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Australian Open will be great with or without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Rafael Nadal on Saturday said the Australian Open is much more important than any one player while talking about his rival Novak Djokovic, who is currently fighting deportation from Australia.Ahead of the start of the season’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal at Melbourne Park in his pre-event press conference said: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.” Currently, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is still in the draw to defend his title in Melbourne after the Serbian’s visa was cancelled on Friday by Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs. Djokovic is placed against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round.When asked about how different AO 2022 would look with Djokovic in the draw and without him, Rafa said: “I tell you one thing, it’s very clear that Novak…

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Australian Open: Pleased and grateful that judge overturned my visa cancellation, says Djokovic

Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): World number one men’s singles player Novak Djokovic on Monday said he is “pleased and grateful” that the judge has overturned his visa cancellation ahead of the Australian Open.The tennis star won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and confirmed the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian will be permitted to stay in Australia.Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effects”.“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen.I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of…

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Rafael Nadal downs Cressy to clinch his 89th tour-level title in Melbourne

Melbourne [Australia]: Rafael Nadal lifted the Melbourne Summer Set trophy on Sunday by downing the American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6(6), 6-3.The Spaniard was playing for the first time since August this week after a foot injury curtailed his 2021 season. However, the world number six showed little sign of rustiness in Melbourne, not dropping a set at the ATP 250 event to earn his 89th tour-level crown. In an entertaining match, Cressy attacked Nadal with his high-flying serve-and-volley game, but the Spaniard returned well throughout and showed a great fight. The 35-year-old saved a set point in the first-set tie-break and rallied from a break-down in the second set, before eventually triumphing after one hour and 44 minutes. This was Cressy’s first ATP Tour final.“This court has always been very, very special for me,” Nadal said after the match. “The Rod Laver Arena is…

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Ramanathan, Bopanna battle past into quarterfinals in Adelaide

Adelaide [Australia]: India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rohan Bopanna battled their way into the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Adelaide International 1 ATP tournament in Adelaide on Wednesday.In the ATP 250 men’s event, the Indians defeated the American pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 10-4 in a super tie-breaker in the second round. Earlier in the round of 32, Bopanna-Ramanathan beat American Jamie Cerretani and Brazil’s Fernando Romboli 6-2, 6-1. They will face the winner of the match between the French-Monegasque duo of Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Nys and the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.On Tuesday in the women’s WTA 500 event here, India’s Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles in the Adelaide International tournament. Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok came from a set down to upset second seeds…

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ATP Cup: Krajinovic leads Serbia to victory against Norway

Sydney [Australia]: Filip Krajinovic did double duty Saturday at ATP Cup to guide Serbia to a 2-1 victory against Norway in Group A in Sydney on Saturday.The World No. 42 teamed with Nikola Cacic to overcome Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic 7-6(3), 6-3 in the decisive doubles rubber after the two singles matches were split. “It was an amazing point at the end,” Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. “Thank you for watching and thank you for Nikola for playing with me and we are very happy to win today. It is a very good start. We are happy we won and we came here to go all the way if we can and we are going to give our best.”The Serbian tandem hit with power, closed the net effectively throughout and broke three times, winning an epic exchange on match point to clinch…

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Season 3 of Tennis Premier League launched amidst great fanfare

New Delhi [India]: Tennis Premier League (TPL) launched its third season in a grand way at The Celebration Sports Club, keeping all COVID-19 protocols in mind.It was a double whammy for all Tennis lovers and enthusiasts to see Tennis Legend Leander Paes and Tennis icon Sania Mirza together in support of the League. Co-Founder of the League Kunal Thakkur was elated with the response and was quoted saying ” For me the biggest victory is to see the entire tennis fraternity of India, supporting and collaborating to promote tennis as a sport, for which I am very grateful “.Co-Founder Mrunal Jain meanwhile added ” We have come this far only with the support of all our owners, celebrities and players and are looking forward to a smashing season 3″.The highlight of the inauguration was the one on one virtual interaction with Goran Ivanisevic, current…

