Anastasija Sevastova inflicted a final-set bagel on fellow Latvian Jelena Ostapenko to move into the second round of the Stuttgart Open, while Lara Arruabarrena upset Carla Suarez Navarro in the Istanbul Cup.

Seventh seed Sevastova came through a topsy-turvy encounter 6-2 4-6 6-0 to move into the second round on Tuesday.

Sevastova broke her compatriot seven times to advance and will face Laura Siegemund in the last 16.

"I don't think it was a nice feeling for us both," world number 13 Sevastova said of facing the 2017 French Open champion. "At the end of the day, you just concentrate on yourself.

"It's Stuttgart, it's the first match, you play like it's any other match - you try. It's hard, but that's the thing that I did."

Sixth seed Kiki Bertens was a 7-5 6-2 winner over Anna-Lena Friedsam, while Daria Kasatkina defeated Elise Mertens 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 on a day that saw Simona Halep withdraw due to a hip injury.

Andrea Petkovic and Greet Minnen also avoided early exits on day two of the tournament. 

Top seed Suarez Navarro fell at the first hurdle in Istanbul, losing 6-4 7-5 in all-Spanish encounter with Arruabarrena.

The 30-year-old was by no means the only seed to bow out, with Katerina Siniakova beaten by Elena Rybakina after Maria Sakkari and Viktoria Kuzmova were also defeated.

Alexander Zverev's miserable season took another turn for the worse with a defeat to lucky loser Nicolas Jarry in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday.

The world number three has now lost five of his last seven matches after the 81-ranked Jarry came from a set down to win 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5).

Jarry saved a match point in a tense final set that swung one way and the other before the Chilean outsider held it together in a decisive tie-break to claim the biggest win of his career.

Zverev, who turned 22 on Saturday, took a wildcard for the tournament in an attempt to discover some form, but made yet another stunning early exit after being given a first-round bye.

Jarry led 3-0 in the final set and was a break up at 4-3 after second seed Zverev fought back, before finally toppling the German despite losing the first three points of the breaker. 

David Goffin, the 10th seed, also crashed out with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff, but Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas reached round three with straight-sets victories over Diego Schwartzman and Marton Fucsovics respectively.

Jaume Munar upset 14th seed Frances Tiafoe in the second round, while Kei Nishikori made it through to the last 16 at the expense of Taylor Fritz.

Elsewhere, last year's runner-up John Millman eased to a 6-1 6-2 victory over Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Hungarian Open.

Fifth seed Laslo Djere was made to work for a 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-2) win over Ernests Gulbis, while Robin Haase advanced to a second-round meeting with Borna Coric by beating Thomas Fabbiano.

Justin Gimelstob's role as a player representative on the ATP board will be reviewed after he pleaded no contest to one misdemeanour count of battery with serious bodily injury on Monday.

The 42-year-old American, a winner of two grand slam mixed doubles titles, was sentenced to three years of summary probation in a Los Angeles court on Monday.

Broadcaster Gimelstob, who used to coach John Isner, was also given 60 days of community labour and a week of anger-management classes after an alleged attack on his former friend Randall Kaplan last October.

The ATP response says a decision will be made on Gimelstob's future now a verdict has been reached.

"Justin Gimelstob holds an elected position as one of the three player representatives on the ATP board of directors and under our organisation's by-laws his position is therefore a matter of review for the ATP player council and/or the ATP board." a statement from the governing body said.

"The decision was taken to let the judicial process run its course before any judgment was made on his future, so with that process complete this is now a subject for review by the board and/or the player council.

"As a related matter, the election for the role of the next Americas player representative on the ATP board - the position currently held by Gimelstob - will take place as scheduled on Tuesday May 14, in Rome."

World number six Kevin Anderson will miss the clay-court season as he continues to be troubled by an elbow injury.

Anderson withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters last week due to an issue which also kept him out of the hard-court events in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

The 32-year-old South African, runner-up at Wimbledon last year, revealed on Tuesday that he will focus on getting fully fit for the grass-court season.

"I wanted to let you all know that I will unfortunately be missing the clay season this year," he tweeted.

"After discussing with my doctors and team, we thought the best decision is to rest and rehab my elbow injury for a few more weeks. I will keep working hard each day to get healthy again in time for grass.

"I'm very disappointed to be missing Estoril, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros - all incredible events that have been so great to me and I love going back to - but I know this is the right decision for the long term in my career."

Anderson has played in only three tournaments this year, winning the first one he entered in Pune.

Simona Halep has been forced to withdraw from the Stuttgart Open with a hip injury suffered in Romania's Fed Cup semi-final defeat to France.

