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  • Murray stuns clay king Nadal to extend positive run

    Murray stuns clay king Nadal to extend positive run

    Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay when he pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone home favourite Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final yesterday. Aggressive second seed Murray, following up Monday’s triumph on the red dust...

  • Kvitova downs Kuznetsova for second Madrid title

    Kvitova downs Kuznetsova for second Madrid title

    Petra Kvitova swept to a second Madrid Open title and put her recent struggles behind her when she thumped an ailing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2 in a hopelessly one-sided final yesterday. Champion on the clay at the premier event in 2011, the...

  • Serena’s long unbeaten run ended

    World number one Serena Williams’s 27-match unbeaten run ended with a 6-2 6-3 defeat by Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open semi-finals yesterday. Czech Kvitova will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final after she surprisingly knocked out defending...

  • Murray snaps jinx with first title in Munich

    Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career yesterday with a 7-6 5-7 7-6 win over twice champion Philipp Kohl-schreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final. The 27-year-old Briton kept his cool in the final that was suspended...

  • Asciak makes it a double asGenovese beats Russian girl

    Asciak makes it a double asGenovese beats Russian girl

    After an absence of three years, the Marsa Open was held recently thanks to MSV Life who signed an agreement to sponsor the tournament for three years. Matthew Asciak and Elaine Genovese dominated the singles events. Asciak, 24, overcame Ben...

  • Wimbledon tournament prize money up again

    Wimbledon tournament prize money up again

    The acceleration in the size of the overall prize money pot at Wimbledon is slowing but the grasscourt championship remains the richest of the four grand slams. All England Club officials yesterday announced a seven per cent overall rise, compared...

  • Murray pleased with choice of Queen’s as QF venue

    World number three Andy Murray has welcomed the choice of the Queen’s Club grass courts to host Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France from July 17-19. Britain, who were beaten in the last eight by Italy last year, will take on Australia...

  • Djokovic makes it a treble

    Djokovic makes it a treble

    World number one Novak Djokovic became the first player to win the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events when he defeated Tomas Berdych 7-5 4-6 6-3 at Monte Carlo yesterday. Djokovic had overpowered eight-time champion Rafael Nadal to...

  • Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in semi-finals

    Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in semi-finals

    World number one Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over eight-times champion Rafa Nadal yesterday. Serbian Djokovic, who ended Nadal’s reign on the...

  • Djokovic and Nadal to renew rivalry

    A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafael Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer yesterday. World number one Djokovic won the...

  • Marsa Open tournament

    MSV LIFE are sponsoring this year’s Marsa Open tournament, an event sanctioned by the Malta Tennis Federation and organised by the Tennis Section at the Marsa Sports Club. Top Maltese players Matthew Asciak and Elaine Genovese will be taking...

  • Swiss miss as Federer and Wawrinka lose

    Swiss miss as Federer and Wawrinka lose

    Former world number one Roger Federer was beaten 6-4 7-6(5) by local favourite Gael Monfils in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on a bad day for the Swiss which also saw Stanislas Wawrinka exit yesterday. Defending champion Wawrinka put...

  • Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away

    Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away

    The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet. Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group...

  • French Open prize money up, but still lagging behind

    Prize-money at this year’s French Open will rise by 12 per cent, with the lion’s share of the increase for early-round losers, but the singles champions will still receive less than at the three other grand slams. The French tennis federation said...

  • Stakes high for Nadal as he heads for Monaco

    Stakes high for Nadal as he heads for Monaco

    Rafael Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca last week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open. The Spaniard will enjoy...

  • Gatt claims bronze in Antalya doubles

    Gatt claims bronze in Antalya doubles

    Last week, Mark Gatt participated in the World Individual Young Seniors Championships in Antalya, Turkey. This is the highest ranked event on the ITF Seniors circuit, attracting 266 players from 48 different countries in the 35s, 40s and 45s age...

  • Djokovic’s superb form raises prospect of another 2011 run

    Djokovic’s superb form raises prospect of another 2011 run

    World number one Novak Djokovic heads into the European clay court season in ominous form after his victory over Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday. Djokovic looks in such command of his game and his opponents that there is...

  • Serena strolls to eighth Miami title

    Serena strolls to eighth Miami title

    Serena Williams won her eighth Miami Open title with little trouble, enjoying a 6-2 6-0 win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in just 56 minutes on Saturday. The victory was the world number one’s third consecutive title at Miami and she becomes...

  • Djokovic and Murray to meet again in final

    Djokovic and Murray to meet again in final

    World number one Novak Djokovic will face Britain’s Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open for a third time today after the pair triumphed in their semi-finals. The pair have one win each against each other at Miami but Djokovic will be...

  • Halep bows out but more struggles with Serena await

    Halep bows out but more struggles with Serena await

    Simona Halep is emerging as one of the few players on Tour capable of putting up a real fight against Serena Williams and the Romanian’s performance in Thursday’s Miami Open semi-final was another indication of her growing stature in the...

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