Tennis

Rafael Nadal fends off Taylor Fritz to win third Mexican Open title

Rafael Nadal captured his third Mexican Open title on Saturday as he beat Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-3 in Acapulco. Nadal survived 10 aces from Fritz and broke the service three times to outperform the 22-year-old American. “I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal told reporters. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able

Novak Djokovic plays down ‘perfect’ season claims after extending unbeaten run to 21

Novak Djokovic insists he doesn’t expect to go through the season unbeaten after extending his winning streak to 21 matches. On Saturday, Djokovic was too strong for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he won a fifth Dubai Championships title. Djokovic’s last defeat was to Roger Federer at the season-ending ATP Finals in November. Since then he was unbeaten at the Davis Cup, ATP Cup, the Australian Open and now in Dubai. After

Rafael Nadal delighted to come through ‘crazy' conditions to reach Mexican Open final

Rafael Nadal expressed his relief after overcoming ‘very humid’ conditions to reach the Mexican Open final. Nadal is no stranger to heavily perspiring during his matches and it was the case again in the late evening semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov in Acapulco. The world No 2 dropped his serve in the third game of the match before hitting back and going on a run of four games in a row

Novak Djokovic hails Stefanos Tsitsipas after beating Greek star at Dubai Championships

Novak Djokovic tipped Stefanos Tsitsipas for greatness after beating the Greek star in the final of the Dubai Championships. In a battle between the two top seeds, Tsitsipas made the stronger start but Djokovic kept his composure needed just the single break to win the first 6-3. In the second set, Djokovic appeared set to run away with the match after breaking to lead 3-2. But Tsitsipas broke straight back

Novak Djokovic outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to win fifth Dubai Championships title

Novak Djokovic extended his winning run to 18 matches as he outclassed Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a fifth Dubai Championships title. It was a cagey opening to the match with both players happy to play extended rallies. In the fifth game of the match, Tsitsipas earned his first break point after Djokovic put a forehand into the net but the world No 1 served his way out of trouble. Djokovic

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas TV channel: Can I watch Dubai Championships final on TV today?

Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Gael Monfils to book his place in the final, while Stefanos Tsitsipas got the better Britain’s Dan Evans in the other semi-final. This will be just the fifth meeting between Djokovic and Tsitsipas, with their current head-to-head rivalry level at 2-2. What has been said? Djokovic on Tsitsipas: “He’s one of the leaders of the new generation. He’s now established [as

Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas LIVE stream: How to watch Dubai Championships final

The top two seeds at the Dubai Championships meet in the final as world No 1 Novak Djokovic takes on ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic is aiming to win a fifth title in Dubai and continue his outstanding start to the season. The Serbian has won his last 20 singles matches which includes success at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. On Friday, for the umpteenth time, he demonstrated

Barty beaten in WTA’s biggest rivalry

Petra Kvitova battled past world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Saturday morning (AEDT) to set up a Qatar Open final against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. The two-time Wimbledon winner overcame a second-set blip to reach the 37th WTA final of her career and her second in Doha, where she won the 2018 title. Kvitova ended a run of four straight defeats to Barty, including in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic: Gael Monfils’ biggest problem explained ahead of Dubai Championships match

Gael Monfils’ biggest problem when facing Novak Djokovic is that the world No 1 just does everything better. That is the assessment of respected coach Paul Annacone. Djokovic and Monfils meet for the 17th time in their careers with the Serbian never experiencing defeat to the Frenchman. It means Djokovic prepares for the Dubai Championships semi-final with a mental edge over Monfils, who has won his last two tournaments. Monfils

Dan Evans' hopes of reaching Dubai final ended by Stefanos Tsitsipas

Dan Evans received a reality check as he was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Playing the fourth ATP Tour semi-final of his career, British No 1 Evans was comfortably beaten by rising star Tsitsipas, who did not face a break point during the match. Evans had battled through to the last four with a victory over Andrey Rublev which