World number two Halep beat Caroline Garcia in their rubber on Sunday but picked up an issue during a fall, despite then featuring alongside Monica Niculescu in the deciding doubles match.

The problem will now see the defending French Open champion put her start to the clay-court season on hold.

Halep says she does not wish to play until she has fully returned to fitness, having dealt with back injuries at the end of 2018 that saw her miss the WTA Finals.

"It happened against Garcia in the first set, when I fell down," she said, explaining her decision to miss this week's tournament. "I felt pain in the hip.

"If I'm not 100 per cent, I don't want to step on the court. I'm also exhausted mentally because I gave my everything in that tie.

"It feels bad because I gave everything. I've been very sad for the last two days. I've been through these moments many times, but I just need to relax and recover."

Halep is confident she will recuperate in time to play the Madrid Open and Internazionali d'Italia at the start of May before her Roland Garros defence later in the month.

"I stopped because there's a two-week break, so it's enough time to recover," she added. "I just want to go home and relax myself."

Her absence in Stuttgart opens the door for Petra Kvitova to seize the number one ranking from Naomi Osaka if the Japanese loses her first match. Kvitova would then have to claim the title.

Fernando Verdasco prevailed in the all-Spanish clash on the opening day of the Barcelona Open as he saw off compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-3. 

Lopez, playing in the round of 64 after being granted a wildcard, came off second best throughout the battle between two powerful left-handers, with his serve failing to fire. 

The 37-year-old won only 59 per cent of points on his first serve and Verdasco, 35, was able to close out a straight sets triumph, as he did when they met at last year's US Open. 

Verdasco edges ahead 6-5 in their career head-to-head and takes on Grigor Dimitrov in the next round. 

Arguably the most pleasing performance for the home crowd came earlier in the day as the 21-year-old world number 57 Jaume Munar came from a set down to defeat Portuguese qualifier Pedro Sousa 2-6 6-4 6-0. 

Argentina's Leonardo Mayer dropped a second-set tiebreak against Romania's Marius Copil but prevailed 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 to book a round-two meeting with Rafael Nadal. 

Benoit Paire advanced at the expense of Juan Ignacio Londero, while Nicolas Jarry sent Marcel Granollers packing.

At the Hungarian Open, Mikhail Kukushkin and Bernard Tomic suffered straight-set defeats to Matteo Berrettini and Aljaz Bedene respectively. 

Radu Albot and Filip Krajinovic made it through to round two in Budapest.

Petra Martic came from a set down to beat Tamara Zidansek in the first round of the Istanbul Cup on Monday.

Martic started her clay-court season with a run to the semi-finals in Charleston, but was in danger of bowing out on day one in Turkey.

The sixth seed stormed back to beat the 21-year-old Zidansek, though, winning 3-6 6-1 6-3 to set up a second-round encounter with Ana Bogdan or Kirsten Flipkens.

Martic had a first-serve percentage of only 57, but broke twice in both the second and final sets to advance.

Rebecca Peterson also had to go the distance to avoid an early exit, beating Pemra Ozgen 6-1 2-6 6-0, but fellow Swede Johanna Larsson went down 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 to Margarita Gasparyan.

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic put their doubles differences aside to send France through to the Fed Cup final, with world number two Simona Halep unable to inspire Romania to victory in the deciding match.

A fifth rubber was needed for the semi-final after both nations won one singles matches each on Sunday, and Halep stepped up to play her first Fed Cup doubles match in two years due to an injury to Irina-Camelia Begu.

Halep and her partner Monica Niculescu won the first set but Garcia and Mladenovic, doubles winners at the 2016 French Open before an acrimonious split, fought back to seal a 5-7 6-3 7 6-4 success in their first match together in two and a half years.

France, into their sixth final and seeking their first Fed Cup title since 2003, will now travel to Australia after they also won 3-2, against Belarus, earlier on Sunday.

Halep, who had beaten Mladenovic in straight sets in the first singles rubber on Saturday, restored Romania's lead in the tie when she prevailed against Garcia 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-4 in Sunday's first match.

Yet a decider was needed when Pauline Parmentier won for the first time in five Fed Cup matches, emerging victorious 6-3 2-6 6-2 against Begu, who injured her right ankle and was unable to take part in the doubles.

That meant Halep was forced into action against the French duo, who have a frosty relationship following a row three years ago when Mladenovic accused Garcia of lacking "courage or human values" over the manner of their split.

Yet the two reprised their doubles partnership on Sunday and Halep's double-fault when her opponents had break point at 4-4 in the decider proved costly as Garcia served out to clinch the match before embracing Mladenovic.

