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Cilic begins turning corner in Rotterdam after slow 2017 start

Marin Cilic got to work in patching up the tatters of his early season as the top seed reached the second round of the Rotterdam World Tennis on Tuesday with a scratchy 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of an injured Benoit Paire.

Djokovic recovers from slow start to put Serbia 2-0 over Russia

The lone household name in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first round, Novak Djokovic, had to shake off the rust Friday before posting a singles victory, with the win putting the 2010 champion Serbia into a 2-0 command of Russia.

Djokovic carries hopes for Serbia into Davis Cup start

Novak Djokovic returns to battle three weeks after his last match when he leads Serbia against young-gun Russia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group from Friday.

Nadal skips Spain's Davis Cup clash with Croatia

Veteran Rafael Nadal is to skip the Davis Cup first-round clash with Croatia following his fairytale run to the Australian Open final, the Spanish team said Monday.

Federer defeats Nadal to win fifth Australian Open, 18th grand slam

Roger Federer added another honour to his superlative career, defeating hot rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win a record 18 grand slam singles titles at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Serena Williams wins seventh Australian Open; record 23rd grand slam

Serena Williams wrote more history with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to claim a record 23rd Open Era grand slam singles title with a seventh Australian Open trophy on Saturday.

Lucic-Baroni turns back the clock to reach Melbourne semi-finals

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni turned back the clock almost two decades on Wednesday, as the evergreen Croatian outsider upset fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for a stunning win into the Australian Open semi-finals.

World number one Murray not named in Britain's Davis Cup squad

World number one Andy Murray has not been named in Britain's Davis Cup squad for the opening round away to Canada next month but could yet join the team.

Federer marks triumphant tennis return as Swiss sweep Britain

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic combined for a Swiss 2-0 Hopman Cup sweep of Britain on Monday as the 17-time grand slam champion returned to tennis after a six-month injury absence.

Murray and Kerber named 2016 world champions by ITF

The number one pair of Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber earned the official stamp of approval for runaway success in 2016 as they were named world champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the first time in their careers on Tuesday.

34 arrests in Spain in tennis match-fixing probe

Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six players, in connection with match-fixing at lower tier tennis tournaments in Spain and Portugal, police said on Thursday.

Del Potro broken finger a small price to pay for Davis Cup history

Juan Martin del Potro emerged with a broken finger after leading Argentina to a first-ever Davis Cup trophy at the weekend. 

Del Potro rallies Argentina to comeback Davis Cup title

Juan Martin del Potro rallied from two sets to love down, inspiring Argentina to a fightback 3-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday to give the country its first Davis Cup title.

Cilic sparks doubles success to hand Croatia 2-1 lead over Argentina

Marin Cilic excelled at doubles duty with Ivan Dodig as the Croatian pair defeated Argentines Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to hand the hosts a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday.

Cilic, Del Potro earn opening wins for 1-1 Davis Cup scoreline

Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro each posted opening wins on Friday to leave the Davis Cup final locked 1-1 after first day singles.

Cilic wins marathon to give Croatia 1-0 lead in Davis Cup

Marin Cilic got off to a fast start but needed a mid-match recovery to take Croatia to a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final on Friday as he beat Federico Delbonis 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2

Cilic to open Davis Cup final against Delbonis

Croatian point man Marin Cilic will open Croatia's Davis Cup final against Argentine Federico Delbonis as the hosts look for their first title since 2005 in the worldwide team competition after the draw made on Thursday.

Cilic hopes to end career-best season with Davis Cup title

Croatian Marin Cilic is psyched for a Davis Cup final at home against visiting Argentina as the hosts bids for a second title since 2005.

Murray achieves career dream with year-end top finish

Andy Murray completed a dream run to year-end world number one as he beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the World Tour Finals over his main rival.

Murray drawn into Monday start against Cilic at World Tour Finals

Andy Murray will test his new number one status on the second day of the World Tour Finals next Monday, with the Scot drawn to start group play against Marin Cilic.

