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Tennis commentator Doug Adler to sue ESPN after being sacked over Venus Williams
Tennis commentator Doug Adler to sue ESPN after being sacked over Venus Williams 'gorilla' comments

A commentator who was sacked after making controversial comments about tennis player Venus Williams during the Australian Open is planning to sue American broadcaster ESPN. Former player Doug Adler was suspended and later sacked by ESPN when he appeared to call five-time Grand Slam winner Williams a "gorilla". Adler rejects the claim, and says that he was liking the American to playing "like a guerrilla".

Thiem pounces after Zverev teenage tantrum at Rotterdam World Tennis
Thiem pounces after Zverev teenage tantrum at Rotterdam World Tennis

Austria's Dominic Thiem battled into the second round of the Rotterdam World Tennis on Wednesday after Alexander Zverev's challenge fizzled out in a racquet-smashing tantrum. The German teenager lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after dominating in the first set against second seed Thiem. The meltdown did not help in the end, with world number eight Thiem going through after one and three-quarter hours to next face France's Gilles Simon.

Dimitrov racks up 15th win of year in Rotterdam
Dimitrov racks up 15th win of year in Rotterdam

Grigor Dimitrov reached the second round of the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4 win over Mischa Zverev on Wednesday as the red-hot Bulgarian racked up his 15th win of 2017. Dimitrov, who captured his second title of the season last weekend on home ground in Sofia, had to dig deep, however, to see off Zverev who stunned world number one Andy Murray at the Australian Open last month. The 25-year-old Dimitrov improved to 15-1 on the season and will next face Denis Istomin, who beat Novak Djokovic in the second round in Melbourne at the season's opening Grand Slam.

Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker
Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker

By Claire Bloomfield MONACO (Reuters) - Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-times grand slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Russian's ban was then cut by nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last October, meaning the Russian is free to return from April 26.

Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker
Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker

By Claire Bloomfield MONACO (Reuters) - Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-times grand slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Russian's ban was then cut by nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last October, meaning the Russian is free to return from April 26.

Tennis-Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker

Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-times grand slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Russian's ban was then cut by nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last October, meaning the Russian is free to return from April 26.

Toni and Rafa Nadal to split in 2018
Toni and Rafa Nadal to split in 2018

Rafael Nadal's career-long coaching relationship with his uncle Toni Nadal will end this year, Toni Nadal confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. "The decision has been mine," said Toni Nadal, whilst insisting he will remain in his role for the rest of the 2017 season. Toni Nadal, 55, cited the demands of travelling on tour as the reason for the change and will oversee coaching at Rafael's tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca.

Tennis-Toni Nadal to quit as Rafa
Tennis-Toni Nadal to quit as Rafa's coach after this season

Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, will step down as his coach after this year's ATP Tour, as he feels he has been sidelined by other figures in the player's entourage, he told an Italian tennis magazine. The 55-year-old has been with the 14-times grand slam champion since before the Spaniard broke into the big-time by winning the French Open as a teenager in 2005. Two weeks after watching his nephew lose in five sets to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final, Toni Nadal told Il Tennis Italiano website that after this season he wants to concentrate on training emerging players.

Toni Nadal to quit as Rafa
Toni Nadal to quit as Rafa's coach after this season

Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, will step down as his coach after this year's ATP Tour, as he feels he has been sidelined by other figures in the player's entourage, he told an Italian tennis magazine. The 55-year-old has been with the 14-times grand slam champion since before the Spaniard broke into the big-time by winning the French Open as a teenager in 2005. Two weeks after watching his nephew lose in five sets to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final, Toni Nadal told Il Tennis Italiano website that after this season he wants to concentrate on training emerging players.

Tennis-Toni Nadal to quit as Rafa's coach after this season

(Edits fifth paragraph to remove suggestion that Carlos Costa recently became Nadal's manager) MADRID, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, will step down as his coach after this year's ATP Tour, as he feels he has been sidelined by other figures in the player's entourage, he told an Italian tennis magazine. Two weeks after watching his nephew lose in five sets to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final, Toni Nadal told Il Tennis Italiano website that after this season he wants to concentrate on training emerging players. "From next year I will no longer follow Rafael on the circuit but will dedicate myself exclusively to our academy," he said, referring to the Rafa...

