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  • Nadal, Wawrinka suffer early exits in Shanghai

    Nadal, Wawrinka suffer early exits in Shanghai

    An ailing Rafa Nadal added his name to the list of upsets at the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard suffered a 6-3 7-6(6) loss to Feliciano Lopez in yesterday’s second round, as fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and in-form Kei Nishikori also made early...

  • Nadal to play in Shanghai despite appendicitis

    Rafa Nadal will play in this week’s Shanghai Masters despite being diagnosed with appendicitis which will require a surgery, the world no.2 said yesterday. The Spaniard went to hospital on Sunday after complaining of stomach pains and was given...

  • Karlovic stuns Cilic as Isner aces it in Shanghai

    US Open champion Marin Cilic made a shock first-round exit from the Shanghai Masters yesterday after losing 7-5 2-6 7-6 to fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic. After dropping the first set, Cilic broke his opponent twice in the second to force a decider...

  • Djokovic destroys Berdych in final

    Djokovic destroys Berdych in final

    World number one Novak Djokovic destroyed Tomas Berdych in a lop-sided contest to win his fifth China Open crown yesterday while Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3 in the women’s final to move up to number two in the world...

  • Unstoppable Djokovic knocks out Murray in Beijing semis

    Unstoppable Djokovic knocks out Murray in Beijing semis

    World number one Novak Djokovic continued his love affair with the China Open yesterday, dumping Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 to storm into his fifth final in Beijing where he has been simply unstoppable. The 27-year-old Serb took an hour and 37 minutes to...

  • Nadal stunned by Klizan in China, injured Serena out

    Rafa Nadal’s return to action came to a shuddering halt yesterday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in the quarter-finals at the China Open. After world number one Novak Djokovic had continued his march through the draw to...

  • 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...

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