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  • Ferrer, Muguruza break Australian hearts in Brisbane

    David Ferrer sent local favourite Bernard Tomic packing with an easy 6-3 7-5 win in the opening round of the Brisbane International yesterday. The eighth-seeded Spaniard capitalised on Tomic’s poor serve, breaking the flat-looking Australian three...

  • Kyrgios impresses but Spain beat Australia

    Kyrgios impresses but Spain beat Australia

    It was a perfect start for Nick Kyrgios at the Hopman Cup, but after Daria Gavrilova fell to Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets, Spain stormed back to defeat Australia in the mixed doubles rubber to complete a 2-1 win, yesterday. Kyrgios was...

  • Murray ends year with win over Raonic

    World number one Andy Murray ended 2016 with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to take third place at the year-ending exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The 29-year-old Scot...

  • Serena in New Zealand ahead of the 2017 season opener

    Serena in New Zealand ahead of the 2017 season opener

    Newly-engaged Serena Williams touched down in Auckland yesterday and quickly made her way to the court to hit some balls ahead of the start of her 2017 season. The 22-times grand slam singles champion announced her engagement late on Thursday to...

  • Murray tries different preparation for the Australia Open

    Murray tries different preparation for the  Australia Open

    After five runner-up finishes at the Australian Open, world number one Andy Murray is taking a different approach to the season-opening grand slam at Melbourne Park next month. The Briton is preparing for the Jan. 16-29 tournament by competing in...

  • Federer hopes layoff prolongs his career

    Federer hopes layoff prolongs his career

    Roger Federer believes his six-month absence due to a knee injury could help prolong his playing career, with the 17-times grand slam winner saying he has enjoyed the break. The 35-year-old Swiss had surgery on his left knee in February and, after...

  • Kvitova determined to play again after knife attack

    Kvitova determined to play again after knife attack

    Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said yesterday she would do everything she could to return to tennis after suffering a hand injury in a knife attack that will keep her out of the sport for at least six months. Kvitova was wounded on Tuesday...

  • Murray wins BBC SPOTY award for 2016

    Murray  wins BBC  SPOTY  award  for 2016

    Andy Murray was last night named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third time. The 29-year-old claimed the award after winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold and finishing the season as the world’s top-ranked tennis player. Two-time Olympic...

  • Murray out in front as SPOTY favourite

    Andy Murray will start as the odds-on favourite to become the first three-time winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award when the 2016 ceremony takes place in Birmingham tomorrow. Murray’s second Wimbledon title, his retention of his...

  • Djokovic has not worked hard enough – Becker

    Djokovic has not worked hard enough – Becker

    Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former coach Boris Becker said yesterday. Speaking a day after the two...

  • Six players arrested in match-fixing probe

    Six players arrested in match-fixing probe

    Thirty-four people, including six tennis players, have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of match-fixing. Spain’s Interior Ministry an-nounced the news, claiming a criminal network had been dismantled. An investigation began following...

  • Ice-cool Del Potro paves the way for Argentina’s triumph

    Ice-cool Del Potro paves the way for Argentina’s triumph

    Juan Martin Del Potro’s tennis career looked over after a second wrist injury sidelined him for the best part of two years in 2014 but the Argentine enjoyed one of his greatest moments when he led his nation to their maiden Davis Cup title on...

  • Argentina beat Croatia to clinch first Davis Cup title

    Argentina beat Croatia to clinch first Davis Cup title

    Argentina won their first Davis Cup title last night after Juan Martin Del Potro and Federico Delbonis won yesterday’s reverse singles to complete the South American nation’s spectacular comeback in a 3-2 win over hosts Croatia in the final. Del...

  • Croatia win doubles to take 2-1 lead over Argentina

    Hosts Croatia took a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final after an inspired Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig beat Juan Martin Del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 6-3 in yesterday’s doubles. Having overcome more fancied doubles teams in...

  • Croatia and Argentina tied in Davis Cup final

    Argentina fought back to level an absorbing Davis Cup final against hosts Croatia yesterday as Juan Martin Del Potro beat Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 7-5 after Marin Cilic’s five-set defeat of Federico Delbonis. Neither world number six Cilic nor...

  • MSSF U-13 and U-16 competitions in Żebbuġ

    MSSF U-13 and U-16 competitions in Żebbuġ

    There was an entry field of 44 boys and girls, from seven different church and independent schools, for the U-13 and U-16 tennis competitions organised recently by the Malta School Sports Federation (MSSF). Rebecca Mangion and Francesca Delia, of...

  • Cilic and Del Potro to light up final

    Cilic and Del Potro to light up final

    Former US Open winners Marin Cilic, of Croatia, and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro are set to take centre-stage when the two nations meet in a mouth-watering Davis Cup final this weekend in the imposing Zagreb Arena. World number six Cilic, who...

  • Murray digs deep to overcome Raonic and set up Djokovic final

    Murray digs deep to overcome Raonic and set up Djokovic final

    Outplayed at times and running on empty, Andy Murray survived another marathon match to beat Milos Raonic 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(9) in a semi-final thriller at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday. Murray faces Novak Djokovic in today’s final with the...

  • Murray eases past Wawrinka to reach semis at O2 Arena

    Murray eases past Wawrinka to reach semis at O2 Arena

    Andy Murray defeated Stan Wawrinka to surge through to the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, closer to a showdown with Novak Djokovic. After winning his opening two matches against Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori at the O2 Arena in London,...

  • Djokovic beats Goffin, picks row with umpire

    Djokovic beats Goffin, picks row with umpire

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic trounced stand-in David Goffin 6-1 6-2 for a clean sweep of his group at the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday but still looked far from happy as he picked a row with the chair umpire. Belgium’s Goffin pocketed...

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