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  • New crop threatens ‘Big Four’ hegemony, says Djokovic

    With a crop of talented young players such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic knocking on the door of the exclusive men’s grand slam club, the “Big Four” hegemony over the game’s top tournaments may be coming to a close, said Novak Djokovic. World...

  • Nadal back in training

    Nadal back in training

    Rafael Nadal is optimistic about his chances of being ready for next month’s Australian Open after returning to training this week following surgery. The 28-year-old Spaniard admits, however, that he will start the 2015 season “from almost zero”,...

  • Federer throws weight behind ‘fast’ format

    Roger Federer will help launch an Australian-developed fast format of tennis when he plays an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January, Tennis Australia said yesterday. The format features four rule variations from the...

  • Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion shook off back problems during the weekend...

  • Switzerland on the brink of glory after doubles win

    Switzerland on the brink of glory after doubles win

    Switzerland made a big step towards a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Waw-rinka’s 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau...

  • Monfils beats Federer as France draw level in final

    Monfils beats Federer as France draw level in final

    Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 yesterday. After Stan Wawrinka had given the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2,...

  • Federer set to face France

    Federer set to face France

    Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France’s Gael Monfils today. The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give the Swiss a...

  • Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal is confident he will be able to return to full fitness for the 2015 Australian Open. The 28-year-old Spaniard is recovering from surgery to remove his appendix, which saw him miss the season-ending ATP World...

  • Show of unity from Swiss aces

    Show of unity from Swiss aces

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka appeared to have put any recent differences behind them after the world number two posted a picture on Twitter of the Davis Cup team-mates looking all smiles. Reports emerged on Monday that the pair had an argument...

  • Swiss dreams clouded by injury, row reports

    Swiss dreams clouded by injury, row reports

    Switzerland’s potential Davis Cup fairytale this weekend has become clouded by uncertainty over the fitness of Roger Federer and suggestions of strained relations between the all-time great and his teammate Stanislas Wawrinka. The country is on...

  • Djokovic wins as Federer pulls out

    Djokovic wins as Federer pulls out

    Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive ATP World Tour Finals title on a walkover after Roger Federer pulled out ahead of the match, yesterday. The world number two fought for almost three hours to defeat countryman Stan Wawrinka in the...

  • Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback

    Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback

    Novak Djokovic survived his first test of the ATP World Tour Finals from Kei Nishikori to move to within one victory of a third straight title. No one has achieved the feat since Ivan Lendl between 1985 and 1987, and Djokovic has not lost a match...

  • In-form Djokovic beats Berdych, seals no.1 spot

    In-form Djokovic beats Berdych, seals no.1 spot

    Novak Djokovic added another processional victory to the lengthening list at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of subdued Czech Tomas Berdych yesterday. The Serb was virtually guaranteed a semi-final berth before walking on court...

  • Federer crushes Murray’s hopes

    Federer crushes Murray’s hopes

    Andy Murray’s troubled season ended in humiliation against Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals last night. The Scot went into the clash with hopes of the straight-sets win that would have booked his spot in the semi-finals but walked off...

  • No miracle cure says defiant Berdych

    No miracle cure says defiant Berdych

    Knock him down and one thing is certain about Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals – he will bounce right up again. The 29-year-old Czech has qualified for the year-ending showpiece beside the River Thames five years in succession and each...

  • Old master Federer tames Nishikori at ATP Tour Finals

    Old master Federer tames Nishikori at ATP Tour Finals

    Roger Federer produced another masterly display to beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 and move a step closer to the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday. The six-times former champion was at his imperious best to subdue the...

  • France name Davis Cup final team to face Switzerland

    France will send Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau to take on Switzerland in the Davis Cup final this month as Les Bleus seek their first triumph in the competition since 2001. The Nov. 21-23 event, in which...

  • Asciak makes it 10 in a row

    Asciak makes it 10 in a row

    Matthew Asciak and Rosanne Dimech have won the men’s and ladies’ titles respectively at the Malta Open Tennis Championships, held at the Marsa Sports Club and sanctioned by the Malta Tennis Federation (MTF). Following in his father Gordon Asciak’s...

  • Wawrinka thrashes Berdych to launch bid

    Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka returned to form with a 58-minute 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday. The world number four has been stuck in a rut since losing in the US Open quarter-finals,...

  • Kvitova seals Fed Cup for Czechs in thrilling match

    Kvitova seals Fed Cup for Czechs in thrilling match

    World number four Petra Kvitova sealed the Fed Cup title for the Czech Republic with a thrilling win over Germany’s Angelique Kerber, giving her country its third success in the premier team tournament in wo-men’s tennis in the last four...

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