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Rafael Nadal admits doubt over planned return at Qatar Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he is unsure if he will be ready to return to action in Doha next week after he withdrew from the Australian Open with a muscle tear.The Spaniard missed most of last year with a hip injury sustained in Melbourne but made his comeback at the Brisbane International in the lead-up to this year's Australian Open.However, a small muscle tear forced the 37-year-old to pull out of the season's first Grand Slam."It's going to be very tight for Doha. I've had some discomfort these past few weeks and I'm a bit on the limit," Nadal said in an interview with La Sexta television that will be broadcast in full later Wednesday."At this point every blow I take, every injury, is a setback not only in tennis and physically, but also mentally."The 22-time Grand Slam win...
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Why it’s not wise to write-off Novak Djokovic

Stadiums are kangaroo courts, infamous for their hasty judgments. Sports fans are instant opinion-makers. They are also the judge and jury. So, last weekend at the Australian Open, after his loss to 22-year-old Jannik Sinner in the semifinal, the verdict on Novak Djokovic was diligently passed. The greatest ever tennis player was past his prime at 36; the 20-something Gen-Next had finally caught up and it was curtains for the Djokovic era.The undisputed World No.1 would call the face-off with Sinner his “worst Grand Slam match ever.” Statistics too indicated so. The man known to play a flawless percentage game had 54 unforced errors. One of the best returners in the history of the sport didn’t have a single break point on Sinner’s serve. It was the darkest day of Djokovic’s sparkling ca...
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Jannik Sinner: Australian Open Champion and the Role of Perfect Parents | Tennis News – Times of India

It was tough leaving home at 14, says Australian Open championThe intricately designed Norman Brookes Challenge Cup sat before Jannik Sinner, but the Australian Open champion said it was all yet to sink in. Sinner delivered one of the most moving victory speeches, reaching out to his parents Johann and Siglinde Sinner, who he called 'perfect parents'.The 22-year-old said, "Growing up away from home was the fastest way to grow up."Sinner's father Johann works as a chef in a restaurant and his wife Siglinde also worked at the same restaurant as a waitress. Most of Sinner's childhood was spent with his grandparents, who looked after him when his parents were away at work.Simone Vagnozzi, Sinner's coach for the last three years, said the 22-year-old's parents should be held up as an example...
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Hsieh Su-Wei, Elise Mertens clinch Australian Open women’s doubles title | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei and Belgium's Elise Mertens secured the women's doubles title at the Australian Open with a convincing 6-1, 7-5 victory over the Latvian-Ukrainian pair Jelena Ostapenko and Lyudmyla Kichenok on Sunday.The triumph marked the second Grand Slam women's doubles title for the second-seeded duo, adding to their Wimbledon victory in 2021. Hsieh Su-Wei, aged 38, became the second-oldest woman to win a Grand Slam doubles title, following Lisa Raymond.The match started with Hsieh and Mertens breaking in the third game, establishing an early advantage and comfortably closing out the first set. The second set proved more competitive, with Ostapenko and Kichenok initially securing a service break. However, Hsieh and Mertens fought back, breaking twice to take a 5-3 l...
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Jannik Sinner vs Daniil Medvedev: Australian Open Men’s Final | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jannik Sinner's stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals has brought an end, at least temporarily, to the era dominated by Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The 22-year-old Italian, ranked fourth, is now set to face Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the men's final on Sunday, with both players vying to carve their names onto the coveted Australian Open trophy.Sinner's journey to the final has been nothing short of impressive, progressing smoothly through the draw without dropping a set until the semi-finals. His impeccable serve has been a highlight, as he didn't face a break point against Djokovic and has been broken just twice in 88 service games throughout the tournament.Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Sinner expressed confidence in ...
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Never have any limitations and keep believing, says oldest Grand Slam champion Rohan Bopanna | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Rohan Bopanna on Saturday created history, becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to win a major men’s doubles title, teaming up with Matthew Ebden to win the Australian Open.The 43-year-old Bopanna and Ebden overcame Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(0), 7-5 to clinch the crown at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Bopanna, who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government for becoming the oldest first-time World No.1 in men's doubles recently, completed his mission to win his first Grand Slam men's doubles title. After the win, the Indian tennis veteran expressed his gratitude to fans for supporting him and noted that there was no better partner than Ebden for the Grand Slam event."Totally amazing winning my first men's doubles Grand Slam. There is n...
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‘Your moment can arrive anytime, anywhere’: Sports fraternity goes berserk as Rohan Bopanna wins historic Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna on Saturday etched his name in the history books by becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to secure a major men's doubles crown.Partnering with Australia's Matthew Ebden, Bopanna claimed the Australian Open trophy with a dominating performance, defeating Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(0), 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Just three days after ascending to the top of the world rankings, Bopanna, who had initially decided to retire from the sport two years ago, has achieved a remarkable feat. He now holds the distinction of being the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era, dating back to 1968.In a show of admiration for the Indian tennis star, notable figures in Indian sports such as Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Vire...
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Rohan Bopanna wins maiden men’s doubles Grand Slam title at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Aged 43, Rohan Bopanna celebrated becoming the oldest number one in men's doubles history, winning the Australian Open with his partner Matthew Ebden on Saturday.Bopanna became only the third Indian to win a men's doubles Grand Slam title after registering a commanding win over the Italian pair of Bolelli and Vavassori in a high-quality game of tennis that lasted an hour and 39 minutes.The second-seeded Bopanna-Ebden pair were crowned champions after a 7-6(0) 7-5 win in the final.It was the pair's maiden title and Bopanna's first in men's doubles after 60 previous Grand Slams -- a record for most attempts before winning.Only the iconic Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have won Major titles for India in men's tennis while trailblazer Sania Mirza did it in women's tennis.As It ...
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Factbox: Australian Open women’s singles champion Aryna Sabalenka | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Factbox on Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka, who beat China's Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 in the Australian Open final on Saturday to win her second Grand Slam title.ARYNA SABALENKAAge: 25Nation: BelarusWTA Ranking: 2Seeding: 2Grand Slam titles: 2 (Australian Open 2023, 2024)ROAD TO FINALFirst round: beat Ella Seidel (Germany) 6-0 6-1Second round: beat Brenda Fruhvirtova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2Third round: beat 28-Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-0 6-0Fourth round: beat Amanda Anisimova (US) 6-3 6-2Quarter-finals: beat 9-Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)6-2 6-3Semi-finals: beat 4-Coco Gauff (US) 7-6(2) 6-4Final: beat 12-Zheng Qinwen (China) 6-3 6-2EARLY LIFE* Born in Minsk.Began playing tennis at age six.CAREER TO DATE* Began her professional career playing on the ITF Circuit in 2012.* Won th...
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Aryna Sabalenka crushes Zheng Qinwen to defend Australian Open title | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: 25-year-old Belarusian defending champion and world number two Aryna Sabalenka defeated Chinese 12th seed Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 to win the Australian Open women's singles title in Melbourne on Saturday.Sabalenka took just 33 minutes to race through a 6-3 win in the first set at Melbourne Park.This is Sabalenka's second Grand Slam title while Zheng was gunning for a first.Sabalenka became the first woman to defend the Australian Open title since 2013.It capped an incredible display of power and poise from Sabalenka over the past fortnight, with the 25-year-old surging to the title without losing a set through her seven matches.The Belarusian matched the achievement of compatriot Victoria Azarenka, who won the tournament in 2012 and 2013.The Belarusian opened with a comfortable...
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The subtle art of giving away nothing: From Dhoni to Sinner to Satwik-Chirag to The Godfather

