo

Kubot and Melo

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were beaten in straight sets by Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the Shanghai Masters doubles final.

The British-Brazilian duo, who this week qualified for the ATP Finals in November, lost 6-4 6-2 to the Polish-Brazilian team.

Kubot and Melo went one better than last year when they were beaten finalists.

Murray and Soares have won three titles together this season.

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Djokovic reaches Shanghai final to claim number two ranking

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic produced a dominant display to thrash Alexander Zverev to reach the Shanghai Masters final and claim the world number two ranking.

Serbia’s Djokovic, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, beat the German world number five 6-2 6-1 in just over an hour.

He will rise one place in the rankings on Monday, overtaking Roger Federer – who he will face in the final if the Swiss beats Borna Coric (13:00 BST).

Djokovic, 31, is on a 17-match winning streak.

That run includes titles at the US Open and Cincinnati Masters. The Wimbledon champion last lost a match in the Rogers Cup third round on 10 August.

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Konta may work with Wawrinka’s former coach

Johanna Konta worked with Michael Joyce in 2018

British number one Johanna Konta could turn to one of Stan Wawrinka’s former coaches as she attempts to return to the top 10 in the world rankings.

BBC Sport understands the 27-year-old will work with Dimitri Zavialoff on a trial basis at this week’s Kremlin Cup.

The pair practised together at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton this week, but the relationship appears to be at an early stage.

Konta recently parted company with American Michael Joyce.

That means she is searching for a third new coach in two years.

Konta, who reached a career-high ranking of fourth after her run to the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, has fallen to 45th in the world. She worked with Joyce for less than a year.

Zavialoff, a 43-year-old Frenchman, was three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka’s first coach, and worked with him for 17 years.

They started working together when the Swiss was eight, and he had reached the world’s top 10 when they went their separate ways in 2010.

Konta shares the same agent as Wawrinka, having decided to switch from Octagon to StarWing Sports – which also manages Britain’s top men’s player, Kyle Edmund.

Zavialoff has also enjoyed success with another Swiss player, Timea Bacsinszky.

Bacsinszky had taken a break from the sport, and was considering a career in hotel management, when they started working together in 2013.

She has since climbed into the top 10 in the rankings, reached two French Open semi-finals, and the Wimbledon quarter-finals of 2015.

Bacsinszky has recently had a succession of injuries, and the partnership came to an end in May.

Zavialoff is said to be quiet and studious – perhaps similar in personality to Esteban Carril, who in two and a half years helped Konta move from 150 in the world to inside the top 10.

If the trial in Moscow goes well, Konta will have the advantage of being able to prepare for 2019 with a new coach already by her side.

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Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in Shanghai Masters quarter-finals

Roger Federer

Defending champion and top seed Roger Federer beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a high-quality quarter-final in the Shanghai Masters.

Federer, 37, won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) against the world number 12 after coming from 4-1 down in the second set.

The Swiss, aiming for his first Masters title since winning this event last year, will play Croatia’s 19th-ranked Borna Coric in Saturday’s semi-finals.

The winner will face Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.

Coric, 21, beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer in the Halle final this year.

Coric continued the best year of his career by reaching his second Masters semi-final with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Australia’s Matthew Ebden.

Serbian second seed Djokovic, who could move above Federer into second in the world rankings, beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final.

German Zverev, ranked fifth in the world, beat British number one Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals.

Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares reached their second consecutive Masters doubles final with a 6-3 6-4 win over fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

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Shanghai Masters: Kyle Edmund beaten by Alexander Zverev in quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund

British number one Kyle Edmund was beaten in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals by fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

Germany’s Zverev, the world number five, produced an impressive performance to win 6-4 6-4 in one hour 12 minutes in China.

Zverev took control by breaking Edmund’s serve in the opening game of the match and earned the only other break midway through the second set.

He hit 12 unforced errors, compared with 25 from world number 14 Edmund.

The win sees Zverev become the fifth player to secure his place at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro.

Edmund is currently 12th in the race to qualify for the event at the O2 Arena, which sees the year’s best eight players compete for the final ATP title of the year. The Englishman is 1,590 points behind Dominic Thiem in eighth place.

Zverev will play Djokovic or Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals in Shanghai.

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Boulter beaten by Pliskova in China but set to reach top 100

Katie Boulter

Britain’s Katie Boulter missed out on the biggest win of her career, losing in three sets to world number six Karolina Pliskova in the Tianjin Open quarter-finals.

Boulter, who has never beaten a player ranked in the world’s top 10, led 2-0 in the third set but lost 5-7 6-0 6-3.

Boulter, currently ranked 101 in the world, is still likely to break into the world’s top 100 for the first time.

She was appearing in only her second quarter-final at WTA level.

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Nadal opens tennis centre to Majorca flood victims

People shelter in Majorca

World number one Rafael Nadal has helped flood victims in his native Majorca, opening up his tennis academy on the island to the homeless and helping to clear mud and water.

Video on Spanish newspaper AS