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Novak Djokovic aiming to be ‘as ready’ as possible for French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic said on Monday that he is aiming to be "as ready as I can be" for the French Open as he prepares for just his third tournament of the season in Belgrade this week. The world number one was deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open in January over his Covid vaccination status, before also missing Indian Wells and the Miami Open in the United States. In the Serbian star's absence, Rafael Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne, moving out of a tie with Djokovic and Roger Federer. Djokovic will be hoping to match his great rival's tally at the French Open, which begins on May 22. "Roland Garros is the quintessential clay-court tournament and I'm partly already there in my thoughts, in terms of preparation and everything I'm doing at...
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Nadal back in training after four-week rib injury layoff | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal returned to training on Monday following a four-week rib injury layoff, with just over a month to go before the French Open in Roland Garros. "Today's first gentle workout after four weeks without stepping on a tennis court. What excitement to step onto clay again!" the world number four wrote on Twitter alongside two photos showing him training indoors on clay. Hoy tras 4 semanas sin pisar una pista de tenis, primer entrenamiento suave 👌🏻Que ilusión volver a pisar la tierra… https://t.co/auNJETO5QX— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 1650280074000Nadal picked up the injury in his loss to American Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final on March 22, announcing at the time he expected to be out for between four and six weeks. That defeat ended his perfect 20-0 run to start 202...
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Serena Williams hints at Wimbledon return after a year on the sidelines | Tennis News – Times of India

Former world number one Serena Williams hinted on Thursday that she could make her long-awaited return at Wimbledon in June, exactly a year since she last played on the tour at the same Grand Slam. Williams, 40, limped out of last year's first-round match at Wimbledon in tears due to a leg injury. She also skipped the Olympics in Tokyo and the U.S. Open in 2021 due to the hamstring injury, as well as the Australian Open earlier this year. On an Instagram story with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Serena said: "We've been talking about my comeback and he's been hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon. Can't wait!" When Rodgers asked her about a potential comeback at the U.S. Open, she added: "Wimbledon's before the U.S. Open, I've got to play Wimbledon first. Exciting!" Wimbledon ...
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Short but sweet: Key moments in Ashleigh Barty’s brilliant career | Tennis News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Ashleigh Barty announced her shock retirement from tennis on Wednesday aged 25. Here are a few highlights from her short but illustrious career: The Australian wins Wimbledon on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley's triumph there. Barty's victory in 2021 fulfils a dream that leaves her wondering how long she wants to carry on. In her retirement message Barty -- who won the French Open in 2019 -- described her Wimbledon crown as her "one true dream". "I've had a lot of incredible moments in my career that have been pivotal moments and Wimbledon last year changed a lot for me as a person," she said, describing the emotion of an athlete who has worked hard her entire life "for one goal". "To be...
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‘Gutted’: Tennis world pays tribute to retiring Ashleigh Barty | Tennis News – Times of India

SYDNEY: World number one Ashleigh Barty's surprise retirement from tennis was met with shock and an outpouring of well wishes from current and former greats Wednesday. The three-times Grand Slam champion shared a video on social media in which she said she would "step away and chase other dreams". Karolina Pliskova, who Barty defeated in the final to win Wimbledon last year, congratulated the Australian for an "incredible career". "It was a privilege to share a court with you," tweeted the Czech former world number one. "You will be missed." Congrats on an incredible career Ash 🙏 It was a privilege to share a court with you. Wishing you all the best in yo… https://t.co/YXV7KuODL1— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) 1648003511000Britain's three-time Grand Slam champion and former number one...
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Business as usual as Novak Djokovic reaches 10th successive quarter-final | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic, playing his first tournament since his deportation from Australia, continued his fight to keep his number one ranking with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov in Dubai to move into his 10th consecutive quarter-final on Wednesday. The Serbian top seed, who has not lost before the last-eight stage at any tournament since Monte Carlo 10 months ago, must at least reach the semi-finals in the Emirates to stand a chance of stopping Daniil Medvedev from replacing him at the summit of the rankings. Medvedev is competing in Acapulco this week and is guaranteed to end Djokovic's world number one reign if he clinches the title. There are other scenarios however that could allow Djokovic to extend his 361-week at at the top, should Medvedev falter in Mexi...
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After Australian furore, Djokovic starts his season in Dubai | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic's season, derailed in January when he was deported ahead of the Australian Open in a dispute over a Covid medical exemption, finally starts on Monday in Dubai. "I am excited to go back and play on Monday," Djokovic told the media in Dubai last week. "I miss tennis after all that has happened." The organisers have dubbed the first day of the ATP event 'Magnificent Monday' and a couple of other marquee entrants, Marin Cilic and Andy Murray, will also be in action. But all eyes will be on Djokovic, the only one of the tournament's eight seeds who is in action on Monday. He closes the day on centre court against Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti. Djokovic last played when he beat Cilic on December 3 but could not stop Croatia eliminating Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-fin...
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Novak Djokovic sets sights on Paris Olympics, wants to return to Australia | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said he has unfinished business at the Olympics and will be gunning for gold at Paris 2024, adding that he is keen to return to Australia despite his deportation this year. Djokovic's quest for an Olympic gold in Tokyo ended in a semi-final defeat to Germany's Alexander Zverev, marring an otherwise stellar 2021 in which he won the first three Grand Slams and reached the final of the fourth. A day after his loss to Zverev, he went down to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match to return empty-handed from Japan. "An Olympic medal, especially gold, is always a big wish," the 34-year-old told Radio Television of Serbia ahead of his return to competitive action next week. "Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to fight for it in...
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De Minaur says he is vaccinated amid reports of falsified certificate | Tennis News – Times of India

