An inspired Dominic Thiem progressed to the final of the Barcelona Open with a thrilling three-set victory over an out-of-sorts Andy Murray. World number one Murray, who had a 2-0 head-to-head record over Thiem prior to the encounter, had to battle to victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Friday, but 24 hours later succumbed to a 6-2 3-6 6-4 defeat. The Scot appeared to have turned the tide after levelling the match and going up an early break in the decider, but Thiem was rewarded for his aggressive and accurate play, and he can now look forward to a final with nine-time champion Rafael Nadal or Horacio Zeballos.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-final in her first event back after a 15-month doping suspension, losing to France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Saturday. Wildcard entrant Sharapova, a five-time grand-slam winner, squandered a 6-3 2-0 lead as Mladenovic clawed her way back into the game to win after two hours and 38 minutes. Sharapova had not lost a set in the previous three matches of her comeback this week.
Ilie Nastase is probably the most hated man in tennis at the moment after his racist comments about Serena Williams' unborn baby and his abuse of the British Fed Cup team members Johanna Konta and Anne Keothavong. Prior to his on-court tirade, the 1973 French Open winner was heard questioning the colour of Williams' baby during the pre-match press conference: "Let's see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?" Nastase said.