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The shot clock
Nov 23

The shot clock

Roger Federer thinks it is “stressful”, and Rafael Nadal says it is “not good for the future of the Tour”. But at January’s Australian Open, a shot clock will count down in between points to ensure players serve within 25 seconds. The Australian Open’s proposal has the unanimous...

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Goffin ends Federer’s season
Nov 19

Goffin ends Federer’s season

London : David Goffin mounted a spirited fightback to stun six-time champion Roger Federer and reach the final of the season-ending ATP Finals in London. The Belgian seventh seed, 26, came from a set down to win 2-6 6-3 6-4, his first victory in seven attempts against the 19-time Grand Slam champion. “I...

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Goffin to face Federer
Nov 18

Goffin to face Federer

London : Belgian seventh seed David Goffin completed the semi-final line-up at the ATP Finals with victory over Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in London. Goffin won 6-4 6-1 to secure second place in the Pete Sampras Group and set up a semi-final against Roger Federer on Saturday. “It will be a tough...

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Nadal ends season after defeat by Goffin
Nov 15

Nadal ends season after defeat by Goffin

London : World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals and brought an end to his season after defeat by Belgian seventh seed David Goffin in his opening round-robin match. Nadal said before the tournament his knee was “not perfect” but fought hard before losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7)...

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Jack Sock boosts ATP Finals hopes
Nov 15

Jack Sock boosts ATP Finals hopes

London : Jack Sock kept his dreams of a fairytale finish to his season alive yesterday, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) at the ATP Finals. Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open, broke the American twice to win the first set but found himself adrift in the second as Sock levelled the...

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Serena attends first public event
Nov 15

Serena attends first public event

New York : Serena Williams has made her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City. Williams, who was honoured as a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2009, presented the Supernova Award to...

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Federer feels Murray is  making good progress
Nov 14

Federer feels Murray is making good progress

London : Roger Federer says he was surprised how well Andy Murray played during their charity match last week as the Scot continues his recovery from a hip injury. Murray faces a race against time to find both fitness and form before the Australian Open in January, having not managed a competitive outing since...

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‘Nervous’ Dimitrov edges past Thiem
Nov 14

‘Nervous’ Dimitrov edges past Thiem

London : Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov admitted he had felt “pretty nervous” after seeing off Austrian Dominic Thiem in three dramatic sets on his ATP Finals debut. Sixth seed Dimitrov beat fourth seed Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 in the opening round-robin match in the Pete Sampras Group. Dimitrov failed...

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Federer opens with win over Jack Sock
Nov 13

Federer opens with win over Jack Sock

London : Six-time champion Roger Federer opened with a straight-set win over Jack Sock at the ATP Finals in London. The 36-year-old Swiss, making his 15th appearance at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world, won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) at the O2 Arena. American Sock was making his tournament...

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Federer, Nadal urge caution over rule changes
Nov 12

Federer, Nadal urge caution over rule changes

London : Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal said they welcome innovation in tennis but warned the game’s administrators on Friday not to tamper too much with the current format. A series of rule changes and innovations are being trialled at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, featuring the world’s top...

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Vandeweghe keeps her  cool against Sasnovich
Nov 12

Vandeweghe keeps her cool against Sasnovich

Minsk : Coco Vandeweghe survived a late attack of nerves in an otherwise composed performance to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-4 and give the United States a 1-0 lead in the Fed Cup final against Belarus yesterday. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens faces 78th-ranked Aryna Sabalenka in the day’s second...

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Nadal can’t guarantee  fitness for ATP Finals
Nov 11

Nadal can’t guarantee fitness for ATP Finals

London : Rafael Nadal said yesterday he “hopes” to be ready for his opening match at the ATP Finals but admitted he has not been training at 100 per cent after an injury scare. The 16-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of the Paris Masters last week with a knee problem, sparking fears that he would...

