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  • Berdych boosts London hopes

    Berdych boosts London hopes

    World number two Rafa Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojo-wczyk yesterday. The Spaniard, returning from a wrist injury, won 85 per cent of...

  • Djokovic maintains his record, Wozniacki exits

    Djokovic maintains his record, Wozniacki exits

    Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect China Open record but Caroline Woz-niacki’s hopes of qualifying for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore took a hit after she crashed out yesterday. World number one Djokovic needed 85...

  • Nadal back to form

    Nadal back to form

    Rafael Nadal enjoyed an emphatic return to singles action as he powered past Richard Gasquet at the China Open yesterday, while world number one Novak Djokovic overcame a sluggish start to continue his perfect run in Beijing. Spanish world number...

  • Mark Gatt wins doubles competition in Woking

    Mark Gatt wins doubles competition in Woking

    Earlier this month, Mark Gatt travelled to the UK to participate in the Woking Seniors Tennis Championships. In the singles quarter-finals, Gatt beat Richard Freeman, of Great Britain, 6-2 6-4. The Maltese player met another British player,...

  • Serena and Cilic advance in China, Nadal loses on return

    Serena and Cilic advance in China, Nadal loses on return

    US Open champions Marin Cilic and Serena Williams kicked off their China Open campaigns with straight sets victories against battling underdogs yesterday, but Rafael Nadal suffered defeat in a rare doubles outing on his return from...

  • Murray saves five match points to win Shenzhen title

    Murray saves five match points to win Shenzhen title

    An emotional Andy Murray thanked his lucky stars after saving five match points before beating Spain’s Tommy Robredo 5-7 7-6(9) 6-1 to win the Shenzhen Open in China yesterday – his first title since winning Wimbledon last year. The two-time grand...

  • Nadal puzzled as Spain pick female Davis Cup captain

    Toni Nadal has given a lukewarm response to the decision by the Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) to appoint former women’s Tour player Gala Leon as Spain’s new Davis Cup captain. The RFET handed the 40-year-old Leon responsibility for the...

  • Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

    Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup yesterday by naming Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard. Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a...

  • Injury ends Azarenka’s season

    Victoria Azarenka will miss rest of the tennis season as she tries to make a full recovery from injuries that plagued her year, the former world number one said yesterday. The two-time grand slam champion withdrew from last week’s Wuhan Open in...

  • Tearful Li Na says has no regrets over retirement

    A teary-eyed Li Na said yesterday she has no regrets about her retirement and the Chinese trailblazer was confident her country will produce more grand slam winners in future. In a letter posted on her Facebook page, the 32-year-old Li, Asia’s...

  • China’s Li Na retires

    China’s Li Na retires

    China’s Li Na, Asia’s only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis yesterday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees. “It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as...

  • Li Na to announce retirement – reports

    China’s two-time grand slam winner Li Na is set to announce her retirement, according to widespread reports in her home country. State broadcaster CCTV claims world number six Li, who won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open singles...

  • France to face Germany in Davis Cup first round

    Top seeds France were drawn away to Germany yesterday in the opening round of the 2015 Davis Cup World Group. France, who comfortably beat champions the Czech Republic to set up a clash against Switzerland in this year’s final, will play Germany...

  • Davis Cup to remain annual event, says ITF chief

    The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it over-burdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s governing body said yesterday. Roger Federer was roared on by a capacity...

  • Cilic leads Croatia to playoff win, Spain out

    Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil. Less than a week after winning the US Open, Cilic snatched the...

  • Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva yesterday. Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled world...

  • France reach the final but Switzerland made to wait

    France reach the final but Switzerland made to wait

    Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fired France into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 when they gave the hosts a 3-0 lead against holders Czech Republic yesterday. After dropping the first set the French duo beat Tomas Berdych...

  • Captain’s choice pays off as France lead Czech 2-0

    Captain’s choice pays off  as France lead Czech 2-0

    Richard Gasquet justified France captain Arnaud Clement’s faith with a crushing defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych as the hosts made a flying start in their bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 yesterday. Roger Federer...

  • Dovizioso tops practice in San Marino MotoGP

    Andrea Dovizioso splashed his way to the top of the timesheet at the end of two wet practice sessions ahead of the San Marino MotoGP, yesterday. The first session was riddled with crashes as heavy overnight rain, followed by drizzle in the...

  • Czechs chase third straight final at Roland Garros

    Czechs chase third straight final at Roland Garros

    A noisy crowd, big stage and Roland Garros atmosphere could play an important part in France’s Davis Cup semi-final against record-chasing champions Czech Republic, according to old hands Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Radek Stepanek. Tsonga, who leads a...

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