Australian Open: Mirza-Dodig race into mixed doubles second round

Australian Open: Mirza-Dodig race into mixed doubles second round

Melbourne [Australia], Jan.21 : Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig kicked off their Australian Open campaign with straight sets victory in their mixed doubles opening clash here at the Melbourne Park on Saturday.

The Indo-Croatian pair produced a resilient performance throughout the match to record a comfortable 7-5, 6-4 triumph over German-Croatian team of Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic in the opening-round clash that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.

Mirza and Dodig will now lock horns with the winners of another mixed doubles clash between Chinese-Austria team of Saisai Zheng and Alexander Peya and the Australian duo of Sally Peers and John Peers.

Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan crowned doubles champions at Chennai Open

Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan crowned doubles champions at Chennai Open

Nungambakkam (Chennai) [India], Jan. 9 : Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan became the first Indian pair since 2011 to clinch the Chennai Open men's doubles title at the SDAT Stadium here last evening.

Bopanna and Nedunchezhiyan defeated fellow countrymen Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the tournament to emulate Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who achieved the feat as many as five times.

Paes won the title one more time in 2012 but that was with a Serbian player, Janko Tipsaveric.

Some sort of doubles history was created even before the first ball was hit, as it was for the time in the Chennai Open's 22-year existence that four Indians featured in the summit showdown.

Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Roger Federer to make injury return in IPTL

Johannesburg [South Africa], Nov. 29 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who suffered from a knee injury in July, will make his return in Asia next month after his participation was confirmed in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

Federer will prepare for January's Hopman Cup by representing the Indian Aces in the IPTL, reported Sport24.

After conquering China Open, PV?Sindhu targets Hong Kong

After conquering China Open, PV?Sindhu targets Hong Kong

New Delhi [India], Nov. 23 : The Indian contention, led by Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, will today begin in the Hong Kong Open Super Series Badminton tournament.

Brimming with confidence after clinching her maiden Super Series Premier title at the China Open on Sunday, the ace Indian shuttler would be eying to come up with another good performance to qualify for next month's Dubai World Super Series Finals.

In the women's singles main draw, Sindhu will open her campaign against Indonesia's Susanto Yosephin, while Saina Nehwal, who recently recovered from a knee injury, will face Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.

Fifth seeded Saina was last week stunned by the Thai in the first round of the China Open.

Murray ends season as No. 1, defeats Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals

London [UK], Nov. 21 : Ace British tennis player Andy Murray ended his 2016 campaign on a perfect note after defeating Novak Djokovic in straights in the summit clash of the ATP World Tour Finals, assuming the mantle of year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Murray dethroned Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a contest that lasted for an hour and 43 minutes to earn his first title at the ATP finals and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season.

The Briton replaced Djokovic as the top-ranked player in Paris, but the second-ranked Serb could have regained the numero one position by winning the summit clash on Sunday at the O2 Arena.

Djokovic beats Raonic to enter ATP World Tour Finals semis

Djokovic beats Raonic to enter ATP World Tour Finals semis

London [UK], Nov. 16 : World No. 2 Novak Djokovic entered the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he claimed a straight sets-victory against Canada's Milos Raonic on Tuesday for his second match win in Group Ivan Lendl.

Djokovic defeated the fourth seeded Canadian 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) at the O2 Arena to became the first player to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

If the Serbian goes on to win the title, he will claim year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The five-time champion will now face sixth seeded Gael Monfils on Thursday in a bid to make it to the summit showdown.

Murray brushes aside Cilic in first match as World No.1

Murray brushes aside Cilic in first match as World No.1

London [U. K], Nov.15 : Playing his first match as world number one, British tennis maestro Andy Murray produced a rich vein of form to clinch a straight-set victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic in the round robin clash at the ATP World Tour Finals here on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who ended Novak Djokovic's 122-week reign at the top of the rankings last week, broke his Croatian opponent twice in each set on his way to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the one-sided contest that lasted one and a half hour.

It was Murray's 12th win over Cilic and 20th victory in a row.

Murray and Serbia's Djokovic are vying to end the year at the number one spot.

Murray one win away from becoming World No.1 in Paris

Paris [France], Nov.5 : British maestro Andy Murray's quest to become world number one continued after he defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in straight sets to storm into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters here on Saturday.

The second-seed, who is just one win away from the numero one ranking, survived a first-set tie-breaker to tough out a 7-6(9), 7-5 win over Berdych in a thrilling last-eight contest that lasted about two hours.

Excited to see himself moving in the right direction, Murray described `consistency` as his key to success before admitting that he had played some of his best tennis in last few weeks.

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Djokovic, Murray progress to last eight of Paris Masters

Paris [France], Nov. 4 : World No. 1 Novak Djokovic progressed through to the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters after battling past 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov in hard fought third round contest on Thursday.

Rallying from a set down, Djokovic came back strong to defeat Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Serbian will now meet Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, World No. 2 Andy Murray continued his battle for the numero one ranking after defeating Lucas Pouille in straight sets 6-3 6-0 in a relatively low-quality match. Murray will now face seventh seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the last eight counter.

Djokovic eases to third round of Paris Masters

Paris [France] Nov. 3 : World No.1 Novak Djokovic progressed to the last 16 of the Paris Masters with a comfortable straight-sets win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller on Wednesday.

The Serbian defeated Muller 6-3, 6-4 without much of difficulty. The Serbian will now face 14th seeded Grigor Dimitrov in what could be an intriguing third-round clash.

The 29-year-old must reach the final in Paris to guarantee he extends his 122-week reign at the top of the rankings with Andy Murray rapidly closing in on the Serb. However, failure to do so would allow Murray to overtake him if the Scot can win the title, or if Murray reaches the final and Djokovic exits before the semis.

