• Andy Murray hopes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be fit and firing in 2017

    Andy Murray hopes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be fit and firing in 2017

    Andy Murray is hoping all his big rivals will offer him competition for the number one ranking in 2017.

    The Scot overcame a deficit of more than 8,000 ranking points following his defeat by Novak Djokovic in the French Open final in June to overhaul the Serbian ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

    By triumphing in the winner-takes-all showdown with Djokovic in the final at London’s O2 Arena, Murray ensured he will take a 630-point lead at the head […]

  • Tears and jeers as Nadal, Kyrgios crash

    Tears and jeers as Nadal, Kyrgios crash

    Andy Murray rose above a day of chaos at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday as Rafael Nadal fell at the first hurdle and Nick Kyrgios melted down in spectacular fashion.

    Murray, seeking to wrest the world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic by the year’s end, moved fluently past America’s Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round.

    It was a very different story for Nadal, who departed grim-faced and with his ardent fans in tears after a shock 6-3, 7-6 […]

  • Federer, Nadal out of top four first time since 2003

    Federer, Nadal out of top four first time since 2003

    The ATP world rankings have a very unfamiliar look to them today, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both out of the top four for the first time since 2003.

    Federer and Nadal have 31 grand slam titles between them and have for so long been permanent fixtures in the top four, along with world number one Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

    But, while Djokovic and Murray have continued to dominate at the top of men’s tennis, Federer and Nadal have seen […]

  • Nadal seeks redemption in Beijing

    Nadal seeks redemption in Beijing

    Rafael Nadal barrelled through his opening match of the China Open Tuesday as he seeks to redeem his injury-blighted season with a strong run in Beijing.

    Nadal dropped just two games to 39th-ranked Italian Paolo Lorenzi, as top seed Andy Murray dismissed Andreas Seppi to book his place in the second round.

    Rain delayed play on all courts other than the roofed National Tennis Stadium until the evening.

    Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is approaching the end of his second consecutive season without […]

  • Rafael Nadal crashes out of US Open after being beaten in five sets by Frenchman Lucas Pouille

    Rafael Nadal crashes out of US Open after being beaten in five sets by Frenchman Lucas Pouille

    Rafael Nadal suffered an upset in the last-16 of the US Open as Frenchman Lucas Pouille inflicted yet more Grand Slam woe on the Spaniard in a five-set thriller.

    Nadal has not won a major title since winning his fourteenth at Roland Garros in 2014 and the wait goes on after he was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) by No 24 seed Pouille in four hours and two minutes.

    It sets up an all-French clash between Pouille and Gael Monfils, […]

  • Rafael Nadal demonstrates more signs of recovery as he beats Andrey Kuznetsov to reach US Open last 16

    Rafael Nadal demonstrates more signs of recovery as he beats Andrey Kuznetsov to reach US Open last 16

    Rafael Nadal continues to show signs that he has overcome the wrist injury that dogged the early part of his summer as the Spaniard eased through to the fourth round of the US Open.

    Nadal has been mightily impressive here so far at Flushing Meadows, dropping just 20 games in three matches.

    His 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Friday night books him a place in the last-16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since Roland Garros […]

  • Rafael Nadal becomes first man to win under the roof in US Open as he eases past Andreas Seppi in straight sets

    Rafael Nadal becomes first man to win under the roof in US Open as he eases past Andreas Seppi in straight sets

    A second round victory for Rafael Nadal at the US Open may normally be regarded as routine.

    But this will be a night long remembered for the Spaniard as he became the first player to win a match under the new Arthur Ashe Stadium roof, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-0, 7-5, 6-1.

    Nadal was in cruise control as he clinched the first set without dropping a game but then had to contend with a moment of history midway through the second set […]