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  • Murray assured of lofty seeding

    Andy Murray’s slip to eighth in the world rankings will not dent his top-end seeding at Wimbledon. All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook said reigning Wimbledon champion Murray’s strong two-year grass court record will keep...

  • Wawrinka fights back to see off Federer

    Wawrinka fights back to see off Federer

    Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions by beating Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final yesterday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to...

  • Federer ousts ailing Djokovic

    Federer ousts ailing Djokovic

    Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer 6-1 7-6 yesterday. Holder Djokovic resisted for one set before...

  • Nadal claycourt winning run ended by sixth seed Ferrer

    Rafael Nadal’s 30-match winning streak ended yesterday when the world no.1 was upset 7-6 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sixth seed Ferrer, who had beaten Nadal on clay only once 10 years ago and was...

  • Merzetti, Burrage claim singles honours at VLTC

    Merzetti, Burrage claim singles honours at VLTC

    A total of 160 players from more than 20 countries took part in the San Michel ITF Under-18 tournament, held recently at Corradino Heights. The competition, organised by the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) in conjunction with the Malta Tennis...

  • Rafa Nadal recovers from shaky start

    Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. The world number one, whose eight-year reign in the principality...

  • Doubles tournament at TCK

    Tennis Club Kordin will be holding their 14th doubles tennis tournament, sponsored by Hamilton Travel and starting on May 6. Matches will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pairs will be placed in groups according to playing standard and...

  • Żebbuġ TC to host annual Easter event

    Żebbuġ Tennis Club are organising the Scholl Easter Tournament for Under-10, Under-12 and Under-16 players at their premises, starting on Monday. Competition will be played under the new ITF tennis rules for junior categories. Gift vouchers and a...

  • Murray to start consideration on replacement for Lendl

    Andy Murray will meet with his team today to discuss his next coach. The Wimbledon champion, whose two-year partnership with Ivan Lendl ended last month, is hoping to have a new coach in place by the French Open. Murray is not due to play a...

  • Federer fires Swiss to victory as Italy edge Britain in Naples

    Federer fires Swiss to victory as Italy edge Britain in Naples

    Roger Federer sealed Switzerland’s place in the Davis Cup semi-finals when he completed a comeback win over Kazakhstan yesterday but Britain’s last-four hopes were trampled into Italian clay in Naples. France are also in the last four despite...

  • Murray fires Britain into 2-1 lead over Italy

    Andy Murray propelled Britain to within one win of reaching their first Davis Cup semi-final in over three decades after securing back-to-back victories over Italy yesterday. After finishing off a 6-4 7-5 6-3 win over Andreas Seppi in a singles...

  • Stepanek, Rosolgive Czechs 2-0 lead in Japan

    Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol gave champions Czech Republic a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Japan after hard-fought victories in their singles matches in Tokyo yesterday. Former world number eight Stepanek came from a set down...

  • Italy host GB in Naples

    James Ward will begin Great Britain’s bid to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1981 with a daunting opening rubber test against Italian No.1 Fabio Fognini in Naples. Andy Murray is scheduled to take on Andreas Seppi in the...

  • Venus rises again to win in Charleston

    Venus Williams, battling a mystery bug and a dogged opponent who refused to lie down, advanced to the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday. A day after her younger sister Serena was surprisingly beaten at the South...

  • Cepelova eliminates Serena at Family Circle in Charleston

    Cepelova eliminates Serena at Family Circle in Charleston

    Top-ranked Serena Williams suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to Slovakia’s world number 78 Jana Cepelova in the second round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. The world number one and defending champion lost the first five games...

  • Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

    Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

    While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in tennis, the most enduring may be Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time in the final of the Sony Open. Any final featuring the world’s two top ranked players...

  • Williams wins seventh title

    Proving there is no place like home, world number one Serena Williams swept past China’s Li Na 7-5 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open yesterday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hardcourts. Williams, who lives an hour’s drive from the...

  • Nadal outslugs Raonic to reach the semis in Miami

    World number one Rafa Nadal took another step towards a first Miami title by out-slugging big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open. Nadal, a three-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, will play...

  • Serena beats Sharapova to reach Miami final

    World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win yesterday to reach her ninth Sony Open final. The rematch of last year’s final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time...

  • Nadal brushes off bomb scare to cruise through in Miami

    Nadal brushes off bomb scare to cruise through in Miami

    Unruffled by a bomb scare that locked down the Sony Open late on Tuesday, world number one Rafa Nadal brushed past Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-2 to join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the last eight. Officials announced a...

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