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Federer to miss this month’s Miami Open

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Switzerland’s Roger Federer. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo (Reuters) – Roger Federer will not compete at this month’s Miami Open as the Swiss maestro continues to work his way back to fitness after two knee operations in the past 12 months, the Miami Herald reported on Monday. Federer will miss......

Djokovic matches Federer’s No. 1 ranking record

ESPN
Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer‘s tennis record for most weeks as ATP world No. 1 on Monday, holding the top spot for the 310th week. Djokovic’s ninth Australian Open title last month guaranteed that he will surpass Federer’s record on March 8. Having reached another career milestone, Djokovic had said......

Popyrin fights back to win maiden ATP title in Singapore

Reuters
Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2020. Australia’s Alexei Popyrin reacts during his match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (Reuters) – Australia’s Alexei Popyrin stormed back from a set down to beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 4-6 6-0 6-2 and......

Popyrin fights back to win maiden ATP title in Singapore

Reuters
Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2020. Australia’s Alexei Popyrin reacts during his match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (Reuters) – Australia’s Alexei Popyrin stormed back from a set down to beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 4-6 6-0 6-2 and......

ATP roundup: Qualifier makes it to finals at Cordoba Open

Reuters
Qualifier Juan Manuel Cerundolo defeated countryman Federico Coria in an all-Argentine semifinal Saturday to advance to the finals of the Cordoba (Argentina) Open. Cerundolo will face fifth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, who defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the other semi. Ramos-Vinolas needed nearly three hours to advance......

Swiatek claims second career title with Adelaide crown

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 10, 2020. Poland’s Iga Swiatek kisses the trophy as she celebrates after winning the French Open. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo (Reuters) – French Open champion Iga Swiatek breezed past second seed Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-2 in the Adelaide......

Nadal, citing back, withdraws from Rotterdam

ESPN
Rafael Nadal pulled out of next week’s hard-court tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands, because of the bad back that bothered him during the Australian Open. Nadal’s withdrawal from the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament was announced Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion wrote in a series of posts on Twitter that......

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep in action during her quarter final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (Reuters) – World number three Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s Qatar Open in Doha, the organisers......

Chasing pack not close to toppling ‘Big Three’, says Murray

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 27, 2020. Britain’s Andy Murray in action during his first round match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo (Reuters) – Andy Murray was not surprised that Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open crown on Sunday......

Naomi Osaka’s dominance, Novak Djokovic’s crown and more Australian Open takeaways

ESPN
A Herculean effort was required to stage the 2021 Australian Open and navigate many of the pandemic restrictions. But the tournament still provided high-quality matches and produced two incredible champions in Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic. With a delayed start, quarantine woes and the reemergence of the fans (then their......

Medvedev’s Australian Open Loss Shows the Men’s Tennis Gulf Is Still Strong

New York Times
Karen Crouse MELBOURNE, Australia — With a lone tear streaking his right cheek, Daniil Medvedev accepted the runner-up trophy after the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday night. He stepped to the microphone and told an engaging story about nervously hitting with Novak Djokovic for the first time as a......

50 Parting Thoughts From the 2021 Australian Open

Sports Illustrated
Out of the 14-day soft tennis quarantine, we are cleaning out the notebook and notes app. Here are 50 Thoughts from the 2021 Australian Open. First, we did this last major and it got a lot of response. So we’ll offer again: if you want The Mailbag newsletter style, sent......

This Australian Open was just what Novak Djokovic needed

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — The smile on Novak Djokovic‘s face after smashing an overhead backhand volley past Daniil Medvedev to secure a record ninth Australian Open title on Sunday wasn’t one of pure joy or even contentment. It was relief. As the “Nole, Nole, Nole” chant echoed around Rod Laver Arena,......

Daniil Medvedev, ‘Next Gen’ still playing catch-up with Djokovic and Big Three

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Ahead of this year’s Australian Open final, there was a distinctly different buzz around Melbourne Park. There was a sense that, just maybe, this would be the year the King of Rod Laver Arena could be dethroned by a member of the “next generation.” World No. 1......

Three Thoughts on Djokovic’s 9th Australian Open Title

Sports Illustrated
Somewhere there’s a zoom call without a party inadvertently muted. Somewhere there is a cat video that goes unviewed. Somewhere there is a rabbi who enjoys a lobster boil. But we’re not there yet. And similarly elusive: a figure who can beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian......

Djokovic wins 9th Aussie title, 18th Grand Slam

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic‘s Australian Open dominance is intact — nine finals, nine championships. And he keeps gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now up to 18 overall, two away from the men’s record shared by his two rivals. Djokovic used superb serving......

Djokovic thrashes Medvedev for record-extending ninth Australian Open title

Reuters
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – In the climax of a tournament overshadowed by COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty, Novak Djokovic remained an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph under the lights at Rod Laver Arena......

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