Feuz wins Alpine skiing downhill gold for Switzerland

Switzerland's Beat Feuz sent the home fans wild as he won downhill gold at the Alpine skiing world championships on Sunday, a day after celebrating his 30th birthday. Canadian veteran Erik Guay, bidding to follow his surprise victory in the super-G, was second, with Austria's Max Franz third. After compatriot and reigning world champion Patrick Kueng and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud had set identical times to lead, Feuz, the 13th man down, produced a powerful descent down the icy course to go 0.39 seconds quicker.

Alpine skiing-Feuz wins downhill gold for Switzerland

* Feuz pips Guay to gold * Federer watches Swiss victory * Franz third for Austria (Adds quotes) ST MORITZ, Switzerland, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Switzerland's Beat Feuz sent the home fans wild as he won downhill gold at the Alpine skiing world championships on Sunday, a day after celebrating his 30th birthday. Canadian veteran Erik Guay, bidding to follow his surprise victory in the super-G, was second, with Austria's Max Franz third. After compatriot and reigning world champion Patrick Kueng and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud had set identical times to lead, Feuz, the 13th man down, produced a powerful descent down the icy course to go 0.39 seconds quicker.

Alpine skiing-Feuz wins downhill gold for Switzerland

ST MORITZ, Switzerland, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Switzerland's Beat Feuz sent the home fans wild as he won downhill gold at the Alpine skiing world championships on Sunday. Canadian veteran Erik Guay, bidding to follow his gold in the super-G, was second, and Austria's Max Franz third. After compatriot and reigning world champion Patrick Kueng and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud had set identical times to lead, 30-year-old Feuz produced a powerful descent down the icy course to go 0.39 seconds quicker. ...

Nadal coach and uncle Toni announces split from player
Nadal coach and uncle Toni announces split from player

Rafael Nadal's coach and uncle Toni Nadal has said he will no longer accompany the tennis great on tour, complaining that he is being shut out of decision-making. "From next year I will no longer follow Rafael on the circuit and I will focus exclusively on our (tennis) academy," he was quoted as saying on the Italian website tennisitaliano.it. Nadal's spokesman Benito Perez told AFP the decision was unexpected.

Tennis - Federer to face Murray in Scottish charity match
Tennis - Federer to face Murray in Scottish charity match

- Tennis great Roger Federer is set to play his first match in Scotland after it was announced Thursday he would face local hero Andy Murray in a charity exhibition in Glasgow on November 7. Federer, an 18-times Grand Slam singles champion, who recently added to his haul with this year's Australian Open, will be helping raise funds that will be shared equally between UNICEF, the United Nations' children's fund and an as yet unnamed local Scottish charity.

Tennis - Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard
Tennis - Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

- Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard for the Madrid Open in May just weeks after completing a 15-month ban for doping, organisers confirmed. "Sharapova requested an invitation to play in the tournament and after careful consideration, we decided to give her a wild card," said tournament director and former Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana. "Maria is one of the best players of the last 15 years and also a past winner of our tournament.

Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard
Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard for the Madrid Open in May just weeks after completing a 15-month ban for doping, organisers confirmed on Wednesday. The Russian who won the French Open for her fifth Grand Slam in 2014 - shortly after winning the Madrid Open that year - plans to make her return to the circuit in Stuttgart on April 26. "Sharapova requested an invitation to play in the tournament and after careful consideration, we decided to give her a wild card," said tournament director and former Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana.

Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard
Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

By Richard Martin BARCELONA (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open in May, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15-month doping ban expires, tournament organizers said on Wednesday. "Sharapova requested an invitation to play... (She) is one of the best players of the last 15 years and also a past winner of our tournament," said event director Manolo Santana. "In Madrid she always plays well and I'm sure she will come back to the courts highly motivated and hoping to do well." Following a positive test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, the Russian was suspended for two years by...

