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  • Gatt reaches seniors doubles final in Glasgow

    Malta national team player Mark Gatt has just taken part in his third ITF senior championships which were staged indoors in Glasgow, Scotland. In the singles, he was seeded no.4 and had the better of Anthony Kainga, of Malawi, in the round of...

  • Carnival tournament at Żebbuġ tennis club

    Żebbuġ Tennis Club are organising the Scholl Carnival Tennis Tournament for Under 10, Under 12 and Under 16 players at their club in Żebbuġ, this weekend. The competition is being played under the new ITF tennis rules. This means that tennis balls...

  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai semi-finals

    Roger Federer rolled back the years to beat Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championship yesterday, his first victory in four meetings with the world number two. Federer, 32, rarely troubled the Serb in the first set and...

  • Naples to host Davis Cup clash between Italy and Great Britain

    Naples to host Davis Cup clash between Italy and Great Britain

    Great Britain’s first Davis Cup quarter-final for 28 years will be played on clay in Naples, it was announced yesterday. Britain won a World Group tie for the first time since 1986 against the United States earlier this month to send them through...

  • Malta finish seventh out of 12 nations

    Malta finish seventh out of 12 nations

    The Malta women’s team enjoyed mixed fortunes in this year’s Fed Cup Europe-Africa Zone Group Three tournament, played last week in Tallinn, Estonia. Malta faced top seeds Ireland and Iceland in Pool D. The team, led by captain Helen Asciak, was...

  • Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells

    Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells

    Hopes that Serena Williams would end a 13-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells were dashed yesterday when the world number one said she would not be competing in the event “after careful consideration”. Williams and older sister...

  • Nadal out of Buenos Aires tournament

    Nadal out of Buenos Aires tournament

    Rafael Nadal will miss next week’s ATP tournament in Buenos Aires following a stomach bug that has hindered his recovery from the back injury he sustained at the Australian Open. “I had a stomach virus that has not allowed me to train this week...

  • Japan down Canada to make maiden quarters

    Hosts Japan sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 4-1 victory against an injury-plagued Canada yesterday. Japanese number one Kei Nishikori was leading 6-2 1-0 on the indoor hard court at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum when...

  • France and Switzerland celebrate 3-0 advantage

    Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s unexpected partnership in the doubles allowed France to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia yesterday and join Switzerland and Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. France captain Arnaud...

  • Federer, Wawrinka put Swiss ahead

    Switzerland took advantage of Novak Djokovic’s absence to open a 2-0 lead over last year’s runners-up Serbia in their Davis Cup tie yesterday with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka winning their singles rubbers. Two months after their defeat by...

  • Serbia captain Obradovic defends absent Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic has earned his right to miss Serbia’s Davis Cup first-round tie against a full-strength Switzerland, team coach Bogdan Obradovic said yesterday. With world number two Djokovic resting in Serbia’s skiing resort of Mount Kopaonik, the...

  • Nadal for Buenos Aires event

    Rafa Nadal had taken anti-inflammatories and undergone intensive physiotherapy to alleviate a lower back problem and still planned to compete in Buenos Aires next month, his spokesman said yesterday. The world number one had tests on the injury,...

  • Wawrinka win opens door

    Wawrinka win opens door

    Stanislas Wawrinka expects his Australian Open triumph to persuade other players that the big four of men’s tennis are there to be shot at. The 28-year-old’s victory over Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday made him the first man other than the...

  • Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal

    Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal

    Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 and win his maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open yesterday. The eighth seed roared to a two-set lead after top seed Nadal struggled...

  • Li Na overwhelms Cibulkova

    Li Na overwhelms Cibulkova

    China’s Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title yesterday. Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the...

  • Nadal win may intensify ‘great’ debate

    Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in today’s Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish left-hander the third man to...

  • Ruthless Nadal routs Federer

    Ruthless Nadal routs Federer

    Hard reality crushed a fairytale revival at Melbourne Park as a ruthless Rafa Nadal inflicted more grand slam agony on Roger Federer with a straight-sets rout yes-terday that booked his third Australian Open final. New coach and a new racket for...

  • Wawrinka reaches first final

    Wawrinka reaches first final

    Stanislas Wawrinka edged Tomas Berdych in the tightest of duels to reach his first grand slam final at the 36th attempt yesterday and set up a possible all-Swiss Australian Open title showdown against Roger Federer. Federer will have to get past...

  • Federer eliminates Murray

    Federer eliminates Murray

    Roger Federer’s revival gathered pace as he edged Andy Murray in a late-night dog fight to set up a blockbuster Australian Open semi-final with Rafa Nadal who rode his luck to beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Federer played sublime tennis to open a...

  • Biological passport fully effective by September

    The athlete biological passport will be fully effective at the elite level in tennis by September, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said yesterday. The passport, which uses blood tests to detect the likelihood of doping rather than...

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