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  • Nadal dumped from Rio semis by Cuevas

    Nadal dumped from Rio semis by Cuevas

    Rafa Nadal’s below-par season continued with the former world number one dumped from the Rio Open semi-finals with a 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-4 defeat by unseeded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas on Saturday night. The top seed pipped Cuevas in a first set tie-break...

  • Del Potro continues with tennis comeback

    Juan Martin del Potro is through to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open in Florida – his first tournament since March 2015. The 2009 US Open champion, who is making a comeback from a third round of surgery on a troublesome wrist injury, beat...

  • Asciak to lead Davis Cup team at tournament in Estonia

    Matthew Asciak will head the Maltese team at the Davis Cup Euro Zone Group Three tournament, to be played in Tallinn, Estonia, next month. This year, the Malta Tennis Federation selection is a blend of youth and experience as top seed Asciak and...

  • Suspicious bets mostly around tennis in 2015

    Suspicious bets mostly around tennis in 2015

    Tennis accounted for nearly three quarters of all the suspicious betting alerts issued last year, the European Sport Security Association (ESSA) said in a report published yesterday. The organisation, established by regulated bookmakers to monitor...

  • Thai player gets ban for corruption

    Unranked Thai player Jatuporn Nalamphun has been suspended for 18 months and fined $5,000 after being found guilty of betting on tennis matches and not cooperating with the investigation, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said. “The 22-year-old...

  • Fritz blitz helps US teenager set Memphis milestone

    Talented teenager Taylor Fritz surpassed Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe to become the fastest American finalist on the ATP Tour after reaching the title decider in Memphis on Saturday. Fritz, just 18 years and three months, fought...

  • Umpires banned over corruption – ITF

    Two tennis umpires were banned, one for life, last year for breaches of the sport’s code of conduct for officials, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said yesterday. Four other umpires are under investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit...

  • Dutch shock Russia to reach semi-finals

    Dutch shock Russia to reach semi-finals

    The Netherlands’ dream Fed Cup run continued as Kiki Bertens crushed Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-4 in Moscow yesterday to send the Dutch into the semi-finals of the team competition for the first time since 1997. Bertens, the highest-ranked...

  • MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    The Malta Tennis Federation (MTF) marked its 50th anniversary during the governing body’s Annual General Meeting held at the Excelsior Hotel last week. Four former presidents of the federation and one of its founding members, Oswald Tanti, were...

  • Federer sidelined after undergoing knee surgery

    Roger Federer will be out of action for up to a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus, his agent at TEAM8 Tony Godsick told Reuters yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion suffered the injury...

  • Djokovic ‘very hungry’ for French Open title

    Djokovic ‘very hungry’ for French Open title

    He is the tennis version of the Terminator and he’ll definitely be back at the French Open in May, but for Novak Djokovic his exploits at the claycourt major could decide his place in the pantheon of greats. For the second time in his career,...

  • Djokovic masters Murray in final

    Djokovic masters Murray in final

    Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 yesterday to match Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park. The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod...

  • Kerber eclipses Serena to protect idol Graf’s record

    Kerber eclipses Serena to protect idol Graf’s record

    On a night when Steffi Graf loomed large over Rod Laver Arena, an inspired Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams in a three-set classic to win the Australian Open yesterday and become Germany’s first grand slam champion in 17 years. In the...

  • Major upset as Kerber stuns Williams to win Australian Open title

    Major upset as Kerber stuns Williams to win Australian Open title

    Angelique Kerber upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open and become the first German to win a grand slam title since her childhood idol Steffi Graf in 1999. The 34-year-old American had been seeking her...

  • Murray outlasts Raonic to reach final

    Murray outlasts Raonic to reach final

    Andy Murray went through paro-xysms of frustration but seized another opportunity to break his Australian Open jinx with a four-hour, five-set semi-final victory over Milos Raonic yesterday. Four times the world no.2 has advanced to the final at...

  • Djokovic, Serena hit new heights in Melbourne semis

    Djokovic, Serena hit new heights in Melbourne semis

    Novak Djokovic hit some spectacular shots and showed true grit to hold off a Roger Federer fightback as he reached the final of the Australian Open for the fifth time in six years with a 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory yesterday. For the first two sets,...

  • Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Djokovic puts down Federer fightback to reach final

    Champion Novak Djokovic foiled a stirring fightback from Roger Federer to defeat the Swiss 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 at the Australian Open and charge into a fifth successive grand slam final. Storming to a two-set lead within an hour, Djokovic appeared...

  • Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    Rule Britannia in Melbourne as Murray, Konta through

    British hearts swelled with pride at Melbourne Park yesterday as Andy Murray battled into the Australian Open semi-finals after compatriot Johanna Konta swept into the last four of the women’s tournament. Murray won a typically attritional slog...

  • Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Easy does it as Djokovic and Serena reach last four

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams faced what were supposed to be their biggest challenges to date at this year’s Australian Open yesterday but both rattled off comfortable victories to march into the semi-finals. Australia Day fireworks were...

  • Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Raonic stuns Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

    Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of men’s tennis by flooring former champion Stan Wawrinka yesterday before China’s Zhang Shuai became the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in more than 20 years. Second...

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