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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic included in US Open entry list | Tennis News – Times of India

Serena Williams was included on the entry list for the US Open on Wednesday along with fellow former champion Novak Djokovic, who will not be able to compete due to his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Williams, who returned to competition last month after a year-long absence, was added to the entry list for the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 Grand Slam in New York having been named in the draw for tune-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati. The 23-time Grand Slam champion fell in the first round at Wimbledon and last appeared in the US Open in 2020 when the six-time winner reached the semi-finals. Eligible players are automatically entered into the main draw but that does little to help Djokovic, who retained his Wimbledon crown last month and is one back of Rafa Nadal's record of 22 Grand S...
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Kyrgios makes into maiden Wimbledon semis after overpowering Garin | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Nick Kyrgios reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of his chequered career with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Chile's Cristian Garin at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The unseeded 27-year-old lost the opening nine points on Court One but ultimately had too much firepower for Garin who had hoped to become Chile's first Wimbledon semi-finalist. A first Grand Slam semi-final ✅@NickKyrgios defeats Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5)#Wimbledon https://t.co/irn1vbb7DP— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1657125879000In surpassing his previous best Wimbledon run to the quarter-finals eight years ago, Kyrgios becomes the first Australian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for 17 years. On the eve of the match, Kyrgios was summoned to appear in a Canberra court next month on an alleged assaul...
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Djokovic battles back to beat Sinner and reach Wimbledon semi-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Just when Novak Djokovic's troubling year looked like hitting another low he salvaged his bid for a fourth successive Wimbledon title by coming back from two sets down to beat Italian Jannik Sinner on Tuesday. The Serbian top seed had looked in all kinds of trouble against the inspired 20-year-old after being outplayed for two sets but stormed back to win 5-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2. Comeback complete 👑@DjokerNole is a Wimbledon semi-finalist for the 11th time, sealing a sublime 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6… https://t.co/67qRY5wnId— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1657037866000In the end there was an air of inevitability about the outcome as the battle-hardened 35-year-old seized control to reach his 43rd Grand Slam semi-final and 11th at Wimbledon. He also extended an unbeaten run at Wimbledon that goes ...
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Exhibition matches ‘perfect’ preparation for Rafael Nadal ahead of Wimbledon | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafa Nadal played his first grasscourt match in three years on Wednesday and the Spaniard says a couple of exhibition games at the Hurlingham Club is the perfect preparation for Wimbledon, where he will bid for a third straight Grand Slam this season. Nadal won the Australian and French Opens back-to-back for the first time and a win at Wimbledon, where the main draw kicks off on Monday, will take him a step closer to becoming the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969. The Spaniard, who had not played a competitive match on grass since his 2019 semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Roger Federer, beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 on Wednesday and said it was good to get the feel of the surface again. "It has been a while without playing on grass," he told reporter...
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French Open 2022 Men’s Semifinal Live Updates: Alexander Zverev will take on Rafael Nadal

Doctor in tow, Rafael Nadal heads to French Open semifinalsA victory over No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany on Friday would allow Nadal to continue on the path to another championship at the French Open. And if he also were to go on to win Sunday’s final against either 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia or No. 8 Casper Ruud of Norway, who meet in Friday’s other semifinal, there also would be this to consider: Nadal would own the first two legs of a calendar-year Grand Slam for the first time. Nadal’s French Open record is 110-3 (two of the defeats came against Djokovic, in 2015 and a year ago) and he is into his 15th semifinal there. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f...
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Alcaraz surprised by rapid rise in ATP rankings and top 10 spot | Tennis News – Times of India

ATHENS: Rising tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has no plans of slowing down after his victory at Barcelona at the weekend and making the top 10 for the first time on Monday but said he was surprised by his quick rise through the rankings. The 18-year-old captured the fourth title of his young career by beating eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 in the Barcelona Open final on Sunday, hours after winning a gruelling semi-final that was postponed due to rain. "I did not think I would reach this stage at 18-years-old," he told a news conference at a junior event. "It is for the first time for me in the top ten. It means a lot. "For me it's a dream come true and I have been fighting for this since I was a child. I work every day, work hard to be here to have chance to get titles to beat the ...
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ATP warns of stricter action for on-court misconduct | Tennis News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Tennis officials will dish out stricter punishments for on-court misconduct, the ATP warned players in an internal note on Monday as the men's governing body also simultaneously reviews its guidelines to clamp down on repeat offenders. Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios was fined $60,000 for a series of angry outbursts at the Indian Wells and Miami Open events, with many observers saying he should have been disqualified. German Alexander Zverev was thrown out of a tournament in Acapulco in February after smashing his racket repeatedly against the umpire's chair following a doubles defeat. "Effective immediately and as we head into the clay court swing, the ATP officiating team has been directed to take a stricter stance in judging violations of the Code of Conduct," ATP chairman A...
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Rafael Nadal out for up to six weeks with stress fracture in rib | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal has suffered a stress fracture in his rib and will be out for up to six weeks, the Spaniard's team said on Tuesday. Nadal, the winner of 21 Grand Slam singles titles, complained of a chest issue during his run to the final of the ATP 1000 event in Indian Wells, California last week. Upon his arrival in Spain on Tuesday, Nadal visited his medical team in Barcelona for tests which revealed "a stress fracture of the third left costal arch". "This is not good news and I did not expect this," Nadal said in a statement sent by his team. "I'm disappointed and sad because after a good start to the season I was coming to a very important part of the year with very good feelings and good results. "I have always had that spirit of fighting and ....I will... work hard (for) my recovery...
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Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal beats Kyrgios in 3 sets, goes to 19-0

Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in a match featuring obscenities, underhand serves, a point penalty and smashed rackets. Nadal improved to 19-0 this year, the third-best start to a season since 1990. “Happy about that third set because it wasn’t easy after the end of the second. It was terrible for me,” he said. “But I hold it emotionally, and mentally, I think I was ready to keep fighting.” After the post-match handshake, Kyrgios walked to his seat and smashed his racket on the court. It bounced up and away, nearly striking a ball boy standing at the back of the court. Kyrgios walked off to a mix of boos and cheers. “It landed a meter from my foot and skidded and nearly hit him,” Kyrgios said. “I’m human. Thi...
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Mexican Open: Nadal beats Norrie in Acapulco for 91st career title

Rafael Nadal said earlier in the week that he wasn’t aware of his career statistics. Now, he might want to have a look at them. The 35-year-old Spaniard defeated Cameron Norris 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Mexican Open and extend his career-best start for a season to 15-0 as he won his 91st ATP title. Rafael Nadal beats Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the ATP 500 Mexican Open men’s singles title in Acapulco. Credit- @atptour @RafaelNadal @AbiertoTelcel pic.twitter.com/r7rP5SrELn — United News of India (@uniindianews) February 27, 2022 Nadal, who won his third title in 2022, including the Australian Open for his record 21st Grand Slam singles title, is three victories from tying Ivan Lendl’s total of 94 for third place for most championships in the Open Era. Jimmy Connors leads wit...
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From Down Under to 21st century: Spaniard puts heartbreaks in Australia behind him

It’s fitting that Melbourne Park was the venue for Rafael Nadal’s record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. The 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 over Daniil Medvedev also ended his long wait of winning all four Grand Slams at least twice. Injuries and bad luck had put the ‘hard’ in ‘hardcourts’ for Nadal at the Australian Open — christened the ‘Happy Slam’ by Roger Federer for being the first Major of the season for the recharged, inspired players. After winning his first hardcourt Major at the Australian Open in 2009 — a five-set victory that reduced the Swiss great to tears — Nadal had had a horrid run of luck Down Under. The venue has witnessed two of the only three times that Nadal has retired midway into a match: the 2010 and 2018 quarterfinals. That 2️⃣1️⃣ moment#AusOpen • #AO2022 • @Ra...
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Australian Open 2022 Final Live Streaming: Where and when to watch Nadal vs Medvedev

Australian Open 2022 Men’s Final, Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Live Streaming, How and Where to watch: Rafa Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will face off in a generational clash on Sunday for the year’s first Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open, with both men having the chance to write their names into the record books. A second triumph at Melbourne Park for 2009 champion Nadal will break a three-way tie for the most major titles in the men’s game, with the Spaniard nosing ahead of rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with a 21st Slam. The 35-year-old repeatedly played down his chances in the leadup and during the past fortnight owing to a calamitous buildup due to a career-threatening foot problem and illness from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Standing against him will be...
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Nadal surprised but amazed with Australian Open final run | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: It was little wonder that Rafa Nadal was left sobbing into his shirt on Friday -- because even he did not expect to make the Australian Open final after all the injury and illness woes he had to put up with over the past six months. However, endless hours of hard work and the strong-willed belief of a champion means the Spaniard will be contesting a sixth Australian Open final - 13 years after winning his first and only title in Melbourne. Nadal started the season after missing a chunk of the 2021 tour due to a lingering foot injury that forced him to skip Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open among other events and raised doubts if he would ever come back to the court. But the 35-year-old has produced some incredible tennis over the past few weeks to enjoy a 10-match win...
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Rafael Nadal is hands down the best competitor, he doesn’t lose focus for more than a point, says Somdev Devvarman | Tennis News – Times of India

History will remember Rafael Nadal as one of the best to have ever held a tennis racquet. No amount of praise perhaps is enough to sum up the mental tenacity that this man possesses. On Friday Nadal beat Italian Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the first Men's semi-final to enter his sixth Australian Open final. This was one summit clash which very few people thought Rafa could reach. Incredibly out of the 20 Slam titles Rafa has won so far, only one has been won at Melbourne Park, in 2009 - when he beat Roger Federer in the final in 5 sets. Now he has his sights trained on title number two at the Rod Laver arena. (AFP photo)It's a sixth #AusOpen final for @RafaelNadal 🙌 He outlasts Matteo Berrettini in a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 thriller 👏… https://t.co/veow2iRUJK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1...
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Big league Berrettini targets Nadal upset in Australian Open semis | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Matteo Berrettini will take on Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday looking to take a step closer to his first Grand Slam title and deny his opponent a record 21st major crown. In the other semi-final, U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will play Stefanos Tsitsipas as he bids to become the first man in the Open era to claim a second Grand Slam title immediately after his maiden triumph. Berrettini lost to Nadal in straight sets in their only previous meeting in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open in 2019, but the Italian who reached last year's Wimbledon final said that he had more belief in his ability now. "I really want to win this match. I know I can... It's going to be a really tough one, but I'm in the semis of a Slam for the third time, so it means this...
Bencic tests positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi event, has ‘severe symptoms’ | Tennis News – Times of India
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Bencic tests positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi event, has ‘severe symptoms’ | Tennis News – Times of India

Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic has tested positive for COVID-19 after her trip to Abu Dhabi and has "severe symptoms", she said on Tuesday, a day after Rafa Nadal announced he had also tested positive. Both players had travelled to Abu Dhabi to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event last week. Nadal also said he was having some "unpleasant moments" after testing positive upon his return to Spain. "Unfortunately and even though I am fully vaccinated, I recently tested positive for COVID-19," Bencic said on Twitter. https://t.co/lJMMgxmef0— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) 1640097775000"I am currently isolating and taking all precautionary (measures) to get through this as best as possible as I am experiencing quite severe symptoms (fever, aches, chills). "...