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  • Nishikori powers to victory over Murray at Tour Finals

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori made a stunning start to what will surely be the first of many appearances at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over home favourite Andy Murray yesterday. The opening group match of the elite season-ender began...

  • Old guard primed for new generation in ATP finale

    Old guard primed for new generation in ATP finale

    A season that produced the biggest shake-up in men’s tennis for more than a decade draws to a close this week with three ATP World Tour Finals debutants striving to sign off breakthrough years with a large exclamation mark. US Open champion Marin...

  • Djokovic to face Cilic

    Three-times champion and world number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with US Open champion Marin Cilic in next week’s season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. Defending champion Djokovic, who retained his Paris Masters title on...

  • Djokovic close to finishing year as number one with Paris title

    Novak Djokovic boosted his chances of finishing the season as world number one when he became the first player to retain his Paris Masters title with a 6-2 6-3 win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the final yesterday. The top seeded Serb,...

  • Djokovic stays on course to retain Paris title

    World no.1 Novak Djokovic took a further step towards becoming the first player to retain his Paris Masters title when he saw off Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-3 yesterday to set up a final with Milos Raonic. Raonic earlier qualified for today’s...

  • Federer’s no.1 hopes take a hit in Paris defeat

    Roger Federer’s hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP world rankings before the end of the year took a hit when he lost to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals yesterday. The Swiss second seed was...

  • Murray qualifies for Tour Finals with Dimitrov win

    Briton Andy Murray continued his recent resurgence when he qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-3 6-3 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov yesterday. After dropping outside the...

  • Chardy makes Federer fight for 3rd round berth

    Roger Federer kept up his hopes of finishing the year as world number one when he downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 6-7 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters yesterday. The world number two, who has a chance of leapfrogging Novak Djokovic...

  • Battling victory boosts Murray

    Battling victory boosts Murray

    Andy Murray claimed his Valencia Open title triumph stands him in good stead for upcoming challenges after he fended off five match points to beat Tommy Robredo in the final late Sunday. In a match which swung first one way and then the other, the...

  • Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep

    Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep

    Serena Williams destroyed Romania’s Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 yesterday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women’s tennis. Williams avenged her “embarrassing” loss to Halep...

  • Williams and Halep advance to the final

    Williams and Halep advance to the final

    Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 yesterday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The...

  • WTA chief considers new women’s team event

    The WTA, the governing body for women’s tennis, is considering a plan to set up its own team event. Women already compete in the Fed Cup, which is run by the ITF but the WTA is looking at starting up its own tournament. WTA chief executive Stacey...

  • Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals

    Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals

    Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match yesterday. Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight...

  • Nadal to miss ATP World Tour Finals

    Rafa Nadal will miss the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month after the ailing Spaniard called time on his season yesterday. The former world number one has been treating appendicitis with antibiotics and has decided to bring...

  • Serena Williams on verge of year-end no.1 ranking

    Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time yesterday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was...

  • World no.1 Williams walloped by Halep

    World no.1 Williams walloped by Halep

    Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world no.1 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals yesterday. As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around...

  • Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova

    Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova

    Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6 6-7 6-2 in their marathon opening group match of the WTA Finals...

  • Williams battles past Ivanovic in Singapore WTA Finals opener

    Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament yesterday. In the second match,...

  • Williams gets kind draw for WTA Finals defence

    World number one Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defence with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players. Williams was pooled in the Red Group on Saturday for...

  • ‘Williams brothers’ jibe leads to ban for Russia tennis boss

    ‘Williams brothers’ jibe leads to ban for Russia tennis boss

    The president of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 and banned from the women’s tour for a year after referring to Serena and Venus Williams (picture) as “the Williams brothers” on a television chat show last...

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