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Tennis

  • Djokovic canters in Shanghai

    Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his Shanghai Open title defence in fine style, breezing past Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 6-0 yesterday. Later Roger Federer, playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit at the US Open, made a brisk...

  • VLTC to host Junior Open

    The annual Junior Open at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) this autumn will be played between October 26 and November 3. The competition, a ranking event for Under-10 to Under-18 players, will be staged under the auspices of the Malta Tennis...

  • Nadal ‘sure’ Federer will qualify for ATP finals

    World number one Rafa Nadal is confident that arch-rival Roger Federer will be able to accumulate the points needed over the next few weeks to seal his spot for the season-ending ATP finale in London. Federer went through the 2013 season without...

  • Djokovic thumps Nadal in China

    Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open title in five years yesterday, prevailing 6-3 6-4 in the final against Rafael Nadal who will replace him as the men’s world number one today. The Serb continued his love affair in Beijing, improving his...

  • Nadal reclaims no.1 slot after Berdych retires

    Rafa Nadal will return to the top of the men’s world rankings after Tomas Berdych retired with a back injury during their China Open semi-final yesterday. Serb Novak Djokovic, who will lose top spot when the new rankings are announced tomorrow,...

  • Nadal on brink of reclaiming the no.1 spot

    Rafa Nadal is one victory away from returning to the top of the world rankings after surviving a huge scare to beat Italian Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals of the China Open yesterday. The Spaniard will regain top spot if he reaches the final...

  • Nalbandian announces retirement

    Argentina’s 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian said he would quit tennis next month, citing physical problems that have sidelined him for most of the year. “It’s not easy what’s happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to train as...

  • Gatt improves +35 class ranking after fine showings in Tunbridge and Woking

    Mark Gatt collected useful ranking points in the official ITF senior (+35) rankings this summer as he took part in two tournaments in the United Kingdom while continuing with his preparatory work for next year’s Davis Cup. At the Tunbridge Wells...

  • Djokovic, Nadal kick off race with easy wins

    World number one Novak Djokovic and the man who can dislodge him from the top spot by next week, Rafa Nadal, kicked off their China Open campaign with straight set victories yesterday. Defending champion Djokovic needed just 54 minutes to crush...

  • Kvitova captures Tokyo title

    Czech Petra Kvitova overcame a second set meltdown to dispatch Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday to claim her 11th WTA tour title. The 2011 Wimbledon champion sealed victory on her fourth match...

  • Serena bags world no.1 year-end crown

    Serena Williams has clinched the year-end women’s world number one ranking for the third time in her career after winning two grand slam titles during an excellent 2013. The American has compiled a 67-4 record this season and won nine singles...

  • Cilic cited injury to hide failed drugs test

    Marin Cilic cited a knee injury at Wimbledon this year to hide the fact he had failed a dope test, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has revealed after handing the Croatian a nine-month suspension. The former world number nine, banned last...

  • Maltese juniors show progress in UK events

    Seven junior Maltese tennis players returned from the UK earlier this month after competing in their fourth annual LTA rating tournaments in the UK. The trip, partly sponsored by the Malta Tennis Federation (MTF), saw the players take part in both...

  • Young players show potential at Junior Open

    Over 60 junior players took part in the San Michel Malta Junior Open Tennis Championships, played at the Marsa Sports Club. The championships were sanctioned by the Malta Tennis Federation and organised by the Tennis Section of the Marsa Sports...

  • Murray vows to return even stronger

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has vowed to return stronger than ever after writing off the rest of the tennis season for the sake of his injured back. If Murray plays again this year it will be an unexpected bonus, with the Scot sure to be...

  • 2014 Davis Cup draw pits Czechs against Dutch

    Top seeds Czech Republic were drawn yesterday to play their opening round of the 2014 Davis Cup World Group competition at home to the Netherlands. The winners in 2012, the Czechs have reached the final again this year and will play Serbia in...

  • Cilic to appeal doping ban

    Former world number nine Marin Cilic has said he will be appealing a nine-month doping ban imposed on him after he tested positive for the banned stimulant nikethamide. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Monday they had imposed...

  • Czechs top seeds for 2014 Davis Cup

    Czech Republic will be the top seeds when the draw for the 2014 Davis Cup is made this week, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said yesterday. Winners last year, the Czechs have again reached the final and will play Serbia in Belgrade next...

  • Serbia power into the final

    Novak Djokovic began the fightback and Janko Tipsarevic completed the job as Serbia overturned a 2-1 deficit against Canada in the Davis Cup semi-final yesterday. In scenes reminiscent of their 2010 triumph in the same arena, world number one...

  • Berdych, Stepanek put Czechs in final

    Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek put defending champions Czech Republic into the Davis Cup final by beating Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in the doubles yesterday. World number five Berdych and Stepanek defeated the Argentines...

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