Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British No.1 Johanna Konta booked a final clash with Karolina Pliskova. World No.1 Djokovic overcame Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 and will face second seed Nadal for the 54th time in the final on Monday (AEST), ahead of Read more about Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova[…]

Still ruling: Imperious Nadal blows Djokovic away for ninth Rome title

Rafael Nadal proved he is still the man to beat when the French Open begins later this month after he humbled Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 in the Italian Open final on Sunday (Monday AEST) to win a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title. The Spaniard, who had shared the record of 33 Masters titles Read more about Still ruling: Imperious Nadal blows Djokovic away for ninth Rome title[…]

Stosur through, top-seeded Barty ready to roll in Strasbourg

Australia's Samantha Stosur is through to the second round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg after scoring a fine straight-sets win over American Jessica Pegula. The 35-year-old former world No.4, who won her most recent WTA singles title in Strasbourg two years ago, prevailed 6-4, 6-1 in just over an hour as she continued her build-up Read more about Stosur through, top-seeded Barty ready to roll in Strasbourg[…]

Nadal and Djokovic progress in Rome, Federer bows out with injury

Rome: Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Johanna Konta progressed to the Italian Open semi-finals on Friday, but Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka were forced to withdraw with injury problems. World No.1 Osaka pulled out of her quarter-final meeting with Kiki Bertens due to a thumb injury before 37-year-old Federer announced his withdrawal because of a Read more about Nadal and Djokovic progress in Rome, Federer bows out with injury[…]

Dipping into the world's top 100, Astra Sharma can dare to dream

World top 10 player Ashleigh Barty may be headlining Australia’s assault in this year’s Fed Cup final but there’s another local hope who is accruing some eye-catching results in 2019. Astra Sharma, 23, has radically improved her ranking – edging into the world’s top 100 – losing only a handful of matches this season. Memorably, Read more about Dipping into the world's top 100, Astra Sharma can dare to dream[…]

'Clearly unacceptable': Kyrgios antics fail to impress Olympic officials

Nick Kyrgios could be on another collision course with the Australian Olympic Committee after the volatile tennis star was booted out of the Italian Open following an on-court tantrum. The saga comes just a day after Kyrgios unloaded on some of the game's top stars, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, during a brutally honest 50-minute Read more about 'Clearly unacceptable': Kyrgios antics fail to impress Olympic officials[…]

Feuding with the Nadals: 'I'll try and clean up my act,' Kyrgios says with a wink

The war of words between Rafael Nadal's camp and Nick Kyrgios has continued, with the Spaniard's uncle and the maligned Australian now exchanging barbs. Kyrgios has again taken to social media to respond to comments, this time made by Toni Nadal. This came after the world No.36's latest on-court meltdown. He walked off during his Read more about Feuding with the Nadals: 'I'll try and clean up my act,' Kyrgios says with a wink[…]

'Vexed, educated' Kyrgios: The talisman who refuses to mince words

Nick Kyrgios is right, of course. He has completed 12 years of education. From this lofty mount, our one-eyed Australian king in the land of the tennis-blinded feels eminently qualified to issue character assessments. Rafael Nadal? Sore loser. Novak Djokovic? Cringeworthily obsessed with being liked. Andy Murray? Good guy with an "embarrassing" record in the Read more about 'Vexed, educated' Kyrgios: The talisman who refuses to mince words[…]

Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after throwing chair onto court

London: Nick Kyrgios is out of the Italian Open and is facing suspension and a heavy fine after being defaulted in his second-round clash with Norway's Casper Ruud. Just hours after an explosive interview, in which he ripped into Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco, Kyrgios stormed out of his second-round clash after hurling Read more about Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after throwing chair onto court[…]

Low-rent vaudeville: What is renegade Kyrgios rebelling against?

Given that the career of Nick Kyrgios represents a bigger waste of talent than a late-period Robert De Niro comedy, you might think he would choose the objects of his scorn with care. And yet the man with just two major quarter-finals to his name – the last of those over four years ago – Read more about Low-rent vaudeville: What is renegade Kyrgios rebelling against?[…]