Alex de Minaur has sought to clear his name amid reports he was being investigated for buying a falsified COVID-19 vaccination certificate, with the Australian saying on Thursday he is '100% clear' he has taken two shots. Media reports alleged the 23-year-old bought a falsified certificate to prove he had taken two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. "I received my first dose of the vaccine in London last summer and the second one at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid," De Minaur wrote on Twitter https://t.co/dze9G3qPku— alex de minaur (@alexdeminaur) 1645114565000"News came out today that the hospital is under investigation for providing falsified COVID certificates to some of its patients. I want to make it 100% clear that I received my second shot, that I have a completely valid, accurate and ...
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Novak Djokovic eager for Dubai comeback after vaccine controversy | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: World number one Novak Djokovic said he has missed playing tennis on Thursday as he prepares for his comeback in Dubai after the coronavirus vaccine row that kept him from defending his Australian Open title. The Serb, who was deported from Australia over his vaccination status, toured the Serbian pavilion at Dubai Expo, removing his black mask when requested and writing a long message in the visitors' book. "I am excited to go back and play on Monday," he said, referring to the Dubai ATP tournament during brief remarks to media. "I miss tennis after all that has happened." The 20-time Grand Slam-winner has kept a low profile since his deportation last month over his potentially career-changing decision not to take the coronavirus vaccine. Spanish rival Rafael Nadal won the Austr...
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Novak Djokovic on entry list for vaccinated-only Indian Wells | Tennis News – Times of India

LOS ANGELES: Top-ranked 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, prevented from playing the Australian Open because he was not vaccinated for Covid-19, is entered in next month's Indian Wells ATP event. Djokovic is a five-time champion at Indian Wells, where organizers announced entries Wednesday and said proof of full vaccination will be required for spectator entry into the grounds for the March 7-20 tournament. The Serbian star was set to try and win a fourth consecutive Australian Open title last month -- what would have been his record 21st career major singles crown -- but Australian border officials said he did not meet requirements for unvaccinated travelers to enter the nation. Djokovic's visa was eventually canceled and after a legal appeal failed he departed without playin...
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Rafael Nadal says 21 Grand Slam titles ‘not enough’ | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday he is still not satisfied with his 21 Grand Slam titles following his historic triumph at the Australian Open. Nadal clinched his latest major win in Melbourne after pulling off an incredible comeback from two sets down to defeat Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the final. 21 majors 🏆 One @RafaelNadal 💪🇦🇺 #AusOpen • 🇫🇷 @rolandgarros • 🇬🇧 @wimbledon • 🇺🇸 @usopen https://t.co/rDASLCnaDH— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1643608746000The 35-year-old's momentous victory took him to the top of the all-time men's list and one clear of the 20 Grand Slam titles won by Roger Federer, who is injured, and Novak Djokovic, who was controversially deported from Australia before the tournament began. The Spaniard could now make it 22 at the French Open in June, where he has...
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Nadal edges ahead of Federer, Djokovic in GOAT debate | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: The numbers do not lie. Rafael Nadal stands alone on 21 Grand Slam titles, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the race to be crowned the greatest male tennis player of all time. The number of major titles is not the only factor used to determine where players sit in the pantheon but it is increasingly used as the go-to metric. Nadal played down his astonishing achievement following his gruelling five-set win over Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final in the early hours of Monday. The 35-year-old Spaniard said he did not care much whether his 21st title made him the best player in history or not. But many fans are captivated by the debate about who will ultimately emerge from the golden age of men's tennis on top, with each of the "Big Three" supported...
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Medvedev will realise you can’t force fans to support you, says Karatsev