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Ash Barty, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal among top names in Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic headline stellar player fields that are set to compete at Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2022 in the entry list released on Wednesday.Defending champion Djokovic will play for an incredible 10th Australian Open trophy — and a men’s record 21st major singles title — and will be the favourite in a draw that showcases 49 of the world’s top 50 including world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who beat top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s US Open final. World No.1 Barty, who will attempt to become the first local player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years, leads a women’s field featuring all of the world’s top 40.Defending champion Naomi Osaka is expected to return to action and will target a fifth career major singles title; and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her Australian…

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Russia defeat Croatia to lift third Davis Cup title

Madrid [Spain]: Russia has won the Davis Cup for the third time after the side defeated Croatia 2-0 in the summit clash in Madrid. Andrey Rublev defeated Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-5 in the opening match and then the victory was sealed by Daniil Medvedev after he outclassed Marin Cilic.Medvedev defeated Cilic 7-6, 6-2 to seal the victory for Russia. This was the third final in five years for Croatia. “It feels amazing. But I am more happy for the team than for myself. We have an amazing team, amazing atmosphere,” the official website of Davis Cup quoted Medvedev as saying. “I am happy to be a part of it and bring the points we need. It is never easy to come here at the end of the season but they were some of the best weeks of my career,” he added. (ANI)

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ATP Finals: Djokovic reaches semis

Turin [Italy]: Novak Djokovic on Wednesday qualified for the semi-finals at the ATP Finals with his 50th match win of the year.The World No. 1, chasing a record-equalling sixth trophy at the season finale, won Green Group play at the Pala Alpitour in Turin with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Andrey Rublev. With Daniil Medvedev winning the Red Group on Tuesday, a possible World No. 1 versus No. 2 final is on the cards come 21 November.The Serbian will look to carry his momentum into Friday’s round-robin match against British alternate Cameron Norrie, who has replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas (right elbow) in the elite field.In the other singles match of the day, Casper Ruud claimed the first win of his ATP Finals campaign after rallying from a set down against alternate Cameron Norrie 1-6, 6 -3, 6-4.

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Berrettini withdraws from ATP Finals

Turin [Italy]: Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday withdrew from the ATP Finals after suffering a left oblique injury that forced him to retire from his match on Sunday evening against Alexander Zverev.After one game in the second set, the Italian took a medical timeout. An emotional Berrettini attempted to continue but was forced to retire. Zverev won a tightly contested first set 7-6(7) in 79 minutes and led 1-0 in the second set when Berrettini was unable to continue. Following a medical timeout, the home favourite attempted to continue. But after playing one more point, he walked to the net to shake hands. Zverev climbed over the net to embrace and console him.Berrettini announced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals through an emotional Instagram post.Now the first alternate Jannik Sinner will take Berrettini’s place. Sinner will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.Sinner has enjoyed the best season…

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Federer unlikely to play Australian Open

Melbourne [Australia]: Swiss maestro Roger Federer is unlikely to play in the Australian Open as he recovers from injury, according to his coach Ivan Ljubicic. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is still determined to return to tournament action at some point. He has been inactive since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.Federer underwent arthroscopic right knee surgeries in February 2020 and May 2020. Federer has played five tournaments since having those surgeries, all of which came this season. “I think the Australian Open is not a real possibility right now,” Ljubicic told Stats Perform. “I think there are very few chances, he is still recovering and knowing him, he wants to be sure he can play to win the tournament and be at 100 per cent. He will go step by step because he is 40 years old now and he needs to…

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Tommy Paul lifts maiden ATP title

Stockholm [Sweden]: Tommy Paul on Saturday defeated defending champion Denis Shapovalov to clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open.The American recorded a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory over third seed Shapovalov of Canada in two hours and 12 minutes. With his 25th match win of the season, the 24-year-old is the first American to lift the Stockholm title since James Blake captured his second straight trophy in 2006.En route to his title win, the world number 53 defeated Leo Borg, Taylor Fritz, Andy Murray, and Frances Tiafoe.“I played some of my best tennis to beat Denis,” said Paul, as per atptour.com. “It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30 at some point,” he added.

