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Tennis

  • Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

    Former world no.1 Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open in May, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15-month doping ban expires, tournament organisers said yesterday. The five-time grand slam winner has been given...

  • Holders Argentina ousted by Italy in Buenos Aires

    Holders Argentina ousted  by Italy in Buenos Aires

    Argentina’s reign as Davis Cup champions is over after less than three months following a dramatic 3-2 defeat by Italy in Buenos Aires yesterday. Guido Pella led Fabio Fognini by two sets to love in a deciding rubber held over to yesterday because...

  • Australia, France progress to Davis Cup quarters

    Australia and France moved into the Davis Cup quarter-finals yesterday when their doubles teams got the victories that gave them unassailable 3-0 leads over the Czech Republic and Japan respectively. In Tokyo, French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and...

  • Djokovic the exception as he clocks in for Serbia duty

    Djokovic the exception as he clocks in for Serbia duty

    Novak Djokovic will be a notable exception this week after clocking on for Davis Cup duty for Serbia when a host of other big names are resting up after their Australian Open exertions. World number two Djokovic is the only member of the top 10 in...

  • Kyrgios hopes team spirit can help him overcome loss to Seppi

    Kyrgios hopes team spirit can help him overcome loss to Seppi

    Nick Kyrgios struggled to deal with the furore over his shock second round meltdown at the Australian Open but said the return to a team environment with Davis Cup had helped him through it. The local hope was jeered off the court by sections of...

  • Federer says his style made him believe he could win 18th slam

    Federer says his style made him believe he could win 18th slam

    In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought – he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. He was right. Federer, who...

  • Serena to play fewer tournaments in future to aid grand slam quest

    Serena to play fewer tournaments in future to aid grand slam quest

    Serena Williams plans to play fewer tournaments in the future to aid her quest to win more grand slam titles, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The 35-year-old American won her 23rd grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open,...

  • Deja vu slam to climax with Roger-Rafa show

    Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal take to Rod Laver Arena to reprise one of the great sporting rivalries of the modern age today, a fitting climax to an Australian Open which has sent tennis back to the future. Federer and Nadal will meet in a grand...

  • Serena Williams beats sister to become most successful tennis player

    Serena Williams beats sister to become most successful tennis player

    Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4 6-4 in the Australian Open final to win her 23rd grand slam singles title and become the most successful tennis player in the open era. The 35-year-old American's victory gave her a seventh Melbourne Park...

  • Nadal edges Dimitrov to set up dream final against Federer

    Nadal edges Dimitrov to set up dream final against Federer

    Rafa Nadal fended off Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 in a marathon semi-final to set up a dream Australian Open decider against great rival Roger Federer. Nadal was under siege from the dogged Bulgarian for much of the nerve-shredding...

  • Nadal rolls over Raonic

    Nadal rolls over Raonic

    Rafa Nadal continued his brilliant revival at the Australian Open to topple Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 6-4 yesterday and reach his first grand slam semi-final in three years. The ninth-seeded Spaniard joined Roger Federer in the last four, keeping alive...

  • Federer beats Zverev to reach semi-finals

    Federer beats Zverev to reach semi-finals

    Roger Federer did what Andy Murray could not and beat Mischa Zverev to reach his 41st grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Zverev has turned back the clock with his serve and volley tactics in Melbourne but the biggest throwback may be...

  • Venus marches on to reach the last four

    Venus Williams continued her astonishing late-career revival by felling Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6 yesterday to reach her first Australian Open semi-final in 14 years and become the oldest woman to reach the last four at Melbourne Park in...

  • Nadal survives Monfils fightback

    Nadal survives  Monfils fightback

    Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash yesterday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. Former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015...

  • Serena grinds down dogged Strycova to reach quarter-finals

    Serena Williams battled a misbehaving serve and scorching heat but stayed cool under pressure in a 7-5 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Strycova to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. Second seed Williams was broken three times in the...

  • Murray downed by Zverev

    Murray downed by Zverev

    Andy Murray’s hopes of finally getting his hands on the Australian Open title were ended for another year when the top seed and world number one was tied up in knots and flung out of the fourth round by Mischa Zverev yesterday. With reigning...

  • Women’s top seed Kerber knocked out

    Women’s top seed Kerber knocked out

    Top seed and reigning champion Angelique Kerber was bundled out of the fourth round of the Australian Open by big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe yesterday, losing 6-2 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. The German world number one’s exit followed that of...

  • Nadal holds off rising talent Zverev to reach last 16

    Nadal holds off rising talent Zverev to reach last 16

    Rafa Nadal held off a fierce challenge from one of the hottest prospects in the game when he outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open yesterday. The Spaniard, champion here in...

  • Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    With Novak Djokovic’s reign broken, Andy Murray boosted his claim to the Melbourne Park throne with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open yesterday. Top seed Murray, beaten in...

  • Djokovic’s record title bid ends in second round

    Djokovic’s record title bid ends in second round

    Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record seventh Australian Open title came to a stunning end yesterday when the Serbian packed his bags and headed home in the wake of a second-round upset at the hands of world number 117 Denis Istomin. The 29-year-old...

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