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  • Nadal, Federer join Murray in quarters

    Nadal, Federer join Murray in quarters

    Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open, joining Andy Murray in the last eight, though Kei Nishikori crashed out. Federer dispatched American Jack Sock in a 6-3 6-2 victory while Nadal beat Gilles Simon...

  • Federer, Nadal advance

    Federer, Nadal advance

    Roger Federer earned a modicum of revenge against Andreas Seppi in a 6-3 6-4 triumph that advanced the four-time champion to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. In the women’s event, Maria Sharapova fell victim to an emotional Flavia...

  • Djokovic, Murray tested in Indian Wells victories

    World number one Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray each had to contend with different degrees of adversity before they advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Djokovic, the top seed in the elite ATP Masters 1000 event, was...

  • Federer and Nadal cruise, Wawrinka out

    Federer and Nadal cruise, Wawrinka out

    Roger Federer wasted little time easing into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open but his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka became the first big name to be sent packing at the elite men’s event. World number two Federer launched his bid for a record...

  • Seeds Djokovic, Murray and Nishikori all reach next round

    Australian Open champion and top seed Novak Djokovic launched his BNP Paribas Open title defence in ruthless style yesterday, crushing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-3 in the second round. Playing near-flawless tennis from the baseline, the Serb...

  • No pressure a key for French Open success – Djokovic

    No pressure a key for French Open success – Djokovic

    The French Open is the only grand slam title to have eluded Novak Djokovic and the steely-eyed Serb has adopted a philosophy of reverse psychology in a bid to claim the coveted crown at Roland Garros. World number one Djokovic has twice been...

  • Another Wimbledon title is Federer’s goal

    Another Wimbledon title is Federer’s goal

    Roger Federer is proud of all his grand slam singles titles, but if the Swiss master could add just one more to his record men’s haul of 17 it would be at Wimbledon. “It would be my favourite choice if I had a choice right now,” Federer, 33, told...

  • Swiss reign ends swiftly in Davis Cup

    Switzerland’s brief reign as Davis Cup holders was swiftly ended when they paid the inevitable price for fielding a second-string team and lost 3-2 to Belgium in the first round in Liege yesterday. Just over three months since Roger Federer and...

  • Serbia sail into DCup last eight

    Novak Djokovic spurred Serbia to a 3-0 win over neighbours Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup yesterday. Britain’s progress to the last eight was put on hold after they lost an enthralling doubles to the US yesterday. World number one...

  • Ward subdues Isner to give Britain 2-0 lead

    James Ward defied the odds to beat American marathon man John Isner 6-7(4) 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) 15-13 as Britain took a shock 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup first round tie against the United States in Glasgow yesterday. After Andy Murray beat Donald Young...

  • Del Potro comeback ‘soon’

    Former world number four Juan Martin Del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said he was confident of a full comeback “very soon”. The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US...

  • Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Rafa Nadal wants tournament organisers to maintain the tradition of clay courts on the Tour and said the growing number of events switching to harder surfaces could increase the injury risk to players long after they finish their careers. Nadal,...

  • Nishikori breaks into world’s top four, Murray out

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings yesterday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men’s tennis. His run to the final in Acapulco, where he was beaten by Spain’s David Ferrer,...

  • Awesome Federer floors Djokovic

    Awesome Federer floors Djokovic

    Roger Federer’s enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time yesterday. The 33-year-old’s serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it...

  • Federer and Djokovic to clash in Dubai final

    The top two players in the world will contest the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships today after contrasting semi-final victories yesterday. World number two Roger Federer thrashed Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 in just 57...

  • Murray beaten by teenager Coric

    An out-of-sorts Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Croatian teenager Borna Coric to crash out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships yesterday. Murray thrashed Coric in a Davis Cup singles tie in September 2013 in their only other previous...

  • Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Djokovic

    Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic’s flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said. In a pre-recorded appearance on Serbian state television aired on Monday night, the 27-year-old...

  • Karlovic becomes oldest ATP winner since 1989

    Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989 when he captured the Delray Beach Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old used his prodigious serve to break American opponent Donald Young three times for a 6-3 6-3...

  • Murray up to third in rankings

    Andy Murray has moved up to third place in the world rankings at Rafael Nadal’s expense. Nadal lost his first semi-final on clay for 12 years this weekend as Fabio Fognini saw off the Spaniard to book his place in the final of the Rio Open – which...

  • Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio Open semi-final

    Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio Open semi-final

    Fabio Fognini pulled off a huge upset, stunning top seed and holder Rafa Nadal 1-6 6-2 7-5 in the Rio Open semi-final on Saturday night. The Italian’s spectacular victory ended world number three Nadal’s 52-match winning streak in semi-finals on...

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