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  • Del Potro comeback ‘soon’

    Former world number four Juan Martin Del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said he was confident of a full comeback “very soon”. The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US...

  • Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Rafa Nadal wants tournament organisers to maintain the tradition of clay courts on the Tour and said the growing number of events switching to harder surfaces could increase the injury risk to players long after they finish their careers. Nadal,...

  • Nishikori breaks into world’s top four, Murray out

    Japan’s Kei Nishikori broke into the top four of the ATP world rankings yesterday as the Asian trailblazer continued to shake up the top echelon of men’s tennis. His run to the final in Acapulco, where he was beaten by Spain’s David Ferrer,...

  • Awesome Federer floors Djokovic

    Awesome Federer floors Djokovic

    Roger Federer’s enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time yesterday. The 33-year-old’s serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it...

  • Federer and Djokovic to clash in Dubai final

    The top two players in the world will contest the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships today after contrasting semi-final victories yesterday. World number two Roger Federer thrashed Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 in just 57...

  • Murray beaten by teenager Coric

    An out-of-sorts Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Croatian teenager Borna Coric to crash out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships yesterday. Murray thrashed Coric in a Davis Cup singles tie in September 2013 in their only other previous...

  • Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Djokovic

    Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic’s flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said. In a pre-recorded appearance on Serbian state television aired on Monday night, the 27-year-old...

  • Karlovic becomes oldest ATP winner since 1989

    Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989 when he captured the Delray Beach Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old used his prodigious serve to break American opponent Donald Young three times for a 6-3 6-3...

  • Murray up to third in rankings

    Andy Murray has moved up to third place in the world rankings at Rafael Nadal’s expense. Nadal lost his first semi-final on clay for 12 years this weekend as Fabio Fognini saw off the Spaniard to book his place in the final of the Rio Open – which...

  • Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio Open semi-final

    Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio Open semi-final

    Fabio Fognini pulled off a huge upset, stunning top seed and holder Rafa Nadal 1-6 6-2 7-5 in the Rio Open semi-final on Saturday night. The Italian’s spectacular victory ended world number three Nadal’s 52-match winning streak in semi-finals on...

  • Wawrinka downs Berdych to take Rotterdam title

    Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first indoor silverware when he beat defending champion Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-4 to win the ABN-AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam yesterday. The Swiss gradually turned a heavyweight duel between the top-10...

  • Mark Gatt maintains rise in ITF senior ranks

    Mark Gatt reached the quarter-finals in singles and doubles at the Grade One British Indoor Championships in Dudley, UK, recently, to further improve his position in the senior world rankings. In the singles last 16, Gatt played James Thomas of...

  • Murray to marry girlfriend Sears at own luxury hotel

    Murray to marry girlfriend Sears at own luxury hotel

    Andy Murray is to marry his fiancee Kim Sears at the luxury hotel he owns in Scotland. The couple are understood to be arranging the private service for April 11 at the five-star Cromlix House Hotel, close to his home town of Dunblane. The former...

  • Serena to return to Indian Wells

    World number one Serena Williams has buried the hatchet and will return to Indian Wells to play in the tournament she has boycotted for 14 years after suffering racist abuse. In an interview with TIME magazine, the 19-times grand slam singles...

  • Djokovic focused on French Open

    Djokovic focused on French Open

    Novak Djokovic was delighted to join the likes of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl in winning his eighth grand slam title in the Australian Open. But the world number one has already set his sights on becoming just the eighth player to...

  • Djokovic claims fifth title

    Djokovic claims fifth title

    Novak Djokovic ground down Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 yesterday to win a record fifth Australian Open title in the professional era and consign the Scot to further grand slam pain Down Under. The pair waged a fierce baseline duel for the...

  • Williams beats Sharapova for her 19th grand slam

    Williams beats Sharapova for her 19th grand slam

    Top seed Serena Williams fought off a barking cough to clinch her 19th grand slam singles title with a 6-3 7-6 victory over Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final yesterday. Williams’s sixth title at Melbourne Park moved her into a tie with...

  • Murray, Djokovic bidding for firsts in Australia

    For two men who have accomplished so much in their closely intertwined careers, the Australian Open final between friends Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray today could achieve a number of firsts. Should Djokovic beat Murray he will become the first...

  • Djokovic beats Wawrinka

    Djokovic beats Wawrinka

    Novak Djokovic once again stood tall at the Australian Open as he reached his fourth final in the past five years with another five-set victory over Stan Wawrinka, the man who dumped him out of Melbourne Park last year. Djokovic, bidding to become...

  • Williams bids to continue tyranny of Sharapova

    One of the few players with the game to trouble Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova’s decade-long losing streak to the American great is one of the more curious anomalies in women’s tennis. Sharapova was a 17-year-old sensation when she last beat...

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