Baseline: Feb. 13 tennis report

Tennis: Rafa Nadal drops his uncle, Serena Williams is picked up by Sports Illustrated and the United States overcomes an anthem flub to rout Germany in the Fed Cup.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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  • Davis Cup umpire Arnaud Gabas needed surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone in his left eye incurred when Canada’s teenage star Denis Shapovalov inadvertently hit him while swatting a ball in disgust during his fifth rubber against Great Britain. Shapovalov was defaulted and fined $7,000.
  • After 12 years, Rafa Nadal no longer will travel with uncle Toni Nadal after dismissing him as coach. Nadal hired Carlos Moya as a coach earlier this year.
  • Serena Williams will grace one of three selected covers of the 2017 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Open Sud de France

Final: Alexander Zverev def. Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (4), 6-3

  • The 19-year-old German won his second ATP title, using his 6-foot-6 frame to overpower the defending champion and will move to No.18 in the world rankings.
  • Zverev also teamed with his brother Misha to notch their first ATP doubles title together by beating Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor¬†6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-7.

ATP TOUR: Garanti Koza Sofia Open

Final: Grigio Dimitrov def. David Goffin, 7-5, 6-4

  • For the first time since his junior days, hometown hero Grigor Dimitrov won his second ATP crown of the year. The title improved his 2017 match record to 14-1 and world ranking to No.12.
  • Top seed Dominique Thiem lost in his opening match to Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-4, 6-4.

FED CUP

United States 4, Germany 0

  • Match officials in Hawaii got the German anthem wrong – playing an outdated Nazi-era version at opening ceremonies – but Alison Riske and CoCo Vandeweghe got enough right to score three singles victories to move the Americans into the semifinals.
  • Germany’s Julia Goerges injured her left knee after slipping on a line on a rain-dampened court and retired to Vandeweghe trailing 6-4, 3-1.
  • Vandeweghe required constant medical treatment for heat exhaustion in her match against Andrea Petkovic, stopping the match trailing 5-7, 2-4 to lie down on the court with feet propped up in a chair and ice packs applied to her legs and neck. She recovered her nerve and serve to win the next 10 games.

Czech Republic 3, Spain 2

  • Karolina Pliskova won a surprisingly easy battle of the big hitters over Spain’s No. 1 Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-2, with superior serving and savvy shot selection.
  • Once again, a crafty Barbora Strycova sealed the 3-2 victory and the Czechs’ semifinal birth against the USA by outplaying Lara Arruaberrena 6-4, 6-4.

Switzerland 4, France 1

  • No. 15 ranked Timea Bacsinszky played her best tennis since falling out of the Top 10, notching two singles wins that included a marathon victory over France’s formidable Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5.
  • French captain Yannick Noah substituted Pauline Parmentier for Alize Cornet in the fourth tie. But Belinda Bencic, who also has fallen in the ranks from No. 8 to No. 81, played her most inspired tennis this year to outmaneuver her 31-year-old French foe 6-4, 6-4 and punch the Swiss semifinal ticket.
  • Former ATP star Heinz Gundhardt captained the Swiss team and 36-year-old Martina Hingis partnered with Bacsinszky to win the doubles over France’s Amandine Hesse (a substitute for an injured Caroline Garcia) and Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4.

Belarus 4, Netherlands 1

  • With top star Vika Azarenka on maternity leave, both 18-year-old Aryna Sabelenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich trounced 28th-ranked Kiki Bertens to secure Belarus’ place in the semifinals vs. Switzerland.

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: ABN AMRO Tennis Tournament

  • Site: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Defending champion: Martin Klizan

ATP TOUR: Argentina Open

  • Site: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Top seed: Kei Nishikori

ATP TOUR: Memphis Open

  • Site: Memphis, Tenn.
  • Top seed: Ivo Karlovic

WTA TOUR: Qatar Total Open

  • Site: Doha, Qatar
  • Top seed: Angelique Kerber
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