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Asif Kapadia’s doc on Roger Federer set at Prime Video

Oscar-winner Asif Kapadia is directing a Prime Video documentary about the last days of tennis legend Roger Federer's career, reported Deadline. The feature-length documentary will follow the final 12 days of the career of the man considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer talked…

Leander Paes: India’s Best Doubles Tennis Player

Leander Paes is regarded as one of the best doubles tennis players of all time. The Calcutta-born ace, who retired in 2021, won several doubles tournaments after turning professional in 1991. We look back on Paes’ sensational career. 2023 Grand Slam Season Ends Paes won five US Open titles in…

Djokovic wins record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title

Novak Djokovic secured his fourth US Open title on Sunday (10) by defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, simultaneously clinching his 24th Grand Slam singles title, an achievement that solidifies his status as the greatest tennis player in history. The 36-year-old Djokovic won 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to become the…

New photo released to celebrate Prince George’s 10th birthday

A new photograph of Prince George, second in line to the throne, was released in celebration of his 10th birthday today (22). The picture depicts him seated on a set of steps at Windsor, wearing a smile. This year, the photograph was taken by Millie Pilkington, marking a change in…

Dev Patel, Sonam Kapoor and Aamir Khan watch epic Djokovic-Alcaraz…

Wimbledon 2023 had been attracting a sea of celebrities since its opening day. Several prominent personalities were in attendance to watch the finals on Sunday between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, among them were Dev Patel, Aamir Khan, and Sonam Kapoor. Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was present at the Wimbledon…

Alcaraz beats Djokovic in five sets to win first Wimbledon…

Carlos Alcaraz defeated seven-time champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first Wimbledon title on Sunday, shattering the Serb's dream of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. World number one Alcaraz recovered from dropping the first set and saving a set point in the second to win 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1,…

Djokovic anticipates epic Wimbledon final showdown with Alcaraz, promises a…

Novak Djokovic, the tennis maestro, is eagerly looking forward to his upcoming Wimbledon final against the young and talented Carlos Alcaraz. The Serbian star acknowledges the anticipation surrounding this match and expresses his admiration for Alcaraz's remarkable rise in the tournament. "He's so young, but he's incredibly consistent now, also…

Alcaraz, Djokovic set up era-defining Wimbledon final

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic set up a potentially era-defining Wimbledon title showdown after cruising through their semi-finals on Friday with the Serb superstar promising a “feast” of tennis in the championship match. World number one and US Open winner Alcaraz, playing only his fourth grass-court tournament, defeated Daniil Medvedev…

Djokovic makes it to his ninth Wimbledon final after trouncing…

Novak Djokovic reached his ninth Wimbledon final on Friday and record 35th at the Grand Slams, setting up a potential blockbuster championship showdown with Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic, chasing a record-equalling eighth title at the All England Club and 24th career major, defeated beanpole Italian Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)…

Is Novak Djokovic Already the Greatest of All Time?

The world of tennis has produced countless superstars over the years, with the likes of the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic dominating the men’s game in the Open Era. After becoming the record Grand Slam winner, is Djokovic now the best of all time? Can Djokovic…

Djokovic delivers epic comeback to reach Wimbledon semifinals

In an unprecedented turn of events at this year's Wimbledon, the beloved crowd-favorite Novak Djokovic found himself trailing behind for the first time. However, he mounted a stunning comeback, overpowering Andrey Rublev with a resounding 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory, securing his spot in the semifinals on Tuesday (11). Rublev,…

Djokovic, Alcaraz, and Rybakina impress as Wimbledon heads to quarter…

The excitement at Wimbledon continues to build as Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz maintain their course for a potential dream final, while defending women's champion Elena Rybakina comfortably secures a spot in the quarter-finals. In a stunning display of dominance, last year's runner-up Ons Jabeur decimated two-time champion Petra Kvitova…

Djokovic’s unyielding resolve prevails in tough battle against Hurkacz

In a thrilling Round of 16 encounter at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic showcased his unwavering determination as he conquered the formidable challenge presented by Hubert Hurkacz. The defending champion and seven-time Wimbledon winner fought tooth and nail to secure a grueling 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4 victory over the 17th-seeded…