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Paula Badosa reaches semis

Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa on Saturday defeated number four seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the group stage of the ongoing WTA Finals Guadalajara.In the first meeting between the two, the number seven seed from Spain gritted out a 2-hour and 4-minute win and extended her current winning streak to eight straight victories. Badosa then waited for the result of the nightcap between Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek to see if she qualifies for the semifinals prior to playing her third round-robin clash in the Chichen Itza group.In that match, Aryna Sabalenka held her nerve to defeat Swiatek in a thriller. The Belarusian secured her first win of the WTA Finals after defeating the player from Poland by 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. 

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Riske beats Cristian

Linz [Austria]: Upper Austria Ladies Linz title clash on Friday saw Alison Riske defeating lucky loser Jaqueline Cristian after two hours and 24 minutes in a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 thriller to win her third career title.The American was previously champion at Tianjin 2014 and ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2019, but had lost her seven other finals, including in Portoroz two months ago to Jasmine Paolini. In the doubles final, the number three seeds Natela Dzalamidze and Kamilla Rakhimova ended the 10-match winning streak of Wang Xinyu and Zheng Saisai to claim the title. It was the second trophy in three WTA finals for both Russians.Dzalamidze, 28, also won the Winners Open, Cluj-Napoca with Kaja Juvan in August for her maiden title; Rakhimova’s first WTA crown came at the Phillip Island Trophy in February alongside Ankita Raina.

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WTA Finals, Day 2

Guadalajara [Mexico] : Paula Badosa made a remarkable debut at the 2021 WTA Finals, defeating top seed and world number two Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night in Guadalajara.With the win, the 23-year-old Spaniard joins Maria Sakkari atop the Chichen Itza group after Day 2. Badosa has now won her past seven matches dating back to her Indian Wells triumph three weeks ago. Maria Sakkari of Greece got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in Guadalajara.Badosa will now face Maria Sakkari. The Greek star got her WTA Finals campaign off to a stellar start, defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-2, 6-4 earlier in the day. The winner will sit alone atop the Chichen Itza group.Iga Swiatek will next face number one seed Aryna Sabalenka. 

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Mouma Das awarded PadmaShri

New Delhi [India]: Veteran Indian table tennis player Mouma Das was honoured with the Padma Shri on Tuesday.The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award to Mouma Das here at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Monday, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award while women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2020.Rani Rampal had led the women’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics 2020 held earlier this year.Padma Shri Award is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award.The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honours of India announced annually ahead of Republic Day. However, the award-giving ceremony was affected due to the Covis-19 pandmeic.The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher-order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).The award seeks to recognise achievements in…

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Paris Masters: Djokovic Wins

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic held his nerve on Sunday to capture his sixth Paris Masters title by defeating the defending champion, Daniil Medvedev.This victory in Paris also marked his record-breaking 37th ATP Masters 1000 crown. World No. 1 Djokovic came from behind to overcome No. 2-ranked Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes battle. It was the 14th time this year that Djokovic has rallied from a set down to win.This was also the 48th match win of a standout season (48-6) for Djokovic as he breaks a tie with Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 titles. Notably, the Serbian secured year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for a record seventh time on Saturday by reaching the Paris final.It was the first Paris final to feature the top two players in the ATP Rankings since Stefan Edberg played Boris…

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Russia triumph over Switzerland to claim 5th Billie Jean King Cup

Prague [Czech Republic] : The Russian Tennis Federation claimed Billie Jean King Cup by defeating Switzerland on Saturday in the championship tie to claim the premier team competition in women’s tennis for the fifth time.They put an end to that 13-year drought after Daria Kasatkina and Liudmila Samsonova picked up singles wins to build an insurmountable 2-0 lead over the Swiss squad and capture the cup at the O2 Arena in Prague. The Russians denied Switzerland their maiden Billie Jean King Cup championship. The Swiss finish as runners-up for the second time, along with their finalist showing in 1998 when they fell to five-time champions Spain.Kasatkina got the Russians off on the right foot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jil Teichmann of Switzerland in the opening match. In the first meeting between the pair, World No.28 Kasatkina ousted World No.39 Teichmann in an…

