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Switzerland's tennis player Roger Federer.(AP)

Federer calls for end to Tokyo Games uncertainty

Reuters | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2021 11:23 AM IST
The Olympics are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 after being postponed in March last year over the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates.(REUTERS)

Nadal ends losing streak against Zverev with win in Rome

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2021 09:51 AM IST
  • Zverev beat Nadal in straight sets at the same stage in Madrid a week ago and their latest meeting was also one-sided.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty after retiring from her quarterfinal match against Coco Gauff(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty after retiring from her quarterfinal match against Coco Gauff(REUTERS)

Arm injury forces Barty out of Italian Open

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Barty, the 2019 French Open winner, was leading 6-4 2-1 against her American opponent when she called a physio and had her right-arm strapped with a compression sleeve.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates as he plays Germany's Alexander Zverev, during their quarter-final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates as he plays Germany's Alexander Zverev, during their quarter-final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament(AP)

Nadal ends losing streak against Zverev with win in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:27 PM IST
Zverev had beaten Nadal in straight sets at the same stage in Madrid a week ago but their latest meeting went the Spaniard’s way from the start.
Reilly Opelka called his win a 'fluke'. (Reuters)
Reilly Opelka called his win a 'fluke'. (Reuters)

Reilly Opelka reaches first Masters semifinal in Rome

Reuters | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 06:04 PM IST
  • Opelka overwhelmed Delbonis with 18 aces to record his fourth straight-set win of the week.
Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, shakes hands with Canada's Denis Shapovalov,at the end of their 3rd round match at the Italian Open tennis tournament.(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, shakes hands with Canada's Denis Shapovalov,at the end of their 3rd round match at the Italian Open tennis tournament.(AP)

Never count him out: Nadal rallies past Shapovalov in Rome

PTI | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 11:21 AM IST
Nearing his 35th birthday, the Spanish great showed he's still got the stamina to withstand much younger challengers in a 3-6 6-4 7-6 (3) comeback win over 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov on Thursday.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third-round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third-round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov(REUTERS)

Never count him out: Nadal rallies past Shapovalov in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 10:31 PM IST
Nadal roared back from 3-0 down in the second set and then saved two match points on his serve at 6-5 in the third.
Novak Djokovic: File Photo(Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: File Photo(Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic enjoys himself with fans back at Italian Open

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 05:17 PM IST
The top-ranked Serb seemed to enjoy every moment of his 6-2, 6-1 win over Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina that put him in the Italian Open quarterfinals.
FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S(REUTERS)

Serena Williams accepts wild card to play in Parma

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 02:59 PM IST
  • The move came immediately after Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open on Wednesday in her first match in nearly three months.
Andy Murray has played only eight matches this year. (Getty Images)
Andy Murray has played only eight matches this year. (Getty Images)

Murray 'deserves' French Open wildcard, says tournament director Forget

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 12:26 PM IST
  • Andy Murray has entered the qualifying rounds for the French Open later this month but tournament director Guy Forget said the former world number one "deserves" a wildcard spot for the clay-court Grand Slam.
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second-round match against Argentina's Nadia Podoroska(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second-round match against Argentina's Nadia Podoroska(REUTERS)

Serena suffers shock loss in 1,000th match

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 10:32 PM IST
Playing her first competitive match in nearly three months, the 23-times Grand Slam champion twice came back from a breakdown but struggled on her first serve as Podoroska took the opening set in the tiebreak.
File image of French Open.(REUTERS)
File image of French Open.(REUTERS)

French Open players to get 1 hour of daily freedom in Paris

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 07:41 PM IST
  • For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Novak Djokovic. (Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic. (Getty Images)

Djokovic loses cool, wins match against Fritz in Rome rain

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 07:36 AM IST
  • With conditions worsening during the second set and rain getting heavier, the defending champion's temper boiled over.
Spain's Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)

Nadal casts doubts over Olympic participation with wait-and-watch approach

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 07:58 PM IST
Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May as the country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising new questions about whether the rescheduled July 23-Aug. 8 Games should go ahead.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic: File photo(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic: File photo(REUTERS)

Change is coming to the rankings, it's inevitable, says Djokovic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 06:21 PM IST
The last four ATP Masters 1000 events -- the most prestigious tournaments outside the Grand Slams -- have been won by players outside the 'Big Three' of Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
File Photo of Jannik Sinner.(AP)
File Photo of Jannik Sinner.(AP)

