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No fans in stands: Nadal, Djokovic miss the ‘energy’

Empty stands has been the new normal for tennis since last year due to COVID-19 restrictions but top men’s players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic said they still find it difficult to maintain their intensity during matches in the absence of fans. The professional circuit was shut down for several months last year before […]

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Djokovic breaks Federer’s No 1 record, eyes more majors

Novak Djokovic will realise one of his long-cherished goals on Monday when he eclipses Roger Federer’s all-time record for most weeks as the men’s world number one, holding the top ranking for the 311th week. The 33-year-old Serbian climbed to the top of the ATP rankings for the first time in July, 2011 and had […]

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Nick Kyrgios mocks Novak Djokovic with grand entrance

Before a men’s doubles match with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian imitated the way Djokovic celebrates victories with extravagant gestures to all four corners of a stadium. Nick Kyrgios renewed his running feud with Novak Djokovic on Sunday when he mocked the world number one with a grand entrance to an empty Margaret Court Arena […]

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Play halted at Australian Open as fans leave for lockdown

Play was suspended temporarily at the Australian Open on Friday as fans were told to leave the Rod Laver Arena to comply with a new five-day lockdown in Melbourne. Top seed Novak Djokovic was two sets to one ahead, but struggling with an injury, against American Taylor Fritz when play was halted 11.30pm local time […]

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Aus Open: Djokovic faces Chardy, Kenin meets Inglis

Rafael Nadal, seeking a first title at the major since 2009, will meet Serbia’s Laslo Djere in his opening match. Novak Djokovic will begin his Australian Open title defence against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, while reigning women’s champion Sofia Kenin meets wild card Maddison Inglis, following the draw for the year’s first Grand Slam on Friday. […]

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ATP Cup | Djokovic starts off in right earnest

Day to forget for Thiem; Nadal skips his match because of a back niggle Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic got his season off to a perfect start with a battling win over Denis Shapovalov in the ATP Cup on Tuesday, but Rafael Nadal pulled out injured and World No. 3 Dominic Thiem crashed to defeat. […]