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  • Murray beats Nadal to reach Madrid final

    Murray beats Nadal to reach Madrid final

    World number two Andy Murray remains on course to defend his Madrid Open title after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in their semi-final yesterday. Murray, whose only previous victory on clay against the nine-time French Open champion came...

  • Murray happy with second serve in victory over Berdych

    Murray happy with second serve in victory over Berdych

    Defending champion Andy Murray was delighted with his improved second serve after cruising into the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with victory over Tomas Berdych yesterday. Murray dropped just one point on his serve in the second set and eight in...

  • Murray beats Simon to ease into last eight

    Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open with a straight-sets win over Gilles Simon yesterday. The world number two, attempting to retain the clay-court title he won last year, ran out a comfortable 6-4 6-2 winner. The opening...

  • Tomic slammed for match point ‘tank’

    Bernard Tomic’s on-court commitment has come under renewed scrutiny after the Australian played match point holding his racquet backwards in defeat to Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open. Tomic, down 0-40 as Italian Fognini sought to serve out the...

  • Federer out with back injury

    Federer out with back injury

    Former world number one Roger Federer (picture) has pulled out of this week’s Madrid Open with a back injury. The Swiss great travelled to the Spanish capital for the tournament but was unable to practice yesterday and announced his...

  • Asciak downs Callus in final

    Asciak downs Callus in final

    Matthew Asciak continued to cement himself as the top player in the local tennis scene after winning the MSV Life Marsa Open men’s singles and doubles, held recently at Marsa Sports Club. In the final, played at the Gordon Asciak Tennis Academy...

  • Resurgent Nadal beats Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

    Rafael Nadal maintained his ominous claycourt form by seizing back the Barcelona Open title from Kei Nishikori with a 6-4 7-5 victory yesterday, matching Guillermo Vilas’s record title haul on the surface. A week after reclaiming the Monte Carlo...

  • Integrity Unit says 48 match alerts received this year

    The organisation tackling the threat of match-fixing in tennis has received 48 alerts this year, mostly from the lower tiers of the professional ranks. A briefing note from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said 24 men’s matches on the Futures Tour...

  • Murray launches annual charity event in Glasgow

    Murray launches annual charity event in Glasgow

    British number one Andy Murray has launched his own annual charity tennis event to begin in Glasgow this year. The 28-year-old will stage the inaugural ‘Andy Murray Live’ at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on September 21 – with all money raised going to...

  • Nadal beats Monfils to end his four-year Monaco wait

    Rafa Nadal ended his four-year wait for a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title by defeating Gael Monfils 7-5 5-7 6-0 yesterday in his 100th career final. Nadal won eight consecutive titles before losing the 2013 final to Novak Djokovic and, after...

  • Resurgent Nadal sinks Murray to reach final

    Rafa Nadal continued his resurgence with a thrilling 2-6 6-4 6-2 victory over world number two Andy Murray yesterday to set up a Monte Carlo Masters final against Gael Monfils. Eight-times champion Nadal has struggled since losing the 2013 final...

  • Federer knocked out by Tsonga in Monte Carlo

    Roger Federer was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters when he slumped to a 3-6 6-2 7-5 defeat by local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals yesterday. The third seed, back in action this week after a 10-week layoff, started...

  • Russia’s Sharapova still faces meldonium hearing, says ITF

    Russia’s Sharapova still faces meldonium hearing, says ITF

    Maria Sharapova still faces a hearing after testing positive for meldonium, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing fresh rules for athletes who tested positive for the banned substance before March 1, the International Tennis Federation has...

  • Djokovic stunned by Vesely

    Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest loss at a tournament for three years with a shock defeat by Czech Jiri Vesely at the Monte Carlo Masters, yesterday. Vesely, a 22-year-old ranked 55, had never previously beaten a top-10 player but stunned the...

  • Federer makes winning return in Monte Carlo

    Roger Federer overcame a late wobble to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on his return to action at the Monte-Carlo Masters. The world number three was playing his first match since the Australian Open and needed only an hour and a quarter to defeat...

  • Precious ranking points for Gatt after Spain SFs

    Mark Gatt moved up 64 places in the ITF world rankings for senior (over-35 players) after reaching the semi-finals at a singles tournament, held recently in Spain. The tournament was classified Grade 2 and all matches were played on clay. Gatt...

  • Federer eager for return

    Roger Federer returns to the court this week following knee surgery and has warned the rest of the Monte Carlo Masters field he will no be pushover despite three months out injured. The 17-time grand slam champion has been sidelined since going...

  • Aksu and Frayman claim titles at VLTC

    Aksu and Frayman claim titles at VLTC

    The finals of the San Michel ITF U-18 tournaments were played at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club, recently. Turkey’s Cengiz Aksu, the seed no.1, was pitted against Gabriel Huber, of Austria, the fourth seed, in the boys’ medal match. It was a...

  • ‘Big three’ launch 80th Masters

    ‘Big three’ launch 80th Masters

    In front of a huge crowd, the ‘Big Three’ of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player launched the 80th Masters yesterday. On a glorious morning of bright sunshine at Augusta National, three-times winner Player and Nicklaus, who won a record...

  • I almost quit, says Del Potro

    I almost quit, says Del Potro

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro said he almost quit tennis after a succession of wrist injuries but still hopes he can regain his former powers. Argentinian Del Potro, 27, returned to the tour in February nearly 11 months after...

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