Alcaraz survives Wimbledon test, Rybakina cruises

CARLOS ALCARAZ reached the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday (8) after a tough battle against Nicolas Jarry as defending women's champion Elena Rybakina snuffed out the hopes of Britain's final hope Katie Boulter. Rain returned to the All England Club, meaning play on Centre Court started under the roof…

Djokovic defeats Wawrinka just before closing time

Stan Wawrinka said he stood no chance of beating Novak Djokovic in their Wimbledon third-round clash on Friday (07) and the Swiss's prediction proved spot on as he was outplayed on Centre Court. Walking out a little more than two hours before Wimbledon's 11 pm curfew, seven-time champion Djokovic was…

Djokovic and Wawrinka renew age-old rivalry on grass for first…

In a highly anticipated match, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are set to meet for the 27th time in their storied rivalry on Friday (07). Remarkably, the two have never competed against each other on grass, including at Wimbledon. Their first encounter took place in the 2006 Croatia Open final,…

Despite the tournament’s issues, Djokovic and Swiatek exhibit serenity

Wimbledon faced challenges on Wednesday (05), from both climate change protesters and persistent rainfall, causing additional difficulties for the organisers. But despite the mounting security and scheduling concerns, the reigning men's champion, Novak Djokovic, advanced smoothly to the third round of the tournament. Djokovic secured his 350th Grand Slam victory…

Wimbledon 2023: Alcaraz, Rybakina secure opening wins

World number one Carlos Alcaraz and defending women's champion Elena Rybakina both began their Wimbledon campaigns with victorious performances on Tuesday (04). However, torrential rain wreaked havoc on the All England Club schedule, resulting in only one hour of play being possible on the outside courts. As a result, 69…

Wimbledon 2023: Djokovic and Swiatek cruise to victories as rain…

The defending men's champion, Novak Djokovic, and the top-seeded woman, Iga Swiatek, initiated their Wimbledon campaigns with impressive performances on Monday (03). Despite a temporary pause in play on the outside courts due to rain, the anticipated climate protests failed to materialise. At 36 years old, Djokovic, who has suffered…

Wimbledon to celebrate Roger Federer career on Centre Court

WIMBLEDON will celebrate Roger Federer's achievements at the AllEngland Club with a special ceremony on Centre Court on the second day of the championships on Tuesday (4). The Swiss eight-time champion, who announced his retirement last September, will visit the scene of some of his greatest triumphs and be honoured…

Wimbledon 2023: Djokovic and Swiatek begin tournament

Novak Djokovic starts the Wimbledon tournament on Monday (03), initiating his quest for an eighth title and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam victory. The 36-year-old Serbian, who has emerged victorious in the past four editions at the All England Club, begins his campaign on Centre Court, a venue where he…

Novak Djokovic eyes eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Slam crown

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has Roger Federer's record of eight Wimbledon titles and a 24th major in his sights as he closes in on a first calendar Grand Slam in 54 years. Fresh from breaking out of a tie with Rafael Nadal for 23 Slams at the French Open, the 36-year-old Djokovic…

Wimbledon 2023: Roger Federer wishes Andy Murray well

WIMBLEDON great Roger Federer hopes his old rival Andy Murray will have great success in what could be his last appearance at the biggest tennis tournament in the world. Two-time winner Murray, 36, continues to play with a metal hip. Though he admitted earlier this week he has a retirement…

Alcaraz confident of winning Wimbledon, but says Djokovic remains favourite

Carlos Alcaraz believes he is capable of winning Wimbledon after claiming his first title on grass on Sunday by beating Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Queen's Club. The Spaniard's fifth title of the season also takes him back to the top of the world rankings, but…

Top 5 Sports in the World Ranked

Top Five World Ranked Sports   Sport is one of the most popular pastimes for people around the world, both for playing and watching. Most people first get excited about a particular sport when they play it at a young age, while they eventually become even more interested when watching…

Roger Federer’s records and milestones

Following is a list of records and milestones achieved by Roger Federer after the Swiss great said he would retire from tennis following this month's Laver Cup: * Won 20 Grand Slam titles, only behind Rafa Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). * Claimed 103 titles, second only to Jimmy…

Federer to call time on glittering career after next week’s…

Roger Federer, regarded by many as the greatest male player to wield a tennis racket and who took the sport to new levels during a career spanning more than two decades, will retire after next week's Laver Cup in London. The 41-year-old, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and…

