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Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic pose(REUTERS)

Tennis ‘21: Covid questions key; Nadal, Djokovic eye records

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:59 AM IST
After an off-and-on, pandemic-altered year for the sport, coronavirus questions and an ever-evolving calendar still will be key parts of the conversation as things get going with main-draw action Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open
Runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia alongside French Open winner Rafael Nadal of Spain as they are presented with their trophies after the final.(REUTERS)
Runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia alongside French Open winner Rafael Nadal of Spain as they are presented with their trophies after the final.(REUTERS)

Djokovic, Nadal set to return for 2nd ATP Cup in Australia

SYDNEY | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:13 AM IST
The inaugural event last year featured 24 teams and was played in three Australian cities, with Djokovic’s Serbia team beating Nadal and Spain in the final at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe were among the winners of the ATP’s top awards for 2020(HT Collage)
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe were among the winners of the ATP’s top awards for 2020(HT Collage)

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Tiafoe win ATP awards for 2020

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:18 AM IST
Federer was the singles fans’ favorite for a record-extending 18th straight year, and Nadal received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the third year straight.
Andre Agassi and Roger Federer(Getty Images)
Andre Agassi and Roger Federer(Getty Images)

HTLS 2020: The day I played Federer, I realised I was playing the greatest player of all time, says Andre Agassi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:23 PM IST
HTLS 2020: Andre Agassi explained how facing Roger Federer for the first time, in the twilight of his career, convinced him that the Swiss player will be on the path to greatness.
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 22, 2020 Russia's Daniil Medvedev with the trophy after winning the final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem(REUTERS)
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 22, 2020 Russia's Daniil Medvedev with the trophy after winning the final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem(REUTERS)

Medvedev, Thiem get tennis set for intriguing 2021

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:31 AM IST
Daniil Madvedev and Dominic Thiem are part of a group of up-and-coming men that also includes Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev, all of whom are showing signs they’re for real and ready to take the next steps.
London: Daniil Medvedev of Russia.(AP)
London: Daniil Medvedev of Russia.(AP)

A refreshing Dominic Thiem for the tennis world

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aditya Iyer (Chief Cricket Writer)
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:19 AM IST
Dominic Thiem lost the last match of the year, but in 2020 the Austrian lived up to his promise.
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 21, 2020 Spain's Rafael Nadal walks off after losing his semi-final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs(Action Images via Reuters)
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 21, 2020 Spain's Rafael Nadal walks off after losing his semi-final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs(Action Images via Reuters)

Nadal adapts, ATP Finals title still remains elusive

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:20 AM IST
The Spaniard’s first semi-final in five years at the ATP Finals ended in defeat, failing to serve out for the match in a 6-3, 6-7(4), 3-6 loss to the on-song Russian in London on Saturday night.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal overpowers Tsitsipas to reach ATP semis

LONDON | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 08:02 AM IST
The last round-robin match in the London Group had become a straight knockout with both men having lost to Dominic Thiem and beaten Andrey Rublev earlier in the week.
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 19, 2020 Russia's Andrey Rublev reacts during his group stage match against Austria's Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs(Action Images via Reuters)
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 19, 2020 Russia's Andrey Rublev reacts during his group stage match against Austria's Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs(Action Images via Reuters)

Rublev beats already-qualified Thiem at ATP Finals

LONDON | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 10:05 PM IST
“It was difficult to keep that amazing intensity like I had in the first two matches,” Thiem said. “I wanted to win the match, 100%, but the first two matches were pretty tough, pretty long.”
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 18, 2020 Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during his group stage match against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)
Tennis - ATP Finals - The O2, London, Britain - November 18, 2020 Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during his group stage match against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Toby Melville(REUTERS)

Zverev grinds out 3-set win over Schwartzman in ATP Finals

LONDON | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 11:10 PM IST
Zverev, coming off what he had described as one of his worst matches of the season in his opening loss to Medvedev on Monday, led 3-1 in the second set before his Argentine opponent battled back with two breaks.
Dominic Thiem won the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker, saving two set points in the process.(Getty Images)
Dominic Thiem won the first set after coming from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker, saving two set points in the process.(Getty Images)

ATP Finals: Thiem beats Nadal, Tsitsipas outlasts Rublev

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 10:04 AM IST
Thiem beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets and secured his spot in the semifinals while Tsitsipas outlasted tournament newcomer Andrey Rublev.
Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza(Yuvraj Singh/Twitter)
Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza(Yuvraj Singh/Twitter)

Yuvraj Singh calls Sania Mirza ‘mirchie mommy’ as he wishes Indian tennis superstar on her birthday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Among those to wish Sania on her birthday was former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is a very close friend of the Indian tennis star, and on expected lines, posted a unique message.
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev.(REUTERS)

Zverev stops Nadal to set up Medvedev final in Paris

PARIS | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 09:51 AM IST
The 20-time Grand Slam champion broke back after falling 4-2 behind in the second set but it was a brief comeback as the 23-year-old Zverev stole his serve again in the 11th game.
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Australia's Jordan Thompson.(REUTERS)

Nadal reaches Paris Masters quarters, chasing elusive title

PARIS | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 07:13 AM IST
Nadal has won 86 career titles, including 35 in Masters events, but lost his only final at the Bercy Indoor Arena in Paris 13 years ago.
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his 1,000th victory on Tour after beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain.(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his 1,000th victory on Tour after beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain.(Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal earns his 1000th win in an empty and silent stadium

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Nadal reached his milestone amid a cathedral-like silence Wednesday in a 20,000-seater stadium left completely empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Photos of Novak Djokovic (L) and Jannik Sinner (R)(Twitter)
Photos of Novak Djokovic (L) and Jannik Sinner (R)(Twitter)