Tennis-Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open in May, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15-month doping ban expires, tournament organisers said on Wednesday. "Sharapova requested an invitation to play... (She) is one of the best players of the last 15 years and also a past winner of our tournament," said event director Manolo Santana. "In Madrid she always plays well and I'm sure she will come back to the courts highly motivated and hoping to do well." Following a positive test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, the Russian was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Tennis-Resurgent Nadal returns to Queen's Club

A resurgent Rafael Nadal will warm up for Wimbledon by returning to The Queen's Club for the Aegon Championships in June. The 14-times grand slam champion missed the entire grasscourt season last year with a wrist injury but after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open, he hopes a good run in west London will bode well in his pursuit of a third Wimbledon title. "I am very happy to be coming back to Queen's.... It is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon," the Spanish left-hander said in a statement.

Halep hobbles out as seeds crash in St Petersburg
Halep hobbles out as seeds crash in St Petersburg

Top seed Simona Halep pulled out of the St Petersburg Trophy on Friday because of a persistent knee injury, as the seeds continued to crash at the tournament. "I'm really disappointed that I had to withdraw from the quarter-final today, but my knee is not okay," the Romanian Halep, ranked fourth in the world, said. Halep, who enjoyed an opening-round bye, beat Croatia's Ana Konjuh in the second round in St Petersburg.

Roland Garros claim
Roland Garros claim 'game, set, match' in extension saga

French tennis chiefs claimed final victory on Thursday in the bitter and long-running controversy over plans to expand Roland Garros, the historic but cramped Paris home of the French Open. "Jeu, set et match for the FFT," the French Tennis Federation (FFT) declared in a statement after a Paris court rejected appeals from heritage associations and environmental groups pressing for the work to be halted. The Paris Administrative Tribunal said it was rejecting appeals against issuing building permits and moves to prevent the construction of a new stadium inside the "historic triangle" of Porte d'Auteuil which neighbours Roland Garros.

Tennis-Zverev happy playing catch-up with kid brother
Tennis-Zverev happy playing catch-up with kid brother

Older brothers do not usually take too kindly to being offered advice by younger siblings but Germany's Mischa Zverev listened to 19-year-old Alexander and it helped turn his career around. Until a few weeks ago the only Zverev being spoken about in glowing terms was the younger version, whose swashbuckling game has already seen him tipped as a future grand slam champion. Up to a career-high 35 in the rankings, still 13 places below his high-flying brother, Zverev has also forced his way back into Germany's Davis Cup team which this week in Frankfurt against Belgium will feature two brothers for the first time.

Tennis-Zverev happy playing catch-up with kid brother

By Martyn Herman Feb 2 (Reuters) - Older brothers do not usually take too kindly to being offered advice by younger siblings but Germany's Mischa Zverev listened to 19-year-old Alexander and it helped turn his career around. Until a few weeks ago the only Zverev being spoken about in glowing terms was the younger version, whose swashbuckling game has already seen him tipped as a future grand slam champion. Up to a career-high 35 in the rankings, still 13 places below his high-flying brother, Zverev has also forced his way back into Germany's Davis Cup team which this week in Frankfurt against Belgium will feature two brothers for the first time.

Tennis-Djokovic the exception as he clocks in for national duty

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic will be a notable exception this week after clocking on for Davis Cup duty for Serbia when a host of other big names are resting up after their Australian Open exertions. World number two Djokovic is the only member of the top 10 in action over the weekend's ties although he perhaps needs some sharpening after a shock second-round loss to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in Melbourne left him with more time on his hands at the start of the season that he was anticipating. Which is good news for Serbia as they host a young Russian side in a World Group first round tie in Nis.