Satisfied Murray cements new top ATP status with Paris title win

Andy Murray solidified his new status as ATP number one, claiming his eighth title of the season with a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 defeat of John Isner in the Paris Masters final on Sunday.

Murray one step closer to top ranking as Cilic stuns Djokovic

Marin Cilic beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) after 14 straight losses in their series, bringing Andy Murray that much closer to his bid for a number-one ranking at the Paris Masters on Friday.

Cilic claims London year-end spot with Paris defeat of Goffin

Marin Cilic joined the field for the ATP year-end championships on Thursday as he beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (11-9) in the third round at the Paris Masters.

London contenders Cilic, Goffin set up Paris Bercy showdown

Marin Cilic and David Goffin head into a battle for a place at the year-end finals after both contenders reached the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday with straight-set wins. 

Croatia's Cilic wins ATP tournament in Basel

Croatia's best tennis player Marin Cilic won the ATP 500 tournament in Basel on Sunday, defeating fifth-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-1, 7-6(5).

Murray tightens race for number one with Shanghai title success

Andy Murray moved to within striking distance of the world number one ranking as he broke open a tight final at the Shanghai Masters with a runaway tiebreak to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 on Sunday.

Wozniacki claims 25th career title with Hong Kong victory

Caroline Wozniacki struggled over three sets with Kristina Mladenovic before finishing off a 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 victory at the Hong Kong Open to earn the 25th title of her career on Sunday.

Kyrgios stages Tokyo turnaround to win third title of the season

Nick Kyrgios rained down 23 aces as he beat David Goffin in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback to win the Japan Open and claim his third title of the season on Sunday.

Kyrgios wins showcase battle with Monfils to reach Tokyo final

Nick Kyrgios turned on his big game to overwhelm Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for a place in the Japan Open final.

Cilic charges ahead in Tokyo as London year-end spot beckons

Croatian Marin Cilic went through a dry run for next month's Davis Cup final on Friday as he crushed an Argentine opponent with ease to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open and boost his chances of qualifying for the season-ending championships.

Nishikori, Cilic post opening-day Tokyo wins

Kei Nishikori thrilled his home public while Marin Cilic held on to knockout the 2015 finalist as the Japan Open got underway under the closed roof of the Ariake Colosseum on a rainy Monday.

Reports: Coric could miss Davis Cup final due to knee surgery

Teenager Borna Coric looks likely to miss Croatia's Davis Cup final at home against Argentina in November as he prepares to undergo knee surgery.

Croatia and Argentina given home starts in 2017 Davis Cup

The 2016 Davis Cup finalists Croatia and Argentina will both start their 2017 World Group campaigns with home ties after the draw was made in London on Thursday.

ITF clears the decks for overhaul of Davis and Fed Cup formats

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Wednesday said it was preparing to wipe the slate clean in preparation for a massive overhaul to the century-old format for the Davis Cup.

Croatia hosts Davis Cup final - but has no arena available

Croatia will host Argentina its first-ever home Davis Cup final in November  but faces problems with a venue, the 24Sata daily reported Monday.

Argentine sub Mayer denies Britain Davis Cup final with Croatia

Argentine substitute Leonardo Mayer denied holders Britain a second straight Davis Cup final appearance with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Dan Evans, clinching a 3-2 upset win on Sunday in the World Group semi-finals.

Exhausted Murray keeps Britain alive 2-2; Croatia reaches Davis final

Croatia made its only other appearance in the title match in 2005, when Ivan Ljubicic - now coach of Roger Federer - led his nation past Slovakia in Bratislava.

Wawrinka outlasts Djokovic to claim US Open title

Stan Wawrinka bullied his way to a third career grand slam title on Sunday as he outlasted Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to win the US Open final on Sunday.

Kerber confirms number one status with US Open title

Angelique Kerber fulfilled her childhood tennis dream as she cemented her new status as WTA number one by winning her second grand slam title of the season on Sunday at the US Open.

Croatian Mate Pavic wins US Open Grand Slam mixed doubles title

Twenty three-year-old Croatian tennis player Mate Pavic has won the US Open mixed doubles title with his German partner Laura Siegemund in New York on Friday.