Novak Djokovic pulls out from US Open due to vaccination…

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the upcoming US Open as he is unable to enter the country due to the United States government's vaccination policy for non-US citizens. "Novak Djokovic withdrew from the 2022 US Open prior to the draw taking place this morning. The official…

He is a bit of God: Nick Kyrgios praises Novak…

After suffering a defeat against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Nick Kyrgios hailed the 21-time Grand Slam champion and termed him 'God.' Djokovic went past Roger Federer's tally of 20 grand slam titles, clinching his 21st grand slam title after defeating Kyrgios. The Serbian reached his fourth…

I don’t take any win for granted: Novak Djokovic after…

After his thrilling 7th Wimbledon title victory on Sunday, Novak Djokovic said that he does not take any win for granted, and 'particularly not [at] Wimbledon.' The Serbian claimed his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam overall by defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in an exciting four-set final on Sunday…

No doubt he’s going to be aggressive: Djokovic on Kyrgios…

Top seed Novak Djokovic admitted that he was delighted to reach another final, and will meet Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon championship match. It will be the first time Kyrgios competes in a Grand Slam final, but Djokovic knows the challenge Kyrgios will pose, with the 27-year-old leading the…

Rafael Nadal withdraws from semi-final, Nick Kyrgios advances to final

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out from the competition due to an injury.  The No.2 seed was set to face Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the Men's semi-final on Friday, but an abdominal tear led to him announcing his withdrawal from the event. With this, Kyrgios has advanced…

Norrie last Briton standing at Wimbledon but eager to lead…

Cameron Norrie, the last Briton standing at Wimbledon, has urged the home fans to get behind him when he plays his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final, against Belgian David Goffin, on Court One on Tuesday. British hopes faded when Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray were knocked out in the second round…

Sinner, Alcaraz hoping Wimbledon marks start of Grand Slam rivalry

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz showed on Sunday that men's tennis will be in good hands when the 'Big Three' finally step aside and the young guns hoped their thrilling fourth-round clash at Wimbledon marks the start of a Grand Slam rivalry. Italian 20-year-old Sinner reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon…

Monks in Wimbledon Buddhist temple where Novak Djokovic meditates cheer…

Sixth-time champion Novak Djokovic is known to meditate between matches. In fact, the monks at the Buddhapadipa Temple, which is a five-minute walk away from Wimbledon credit meditation as the secret to his success. This unlikely fanbase of holy men claim that he is “our friend” and a regular visitor…

Djokovic ready to help son follow in his footsteps

Novak Djokovic said he will do everything he can to support his son Stefan if he decides to follow in his footsteps but the Serb wants to make sure the seven-year-old does not feel pressured to pursue a career in tennis. Footage of the 20-times Grand Slam winner training with…

Djokovic drops set on way into Wimbledon second round

Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a dogged challenge from 81st-ranked Korean Kwon Soon-woo and his own grasscourt rustiness to reach the Wimbledon second round with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory on Monday. The defending champion, bidding for his fourth Wimbledon title in a row, looked out-of-sorts at times against…

Berrettini, Cilic eye rare opportunity to make mark at Wimbledon

Only the brave would bet against Novak Djokovic retaining his Wimbledon title or Rafa Nadal keeping his calendar-year Grand Slam hopes alive, but the form and fitness of the duo offers others a rare opportunity at the grasscourt major this year. A stop-start year due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19…

No ranking points on offer but Wimbledon no exhibition

Wimbledon starts on Monday without Russia's world number one Daniil Medvedev and Belarus's former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka but the grasscourt Grand Slam will hardly feel like an exhibition event despite no ranking points on offer. The 2022 edition of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament will be held without points…

Men’s tennis has more appeal than women’s, says French Open…

One night match has been on the programme every day at 2100 local time (1900GMT) from the first Monday until the quarter-finals, potentially leaving spectators with no public transports to return home in case of a lengthy encounter. It happened on Tuesday, when the Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic epic…

Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ from honours boards

Wimbledon will drop the titles "Miss" and "Mrs" before the names of female winners on its honour roll to match the men's boards in an attempt to modernise the tournament, The Times newspaper reported. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has traditionally used the titles just for women - Ash…

Tennis legend Becker faces possible jail term

FORMER tennis star Boris Becker will learn on Friday (29) whether he faces a lengthy jail term after he was found guilty by a British court of charges relating to his 2017 bankruptcy. The six-time Grand Slam champion, 54, was convicted over his transfer of huge amounts of money from…

