Feats on clay: What does Federer's return to the red dirt mean?

It’s more than a decade since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal featured in three straight French Open finals – arguably the time when their storied rivalry was at its zenith. Nadal, unsurprisingly, ruled supreme all three times, and it took an upset of monumental proportions in 2009 – when Robin Soderling stunned the Spaniard at Read more about Feats on clay: What does Federer's return to the red dirt mean?[…]

Thiem stuns Nadal to reach Barcelona final

Dominic Thiem has knocked favourite and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal out of the Barcelona Open with a stunning 6-4, 6-4 victory in their semi-final, avenging his defeat by the Spaniard in last year's French Open final. The Austrian will meet 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev in the final on Monday (AEST) after the Russian also pulled off Read more about Thiem stuns Nadal to reach Barcelona final[…]

Osaka's winning start on clay, as Nadal's form turns ominous

Stuttgart: World No.1 Naomi Osaka has made a winning start to her clay-court season by beating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-3 to move into the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. The two-time grand slam champion, who has yet to win a title on clay, found little resistance on Thursday as she Read more about Osaka's winning start on clay, as Nadal's form turns ominous[…]

Justin Gimelstob’s criminal case is settled. Now he awaits a verdict from his tennis peers

Justin Gimelstob rarely sleeps more than a couple of hours at a time. His mind never shuts off, constantly churning like a blender trying to crush ice. It often prompts him to rise at 1, 2 or 3 in the morning to unburden his thoughts in extended emails and text messages. "I view my lack Read more about Justin Gimelstob’s criminal case is settled. Now he awaits a verdict from his tennis peers[…]

Nadal bounces back from rare defeat on clay

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal has recovered from a slow start to defeat Leonard Mayer 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Barcelona Open, keeping alive his streak of never losing consecutive matches on clay. The second-ranked Nadal was coming off defeat to Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Read more about Nadal bounces back from rare defeat on clay[…]

Murray 'optimistic' on return to ATP Tour

Andy Murray is "cautiously optimistic" he will be able to play tennis again this season after successfully undergoing hip surgery, his mother Judy says. The three-time grand slam champion said at this year's Australian Open that constant pain in his hip had brought him to the verge of quitting tennis but revealed last month that Read more about Murray 'optimistic' on return to ATP Tour[…]

'She loves the pressure': No limits for Barty, says Molik

Alicia Molik says it's up to Ashleigh Barty to decide how far she can scale the tennis heights before Australia host November's Fed Cup final. The world No.9 won all three matches in Australia's 3-2 semi-final victory over Belarus in Brisbane. Replay It extended her Fed Cup winning streak in singles and doubles to 14 Read more about 'She loves the pressure': No limits for Barty, says Molik[…]

Barty stars as Australia clinch Fed Cup semi against Belarus

Australia will look to win their first Fed Cup title in 45 years after Ashleigh Barty powered the hosts to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Belarus in Brisbane. Barty won both her singles matches before pairing with Samantha Stosur to claim the decisive fifth doubles rubber 7-5 3-6 6-2 against Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka Read more about Barty stars as Australia clinch Fed Cup semi against Belarus[…]

Zero to hero: Stosur had 15 just minutes to regroup for Fed Cup fame

Samantha Stosur had just 15 minutes to turn a miserable day into a career highlight that left her in tears and on the verge of breaking a 45-year drought for Australian women's tennis. The Queenslander had the chance to seal Australia's Fed Cup semi-final against Belarus on Sunday but was blown away by former world Read more about Zero to hero: Stosur had 15 just minutes to regroup for Fed Cup fame[…]