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  • Nadal beats Federer to reach London final

    Rafa Nadal’s growing domination of great rival Roger Federer continued with a comprehensive 7-5 6-3 victory in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday. The mid-afternoon clash was not one of the best in their 32-match series as...

  • Federer beats Del Potro to reach semis

    Roger Federer set up a mouthwatering semi-final with Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour finals after battling past Juan Martin del Potro in their Group B shoot-out yesterday. The Swiss seemed to spend most of the match fighting from behind but...

  • Federer back on track with victory over Gasquet

    A razor-sharp Roger Federer got back to winning ways at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Richard Gasquet yesterday to keep alive his last-four chances. Under pressure after losing to favourite Novak Djokovic in his...

  • Djokovic loses trust in anti-doping programme

    Novak Djokovic says he has lost all trust in the anti-doping programme in tennis and fears he could become a victim of its “negligence” after fellow Serb Victor Troicki failed to have his doping ban overturned on Tuesday. Djokovic beat Roger...

  • Nadal digs in to clinch No.1 ranking

    A year that began with question marks hanging over his career will end with Rafael Nadal on top of the world and his win over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals encapsulated why the Spaniard has a place in the pantheon of tennis...

  • Nadal gains revenge on erratic Ferrer

    Rafael Nadal gained revenge against David Ferrer in double-quick time to open his ATP World Tour Finals campaign with an emphatic victory yesterday. In the semi-finals of the Paris Masters on Saturday, Ferrer ended a nine-match losing streak...

  • Djokovic powers to Paris title

    Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer of Spain 7-5 7-5 to win the Paris Masters yesterday and keep alive his hopes of reclaiming the world number one spot by the end of the year. The Serb recovered from a break down in both sets to...

  • Ruthless Errani secures Fed Cup crown for Italy

    Sara Errani romped to a 6-1 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova in Cagliari to spur Italy to their third Fed Cup title in five years with a 4-0 win over Russia yesterday. A second-string Russian side, who had to contest the final without top players...

  • Djokovic beats Federer to reach final

    Novak Djokovic won the battle of the former world number ones by subduing Roger Federer 4-6 6-3 6-2 in an entertaining encounter to reach the Paris Masters final yesterday. The Serb struggled to control an aggressive Federer in the first set...

  • Italy fancied for Fed Cup final

    The Fed Cup final takes place in Cagliari this weekend with hosts Italy huge favourites to beat a below-strength Russia team. The build-up to the two-day contest has been dominated by reaction to the naming of a Russia team last week that features...

  • No mask needed as Djokovic beats Isner

    Novak Djokovic dispensed with the Darth Vader mask but still proved too daunting an adversary for American John Isner when he reached the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2 victory yesterday. The Serbian world number two, who...

  • Dominant Serena reflects on mixed year

    Serena Williams could not bring herself to declare 2013 the best year of her career even after finishing it off with an 11th trophy. The world number one retained her WTA Championships title in Istanbul with a 2-6 6-3 6-0 victory over Li Na at a...

  • Federer in another Basel final loss to Del Potro

    Roger Federer’s unhappy season continued yesterday when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Basel Open for the second year running. The Swiss played some of his best tennis this year but it was still not enough to stop him from...

  • Jankovic rediscovers her self-belief in Istanbul

    Jelena Jankovic is ready to show that she is back as a force in women’s tennis at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. The Serbian has qualified for the eight-woman tournament for the first time in three years after a season that has seen her return...

  • Asciak, Genovese retain titles

    Matthew Asciak and Elaine Genovese retained their titles as Malta champions following convincing wins in the respective finals of the Gatorade Malta Open Championships held recently at the Marsa Sports Club. On the same day, Asciak made it another...

  • Nadal pulls out of Basle tournament

    World number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Swiss Indoors tournament in Basle citing fatigue. The Spaniard’s success since returning from seven months out with knee problems in February has meant a gruelling schedule. Nadal has...

  • Djokovic masters Del Potro to defend title in Shanghai

    World number two Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title yesterday. The Serbian triumphed 6-1 3-6 7-6 to complete a brilliant fortnight...

  • Federer splits with US coach Annacone

    Roger Federer has split from his American coach Paul Annacone with the struggling Swiss former world number saying yesterday that it was the best time to make a change. “After a terrific three-and-a-half years working together, Paul and I have...

  • Del Potro sinks Nadal to set up final with Djokovic

    Rafa Nadal failed to reach a final for only the second time during his incredible 2013 season after being blown off court by Argentine whirlwind Juan Martin Del Potro at the Shanghai Masters yesterday. The Spaniard had been hoping to celebrate his...

  • Malta Open finals today at Marsa SC

    The finals of the Gatorade Malta Open Championships will be played at the Marsa Sports Club today. Matches will get underway at 2.30pm with the men’s singles final. After that, Elaine Genovese defends her wo-men’s singles title against Katrina...

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