About a month back, Novak Djokovic, on CBS’s 60 minutes, had shared a secret that has made him history’s deadliest predator on a tennis court. Between games, while sitting on the bench; Djokovic said, his eyes are always focused on the big screen as he is busy reading the close-up frame of his unsuspecting rival. “I am looking at him … how is he drinking water, is he sweating more than usual, is he breathing deeply or not. I look at how he is communicating with his team .. all these elements really affect the performance and the game itself.” On Friday at the Australian Open, Djokovic, for close to three-and-half hours over 4 sets, tried looking for clues to crack the 22-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner. He didn’t spot any and suffered an epic loss in the semi-final. Maybe, Djokovic was w...
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Jannik Sinner’s strong and improved baseline game helps him stun Novak Djokovic to reach Australian Open final

In a resolute, nerveless, three-hour-long display of destructive shot making and tactical mastery, Jannik Sinner, the rising 22-year-old World No.4, defeated Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Friday, reaching his first Major final and becoming the first Italian man to reach the singles final in Melbourne.Sinner outplayed and outmanoeuvred the undisputed king of Melbourne Park – and men’s tennis in general – and in doing so, not only strengthened his long-held credentials as a potential great in the making, but also achieved a feat that none of the Serb’s greatest rivals had been able to accomplish even at the peak of their careers. Prior to Friday, Novak Djokovic had never lost in the semifinal or final of the Australian Open. A perfect 20...
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Australian Open 2024: Jannik Sinner stuns Novak Djokovic to book a spot in his first Grand Slam final

