Daily Bagel: Italian Open results; Andy Murray says he's a 'feminist'

Tuesday May 12th, 2015

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• WTA Rome results: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova started their tournaments with easy wins. Serena beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 6–3 and Sharapova beat Jarmila Gajdosova 6–2, 3–1, retirement. Other notable WTA results: Timea Bacsinszky defeated Sabine Lisicki 6–4, 6–3, Victoria Azarenka overcame 16 double-faults to beat Lucie Hradecka 7–5, 2–6, 6–1, Elina Svitolina beat Flavia Pennetta 6–4, 6–2 to set up a second round match against Venus Williams and Daria Gavrilova beat Belinda Bencic 6–7, 7–5, 6–2.

• ATP Rome results: The seeds rolled through Tuesday's action, with No. 9 seed Marin Cilic being the only one to drop out after a 6–4, 6–3 loss to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Nicolas Almagro 6–1, 6–7(5), 6–3, Stan Wawrinka beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Kevin Anderson won via retirement over Philipp Kohlschreiber. 

• Bad day for the Aussie men: Nick Kyrgios lost 6–4, 7–6(4) to No. 11 seed Feliciano Lopez and Bernard Tomic lost 7–6(3), 6–7(4) 7–6(4) to Viktor Troicki. 

• In this German interview with Red Bulletin, Andy Murray is asked whether he considers himself a feminist: "If someone who believes everyone should have equal rights is a feminist, then yes, I am a feminist." Most of the interview can be read in English here

• Murray confirmed he will play the Italian Open this week. But will he shave?

• Novak Djokovic won his opening round match in Rome in three sets over Nicolas Almagro and told reporters he's dealing with some pain in his right arm. 

• South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers has reportedly retired and is coaching Alison Riske this week in Rome. 

• No, Rafael Nadal will not be firing his uncle and coach Toni Nadal:

• ​Roger Federer is still searching for his first title in Rome this week. But first, gelato:

• Steve Johnson didn't have enough to beat Fabio Fognini, but the Italian put on a show for his home crowd:

• Here is a collection of ATP Madrid Open Hot Shots:

• And a collection of WTA Madrid Open Hot Shots:

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