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  • Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Murray holds off Nishikori to put Britain into quarter-finals

    Andy Murray produced his most remarkable Davis Cup effort yet to hold off an inspired Kei Nishikori and send Great Britain through to the quarter-finals for a third straight year, yesterday. Murray led by two sets to love but faced losing from...

  • Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Murray brothers put Britain 2-1 ahead

    Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama proved no match for the Murray brothers as Great Britain moved into a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup clash with Japan in Birmingham. The brothers had some fierce battles before delivering the three wins that...

  • Bryan siblings crush Hewitt comeback, US in driving seat

    Bob and Mike Bryan spoiled Lleyton Hewitt’s Davis Cup comeback by closing out a tense 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 doubles win that put the United States 2-1 ahead in their first round tie in Melbourne. Former world number one Hewitt, who retired six weeks...

  • Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Murray wins but Japan level with Davis Cup holders Britain

    Davis Cup champions Britain were locked at 1-1 with Japan after the opening two singles of their World Group, first-round tie yesterday after Andy Murray gave the hosts the lead. World number two Murray, playing his first match since the...

  • Rio a prime goal for Serena on her return to competition

    Having played just one tournament since mid-September due to various injuries and a recent bout of flu, Serena Williams is now itching to get back into competition with the Rio Olympics among her top priorities for the year. The American world...

  • Murray keen to play full role in title defence

    Andy Murray remains committed to playing a full part in Great Britain’s Davis Cup defence despite the prospect of a packed schedule hampering the world number two’s chances of leading the side to a repeat triumph. Murray was instrumental in...

  • Djokovic remains hopeful

    Novak Djokovic was upbeat about his prospects of leading Serbia against Kazakhstan in this weekend’s Davis Cup tie, after pulling out of a tournament last week with an eye infection. The world number one retired from the Dubai Championships...

  • US ‘tired’ of early exits in Davis Cup, says Courier

    US ‘tired’ of early exits in Davis Cup, says Courier

    United States captain Jim Courier is “tired” of losing in the first round of the Davis Cup but says he feels no extra pressure ahead of a tough away encounter against a resurgent Australia. The United States have been bundled out of the opening...

  • Federer plans tour return in April

    World number three Roger Federer has delayed his ATP World Tour return by a month and plans to make his comeback from knee surgery at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. The 17-times grand slam champion had initially intended to return in March at...

  • 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,...

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