Jannik Sinner has stunned Novak Djokovic to reach the Australian Open men’s final, his first Grand Slam final and also ended the 10-time champion’s career unbeaten streak in semifinals at Melbourne Park. Sinner defeated Djokovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the semfinals of the Australian Open. Scintillating Sinner 🇮🇹🔥 He achieves the impossible defeating 10x #AusOpen champion Djokovic 6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3.@janniksin • #AO2024 • @wwos • @espn • @eurosport • @wowowtennis@Kia_Worldwide • #Kia • #MakeYourMove pic.twitter.com/X6qFAtegq7 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2024 He hadn’t lost a match at Melbourne Park since 2018 and was on a 33-match winning streak at the season’s first major. Every previous time he’d won a quarterfinal in Australia, Djokovic had gone on to win the hardcourt t...
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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic stunned by Jannik Sinner in semifinal | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Novak Djokovic failed in his bid for a record-breaking 25th Grand Slam title as he was defeated by Jannik Sinner 1-6, 2-6, 7-6(6), 3-6 in the Australian Open semifinal in Melbourne on Friday.Sinner had a match point in the tie-breaker but Djokovic brought all his experience into play to save it and win the 76-minute third set.Djokovic stood just two matches away from tennis immortality, but his march towards an 11th Australian Open title and a record 25th Grand Slam crown was dashed by Sinner on the Rod Laver Arena.Italy's Sinner had recent pedigree in matches against Djokovic, beating him in the group stage at the ATP Finals -- though Djokovic came out on top in the final -- and at the Davis Cup.Before this match, Djokovic had an unbeaten streak of 33 matches -- stretching b...
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Australian Open: Jannik Sinner can match Novak Djokovic in his game, but can he emulate the Serb’s appetite for the big stage?

For Novak Djokovic, hunting a record-extending 25th Grand Slam title, the biggest threat in the main draw of the Australian Open may not have been a rematch of his epic five-set Wimbledon final defeat to 20-year-old Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz. The highly-anticipated potential semifinal between Djokovic, the greatest tennis player on the big stage, and Jannik Sinner, the 22-year-old World No. 4 from Italy on an unparalleled hot streak, is now a reality, as well as a small headache for the World No. 1.Friday’s semifinal has the potential to be a seminal moment in Sinner’s career. Not only is he in red-hot form – he has won 18 of his last 19 matches and clinched two ATP titles and the Davis Cup since October – but he has also defeated Djokovic twice in three meetings over 12 days at...
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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden storm into final with hard-fought win

Rohan Bopanna entered the final of the Australian Open to move within one victory of claiming his maiden men’s doubles title at a Grand Slam. Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden defeated Zhang Zhizhen of China and Tomas Machac of Czech Republic 6-3 3-6 7-6 (10-7) in just over two hours on Thursday. When the Indian tennis ace had combined with Ebden to win their quarter-final earleir in the tournament, Bopanna had assured himself the world No 1 spot in men’s doubles, thus making him the oldest man to ever get to that spot for the first time at the age of 43. Bopanna thus becomes the fourth Indian to get to the top of the world rankings after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi (both in men’s doubles) and former women’s doubles world No 1 Sania Mirza. This was the first time the 43...
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Australian Open 2024: New doubles No.1 Rohan Bopanna credits composure, ‘Iyengar’ yoga, focus on recovery for reaching summit at age 43

At the end of the 2022 season, with Rohan Bopanna well into his forties with his career seemingly having seen its peak, there were not many options left in the locker room for the doubles veteran to pick a partner. As he puts it, the collaboration with Australia’s Matthew Ebden, at a similar crossroads in his career, was born out of both necessity and a mutual connection.The duo became an instant hit, not only revitalising their careers, but also taking each other to the summit of the sport. On Wednesday, after their straight-sets win over the sixth-seeded Argentinian pair of Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni, Bopanna became the oldest World No.1 in history at the age of 43, taking the top spot in the men’s doubles rankings for the first time in his career. Ebden will be right behind h...
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Alexander Zverev stuns Carlos Alcaraz to reach Australian Open semi-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

Germany's Alexander Zverev delivered a stunning performance to upset second seed Carlos Alcaraz and secure a spot in the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 victory in Melbourne on Wednesday.Zverev made an impressive start on Rod Laver Arena, dominating the opening set and dropping just two points on serve. The sixth seed maintained his solid form in the second set, breaking Alcaraz's serve twice as errors crept into the Spaniard's game.Throughout the third set, Zverev continued to exhibit an exceptionally high level of play.However, he experienced a momentary lapse when serving for the match, allowing Alcaraz to stage a remarkable comeback and force a tiebreak, which the young Spaniard won convincingly.Despite Alcaraz gaining momentum in the fourth set, a determine...
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No.1 ranking will inspire ‘Gen-Next’ of Indian tennis, says Rohan Bopanna after achieving the feat | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohan Bopanna feels that his ascent to world No. 1 in doubles rankings at the twilight of his career is the perfect boost that Indian tennis needed just when it was falling off the radar.Bopanna is set to become the oldest tennis player to achieve the world No. 1 ranking in men's doubles after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open along with his partner Matthew Ebden of Australia on Wednesday.The 43-year-old, who had entered the tournament with a career-high ranking of world No. 3, and Ebden recorded a comfortable 6-4, 7-6(5) win over sixth seeded Argentinian duo of Máximo González and Andrés Molteni in the quarterfinals that lasted an hour and 46 minutes.Bopanna will be crowned the new numero uno spot on Monday after the end of the tournament."It (the feat) means a ...