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Novak overtakes Sampras

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for a record-breaking seventh time after a season full of historic achievements. The Serbian achieved this feat after he stormed into the title clash of Paris Masters on Saturday.The 20 times Grand Slam champion eclipsed the mark previously he shared with American Pete Sampras for the most year-end No. 1 finishes in history. By defeating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters semi-finals, Djokovic breaks a tie with Sampras, who completed six straight year-end No. 1 finishes between 1993-98. Djokovic has achieved the feat in seven of the past 11 seasons (also 2011-12, ’14-15, ’18 and ’20).Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said, as per atptour.com: “Finishing the season as No. 1 is a monumental achievement. To do it seven times, in this incredible era of men’s professional tennis, is hard to describe. Novak…

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“Going to Turin is a dream”

London [UK]: The field for the 2021 ATP Finals is set. Hubert Hurkacz has earned the final spot at the season finale, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21.The 24-year-old is the second Polish player to earn a spot at the event in tournament history (after 1976 runner-up Wojtek Fibak) and will make his debut following a standout season in which he reached a career-high No. 10 in the ATP Rankings and captured three ATP Tour trophies. “It feels incredible. Obviously going to Turin is a dream,” Hurkacz said as per nittoatpfinals.com. “Growing up as a kid, seeing all those top guys playing in the Finals, it’s inspiring. Now being among them, it’s very special because it’s just eight spots there, so it’s not that easy to get there.”Hurkacz clinched his spot by defeating James Duckworth in three sets…

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Paris Masters: Pair of Djokovic, Krajinovic advance to second round

Paris [France]: Serbian pair of Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic reached the second round of Paris Masters after defeating the Australian duo on Monday.The Serbian pair rallied from a set down and saved seven of the eight break points they faced to edge Australians Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 in one hour and 36 minutes in an entertaining match. In the singles, Cameron Norrie recorded the 100th tour-level match win of his career in Paris to keep alive his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals in Turin. The 10th-seeded Briton won nine straight games from 2-2 in the first set to overcome Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-1 in 73 minutes.Earlier, American Sebastian Korda recovered from squandering two match points in the second-set tie-break, edging Aslan Karatsev 6-2, 6-7(9), 7-6(5) to reach the second round in Paris, ending the…

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Novak Djokovic eyes year-end no 1 finish in Paris, says ‘that’s the goal’

Paris [France]: Novak Djokovic who is making his long-awaited return to action this week at the Paris Masters, has set his eye on the year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings.The five-time champion in Paris/Bercy will play his first tournament since falling to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open. Djokovic has also signed up to play doubles for just the third time this season (ATP Cup, Mallorca) and will team with countryman Filip Krajinovic. The Serbian superstar has an opportunity to clinch his seventh year-end No. 1 finish in the ATP Rankings, which would break his tie with Pete Sampras for the most year-end No. 1 finishes in history.“The year-end No. 1 is on the line between Medvedev and myself, and I’m in a pretty good position,” atptour.com quoted Djokovic as a saying. “That’s obviously the goal for the end…

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Matteo Berrettini seals spot in 2021 ATP Finals

London [UK] : Italy’s Matteo Berrettini will make his second ATP Finals appearance after becoming the sixth singles player to qualify for the 2021 season finale, to be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from November 14-21.The 25-year-old secured his return to the year-end championships for the first time since 2019 when he reached the Erste Bank Open second round on Monday. This year marks the first edition of the ATP Finals in Turin, following a 12-year stint in London. “My words aren’t going to describe the happiness I feel in my heart,” said Berrettini in a release by ATP. “2020 was a tough year for me on and off the court. Here I am about to play my second [Nitto ATP] Finals and I can’t believe it. I always have to remember where I started. I didn’t dream about this, because it…

