Tags: Italian Open (Tennis)

In Italian Tennis, It’s the Men’s Turn to Shine

PARIS — The sight of two Italian men playing each other at a major tennis tournament, as happened Tuesday at the French Open, will only become more commonplace. In Tuesday’s match on Simonne Mathieu Court, ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini defeated his compatriot Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. The two veterans, both in their 30s, were…

How the Math Behind Roger Federer’s Clay Season Helps His World Ranking

On clay, Roger Federer can win, even if he loses. Ranked No. 3 in the world, he has already put distance between himself and his nearest opponents on the ATP list without getting past the quarterfinals in any clay-court tournament. This season Federer, 37, returned to clay-court competition for the first time since 2016. He…

For Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Rome Offered Something Novel: A Bagel

ROME — It’s hard to find novelty in the prolific rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which continued on Sunday at the Foro Italico with an ATP-record 54th match. “Playing against Novak is always a special thing because it’s part of the history of this sport,” Nadal said. “No one match has been repeated…