Aslan Karatsev couldn’t really spout a Dostoevsky or even summon a handy Meddy-ism, a la Daniil Medvedev, but he drew out the chuckles anyway. The World No 15 had just made the quarters of the 2021 Australian Open beating Felix Auger-Aliassime and was facing the press that was quizzing him intently on digging deep and other profundities. Russian tennis players are expected to lace ironies with dark humour, and humour with gravitas. The then 27-year-old, who made semis at Melbourne last year, though, would put a pin prick to the nice bubble. Recalling the interaction while playing at the Tata Open Maharashtra on arrival, Karatsev peals off: “So the journalist asked me, ‘What was your self-talk to yourself during the break at the toilet?’ He was expecting some special answer. But I said, ...
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Why Medvedev says he would prefer playing in Russia over Wimbledon, French Open

After blowing a two-set lead over Rafael Nadal across five hours and 24 minutes in the Australian Open final, Daniil Medvedev began his post-match press conference with a long monologue. “Story of a young kid who dreamed about big things in tennis,” as he called it. He talked about his journey in the game since he’d first picked up a racquet when he was six, about wanting to play in Grand Slams against the best, about the moments of self-doubt over the years. He concluded with a stunning declaration. “From now on I’m playing for myself, for my family, to provide (for) my family, for people that trust in me, of course for all the Russians because I feel a lot of support there… if there is a tournament on hard courts in Moscow, before Roland Garros or Wimbledon, I’m going to go there even...
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When Nadal’s Plan A didn’t work, he had Plan B, C, D…

The Spaniard haring along the baseline, and often six feet or more behind the paint, running around the backhand, finding improbable angles and lines, prompting awe among spectators and bewilderment in opponents. This style of play has worked wonders on clay – as evidenced by his scarcely-believable 13 titles at Roland Garros. But to pigeonhole Nadal as a one-trick pony would be doing great disservice to his skills and resourcefulness. He has won every Grand Slam at least twice, and judging by how he went about turning the tide against Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, he has several arrows in his quiver, which he can employ with devastating effect. If one strategy isn’t working, he is quick to use another one and often equally adept at it. That 2️⃣1️⃣ moment#AusOpen • #AO...
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This title has a big significance: Rafael Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

While conceding that No. 21 had a special ring to it, Rafael Nadal refused to get into a debate on the 'greatest of all time', adding that a second Australian Open title meant more to him than going ahead of his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam race. "It's amazing to achieve another Grand Slam title at this moment of my career. It means a lot to me," the 35-year-old said. "This title has a big significance. I never will say I deserve, because I think a lot of people fight and a lot of people deserve. But I really believe that I hold a very positive spirit. For the last six months, I really fought a lot to try to be back on court." Rafael Nadal with his 21 Grand Slam title trophies. (USA TODAY Sports, Action Images, Reuters Photo)"I feel lucky to achieve one more...
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Daniil Medvedev ‘not that disappointed’ after losing two-set lead to Rafael Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Daniil Medvedev insisted Sunday he was not disappointed to give up a two-set lead and lose the Australian Open, while heaping praise on "unreal" Rafael Nadal. The world number two looked destined to clinch a second Grand Slam title after his US Open breakthrough last year when he held three break points against Nadal's serve in the third set after winning the first two at Melbourne Park. But the never-say-die Spaniard saved them all before battling back for a famous 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory in a gruelling 5hr 24min to deny Medvedev and win a historic 21st Grand Slam title. "If we talk about tennis, I'm not that disappointed. It was a huge match," said the 25-year-old Russian. "For sure, some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to...
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Federer, Djokovic quick to congratulate Nadal on record Slam feat | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic congratulated their long-time rival Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard clinched a record all three players have been chasing - a 21st Grand Slam title - with his Australian Open triumph on Sunday. Nadal's victory over Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller put him one clear of Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic on the all-time Grand Slam titles race in the men's singles game. "What a match! To my friend and great rival, Rafael Nadal. Heartfelt congratulations on becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles," Federer said in a social media post. Djokovic had been top seeded in the draw for the Open but was unable to play, deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament in a dramatic dispute over the country's Covid-19 e...
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Factfile on Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Facts and figures about sixth seed Rafael Nadal who made history by winning the Australian Open men's singles final on Sunday for his 21st Grand Slam title: Rafael NadalNationality: Spain Age: 35 World ranking: 5 Prize money: $125,050,235 Career titles: 89 Grand Slam titles: 21 Australian Open 2009, 2022 French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Wimbledon 2008, 2010 US Open 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 Australian Open best: Winner (2009, 2022) Coaches: Carlos Moya, Francisco Roig, Marc Lopez Moves ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for most Grand Slam titles with his 21st victory coming at the Australian Open. Ranked in top 10 for record 849 consecutive weeks (2005-21), including 209 total weeks as number one following 160 strai...