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Federer climbs to sixth in rankings
Mar 20

Federer climbs to sixth in rankings

Paris : Roger Federer jumped four places to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released Monday, leapfrogging rival Rafael Nadal following his Indian Wells Masters triumph. Federer eliminated Nadal in the fourth round on his way to his fifth India Wells title, beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final. Andy...

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 Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios
Mar 03

Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of the ATP Mexico Open on Thursday after being upset in straight sets by sixth seeded Nick Kyrgios in the first ever meeting between the two. The top-seeded Djokovic, who was back in action this week for the first time since his shock second-round exit at the...

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Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals
Mar 02

Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals

Acapulco : Second-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised into the quarter-finals of the ATP Acapulco tournament on Wednesday with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Paolo Lorenzi. Spain's Nadal, a two-time winner in Acapulco who is playing his first tournament since falling to Roger Federer in the Australian Open...

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Sharapova handed Rome wildcard
Mar 01

Sharapova handed Rome wildcard

Rome : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play in the Italian Open in May, organisers said Wednesday. The former world number one makes her return to the circuit in Stuttgart in April after completing a 15-month ban for doping. "We officially announce the wild card for the...

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Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare
Feb 28

Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare

Acapulco : Novak Djokovic said Monday he is ready to atone for his shock Australian Open exit as he prepares to return to action in Acapulco. The 29-year-old world number two makes his bow in the tournament on Tuesday, his first match since tumbling out in Melbourne last month in the second round against...

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Melbourne master Federer back in top 10
Jan 30

Melbourne master Federer back in top 10

Paris : Roger Federer has climbed back into the ATP top 10 on the strength of his epic 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss great defied old rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a thrilling five-setter in Melbourne to move up seven spots to 10th in the latest rankings...

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Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017
Jan 30

Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017

The Australian Open will have the climax fans craved after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both came through five-set thrillers to reach the final. Nadal holds a 6-2 advantage over Federer in Grand Slam finals where they have played each other, although Federer won the last meeting between the pair in 2015. With...

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Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open
Jan 29

Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open

Melbourne : Roger Federer was in tears as he won a thrilling, five-set Australian Open final against his great rival Rafael Nadal to clinch a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday. Federer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to move four major titles ahead of Nadal...

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Serena into Australian Open final against Venus
Jan 26

Serena into Australian Open final against Venus

Melbourne : Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings' dream came true. The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose...

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Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final
Jan 25

Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final

Melbourne : A resurgent Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi in three years at the Australian Open on Wednesday, as Serena Williams eyed a final with her sister Venus. Nadal hasn't contested a major semi-final since he won the last of his 14 Grand Slam titles at the 2014 French Open, but...

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Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi
Jan 24

Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi

Melbourne : Roger Federer beat giant-killer Mischa Zverev to become the Australian Open's oldest men's semi-finalist in nearly 40 years on Tuesday, as fellow veteran Venus Williams also rolled back the years. The stylish Swiss made light of the challenge posed by German serve-volleyer Zverev, who stunned top seed...

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Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win
Jan 24

Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka mastered former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach his third Australian Open semi-final after a mid-match argument on Tuesday. The world number four won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours, 15 minutes for his eighth Grand Slam semi-final appearance and will next face...

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Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets
Jan 22

Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets

Melbourne : Former winner Stan Wawrinka needed three tiebreak sets to overcome Italy's Andreas Seppi and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The Swiss fourth seed edged out the 89th-ranked Seppi, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in two hours 44 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. Wawrinka's...

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Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock
Jan 22

Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock

Melbourne : World number one Andy Murray was sensationally dumped out of the Australian Open by German Mischa Zverev in a fourth-round classic on Sunday. The 50th-ranked Zverev played unbelievable sustained tennis to down Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 and will play either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the...

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Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round
Jan 20

Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in two hours, 11 minutes. Nishikori will next face his...

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 Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more
Jan 20

Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more

Melbourne : Venus Williams ended Chinese hopes at the Australian Open on Friday, swatting aside Duan Yingying to make the fourth round for a 10th time -- and said she was still hungry for more. The 13th seed was in a different league, spanking Duan 6-1, 6-0 on Margaret Court Arena and showing no signs of the elbow...

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Murray eases into Open fourth round
Jan 20

Murray eases into Open fourth round

Melbourne : British top seed Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over power-hitting American Sam Querrey on Friday. Murray, bidding to win his first Australian title after losing five finals, downed Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and will next play German Mischa Zverev...

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Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin
Jan 19

Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin

Melbourne : Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday. The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena. It was the...

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Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles
Jan 19

Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles

Melbourne : Australia's Nick Kyrgios was slapped with $5,500 in fines on Thursday for swearing and throwing his racquet after his extraordinary defeat at the Australian Open. Kyrgios, who also pulled out of the men's doubles competition, citing injury,...

