Mighty Juan Martín del Potro scuppers hopes of Federer-Nadal clash at US Open

“I think it’s my court too,” he said, when asked about Federer’s dominance here in the distant past. Addressing the crowd, he said, “You make me feel happy every time I play here. I love to see you shouting for me. And I guess the crowd will be tough for me against Rafa. I think […]

Australian Open: Kyrgios wins hearts but ruthless Nadal takes the spoils

With that, Kyrgios’s chances seemed to have passed and you felt that Nadal’s ruthlessness would come to the fore in the fourth set. The Australian’s serve deserted him completely at one point and Nadal had the early break. Leading 4-2 in the deciding set, he even stopped to enquire after the health of a prostrate […]

Dominic Thiem beats Zverev to set up Djokovic clash in Australian Open final

The lights over one baseline failed briefly at the start of the third set – appropriate, perhaps, as both were playing lights-out tennis – and there was a seven-minute delay. The interruption seemed to disrupt Thiem, who missed a chance to go two games clear, more than it did Zverev who got back on serve […]

Roger Federer survives five-set thriller with John Millman to reach Australian Open fourth round

Even before Friday, Millman already stood among the ranks of the most unlikely players to have beaten Federer at a major. (See also Seppi, Andreas and Stakhovsky, Sergiy.) That previous upset happened at the 2018 US Open, on a gruelling night when the heat and humidity affected Federer so badly that he recently admitted “I […]

Garbiñe Muguruza and Sofia Kenin rip up script to reach Australian Open final

The final was scheduled to pitch the current world No 1, Ashleigh Barty, against Simona Halep, who once topped the rankings and who has played with such irresistible brilliance during the fortnight it was tempting to etch her name on the trophy before they even stepped on to Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night in […]

Victorian government aims for crowds at Australian Open and Boxing Day Test

Andrews added the caveat that “we don’t want one event to necessarily set us back and cause us a problem”. “It is hard for us to predict where virus numbers will be, what risks do we have to deal with in just a few weeks time, let alone months,” he said.

Serena Williams into third round of Australian Open, but is far from best during win over Tamara Zidansek

The 38-year-old American, who is bidding for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, was hardly troubled in the first set as she broke Zidansek twice to wrap up the opener in just over half an hour.

Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open with shock third-round defeat to China’s Wang Qiang

The final shot was a Williams backhand that hit the net, carrying her tally of unforced errors to a remarkable 56. The match had occupied 2hr 41m, which was getting on for four times as long as Wang’s 44-minute wipeout on Arthur Ashe Arena last year. She had won by a 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 scoreline.

The Latest: US Open final goes to 5th set as Thiem rallies

As the first Grand Slam tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic drew to a close, U.S. Tennis Association CEO Mike Dowse said of the fan-less event: “It’s safe, it’s been good for tennis, and it’s been financially good for the players and the tennis ecosystem.”

Djokovic has a Federer moment at the US Open

And now, just about a year later, the same question is being asked of Djokovic. “How could he?” How could such an experienced player do something so stupid, if not intentional, as smack a ball in disgust towards a linesperson, despite being aware of the rules and risks? How could an otherwise charming player, who […]