Karolina Pliskova defeats Ana Konjuh to reach U.S. Open semi-finals

Karolina Pliskova won her 10th match in a row to take a victory lap into the semi-finals of the US Open 6-2, 6-2 over teenaged Ana Konjuh on Wednesday.

Frenchman Pouille stuns Nadal at US Open; Djokovic advances

Rafael Nadal struggled mightily before falling 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) to Lucas Pouille at the US Open on Sunday in a fourth-round marathon that lasted more than four hours.

Sock slams Cilic in US Open upset

Jack Sock knocked 2014 champion Marin Cilic out of the US Open in the third round on Friday, handing the seventh seed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 surprise.

Cilic beats Murray to win first Masters title; Kerber ranking bid falls short in Cincinnati

A pair of Rio Olympic medallists failed to fire in the Cincinnati Masters finals on Sunday, with Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber going down in upset losses.

Murray reaches final; Kerber ready to seize top WTA ranking

Andy Murray wrapped up a 6-3, 6-3 semi-final defeat of Milos Raonic on Saturday to beat the rain which delayed the match between Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov at the Cincinnati Masters.

Murray extends win streak with Cincinnati victory over Tomic

Andy Murray set up a re-run of the Wimbledon final as he dispatched Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to move into the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Murray notches 600th win in sentimental Cincinnati

A motivated Andy Murray notched the 600th victory of his career with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Kevin Anderson which ended Thursday's upset jinx at the Cincinnati Masters.

Croatian Coric ambushes depleted Nadal in Cincinnati

Injured and aching Rafal Nadal limped out of the Cincinnati Masters in the third round on Thursday a 6-1, 6-3 victim of teenaged Borna Coric.

Murray paces top nine seeds at Cincinnati

Andy Murray made a fast adjustment from his gold medal Rio Olympic playground as he led the top nine men's seeds into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.

Swede Bjorkman to join Team Cilic as coach

Croatian tennis ace Marin Cilic, competing this week at the Cincinnati Masters, has added former Swedish great Jonas Bjorkman to his team as a replacement for departed coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Murray retains Olympic gold after grueling match against del Potro

Andy Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday to become the first tennis player to win two Olympic gold medals in the men's singles.

Hingis gets bittersweet first Olympic medal after two-decade career

Swiss tennis veteran Martina Hingis secured her first Olympic medal Sunday after two decades in the sport, but had to settle for silver after a doubles loss to Russia.

Tennis player Ivo Karlovic wins ATP tournament in Los Cabos

Croatian tennis player Ivo Karlovic has won the ATP tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico, by beating Felician Lopez of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Del Potro challenges Murray in Rio final after semi thriller

Few would have placed their bets on Juan Martin del Potro at the Rio Olympics, but the Argentinian has clinched the chance to win gold in Sunday's tennis final against 2012 champion Andy Murray.

Del Potro beats Nadal to advance to Rio tennis final

Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro beats Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to enter the final of the Olympic Summer Games.

French tennis team physiotherapist collapses, dies in Rio

A physiotherapist for the French tennis team at the Rio Olympics has collapsed and died, the country's Olympic committee CNOSF said early Saturday.

Nadal wins Olympic doubles but struggles into singles semi-finals

Spanish player Rafael Nadal won gold with Marc Lopez in the men's doubles tournament at the Summer Games on Friday, but he had to claw his way into the tennis singles semi-finals.

Berdych takes Ivanisevic as his new coach

Tomas Berdych will begin work later this week prior to the Cincinnati Masters with new coach Goran Ivanisevic, the Czech world number eight-ranked tennis player announced Monday on his Twitter feed.

Djokovic crashes out against Del Potro in first round at Olympics

World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia left in tears after his dream of getting the elusive Olympic gold ended in form of a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) defeat against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

Cilic, Ivanisevic break up Croatian dream team

Marin Cilic and celebrity coach Goran Ivanisevic have ended their relationships after three years and a US Open title, the ATP number 12 said.

