Zverev beats Nadal in straight sets at Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal’s bid to reach a 75th semifinal at a Masters event ended Friday with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Alexander Zverev. The sixth-ranked German beat Nadal for the first time on clay and for the third time in a row overall. Zverev broke Nadal’s serve twice in the first set and once in t


Rafael Nadal saves match point to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona Open title

Rafael Nadal saved a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 on Sunday to claim a 12th Barcelona Open title in the ATP's longest match of 2021.   The Spaniard secured his first title of the year and 87th of his career, denying Tsitsipas back-to-back triumphs following hi


Novak Djokovic crashes out of Monte Carlo Masters after shock defeat to Dan Evans

World No 1 Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters in the last 16 on Thursday following a shock 6-4, 7-5 defeat by Britain's Dan Evans. Djokovic, the Monte Carlo champion in 2013 and 2015, was broken five times by the 33rd-ranked Evans and suffered his first loss of the year, having


Officially .. postponement of the French Open tennis championship

The French Tennis Federation announced, Thursday, that the French Open this year will be postponed for a week, to be between May 30 and June 13, due to the repercussions of the Corona virus pandemic. The second Grand Slam of the season was due to start on May 23. The French Hardcourt Open last y


Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu face-off for first time in Miami Open final

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty and former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will go head-to-head for the first time in a mouthwatering Miami Open final on Saturday. Australian Barty spent the last year at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic and Miami is her first tournament abroad since February 202


Aslan Karatsev wins Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title to continue remarkable season

Breakthrough seasons are usually reserved for the next generation of future stars, not so much for a player whose total ATP Tour wins can be counted on three fingers by the time he passes his mid-20s; who spent the first eight years of his career grafting away in the lower reaches of the professio


South African qualifier Harris edges Shapovalov to reach Dubai final

South Africa’s Lloyd Harris rallied from a set and a break down on Friday to beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) and earn a place in the Dubai final.The 24-year-old Harris is the first qualifier to make the final at the tournament, having taken out US Open champion Dominic Thiem


Tunisian Malek Jaziri records landmark 100th win to advance in Dubai

Malek Jaziri celebrated the 100th Tour level victory of his career on Sunday to advance into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. But his jubilation was muted, as his victory came after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire with a right arm injury as the match was intri


Dubai Tennis Championships draw: Dominic Thiem and David Goffin on course for quarter-final clash

Top seed Dominic Thiem will face a qualifier in his opening assignment at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after the draw was made for the ATP 500 event on Saturday. World No 4 Thiem and the other 15 seeded players have all been handed byes into the second round of the 48-player tournamen


Andy Murray to miss Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Andy Murray will not play in next week's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after his wife Kim Sears gave birth to their fourth child. It is understood the 33-year-old Scot, still on the comeback trail following hip surgery two years ago, felt he would not have had enough preparation time for t


Rafael Nadal 'not ready' after declining Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships wild card

Rafael Nadal has said he does not feel ready to compete at next week's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after turning down a wild card invitation for the ATP 500 event.   The world No 2 has yet to fully recover from the back injury he suffered ahead of last month's Australian Open where


Djokovic takes Federer’s world number one record, eyes Grand Slam history

Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights.The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer tu


Defending champion Simona Halep out of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to injury

Defending champion Simona Halep has been forced to withdraw from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to injury. Halep, who defeated Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the title last year, had been nursing a lower-back problem ahead of last month's Australian Open. The Romania


Citing bad back, Rafael Nadal out of Rotterdam tournament

Rafael Nadal pulled out of next week’s hard-court tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands, because of the bad back that bothered him during the Australian Open. Nadal’s withdrawal from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament was announced Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion wrot


Novak Djokovic destroys Daniil Medvedev to win Australian Open

Novak Djokovic clinched a record-extending ninth Australian Open title after thrashing Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 at Melbourne Park on Sunday. The Serbian world No 1 produced a superlative display to secure an 18th Grand Slam against a player who had won his previous 20 matches. In front of 7


Tennis-Osaka shines to claim second Australian Open crown

Naomi Osaka gave Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her standing as the new queen of the women's game.Osaka's victory over the 22nd-seeded American at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena ga


Daniil Medvedev marches into Australian Open final

Russia's Daniil Medvedev lived up to Novak Djokovic's praise as the "man to beat" at the Australian Open as he charged into his first Melbourne Park final with an impressive 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.   The rangy Medvedev wrapped the Greek fifth seed in a blanket o


'I'm done' - Serena Williams in tears after Australian Open defeat against Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams broke down in tears after losing 6-3, 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals. The defeat ended Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. "It was a big error day for me today," the 39-year-old said after the match at Rod Laver Arena. Asked if it wa




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