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Nadal confident  knee will hold up
Nov 10

Nadal confident knee will hold up

London : Rafael Nadal revealed that his troublesome knee should be good as he heads into the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week. The Spaniard recently withdrew from the Paris Masters before his quarter-final match with knee troubles. However, scans revealed there was no issues with the battled-hardened...

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Medvedev stays alive
Nov 10

Medvedev stays alive

London : It appeared that fifth-seeded Jared Donaldson was ready to play spoiler on the final day of round-robin play at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals. But Russian Daniil Medvedev, after overcoming a strong start by the American and his dominating forehand, kept alive his hopes of qualifying for the...

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Andy Murray set for long-awaited return against Federer
Nov 08

Andy Murray set for long-awaited return against Federer

Glasgow : Andy Murray is set to make his long-awaited return to action when he takes on Roger Federer at an exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday. The British No. 1 has been hampered by a hip problem for much of the season and has not played since July, when he suffered defeat at the hands of Sam Querrey in the...

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Jack Sock clinches Paris Masters title
Nov 05

Jack Sock clinches Paris Masters title

Paris : World number 22 Jack Sock beat qualifier Filip Krajinovic to win his first Masters 1000 title in Paris and qualify for the ATP Tour Finals. The 25-year-old American came from a set down to beat the Serb, 77th in the world rankings, 5-7 6-4 6-1. Sock, seeded 16th, is the first American to win the...

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Federer makes surprising revelation
Nov 06

Federer makes surprising revelation

Paris : Roger Federer will take on Andy Murray in Glasgow this week - and the 19-time Grand Slam champion has made a surprising revelation ahead of the clash. The pair will play in front an 11,000-strong crowd in the Andy Murray Live charity event on Tuesday. And it’s the first time the Swiss legend, who...

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Goerges vanquishes  Vandeweghe for title
Nov 06

Goerges vanquishes Vandeweghe for title

Zhuhai : Julia Goerges reeled off 11 of the last 12 games to defeat No.2 seed CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, a big-hitting affair that sealed back-to-back titles for the first time in the German’s career following her win at the Kremlin Cup, Moscow two...

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Vandeweghe defeats Ashleigh Barty, faces Goerges in finals
Nov 05

Vandeweghe defeats Ashleigh Barty, faces Goerges in finals

Zhuhai : No.2 seed CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States put on a powerful display in the semifinals of the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai yesterday, dispatching Australian Ashleigh Barty, 6-3, 6-3. The American advances to her second final of the year in Zhuhai, after finishing runner-up to Madison Keys at...

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Goerges enters  semi-finals
Nov 04

Goerges enters semi-finals

Zhuhai, China : Julia Goerges booked her spot in the semifinals of the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai yesterday, defeating No.1 seed and World No.10 Kristina Mladenovic, 6-2, 7-6(4), to win the Azalea Group with a 2-0 record in the round-robin portion. Goerges extended her winning streak to seven matches....

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Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters
Nov 04

Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters

Paris : Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters yesterday because of a right knee injury, putting in doubt his participation in the ATP finals. The top-ranked Spaniard, who had his knee taped during the third set of his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas, said he wouldn’t be able to play Serbian...

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Del Potro moves one step closer
Nov 03

Del Potro moves one step closer

Paris : Juan Martin del Potro continued his march towards a Nitto ATP Finals spot yesterday when he defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-4 for a place in the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals for the third time. The popular Argentine, who was at No. 47 in the Emirates ATP Race To London prior to the...

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Rybarikova outlasts top seed Mladenovic
Nov 02

Rybarikova outlasts top seed Mladenovic

Zhuhai : Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova clinched her first victory of the WTA Elite Trophy yesterday, beating top seed Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 1-6 7-6(5) in a thrilling encounter lasting two hours and 48 minutes. Rybarikova made an impressive start, firing two aces on her way to winning the first set over...

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Nadal to finish No 1, beats Hyeon Chung
Nov 02

Nadal to finish No 1, beats Hyeon Chung

Paris : Rafael Nadal will finish 2017 as year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 yesterday in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters. The 31-year-old Nadal will be the oldest year-end No. 1 and first season-ending No. 1 over the age of 30 since the Emirates ATP...

