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  • Federer suffers early defeat in Rome

    Federer suffers early defeat in Rome

    Roger Federer will be returning to his newborn twins earlier than expected after his Italian Open adventure ended with a 1-6 6-3 7-6 second round defeat by Jeremy Chardy yesterday. Federer had been hoping to get his claycourt form back in gear...

  • Doubts remain over Nadal’s form before the French Open

    Doubts remain over Nadal’s form before the French Open

    Rafa Nadal won an unconvincing second straight Madrid Open title after Kei Nishikori sustained a back injury when closing on victory in the second set of Sunday’s final and was forced to retire early in the third. Japan’s Nishikori, the 10th seed...

  • Injury-plagued former world number one Dinara Safina retires

    Injury-plagued former world number one Dinara Safina retires

    Former world number one Dinara Safina, whose career was wrecked by a series of back injuries, formally announced her retirement in a ceremony at the Madrid Open on Sunday. The 28-year-old Russian, the younger sister of former men’s number one...

  • Sharapova rallies to net title

    Sharapova rallies to net title

    Maria Sharapova recovered from a woeful start and fought back to overwhelm rising talent Simona Halep 1-6 6-2 6-3 in the Madrid Open final and claim her 31st career title yesterday. Russian Sharapova, a former world number one, needed to draw on...

  • Nadal, Sharapova sweep into final

    Rafa Nadal continued his serene progress in pursuit of a second consecutive Madrid Open crown when he swept past Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista 6-4 6-3 yesterday to secure a berth in today’s final. The world number one, chasing a 63rd career...

  • Nadal coasts past Berdych and into Madrid semi-finals

    Nadal coasts past Berdych and into Madrid semi-finals

    Rafa Nadal swept into the last four of the Madrid Open when he thumped Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 yesterday to set up a semi-final against the tournament’s surprise package, unseeded Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista. World no.1 Nadal has not been...

  • Nadal ahead of Federer as all-time best, says Agassi

    Eight-time grand slam champion Andre Agassi has picked Spaniard Rafa Nadal over Swiss maestro Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player ever, according to a report yesterday. The 32-year-old Federer, with 17 grand slam titles, leads his younger...

  • 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...

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