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  • 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...

  • Cilic overwhelms Nishikori to claim US Open title

    Cilic overwhelms Nishikori to claim US Open title

    Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the US Open and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam. The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary...

  • No.18 in the books, Williams targets her next grand slam

    No.18 in the books, Williams targets her next grand slam

    Serena Williams allowed herself a moment to savour a third straight US Open win on Sunday, but only a moment. Just three hours after securing her 18th grand slam title with a dominating 6-3 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki, the world no.1 soaked up...

  • Djokovic out of Serbia’s Davis Cup play-off against India

    Novak Djokovic will miss Serbia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bangalore next weekend, the Balkan nation’s coach Bogdan Obradovic said. “Djokovic will definitely not join us in India and his fatigue is the biggest reason,”...

  • Cilic goes from sidelines to US Open final in 12 months

    Cilic goes from sidelines to US Open final in 12 months

    Last year Marin Cilic watched the US Open from home, serving a four-month doping ban for using a banned stimulant he said he had unknowingly taken. On Saturday, the big Croat played the best tennis of his life to upset 17-times grand slam singles...

  • Russians block Hingis return to grand slam winners circle

    Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6 6-3 6-2 to capture the US Open doubles title, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years. Makarova and...

  • Nishikori makes history

    Nishikori makes history

    Kei Nishikori stunned Novak Djokovic last night to become the first Japanese player ever to reach a grand slam singles final. World number one Djokovic was bidding to reach his fifth consecutive US Open final but Nishikori played superbly to win...

  • Serena and friend Wozniacki reach women’s final

    Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women’s final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows. Top-seeded Williams overpowered Russian...

  • Federer savours his great fightback against Monfils

    Federer savours his great fightback against Monfils

    With his back to the wall and US Open hopes fading fast, Roger Federer produced one of his most memorable New York performances to haul himself back from the brink and win a thrilling five-setter against mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils late...

  • Hingis after more grand slam hardware

    Martina Hingis is already enshrined in the Tennis Hall of Fame, but the 33-year-old Swiss is zeroing in on more grand slam hardware at the US Open. Hingis, winner of five grand slam singles titles, nine doubles crowns and one mixed doubles title,...

  • Djokovic and Nishikori take long road to semis

    Djokovic and Nishikori take long road to semis

    World number one Novak Djokovic and marathon man Kei Nishikori were forced to take the long road into the last four of the US Open on Wednesday night. Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a bruising...

  • Serena crushes Pennetta to reach last four

    Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open. The world number one lost her first two service...

  • Federer marches on

    Federer marches on

    Roger Federer rolled into the quarter-finals of the US Open for the 10th time in 11 years while experience finally got the better of youth at the year’s final grand slam. Five-times champion Federer powered his way past Spain’s Roberto Bautista...

  • Wozniacki wallops Errani to reach the semi-finals

    Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection yesterday and pummeled Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semis of the US Open. The 10th seed reached the last four at a grand slam for the first time since 2011 by...

  • Peng beats Swiss teen to reach semi-finals

    Peng beats Swiss teen to reach semi-finals

    Peng Shuai of China advanced to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open by outclassing Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic with a barrage of pinpoint groundstrokes in a 6-2 6-1 rout yesterday. Peng, 28, delivered a master lesson to the 17-year-old Bencic on...

  • Nishikori works late to reach last eight

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori outlasted fifth seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 7-6 6-7 7-5 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals of the US Open yesterday, equalling the record for latest match ever played at the year’s final grand slam. Raonic and the 10th...

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