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  • Fit-again Cilic says winning is the best healer

    US Open champion Marin Cilic says wins are the only real recovery medicine from the shoulder injury that delayed the start of his 2015 season. “I feel the game is there. I’m playing all right in training. It’s just a matter to put it in the...

  • Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

    Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi yesterday. The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up...

  • Colourful Federer’s mood darkened despite easy win

    Roger Federer enlivened a routine day at the office with a violet and pink outfit and several dabs of brilliance to launch another French Open quest but his mood darkened after a security breach yesterday. The evergreen Swiss was in full control...

  • Djokovic ready for the challenge on Paris courts

    Djokovic ready for the challenge on Paris courts

    Novak Djokovic insists he can handle the pressure of winning a first French Open title because he is playing the best tennis of his life. Djokovic has eight grand slam titles to his name but success at Roland Garros has so far eluded the Serb, who...

  • A monster draw for Nadal in Paris

    A monster draw for Nadal in Paris

    Rafael Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French Open after yesterday’s draw handed him the toughest of routes to a possible 10th title. The Spaniard, seeded sixth after a disappointing year so far, would...

  • Tennis, football the perfect match for Asciak

    Tennis, football the perfect match for Asciak

    Matthew Asciak, Malta’s long-time leading tennis player, tells Mark Strijbosch that his love for the sport makes all the sacrifices worthwhile as he prepares to represent Malta in the Iceland GSSE Having just completed a full season with football...

  • Navratilova backs Williams to win French Open

    Navratilova backs Williams to win French Open

    Serena Williams is the clear favourite to win the French Open and can still beat Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles, says former world number one Martina Navratilova. Williams is gunning for a third crown at Roland Garros next week...

  • Tennis coaching at VLTC

    In line with their continued policy of promoting the sport for children and adults, the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) are once again embarking on the annual Summer Coaching Clinics at their headquarters. The aim of the coaching clinics is to...

  • Nadal no longer ‘immovable’ object in Paris – Courier

    Nadal no longer ‘immovable’ object in Paris – Courier

    Nine-times French Open champion Rafael Nadal will no longer be regarded as an “immovable obstacle” at Roland Garros this year, according to twice former winner Jim Courier. The American, who ruled the claycourt grand slam in 1991 and 1992, has...

  • Djokovic overruns Federer in Rome

    World number one Novak Djokovic continued his dominant form when he brushed aside old rival Roger Federer to win the Rome Masters yesterday, his fifth title of the year. Earlier, Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1...

  • Djokovic moves up a gear to reach Rome final

    Djokovic moves up a gear to reach Rome final

    For the first time this week Novak Djokovic needed only two sets to triumph at the Rome Masters, beating Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 as he reached the final to close in on a 24th Masters 1000 title. The world number one, who is chasing a fourth...

  • Federer powers on in unplanned Rome appearance

    Federer powers on in unplanned Rome appearance

    Roger Federer, who had not originally planned to play in the Italian Open, crushed Thomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 yesterday to reach the semi-finals. An early loss to Nick Kyrgios in Madrid last week convinced the Swiss maestro that he needed more matches...

  • Nadal sees off Isner to reach last eight

    Nadal sees off Isner to reach last eight

    Rafa Nadal produced an “almost perfect” display as he booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters with a 6-4 6-4 victory over John Isner yesterday. The fourth seed was imperious against the big-serving American. He did not face a...

  • Murray runs rings around Chardy to advance in Rome

    Andy Murray is more afraid of losing his wedding ring than a tennis match these days but that did not stop him from storming to a 10th successive win on clay at the Rome Masters yesterday. Fresh from winning back-to-back titles in Munich and...

  • Djokovic survives Almagro scare to progress in Rome

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic scraped over his first hurdle at the Rome Masters with a 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3 victory over Spanish claycourt specialist Nicolas Almagro yesterday. The world number one, given a bye into the second round, was in total...

  • Nadal facing toughest task at French Open

    Rafa Nadal’s slide down the ATP rankings means if he wins a record-extending 10th French Open title early next month it would go down as one of the greatest achievements of his illustrious career. The Spaniard dropped three places to seventh...

  • 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...

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