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Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas(REUTERS)

Why Medvedev is the anti-hero tennis needs

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:49 PM IST
  • The supremely gifted Russian is the perfect candidate to give the sport a big dose of what it has missed since the days of John McEnroe–a shot of spice amid the overload of syrup.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(REUTERS)

Where are Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in all-time men’s Grand Slam winners list?

PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:21 AM IST
How many Grand Slams have Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won in their careers?
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)

Djokovic faces a sideline spell with muscle tear after sweet success

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 09:32 AM IST
The 33-year-old extended his own record with an emphatic 7-5 6-2 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, despite carrying the injury suffered in the third round of the tournament.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at Brighton Beach after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at Brighton Beach after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev.(AP)

No walk in the Park for Novak Djokovic

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 08:03 AM IST
  • A one-sided final notwithstanding, Djokovic braves a 3rd round abdomen injury making it his hardest Slam victory.
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake(REUTERS)

Djokovic will overtake Federer's Grand Slam tally, says coach Ivanisevic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 11:01 PM IST
Victory over Daniil Medvedev gave world number one Djokovic his 18th major and the 33-year-old champion is now two shy of Federer and Nadal who have won a men's record 20 each.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev (R) in the men's singles final at the Australian Open(AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (L) holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev (R) in the men's singles final at the Australian Open(AP)

Medvedev recalls long-ago practice session with Djokovic

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 09:13 PM IST
Back then, Djokovic already had been ranked No. 1 and was accumulating Grand Slam titles; Medvedev had yet to crack the Top 300.
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)

Djokovic says he did tear muscle in Australia

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 09:05 PM IST
He said he was not sure he could keep competing until about two hours before his next match and at that point did not think winning the championship was realistic.
Some of the districts, identified by the ministry as areas of concern, are reporting even an eight per cent weekly positivity rate.(HT Photo)
Some of the districts, identified by the ministry as areas of concern, are reporting even an eight per cent weekly positivity rate.(HT Photo)

News updates from HT: Centre names areas that need to exercise special caution

PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 04:51 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev.(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev.(REUTERS)

At Australian Open, Djokovic chases 18th Slam, Medvedev 1st

PTI |
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:24 AM IST
Daniil Medvedev also lost his first career Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open. And now he will try to win in his second try, which comes at the Australian Open on Sunday — against Djokovic.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Jennifer Brady of the U.S. celebrates winning her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Jennifer Brady of the U.S. celebrates winning her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Loren Elliott(REUTERS)

Now, Jennifer Brady scripts an underdog story

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:54 AM IST
  • Four of the last six women’s singles Grand Slam champions have been first-time finalists
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter-final match against Czech Republic's Karolína Muchova.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter-final match against Czech Republic's Karolína Muchova.(REUTERS)

Barty takes Adelaide wild card to defend title

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 03:26 PM IST
The 24-year-old Australian will be the top seed at the $535,530 event, scheduled to be held from Feb. 22-27, at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in South Australia.
General view of the trophy as Jennifer Brady of the U.S. reacts during her semi-final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova.(REUTERS)
General view of the trophy as Jennifer Brady of the U.S. reacts during her semi-final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova.(REUTERS)

Lockdown warrior Brady faces ultimate test against 'new boss' Osaka

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 11:34 AM IST
While some of those in hard quarantine complained about not being able to train before the Grand Slam, Brady likened it to a long decompression session that probably helped her bulldoze through the draw against better-prepared players.
Japan's Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi-final match.(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi-final match.(REUTERS)

Naomi Osaka extends Serena Williams’s wait for 24th Grand Slam

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 07:55 AM IST
  • Until Thursday, when Naomi Osaka blunted that very power game with equal and greater force, thrashing Williams 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals. It extended the 39-year-old’s Grand Slam draught to four years.
Jennifer Brady will face Naomi Osaka in the final on Saturday. (Australian Open/Twitter)
Jennifer Brady will face Naomi Osaka in the final on Saturday. (Australian Open/Twitter)

Australian Open: Brady flies US flag to reach final

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:23 PM IST
  • Brady dug herself out of a mid-match hole to reach her first Grand Slam decider.
Naomi Osaka.(Getty)
Naomi Osaka.(Getty)

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams to reach Australian Open final

Reuters |
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:30 AM IST
  • Australian Open: Osaka won the game in straight sets beating the 23-time Grand Slam winner 6-3, 6-4.
Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open(AP)
Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open(AP)

Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam set streak ends at 35

AP |
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:14 PM IST
The 20-time Grand Slam champion flubbed two overheads in the tiebreaker and also framed a backhand. Nadal pushed another backhand long on the last point of that set.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev talks to the media after winning his quarter final match against Russia's Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Russia's Daniil Medvedev talks to the media after winning his quarter final match against Russia's Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)

Australian Open: Medvedev beats compatriot Rublev to reach semis

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 12:39 PM IST
It was Rublev's fourth straight defeat to Medvedev, who has not lost a match since October.
Aslan Karatsev of Russia celebrates after winning a point. (Getty Images)
Aslan Karatsev of Russia celebrates after winning a point. (Getty Images)

Australian Open: Aslan Karatsev's astonishing breakthrough in debut Grand Slam

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:53 AM IST
  • The 27-year-old defeated 18th seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in the quarter-finals, a third straight victory against a seeded player at Melbourne Park.
Jennifer Brady of the US in action during her quarter-final match against Jessica Pegula(REUTERS)
Jennifer Brady of the US in action during her quarter-final match against Jessica Pegula(REUTERS)

Brady goes from hard quarantine to Australian Open semis

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 11:18 AM IST
Brady was a picture of anguish early in the clash on a stifling day at Rod Laver Arena but gradually dialled in her power game before crushing Pegula in the final set.
Ashleigh Barty. (Australian Open)
Ashleigh Barty. (Australian Open)

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty upset in Australian quarterfinals by Muchova

AP |
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 09:11 AM IST
  • Karolina Muchova staged a stunning comeback Thursday to upset World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.
Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)

Halep looking to be a little less negative after Melbourne exit

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:05 PM IST
The Romanian world number two went out in straight sets at the hands of 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday after her serve let her down at a couple of pivotal moments.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action in his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action in his quarter-final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev(REUTERS)

Australian Open: Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev, advances to semifinal

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 07:33 PM IST
The top-ranked Novac Djokovic has never lost at Melbourne Park after making it to the last four.
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov receives medical attention during his quarter-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev.(REUTERS)
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov receives medical attention during his quarter-final match against Russia's Aslan Karatsev.(REUTERS)

Back spasm to blame for Australian Open exit: Dimitrov

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 05:09 PM IST
The 18th seed, who had raced through the first four rounds in Melbourne without dropping a set, took a medical timeout after losing the third set but it did little to improve the situation.
Serena Williams during her quarterfinal match against Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)
Serena Williams during her quarterfinal match against Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)

Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Simona Halep, progresses to semis

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 03:33 PM IST
Williams claimed the last five games and beat No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals despite 33 unforced errors. She set up a showdown with Naomi Osaka for a spot in the final.
Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a forehand to Italy's Fabio Fognini during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.(AP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a forehand to Italy's Fabio Fognini during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.(AP)

Australian Open: Eyeing 21st major, Nadal meets Tsitsipas

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:07 PM IST
  • Nadal is 6-1 against the 22-year-old Tsitsipas, including a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win in the 2019 semifinals at Melbourne Park.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Russia's Aslan Karatsev in action during his quarter final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Russia's Aslan Karatsev in action during his quarter final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Jaimi Joy(REUTERS)

Australian Open 2021: Karatsev downs Dimitrov to enter semis on slam debut

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 12:59 PM IST
  • The 114th-ranked qualifier from Russia become the first man in the professional era to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut.
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.(AP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.(AP)

Osaka advances to Australian Open semis after beating Hsieh

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:45 AM IST
  • Osaka overpowered Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to reach the semifinals, and will meet the winner of the quarterfinal match between Williams and No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.
 Serena Williams of the US at the Australian Open 2021(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the US at the Australian Open 2021(REUTERS)

Serena leads charge of American women, faces old foe Halep

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 09:51 PM IST
Williams, 39, is among three Americans who have made it to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park this year and Wednesday's clash between Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula has ensured that at least one from the country will be in the last four.
Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova hits a return against Belgium's Elise Mertens (AFP)
Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova hits a return against Belgium's Elise Mertens (AFP)

Australian Open 2021: Czech Muchova knocks out Mertens to set up Barty clash

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 05:41 PM IST
Mertens, seeded 18th at Melbourne Park, came into the contest having won 30 matches since the women's tour restarted in August – the most by any player during that period.
File photo of Matteo Berrettini(REUTERS)
File photo of Matteo Berrettini(REUTERS)

Injured Berrettini withdraws to send Tsitsipas into last eight

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 04:32 PM IST
Berrettini suffered the injury during his win against Russian Karen Khachanov in the third round on Saturday.
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