Rod Laver

  • I never dreamt of lifting a Grand Slam trophy: Stanislas Wawrinka January 27, 2014

    Melbourne: For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm. At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett: "Ever...
  • Maria Sharapova fumes over murky heat policy January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova criticised Australian Open organisers for a lack of transparency over their 'extreme heat policy' when the Russian was left toiling on court for nearly an hour after organisers had invoked an official halt on Thursday. Sharapova and her opponent Karin Knapp of Italy slugged it out in 40...
  • Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer in 2nd round at Australian Open January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: After a day of searingly-hot temperatures that raised complaints from players, top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Australian Open in cooler night temperatures under relatively easy circumstances. Nadal's Australian opponent Bernard Tomic, clearly bothered from the start by a leg injury, retired from the match after...
  • Federer rallies with Laver in rare Australian Open warmup January 8, 2014

    Melbourne: Roger Federer traded shots with his hero Rod Laver on Wednesday in the stadium that bears the Australian great's name before promising that his hunger for grand slam titles remains as strong as ever. The 17-times grand slam champion beamed with pride after enjoying a few rallies with the 75-year-old,...
  • Battling Federer won't be thinking of retirement: Rod Laver October 24, 2013

    Melbourne: Roger Federer's struggles in 2013 are unlikely to hasten his exit from the game and the Swiss master could hit back and win next year's Australian Open, according to tennis great Rod Laver. The 75-year-old Laver, the only player to win the calendar grand slam twice, suggested Federer's lean period...
  • Roger Federer greatest of his generation: Rod Laver October 10, 2013

    Shanghai: Despite Roger Federer's recent drop in play, Rod Laver thinks the Swiss star is still the greatest player of his generation. Laver, the only tennis player to achieve the Grand Slam twice, said Federer's consistency over the six to eight years at the top is what sets him apart from...
  • Tried to cool down on court, says Li Na January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: China's top women's tennis player Li Na on Thursday said after winning her semi-final encounter at the Australian Open that she has learned to cool down on court. "It's like Hollywood, you know. You don't have to show your opponent what you are thinking," Li said at the after-match press...
  • Serena, Azarenka into 3rd round at Melbourne January 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court, and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round at the Australian Open. Apart from a swollen lip from hitting herself in the face with her racket in the sixth...
  • Tendulkar watches Federer-Djokovic match July 6, 2012

    London: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday paid a visit to the All England Club to watch the marquee semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in Wimbledon. Tendulkar, who decided to skip India's limited overs series in Sri Lanka starting later this month, was at the Wimbledon Royal Box...
  • Photogallery: The world's greatest sportsmen August 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Australia's No. 1 sporting magazine, Alpha, has come out with a list of the 10 greatest sportsmen in the world. Take a look. ...
  • Debate settled: Federer better than Sampras July 8, 2009

    New Delhi: World No.1 Roger Federer has already won 15 Grand Slam titles making him the most successful tennis player in Grand Slam history. Between themselves Federer and Pete Sampras have won 13 of the last 17 Wimbledon titles. The world hasn't seen much of the two pitted against each other. The...
  • Federer the best, thinks Rod Laver June 18, 2007

    Melbourne: If he could pick any player from any era to test himself against, Roger Federer would like a shot at Rod Laver or Bjorn Borg. Laver, the last man to win all four majors in one season, was in the stadium, that carries his name, on Thursday to witness Federer...