Roger Federer gets Serena Williams’ vote in GOAT debate | Tennis News

Roger Federer (R) and Serena Williams (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) While fans and pundits continue to debate who should be considered the greatest men’s tennis player of all time, 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams says Roger Federer gets her vote. Rafa Nadal picked up a record-extending 13th French Open title in October to … Read more

‘I can’t control God’: Venus Williams fumes after heavy winds force time violation | Tennis News

Venus Williams (AP Photo) A struggling Venus Williams got more than she bargained for in the form of divine intervention when heavy winds resulted in a controversial time violation in her 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 loss to Anna Schmiedlova at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma on Monday. After taking the first set 7-5 despite being 5-2 … Read more

Nadal stays third in ATP rankings despite Rome triumph | Tennis News

Nadal stays third in ATP rankings despite Rome triumph | Tennis News

Rafael Nadal. (AFP Photo) PARIS: Rafael Nadal remained third in the ATP rankings published on Monday despite seeing off Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title at the weekend. Spaniard Nadal set down a key marker on Sunday, two weeks out from the defence of his Roland Garros crown with a 7-5, 1-6, … Read more

Beaten Novak Djokovic hits right notes on clay in Rome | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic was disappointed to fall at the final hurdle against Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters on Sunday but the world number one said his level of play last week has filled him with confidence about his chances at this month’s French Open. The Serbian, who will turn 34 this week, came back from … Read more

Roger Federer hopes clay swing will help Wimbledon bid | Tennis News

Roger Federer hopes clay swing will help Wimbledon bid | Tennis News

Roger Federer. (Reuters Photo) Roger Federer said he has never faced problems in switching from claycourts to grass and hopes his decision to play on his least favourite surface at Roland Garros will prove beneficial to his Wimbledon bid. The Grand Slam on red clay has proved to be the least productive for the 39-year-old, … Read more

China ignore table tennis world champion for singles at Tokyo Olympics | More sports News

Liu Shiwen, crowned singles world champion in 2019, will play the mixed doubles and women’s team events (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images) SHANGHAI: Table tennis world champion Liu Shiwen has been controversially left out of China’s women’s singles line-up for the Tokyo Olympics and will instead play doubles and team events. The 30-year-old won a … Read more

‘Rafael Nadal and I are Next Gen,’ says Novak Djokovic | Tennis News

'Rafael Nadal and I are Next Gen,' says Novak Djokovic | Tennis News

ROME: World number one Novak Djokovic took a swipe at all the talk about the younger generation of tennis players, saying rival Rafael Nadal and himself were the ‘Next Gen’. The pair clashed for the 57th time in the Italian Open final on Sunday with Nadal winning a 10th trophy on the Roman clay at … Read more

Iga Swiatek crushes Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win Italian Open | Tennis News

ROME: Polish teenager Iga Swiatek crushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open on Sunday. The 19-year-old reigning French Open champion took just 45 minutes to dispatch the 2019 Rome winner two weeks before she opens her title defence in Roland Garros. Swiatek, ranked 15, claimed her third WTA title … Read more

‘Big Three’ getting old? Novak Djokovic doesn’t think so | Tennis News

'Big Three' getting old? Novak Djokovic doesn't think so | Tennis News

The ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis have found some “fresh energy” to thwart the charge of younger players on the tour, world number one Novak Djokovic said after setting up yet another title clash against his biggest rival against Rafael Nadal. The last four ATP Masters 1000 events, the most prestigious tournaments outside the Grand … Read more

Novak Djokovic to meet Rafael Nadal in Italian Open final | Tennis News

ROME: World number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday battled past Italian Lorenzo Sonego to set up a clash with nine-time winner Rafael Nadal for the sixth time in the Italian Open final. Defending champion Djokovic won through 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 in 2hr 44min against the 33rd-ranked Italian after second seed Nadal earlier swept past … Read more