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‘Tennis needs Nadal’

DOHA (AFP) – Novak Djokovic said that sport needed “legend’’ Rafael Nadal to make another comeback after it was announced Wednesday that the injury-plagued Spaniard had withdrawn from his season-opening tournament in Brisbane. Nadal said that he would not play in Brisbane because of a left thigh strain, prompting yet more fears over the 32-year-old’s […]

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Djokovic survives foe

DOHA (AFP) – Novak Djokovic admitted he had to “fight’’ to come back from a set down to beat world number 36, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics at the Qatar Open on Wednesday. The world number one survived a huge scare to eventually triumph 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and admitted his opponent was ‘’very close to the win’’. […]

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Germany advances in Hopman

PERTH, Australia (AP) – Germany teammates Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev each won their singles matches over France on Wednesday at the Hopman Cup. Kerber beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 while Zverev defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2 to advance with a 2-1 victory. The French pair had earlier recorded a 4-3 (4), […]

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Djokovic shows fantastic form

DOHA (AFP) – Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of 2019, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open first round on Tuesday. The world number one showed he was intent on taking his form from last season into the new year with a totally dominant display against […]

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Federer wins against Serena

PERTH, Australia (AP) – Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory over the United States in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup. “I was nervous returning (Williams’ […]

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Andrada Cup starts today

The country’s finest age-groupers take centerstage starting today as the 30th Andrada Cup Tennis Championships kicks off at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

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