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  • Davis Cup: Henri Laaksonen gives Switzerland 1-0 lead over Belgium 7 hours 52 minutes ago

    Belgium: Henri Laaksonen rallied from two sets down to beat Ruben Bemelmans and give defending champion Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Belgium in the first round of the Davis Cup on Friday. The 344th-ranked Laaksonen, playing in the team event for the first time since 2013, won 1-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4,...
  • Andy Murray beats Donald Young, Britain lead US 1-0 in Davis Cup 8 hours 53 minutes ago

    Scotland: Andy Murray quelled a mid-match comeback from Donald Young to win in four sets on Friday and give Britain a 1-0 lead over the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup. Murray won 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in his first match in his native Scotland since winning...
  • Hsieh Su-Wei advances to semifinals at Malaysian Open 9 hours 19 minutes ago

    Kuala Lumpur: Former champion Hsieh Su-Wei advanced to the semifinals of the Malaysian Open by beating Elizaveta Kulichkova 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-0 Friday. Hsieh, who won the event in 2012 but had to go through qualifying this year, will next face top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. The former top-ranked Dane defeated Carina Witthoeft...
  • Novak Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Croatia in Davis Cup 9 hours 20 minutes ago

    Serbia: Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1-0 lead over Croatia by beating Mate Delic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the first round of the Davis Cup. The top-ranked Serb converted early break points in each set on an indoor hard court. Croatian teen Borna Coric will play Viktor Troicki in the...
  • Andreas Seppi to face Andrei Golubev in Davis Cup Yesterday

    Andreas Seppi will face Andrei Golubev in the first round of the Davis Cup when Italy take on Kazakhstan. With Fabio Fognini slated to play only in the doubles, Seppi will play Goubev in the second singles match. Simone Bolelli will play Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening match. In Saturday's doubles, Fognini...
  • Leander Paes-Martina Hingis gift PM Narendra Modi autographed racquets Yesterday

    New Delhi: Tennis legends Leander Paes and Martina Hingis presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi autographed racquets with which they won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on February 1. "It was wonderful meeting you @mhingis & @Leander! Kind of you @mhingis & @Leander to present autographed racquets with which you played...
  • Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina given wild card at Indian Wells Yesterday

    Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, along with 10 Americans, has been given wild cards into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open next week. Del Potro reached the quarterfinals at Sydney this year and is coming back from left wrist surgery in January. His best...
  • Andy Murray defends commitment to Britain before Davis Cup match Yesterday

    Britain: Andy Murray has represented British teams since he was 12 and was playing for the country when he won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games. Yet, he has found himself having to defend his commitment to the British cause ahead of this week's Davis Cup match against the United...
  • Novak Djokovic and Serbia back in Davis Cup title hunt Yesterday

    London: Novak Djokovic is back for the Davis Cup, making Serbia the favorite. After leading Serbia to the 2013 final, Djokovic took last year off and watched Roger Federer pair with Stan Wawrinka to capture the only major tennis trophy to elude him. Federer and Wawrinka are skipping the Davis Cup this...
  • Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic advances to Monterrey Open quarter-finals Yesterday

    Mexico: Top-seeded defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the quarter-finals in the Monterrey Open on Wednesday night, beating Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2. Ivanovic will face France's Kristina Mladenovic, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the hard-court event at Sierra Madre Tennis Club. Second-seeded Sara Errani...
  • Kurumi Nara beats Magda Linette in 3 sets at Malaysian Open 2 days ago

    Sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara reached the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open by beating Polish qualifier Magda Linette 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (6) on Wednesday. The Japanese player was up a break at 5-3 in the second set when Linette won four straight games to force a deciding set. Also, unseeded Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia,...
  • Top seed Caroline Wozniacki wins opener in Malaysia 3 days ago

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki avoided a repeat of her last appearance at the Malaysian Open - a first-round loss - by dispatching Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday. Wozniacki was bounced out in her Malaysian debut two years ago, but took no chances this time with an early...
  • Juan Martin del Potro sees comeback by late March 3 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Former world number four Juan Martin del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said on Monday he was confident of a full comeback "very soon". The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US Open in 2009, is recovering from...
  • Marin Cilic to miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia 4 days ago

    Marin Cilic has failed to recover from injury and will miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia next weekend. Croatia team captain Zeljko Krajan said Monday "we had expected a miracle, but Cilic is not ready for five-sets matches." U.S. Open champion Cilic has not played this season because of a right...
  • Sania Mirza to pair with Martina Hingis 4 days ago

    New Delhi: India's top tennis player Sania Mirza has decided to partner former world number one Martina Hingis on the WTA circuit, splitting with Hsieh Su-wei after partnering the Chinese Taipei player in only four tournaments this season. In four tournaments together, they made two second round exits (Dubai and Australian...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco in Argentina Open 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months on Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record...
  • David Ferrer, Timea Bacsinszky win Mexico Open titles 5 days ago

    Acapulco: Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won his fourth Mexico Open title Saturday night, beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 in the hard-court event. The 32-year-old Ferrer has 23 ATP Tour titles, also winning the Qatar in January. He won his previous Mexico titles - in 2010, 2011 and...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Juan Monaco in the final of Argentina Open 5 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins on Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set...
  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open 6 days ago

    Qatar: Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. "It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way...
  • Roger Federer beats Novak Djokovic to defend his Dubai title 6 days ago

    Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss veteran's awesome serving bringing down the world number one. Federer went into the match with a 19-17 winning record against Djokovic although the Serb beat him in last year's Wimbledon final. The 33-year-old made...
  • Rohan Bopanna, Daniel Nestor win Dubai ATP title 6 days ago

    Dubai: India's Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor grabbed their second ATP title of the season by subduing Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Nenad Zimonjic in the summit clash of the Dubai Duty Free championships on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian combine raced to a 6-4 6-1 win in just 50 minutes against...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open 6 days ago

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Richard Gasquet pulls out of Davis Cup tie with lower back pains 6 days ago

    Paris: Richard Gasquet has pulled out of France's first-round Davis Cup match against Germany next week because of lower back pains and has been replaced by Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Gasquet's absence is a further blow for Davis Cup runner-up France. Captain Arnaud Clement is already missing France No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who...
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from Mexico Open because of stomach virus 6 days ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew on Friday before her Mexico Open semi-final against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4. In the...
  • Novak Djokovic close to scaling tennis' Everest: Andre Agassi 6 days ago

    London: Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career grand slam than at this year's French Open but those predicting the decline of claycourt king Rafa Nadal should be wary, according to Andre Agassi. Had it not been for the Spaniard, Djokovic would already be part of...
  • Rafael Nadal crushes Federico Delbonis to reach Argentina Open semi-final 6 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentina Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday. Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the...
  • Roger Federer trounces teenager Borna Coric in Dubai semi-finals 1 week ago

    Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. Federer may have failed to win a grand slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012 but he remains a formidable competitor as...
  • Rohna Bopanna, Daniel Nestor reach final of Dubai ATP event 1 week ago

    Dubai: Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor set themselves up for their second title of the season by reaching the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday. The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian combo overcame second seeded combine of Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horea Tecau from Romania 4-6 7-6(9)...
  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semi-finals 1 week ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semi-finals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In...
  • Tommy Robredo beats Renzo Olivo to reach quarters in Argentina Open 1 week ago

    Buenos Aires: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open on Thursday. Robredo cruised to victory against the 186th-ranked Olivo, breaking the Argentine's service twice in each set to win the match in just over an hour. The 18th-ranked...

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