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Rafa’s Back In Style!

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September 30, 2014

Rafael Nadal made an impressive return to action at the China Open in Beijing by beating the flamboyant Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0. It was the ever-popular Spaniard’s first match since Wimbledon, after problems with an injury to his right wrist. Looking a little heavier but proving as aggressive as ever, Nadal broke early in the […]

Murray Wins A Title At Last!

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September 29, 2014

When you’ve gone 14 months without winning a tournament it doesn’t matter when, where or how you finally break your barren run. As it happened, this long-awaited triumph was born out of seemingly insurmountable adversity at the Shenzhen Open, in the form of five match points brilliantly saved, the turning point in a thrilling tie-break […]

Did Sachin Twist Federer’s Arm?

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September 23, 2014

Is it just a coincidence that Roger Federer has been persuaded to join a tennis team hosted by cricket-crazy India, home to his friend and fellow legend, Sachin Tendulkar? If you had been walking through the Competitors’ Lounge at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, you would have been astonished to see Federer taking tea […]

WTA Must Make Li Na World Ambassador

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So the rumours were true, Li Na duly retired last week and tennis lost one of its great characters. But must it really be like this? No one doubts that she had to call it a day, following months of knee trouble. ‘Will I feel regret?’ the 32-year-old asked herself at a recent news conference. […]

How Many Players Compete at Wimbledon?

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September 19, 2014

Wimbledon is widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, and for good reason. With royal attendance and many of the world’s top players on the roster, few tennis tournaments can match The Championships. One question that tennis fans often have about Wimbledon regards the number of players involved. From men’s singles to mixed […]

Joyful Federer Books Swiss Spot In Davis Cup Final

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September 14, 2014

An ecstatic Roger Federer was paraded shoulder-high in front of thousands of fans on a truly memorable day for his country.  Switzerland have reached the Davis Cup final for only the second time in their history.  They can now look forward to their first showpiece occasion for 22 years, a much-anticipated  contest against France, away […]

France Reaches Davis Cup Final with 3-0 Lead Over Czechs

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Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completed a sparkling two days for the French pair, as they edged what became a decisive doubles clash against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. In doing so they sent Roland Garros into Davis Cup raptures. Now France could host Switzerland in the final. Having won their respective singles matches on […]

Wimbledon: How Much are Tickets?

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September 12, 2014

It’s the tennis world’s most prestigious event, boasting worldwide media coverage, a history dating back over 100 years and royal attendance. When it comes to glamour and popularity, it’s very difficult to beat Wimbledon. The prestige and history of The Championships has made it one of the sport world’s most in-demand events. Every year, tens […]

Ice-Cool Cilic Wins US Open

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September 8, 2014

With mind and body in perfect harmony, Marin Cilic won his first Grand Slam final as though he had been playing them all his life.  Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, his fellow Croatian, looked close to breaking down as he saw all his coaching pay off so handsomely. Cilic hardly put a foot wrong as […]

Serena Equals Navratilova and Evert

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Serena Williams made history at Flushing Meadows as she swept aside her friend Caroline Wozniacki with effortless power. In truth, the Dane brought little to the final, completely failing to get mean against someone she adores and reveres, losing the psychological battle so comprehensively that the result was never in doubt.  Wozniacki simply had to […]

Federer Falls To Colossal Cilic

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September 7, 2014

Roger Federer ran out of steam against a brilliant Marin Cilic, who  joined Kei Nishikori in what will be a first Grand Slam final for both men.  The Cilic serve was so powerful, his returns so deep, that even a tactical master such as Federer simply ran out of ideas. The crowd was in shock […]

Japan’s Joy! Astonishing Nishikori beats Djokovic!

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Kei Nishikori produced the shock of the year by beating the world number one, Novak Djokovic to make astonishing history at Flushing Meadows.  He prevailed  6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 to capture the imagination of all Asia and beyond.  The first Asian male to make a Grand Slam final, Nishikori simply wasn’t prepared to accept the […]

Wozniacki Must Forget Friendship With Serena

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September 6, 2014

When Caroline Wozniacki faces Serena Williams in the US Open final, she must put their friendship right out of her mind if she wants to win her first Grand Slam title. Wozniacki won through to this year’s final when poor Peng Shuai had to retire with cramp, though she was already behind 6-7 (1-7), 3-4. […]

Fed Back From The Dead!

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September 5, 2014

Roger Federer survived two match points to overcome Gael Monfils and send an ecstatic New York crowd into wild celebration. This is why we love tennis. This is why the five-set drama of the Slams is simply irresistible, To be there at the big occasion creates a pleasurable memory for a lifetime, a permanent inner […]

Far Out! Far East Gripped By Tennis Fever

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September 4, 2014

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man for 96 years to reach the US Open semi-finals after a five-set win over Stan Wawrinka.  With China’s Peng Shuai already through to the same stage of the women’s draw, we are witnessing something very exciting from the Far East, where tennis becomes more popular by the day. […]

Peng And Cilic Rewarded For Sheer Persistence

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September 3, 2014

If at first you don’t succeed…try, try, try again.  Just ask China’s Peng Shuai and Croatia’s Marin Cilic, neither of whom are quite used to the type of winning feeling the US Open has just given them. Cilic beat Gilles Simon for the first time, edging a five-set thriller 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. […]

Night-Fighter Nishikori Equals Record In New York

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September 2, 2014

Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori finally triumphed in a marathon match that equalled the latest finish in US Open history. He defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a contest that ended at 2.26am local time.   What is it about that magical hour in the city that never sleeps? Twice before, classic […]

Wizardry of Woz Proves A Point in NY

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September 1, 2014

Caroline Wozniacki produced one of the great moments of the US Open to beat Maria Sharpova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.  Rory who? Novak Djokovic and his wonder-shot around the net-post against Diego Schwartzman still has to top the list of incredible points so far at this spectacular Slam.  Yet for sheer defensive determination and athleticism – […]