Croatia Beats US in Davis Cup; Britain, France, Argentina book semifinal spots

Britain, France and Argentina reached the semifinals of the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday, while the US was denied a spot by Croatia in a stunning 3-2 comeback.

World of difference for Murray between his pair of Wimbledon titles

Andy Murray finds a new sense of calm as he wins a second Wimbledon title with much less stress than his first success in 2013.

Williams goal search intensifies after 22nd grand slam title

Winning a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd grand slam title is only inspiring Serena Williams to aim for more career trophies.

Record-setting Federer wins Wimbledon comeback thriller

Roger Federer rallied from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, overhauling shell-shocked Marin Cilic 6-7 (4-7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 on Wednesday to storm into the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Federer, Murray motor into Wimbledon quarter-finals

Roger Federer crushed Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday, while Andy Murray dispatched Nick Kyrgios as the pair of leading Wimbledon title contenders eased into the quarter-finals on Monday to start the second week of the major.

Kyrgios, Tomic not included in Team Australia for Rio Olympics

Top tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, as officials revealed the Australian line-up for the games on Monday.

Roof rescues rainy Wimbledon as Djokovic, Federer advance

Rain disrupted play for a second day on Wednesday at the Wimbledon Championships as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer motored to one-way wins under the closed roof of Centre Court.

Djokovic surprises himself with runaway start at Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic had it all his way on Monday as he reached the second round at the Wimbledon Championships 6-0, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 over Briton James Ward to begin his title defence in commanding style.

Federer return rained off in Stuttgart

A massive rainstorm left Roger Federer's return to tennis hanging, with the Swiss player and American teenager Taylor Fritz halted at 4-3 on Wednesday in their second-round match at the Mercedes Cup.

Sharapova handed two-year ban for failed drugs test; plans to appeal

Five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova was Wednesday banned from tennis for two years after testing positive for a newly banned substance.

Sun shines as Djokovic completes grand slam sweep in Paris

The sun emerged on cue for delighted Novak Djokovic, who clinched a career dream on Sunday as he won the French Open over Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and claimed a rare grand slam title sweep.

Djokovic cracks career 100-million-dollar barrier with Paris win

Novak Djokovic on Wednesday became the first man in tennis history to crack the 100-million-dollar mark in career prize money earnings as he beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 at the French Open.

Murray tames Karlovic serve in three sets to reach Paris fourth round

Andy Murray put in a "half-day" on court Friday, taming the legendary serve of Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to post a straightforward win after a pair of five-setters earlier in the week at the French Open.

Djokovic paces ATP elites into all-star Madrid semi-final round

Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic for the seventh time at the Madrid Masters on a rainy Friday dominated by elite players in one of the last major tuneups before the start of the French Open.

Murray, Djokovic move closer to weekend showdown on Madrid clay

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic posted victories on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters as the pair advanced towards a potential weekend title showdown.

Recharged Djokovic makes winning return to Madrid clay

A relaxed and refreshed Novak Djokovic showed his best clay form as the top seed returned after a month away, beating teenager Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday for a place in the third round of the Madrid Masters.

Djokovic continues to lead world rankings, Raonic back in top 10

Novak Djokovic of Serbia remained at the front of the world rankings released by the ATP Monday while Canada's Milos Raonic celebrated a return to the top 10.

WTA Bol Open to be revived, USD 125,000 prize pool

The women's WTA Bol tournament is being revived after 13 years. The tournament was scrapped in 2003 due to financial difficulties

Croatian tennis referee banned for 10 years

A Croatian tennis referee has been given a 10-year ban by governing body ITF for working at tournaments while suspended.

Kvitova finally wins again in Stuttgart, with new coach

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova routed American teenager Louisa Chirico 6-0, 6-0 in the first round on Tuesday for her first victory at the Porsche Grand Prix in three years.

Djokovic confidence could not be higher as Monte Carlo begins

Novak Djokovic takes a near-perfect season record into his title defence in Monte Carlo as Roger Federer prepares for a comeback after knee surgery

Djokovic dominates in record-setting Miami title win

Unstoppable Novak Djokovic won a record 28th Masters 1000 title on Sunday as the Serbian defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 to earn a sixth trophy in Miami.