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Swiatek, Muguruza, Badosa qualify for 2021 WTA Finals

Florida [USA]: The WTA announced on Monday that Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza and Paula Badosa have qualified for the 2021 WTA Finals Guadalajara.The trio will join Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari in the singles field, leaving one qualification place remaining following Ashleigh Barty’s withdrawal. Five of the eight doubles teams have also confirmed their attendance in Guadalajara, which include Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, Hsieh Su-Wei and Elise Mertens, Nicole Melichar-Sanchez and Demi Schuurs, and Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai.Swiatek will be making her debut appearance at the WTA Finals and is the first Polish woman to qualify since Agnieszka Radwanska in 2016. She has won two titles this season, at the Adelaide International in February and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome) on clay in May.Muguruza is set to appear at the WTA Finals in singles…

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Sania Mirza-Zhang Shuai bag Ostrava Open doubles title

Ostrava [Czech Republic] : Indian ace tennis star Sania Mirza bagged women’s doubles title of Ostrava Open 2021 with her Chinese partner Zhang Shuai in the Czech Republic on Sunday.Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai defeated USA’s Kaitlyn Christian and Erin Routliffe of New Zealand 6-3, 6-2 in the final to claim the title. This was Mirza’s first WTA title in 20 months. Before this, the Indian tennis star’s last WTA title was at the Hobart International in January 2020, where Sania and Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok won the women’s doubles event, as per olympics.com.Sania Mirza and Zhang Shuai, the third seeds at the Ostrava WTA event, looked in charge out of the blocks and kept their opponents on the backfoot throughout the first set. A break point in the sixth game saw the Indo-Chinese pair take a 4-2 lead and ride the advantage to win…

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Being a mother and professional athlete is challenging but extremely gratifying: Sania Mirza

New Delhi [India]: Ace India tennis star Sania Mirza believes that being a mother and professional athlete is extremely challenging but in the end, it is gratifying. She also believes that “sky is the limit” once one puts their mind and soul into the dream they have.In an interaction with ANI, Sania opened up on how she sees her run in 2021, hopes from Ankita Raina, the tennis season next year, and much more. “I think being a mother and a professional athlete is very challenging but extremely gratifying. It has taken me a lot of hard work to get into this position of competing at the highest level. I do not really care about the naysayers, but I want to tell young women out there who want to be mothers or are mothers that nothing can stop you if you put your mind…

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US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev wins first grand slam title, defeats Djokovic in final

New York [US]: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev bagged his first grand slam title on Sunday, after defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s singles final.Medvedev, the world No. 2 won the game held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic stormed into the finals of the ongoing US Open after defeating Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller on Saturday.World number Djokovic defeated Zverev in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 here at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic will now take on Daniil Medvedev in the summit clash of the US Open.The 34-year-old Djokovic is chasing a Calendar Slam after having won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon earlier this year.Daniil Medvedev progressed to the finals after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

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Serena Williams withdraws from US Open due to injury

New York [US]: 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Wednesday pulled out of the upcoming US Open due to a torn hamstring.“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Serena wrote in an Instagram post. “New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world and one of my favorite places to play — I’ll miss seeing the fans but will be cheering everyone on from afar. Thank you for your continued support and love. I’ll see you soon,” she added.Earlier, Serena was forced to retire during her opening match of the ongoing Wimbledon tournament. The seven-time singles Wimbledon champion sustained an injury during her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.In just the fourth game,…

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Sania Mirza, Christina Mchale storm into quarter-finals of Cleveland Championships

Cleveland [USA], August 23 : India’s ace tennis star Sania Mirza and her American partner Christina Mchale entered the quarterfinals of the Cleveland Championships in the women’s doubles event.The Indo-American duo dominated and won their match 6-3, 6-2 against Oksana Kalashnikova and Andreea Mitu at Cleveland on Sunday night. Mirza and her partner from the USA never gave Kalashnikova and Andreea any chance to settle in the match as they captured the first set very easily. The second set was no different as they provided no respite to their opponents and stormed into the quarterfinals of the WTA 250 tournament.Earlier last week, Sania and her Tunisian partner Ons Jabeur bowed out of the women’s doubles event at the ATP Masters 1000 Western and Southern Cincinnati Open following a straight-set defeat against Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-2 in the…

