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.