Murray wins five-set epic on return to Australian Open

ANDY MURRAY battled to his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 with an epic five-set victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday (18). The three-time Grand Slam champion, playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before…

Djokovic detained again in Australia, declared public threat

AUSTRALIA returned Novak Djokovic to detention on Saturday (15), saying the tennis star's opposition to vaccination could cause "civil unrest" and triggering a high-profile court showdown. Having once failed to remove the unvaccinated 34-year-old from the country, Australia's conservative government is trying again. And Djokovic is fighting back for the…

Australia cancels Djokovic visa again

AUSTRALIA cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time on Friday (14) in a sensational new attempt to deport the tennis superstar over his Covid-19 vaccine status. The government acted three days ahead of the Australian Open, putting the unvaccinated Serbian's dream of a record 21st Grand Slam in extreme…

Djokovic case ‘really not good’ for sport, says Murray

ANDY MURRAY expressed concern for Novak Djokovic on Sunday (9), saying that other players were shocked and the circumstances surrounding the world number one's barred entry into Australia was "really not good for tennis". The Serb was hoping to win a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open later…

Djokovic wins Australia visa case, judge orders his release

WORLD NUMBER ONE Novak Djokovic won a stunning victory Monday (10) over the Australian government, overturning the cancellation of the tennis star's visa on Covid-19 health grounds, and ending his detention. It was an extraordinary setback for the Australian government, which has imposed strict pandemic requirements on arriving foreign travellers…

Djokovic readies vaccine exemption case for Australian visa showdown

TENNIS world number one Novak Djokovic readied his legal guns on Sunday (9) for a battle to stay in Melbourne and defend his Australian Open title, arguing he has the all-clear because of a positive coronavirus test in December. Djokovic's fight to overturn the shock cancellation of his visa and…

World passes 300 million Covid cases as Omicron breaks records

The total number of Covid-19 cases registered worldwide passed 300 million on Friday, with the Omicron variant's rapid spread setting new infection records in dozens of countries over the last week. In the past seven days, 34 countries have recorded their highest number of weekly cases since the start of…

Novak Djokovic: Indian tennis teen slams Australian Open ‘double standards’

A 17-year-old Indian tennis player has said he felt "hurt" at being denied entry to the Australian Open for being unvaccinated against Covid-19, while world number one Novak Djokovic got a medical exemption. All participants at the Melbourne tournament, which starts on January 17, must be jabbed or have a…

Djokovic wins record-equalling 20th Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon title

NOVAK DJOKOVIC won a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title and sixth Wimbledon on Sunday (11) with a four-set victory over battling Matteo Berrettini of Italy. The world number one triumphed 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to move level on 20 majors with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. His win also…

Djokovic eyes 20th Slam against Berrettini in final

NOVAK DJOKOVIC admits "it will mean everything" to capture a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam on Sunday (11) but he will have to overcome Matteo Berrettini, the Italian slugger with the build of a heavyweight boxer. Djokovic will move level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on…

Djokovic storms into seventh Wimbledon final

NOVAK DJOKOVIC reached his 30th Grand Slam final on Friday (9) with a straight sets win over Canada's Denis Shapovalov to move one victory away from a sixth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 20th major. The world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 in a tense semifinal in which he…

Berrettini becomes first Italian to reach Wimbledon singles final

MATTEO BERRETTINI became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final on Friday (9) with a four-sets victory against Hubert Hurkacz. Berrettini claimed a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 win over his Polish opponent who had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. World number nine Berrettini…

Shapovalov into first Wimbledon semifinal, faces Djokovic

CANADA'S Denis Shapovalov reached his first Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday (7) beating Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in an engrossing tussle that lasted 3hrs 26 mins. Shapovalov will play defending champion Novak Djokovic in Friday's (9) semifinal. "Obviously he's the best player in the world but I…

Djokovic storms into 10th Wimbledon semifinal

WORLD number one and five-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his 10th Wimbledon semifinal on Wednesday (7) with a straight-sets win over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Djokovic, chasing a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and will face either Russia's Karen Khachanov or Denis Shapovalov of Canada for…

Fucsovics becomes first Hungarian man in Wimbledon last-eight since 1948

MARTON FUCSOVICS became just the third Hungarian man and first in 73 years to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday (5). The 29-year-old, ranked at 48 in the world, defeated Russian fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 and now meets Novak Djokovic for a place in the…

