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  • Goffin sets up Raonic semi-final at Indian Wells

    Belgian David Goffin continued his giant-killing run at Indian Wells as he stormed into the last four of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-6 6-2 upset victory over former US Open champion Marin Cilic. A day after ousting third seed Stan Wawrinka,...

  • Djokovic gains revenge, Nadal rallies to advance

    Djokovic gains revenge, Nadal rallies to advance

    Novak Djokovic avenged his only loss of 2016 with a ruthless 6-3 6-3 victory over Feliciano Lopez as the Serbian top seed eased into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday night. An eye issue forced Djokovic to retire against his...

  • Djokovic and Nadal tested but advance in California

    World number one Novak Djokovic broke his opponent late in both sets to eke out a 7-5 7-5 third round victory over an upset-minded Philipp Kohlschreiber as the Serb continued his BNP Paribas Open title defence in California. One day after world...

  • ITF U-18 tournament at VLTC

    The qualifying round for the ITF U-18 tournament at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis club will be played this Saturday. In all, 32 boys and 32 girls will be involved in the qualifiers while the main draw, starting on Monday, will feature 48 other...

  • Murray stunned by Delbonis, Bencic out

    Murray stunned by Delbonis, Bencic out

    Andy Murray squandered a 4-1 lead in the third set before losing a tiebreaker to world number 53 Federico Delbonis and exiting the Indian Wells Open third round 6-4 4-6 7-6. World number two Murray let his commanding lead evaporate on a warm,...

  • Prosecutor wants dozens of players to be probed for betting

    More than two dozen players who feature in evidence collected from gamblers should be investigated for possible links to betting rings, an Italian prosecutor said. Roberto di Martino said he had collected internet chat logs and telephone...

  • Djokovic and Nadal tested as Serena strolls

    Djokovic and Nadal tested as Serena strolls

    World number one Novak Djokovic survived a stern test from qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo to make the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, with Spaniard Rafa Nadal also needing three sets to advance from a tricky opening clash. American...

  • Murray through but Kerber sent packing at Indian Wells

    World number two Andy Murray was given a tough test but pushed his way past Marcel Granollers 6-4 7-6(3) in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in California. Murray led Great Britain to a Davis Cup victory over Japan last week, but apart...

  • Sharapova slams media coverage of doping case

    Five-times grand slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova hit out at some media accounts of her doping case that she termed “wrong” in an open letter to her fans on Facebook. Sharapova, who tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the...

  • Murray says Sharapova should be banned

    World number two Andy Murray says Maria Sharapova should be banned after her positive test for meldonium and questioned the Russian’s use of the drug for medical purposes. The Briton also chided his own racket manufacturer Head after the company...

  • ATP chief Kermode appointed for second term, focus on integrity

    Protecting the integrity of tennis in the wake of the recent match-fixing and doping scandals is the biggest challenge facing the sport over the next decade, ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode has said. Kermode was appointed for a second term in...

  • Sharapova’s peers stunned, but support doping system

    Sharapova’s peers stunned, but support doping system

    While Maria Sharapova’s fellow players were shocked by the Russian’s announcement that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, most of them felt the “huge mistake” could have been avoided. World number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland...

  • Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban

    Sharapova starts to count cost of failed drug test, likely ban

    Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer said yesterday it was severing ties with Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid female athlete started to count the cost of a failed drug test and likely ban from tennis. Sports firm Nike and German luxury car maker...

  • Sharapova failed drug test at Australian Open

    Sharapova failed drug test at Australian Open

    Former tennis world number one Maria Sharapova said last night that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she has been taking the last 10 years for health issues. The 28-year-old Russian, a five-times grand slam...

  • Murray braced for demanding summer

    Andy Murray will have to contend with the most demanding summer of his career after sending Great Britain through to a Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia. The sides, who between them boast the top two players in the world in Murray and Novak...

  • Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Andy Murray produced his most remarkable Davis Cup effort yet to hold off an inspired Kei Nishikori and send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals for a third straight year, yesterday. Murray led by two sets to love but faced losing from...

  • Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama proved no match for the Murray brothers as Great Britain moved into a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup clash with Japan in Birmingham. The brothers had some fierce battles before delivering the three wins that...

  • Bryan siblings crush Hewitt comeback, US in driving seat

    Bob and Mike Bryan spoiled Lleyton Hewitt’s Davis Cup comeback by closing out a tense 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 doubles win that put the United States 2-1 ahead in their first round tie in Melbourne. Former world number one Hewitt, who retired six weeks...

  • Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Davis Cup champions Britain were locked at 1-1 with Japan after the opening two singles of their World Group, first-round tie yesterday after Andy Murray gave the hosts the lead. World number two Murray, playing his first match since the...

  • Rio a prime goal for Serena on her return to competition

    Having played just one tournament since mid-September due to various injuries and a recent bout of flu, Serena Williams is now itching to get back into competition with the Rio Olympics among her top priorities for the year. The American world...

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