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Andy Murray, Daniel Evans to play in Winston-Salem Open

North Carolina [USA]: British pair Andy Murray and Daniel Evans have accepted wild cards into next week’s Winston-Salem Open, a hard-court ATP 250 event, the organisers announced on Thursday.Murray, who is a former world no 1 and holds 46 career singles titles, including two at Wimbledon and one US Open championship, competed at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati this week in just his fifth tour-level singles event of the season, falling to Hubert Hurkacz in the second round. This will be the 34-year-old Scotsman’s second appearance in North Carolina, having also played in 2019. Evans is currently ranked No. 28 in the world and is the top-ranked British man on the ATP Tour. He took home his first title this year in Melbourne, Australia. He is also having a career-best year having reached a high of No. 25 in the rankings.“To round…

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Roger Federer to undergo more knee surgeries, to miss US Open

Zurich [Switzerland]: Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer has confirmed that he would be undergoing more knee surgeries and he will miss the upcoming US Open.Federer was last seen playing in the Wimbledon, and after that, he also gave Tokyo Olympics a miss due to knee issues. “I just wanted to give you a bit of an update on what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it has not been simple. I have been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon. That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it,” Federer said in a video posted on his Instagram…

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati after foot injury

Ohio [USA]: Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Western and Southern Open due to his ongoing left foot injury, the tournament announced on Wednesday.The Spanish superstar on Tuesday has already pulled out of the Rogers Cup ahead of his second-round match against Lloyd Harris. Nadal’s left foot injury forced him to miss Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics too. The legendary lefty returned last week at the Citi Open in Washington, where he battled through his opening match against Jack Sock in a final-set tie-break before losing against South African Lloyd Harris in three sets in the third round. Nadal, who lifted the Cincinnati trophy in 2013, is 24-5 this season with titles in Barcelona and Rome. Daniil Medvedev, who won the 2019 Western & Southern Open when it was last held in Cincinnati, will be the tournament’s top men’s seed as the No.…

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Novak Djokovic pulls out of Western & Southern Open, to ‘turn’ focus on US Open

Cincinnati [US]: World number one and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.“I’m taking a bit longer to recover after quite a physically taxing journey from Australian Open up to Tokyo,” Djokovic said in a statement on Twitter. “Sadly, this means I won’t be ready to compete in Cincinnati this year so I’ll be turning my focus to the U.S. Open and spending more time with my family. Can’t wait to see you in New York soon,” he added.The Western & Southern Open will be held in August from 14 and 22. The main draw will be released on the evening of Friday. Qualifying action takes place this weekend.Men’s main draw action gets underway from August 15, with a full day of men’s and women’s main draw play scheduled for August 16.Last month, Djokovic missed…

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Roger Federer pulls out of Tokyo Olympics after knee ‘setback’

Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he “experienced a setback” with his knee during the grass-court season. Federer had said before Wimbledon that he would make a decision about going to the Summer Games after the Grand Slam tournament ended. The 39-year-old from Switzerland lost in the quarterfinals at the All England Club last week to Hubert Hurkacz. Federer had two operations on his right knee in 2020 and went more than a full year between matches. He returned to Grand Slam action at the French Open and then pulled out of that tournament after three victories, saying he wanted to be rested and ready for the grass circuit — especially Wimbledon. On Tuesday, he said in a post on Twitter that because of the setback, he has “accepted that I must withdraw from the…

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Rafael Nadal to debut in Washington’s major tennis tournament – Organizers