Djokovic into 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal

NOVAK DJOKOVIC reached his 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal on Monday (5) with a straight-sets victory over Chile's Cristian Garin at Wimbledon World number one Djokovic eased into the last-eight at the All England Club with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win and will face either Hungary's Marton Fucsovics or Russian fifth…

Federer glides into last 16, Barty polishes up her act

ROGER FEDERER moved into the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the 69th time on Saturday (3), overcoming a raucous home crowd and the last British man in the draw Cameron Norrie in an entertaining 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win at Wimbledon. Federer kept his dream alive of…

Djokovic into Wimbledon last 16 for 13th time

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic survived a rocky third set to defeat American qualifier Denis Kudla to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the 13th time on Friday (2). The world number one triumphed over 114-ranked Kudla 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) to book a place in the fourth round of…

Federer, Djokovic, Nadal are ‘gods’, but tennis needs devil, says…

NICK KYRGIOS hailed Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as "gods" on Thursday (1) but insisted tennis also desperately needs his devil-may-care non-conformity. The controversial Australian crowd-pleaser reached the Wimbledon third round by brushing aside Italy's Gianluca Mager 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-4 to set up a clash with Canada's…

Wimbledon courts under fire after Serena exit, Kyrgios says ‘it’s…

SERIOUS questions were being asked of Wimbledon's fabled grass courts on Wednesday (30) following Serena Williams's tearful, tournament-ending injury with Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios branding them "a joke". Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon champion, slipped and hurt her heavily-strapped right leg before quitting her first round tie after just six games…

Battling Murray reaches third round

ANDY MURRAY rolled back the years to stage a thrilling Wimbledon fightback on Wednesday (30) as defending champion Novak Djokovic played almost flawless tennis to reach the third round for the 15th time. Murray, the 2013 and 2016 champion, battled back to defeat German qualifier Oscar Otte 6-3, 4-6, 4-6,…

Djokovic into last 32 despite series of falls on Centre…

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic survived a series of falls on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday (30) with a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson. World number one Djokovic, chasing a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 over the 102nd-ranked…

Djokovic reveals Draper’s father wanted him to be British

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic revealed on Monday (28) that the father of his vanquished Wimbledon opponent Jack Draper once attempted to persuade him to switch allegiance from Serbia to Britain. World number one Djokovic, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon and record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, claimed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2,…

Federer and Serena primed for openers on Super Tuesday

ROGER FEDERER and Serena Williams hope to defy the doubters when they get their Wimbledon campaigns underway on 'Super Tuesday' at the All England Club where a backlog of matches needs to be cleared after the opening day downpours. Serena, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, is still one shy of Margaret…

Third seed Tsitsipas knocked out of Wimbledon in first round

THIRD SEED Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first big name to exit Wimbledon on the first day of play on Monday (28), losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to Frances Tiafoe of the United States. It was quite a contrast in fortunes for the Greek who only a fortnight ago lost in five…

Djokovic avoids scare to get off to winning start

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic overcame an early scare to reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday (28) with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain's 253rd-ranked Jack Draper. World number one Djokovic is chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and 20th major and is halfway to becoming just the third…

Serena Williams joins Nadal in missing Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams said Sunday that she will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics next month, joining fellow Grand Slam legend Rafael Nadal in withdrawing from the Games. The 39-year-old American revealed her decision at her pre-Wimbledon press conference. "I'm actually not on the Olympic list, so... Not that I'm aware…

Federer ‘pumped up’ as he targets ninth Wimbledon crown

ROGER FEDERER says he is "excited" and "pumped up" as he targets a ninth Wimbledon title - a far cry from the disgruntled figure who exited Halle in the second round earlier this month. The 39-year-old Swiss accepted the manner of his 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Felix Auger-Aliassime both…

Djokovic ready to be first among equals at Wimbledon

NOVAK DJOKOVIC targets a record-equalling 20th major and sixth Wimbledon title from Monday (28) which will edge him tantalisingly closer to becoming only the third man in history to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The world number one has already won a ninth Australian Open and second French Open this…

Covid, pandemic and lockdown: how 2020 changed the world

When the world celebrated the dawn of a new decade with a blaze of firework parties and revelry on January 1, few could have imagined what 2020 had in store. In the last 12 months, the novel coronavirus has paralysed economies, devastated communities and confined nearly four billion people to…