Sharapova boxes clever as return to tennis nears
Sharapova boxes clever as return to tennis nears

Maria Sharapova said Wednesday she refused to feel sorry for herself during her doping ban, occupying her time by studying at Harvard, writing a book and even learning how to box. The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner told a Russian chat show that she particularly enjoyed lacing up a pair of boxing gloves as part of her fitness regime. Sharapova was banned from the sport after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Tennis - Sharapova boxes clever as return nears
Tennis - Sharapova boxes clever as return nears

- Maria Sharapova said she refused to feel sorry for herself during her doping ban, occupying her time by studying at Harvard, writing a book and even learning how to box. The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner told a Russian chat show that she particularly enjoyed lacing up a pair of boxing gloves as part of her fitness regime. "I tried boxing as I needed to keep myself in good form. It was great as I could imagine some particular people whom I wanted to hit," said the 29-year-old Wednesday. ...

Thompson and Vesely to open Davis Cup tennis tie
Thompson and Vesely to open Davis Cup tennis tie

Australian youngster Jordan Thompson will open proceedings against Czech Jiri Vesely in their Davis Cup World Group first-round clash on Friday, with firebrand Nick Kyrgios playing the second rubber. It is a tough task for Thompson, on his Davis Cup debut, against a player ranked 54 in the world and with plenty of experience. Thompson has been thrown into the fray on the hardcourts at the Kooyong club in Melbourne after Australian number two Bernard Tomic made himself unavailable.

Djokovic, Kyrgios in lead roles at star-stripped Davis Cup tennis
Djokovic, Kyrgios in lead roles at star-stripped Davis Cup tennis

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios hope the Davis Cup heals the wounds of their painful Australian Open exits this weekend when they will be the only two men in the top 15 taking part. World number one Andy Murray has opted out of Britain's trans-Atlantic trip to Ottawa where Canada will be without fourth-ranked Milos Raonic for the World Group opener.

Tennis - Kyrgios has
Tennis - Kyrgios has 'couple' of names in frame for coach

- Australia's Nick Kyrgios said Tuesday he was still looking to hire a coach after his spectacular Grand Slam meltdown in Melbourne, admitting it was "something I've got to do moving forward". Kyrgios said he had "a couple" of candidates in mind, without naming anyone, but added that the right person needed to have Kyrgios's "best interests at heart".

Nick Kyrgios still in hunt for coach
Nick Kyrgios still in hunt for coach

Australia's Nick Kyrgios said Tuesday he was still looking to hire a coach after his spectacular Grand Slam meltdown in Melbourne, admitting it was "something I've got to do moving forward". Kyrgios said he had "a couple" of candidates in mind, without naming anyone, but added that the right person needed to have Kyrgios's "best interests at heart". "I've got to (world number) 13 in the world without one, so hopefully with a coach I can improve my game and get there.

Tennis-Kyrgios hopes team spirit can help overcome Seppi loss

Nick Kyrgios struggled to deal with the furore over his shock second round meltdown at the Australian Open but said the return to a team environment with Davis Cup had helped him through it. The local hope was jeered off the court by sections of the crowd after squandering a two-set lead and throwing a tantrum in the 1-6 6-7(1) 6-4 6-2 10-8 loss to Italian Andreas Seppi on Jan. 18. Former world number one John McEnroe then questioned his commitment to the sport, while local media pilloried him the following day with one headline telling him to "Nick Off" -- an Australian slang term meaning to leave.

A Proper Chance To Say Goodbye To The Golden Age Of Tennis
A Proper Chance To Say Goodbye To The Golden Age Of Tennis

Players are worn down by long road trips away from home, with only coaches by their side. With the exception of Serena any of these players getting to the final of a Major tournament wasn't only unexpected, it was damn near impossible to think about even a couple weeks ago.

Tennis - Serena takes over as world number one
Tennis - Serena takes over as world number one

- Australian Open winner Serena Williams replaced Angelique Kerber as world number one in the latest WTA rankings. The American moved up one place courtesy of her victory in Melbourne where she got the better of sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final on Saturday for a record 23rd Grand Slam title. Kerber's defence of her Australian Open crown ended with a last 16 loss to Coco Vandeweghe with the German now down to second and her American nemesis up 15 rungs to 20th. Melbourne quarter-finalist Karolina Pliskova climbs two spots to third.