Djokovic marks Italian teenager Jannik Sinner as a potential number one

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:19 PM IST
19-year-old Jannik Sinner won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019 and is currently at a career-high ranking of 43, having reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at this month’s French Open.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during the final of 2020 French Open against Spain’s Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during the final of 2020 French Open against Spain’s Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)

I regret US Open and Roland Garros failures, says Djokovic

Belgrade | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 08:38 PM IST
Having won the Australian Open in January, Djokovic was disqualified at the U.S. Open after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the neck with a petulant swipe of the ball during his fourth-round clash with Pablo Carreno Busta.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)

Djokovic pulls out of Paris Masters with no points to win

BELGRADE | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 03:21 PM IST
“I won’t play in Paris as I can’t add to my points tally but I will go to Vienna and London,” Djokovic told Wednesday’s edition of Belgade daily Sportski Zurnal.
Rafael Nadal with the Rolland Garros 2020 title(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal with the Rolland Garros 2020 title(Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros record the best in sport: Andy Murray

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 12:17 PM IST
Rafael Nadal’s record of 13 French Open singles titles is one of sport’s all-time greatest achievements and one that is unlikely to ever be broken, Andy Murray said.
Is there a winning streak greater in tennis than Rafael Nadal’s at French Open?(Getty Images)
Is there a winning streak greater in tennis than Rafael Nadal’s at French Open?(Getty Images)

Roland Garros: One man’s land

UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 07:50 AM IST
Thirteen titles at a single Slam is an outlandish number. How many more Majors can Rafael Nadal win on Parisian clay?
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pose for photographers ahead of their "Match in Africa" exhibition tennis match in Cape Town.(REUTERS)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pose for photographers ahead of their "Match in Africa" exhibition tennis match in Cape Town.(REUTERS)

Roger Federer lauds Rafael Nadal for matching his record

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 02:54 PM IST
Nadal crushed Serbia’s world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 to claim a 13th French Open title and move level with Federer for the first time in his career.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.(REUTERS)
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal’s journey to greatness

UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 12:18 PM IST
For a decade and a half, Nadal has turned winning at Roland Garros into a repetitive– even ordinary!– act. But even for Nadal, everything about Sunday was extraordinary: from his straight sets decimation of the world No. 1 (including a first set bagel), to recording his 100th win in this tournament to winning a 13th French Open title.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer(Roger Federer/Facebook)
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer(Roger Federer/Facebook)

‘One of the greatest achievements in sports’: Roger Federer reacts on Rafael Nadal’s record-equaling 20th Grand Slam win

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 10:52 PM IST
“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion,” wrote Federer, who sat out the tournament to recover from knee surgery.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 11, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 11, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal blows away Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win 13th French Open title, equals Federer’s all-time record with 20th grand slam

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 10:13 PM IST
Rafael Nadal’s triumph is an iconic moment in the history of men’s singles tennis as he equalled Roger Federer’s all-time grand slam record of 20 titles. In his long standing rivalry with the Swiss ace, this is the first time that Nadal has equalled Federer’s tally of Grand Slams.
File images of Rafael Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic.(Getty Images)
File images of Rafael Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic.(Getty Images)

French Open final: Nadal eyes record, Djokovic ‘cold comfort’

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Nadal - on clay, in a final, at the French Open - is a different beast altogether. Djokovic will be no easy prey though.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 9, 2020 Spain's Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman after winning the semi final match REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 9, 2020 Spain's Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman after winning the semi final match REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

Beating ‘Big Three’ at slams tougher, says Schwartzman

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 08:42 PM IST
The 28-year-old arrived in Paris having defeated Nadal 6-2 7-5 in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters but went down 6-3 6-3 7-6(0) against the 12-time French Open champion in his maiden appearance in the last four of a Grand Slam.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates during his semi final match against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates during his semi final match against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal closes in on 13th French Open, Federer-tying 20th Slam

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 10:07 PM IST
Doing to his latest opponent what he’s done to so many at the clay-court tournament he’s dominated for 1 1/2 decades, Nadal defeated 12th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (0) Friday in a semifinal filled with grueling, grinding points.
On Friday, Schwartzman will play his maiden Major semi-final in his 25th appearance against Rafael Nadal.(Getty Images)
On Friday, Schwartzman will play his maiden Major semi-final in his 25th appearance against Rafael Nadal.(Getty Images)

French Open 2020: Against Rafael Nadal, conditions may favour Diego Schwartzman

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 09:20 AM IST
Diego Schwartzman likely to provide the toughest challenge in the tournament yet to Rafael Nadal, the defending champion who otherwise seems to be cruising towards a 13th Roland Garros title.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 4, 2020. Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 4, 2020. Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes(REUTERS)

Nadal crushes qualifier Korda to reach last eight

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:56 PM IST
Rafael Nadal blew away Sebastian Korda 6-1 6-1 6-2 to reach the French Open quarter-finals.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrate winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Colombia's Daniel Elahi Galan in three sets 6-0, 6-3, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.(AP)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrate winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Colombia's Daniel Elahi Galan in three sets 6-0, 6-3, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.(AP)

Djokovic leads been-there-done-that crew at wild French Open

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 01:16 PM IST
Forget the idea of an early upset or even slightest upstaging of Djokovic. He is outclassing opponents and making every contest uncompetitive, yet again ceding merely five games — as he has each time out so far on this trip to Roland Garros — in a 6-0 6-3 6-2 victory Saturday over 153rd-ranked Daniel Elahi Galan.
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