Saina Nehwal remains in the hunt for Tokyo Olympics

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Saturday said she's definitely in the race for the Tokyo Olympics but before that she has to get back to her rhythm and win tournaments. The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, who has slipped to 22nd in Badminton World Federation's Tokyo Olympics qualification rankings,…

Sumit Nagal gets direct entry into singles main draw of…

Young Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal is set to compete in his second Grand Slam main draw after receiving a direct entry into the US Open, which several top players will miss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world number 127 is the last man to receive a direct entry,…

Gunneshwaran’s Aussie anguish

INDIAN STAR SUFFERS MORE GRAND SLAM HEARTACHE IN SHOCK MELBOURNE LOSS by RONNIE RUFF PRAJNESH GUNNESWARAN admitted he “could not get control of his mind” as his Grand Slam woes continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday (21). The Indian star, 30, failed to win a set at a major…

Indian star suffers more Grand Slam heartache in shock Melbourne…

  By Ronnie Ruff PRAJNESH GUNNESWARAN admitted he “could not get control of his mind” as his Grand Slam woes continued at the Australian Open on Tuesday (21). The Indian star, 30, failed to win a set at a major for the fifth consecutive occasion, crashing to Japanese wildcard Tatsumo…

US Open: Debutant Sumit Nagal to play ‘God’ Federer in…

Earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal set up the US Open first round against one of the greatest players of all times the legendary Roger Federer. When Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil's Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round,…

List of Wimbledon men’s singles champions

List of men's singles champions at Wimbledon: 2019 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) 2018 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) 2017 Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-1 6-4 2016 Andy Murray (Britain) beat Milos Raonic (Canada)…

Djokovic will not ease up in quest to be greatest:…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has already established himself as one of the best ever to play the game but the Serb, who clinched his 16th Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Sunday (15), will not be satisfied until he is considered the greatest of all time, Boris Becker has said. World number one Djokovic…

Roger Federer does everything right but falls short on match…

HOW did Roger Federer end up losing the 2019 Wimbledon final? It was a question that was being asked over and over again at the All England Club on Sunday (14) after the crowd favourite did almost everything better than Novak Djokovic - except convert the two match points he…

Mind tricks help Djokovic to win Wimbledon crown

"WHEN the crowd is chanting 'Roger' I hear 'Novak'," freshly-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic said with a smile on Sunday (14). A fairly implausible claim, perhaps, but the comment hinted at the phenomenal feats of mental strength and focus the Serb deployed in beating Roger Federer in the longest singles…

Djokovic beats Federer to win fifth Wimbledon crown  

NOVAK DJOKOVIC again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth Wimbledon crown in the longest singles final in the tournament's 133-year history on Sunday (14). The indefatigable 32-year-old withstood almost five hours of…

Frustration for Nadal as Wimbledon mission falls short

REWARDING as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month's French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission. In the end, however, it became mission…

Djokovic charges into Wimbledon final

TOP seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday (12) to triumph in four sets and advance to a mouthwatering Wimbledon final against Roger Federer. Remarkably the Serb's 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the 12th victory in his last…

Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

EVEN for the two players vying for the title of GOAT (Greatest of All Time), it was perhaps greedy to expect them to produce a blockbuster to compare with their previous duel at Wimbledon. They are human after all. No one was complaining though as Swiss great Roger Federer produced…

Novak Djokovic destroys Goffin to move semis

TOP seed Novak Djokovic recovered from an edgy start to deliver a devastating display that crushed the spirit of 21st-seeded Belgian David Goffin in straight sets on Wednesday (10) and sent the defending champion surging into the Wimbledon semi-finals. Goffin will wonder just what happened after he looked the better…

Bautista Agut reaches Wimbledon semis

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT expected to be chilling out in Ibiza this week but his bachelor party has been switched to the All England Club after the Spaniard reached the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday (10). The 31-year-old, who is getting married in November, had never got past round four so it…

Best quotes and fact from the 10th day at Wimbledon

A SELECTION of some of the best quotes and facts from the 10th day at Wimbledon: Quotes Novak Djokovic on the Big Three reaching the semi-finals yet again: "This is where, especially (Rafa) Nadal, (Roger) Federer, and myself... we go on to the next level in terms of tennis and focus.…

What next for Gauff as world goes Coco-crazy?

