Tags: Pliskova, Karolina

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…

Power Players Learn to Love — Well, Like — the Clay

ROME — Karolina Pliskova, who won the Italian Open on Sunday, has something in common with Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova, who also claimed titles on clay this spring: it’s their least favorite surface. The three play fairly similar games, built on first-strike power tennis and minimal movement — a combination that is often ineffective…