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Azarenka's Baby Fed
Jan 18

Azarenka's Baby Fed

Melbourne : Victoria Azarenka's new baby, Leo, is already learning about tennis. The 2012 and 2013 Melbourne champion tweeted a picture of the one-month-old watching Roger Federer play at the Australian Open. "Hey @rogerfederer Leo learning from the best," Azarenka wrote. Hopefully Leo wasn't...

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Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury
Jan 18

Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury

Melbourne : Venus Williams rolled back the years to move smoothly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday despite an elbow injury that forced her out of the doubles competition. The 13th seed, an eight-time quarter-finalist or better in Melbourne, won 6-3, 6-2 against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who...

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Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win
Jan 18

Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka got his Australian Open campaign back on track with an unruffled straight-sets win over American Steve Johnson to reach the third round on Wednesday.  The 2014 winner bounced back from his too-close-for-comfort five-set opening round triumph over Martin Klizan with a more accomplished...

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Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open
Jan 17

Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open

Melbourne : Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defence in Melbourne on Tuesday. The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first-round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year's first...

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Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne
Jan 17

Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne

Melbourne : Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal made light of scorching conditions and doubts over their form as they got off to sizzling starts at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Williams, back after an injury lay-off, demolished the dangerous Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal was also impressive in his 6-3, 6-4,...

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Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp
Jan 16

Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori called for changes to the Davis Cup format after coming through a gruelling five-set dogfight in his opening match at the Australian Open on Monday. The fifth seed was on court for three-and-a-half hours in sapping heat before he completed a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 win...

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Serena bundled out of Auckland Classic
Jan 04

Serena bundled out of Auckland Classic

Auckland : Top seed Serena Williams suffered a shock defeat to fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic on Wednesday to bring an abrupt end to her return to the court.  In her first tournament since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open four months ago,...

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Djokovic survives scare in Doha season opener
Jan 03

Djokovic survives scare in Doha season opener

Doha : Novak Djokovic battled back from 5-1 down against world number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff to claim his first victory of the season at the Qatar Open on Monday. The world number two lost his opening two service games and struggled with the German's big serves in the early...

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Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane
Jan 03

Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane

Brisbane : Former world number three David Ferrer dashed local hopes when he downed Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday. The eighth seeded Spaniard was the model of consistency as he saw...

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Murray loses to Goffin as Nadal books UAE final spot
Dec 31

Murray loses to Goffin as Nadal books UAE final spot

Abu Dhabi : World number one Andy Murray fell to a surprise defeat to David Goffin in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships on Friday. Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray, who had won all five of his previous meetings with the 11th-ranked Belgian, was beaten 7-6...

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Del Potro heroics force Davis Cup decider
Nov 28

Del Potro heroics force Davis Cup decider

Zagreb : Argentina football legend Diego Maradona was courtside as Juan Martin del Potro beat veteran Ivo Karlovic to draw his country back level at 1-1 against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday. Maradona, 56, who inspired Argentina to glory at the 1986...

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Murray confirmed as world number one
Nov 22

Murray confirmed as world number one

Paris : Andy Murray's spectacular rise to the top of the men's rankings was made official Monday with the Scot topping the end of season ATP charts on 12,685 points. Novak Djokovic, beaten by Murray in Sunday's ATP Tour Finals in London, must make do with ending 2016 in second on...

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Murray begins Tour Finals with Cilic showdown
Nov 08

Murray begins Tour Finals with Cilic showdown

London : Andy Murray will face Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic in the ATP Tour Finals group stage as the newly crowned world number one looks to win the prestigious tournament for the first time. Murray has never been past the semi-finals at the...

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Triumphant Cilic desperate to keep London spot
Oct 31

Triumphant Cilic desperate to keep London spot

Basel : Red-hot Marin Cilic heads to Paris determined to hang on to his qualifying spot for the ATP year-end finals after defeating Kei Nishikori to lift the Swiss Indoors title. The Croatian, 28, triumphed 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) on Sunday over his higher-ranked opponent in a repeat of the 2014 US Open final,...

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Evert sees post-Serena 'new era' taking shape
Oct 29

Evert sees post-Serena 'new era' taking shape

Singapore : Women's tennis has entered a new era no longer dominated by Serena Williams, 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert said Saturday.  "I don't think nobody will dominate in the near future anyway like Serena Williams, and kudos to her, it shows how great she was as a player, but I think now...

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Del Potro makes leap in rankings after Stockholm win
Oct 25

Del Potro makes leap in rankings after Stockholm win

Paris : Juan Martin del Potro has climbed 21 places to 42nd in the latest ATP worldrankings published on Monday following his victory in Stockholm on Sunday. The 28-year-old Argentine former US Open champion beat Jack Sock in straight sets in the Swedish capital...