A QUICK glance at Cori Gauff's Twitter account shows what a difference a week makes in the life of a 15-year-old tennis phenomenon. The giggling teenager, who likes to be called Coco, came to Wimbledon with a following of around 4,000 on Twitter. By the time her sensational run had…

Serena thrills as ‘Dream Team’ turn mean machine at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON'S Centre Court is the property of the All England Club, but on Tuesday (9) it belonged to Serena Williams. After reaching her 37th Grand Slam singles semi-final, the American returned with Britain's Andy Murray in a fist-pumping, high-fiving, forehand-slapping frenzy as the mixed doubles 'Dream Team' put on a show…

Djokovic cruises on as old stagers show next generation the…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC remained firmly in cruise control on Monday (8) to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals as he swatted aside France's Ugo Humbert, the latest of tennis's up-and-comers to show promise but ultimately fall short. Djokovic, capable of jaw-dropping feats of agility when pushed to the brink, has barely stretched a…

Pella downs Raonic to reach first major quarter-final

GUIDO PELLA ensured there will be a South American presence in the men's Wimbledon quarter-finals after the Argentine survived a 3-6 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) 8-6 thriller in fading light against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic on Monday (8). Pella's win over the Canadian took him to his first major quarter-final, where he will…

David Goffin into Wimbledon last eight for first time

BELGIAN David Goffin matched his best-ever performance at the tennis majors on Monday (8) by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The Belgian 21st seed beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (11/9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their fourth round clash on Court Three. He will face either world number one Novak Djokovic or…

Murray confident of return to top of men’s tennis

FORMER world number one Andy Murray has been buoyed by his return to tennis after career-saving hip surgery and is confident he can retake his place among the men's elite. The 32-year-old, who has been playing doubles since his return from hip resurfacing surgery in January, had said ahead of…

‘Running on fumes’: Sandgren ready for exhausting Fognini battle

FABIO FOGNINI came through a five-set battle to reach the Wimbledon third round but next faces a man who also went through the wringer to make the last 32. The Italian 12th seed takes on Tennys Sandgren of the US on Saturday (6), who similarly came through a gruelling five-set second…

Khachanov and Medvedev continue Russian advance at Wimbledon

LIKE reliable Russian machines, Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday (4), keeping the torch alight for tennis's so-called next generation after the flames of some of their contemporaries were snuffed out. The ninth-ranked Khachanov ended Feliciano Lopez's superb grasscourt run with a…

Regular as clockwork, Djokovic eases into Wimbledon third round

NOVAK DJOKOVIC trails Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in many of the game's most important metrics, but when it comes to consistently reaching the third round at Wimbledon, which he achieved with dazzling ease on Wednesday (4), he leaves his rivals in his wake. The Serb dismantled American Denis Kudla…

Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men’s Singles First Round Results

Results from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon Men's Singles matches held on Monday (1). First Round Novak Djokovic (SRB) beat  Philipp Kohlschreiber  (GER) 6-3 7-5 6-3 Denis Kudla (USA)           beat  Malek Jaziri (TUN)          6-4 6-1 6-3 Leonardo Mayer (ARG)        beat  Ernests Gulbis (LAT)        6-1 7-6(12) 6-2 Hubert Hurkacz (POL)        beat  32-Dusan…

Djokovic adds former Wimbledon champ Ivanisevic to coaching team

WORLD number one Novak Djokovic has added former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic to his coaching team ahead of his title defence at SW19, the Serb has said. "I am grateful to have Goran Ivanisevic on my side of the net. We have agreed to collaborate at #Wimbledon and hopefully many…

List of Wimbledon men’s singles champions from 1877

List of men's singles champions at Wimbledon: 2018 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) 2017 Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-1 6-4 2016 Andy Murray (Britain) beat Milos Raonic (Canada) 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 2015 Djokovic (Serbia) beat Federer (Switzerland) 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 2014 Djokovic…

Wawrinka means business as he opens with easy victory

STAN WAWRINKA was barely mentioned in the Wimbledon build-up with all the focus on the men's "big three" and the young guns hoping to shake things up but the Swiss means business. Outside of eight-time champion Roger Federer, twice winner Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic, Wawrinka is the…