`Recovering` Federer brushes aside retirement talk

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct.22 : Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has dismissed speculation that he is planning to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the end of next season.

In July, Federer ruled himself out of the rest of the season to recover fully from his injury, which got aggravated during his semifinal defeat to Milos Raonic in Wimbledon.

However, since the Spanish maestro has turned 35, there are question marks over how longer will he continue to compete.

When asked whether 2017 would be his last season, Federer insisted that retirement is still far away before adding that he is still looking forward to compete in 2018.

Djokovic credits Becker for spectacular achievements during past 14 months

Novak Djokovic

Johannesburg, Feb 24 - While previewing his defence of the Dubai Open title, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has paid a tribute to the role of his head coach Boris Becker in the amazing advances he has made in the 14 months they have been working together.

Under Becker's guidance the Serb has won two Grand Slam titles, taking his total to eight, and built an overwhelming lead as world number one, now nearly 4,000 ranking points.

Djokovic has claimed that Becker should be given some of the credit for the same, as the German's experience in winning six Grand Slam titles and two Davis Cups with Germany has helped the Serb cope with the psychological stress of continuously playing at the very highest level of the game, Sport24 reported.

Federer likely to skip Davis Cup fixture against Belgium

Roger Federer

Johannesburg, Feb 14 - World number two Roger Federer is reportedly planning to skip Swizerland's Davis Cup tie to be played in March as the 17-time Grand Slam champion made no mention of it in his spring-to-summer playing schedule.

As per the schedule, Federer would play in Dubai (from February 23), the Indian Wells Masters in March (no Miami event), plus clay-court Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome before playing Roland Garros , Sport24 reported.

Federer handed Switzerland a historic first Davis Cup title after a 6-4 6-2 6-2 demolition of Richard Gasquet in the first reverse singles sealed a 3-1 victory for the visitors against France in the 2014 Davis Cup. (ANI)

Nadal eager to witness 'incredible' carnival ahead of Rio title defence

Rafael Nadal

Johannesburg, Feb 13 - 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has said that he is eager to experience the incredible energy of Brazilian carnival before gearing up to defend his title at the Rio Open, which starts on Monday.

The Spaniard said that he really wanted to learn about the carnival in Rio as it had an incredible energy, adding that carnival was like a religion there, Sport24 reported.

Nadal, who will join a parade on Sunday with compatriot David Ferrer, further said that he was always fascinated by the carnival and was eager to see it live, the report added. (ANI)

Djokovic invites Murray to clear-the-air talks post Oz Open triumph

London, Feb 03 - World number one Novak Djokovic has invited British number one Andy Murray to clear-the-air talks after insisting that he did not fake injury during the Australian Open final.

And Djokovic insisted that the Scot and other top players are his friends because he sees them so much, more than his parents and sometimes more than his wife.

Murray doubted that the Serb pretended that he was suffering in the third set before romping away to claim his eighth Grand Slam title, The Mirror reported.

Djokovic has insisted that he would not allow the bad blood surrounding his fifth triumph at the Australian Open to change his relationship with Murray.

Djokovic says winning Oz Open title more meaningful, 'intrinsic' post becoming dad

Wellington, Feb 02 - World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has claimed that his Australian Open win has a deeper meaning and a 'more intrinsic value' now to his life because he is a father.

Djokovic, who defeated Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 to clinch his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday, turned his thoughts to his family, rather than the trophy he had just won.

'Dominant' Sharapova brushes aside Bouchard in straight-sets to reach Oz Open semis

Maria SharapovaLondon, Jan 27 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova put on a dominant display as she brushed aside Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne.

The 2008 champion, seeded second, won 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes, taking her record against Bouchard to 4-0, as the Canadian made 30 errors in the game.

The Russian said that she thought she had a really good start, adding that she kept her focus throughout the whole match, and didn't feel that she had too many letdowns, which was important.

Wawrinka, Nishikori advance to Oz Open quarters

Stanislas WawrinkaMelbourne, Jan 26 : Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka exhibited a power packed performance to overcome his Spanish opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in tight four sets to advance to the quarter-finals of Australian Open in Melbourne.

Avenging last year's French Open loss, the fourth seeded trounced Lopez 7-6(2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8) to book his place in the last eight.

Moreover, fifth seeded Kei Nishikori cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over his Spanish opponent David Ferrer.

Wawrinka will now face his U. S Open nemesis Kei Nishikori to book a semifinal berth. (ANI)

Murray feels physically stronger than last year post advancing to Oz Open quarters

Andy MurrayLondon, Jan 26 - Britain number one Andy Murray admitted that he felt much stronger physically than last year in the fourth-round tie against Bulgarian opponent Grigor Dimitrov.

Sixth seeded Murray, who trounced Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 in a pulsating thriller, cruised into the quarterfinal round of Australian Open .

Murray, who is eyeing his third major, said that he felt physically better than the last year for a match that went three and a half hours, the BBC reported.

Bouchard says she is ready to twirl if guys are asked to flex their muscles

Eugenie BouchardJohannesburg, Jan 24 - Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has played down the ' Twirlgate' controversy at the Australian Open, saying that she was fine with it and trying to focus on her tennis.

The Canadian tennis ace was asked by a male interviewer to twirl and show off her outfit for the crowd after second-round win in Melbourne.

Responding to the controversy, she said that it was just kind of funny and she was fine with being asked to twirl if they ask the guys to flex their muscles , Sport24 reported.

Causing a stir in the sphere of social media, tennis legend Billie Jean King had earlier branded the question as truly sexist.

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