Fabio Fognini battled through injury issues to beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in Monte Carlo as the man who eliminated Rafael Nadal clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

The Italian inflicted a rare clay-court defeat on 11-time champion Nadal in the semi-finals, having also beaten world number three Alexander Zverev earlier in the week, and he was confirmed as the Monte Carlo Masters champion on Sunday courtesy of a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 triumph.

Fognini recovered from going a break down early in the first set, reeling off four games in a row to take the opener in 45 minutes.

The 31-year-old opened up a two-game advantage midway through the next set and, though he required lengthy treatment on both his ankle and hamstring, he sealed the victory to become the first Italian to win the tournament since 1968.

It did not start well for Fognini, who displayed unnecessary power when firing a forehand long to hand Lajovic an early break and a 2-1 lead.

Fognini initially squandered a chance to hit straight back – testing his hamstrings when doing the splits as he failed to return – but a forehand volley winner made it 2-2 and he broke again when Lajovic sent a simple forehand into the net.

Lajovic had a break point when Fognini served for the set but the Italian held firm and drilled a brilliant backhand down the line for his 12th winner to wrap up the opener.

Neither man could hold in their first service game of the second set and it looked like Fognini's afternoon had taken a turn for the worse when he aggravated a hamstring problem in bringing up break point at 2-2.

That was converted when Lajovic whipped a makeable forehand wide and Fognini used the change of ends to get strapping on his ankle and right hamstring.

While his mobility was restricted, Fognini was still on top, winning the first point back with a delicious sliced backhand and then benefitting from a stroke of fortune when Lajovic inexplicably crashed an overhead smash into the net.

And Fognini got over the line to record the biggest tournament win of his career, with his success in Monte Carlo ensuring he will be a career-best 12th in the world rankings on Monday.

Australia advanced to a home Fed Cup final against France or Romania after seeing off Belarus in the fifth and deciding doubles rubber.

Wins for Aryna Sabalenka and Ashleigh Barty left the tie level at 1-1 following Saturday's action, and the singles were shared once again on Sunday as the Pat Rafter Arena was treated to a clash that went the distance.

Barty chalked up her second success, downing Sabalenka 6-2 6-2, but two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was even more emphatic in swatting aside Samantha Stosur 6-1 6-1 to keep her nation's hopes alive.

Belarus' sole final appearance ended in defeat to the United States in 2017 but there will be no swift return to that stage as Stosur and Barty prevailed 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the doubles to send seven-time winners Australia to their first final in 26 years.

Barty and Stosur were twice pegged back having broken in the first but forged ahead once more at 6-5 and Barty wrapped up the set with an emphatic overhead smash.

Belarus claimed the solitary break of the second and pulled level thanks to Azarenka's clinical volley at the net, but Stosur did likewise to get Australia ahead at 3-1 in the decider and victory was sealed courtesy of a second break as the partisan crowed revelled in the prospect of a home final in November.

Rafael Nadal described his performance against Fabio Fognini as one of his worst on clay in 14 years after a surprise semi-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Spaniard suffered his first defeat at the tournament since 2015 as he was beaten in straight sets by an inspired Fognini, who will face Dusan Lajovic for the title on Sunday.

Nadal had led 3-1 early in the first set but then lost 11 of the next 14 games, Italian Fognini producing some inspired tennis to stun the 11-time champion after one hour and 36 minutes on court.

The result ended the second seed's 18-match winning streak in Monte Carlo - he had not even dropped a set there since his clash with Kyle Edmund in the second round two years ago.

After a rare setback on clay, an honest Nadal praised Fognini while admitting "everything" had gone wrong for him.

"The vision was clear, but I played a very bad match against a good player, so in that situation, you have to lose," he told the media

"That's what I did this afternoon. It was a tough day and he was a difficult opponent.

"It was this kind of day that everything went wrong. I probably played one of the worst matches on clay in 14 years. Today I deserved to lose because I played against a player that was better than me."

Nadal was returning to action on the ATP Tour in Monte Carlo after having to withdraw from his semi-final against Roger Federer in Indian Wells midway through March due to a knee issue.

While disappointed to lose to Fognini, the left-hander acknowledged injury problems take a toll, both mentally and physically.

"I am coming from low moments in terms of injuries, and in terms of the mental side it has not been easy to accept all the things that have been going on," he added.

"The problem is that sometimes we are used to being very, very solid all the time, and even coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning, and things are not that easy.

"It is more difficult to hold the same level every single day when you don't have confidence in tournaments in a row or matches in a row. And that's what I needed."

Simona Halep was in fine form for Romania as she beat Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets, but France fought back to draw level at 1-1 in the Fed Cup semi-finals.

