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Return to number one at 36 was even beyond my dreams: Federer

Posted by on 17/02/2018
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Return to number one at 36 was even beyond my dreams: Federer

Return to number one at 36 was even beyond my dreams: Federer

One of the most stunning late-career runs witnessed in any sport LONDON: If someone had told Roger Federer 13 months ago that reclaiming the world number one ranking would require three more grand slam titles and three Masters 1000s, even he might have declared it mission impossible. Fast forward a year and a bit, however, […]

Halep wins on return in Qatar

Posted by on 14/02/2018
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Halep wins on return in Qatar

Halep wins on return in Qatar

DOHA: World number two Simona Halep won on her return to competitive action since losing the Australian Open final, beating Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets in the Qatar Open yesterday. Halep eased through 6-3, 6-0 against the Russian, in a second round match she received a first round bye-but admitted afterwards she was still anxious […]

Federer wins sixth Australian Open

Posted by on 28/01/2018
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Federer wins sixth Australian Open

Federer wins sixth Australian Open

‘The fairytale continues for us, for me, it’s incredible’ MELBOURNE: Roger Federer survived a second set ‘freeze’ and an onslaught from Croatia’s Marin Cilic to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title on Rod Laver Arena yesterday. The Swiss maestro wobbled at times in the face of some fierce resistance before winning 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 […]

Ends long wait for first grand slam title

Posted by on 27/01/2018
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Ends long wait for first grand slam title

Ends long wait for first grand slam title

MELBOURNE: Caroline Wozniacki held firm to edge a brave Simona Halep in a classic Australian Open final yesterday, claiming a long-awaited grand slam title after two heart-breaking near-misses. In a captivating tussle played out in stifling humidity, the Dane hung tough in a nerve-shredding final set to win 7-6(2) 3-6 6-4 under the lights at […]

Nadal retires on day of Aussie Open upsets

Posted by on 23/01/2018
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Nadal retires on day of Aussie Open upsets

Nadal retires on day of Aussie Open upsets

Wozniacki stutters into Open semi-finals   MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal’s drive towards a 17th Grand Slam title came to a shuddering injury-induced halt yesterday on a day of Australian Open upsets that saw unseeded Kyle Edmund and Elise Mertens make the semi-finals. The world number one retired against Marin Cilic after a muscle in his upper […]

Djokovic out, Federer into quarters

Posted by on 22/01/2018
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Djokovic out, Federer into quarters

Djokovic out, Federer into quarters

Kerber to clash against American Madison Keys MELBOURNE: Wounded 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic was sent tumbling out of the Australian Open by Korean giant-killer Chung Hyeon yesterday, but ice-cool Roger Federer roared into the quarter-finals. The Serb, who was returning from six months out with a right elbow injury, was clearly in pain […]

FedExpress steams on as Sharapova grinds to halt

Posted by on 20/01/2018
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FedExpress steams on as Sharapova grinds to halt

FedExpress steams on as Sharapova grinds to halt

Djokovic downplays injury as he powers on   MELBOURNE: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic kept up their relentless march towards a semi-final meeting at the Australian Open yesterday as Maria Sharapova suffered a crushing defeat by Angelique Kerber. The two greats of the game-who have won 11 Australian Opens between them could meet in the […]

Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absence

Posted by on 14/01/2018
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Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absence

Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absence

36-year-old Williams not ready yet to return MELBOURNE: Simona Halep will sport her “lucky” red dress and Caroline Wozniacki says she is playing better than ever as both aim for a first Grand Slam victory when the Australian Open starts today. The world’s two top-ranked players will spearhead the charge to succeed Serena Williams at […]

Champion Federer to face Bedene at Australia Open

Posted by on 11/01/2018
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Champion Federer to face Bedene at Australia Open

Champion Federer to face Bedene at Australia Open

World number one Nadal takes on Estrella Burgos MELBOURNE:Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defense against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw yesterday. Women’s top seed Simona Halep of Romania faces Australian wildcard Destanee […]

Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

Posted by on 10/01/2018
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Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

Muguruza pulls out of Sydney after win MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic made a resounding return yesterday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt “great” after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic. The Serbian 12-time Grand Slam winner was in good form, and full of optimism, after […]

Nadal beaten in Melbourne, Konta and Williams exit Sydney International

Posted by on 09/01/2018
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Nadal beaten in Melbourne, Konta and Williams exit Sydney International

Nadal beaten in Melbourne, Konta and Williams exit Sydney International

Spain’s Pablo Busta defeat Belgian David Goffin MELBOURNE: World number one Rafael Nadal lost his first match of the year 6-4, 7-5 to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong Classic yesterday, but said he was happy after his troublesome knee held up “fine”. Nadal’s knee injury hampered the end of his 2017 season and forced him […]

Kyrgios claims Brisbane title with scintillating display

Posted by on 07/01/2018
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Kyrgios claims Brisbane title with scintillating display

Kyrgios claims Brisbane title with scintillating display

BRISBANE: Nick Kyrgios was at his brilliant best as he downed American Ryan Harrison to claim the Brisbane International in straight sets yesterday. The 6-4, 6-2 win was the third-seeded Australian’s fourth title on the ATP tour and his first on home soil. “I didn’t know what kind of performance I was going to put […]