Monday May 21 2018

Tennis

  • May 11, 2018

    Red-hot Nadal refuses to dwell on ATP record

    World number one Rafael Nadal played down his record-breaking performance en route to the Madrid Open quarter-finals after claiming his 50th successive set on clay. Nadal moved ahead of John McEnroe’s Open Era mark of 49 consecutive sets won on a single surface with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Diego...

  • May 9, 2018

    Serena Williams not ready for Rome return

    Four-time champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia next week. The 23-time grand slam singles champion skipped this week’s Madrid Open to step up her training, with the French Open fast approaching. Williams suffered an early exit at Indian Wells on her return from maternity leave...

  • January 25, 2018

    Federer to play doubles match with Bill Gates

    Tennis icon Roger Federer and software tycoon Bill Gates will form a doubles pairing in a charity match in March. Federer – a 19-time grand slam champion – will take to the court alongside Microsoft co-founder Gates at ‘Match for Africa 5’ in San Jose on March 5. The Australian Open...

  • January 23, 2018

    Injured Nadal bows out of Australian Open to Cilic

    Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open hopes were dashed in cruel fashion as he retired through injury in the fifth set of his quarter-final against Marin Cilic. Former US Open champion Cilic produced a hugely impressive display on Rod Laver Arena, his stinging, flat forehands a particularly potent weapon throughout a contest that was brought...

  • January 16, 2018

    Dominant Federer makes light work of Bedene

    Roger Federer started the defence of his Australian Open title with a straightforward 6-3 6-4 6-3 triumph over Aljaz Bedene on Rod Laver Arena. The second seed, who is eyeing a 20th grand slam title at Melbourne Park, made short work of Bedene in the pair’s first meeting, although it...

  • November 20, 2017

    Former Wimbledon champion Novotna dies aged 49

    Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. A statement from the WTA said Novotna, who had cancer, passed away peacefully on Sunday surrounded by her family. One of the leading players of the 1990s, Novotna famously broke her grand slam singles duck at Wimbledon in...

  • October 11, 2017

    Sensational Nadal shines in Shanghai

    Rafael Nadal began his quest for a record 31st ATP 1000 title with a comfortable straight-sets victory over a spirited Jared Donaldson at the Shanghai Masters. Heading into the event in China, the world number one is locked on 30 Masters titles with Novak Djokovic, but he has the opportunity...

  • October 11, 2017

    Kyrgios fined after controversial Shanghai exit

    Nick Kyrgios has been stripped of his prize money at the Shanghai Masters and fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after another controversial retirement. The Australian quit midway through his match with Steve Johnson on Tuesday, citing illness and a shoulder injury for his decision. Kyrgios walked off court after losing the...

  • October 5, 2017

    Nadal outclasses Khachanov to reach last eight

    Rafael Nadal ominously dispatched Karen Khachanov in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open on Thursday. The world number one saved two match points in his first-round victory over Lucas Pouille in Beijing, but sealed a more commanding 6-3 6-3 win over the unseeded Khachanov. Aside from a shaky start...

  • August 21, 2017

    Nadal back as number one, after three year absence

    Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the world number one for the first time in three years in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. The Spaniard, who learned he was going to reclaim the ATP summit a week ago, last topped the men’s charts in July 2014. The 31-year-old Spaniard,...

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