Djokovic juggernaut rolls into another Miami final

The Novak Djokovic juggernaut continued at full throttle as the world's top player defeated David Goffin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on Friday at the Miami Masters to move within one victory of completing a prestigious March tournament title double.

Djokovic continues Miami domination to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic pulled ahead in the ATP season win column, earning his 25th victory with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Austrian talent Dominic Thiem to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters on Tuesday.

Ailing Federer pulls from Miami as Djokovic storms to winning start

Novak Djokovic launched his bid for a sixth title at the Miami Masters as crowd-pleaser Roger Federer was forced to withdraw prior to his first match in nearly two months with a stomach virus.

Djokovic clarifies: Serb always in favour of equal prize money

Novak Djokovic attempted on Wednesday to draw a line under confusion regarding his thoughts on equal tennis prize money, with the world number one saying that while he supports the concept, he's done answering repeated queries on the subject.

Djokovic, Nadal set up all-star semi-final; Williams back in final

Career-long rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will face off for the 48th time on Saturday for a place in the final of the Indian Wells Masters after both produced fiery quarter-finals wins in sweltering conditions.

Goffin beats Cilic to claim first Masters 1000 semi-final spot

David Goffin defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 on Thursday to reach his first career Masters 1000 semi-final with the victory at Indian Wells.

Nadal holds off potential German spoiler Zverev; Djokovic wins easily

Rafael Nadal held off a potential spoiler on Wednesday as the fourth seed beat Alexander Zverev 6-7 (8-10), 6-0, 7-5 to squeeze into the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

Djokovic, Nadal battle to Indian Wells wins

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber but had trouble closing out a 7-5, 7-5 win on Tuesday to power into the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters to join Rafael Nadal as a winner.

Djokovic, Williams overcome slow starts to advance at Indian Wells

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both fought off underdog opponents on Sunday to advance with third-round wins at the Indian Wells Masters.

Djokovic walks fine line between Sharapova friendship, WADA rules

Novak Djokovic on Friday re-emphasised his strong support for longtime friend Maria Sharapova in her drug-test drama while adding that communication to player on the important subject of banned substances could be vastly improved.

Serena Williams says she lacks sister's vegan dietary discipline

Serena Williams admitted Thursday that trying to eat vegan like her sister, Venus, is nearly impossible as she returns for the second time back at the Indian Wells Masters after boycotting the tournament for 14 years.

Sharapova thanks fans, hopes to resume tennis career

Maria Sharapova took to Facebook on Wednesday to thank fans for massive online support after her positive test for a newly banned medicine which she has been taking for a decade.

Sponsors Nike, TAG Heuer distance themselves from Sharapova

Major sponsors of top-earning tennis player Maria Sharapova said Tuesday that they would not renew or would suspend contracts with the Russian athlete after she failed a drug test.

Djokovic stays well ahead in unchanged tennis top 10

Serbia's Novak Djokovic stays well clear of Britain's Andy Murray in an unchanged top 10 in the men's tennis rankings released by the ATP on Monday.

Djokovic hopes to be fit for Davis start after eye infections

Novak Djokovic confirmed on Wednesday that he's optimistic of starting for Serbia against Kazakhstan on Friday in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie after dealing with an infection in both eyes.

Djokovic sets a personal best with 700th career victory

Novak Djokovic took a bite of a gluten-free cake in a post-match presentation on Wednesday at the Dubai Tennis Championships after earning the 700th win of his career.

Djokovic continues to top rankings, Ferrer slips two spots

Novak Djokovic continued to lead the way in the top 10 of the men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP on Monday but David Ferrer slipped two spots to eighth.

Dubai loses Ivanovic as drawcard beaten by Strycova

Czech Barbora Strycova defeated popular Serbian Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 on Thursday, with the quarter-final win only adding to the box office woes of the Dubai Tennis Championships.