Tennis - Melbourne master Federer back in top 10
Tennis - Melbourne master Federer back in top 10

- Roger Federer has climbed back into the ATP top 10 on the strength of his epic 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss great defied old rival Rafael Nadal in a thrilling five-setter in Melbourne to move up seven spots to 10th in the latest rankings. Nadal, beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, moved up three places to sixth in the list still dominated by early Australian Open victims Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Stan Wawrinka, defeated in the semis last week by Federer, is up one in third. ...

More life yet in Federer
More life yet in Federer's dancing feet after major No. 18

Roger Federer needed his exhausted legs for one last big effort Sunday night - going out dancing to celebrate his remarkable 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam
Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam

By Simon cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought -- he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. Federer, who missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open last year while he recovered, outlasted Rafa Nadal in five sets on Sunday to clinch his 18th grand slam title at Melbourne Park, four and half years after his last. "It was about staying calm and believing the work's paying off and that the variety I have in my game maybe allows me to maybe sneak in one or a couple." Federer said his belief was also based on the fact...

Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam
Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam

By Simon cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought -- he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. Federer, who missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open last year while he recovered, outlasted Rafa Nadal in five sets on Sunday to clinch his 18th grand slam title at Melbourne Park, four and half years after his last. "It was about staying calm and believing the work's paying off and that the variety I have in my game maybe allows me to maybe sneak in one or a couple." Federer said his belief was also based on the fact...

Tennis-Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam

By Simon cambers MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought -- he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. Federer, who missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open last year while he recovered, outlasted Rafa Nadal in five sets on Sunday to clinch his 18th grand slam title at Melbourne Park, four and half years after his last. "It was about staying calm and believing the work's paying off and that the variety I have in my game maybe allows me to maybe sneak in one or a couple." Federer said his belief was also based on the fact that...

Federer drops hints that the end may be nigh
Federer drops hints that the end may be nigh

Roger Federer dropped hints that his great career may be drawing to a close after his age-defying win over his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss admitted his return to Melbourne wasn't guaranteed after he ended a five-year wait for his 18th major title by beating Nadal in a thrilling five-setter. Federer has been rebutting suggestions of retirement for several years, but he said he was now aware injuries could force him off the scene.

Rafael Nadal skips Davis Cup tie after Australian Open defeat
Rafael Nadal skips Davis Cup tie after Australian Open defeat

Rafael Nadal on Monday pulled out of Spain's Davis Cup clash with Croatia this weekend as he recovers from his Australian Open exertions. Nadal, beaten in five sets by Roger Federer in Sunday's Melbourne final, will be replaced in the World Group first-round tie by Feliciano Lopez. The Spanish tennis federation said its medical staff preferred that Nadal sat out the trip to Osijek given "the little recovery time" available to the world number six.

Federer says 18th slam 'smallest' part of Melbourne triumph

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer said winning an 18th grand slam and extending his lead at the top of the list of most prolific major winners was a long way from being the most satisfying thing about winning his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday. The Swiss master, who did not play for six months following Wimbledon last year after undergoing knee surgery, made a triumphant return in Australia and, seeded a lowly 17th, claimed his first grand slam title for 4 1/2 years after a five-set epic against Rafa Nadal. The 18th slam edged him further ahead of Nadal and Pete Sampras, who share second place on the list of major winners with 14, and gave more grist to those...

Tennis-Federer says 18th slam 'smallest' part of Melbourne triumph

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Roger Federer said winning an 18th grand slam and extending his lead at the top of the list of most prolific major winners was a long way from being the most satisfying thing about winning his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday. The Swiss master, who did not play for six months following Wimbledon last year after undergoing knee surgery, made a triumphant return in Australia and, seeded a lowly 17th, claimed his first grand slam title for 4 1/2 years after a five-set epic against Rafa Nadal. The 18th slam edged him further ahead of Nadal and Pete Sampras, who share second place on the list of major winners with 14, and gave more grist to...

