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  • MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    The Malta Tennis Federation (MTF) marked its 50th anniversary during the governing body’s Annual General Meeting held at the Excelsior Hotel last week. Four former presidents of the federation and one of its founding members, Oswald Tanti, were...

  • Federer sidelined after undergoing knee surgery

    Roger Federer will be out of action for up to a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus, his agent at TEAM8 Tony Godsick told Reuters yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion suffered the injury...

  • Djokovic ‘very hungry’ for French Open title

    Djokovic ‘very hungry’ for French Open title

    He is the tennis version of the Terminator and he’ll definitely be back at the French Open in May, but for Novak Djokovic his exploits at the claycourt major could decide his place in the pantheon of greats. For the second time in his career,...

  • Djokovic masters Murray in final

    Djokovic masters Murray in final

    Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 yesterday to match Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park. The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod...

  • Kerber eclipses Serena to protect idol Graf’s record

    Kerber eclipses Serena to protect idol Graf’s record

    On a night when Steffi Graf loomed large over Rod Laver Arena, an inspired Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams in a three-set classic to win the Australian Open yesterday and become Germany’s first grand slam champion in 17 years. In the...

  • Major upset as Kerber stuns Williams to win Australian Open title

    Major upset as Kerber stuns Williams to win Australian Open title

    Angelique Kerber upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open and become the first German to win a grand slam title since her childhood idol Steffi Graf in 1999. The 34-year-old American had been seeking her...

  • Murray outlasts Raonic to reach final

    Murray outlasts Raonic to reach final

    Andy Murray went through paro-xysms of frustration but seized another opportunity to break his Australian Open jinx with a four-hour, five-set semi-final victory over Milos Raonic yesterday. Four times the world no.2 has advanced to the final at...

  • Djokovic, Serena hit new heights in Melbourne semis

    Djokovic, Serena hit new heights in Melbourne semis

    Novak Djokovic hit some spectacular shots and showed true grit to hold off a Roger Federer fightback as he reached the final of the Australian Open for the fifth time in six years with a 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory yesterday. For the first two sets,...

  • Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Champion Novak Djokovic foiled a stirring fightback from Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 at the Australian Open and charge into a fifth successive grand slam final. Storming to a two-set lead within an hour, Djokovic appeared...

  • Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    British hearts swelled with pride at Melbourne Park yesterday as Andy Murray battled into the Australian Open semi-finals after compatriot Johanna Konta swept into the last four of the women’s tournament. Murray won a typically attritional slog...

  • Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams faced what were supposed to be their biggest challenges to date at this year’s Australian Open yesterday but both rattled off comfortable victories to march into the semi-finals. Australia Day fireworks were...

  • Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of men’s tennis by flooring former champion Stan Wawrinka yesterday before China’s Zhang Shuai became the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in more than 20 years. Second...

  • Djokovic survives scare as Williams rocks on

    Djokovic survives scare as Williams rocks on

    Novak Djokovic’s grip on the Australian Open title looked shaky for a short spell yesterday but the world number one finally shook off Gilles Simon in a four-and-a-half hour marathon to take his place in the quarter-finals. Serena Williams, by...

  • Father-in-law collapse sours Murray’s day, Muguruza out

    Father-in-law collapse sours Murray’s day, Muguruza out

    The Australian Open tennis championships were rocked late yesterday when Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears collapsed during a match at Rod Laver Arena, overshadowing the world number two’s advance to the fourth round. Sears, the coach of...

  • Djokovic, Serena lead old guard through

    Djokovic, Serena lead old guard through

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams reached the fourth round of the Australian Open without having lost a set between them yesterday as the grand slam establishment held firm on day five of the championships. Tougher challenges will undoubtedly...

  • Hewitt bows out for good

    Hewitt bows out for good

    Lleyton Hewitt bade an emotional farewell under the Australian Open floodlights yesterday as David Ferrer snuffed out any chance of fairytale final flourish from the local hero. After world number two Andy Murray had trampled on home sensibilities...

  • ‘British players rejected match-fixing approach’

    Leading coach Dave Sammel has revealed two of his British players were approached to throw matches. Richard Gabb and Scott Clayton were confronted at a tournament in Turkey two years ago by Russian player Andrey Kumantsov. The pair rejected the...

  • Top seeds make progress

    Top seeds make progress

    World number one Novak Djokovic swept regally into the third round of the Australian Open yesterday before being forced to deny any involvement in the tennis match-fixing scandal that has dogged the first three days of the grand slam. The Serbian...

  • Nadal, Halep out on day of shocks in Melbourne

    Nadal, Halep out on day of shocks in Melbourne

    The more familiar shock of falling seeds added to the ructions caused by allegations of tennis corruption as former champion Rafa Nadal and highly-fancied Simona Halep both departed in the first round of the Australian Open yesterday. Nadal...

  • Education is the key to preventing match-fixing says Murray

    Young tennis players need to be educated about the implications of match-fixing and the sport needs to be more pro-active in talking about the issue, world number two Andy Murray said yesterday. The start of the Australian Open has been...

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