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Russian teen wins Kremlin Cup opener
Oct 18

Russian teen wins Kremlin Cup opener

Moscow : Russia's Daria Kasatkina on Monday cruised into the second round of the Kremlin Cup, a joint WTA and ATP event, with a straight-sets win over fellow teenager Belinda Bencic. The 19-year-old, ranked 24th in the world and seeded eighth in Moscow, won 6-4, 6-1 to level her head-to-head...

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Serena withdraws from WTA Finals
Oct 17

Serena withdraws from WTA Finals

Los Angeles : US superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the elite WTA Finals in Singapore, saying she's still working to recover from the shoulder troubles that hindered her in 2016. The WTA announced Williams' withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23 on their Twitter feed, posting a video of...

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Venus Williams knocked out of Hong Kong Open
Oct 14

Venus Williams knocked out of Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong : Venus Williams was eliminated from the Hong Kong Open Thursday by France's Alize Cornet after a tightly fought match. The 49th-ranked Cornet beat the American, ranked 14 in the world, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 7 minutes. She will face defending...

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Goffin and spluttering as Delpo crashes out
Oct 11

Goffin and spluttering as Delpo crashes out

Shanghai : Juan Martin del Potro's late-season resurgence came crashing to a halt when he was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters by David Goffin on Tuesday. The lanky Argentine, playing on a wildcard, faded after taking the first set against the Belgian seed who won 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in 2hr 18min. It ends a...

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Gasquet says return will be 'tough' for Sharapova
Oct 05

Gasquet says return will be 'tough' for Sharapova

Beijing : French tennis player Richard Gasquet who was once banned after testing positive for cocaine said Wednesday that Maria Sharapova will face a "tough" return when her 15-month doping ban ends next year. Gasquet faced an emotional comeback himself after he tested positive for cocaine at the Miami Open in...

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Roland Garros get nod for new stadium works
Oct 04

Roland Garros get nod for new stadium works

Paris : The French Tennis Federation (FFT) were on Monday given the green light to continue work on anew stadium adjoining Roland Garros in western Paris by the country's highest administrative jurisdiction. The French Conseil d'Etat (Council of State) overturned a March ruling that blocked...

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Pouille captures first career title
Sep 26

Pouille captures first career title

Metz : France's Lucas Pouille won his first career title on Sunday when he downed top seed Domminic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in the Metz ATP final. World number 18 Pouille, who defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the US Open quarter-finals three weeks ago, claimed victory in...

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Lee bags sixth Japan Open title
Sep 25

Lee bags sixth Japan Open title

Tokyo : Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei on Sunday won his sixth Yonex Open Japan title, defeating third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. Lee, a silver medallist in the last three Olympics, triumphed 21-18, 15-21, 21-16 against the Dane. The 33-year-old world number one had sailed through the men's singles at Tokyo...

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Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury
Sep 23

Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury

Hong Kong : Serena Williams announced Friday that she has pulled out of two forthcoming tournaments in China citing an ongoing shoulder injury. "I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder,"...

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Golubic beats top seed Errani in Guangzhou
Sep 22

Golubic beats top seed Errani in Guangzhou

Beijing : Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic scored a shock win over top seed Sara Errani Wednesday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Guangzhou Open. Golubic, 23, slugged it out against the 29-year-old Italian for three hours before securing a 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 win.  She...

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Jankovic marches through to Guangzhou second round
Sep 20

Jankovic marches through to Guangzhou second round

Beijing : Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia sailed through her opening match at the WTAGuangzhou Open Tuesday, joining German Sabine Lisicki in the second round.  The 31-year-old former world number one eased past China's You Xiaodi 6-2, 6-1, while 2013 Wimbledon...

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Nara crashes out of Japan Open
Sep 17

Nara crashes out of Japan Open

Tokyo : Local favourite Kurumi Nara squandered a one-set lead as she was bundled out of the JapanWomen's Open by Slovakia's Jana Cepelova on Friday. The world number 81 was the last Japanese player standing in Tokyo but frittered away a solid start in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final...

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Japan give Nishikori Davis Cup day off
Sep 16

Japan give Nishikori Davis Cup day off

Tokyo : Japan's Kei Nishikori will be rested for the first day of their home Davis Cup World Group playoff against Ukraine on Friday after his recent exertions at the US Open. The world number five beat Rafael Nadal to win Olympic bronze before reaching the semi-finals of the year's...

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Angelique Kerber into US Open semi-finals
Sep 07

Angelique Kerber into US Open semi-finals

New York : Angelique Kerber reached her second US Open semi-final on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over 2015 runner-up Roberta Vinci which also edged her closer to the world number one spot. Kerber, who made the last-four in 2011, will face either two-time runner-up Caroline...

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Halep powers into third round at US Open
Sep 02

Halep powers into third round at US Open

New York : Fired-up fifth seed Simona Halep reached the third round of the US Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Lucie Safarova in a battle of former French Open finalists under the new roof of Arthur Ashe stadium.In the first match to be played from start to...

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