Following his Rome exploits, is Djokovic peaking at the right time to defend his title?

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy during the Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2022 Final match between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on May 15,...

It had been 190 days – six months and nine days – since Novak Djokovic last won an ATP singles title before lifting the Rome Masters trophy for a record-extending sixth time by overwhelming Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. Given the whirlwind half-year the Serbian has experienced, does the past week prove he’s peaking at the right time to defend his Roland Garros crown next?
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ATP describes Wimbledon’s impending ban of Russian, Belarusian players as discrimination

Daniil Medvedev in action during his mens singles' fourth round match against Hubert Hurkacz on day eight of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis...

After announcing their controversial decision earlier today, Wimbledon chiefs have been accused of discrimination after banning Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s Championships – direct sanctions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This would mean players such as Daniil Medvedev, Aryna Sabalenka and Andrey Rublev wouldn’t be allowed to compete.
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Miami Open: Alcaraz ascends to rally past Ruud, wins historic maiden Masters 1000 title

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain poses with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Casper Ruud of Norway in the Men's Singles final during the Miami Open...

US Open quarter-finalist Carlos Alcaraz made history in Miami, becoming their youngest ever champion and equally the third-youngest player ever to win a title at Masters 1000 level after recovering from 1-4 down in set one, beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 – capping an unforgettable fortnight for the Spanish teenager, who will rise to world no. 11 in tomorrow’s rankings update. Continue reading

Miami Open: Medvedev masterclass overwhelms Murray’s mettle in straight-sets

Daniil Medvedev of Russia returns a shot to Andy Murray of Great Britain during the 2022 Miami Open presented by Ita├║ at Hard Rock Stadium on March...

The second-round curse has unfortunately continued for Andy Murray, who worked hard and produced some brilliant shots but wasn’t able to play at his best against world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev en route to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat in Miami. The Russian, most recently a runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, will play Spain’s Pedro Martinez for a place in the last-16 after the 24-year-old knocked off Chile’s seeded Cristian Garin [27] 7-6, 6-2 elsewhere later on Saturday. Continue reading

ATP Dubai: Vesely ousts Djokovic in quarters, Medvedev confirmed as new world no. 1

Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely celebrates after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their quarter-final match at the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis...

After emerging unscathed through two qualifying rounds to reach the Dubai main draw, then beating both Marin Cilic and Roberto Bautista Agut (#8) in straight-sets, Jiri Vesely’s week went from commendable to masterful after an inspired showing against Novak Djokovic, winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to knock the 20-time Grand Slam champion off his perch as the world’s best player. Continue reading

ATP Dubai: Djokovic’s long-awaited 2022 debut ends with straight-sets win over Musetti

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy during day eight of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis...

It wasn’t as straightforward as the scoreline may suggest, but world no. 1 Novak Djokovic marked his highly-anticipated 2022 debut with a straight-sets win over exciting Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti in the night session at this year’s ATP Dubai – who memorably pushed him to the brink of a surprise Grand Slam defeat on Parisian clay at Roland Garros last summer. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Nadal recovers to beat Medvedev in five-hour marathon, seals 21st Major

Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy after winning against Russia's Daniil Medvedev in their men's singles final match on day fourteen of the...

Six months out injured, unsure if he would even be playing this tournament. Down two sets to love, seemingly out and physically drained. Rafael Nadal refused to lose faith, fighting his way back to produce a remarkable comeback and beat US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in an epic Grand Slam Final lasting more than five hours. Not a bad way to clinch a 21st Major title. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Nadal vs. Medvedev in Sunday’s final after both prevail in four sets

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his Men's Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during day 12 of the 2022...

Regardless of who wins, this weekend will see history made when 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal looks to cement his remarkable comeback from foot surgery against the man he beat to claim #19 at Flushing Meadows three years ago: Daniil Medvedev. Both won in four sets vs. Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but who will be the last man standing Sunday? Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Collins-Swiatek, Tsitsipas-Medvedev semis sealed on memorable Day 10

Russia's Daniil Medvedev celebrates after beating Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in their men's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open...

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev saved a match point and recovered to ultimately overwhelm Felix Auger-Aliassime in a gripping five-set clash. Next, the world no. 2 plays a spirited Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek oozed class en route to a straight-sets win vs. Italian youngster Jannik Sinner. Beforehand, Danielle Collins [27] and Iga Swiatek [7] set up a second H2H meeting by reaching their second Grand Slam semi-finals – in contrasting circumstances.
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Australian Open 2022: Muguruza, Kontaveit both lose as shocks flow across Day 4

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action against Alize Cornet of France during their second round match of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at...

Garbine Muguruza’s pursuit of an elusive Australian Open title continues after Alize Cornet stunned the WTA Finals champion. Elsewhere, Anett Kontaveit (#6) and Diego Schwartzman (#13) were among the latest seeds to fall, while US Open semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka had to save her blushes before disappointing three-set defeats for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.
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Australian Open 2022: Muguruza and Swiatek through, Ruud injured and more on Day 2

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Harriet Dart of Great Britain during day two of the 2022...

There were comfortable straight-set wins for multiple Grand Slam champions, including two title contenders in WTA Finals winner Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek, while more seeds fell on Day 2 of this year’s Australian Open. Andy Murray made history after gritting through another five-set battle, while Nick Kyrgios and Emma Raducanu shone in the night session.
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