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  • 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...

  • Azarenka triumphs at Miami Open

    Azarenka  triumphs at Miami Open

    Victoria Azarenka completed the Indian Wells and Miami Open double by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 in 77 minutes in the Miami final,yesterday. The Belarusian is the first to win both tournaments back-to-back since Kim Clijsters in 2005, and...

  • Relentless Djokovic rolls into semi-finals

    Relentless Djokovic rolls into semi-finals

    World number one Novak Djokovic rolled into the Miami Open semi-finals with a 6-3 6-3 romp over Tomas Berdych on Wednesday as he continued his pursuit of a fifth title in six years on Key Biscayne. Djokovic did not face the difficulty that he had...

  • Djokovic into QFs with win over Thiem

    Djokovic into QFs with win over Thiem

    World number one Novak Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 in the fourth round of the Miami Open in Florida. Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the 22-year-old, whose thunderous forehands frequently had...

  • No final for Murray

    No final for Murray

    Andy Murray, accustomed to going deep into the Miami Open, was derailed in the third round, falling 6-7 6-4 6-3 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The Scotsman might have sensed trouble was in the air at Crandon Park after the opening two matches on...

  • Djokovic too good for unseeded Sousa

    Djokovic too good for unseeded Sousa

    Five-times champion Novak Djokovic overcame a first-set spill to beat unseeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4 6-1 in the third round at the Miami Open in Florida, yesterday. The world number one fell on his left side while hitting a forehand on the...

  • Malta seventh in Estonia tournament

    Malta seventh in Estonia tournament

    The Maltese team moved up four places in the world rankings after placing seventh overall in the Eurozone Group Three tournament which was played recently in Estonia. Malta was represented by Matthew Asciak, Bradley Callus and Cassar Torregiani...

  • Dizzy Nadal quits in Florida heat

    Dizzy Nadal quits in Florida heat

    Rafa Nadal retired from his second-round match at the Miami Open yesterday due to a bout of dizziness, while Andy Murray advanced despite blowing his top at an umpire after finding a women’s ball among those he was using. Sporadic boos broke out...

  • Djokovic’s winning run continues, Del Potro out

    Djokovic’s winning run continues, Del Potro out

    Novak Djokovic barely got out of first gear but had more than enough in the tank to beat Briton Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-3 in the second round of the Miami Open. The top seed, who is trying to join Andre Agassi as a six-times Miami winner, improved his...

  • Federer comes clean on how he injured knee bathing twins

    Roger Federer, not known for serious slip-ups in his flowing run to a record 17 grand slam singles titles, has come clean about the left knee injury that sidelined him for nearly two months. The Swiss maestro, who pulled out of the Miami Open...

  • Djokovic apologises for comments on gender pay

    World number one Novak Djokovic has apologised for his comments suggesting tennis’s top men should get paid more than women after he drew criticism from current and former players. Djokovic told reporters at the Indian Wells tournament that he...

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