India’s Kohli pulls in the ad dollars despite verbal slips

BEING the highest-profile athlete in the world's second most populous country, India cricket captain Virat Kohli has built such a formidable brand across the spectrum that even his occasional brash and indiscreet comments fail to tarnish it. Watches, cars, sports shoes, motorbikes, clothes, ride services, tires, snacks, health foods, headphones - even…

Ruthless Djokovic outplays Anderson to end title drought

Novak Djokovic proved conclusively he remains one of the biggest beasts in men's tennis by outplaying South African giant Kevin Anderson to claim a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 31-year-old put two years of turmoil behind him to beat a battle-weary Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Centre Court and…

Kerber stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

It was supposed to be the day Serena Williams completed a remarkable comeback and claimed a record-matching 24th Grand Slam title but Angelique Kerber ripped up the script to outclass her 6-3 6-3 in Saturday's Wimbledon final. Ten months after the difficult birth of daughter Alexis Olympia the 36-year-old Williams had powered…

Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final as he resisted everything great rival Rafael Nadal could throw at him to win 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) 3-6 10-8 in a two-day classic that concluded in nerve-jangling tension on Saturday. With women's singles finalists Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber waiting in the locker room, Djokovic…

Nadal survives thriller to down Del Potro in quarter-finals

It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7(7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro. Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer…

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic was kept waiting in the wings till after 7pm local time before he could start swinging his racket against Russia's Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon on Monday. But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win…

Williams sisters happy as women given centre stage

Venus Williams said she was 'overjoyed' that Wimbledon organisers gave women the spotlight on the tournament's main showcourts on Wednesday (4). Five of the seven matches on Centre Court and Court One on day three were women's singles, although one of them was a late change after the Centre Court programme ended…

Former champs Sharapova, Kvitova crash out, Nadal, Djokovic through

Maria Sharapova suffered her first opening round Wimbledon defeat and earliest Grand Slam exit in eight years on Tuesday when she was shocked by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, the world number 132. Sharapova, the 2004 champion, was joined at the exit by 2011 and 2014 winner Petra Kvitova who was stunned by…

‘It’s all about business’: Nadal blasts Wimbledon shot-clock plan

Rafael Nadal insisted that plans by Wimbledon to introduce a 25-second shot clock will kill off the sport's capacity for epic Grand Slam confrontations. The US Open will have a shot clock for this year's tournament with Wimbledon poised to follow suit. World number one Nadal is routinely warned for slow play between points.…

Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is the sole sportsperson from the country to feature among the world's 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of 'The World's highest paid athletes' with…

Sachin Tendulkar joins UNICEF ‘Super Dads’ campaign

Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar joins global celebrities David Beckham and Novak Djokovic for a special UNICEF campaign that highlights the critical role played by fathers in children's early development. The UN initiative “Super Dads” celebrates fatherhood and highlights the role of love, play and good nutrition for the healthy…

Bopanna Cuevas reach quarterfinals of Monte Carlo Masters

Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas knocked out fifth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram after a three-set battle to progress to the quarterfinals of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters event. The unseeded Indo-Uruguay pair pipped the Protea-American combination 6-7(6) 6-4 10-6 in the pre-quarterfinals. They next face top…

Paes should not ‘sulk’ over Davis Cup snub, says Bhupathi

Leander Paes has no reason to "sulk" after being excluded from India's playing squad since he was conveyed in advance that his place was not confirmed in final four, non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi said on Sunday. Bhupathi had picked Rohan Bopanna ahead of Paes to play against Uzbekistan and defended…

Tales of the unexpected as Murray, Federer aim for final…

Roger Federer expected “to lose in the first week” of Wimbledon and Andy Murray expected to be heading for a final collision with his nemesis Novak Djokovic. It was just as well neither considered taking up a career in fortune telling as neither of those predictions came true—and the two…

Can anyone stop the Djok?

SERBIAN STAR STARTS FAVOURITE FOR ANOTHER WIMBLEDON TITLE NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S vice-likegrip on grand slam silverware will be put to the test at Wimbledonthismonthbutsuchistheworldnumber one’s dominance few look capable of loosening it. The insatiable Serb’s stunning level of consist- ency has left his rivals running out of ideas at how to…

Roger Federer and Serena Williams pull out of International Premier…

Roger Federer and Serena Williams have pulled out of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) ahead of the tournament’s Indian leg this weekend due to economic “uncertainty”, organisers said on Tuesday (December 6). India has been gripped by a cash crunch after the government withdrew high denomination notes from circulation…