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1500 GMT on Sunday, Jan 29

Reuters sports schedule at 1500 GMT on Sunday (times GMT): TENNIS Australian Open, Melbourne Federer outlasts Nadal in Melbourne for 18th grand slam MELBOURNE - Roger Federer came out on top after a rollercoaster ride in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 and clinch a first grand slam title in four and a half years on Sunday. (TENNIS-OPEN/ (PIX), moved, by Nick Mulvenney, 800 words) SOCCER African Nations Cup finals (to Feb. ...

Federer wins Nadal thriller to clinch 18th Slam
Federer wins Nadal thriller to clinch 18th Slam

Roger Federer defied age and his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal to win a record 18th Grand Slam title in a thrilling, five-set final at the Australian Open on Sunday. Federer, 35, won a classic encounter 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to become the oldest major-winner in 45 years and move four titles clear of Nadal and Pete Sampras on the all-time list. Neither Federer nor Nadal, 30, was expected to reach the final but both players grabbed their chance after the early demise of top seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

Tennis-Bring on the clay, says rejuvenated Nadal

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's hopes of a 15th grand slam title were crushed by an inspired Roger Federer in the Australian Open final on Sunday but the rejuvenated Spaniard was already rubbing his hands together with the prospect of a "special" season on clay. Nadal battled back twice from a set down and held a 3-1 lead in the deciding fifth but was powerless to stop Federer's victory charge and bowed out 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 at a heaving Rod Laver Arena. The tournament was a major test of his fitness after a wrist injury wrecked his 2016 season and the signs were good, said Nadal, who will bid to extend his record haul at Roland Garros to 10 titles in May. "I...

Tennis-Federer outlasts Nadal in Melbourne for 18th grand slam

* Federer wins fifth Australian Open title * 18th grand slam crown for the Swiss * Nadal comes up short in bid for 15th grand slam By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Roger Federer came out on top after a rollercoaster ride in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 and clinch a first grand slam title in four and a half years on Sunday. Lefthander Nadal, also returning from injury this year, showed sustained periods of his brutal best from the baseline but was just unable to stay with his rival in the gut-wrenching drama of the deciding set.

Emotional Federer savors long-awaited 18th slam win

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An emotional Roger Federer wiped away tears and urged Rafa Nadal to stay with him on the tour for years to come after felling his great rival to win his fifth Australian Open on Sunday. Completing a brilliant comeback after six months out of the game, the nerve-shredding 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 win gave Federer a long-awaited 18th grand slam title that many thought beyond the 35-year-old Swiss. Having endured a decade of grand slam heartbreak against Spaniard Nadal, 17th seed Federer roared back from 3-1 down in the tense final set, riding a wave of crowd support at a heaving Rod Laver Arena to mow through five straight games.

Tennis-Emotional Federer savours long-awaited 18th slam win

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - An emotional Roger Federer wiped away tears and urged Rafa Nadal to stay with him on the tour for years to come after felling his great rival to win his fifth Australian Open on Sunday. Completing a brilliant comeback after six months out of the game, the nerve-shredding 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 win gave Federer a long-awaited 18th grand slam title that many thought beyond the 35-year-old Swiss. Having endured a decade of grand slam heartbreak against Spaniard Nadal, 17th seed Federer roared back from 3-1 down in the tense final set, riding a wave of crowd support at a heaving Rod Laver Arena to mow through five straight games.

Federer outfights Nadal to win fifth Australian Open
Federer outfights Nadal to win fifth Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer shrugged off a decade of grand slam heartbreak against Rafa Nadal, felling his great rival 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 in a classic Australian Open final to capture his 18th major title. Roared on by a partisan Rod Laver Arena crowd, Federer roared back from 3-1 down in the nerve-shredding final set before closing it out on the second championship point with a forehand winner to seal his fifth crown at Melbourne Park. ...

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