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  • Petkovic and Jankovic crash out

    Seeds Andrea Petkovic and Jelena Jankovic crashed out in the opening round of the Brisbane International yesterday. German fifth seed Petkovic fell at the first hurdle when she was beaten 4-6 7-5 4-6 by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who won the 2012...

  • Shoulder boost for Murray

    Shoulder boost for Murray

    Andy Murray picked up his first title of the new season in Abu Dhabi and received positive news about a shoulder problem. The Scot did not have to play a match to win the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship after world number one Novak...

  • Murray defeats Nadal in semis

    Andy Murray made a statement for the 2015 season by easily defeating Rafael Nadal to reach the final at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. Although the grandly-titled Mubadala World Tennis Championship carries no ranking points, both men were fully...

  • Winning start for Murray in Abu Dhabi

    Winning start for Murray in Abu Dhabi

    Andy Murray enjoyed a positive start to the 2015 season with victory in the opening round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship yesterday. The British number one needed three sets to see off Spanish player Feliciano Lopez 7-6 5-7 6-4 to set up...

  • Top players look to lay down early marker

    Top players look to lay down early marker

    As the Malta Tennis Federation (MTF) gears up for a busy 2015, the country’s top players are vying to lay down an early marker by winning the BOV Malta Men’s Masters Tournament at the Marsa Sports Club. Top seed Matthew Asciak, who has dominated...

  • Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men’s prize for...

  • New crop threatens ‘Big Four’ hegemony, says Djokovic

    With a crop of talented young players such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic knocking on the door of the exclusive men’s grand slam club, the “Big Four” hegemony over the game’s top tournaments may be coming to a close, said Novak Djokovic. World...

  • Nadal back in training

    Nadal back in training

    Rafael Nadal is optimistic about his chances of being ready for next month’s Australian Open after returning to training this week following surgery. The 28-year-old Spaniard admits, however, that he will start the 2015 season “from almost zero”,...

  • Federer throws weight behind ‘fast’ format

    Roger Federer will help launch an Australian-developed fast format of tennis when he plays an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January, Tennis Australia said yesterday. The format features four rule variations from the...

  • Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion shook off back problems during the weekend...

  • Switzerland on the brink of glory after doubles win

    Switzerland on the brink of glory after doubles win

    Switzerland made a big step towards a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Waw-rinka’s 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau...

  • Monfils beats Federer as France draw level in final

    Monfils beats Federer as France draw level in final

    Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 yesterday. After Stan Wawrinka had given the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2,...

  • Federer set to face France

    Federer set to face France

    Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who has been hampered by back problems, has been named to play in the second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final against France’s Gael Monfils today. The 17-time grand slam champion, looking to give the Swiss a...

  • Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Nadal targets the Australian Open

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal is confident he will be able to return to full fitness for the 2015 Australian Open. The 28-year-old Spaniard is recovering from surgery to remove his appendix, which saw him miss the season-ending ATP World...

  • Show of unity from Swiss aces

    Show of unity from Swiss aces

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka appeared to have put any recent differences behind them after the world number two posted a picture on Twitter of the Davis Cup team-mates looking all smiles. Reports emerged on Monday that the pair had an argument...

  • Swiss dreams clouded by injury, row reports

    Swiss dreams clouded by injury, row reports

    Switzerland’s potential Davis Cup fairytale this weekend has become clouded by uncertainty over the fitness of Roger Federer and suggestions of strained relations between the all-time great and his teammate Stanislas Wawrinka. The country is on...

  • Djokovic wins as Federer pulls out

    Djokovic wins as Federer pulls out

    Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive ATP World Tour Finals title on a walkover after Roger Federer pulled out ahead of the match, yesterday. The world number two fought for almost three hours to defeat countryman Stan Wawrinka in the...

  • Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback

    Djokovic halts Nishikori fightback

    Novak Djokovic survived his first test of the ATP World Tour Finals from Kei Nishikori to move to within one victory of a third straight title. No one has achieved the feat since Ivan Lendl between 1985 and 1987, and Djokovic has not lost a match...

  • In-form Djokovic beats Berdych, seals no.1 spot

    In-form Djokovic beats Berdych, seals no.1 spot

    Novak Djokovic added another processional victory to the lengthening list at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of subdued Czech Tomas Berdych yesterday. The Serb was virtually guaranteed a semi-final berth before walking on court...

  • Federer crushes Murray’s hopes

    Federer crushes Murray’s hopes

    Andy Murray’s troubled season ended in humiliation against Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals last night. The Scot went into the clash with hopes of the straight-sets win that would have booked his spot in the semi-finals but walked off...

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