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  • Defending champ Williams ready to retain her French Open crown

    Serena Williams fulfilled her duties as defending champion by helping out at the draw for the French Open but did not notice she would be playing good friend Alize Lim in the opening round. The pair know each other through the Paris academy of...

  • Draw offers Rafa Nadal chance of revenge

    Draw offers Rafa Nadal chance of revenge

    Two fellow Spaniards who have already beaten him on his favourite clay surface could lie in wait for favourite and defending champion Rafa Nadal at the French Open, starting tomorrow. Yesterday’s draw, conducted by Nadal at Roland Garros, also...

  • Djokovic gets the better of Nadal in Rome

    Djokovic gets the better of Nadal in Rome

    Novak Djokovic handed world number one Rafael Nadal a rare defeat on clay, a week ahead of the French Open, as he won the men’s singles title at the Italian Open, yesterday. He had to come from a set down to do so but produced two sets of...

  • Djokovic survives Raonic onslaught

    Djokovic survives Raonic onslaught

    For the second match in succession Novak Djokovic survived an Italian Open dogfight yesterday, this time beating big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 7-6 6-3 to reach the final. Djokovic, who won a sizzling quarter-final against Spain’s David...

  • Djokovic subdues feisty Ferrer to reach semis

    Djokovic subdues feisty Ferrer to reach semis

    Novak Djokovic stayed on course for his third Rome Masters title although he was forced to dig deep to beat a tenacious David Ferrer 7-5 4-6 6-3 in a high-quality quarter-final yesterday. The Serb looked to be in full control when he led 5-2 in...

  • Haas rattles Wawrinka in Rome, Nadal to face Murray

    German veteran Tommy Haas provided a telling reminder of his claycourt skills with a third-round victory over Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka at the Rome Masters yesterday. Haas recovered after trailing by a set and a break of serve to...

  • Rutter’s team go all the way in VLTC tournament

    This year’s popular San Michel team tournament at Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) came to an end last week. The competition attracted a record participation of 78 men and 48 women, a fitting recognition of San Michel’s constant contribution...

  • 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...

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