Italy's new group of male tennis stars are all-court players

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 02:17 PM IST
The Italian men that are starting to crowd the ATP's Top 100 — there are currently 10 ranked that high, a national record that arrives just in time for this week's Italian Open — are all-court players.
FILE PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action.(REUTERS)

Change is coming to the rankings, it's inevitable, says Djokovic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 11:44 AM IST
The last four ATP Masters 1000 events -- the most prestigious tournaments outside the Grand Slams -- have been won by players outside the 'Big Three' of Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
Russia's Daniil Medvedev(AP)
Russia's Daniil Medvedev(AP)

Daniil Medvedev moves to No. 2 in rankings; U.S. men tumble

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 11:07 PM IST
Novak Djokovic remained No. 1, extending his all-time record to 320 weeks. Medvedev slid in behind him after Spain's Nadal fell to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open last week.
Italy's Jannik Sinner: File photo(AP)
Italy's Jannik Sinner: File photo(AP)

Italian teen Sinner sets up match with Nadal in Rome

AP | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 09:55 PM IST
The Italian teenager served for the first set at 6-5 in the Roland Garros quarterfinals and was up a break early in the second. He squandered both opportunities and was eliminated in straight sets.
File image of India tennis player Sania Mirza.(Getty Images)
File image of India tennis player Sania Mirza.(Getty Images)

'Remember crying for no reason': Sania opens up on her battle with depression

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 06:04 PM IST
"I went into depression for 3-4 months after that, I remember crying for no reason. I would be absolutely fine and then I would burst into tears. I remember not coming out of my room to even eat a meal for over a month," she added.
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Andy Murray(Action Images via Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Andy Murray(Action Images via Reuters)

Britons Murray and Evans to play at Queen's Club Championships

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 05:17 PM IST
Murray, who was won three Grand Slam titles, has fallen to 123 in the world rankings after long injury lay-offs because of hip operations.
FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S(REUTERS)

Serena ready to return for clay swing after intense training

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 04:59 PM IST
The 39-year-old said she felt "pretty fresh" ahead of the claycourt swing as she prepares for the French Open, which starts at the end of May.
Italy's Matteo Berrettini in action against Germany's Alexander Zverev during the men's final match at the Madrid Open.(AP)
Italy's Matteo Berrettini in action against Germany's Alexander Zverev during the men's final match at the Madrid Open.(AP)

Berrettini hopes Madrid ATP 1000 final was the first of many

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 01:42 PM IST
  • Matteo Berrettini came up short in his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final on Sunday but the Italian said his performances in Madrid have given him belief he deserves to be competing for top-level titles against the best players in men's tennis.
Austria's Dominic Thiem(REUTERS)
Austria's Dominic Thiem(REUTERS)

Thiem feeling optimistic again after Madrid boost

PTI | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 10:05 PM IST
Thiem returned to action at the Madrid Open after taking a break to recharge ahead of the French Open later this month.
Naomi Osaka of Japan: File photo(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan: File photo(AP)

Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding the Tokyo Olympics

PTI | , Rome
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 07:25 PM IST
The second-ranked tennis player, who represents Japan, was asked about the games at the Italian Open on Sunday.
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his semi-final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates winning his semi-final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)

Zverev puts on Madrid masterclass to book Berrettini clash in final

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2021 11:10 AM IST
  • Alexander Zverev, who beat top seed and tournament favourite Rafa Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday, will meet Matteo Berrettini in Sunday's final.
Aryna Sabalenka with the Madrid Open trophy. (AP)
Aryna Sabalenka with the Madrid Open trophy. (AP)

Sabalenka downs world number one Barty to claim Madrid Open crown

Reuters | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 09:56 AM IST
  • In claiming victory, Sabalenka gained revenge after being beaten by the Australian in the Stuttgart Open final a fortnight ago.
Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, embraces Austria's Dominic Thiem after winning the semi-final match at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.(AP)
Germany's Alexander Zverev, left, embraces Austria's Dominic Thiem after winning the semi-final match at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.(AP)

Zverev beats Thiem to return to Madrid Open final

PTI | , Madrid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 10:42 PM IST
The No. 6-ranked Zverev defeated No. 4 Thiem 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final again after beating Thiem for the 2018 title.
Spain's Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)

Madrid loss a step backward ahead of French Open: Nadal

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 11:14 AM IST
Nadal's quarterfinal loss to Alexander Zverev at the Madrid Open on Friday came as an unexpected setback in a week in which the king of clay said he was feeling good about his game.
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