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Schwartzman, Lopez cruise
Nov 01

Schwartzman, Lopez cruise

Paris : Diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman recorded his 39th match win of a career-best season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki of Serbia yesterday to book his place in the Rolex Paris Masters second round. Schwartzman has a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be...

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‘My sadness at withdrawing  from Swiss Indoors event’
Nov 01

‘My sadness at withdrawing from Swiss Indoors event’

Paris : Rafael Nadal says he was sad to miss last week’s Swiss Indoors event but believes his body needed the rest. Nadal pulled out of the event citing a knee injury after a busy schedule of matches over the autumn. In his absence, Roger Federer swept to victory at his hometown tournament, beating Juan...

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Federer withdraws from Paris Masters
Oct 31

Federer withdraws from Paris Masters

London : Roger Federer withdrew from the Paris Masters which leaves Rafael Nadal set to end the year as the world No. 1. Federer claimed a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro at the Swiss Indoors final in Basel on Sunday and afterwards withdrew from the tournament in Paris as he looks to get...

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Roger Federer wins eighth Basel Crown
Oct 29

Roger Federer wins eighth Basel Crown

Basel : Switzerland’s Roger Federer beat Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro to win the Swiss Indoors and narrow the gap on world number one Rafael Nadal. Federer’s 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 win moves him within 1,460 points of the Spaniard before next week’s Paris Masters, the final regular-season...

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Wozniacki lifts WTA trophy
Oct 30

Wozniacki lifts WTA trophy

Singapore : Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beat Venus Williams to claim the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams - at 37, the oldest woman to ever reach the final - lost 6-4 6-4. After a tight first set, number six seed Wozniacki stormed into a 5-0 lead in the...

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Garcia to face Venus in semis
Oct 28

Garcia to face Venus in semis

Singapore : Caroline Garcia seemed down and out after a first-set whitewash - but fought back from the brink to snatch a magnificent 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Caroline Wozniacki and progress to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Wozniacki had picked up in the same...

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Martina Hingis announces retirement
Oct 27

Martina Hingis announces retirement

Singapore : Martina Hingis announced yesterday that she will retire from tennis at the end of this week’s WTA Finals, where she is playing in the doubles tournament with Chan Yung-Jan. “Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,”...

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Garcia triumphs over Svitolina
Oct 26

Garcia triumphs over Svitolina

Singapore : Caroline Garcia extended her stay in Singapore after battling past Elina Svitolina in three sets to stay alive in the Red Group at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. In a rematch of their China Open epic from a few weeks ago - which saw Garcia save match point to beat...

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Djokovic, Wawrinka will return to action in Abu Dhabi
Oct 25

Djokovic, Wawrinka will return to action in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi : Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are due to make their competitive return after six months out injured in Abu Dhabi in December.  The former world number ones have not played since Wimbledon, with Djokovic nursing a long-term elbow problem and Wawrinka undergoing knee surgery.  They will...

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Halep, Wozniacki cruise on day two
Oct 24

Halep, Wozniacki cruise on day two

Singapore : World number one Simona Halep and sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki both impressed in their opening round-robin matches at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Romania’s Halep, playing her first match since topping the rankings, beat France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 in the first Red Group match on...

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Muguruza moves past Ostapenko
Oct 23

Muguruza moves past Ostapenko

Singapore : World No.2 and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza started her campaign to win her first year-ending championship with a decisive opening victory, dispatching No.7 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, 6-3, 6-4, at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global yesterday. “She’s a...

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Dimitrov reaches  Stockholm final
Oct 22

Dimitrov reaches Stockholm final

Stockholm : Grigor Dimitrov continued his march toward a maiden Nitto ATP Finals appearance with a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over sixth seed Fabio Fognini yesterday to advance to the Intrum Stockholm Open final. The seven-time ATP World Tour titlist has reached three finals this season, and gone on to capture the...

