Djokovic wins

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic sur­vived 38 un­forced er­rors to beat To­mas Berdych, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, in the fi­nal of the Monte Carlo Masters, the year’s first big clay-court tour­na­ment. The Serb’s sec­ond ti­tle in Monaco, where he lives with his wife and son, was his 11th straight victory in a fi­nal and made him the first player in ten­nis his­tory to win the first three Masters tour­na­ments of the year, af­ter com­plet­ing the In­dian Wells-Miami sweep.

Serena Wil­liams beat Sara Er­rani, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, but the U.S. lost to Italy, 3-2, in a Fed Cup World Group play­off on a clay court at Brin­disi, Italy. Wil­liams won both her sin­gles matches, but she and Alison Riske lost to Er­rani and Flavia Pen­netta in dou­bles. . . . Five-time Grand Slam cham­pion Martina Hingis, play­ing com­pet­i­tive sin­gles for the first time since 2007, lost both her matches in a Fed Cup play­off, to Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska and her sis­ter Urszula, but the Swiss team pulled out a 3-2 win at Poland. . . . De­fend­ing cham­pion Czech Repub­lic reached its fourth Fed Cup fi­nal in five years with a 3-1 win over vis­it­ing France. Rus­sia de­feated Ger­many, 3-2, in the other semi­fi­nal at Sochi, Rus­sia. . . . Teliana Pereira be­came the first Brazil­ian to win on the WTA tour in 27 years, de­feat­ing Yaroslava Shve­dova of Kaza­khstan, 7-6 (2), 6-1, in the fi­nal at Bogota, Colom­bia.

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