Washington: Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal will debut in a major Washington, DC competition later this summer, Citi Open chairman Mark Ein said on Thursday.“We are thrilled to welcome Rafael Nadal, who is not just one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, but also a global sporting icon and inspiring role model to our Washington community this summer,” Ein said in a statement.The Citi Open will be held from July 31 to August 8 in the US capital for the 52nd year running.Nadal, who currently ranks world number three, boasts 20 Grand Slam titles. He has won two Olympic gold medals along with 88 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) single titles throughout his career.“I am very excited to come to Washington for the first time,” he said. “I have never been there and it’s one more place I wanted to come and play.”On…

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Wimbledon 2021 | Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini to win 20th Grand Slam title

Wimbledon 2021 | Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini to win 20th Grand Slam titleSerbia’s Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon and 20th Grand Slam title after beating Italian Matteo Berrettini in the finalSerbia’s Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon and 20th Grand Slam title after beating Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final. erbian tennis star Novak Djokovic continued his unbeaten record in Grand Slams this year, winning his sixth Wimbledon title after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets at the All England Club on Sunday. Djokovic defeated Berrettini 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 on Centre Court. The Serb had won both, the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, and remains a strong contender to achieve a career slam with a win of US Open, as well as a career golden slam if he wins at both, the Olympics and the US Open.  Steffi Graf…

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Croatian duo Nikola Mektic, Mate Pavic wins men’s doubles at Wimbledon 2021

Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic lived up to their billing as the world’s top doubles team by winning Wimbledon to secure their biggest win of a dominant season. The top-seeded pair beat Marcel Granollers of Spain and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 in a final that finished close to 10:20 p.m. (2120 GMT) under the roof on Centre Court. They had a first match point at 5-4 in the fourth set then converted their second to break Granollers’ serve in the final game. “That ball falling long on the last point, that was the best feeling of my life,” Mektic said. “It was an incredible match today again. The last three matches that we played, it was probably the best three matches of my life, the best three matches that I ever participated in.” The pair had to…

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Wimbledon 2021 | Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova for her second Grand Slam title

Barty is the first Australian woman to win the singles trophy at the All England Club since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. London : Ash Barty got off to a perfect start in the Wimbledon final by collecting the first 14 points, then needed to hold off a comeback bid before beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Saturday for her second Grand Slam title. The top-seeded Barty adds this championship to the one she won at the French Open in 2019 She is the first Australian woman to win the singles trophy at the All England Club since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. Barty says she has been inspired by Goolagong and wore an outfit at Wimbledon that was a tribute to the dress Goolagong played in when she won the tournament for the first time in 1971. Barty, who is 25, was the…

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Wimbledon 2021 Lookahead: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer play quarterfinals

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who are on course for a potential showdown in the Wimbledon final, have reached the tournament’s quarterfinals a combined 30 times. That’s 18 for Federer, and 12 for Djokovic. The other men still in contention for the title are all in the last eight for the first time at the All England Club. Federer’s opponent at Centre Court on Wednesday will be Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Djokovic will also play a first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, Marton Fucsovics. Two young Canadians have enjoyed a Wimbledon breakthrough: 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov will play Karen Khachanov of Russia, and 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime will take on Matteo Berrettini of Italy. The 39-year-old Federer is seeking a ninth championship at Wimbledon. Djokovic is bidding for his sixth, and third in a row. Djokovic also wants to claim his 20th Grand Slam trophy overall to equal…

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Wimbledon 2021 Day 4: Federer faces familiar French foil Gasquet in 2nd round

Roger Federer lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet the first time they played each other in 2005, but is 18-1 against his familiar foil since, including victories in their past 10 meetings. Roger Federer lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet the first time they played each other in 2005, but is 18-1 against his familiar foil since, including victories in their past 10 meetings. They square off again Thursday in the second round at Wimbledon. Federer was in danger in the first round but advanced when his opponent retired with a knee injury. Also on the men’s schedule is No. 2-seeded Daniil Medvedev, who plays wild card Carlos Alcaraz. U.S. Olympian Marcos Giron takes on No. 14 Hubert Hurkacz. On the women’s side, top-ranked Ash Barty will be first on Centre Court to play Anna Blinkova, the runner-up in girls singles at Wimbledon in 2015. Seventeen-year-old…