France captain Julien Benneteau predicted Halep might be the decisive factor in the meeting between the number four and five teams in the Fed Cup Rankings, and that proved to be the case in the opening match on Saturday as the world number two cruised to a 6-3 6-1 victory.

It took Halep one hour and 40 minutes to dispatch Mladenovic – who this week added Naomi Osaka's former coach Sascha Bajin to her team – in the first rubber, although Romania's lead was cut when Caroline Garcia overcame Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-3.

Aiming to propel Romania into their first Fed Cup final, Halep dropped just four games and broke Mladenovic five times at Kindarena.

Mladenovic did well to offer some resistance late in the opening set before breaking Halep's serve at the start of the second, but the 2018 French Open winner swiftly regained control to ease to victory.

Fortunately for two-time champions France, world number 21 Garcia restored parity, winning five break points over the course one hour and 26 minutes against with Buzarnescu, leaving the tie finely balanced heading into Sunday.

Garcia and Halep get things started, before Mladenovic takes on Buzarnescu in the final singles rubber.

Fabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal's 18-match unbeaten run at the Monte Carlo Masters with a sensational 6-4 6-2 win in their semi-final on Saturday.

Fognini had lost the previous six meetings with the second seed but caused an astonishing upset, in the process ending Nadal's seemingly inevitable march towards a 12th title in the event.

The result - achieved after one hour and 36 minutes on court - sees the Italian through to his first ATP Masters 1000 final, where he will take on Dusan Lajovic.

Nadal had not lost in Monte Carlo since 2015 but there had been worrying signs for the Spaniard in his victory over Guido Pella on Friday, as he had to rally from 4-1 down before crucially breaking serve when trailing 6-5 in the first set.

However, this time he was unable to find a way to avoid dropping a set for the first time in Monte Carlo since his second-round clash with Kyle Edmund two years ago.

Fognini recorded a break in the opening game of the contest and while Nadal immediately hit back, the former forged into a 5-4 lead to earn a chance to serve out the set.

He seized the opportunity, albeit only after a fortunate flick off the net put him 40-30 up, as a confident volley plunged Nadal into unfamiliar territory.

Few, though, would have expected the second-set procession that followed. 

Fognini reeled off five successive games in a hurry, though his charge stalled with the finishing line in sight, three match-point opportunities going begging as a break kept Nadal alive.

The left-hander held in the next game to put the pressure back on his rival, but Fognini delivered on serve at the second attempt, becoming just the fourth player to beat the 'King of Clay' in the principality.

Dusan Lajovic reeled off 10 games in a row to come from behind and retain his flawless record at this year's Monte Carlo Masters with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.

Medvedev claimed the biggest win of his career by defeating world number one Novak Djokovic in the last eight but crumbled against another Serbian on Saturday as Lajovic rallied from 5-1 down in the opener to make it 10 sets in succession.

By reaching his first ATP Tour final, where he will face 11-time champion Rafael Nadal or Fabio Fognini, unseeded 28-year-old Lajovic guaranteed he will crack the top 25 of the rankings for the first time.

Medvedev looked to be cruising as he moved to within one game of the opening set with a second break of serve, but Lajovic managed to stage a phenomenal comeback.

There was no let up from the Serbian in the second set and Medvedev only held at the third time of asking.

The Russian never looked like replicating his opponent's feat and forcing a decider, though, with a wayward backhand ensuring Lajovic's sensational run will continue through to the showpiece.

Ashleigh Barty overcame Victoria Azarenka in straight sets to leave the Fed Cup semi-final between Australia and Belarus tantalisingly poised at 1-1.

World number nine Barty needed an hour and 41 minutes to see off two-time major champion Azarenka 7-6 (7-2) 6-3, restoring parity after Aryna Sabalenka outlasted Sam Stosur 7-5 5-7 6-3 in the opening match in Brisbane.

The results set up an exciting start to Sunday's action, which begins with Barty - who has won her last 12 Fed Cup rubbers - and Sabalenka battling it out on Pat Rafter Arena.

Barty twice recovered from breaks of serve in the opening set to stay level and produced a spectacular recovery from 0-40 to hold in game 11.

The Australian won seven points in succession to take the tie-break and she claimed three games against serve in the second to inflict a first Fed Cup defeat on her Miami Open doubles partner since 2010.

Sabalenka fired 37 winners past Stosur en route to winning the first rubber, though she passed up four set points before sealing an error-strewn opener.

Stosur struggled on her first serve but secured five breaks in the second set – just one more than Sabalenka – to force a decider, which she sealed with her third match point.

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