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Kasatkina  strides past  Sasnovich
Oct 20

Kasatkina strides past Sasnovich

Moscow : Daria Kasatkina beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to make her way into the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup. It was a match in which neither player held very often, struggling to make their first serves count. “I am glad I managed to close out the first set and closed out that...

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Sharapova out
Oct 18

Sharapova out

Moscow : Magdalena Rybarikova silenced a packed, partisan house on Centre Court with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Maria Sharapova in the opening round of the VTB Kremlin Cup yesterday. Using varied play from the baseline to great effect, the Slovak won the last five points of the opening set tiebreak before breaking...

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Federer eyes ATP Finals title
Oct 17

Federer eyes ATP Finals title

Shanghai : Roger Federer is eyeing a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday. The 19-times grand slam winner claimed his 94th title and sixth this year with an emphatic...

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Sharapova eyes strong finish to season
Oct 17

Sharapova eyes strong finish to season

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years. The former world number one, who returned from the 15-month ban in April, defeated Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8) in...

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Federer  brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
Oct 16

Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Shanghai : Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 yesterday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top...

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Sharapova soars past Peng to make first final since 2015
Oct 15

Sharapova soars past Peng to make first final since 2015

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova reached her first WTA final in almost two and a half years as she comfortably beat Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 yesterday. The Russian recorded her fourth consecutive straight-sets victory in this year’s tournament to overcome the third seed and earn a final against Aryna...

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Nadal to face Federer in Shanghai final
Oct 15

Nadal to face Federer in Shanghai final

Shanghai : The world’s top two players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will contest the Shanghai Masters final after both secured hard-fought wins yesterday. Top seed Nadal, seeking a seventh title of 2017, beat Croat Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in two hours, 11 minutes. Federer showed great resolve to...

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Federer sets DelPo clash
Oct 14

Federer sets DelPo clash

Shanghai : No. 2 seed Roger Federer has reached the Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-finals. 2014 Shanghai champion Federer edged France’s Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-4. Federer blew a break point in the third game but managed to save Gasquet’s break point try in the sixth game.  The Swiss routinely...

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Gritty Nadal battles into Shanghai semifinals
Oct 14

Gritty Nadal battles into Shanghai semifinals

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday after the world number one was forced to fight past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3. The Spaniard, who has never won the Shanghai showpiece, is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of...

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Sharapova moves into Tianjin Open semifinals
Oct 14

Sharapova moves into Tianjin Open semifinals

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova breezed into the semifinals of the Tianjin Open with a comfortable straight sets victory against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele. The former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner took just over an hour to win 6-3, 6-1 in China. Sharapova lost her first service game but fought...

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Nadal extends winning streak
Oct 13

Nadal extends winning streak

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal continued his assault on the Shanghai Rolex Masters title yesterday. The Spanish superstar was at his dominant best against Italian Fabio Fognini in a 6-3, 6-1 victory that set up a quarter-final clash against sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who is hoping to join Nadal at next month’s...

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Sharapova battles  past Linette
Oct 13

Sharapova battles past Linette

Tianjin : Maria Sharapova battled to the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open, beating Poland’s Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3. Sharapova was seeking her third quarterfinal of 2017, but found herself facing a tough task against Linette. The Russian led 4-3, saving all five break points against her to stay in front -...

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Nadal, Federer ease through
Oct 12

Nadal, Federer ease through

Shanghai : Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer resumed their battle for the year-end number one ranking with imperious victories to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday. Top seed Nadal extended his winning streak to 13 matches with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of American Jared Donaldson in the Qi Zhong...

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Wozniacki zooms past Bouchard
Oct 11

Wozniacki zooms past Bouchard

Hong Kong : Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki had little trouble in her opening match at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open against Eugenie Bouchard, needing just under an hour to see off the Canadian 6-1, 6-1. It’s all come together in the last few weeks during the Asian Swing for the former World...

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