Baseline: May 8 tennis report

Tennis: The coaching carousel turned for both Novak Djokovic and Madison Keys last week, while Marin Cilic was the big winner on the court.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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  • After a poor showing in Monte Carlo, Novak Djokovic fired his entire coaching team just prior to the Mutua Madrid Open. The former world No.1, who has suffered disappointing losses in the past year, is expected to announce a big-name replacement.
  • Juan Martin del Potro withdrew in the second round of the Millenium Estoril Open after receiving news of his grandfather’s death.
  • Madison Keys hired new coach Dieter Kindlmann, former hitting partner for Maria Sharapova. Keys added that she still is working with Lindsay Davenport at major events.
  • WTA officials announced a new partnership with Porsche. The longtime sponsor of women’s pro tennis becomes the title sponsor for the Porsche Race To Singapore.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open

Final: Marin Cilic def. Milos Raonic, 7-6 (3), 6-3

  • Cilic, the No.2 seed, unleashed nine aces and saved seven break points to notch his 18th ATP Tour title. He also managed to win 82 percent of his first serves against Raonic.
  • Raonic, looking more comfortable since a pulled hamstring forced his withdrawal from the Miami Open, reached his second ATP Tour final this year to stay at No.6 in the rankings.

ATP TOUR: BMW Open by FMU

Final: Alexander Zverev def. Guido Pella, 6-4, 6-3

  • The 20-year-old Zverev edged No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals on the way to his third ATP Tour crown in nine months and first in his native Germany.
  • Argentinian qualifier Pella jumped 49 spots in the rankings to No. 109. He reached the final by nudging South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, a second-round winner over top seed Gael Monfils.

ATP TOUR: Millennium Estoril Open

Final: Pablo Carreno Busta def. Gilles Muller, 6-2, 7-6 (5)

  • Carreno Busta, the top seed, did not drop a set in capturing to his third ATP Tour title and a career-best ranking of No. 18.
  • Luxembourg’s reached his second final this year and moved to a career-high No. 26.

WTA TOUR: J&T Banka Prague Open

Final: Mona Bartel def. Kristyna Pliskova, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

  • Illness nearly prompted Bartel to withdraw from the final, but following a mild delay executed well enough to take her fourth WTA Tour title and move to 56th in the latest world rankings.
  • Bartel’s path to the final included an upset of No.3 seed  Barbora Strycova (semifinals) and beating Camilla Gorgi (quarterfinals). Giorgi had knocked out top seed Karolina Pliskova in the first round.
  • No.2 seed Caroline Wozniacki, just points away from returning to the top 10, lost in the second round to nemesis Jelena Ostenpenko.

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: Mutua Madrid Open

  • Site: Madrid
  • Top seed: Andy Murray

WTA TOUR: Mutua Madrid Open

  • Site: Madrid
  • Top seed: Angelique Kerber

 

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